Pleated Bow Dress/Romper Pattern

Confession time: I'm kind of a hoarder. Like, sometimes it's a problem. Like when I can't stand to throw out the tiniest scrap of fabric for fear that I might need it later, so I have an entire bin under my bed of basically useless scraps of fabric. (I'm totally going to use them for a handmade hexagon quilt one day, I swear.) Or when I save leftovers in the fridge and can't stand to throw them out until I am absolutely sure they are inedible, even though I have no intention of eating them (don't judge, you know you've done it too). Or the collection of expired Bed Bath and Beyond coupons crowding our junk drawer - side note - I was just informed that they will soon stop accepting expired coupons - WHAT?! Boo to that, my friends, boo!

But, hoarding is not without its benefits. Like when I saved the excess fabric from making our headboard six years ago and I just used it to sew Lilly Kate's crib bedding. Free crib bedding! Or when I saved the scrap muslin fabric from making a crib skirt four years ago and just used it to create this adorable little dress! 

See, sometimes hoarding pays off! (Especially when your husband puts you on a strict cash-only diet and you are forced to use up all the scrap fabric you have in order to stay on budget! I dedicate this blog post to you, honey.) All that to say, in my online quest for a cute and free dress/romper pattern, I came up short, so I decided to make my own. And being the generous person that I am, I've decided to share it with you here! Fellow fabric hoarders: rejoice! You can make this dress with less than a yard of fabric! Let's get started!

gathered valance & drapes for girl's nursery

Growing up, I loved the Amelia Bedelia books. Who am I kidding? I still love them. But, as a child, I never understood why Mrs. Rogers got mad that Amelia drew the drapes. Isn't that what they asked her to do?

Watercolor Wall Mural: a video tutorial

Enchanted Forest, Sophisticated Whimsy. That is the theme, if you can call it a theme, for our Lilly Kate's nursery.

Thrifty Thursday: mini shopping haul

It's September and it feels like June here in Florida, but that's not stopping me from getting in the fall spirit! I decided to go ahead and start looking for fall outfits that would be conducive for nursing and flatter a post-baby body since I'm pretty sure I won't have the time or energy to shop once Lilly Kate arrives.

upholstered daybed part 2

In my last post I left off with the construction of the sides of the daybed and promised more pictures to come later. So, here they are!

upholstered daybed

For my first post on this new blog I thought I would start with one of my favorite things: DIY!