M7543: Stripes and Shoulders 

Hey everyone. I hope all is well with you. I have gotten my mojo back and I’ve been sewing like crazy. Yesterday was such a beautiful day, the sun 🌞 was out, the flowers 🌺 were blooming, and I woke up to birds 🐦 chirping outside my window. With a day this beautiful, I thought it deserved to be enjoyed by me in a fantastic top. 

I decided to make off the shoulder top using a stripe cotton fabric that I surprisingly found at………..Walmart!! I used Mccalls pattern 7543 to make my stripe off the shoulder top. The pattern was very easy to follow, and I quickly made this top. I plan on using this pattern more because there are some dress options on there that I want to make. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, it is truly appreciated. Please feel free to comment below. 

Put Some Pep in That Peplum

Hey everyone! I am so excited about the warm weather coming in. Comfy lightweight clothing and sandals. Welcome Spring 🌷🌻🌺🦋🌞, you were missed. 

I bought some really fun and vibrant Nicole Miller fabric last year, and I finally used it to make a peplum top with pockets. I self-drafted the pattern myself and I plan on making more like it with different fabric. Below I have posted some photos. Thank you for checking out my blog. Have a great day.

The Anniversary & The Dress

Hello everyone. I hope that all is well with you. As I was making my dress for mine and my husband’s anniversary date,  our song came on, and it got me thinking about marriage and the ideas behind it, as well as how to sustain it. As many walk down the aisle to say I do to the person of their dreams, many are long past that stage and hoping to maintain that connection that created sparkles in their eyes and hoping to still be happy with the decision they made so long ago. Many fail to realize that after the “I Do’s” and the honeymoon is over real life begins. Real personalities shine through, and you are now responsible for more than just yourself. You notice more pet peeves than when you were just dating, and you must now figure out how to accept the things about your spouse that has turned them into someone you did not know they were. You finally realize that you are now officially married. This is often the time when you decide to run away or stay for the good fight. Many feel that if you date for a long time before you get married then you will learn everything and when you marry nothing will change. News flash, MARRIAGE CHANGES THINGS.” It is however how you deal with the challenges of marriage that will determine how successful your marriage will be.

Today I celebrated eight years of marriage with my best friend, my lover, the father of my children, and my partner in life. Eight years of marriage is not that long, especially when you are surrounded by couples whom have been married for 20+ years. However, as I have been told, we have beaten the seven year itch (whatever that means). My husband is not perfect and neither am I, but I love our relationship. Even during the days that we are both at our wits end, and can not stand each other, our love and ability to communicate effectively always brings us back together. We also share two beautiful children whom remind us everyday to cherish life, because it goes by so fast. They also give us a reason to work and fight harder to maintain what we have.

Our arrows. They make life fun, unpredictable, and insane, and we wouldn’t want to live life without them.

Now, as the children come along, your marriage is tested even more, because now you have to decide us or the kids. What many fail to realize is that you don’t and should not have to choose, you can be successful at both, if you are married to someone that is understanding and willing to learn how to compromise. For instance, my husband and I do not get the opportunity to have a lot of alone time (alone time together is so important to a marriage), but we make it work. We meet up for daytime lunch dates while the kids are at school, and we also put the kids to bed early on some nights so that we can have time together. Now that the kids are older, we are also making sure to go out at least once a month together. The kid’s idea of marriage will come from how they see us interact, so it is important to give them an example of the marriage that we hope they will one day have. My marriage is not perfect, no marriage is; but like everything in life, if BOTH people work hard at it, it will last.

Well, this past weekend, my husband and I hit the town for our anniversary, and as you all may know by now if you’ve been following my blog, I had to sew the perfect dress for the occassion. I found the perfect fabric at Joanns, it was a gorgeous foiled floral scuba knit.

I am so in love with this fabric 😍😍😍 that I just want to frame it. Lol!

Pattern used: I used Butterick pattern 6094 as you can see in the photo above.

Alterations: I made a shorter circle skirt for the bottom of the dress instead of the flared skirt with the petticoat that the pattern came with. I loved the vintage look of the dress, but I wanted to make it a little more youthful and sexy.

Was it easy to sew?: It was very easy to make this dress, just make sure that you follow the sizing on the pattern itself instead of the back of the envelope, or your dress will not fit the way that you want it to.

What I wish I did differently: I wish that I had used a solid color for the facing of the dress, so that the folded back would stand out more. Next time I’ll know better.

I just want to say thank you guys for reading, liking, and following my blog. I can’t tell you how much it means to me. I would also like to say Happy Anniversary to the love of my life. I pray that we celebrate many more.

