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Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

Hey everyone! Fancy having coffee on a Thursday?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we recently took a trip to my alma mater and went to the most amazing gardens.  If you’re ever in Ames, Iowa with little kids, check out Reiman Gardens.  They’re amazing!

Albert and I kept taking pictures all around the gardens as they were full of backyard inspiration for us.  Our backyard is such a big project that we’ve kind of been paralyzed with indecision.  But I’ve always loved the boho/shabby chic look for a backyard ala Camille and Zeke’s backyard in Parenthood.  Totally going for that.  And how fun would it be to host a garden party with pretty mismatched china and picnic tables like this Reiman Gardens display?


And I may not be able to afford a high-end outdoor dining set, but I can afford some paint, so I’m on the lookout for sturdy wooden pieces that I can paint because I loved these:


They also had a butterfly house.  N was a little apprehensive but the boys loved it.  The main challenge was keeping Baby J from grabbing at the butterflies and trying to drink their water (ewww).


If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that Baby J is getting really really verbal these days.  Not to mention ornery.  He’ll be two in a month and it shows!  He is very opinionated these days and is getting the words to go along with it.  And he’s so expressive!  The kid makes the  best faces, and the way he talks, he really thinks he’s having these elaborate conversations.  Once he has enough words to actually have conversations — watch out!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you how weird it seems that my first baby starts kindergarten in just two weeks!  J has picked out his backpack and next weekend (on Missouri’s back-to-school tax holiday) we’ll go and get his school supplies.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you what a good decision it was for us to hold J for a year.  People seem to be all over the place on that decision, but I am a firm believer that parents should do what’s best for their kid.  Sometimes that’s sending them and sometimes that’s holding them.  And most of the time, it has nothing to do with intelligence.  From an academic standpoint, J would have been fine starting school last year, but from a maturity standpoint he just wasn’t ready.  I know he would have struggled terribly from an emotional and maturity standpoint.  But this year I can just tell that he’s ready.  He’s so much more mature.  He’s so much better at controlling his emotions and temper and taking direction.  It may not have been the right decision for every kid, but it definitely was for ours.

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?

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Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

Happy Friday everyone!  There’s just something about Friday, isn’t there?  The day seems to go a little faster, the coffee tastes a little better, and everyone is just a little happier.  Or am I the only one who notices that?

If we were having some (extra delicious) coffee this morning, I would tell you that this was my kids’ last week of school for the summer.  Now they’re off on their 3-week summer break.  Well more like 2 1/2 weeks until J starts kindergarten in mid-August!  I know 3 weeks probably sounds really short to some people, but for 3 small children who love the interaction of school and getting to see their friends, 3 weeks just drag by.  Trust me, by the time break is over, they will all be ready to go back.

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And now for something (not) completely different

I am a creature of habit during the summer, and the longer I sew, the more I figure out what those habits are.

My summer style habits are becoming pretty clear, though — I like separates and I hate sleeves.  So I pretty much live in shorts, pants, and tank tops over the summer.  Oh yes, I’m also discovering that while I love wearing skirts and dresses to work, I don’t particularly care to wear them when I’m home with kiddos on the weekend.  It’s nice to really nail down my tendencies — the things I make get much more wear this way!

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Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

I always love a good coffee date, so I’m back again this week, and hopefully every week (or at least most weeks).

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that J’s swim season ended last week, and it has been really nice not having to get everyone up in time to take him to swim practice three days a week.  He enjoyed it and we all learned a lot about the sport, which was great.  But it’s nice to have a break.  In swim-related news, J had his last meet last weekend and did great.  He doesn’t quite have the “race” concept down (he takes his sweet time), but he’s probably one of the only kids on his pre-competitive team who wouldn’t be disqualified for doing the stroke incorrectly, so that’s something at least.

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Pocketless Tiny Pocket Tank

Working with this pattern really drove home how dramatically fabric choices can affect the fit and overall look of a pattern.

Tiny Pocket Tank sewn by Katie @

Tiny Pocket Tank by Grainline Studios, and rain in July. What’s up with that??

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1 Pattern, 3 Ways

Welcome Sew Not Perfect readers — I am excited to be your first stop on the 1 Pattern 3 Ways blog tour!


For my stop on the tour, I decided to use one of my staple summer patterns, the Prefontaine Shorts for Women from Made With Moxie, sewn up with slight modifications for three different looks.

Creative Counselor: Prefontaine shorts for 1 Pattern 3 Ways

My 3 Prefontaines

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Coffee Date {#60}

We haven’t sat down to coffee in a while, have we?  No time like the present!

Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

Goodness, how have you been?  If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that June just flew by!  I have such a backlog of projects to tell you about, too.  Hopefully I’ll get some time to photograph a few this week/weekend, assuming that the weather cooperates.

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A Whole New World: The Granville Shirt

Hey there peeps — long time no see!  For the lazy, hazy summer, June was actually quite busy.  I’m not quite sure how that happened actually.  But we had friends visiting 3 weekends, and then Father’s Day weekend, so I guess it shouldn’t be a big surprise.

I had grand plans for my June Sew the Show outfit to make three pieces, but alas, one was all I could muster.  But I love the one that I made.  It is destined to become an office wear staple, and I’m very excited to make more!

Introducing, my sleeveless Granville shirt!

Sleeveless Granville Shirt sewn by Katie @

Gotta love a sleeveless shirt!

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Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

Happy Friday! I’m unreasonably glad that it’s Friday, maybe because it still feels like it should be Wednesday for some reason.  I so often think about an adage that I once heard about parenting:  “The days are long, but the years are short.”  As my kids get older, that seems more and more true.  There are days when it seems like bedtime will never come, but then I blink my eyes and it’s June and my oldest baby will be starting kindergarten in two short months!

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