April 21, 2014
I’m still in shock over the surprise pattern tour my amazing blog friends held for me last week! I was so touched by their generosity and in the spirit of giving, decided to donate half the money generated by sales of my patterns last week to The Young and Brave Foundation in honor of Jennifer Kranz.
I first found out about JLK, as she’s been affectionately called, by Jess from Craftiness is Not Optional. JLK and Sadie went to Preschool together and Last October, on her 6th birthday, Jennifer was diagnosed with an aggressive and incurable brain tumor and was given just months to live. She lost the battle to cancer in February and her story has touched me deeply. I’ve read many posts Libby (JLK’s Mom) has written and I just cry and cry. Sofia will be 6 in June and I cannot imagine losing her so suddenly and tragically. We’ve recently fought our own health problems with the kids, multiple ear infections, a baby with pneumonia, but they all seem so insignificant in comparison to what the Kranz family went through.
It was my honor and privilege to donate $250 to The Young and Brave Foundation in honor of JLK this morning. I know it’s just a drop in the bucket, but every drop makes a ripple and I know this one will be felt by many for years to come!
Thank you to all of you who purchased my patterns last week! If you’d like to read more about Jennifer, visit love4jlk.org or search #love4jlk to find many post and pages and love dedicated to this amazing little girl. And please join my Facebook group to share all your wonderful sewing creations and show off those Sew Like My Mom patterns!
April 14, 2014
Did you know there’s a Sew Like My Mom pattern tour going on today? Don’t worry, I didn’t either!!
I woke up this morning to see my amazing friend Andrea from Andrea’s Notebook had posted about my Darling Daisy dress. My brain’s foggy little sleep-deprived wheels started turning because I couldn’t remember giving her the pattern. I scrolled through her post on my phone, giggling over the gorgeous pictures and when I got to the bottom I went back to the top and started reading. Imaging my shock when I saw a bunch of my bloggy friends had organized a surprise pattern tour of MY patterns! AND I HAD NO IDEA! I clicked through each link, drinking in the thoughtful words, perfect photos and dreamy reviews in pure astonishment. This is surreal, guys, and completely astounding! So I have to share their work and love with you all.
I’ll start where I started–Andrea’s precious bright pink polka dot version of the Darling Daisy.
I LOVE Marissa’s raccoon Kudzu Coveralls. And isn’t tiny baby Teddy the cutest (you’ll have to click through to see him)?!
Susan at Living With Punks made a gorgeous version of my Busy Lizzy. I BIG heart her choice of bold fabric, and in the background of her pictures is my bowling set!
Christie at A Lemon Squeezy Home put a spin on my Darling Daisy and created this precious bias tape version for her daughter.
Jess at If Only They Would Nap is my sewing soul sister. Her littlest guy is just barely younger than Ollie and is also a tiny peanut. He’s also completely precious in turtle Kudzu’s!
Melissa at Melly Sews made a fab blue version of my indoor bowling set for her guys. This was my first pattern and is what made me set out on this whole adventure of pattern designing.
Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy made these fantastic seersucker Kudzus for her son. Isn’t it perfect for Easter?!
Jess at Craftiness is not Optional made the most adorable plaid Busy Lizzy cut on the bias. Couldn’t you just eat up her Charlotte??
And lastly, Veronica at SewVery shared her original Darling Daisy review that she made in the shirt length. She’s working on a new version and will be sharing it, as well as my new shorts pattern, later this week!
Did you catch that last part? A new pattern! That’s right–tonight I’m sending out my newest pattern to my testers. Look for many posts about it coming next week! This is another gender neutral pattern with adorable options and, as always, a modest fit.
This surprise pattern tour has been amazing and just another wonderful gift in a long line of heartwarming things this group of ladies has done for me lately. They’re truly beautiful friends and incredibly talented women! Their generosity is so overwhelming and I want to give back in some way. So this week I’m donating 50% of all proceeds from pattern sales to The Young and Brave Foundation in honor of JLK, a beautiful little girl, the Preschool friend of CINO’s Sadie, who bravely fought a battle against an inoperable brain tumor and ultimately lost her life to cancer at the young age of 6.
If you’ve been thinking about getting one of my patterns, now is the time! Help me support the memory of a beautiful little girl and a truly worthy cause!
April 9, 2014
So for a New Years Resolution this year, I decided I was going to make everyone’s gift for my family members. I started out with a bang, though one gift is still unfinished (but nearly done and I’ll definitely been blogging about it!), and I’ve been doing great so far! We have at least one birthday every month, so it’s been a fun challenge to keep myself thinking outside the box.
I posted a tutorial on appliqued canvases for the Home Sewn Series on Living With Punks. And after my cute apron canvases for my kitchen, I really was hooked! My sister and her family built a house last year and moved in last fall. She’s been searching for things to hang on the wall and I knew this would be perfect for her! I quickly came up with an awesome little design in my mind and was thrilled to see it come to such adorable fruition.
I made it a tree with birds, representing her and her hubby and their three darling girls. The girls each picked out which bird was “them!”
It just makes me so happy to see it hanging in her house!
Check out my tutorial and whip up some for the little love birds in your life!