Beach bag

Beach bag

Hard to believe in this mess, I couldn’t find a suitable beach bag (I guess there was no room in my luggage for such things when I was packing to move across the Atlantic). Solution? Make one.

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Luckily I had this fabric that screamed “take me to the beach” (the bright colors made it easy to spot when we were cooling off in the Mediterranean Sea). I literally whipped this together the night before heading to beach. It’s the same idea as the shopping bag I made but bigger with a pocket and a button to help keep the sand out and sunscreen and magazines in. Perfect!!

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How to: Make a Shopping Bag

How to: Make a Shopping Bag

Quick & easy to make, this is the perfect reusable shopping bag.  You can adjust the size according to your shopping needs!  I used 100% cotton material which means it can be thrown in the washing machine whenever necessary.  This bag will also fold up to fit in your pocket (love this about a bag as I often go to the grocery store on the way home from work and HATE carrying plastic bags for any distance).

Finally…I’m back!

Finally…I’m back!

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of fun & excitement & exhaustion.  I’m arrived back in London early Tuesday morning after spending 12 days in the US (Pennsylvania, Boston, Cumberland, & Waterville).  I spent Memorial Day weekend in Pennsylvania celebrating my cousin Victor’s nuptials.  My incredibly talented cousin, Rachael, was the photographer (check out her photos) and my equally talented cousin, Myriah, was the florist and event coordinator/decorator (flowers & decorations can be seen in Rachael’s photos).  These women did an AMAZING job creating & capturing the beauty of this event.

In preparation for the wedding, I made myself this dress (believe it or not this is the best picture I have of the dress, try not to be horrified by my dancing).  I picked up the lightweight cotton print in Beijing.  This is my last “Dress a Week Challenge” dress.  I only wish I had added pockets.  I’m a dress with pockets kind of girl. While I wasn’t able to do any sewing when I was home I did manage, between yard sales, sales & my birthday, to acquire some FABULOUS supplies.  I can hardly wait to put everything to use!

A Shout Out to My Mom

A Shout Out to My Mom

I’ve been thinking a lot of about weddings lately – hard not to living in London where Kate & Wills are boldly displayed in the windows of nearly every storefront.  My cousin is also getting married a week from Saturday (can’t wait!!), so I have weddings on the brain.  As such, I thought it was an appropriate time to reminisce about my wedding (ok, ok it was only eight months ago but still).  Specifically, I want to spotlight the amazing seamstress I found to make my flower girl dresses and my cathedral length veil.  Drumroll please…….MY MOM!

If you follow our blog you’ve already realized that my mom is an incredibly talented women.  She is a gifted artist, specializing in mixed media art (you should see her fish & nature prints, they’re brilliant!  She recently shared her passion by teaching a local class on nature printing).  A seamstress, you name it she can sew it.

Seriously, check out the dress pictured above.  It’s gorgeous. Should be on the cover of a magazine.  As mentioned in a previous post by my mom, the bodice and covered buttons are made from the lace of my grandmother’s wedding dress – a very special way for my grandmother to be a part of my wedding.  These dresses were part of my inspiration to start sewing infant/toddler dresses myself.  I haven’t taken on the challenge of sewing silk yet but it has been calling my name lately – I think I can hear it all the way from the Beijing Fabric Market.

She also whipped together my veil which to many would be a daunting task.  Not her.  After visiting a couple bridal shops and trying on countless dresses and a few veils she determined that she could make me a veil.  Sounded fabulous to me especially after catching a glance of the veils’ price tags.

It was just what I wanted, cathedral length & simple.

If you’re planning a wedding, take a minute to think about all (anything) the things you (or your mom/friends/etc.) can make to be a part of your big day.  It could potentially save you a bundle of money while adding a personal touch to your wedding.

Photos by Mikayla Anania