Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bule Ridge Dress by Hello Holli

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of  testing The Blueridge Dress for Hello Holli. It really is a wonderful pattern. 

The construction of this dress is unlike any other I've sewn. And, that's a very good thing! I was thrown for a moment when I saw that the shoulder seam isn't the first step. But, Holli uses clear & helpful illustrations to walk you through it all.

The dress details include a curved bodice trimmed with bias tape, button closures, French seams, & a full skirt. Which is great for practicing "ballerina twirls." I can't wait to make another with mini pom trim along the bottom of the bodice! It's such a sweet detail.

(I promise, Adalae really loves the dress. This is just the face she makes when watching people.  She's not exactly a people person.)

The inside of the dress is really what makes it for me. Such a clean finish! That is no small fete when it comes to a curved bodice, but that's where the clever construction comes into play.

Adalae wasn't sure what to think about me taking so many pictures of her. We had a really great time, just the two of us, at the Botanical Gardens. It's not often that we get to explore without the rest of the family.

Speaking of the gardens, the Norfolk Botanical Gardens has teamed up with the Chrysler Museum, & placed these great frames all over the gardens. Tag your photos with #norfolkblooms, & they could be on display at the museum. We couldn't resist joining in on the fun.

I really enjoyed sewing this dress, & look forward to sewing many more. I already have my next one cut out! The pattern is for sale here. Don't forget to head on over to Holli's blog for a chance to win a copy of the pattern!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Long Time, No See

Wow.  So, it's been awhile...

You could say Life has been a bit crazy since I posted last.  We've gone through some pretty drastic life changes, & added another kid to our family.  Baby P has been quite a surprise for us, & has knocked us for a loop at every turn.  After a pretty tough pregnancy, she joined us, and, honestly, I couldn't have asked for a calmer, more easy going baby.  We're so happy she's here.  Z & A are so in love with her.  They are constantly kissing & hugging her.  She is completely enamored with them as well.  She smiles when they talk to her, & follows them with her eyes as they run & play.  I love seeing the bond they have already.  She is a perfect fit.

Z is starting kindergarten in a few weeks, & A is joining him at his school.  All he talks about is being "extended day."  I'm really looking forward to school starting up again as well.  It will be nice to have some one on one time with the baby.

I know I've said this multiple times, but I promise this time, I will get better at posting on here.  I've missed it.  With all of the chaos, this is something that has just been put on the back burner.  But, I finally feel more on top of things, & am hoping that I'll stop slacking on this & actually post once a week, a least.  How could I not post pictures of this sweet girl?


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day

So, I'm sitting here, alone.  The kids are in bed, & T had to leave, yet again.  I'm debating wether to be responsible (clean the kitchen), or be lazy (snuggle up with Napoleon, & watch a movie).  Chances are, that the movie will win.

The kids & I had a great Mother's Day.  T was here for the morning, so he let me sleep in.  I was greeted with kisses from Z & A, & an adorable hand print picture that Z made for me at school.  The kids entertained themselves (miracle of all miracles!!) while I cleaned half of the monstrous kitchen mess, & T prepped for his trip.  After lunch, we went strawberry picking with some great friends.  It was so much fun, & a perfect distraction.  The kids ran & splashed in puddles, & A ate strawberries until I thought she might pop.  It doesn't get much better than that.  We came home, had an early dinner, & watched a movie while eating WAY too much ice cream (again, even better!).

As if that wasn't enough, yesterday, I woke up to a bouquet of tulips, & T built our second garden box. He also helped me plant a tree in the front yard!  It's been a great weekend.  Considering I didn't even realize that Mother's Day was this weekend, until a friend pointed it out on Wednesday (crap, cards are going out late), this was probably the best Mother's Day I've had.

I'm thankful to have such great kids, even if they stress me out sometimes.  But, what I'm most thankful for, is a husband who works hard, so that I can stay home & be with them.  I know I complain a lot about not having time to myself, but I wouldn't trade my time with them for anything!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Don't Mess With Me...

So, last night, A was being ornery (big surprise, I know).  T & I had both told her no multiple times.  Needless to say she was less than thrilled.  Her response?  She went in the playroom, got a toy gun & a microphone, & pretended to shoot us.  Apparently, we've been watching too many superhero shows...

Thursday, April 11, 2013


Ever have one of those days where you just can't seem to catch a break?  You know the ones where everything is going wrong, & as soon as you think, "how could this day get any worse?" it does.  Well, that's the kind of day I had.  It actually started out pretty well, but went down hill quickly.  Without getting to into it.  We didn't eat lunch until 3:00, by the time both kids were in bed asleep it was quarter till 10, & just when I thought things couldn't get worse, I knocked a fish off the counter.  Yes, a live fish was flopping on my kitchen floor.  Tears were shed.  It was a rough day.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

My Sweet Boy

I just have to "mom gush" over Z for a minute.  He has got to be the sweetest little boy I've ever met, & I'm not just saying that because he's mine.  I just don't want to forget these sweet little moments with him.

Tonight when he was getting into bed (he falls asleep in our bed, & then we transfer him to his own), I was putting some clothes away in my closet.  He wasn't quite asleep when I finished, so he asked me to come snuggle.  I tried my best to squeeze into bed between him & A who was already asleep, but didn't quite fit.  So, he just hugged my head.  He brushed a stray hair out of my face, kissed my forehead, & held my hand.  After a few minutes, he told me I was squishing his legs.  Before I got up, I went to give him a kiss, & tell him I love him.  It went like this:

Me- I love you so much!
Z- I love you so much, too!
Me- You're the sweetest boy.
Z- You're the sweetest Momma.

The whole time that we were talking, he was giving me "eskimo kisses" (rubbing noses).  Then he giggled, & held my cheeks to kiss my nose.

It's moments like these that get me through the tantrums.  Every night he holds my hands while he falls asleep.  No matter how awful our day was, that makes it all worth it.  I hope he never outgrows holding my hand.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Growing Up a Bit


I still haven't done any organizing of pictures.  Big surprise, I know.  They sit there in the camera mocking me.  One of these days I'll tackle them.  You should see my house, though.  It's super clean.  I've been in over drive deep cleaning room by room.  I AM SO TIRED!  I din't realize just how dirty it was.  Isn't that a great thing to admit.

I'm happy to report that not only have I cleaned the whole house, but while doing so, I've stayed on top of the dishes as well.  It's almost like I'm becoming a responsible adult or something.  I've been trying my best to be more on top of things, & a little less of a slob.  Almost two months in, & so far, so good.

T has also been on a big health kick lately.  We haven't bought a single processed food in over a month (with the exception of a small bag of Cheetos I bought today).  We've been making everything from scratch.  T has been baking bread every weekend, & I have even made homemade fruit snacks & goldfish crackers for the kids.  It's actually been pretty fun, & we've even gotten the kids to eat more veggies (which is NOT easy to do).

All of this responsibility stuff wasn't intended as a new years resolution or anything, but the timing worked out nicely.  It feels really good to have a clean house.  Now I just hope to maintain everything.  Up next on my todo list is painting my craft room, & organizing & backing up my photos.  This should be fun.

Oh, & if you have an instagram account you can follow me to see a bit of our day to day life around here (http://instagram.com/lifewithzeke)