Vivienne Pattern Release

You guys!  I’ve been dying to share these photos with you!!  I was so excited to help test the new Vivienne and Mama Vivienne patterns from Made for Mermaids!  I sewed up so many versions so prepare for picture overload!!!  

First up is this tunic in a purple strip from So Sew English and solid from Purple Seamstress.  This is Pumpkin’s favorite shirt!  She’ll even wear jeans with it!!  (getting her in jeans is quite a feat!)  

She loves the twirl factor!

Pumpkin’s not the only one who has a new outfit!!

I used the last of my precious Girl Charlee floral on this mini dress version of the Mama Vivienne.  I love the side panel for having some fun with fabrics.  I love stripes paired with floral, so of course I had to use them for the side panel in this version.

The Mama version of the dress isn’t quite as full as the girl’s version, so it doesn’t add a lot of bulk to the midsection.  

And when there are Mama and girl versions of a pattern we have to have some matchy matchy fun!!!  Cupcake and I had a sorority luncheon to attend so we needed new dresses! 

Vivienne and Mama Vivienne by Made for Mermaids

We were a big hit at the luncheon!  And comfortable, too, in this double brushed poly (also from So Sew English).  

And not to be left out…….

Pumpkin demanded a matching outfit as well.  Actually, I made her this dress version and as soon as she put it on she said I needed to make a matching one for myself.  Lucky for her that was the plan all along.  

Vivienne and Mama Vivienne by Made for Mermaids

I absolutely love how these ones turned out! This fabric from Bolt by Girl Charlee is just gorgeous!  

Are you counting………up to 6 so far……..yeah, there’s one more.

Vivienne by Made for Mermaids

And this one might be her favorite.  She’s worn it a million times already! As soon as it’s clean she wears it again.  And she wears it for important events, like her preschool farewell performance.  

I love it, too.  This Riley Blake fabric is just so sweet!  Again, paired with Purple Seamstress solids.  

And this pattern release is not just for the ladies this time!!  Be sure to check out the Dylan Tee and Men’s Dylan Tee, too! I didn’t test them, but the testers made some awesome versions and I can’t wait to sew some up for my hubby!!

All 4 patterns are on sale through Friday or you can get them in a bundle!  So be sure to pick up your copies during the sale!!

 

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Our Gnome Home

So, have you guys seen all the gnome and fairy gardens popping up everywhere?  When I first saw a fairy garden I thought it was the cutest thing and would be a fun project to do with the girls.  We found some really cute supplies at Joann’s and one day I was there when they were all 60% off, so I thought I’d pick up a few pieces and start our own.  Because of the sale there were some things that were sold out.  Namely fairies.  But there were still cute gnomes, so a gnome home is what we created!

I had an old, large pot that hasn’t been used in a year or two and thought it would be the perfect place to build our gnome home.  The girls helped me fill up the pot with some soil and then we started arranging.  First we put a big spiky plant in the back and settled the treehouse next to it.

And then we rested our gnome just outside his front door.  Isn’t he cute?  Back behind him is a little bird house.  We were hoping to bring it a little more forward, but it needed the help of the plan to keep it from tipping over.  But now it’s like a cute little secret back there.

We added some purple flowers along the side and tucked in some cute little mushrooms.

There’s a nice welcoming path of little “wood slices” leading to the front door and a pet snail.  We have a pet snail so our gnome needed one, too.  With a few pink flowers behind the snail our gnome home is complete.  

The girls love having a gnome home in the backyard and they check on him often.  A nice lady I met while picking out my items told me that making little fairytale gardens is addictive and I think she might be right.  I could see making a few more of these around the yard.

Seventh Birthday Science Party

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!  We had a great weekend!  We had a lot of birthday excitement as today is Cupcake’s seventh birthday!!  We celebrated on Saturday with a party at a local hands-on museum.  This was our first adventure with having a birthday party somewhere other than our house and aside from a bunch of cookies getting broken on the way there it was a blast!

When the party guests arrived they each had a science name badge waiting for them.  I used the free printables from PBS for the party!  They were exactly what I was looking for and I didn’t have to do too much work!  (I did edit the name badges to remove the picture spot)

The photobooth props were a big hit!   The birthday girl really liked the glasses and mustaches.  Doesn’t she look adorable in her science dress?  I just love how this Sutton Dress (by Made for Mermaids) turned out!  I found this science fabric at Joann’s and it was perfect for our theme!!

Pumpkin also got a new dress for the occasion.  Luckily I had half a yard of fabric left over after making Cupcake’s dress!  She’s rocking the new Sommer Dress from Made for Mermaids.  

I had activity sheets and crayons for the kids to work on while we waited for everyone to arrive.  Once the gang was all there we headed out to explore the museum.  The checked out the python (it was feeding day!) and possum.  Moved on to the music room, then hit up the water table before heading to the Do Lab to get hands-on with science (such as “cleaning up and oil spill”).

And mixing colors of water to see how the colors change.

Then there was a lot of climbing and sliding before heading over to “make pizza” and see the animals in the zoo.  The two-toed sloth was awake and on the move!  And the otters were super active as it was getting close to feeding time.  The kids also got up close and pet a snake!  Then we headed back to the party room and washed hands in preparation for cake…..

….and cookies.

It was a great party!  Everyone had a great time!  Cupcake was so happy to have friends and family there to celebrate her big day!  And today we’ll celebrate with pancakes for breakfast and treats for her soccer team after school.