A Man and His Daughter: The daddy-daugter dance and how moments like these impact young girls. 

Hello everyone.  I hope all is well with you. Today was one of those days that makes my heart happy, it’s time for the daddy-daughter dance. When I married my husband, I knew he was an amazing man, but over the years, he has proven to be an amazing father as well. Once a year he takes our daughter to Chick-fil-A’s daddy-daughter date night and also to her daddy-daughter dance at school. This year both event fell on the same day, but as tired as he was from working so hard, rather than make her choose one, he took her to both. Because of the father he has been to her, and the type of husband she has seen him be to me, I feel that she will have high standards for herself when she is an adult. After all, is that not our hopes for our children? Is that not why we work so hard? We hope to give them opportunities that will allow them to have better choices and higher standards for themselves. We hope for our son and daughter to be strong, independent, kind, loving, accepting, and successful in whatever they choose for themselves, but first and foremost, we want them to put God first.
Now that I have gotten the emotional mushy stuff out of the way, let’s get to the dress that I made for her this year. Every holiday I jumps at the chance to make themed clothing for my children and making her dress for her dance is something that my daughter looks forward to every year. This year I made her a tulle dress with a beaded mesh bodice using McCalls pattern M7112, View B.

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Fabric Used: I used blue beaded mesh with satin underlining for the bodice and blue shiny tulle for the skirt of the dress.

The Sewing Process: sewing this dress was pretty easy, but dealing with that much tulle was a bit much, especially since I gathered the nine pieces of tulle overlay and the skirt by hand.

Would you use this pattern again?: I am definitely going to use the pattern over and over again. There are more events to come.

Thank you all so much for taking the time to check out my blog. Until next time, take joy in the simpliest moments, they go by so fast.
 

 

 

 

This Jacket is the Bomber!!

Hello everyone!! Today I am going to discuss my new bomber jacket. I started sewing my jacket in November, but I was so busy with work that it seemed like I would never complete it. You see, I had the kind of job where you clock out, but you are still working when you get home. Not to mention, being mom and wife is also a never ending job (a job that I will never take for granted).

Pattern and fabric used: I purchased a beautiful Metallic gold/blue/olive abstract brocade fabric from Mood Fabric and used McCalls 7100 pattern, view A.

Ups and downs of the sewing process: Making this jacket was pretty easy, but I had never worked with brocade before and was unaware of how much it frayed. At one point I wondered if I’d have any fabric left (note to self, “please research fabric before purchase and use”). Once I figured out the fabric, the rest of the sewing process went smooth.

I had a lot of ups and downs while sewing this jacket, but I am so proud of the outcome. Now that I am more familiar with working with brocade, I will definitely be using this fabric again to make more jackets and other clothing. M7100 has become one of my favorite patterns and I plan on using it over and over again.

Thank you guys for checking out my blog. Until next time, do it with love and love what you do.

It’s Been a Long Time, Let’s Catch Up.

Hello everyone. It has been such a long time since I have been on here. Life has been very busy the last 6 months. I started working again and the kids were both in sports, my daughter cheered and my son played football, and that took up all of our time.I am very understanding to the parents who stick with their children all the way through their sports ventures, it is a lot of hard work and dedication. 

Football/Cheer season. Breast cancer support game.

I usually cook dinner about 5 to 6 days a week, but during the football season we ate out so much, Chick-fil-A employees knew us and our order 😂😂😂. It was as if we worked, took the kids to practice and games, and that was our week for months. Also we are involved in quite a bit at our church, so when we weren’t at sporting events, we were at a church event. Our schedules were so busy that we rarely did anything together for fun, except, we did sneak in some time for Halloween fun.

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While the kids trick or treat, the adults will play.

After the football/cheer season ended, we told the little ones that we are taking a break from all sporting, and other extracurricular activities for the rest of the year. We wanted to rest and get back to spending our free time together doing fun activities. We decided that we were going to make up for all the family time lost due to busy schedules. The kids were so tired and burned out that they made no arguments at our decion.

Before we knew it, it was time to celebrate all that we are thankful for, Thanksgiving was here and so were many family and friends. We spent the week at my brother’s and of course the kids were excited, they got to see their cousins everyday (we live a distance from my brother). It was a wonderful holiday, and the best part was hearing my dad say how blessed he felt to have most of his children and grandchildren under one roof with him. 

