Category: Family

April 21, 2014

#love4jlk donation

Filed under: Family - 21 Apr 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 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 9, 2014

More Appliqued Canvases

Filed under: Applique,Family,Sewing - 09 Apr 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.

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

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!

February 26, 2014

tote bags for breast cancer

Filed under: Family,Giveaways,Sewing - 26 Feb 2014

I’ve been collaborating with some amazing blogging ladies on the Facebook page The Daily Sew. One day last week a reader informed us of a unique service project for a wonderful cause and it immediately piqued my interest.

I bookmarked the link to the post about the project. Please read about it HERE.

I didn’t read the post until yesterday in the car pool line waiting to pick Sofia up and as I read, tears rolled down my face. The post is written by a woman named MJ, who discovered 9 years ago, as a very young woman and Mother, that she had breast cancer. I was immediately moved by her drive to give back to the women who follow in her heartbreaking footsteps. It takes a lot to fight cancer, and a lot more to turn it into a chance to make a difference.

I’ve always felt very passionately about breast cancer and its research, awareness, and fundraising. Breast cancer hasn’t been something that’s affected people in my life, but for years and years it’s touched my heart. There are a LOT of women in my life–my Mom, 2 Grandmothers, my sister, sister in law, cousin, 3 nieces and 3 daughters, and countless more that come in the form of friends, peers and neighbors. My Uncle’s Mother has been battling it for the past year and a half and she’s just so amazing to me.

I love a good service project. I’ve sewn dresses for girls in Africa. I make pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer and donate them locally. And I LOVE the idea of this project. There are so many stories now about the never ending Mommy wars and this is such a beautiful way to gather together as girlfriends, and spend some time lifting each other up, restoring our of community of giving, loving, charitable women.

MJ is asking for bags to be mailed to her by Mother’s Day. That’s 10 weeks from now, including mail time, and I’m going to challenge myself to make 2 bags a week. 20 bags that will forever touch the lives and hearts of the women who receive them. What a wonderful way to serve others. I’ll be using the tutorial she links to from Skip to my Lou since it’s what she recommends. These bags sew up super fast and are a great way to use up some of those scraps we’ve all got laying around waiting for a wonderful cause.

Sew Like My Mom | tote bag service project

You can either mail yours to MJ at the address listed in her post, or donate yours locally if you know of a place that would like to have them. As a thank you to all my readers who choose to sew and donate, for every 5 bags you make, I’ll give you one of my patterns. Just send me pictures of your bags and which pattern(s) you’d like to have and I’ll get them to you.

I’m all in. Will you join me?

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