Boys Can Wear Pink!

It’s that time of year! Time for season 3 of Handmade Boy’s Boys Can Wear Pink blog tour. Given current events, it seems appropriate to take a few minutes to continue the efforts to break down gender stereotypes for both boys and girls.

Creative Counselor: Boys Can Wear Pink

I am blessed with two beautiful boys in addition to my girl, so while we have a healthy dose of pink in our house, it’s not overwhelming.  Still, when you ask my kids what colors they like (or when they randomly volunteer that information), my oldest will say in no uncertain terms, “I like all colors EXCEPT pink and purple.”

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Day and Night, Take 2

I was wondering if I would manage to finish a single set of day and night dresses for the Day and Night Dress Challenge, but I ultimately finished two!

Creative Counselor: day and night take 2

This is my second set of Day and Night dresses and my second challenge entry.

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Panama Tee dress for “night”

I managed to sneak in my “night” dress for the “Day and Night Dress Challenge” just under the radar!

Creative Counselor: Panama Tee Dress

The day part of this challenge was easy — pretty much anything went for that one.  But night was a little more challenging.  I don’t have many occasions to wear fancy dresses, date nights tend to be pretty cas, and when I do want a night dress, I typically don’t wear black (a random, in my opinion, requirement for the “night” dress).

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Watcha Wearin’? — a finally finished UFO!

I can’t be the only one who finishes a project, loves it, promptly cuts 2 more, gets them most of the way done, and then peters out, right?  Right???

Creative Counselor: Bruyere shirt

Unfortunately that’s what happened with this top.  I finished my first Bruyere shirt by Deer & Doe ages ago (November 2014 for anyone who’s counting), and I loooooooved it.  You can see me raving about it here.  So then I promptly cut out two more Bruyeres and decided to sew them assembly-line style.

I got as far as the sleeves (meaning that the bulk of the shirts were D-O-N-E done) when I got distracted by a shiny new project, and put them aside.

Creative Counselor: Bruyere shirt

Two years later…

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D&D Arum — my “Day” dress

Before the ice-storm-that-wasn’t, I managed to get some photos of this dress last week when our temps hit the 60s for a few random days.

Creative Counselor: Arum Dress

This is my “day” dress for the Day and Night Dress Challenge on Elizabeth Made This.  It’s also a Pinterest-inspired make.  I saw this dress on Pinterest and knew I wanted it, but I didn’t want to buy it since I had never heard of the seller before and I get a little skeptical of clothes from unknown makers that randomly pop up all over social media feeds.

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Watcha Wearin’?: On a Lark

I’m back for the Watcha Wearin’ January tour with yet another Grainline make. What can I say? I love Grainline patterns!

Creative Counselor: On a Lark

Watcha Wearin' January

I bought the Lark Tee when it released in 2015 and sewed up a great sparkly grey V-neck that you may recall from here.  Then I cut another top, and like the sewing magpie that I am, was promptly distracted by another shiny new project.

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Wrapping myself in warmth, aka the Named Talvikki Sweater

I spent a few lovely days in Minnesota and northern Wisconsin over New Year’s this year — I say lovely because even though it was flipping cold and snowy outside, we were cozy and warm inside with wonderful friends and a brand new baby to help snuggle.

And while I was there, hunkering down from the cold, I managed to crank out this Named Talvikki sweater!

Creative Counselor: Named Talvikki Sweater

**All photos in this post are courtesy of Crystal Liepa Photography

I’ve had my eye on the Talvikki ever since its release earlier this fall, and it is just as warm and snuggly as it looks in the listing photos.

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Watcha Wearin’? A Velvet Penny Raglan, of course!

Happy 2017 everyone! Today I’m popping in as part of Tibeca’s Watcha Wearin’ January blog tour with a new make and maybe some style inspiration for the new year.  I’ll be participating every Friday this month, showing off how I wear some of my handmades in my day-to-day life.

Watcha Wearin' January

Today I’m showing off the new Penny Raglan that I made last month.  While my love for the Penny Raglan has already been documented, I haven’t pulled out the pattern since summer.  But I had leftovers from N’s velvet Christmas dress and wanted to make something for me, so when my eyes landed on my Penny pattern, I knew it was a match made in heaven!

Creative Counselor: Velvet Penny Raglan

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Creative-Counselor: FASTer Way to Fat Loss Results

My FASTer Way to Fat Loss Experience

This is a lot of posting over the last few days (after a couple of months off!), but I wanted to get this particular post done and out there before the holidays, just in case anyone is looking to jump-start new year’s resolutions in 2017 🙂

**This post contains affiliate links.  I would not include an affiliate link if I didn’t really like this program.  But if you keep reading, I think you’ll see that my results certainly justify my enthusiasm!**

As most of you know, I didn’t do a lot of sewing in November and December this year.  So what was I doing instead?  Well, in addition to sleeping, reading and catching up on TV shows with the hubs, I was also really focused on getting myself back in shape and trying to lean down and lose some of the 20 pounds I’d packed on over the last 2 years.

I’ve tried lots of different workout programs since having kids, many of which really are good programs, but I didn’t have any real results with any of them.  Until now!

Guys, I am so excited that I finally found the program that works for me!  After seeing a random Instagram post from a fashion blogger I follow, I clicked through and found Amanda Tress’ FASTer Way to Fat Loss program (affiliate link).

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