The inseparable cousins
My brother, sister, sister-in-law, and my nieces and nephew

One of the coolest things we did to start off the Christmas season was take a trip to the Chick-fil-A headquarters with some friends. It was amazing, especially for me, because I used to work for Chick-fil-A in college and even met Mr. Truett Cathy once. He was such a kind, humble, and true to heart man. We got to tour the facility, and also view his car collection  (including the batmobile). The kids got facepainting, photos with Santa, and other great things. One of the best and most touching part of our visit to the headquarter was being in Mr. Cathy’s office. It was filled with memorabilias and family photos. It was a great office, but not as extravagant as you would think , considering how rich he was. His office was nice, but humble, just like the man. 

Me and the hubs next to the batmobile
Sharing moments with friends
My beautiful reindeer
Truett Cathy’s office

This year my family and I were blessed to perform in a live nativity at a local attraction. It was very cold, but worth every moment, because it is a memory that will forever be with us. To be able to say that my family and I had an opportunity to tell a portion on Jesus’s story was such an honor. 

Myself and my son played Shepherds, my husband is Joseph, and my daughter was the angel.

Through all of the wonderful things we were involved in, there is something that I had not done in a long time, and I missed it dearly. Sewing. I used to sew morning, noon, and night, but life has bern so busy that I locked my sewing room door so that I wouldn’t have to look in there. Well, after months of being apart, my sewing machine and I have reunited and it feels so good (I had to throw that song in there 😂😂). The first project that I tackled was making my daughter a dress for Christmas, and I must say that I am very proud of the outcome. I drafted the bodice pattern myself and made a gathered skirt to attach to the bodice. I had hope to make a matching skirt for me, but time got the best of me. She loved her dress and it was so awesome to sit in front of my sewing machine and create again. 

My daughter wearing the dress I made for her.

This has been quite a busy, crazy, and fun couple of months thanks to wonderful family and friends. It is so great to be back on my blog, I have so much to share in the coming year. Thank you all for reading and following my blog thus far. From my family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy holiday!!

Fireworks in the Sky

Hello everyone. To all of those who call America home, Happy Independence day!!

One of the things that I do every holiday, is create a themed look for my kids, and today is no exception. Often times you would see items that I make for my daughter, but my son told me that he wants me to make something for him this time around. I have always made things for my daughter because I am better in making girl’s clothing, but at my son’s request I decided to give it a try, and it turned out great. I must say that this is one of my favorite things that I have ever made for my kids.

Pattern Used: My Daughter’s Dress was made using McCalls 6878, and my son’s shirt was made using Burda 9792.

Fabric Used: I found two firework patterns at my local Joanns that caught my eyes.

Was the pattern easy to use?: I had a bit of a struggle with the pleating on the dress pattern, but once I got a handle on it, everything else went smoothly. The Burda shirt pattern was very easy to understand and follow.

Would you use the patterns again?: I am definitely going to use both patterns over and over again.

I love sewing for myself and others, but sewing for my little ones bring out the best in me. Thank you all for reading my blog, please like, comment, and share. Please continue to scroll for pictures.

 

 

The Lessons They Teach Us

Hello everyone, I hope that all is well with you. There are many moments in my life that make me proud to be a mother, but there are some that just sticks out. I don’t usually tell every good deed that is done by me and my family, because I feel that when you do something from the heart, it does not need to be broadcasted. However, I felt the need to share an experience that I had with my daughter that brought tears to my eyes.

A little while ago we were going through some financial hardship, but we still wanted to make sure that my our daughter had a great birthday (tearing up thinking about it). I took her to get a nice dress and spend some mommy-Jaime time together. As we were driving we passed by an homeless man in the shopping center. We still had a left over ziploc bag that we packed with knick knacks for the needy. We gave it to him, but to Jaime it was not enough. She said, “mommy, can’t we give him some money so that he can get something to eat.” I told her that I didn’t have cash, and proceeded to remind her of our financial situation, and how we ourselves struggled just to get things together to help her celebrate her birthday. This sweet girl of mine looked at me and said, “mommy aren’t you the one that always said if you have a little give a little, and if you have a lot give alot?” I looked at her and said yes Jaime, I do tell you and your brother that. She she paused for a second and looked at me, and the words that came out of her mouth next still brings joyful tears to my eyes. My sweet and thoughtful daughter said, “mommy, I don’t need a dress for my birthday, I have clothes, lets take the money and get the man something.” She pointed out the IHOP next to us and we proceeded to go into the restaurant and get a gift card for the man with her dress money. She even checked with the lady at the front of the restaurant to make sure that they wouldn’t give him problems to eat there. I parked the car and I let her give the man the gift card. He looked at us and tears fell down his cheeks and he thanked us several times, and he told me that I had an angel with me.