Happy 7th birthday, Cupcake!!!  We love you!!!

 

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New Mommy and Me Pattern Release

You guys, I have some exciting news!!  Sew Caroline and Simple Life Pattern Company have teamed up to offer a collection of mommy and me patterns!  Sew Caroline has taken some of SLPCo’s favorite patterns and made them for mommy, while SLPCo took some of Sew Caroline‘s favorite patterns to make them in kid sizes!  How exciting is that?

I was lucky to test Tammy’s Tulip Shorts for this collaboration and I’m excited to show them to you!  These are going to be so great for hot summer days!  And I can’t wait to make some matching pairs for my girls!

Aren’t these so cute?  They can be made with medium weight cotton fabrics or knits, so you can have a lot of fun with these shorts!

I had a lot of fun picking out fabric for these test pairs.  i couldn’t decide!   Which is how I ended up with 3 pairs of shorts!  And they’re such a quick sew, especially if you use premade bias tape as I did with these pairs.  My favorite pair, though?

Pineapples!  I was super excited to find this pineapple fabric in the novelty cottons.  I’ve already worn this pair twice!  (which is a lot considering we haven’t had many “shorts weather” days so far)

Here’s a detail shot of that cute bias trim.  You can have a lot of fun with the trim, by using decorative trim like pom poms or lace.  Or make your own bias trim out of a coordinating fabric.

Also included in the collection is the Magnolia Shorts, which I’ve previously shared with you.  I’m super excited about sewing up some of the girls version of the Magnolia Shorts, particularly for my girly girl who always wants to wear skirts and dresses, but needs the modesty of shorts.  

But really you must go check out the whole collection!  There are so many mommy and me options to choose from!  I’m excited to get sewing!!!

 

 

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Friday Fitness: Pro Football Hall of Fame Half Marathon Recap

My winter of training was for the Pro Football Hall of Fame half marathon, which was this past Sunday.  I followed the Run Less, Run Faster training plan for this race, as I did last year.  I just love how this plan takes your pace and gives you a training plan with distance and pace.  It takes all the guesswork out of it!  I love having my intervals planned out!

The training went really well.  I had a few hits with sickness and one really bad 10-miler, but I also had a really good 10-miler and 11-miler.  And some hard, but successful interval runs.  And a 5K PR.  

Nasty weather moved in to the area the day before the race.  And it rained overnight.  We arrived at the start line to wet roads and puddles.  (and a delay because the traffic was so backed up – like 2 miles down the highway)  And it was the warmest day of the week.  Not a good start.

We met up with 3 other chapters of Moms Run This Town before the race, which was awesome!  And thanks to the delay I could make one more potty stop before heading to the start line (I drank 18 oz of nuun filled water on the way there!).

And I headed to the start line and settled in with the 4:00 marathon/2:00 half marathon pace group.  Pacer Mike was great!  He was very friendly and gave a great pep talk.  In full sun and warm temperatures the race began.

I was nervous about sticking with a pace group because I tend to want to start out just a tad slow and speed up as I get into a groove, but I also wanted someone to keep my sights set on.  There was a lot of bobbing and weaving to start (slow people – start in the back!), but we hit our target of 9:08 min/mile for mile 1.  The road started thinning out and we were cruising (8:55, 8:59, 8:56) even with two water stops (one unmanned) in there.  Somewhere between miles 5 and 6 there was a relay exchange and another water stop (9:11, 9:12).  And I was still just cruising, not feeling too bad (9:03, 9:08).  And I somehow lost sight of the pacer.  But in that 9th mile the sun was relentless, the roads were black and the water stops were spreading out.  I was getting tired.  (9:50)

And then I did something I hate to do.  I walked.  I was struggling in the heat and my hip was feeling really tight.  So I run/walked miles 10, 11 and 12 (11:29, 10:18,10:32).  My 2 hour finish time had slipped from my hands and then the 2:05 pace group passed me, which left me feeling really discouraged.  I was ready to give up in the last mile.  I just wanted to quit.  And I almost did, but then I saw an MRTT gal from another chapter on the sidelines cheering me on and I hung on for the last bit and crossed the finish line at 2:06:55.

And after catching up with my MRTT girls ahead of me we commiserated about how the course wasn’t as flat as they claimed it would be.  We would call it more gently rolling hills.  And the humidity was a killer!  (I felt like I was trying to breathe out of a straw).  And despite not finishing in 2 hours, I did PR and that was something to be proud of.  I shaved over 6 minutes off my previous half marathon PR.  

After celebrating with the rest of our MRTT crew (a few more PRs and first time half marathoners!) we headed out to get some food!!!

Swensons Drive In came highly recommended by locals and we’re suckers for milkshakes after a race, so we headed over.  And it was sooooo good!  The rootbeer milkshake was seriously amazing.

And included with our registration was free entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, so we decided to check it out.

And I posed in the leg cast of a football player who is well over twice my size and more than a foot taller than me.  It felt good to walk around a bit before the 3+ hour car ride home.  

Despite the race not going quite like I wanted I still had a great time with my MRTT crew on our runcation.  But I was pretty ticked off at my weather app reminding me the rest of the day how the temperature would be trending cooler the next day……….

I don’t have any more half marathon plans this year, just a bunch of relays, so this PR will have to hold me over for a while.  

OH, and in other exciting news this week I registered for next year’s Run Disney Princess Half Marathon!  Woo hoo!  That’ll be a fun runcation!!!

 

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