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Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

I’m sitting here having a cup of coffee as I wait for J and N’s last-day-of-school picnic (too bad it’s cold and rainy out — grrr), so I figured it was the perfect time for a coffee date!

If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you all about my trial that just finished up last week.  It was a 2-week jury trial, and we got a verdict around 9:00pm on Friday evening.  The jury deliberated for almost 12 hours, and in the end, we got a pretty decent result.  I was on the defense side, and there was one really big claim against my client (big as in multi-millions in claimed damages, trebling and attorney’s fees), plus a couple of smaller claims.  We won on the big claim, but got hit on one of the smaller claims.  But, there are some pretty strong grounds to get some, if not all, of that verdict overturned either by the trial judge or on appeal, so we’re feeling pretty good.

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Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

Helloooo there!  I’m just popping in for a very quick coffee date this evening.  I’ve spent the entire week in trial and will spend all of next week the same way.  That means no crafting, no sewing, no blogging.  In fact, very little of anything other than work.  I’ve managed to make it home for an hour most evenings this week to put the kids to bed and change my clothes before heading back to the office.

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April Sew the Show Outfit #2: The One Where I Made Jeans!!!

Like I said, I couldn’t decide on just one inspiration for this month’s Friends-themed Sew the Show!  After all, there’s not much that says “90s” more than high-waisted light-wash jeans with a crop top, amiright?

Creative Counselor: The One Where I Made Jeans

J took these first couple of photos. He wasn’t really “into” it that day :/

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A-Line A La Mode Dress

I was going to come up with a cutesy name for this post — something like “A-line a la Easter” since this was intended to be N’s Easter dress, but I realized that the name of the pattern already communicated the precise idea I was going for!  So why mess with a good thing?

Blank Slate Patterns A-line A La Mode dress sewn by Katie @

A-line A La Mode

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, “a la mode” means “according to the prevailing style or fashion.”  My goal when I made this Blank Slate Patterns A-Line A La Mode Dress was to make a dress that could serve pretty much any purpose.  A super comfy and lightweight little A-line dress that’s great for summertime play but can be dressed up for church or dinner out.

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Sew the Show: My 90s-themed Victoria Blazer

And now the second part of my Sew the Show outfit — my cropped Victoria Blazer from By Hand London! (Find the first part here).

Cropped By Hand London Victoria Blazer sewn by Katie @

90s-inspired Victoria Blazer

I love my tank dress, but I knew that I wanted something to throw over it to make it an “outfit.”  I initially thought about using my awesome floral twill for a jean jacket, but realized that a very-casual jean jacket wouldn’t be as useful for me as a blazer.  I had the Victoria Blazer pattern in my stash, and with its 90s style, it was a match made in heaven!

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Mission Maxi dress for Sew the Show sewn by Katie @

April Sew the Show Outfit #1: The One With the Tank Dress

Well, if I found the March Sew the Show theme, Boardwalk Empire, less than inspiring, the April theme was the exact opposite!  Alida announced the April theme early on the Facebook page and I was thrilled to see that it was Friends!


This show is such a throwback to high school and college for me.  The show premiered in 1993 and ran for 10 years.  I was a freshman in high school in the fall of 1993 and graduated in 1997.  I finished up my undergrad degree in 2001 and graduated from law school 2004.  So basically, Friends was a constant throughout these very influential years.

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Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

Happy Friday! Is anyone else as ready for the weekend as I am?  Work has been busy but not soooo busy that I’m drowning (yet — trial prep starts in earnest soon and then oy).  My exhaustion is primarily due to the fact that I’ve been working on some sewing projects after the kids go to bed at night and I started reading the Divergent trilogy and staying up way too late to finish just one more chapter!

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My Me-Made May Pledge

Yay, my favorite time of year is approaching: Me-Made May! I love the camaraderie and community that goes along with MMM so I always want to participate.

This year May will be challenging because I’m scheduled to be in trial for the first three weeks. That means I’ll have to wear business formal dress every day and won’t have any time to fill holes that I discover during the month.

As a result, my pledge isn’t as ambitious as it would otherwise have been but I think it’s doable.

Without further ado, here is my pledge for Me-Made May 2015:

“I, Katie of Creative Counselor (, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’15. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade items each work day and all handmade items each weekend day for the duration of May 2015.”

Who else is playing along this year?

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Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

Happy Easter to all out there who celebrate this holiday, and happy weekend to those who don’t!

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that this holiday has really sneaked up on me.  I don’t have a single Easter basket supply yet, and J has informed me that the Easter Bunny hides candy eggs in the backyard for an Easter egg hunt on Easter morning.  Really, buddy?  Weeeeelllll, we’ll see about that!

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The (Lingerie) Game is Afoot! My Watson Bra and Panty Sets.

“When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

When I began sewing almost 4 years ago, I would have thought it impossible that one day I would make all my own lingerie.  Now that I have made my first bra and panty set, I know that, while it may seem improbable, one day it will be the truth!

(Apologies in advance for the upcoming photo dump :) )

Watson bra and panty sets sewn by Katie @

My pretty Watson bra and panty sets.

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