My children have always been a blessing in my life, and I try my best to teach them the importance of giving back, but on that day, my daughter taught me that you never have too little to give.

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My sweet angel

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New York State of Mind (part 2)

Hi everyone, I hope that all is well with you. Today I am going to conclude my “New York state of Mind” post. Most of my time in New York was spent with my husband’s side of the family, but the times we ventured into the city was amazing. I’m a southern girl at heart, but the big city lights just does something to my spirit. I feel so fun and adventurous whenever I leave Georgia behind and venture out into unknown territories. Don’t get me wrong, I love living in Georgia, it is my home and there is nowhere else I’d rather be, but I believe that everyone should step out of their boxes and see what the world has to offer. One of my favorite places to visit is Europe, and I  cannot wait to go back again.

We stayed in New York for five days, and our last three days were the best. My husband and I went on a date, which does not happen often with our busy schedules back home. My sister-in-law did not have to tell us twice to leave the kids with her. We were as giddy as children at a circus. We visited Roosevelt Fields mall for some shopping and ate at Grand Lux restaurant, by the way, their kale and avocado salad was amazing.

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The next day, my husband took us for a tour of where he grew up, in Queens, NY. We stopped to grab some eats at one of his favorite bakeries from his childhood, “Le Bon Pain Bakery.” My husband’s family is from Haiti, and I love learning about their culture. We are hoping to visit with him one day. We ate Haitian patties, which are flaky puff pastries filled with herring, chicken, or vegetables. We also had legumes (vegetable dish often served over rice), and grio (cuts of pork shoulder) with fried plantains and pikliz (spicy cabbage, carrot and chile-laced pickle, which is pronounced pick-lees).

It was such a flavor adventure. I myself is Jamaican, but we do not cook with the same spices as Haiti.

We spent our last day walking through NYC. We took the kids to Dylan’s Candy Bar for a sweet overload.

I also loved the window display at Dylan’s Candy Bar, they called it “candy cookout.” 20160528_200118

I was very excited to be in Time Square for the first time, but that excitement was lost once I became so overwhelmed by how crowded it was. People passed by and knocked mine and my children’s shoulders so hard as they were passing that I had to carry my six year old all the way back to the car so that we could leave. Don’t get me wrong, Time Square was not all bad, the saving grace were the street performers. I was even able to video a portion of the performance. 

All in all, this was an awesome vacation and I am looking forward to coming back and exploring New York a little more. Though I thoroughly enjoyed New York, I was so happy to be back home. As soon as I woke up in my own bed the next morning, I put on my favorite diy maxi dress, sat on my front porch, breathed in the fresh Georgia air, and thought to myself, “there’s no place like home.”

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Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog, I truly appreciate it. Until next time, live, love, and be happy on purpose.

 

New York State of Mind (part 1)

Hello everyone! I hope all is well with you. I am heading home after spending a week with family in New York. I must admit that though I love living in Atlanta, I will miss this place. There’s just something about New York that makes you feel confident and sure of yourself. The people there just seems to have a strong sense of who they are and where they are going. I passed a sign in Times Square that said: 20160529_092957“City of Dreams.” No matter who you meet on the street, they came to New York to fulfill a dream of being an actor/actress, a dancer, a millionaire, a fashion designer, or on Broadway. New York is also a big melting pot, and I love that about this great state. Last night while walking through Time Square, we met someone from Jordan and Italy. On one street corner, you are likely to run into people from all over the world. My visit was just an awesome eye opening experience that I will never forget.

Our first day in New York was spent exploring the Big City and visiting the Museum of Natural History. The first place that I had to go to was Mood Fabrics. As I walked in, I was like a kid in a candy store. It was very overwhelming at first, but the employees were so helpful and kind that I felt right at home.

I purchased some great fabrics, but my favorite was a great printed cotton sateen (pictured above) that I plan on using to make a fitted skirt. After hearing #mommy I’m hungry,” twenty times, we found a great spot to get some New York style pizza. The pizza was bigger than my son’s head, but he tackled it on his own. 20160525_144937

After a long train ride, we finally made it to the Museum of Natural History. That museum is so spectacular. The way that they took such care and time to recreate these historical artifacts is just amazing. The kid’s favorite area was the Dinosaur world. There were seperate areas for African, Mexican, Asian, and European historical artifacts. There were also animals from land and sea from around the world. I took a lot of pictures, too many to post them all, but I will share a few.

After walking around the museum for a few hours, we headed back to my in-law’s house in Long Island where we were staying for some family fun time. It was a great first day in the city, and there was more good times to come as our adventure in New York continued. Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog, until next time, have an awesome day.