Category: Tutorials

July 16, 2014

Sycamore Skirt

Filed under: Tutorials - 16 Jul 2014

When I was in the middle of making my Sycamore Shorts pattern, I knew the pockets would be amazing on a skirt. I’ve wanted to post about this, but knew they’d be perfect for my Skirting the Issue skirt post. To learn more about Skirting the Issue, please read about it on Simple Simon & Co.

These huge pockets on a skirt are amazing!!

Sew Like My Mom | Skirting the Issue

Sofia loves this skirt! I can’t imagine any little girl who wouldn’t be nutty over the huge pockets for gathering treasures. She immediately stuck a notepad and pencil, 2 toys and a little bottle of bubbles in her pockets and tried to sneak them out for our photoshoot!

Sew Like My Mom | Skirting the Issue

Sew Like My Mom | Skirting the Issue

Sew Like My Mom | Skirting the Issue

Sew Like My Mom | Skirting the Issue

Sew Like My Mom | Skirting the Issue

Sew Like My Mom | Skirting the Issue

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July 10, 2014

Homemade Meat Rubs

Filed under: Family,Tutorials - 10 Jul 2014

I’ve extended my quest for homemade gifts for 2014 to not only include birthdays, but all gifts if possible. So when Father’s Day rolled around, I had a stroke of genius and ran with it.

Several years ago I handed my Dad his yearly Birthday card and announced it was nothing fun, just another gift card to the hardware store to join the others in his wallet that I’d given him for every holiday for several years. He looked at me very genuinely and told me he was sad that I couldn’t come up with something more creative to give him when I prided myself on giving creative gifts to others. Ouch. Throughout my life my Dad has had a way of delivering life lesson one-liners that are profound and sink into my soul deeply–and this one was no different. It ate at me and every holiday since I’ve thought long and hard and tried to give him something more meaningful. This Father’s Day, I think I knocked it out of the park.

Sew Like My Mom | Homemade Meat Rubs

My Dad likes to grill, like most men, but he has every grilling accoutrement known to man. So I figured I’d give him something fun to cook on the grill. These rubs went together really quickly, used herbs and seasonings I (mostly) already had on hand, and smell so delicious!

Sew Like My Mom | Homemade Meat Rubs

Sew Like My Mom | Homemade Meat Rubs

Sew Like My Mom | Homemade Meat Rubs

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June 11, 2014

Style That Kid ebook review

Filed under: Tutorials - 11 Jun 2014

Have you ever visited the blog Alida Makes? I “met” Alida virtually last year and have completely fallen in love with her. She’s amazing and her blog is nothing short of spectacular. The clothes, the styling, the photography–all to die for. Which is what brings us to this post today. Alida wrote an ebook!! It’s called Style That Kid and I got the chance to review it.

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I knew I wanted to reshoot an old outfit from the blog, and the second I decided to revisit a previous post, I knew exactly the post I wanted to do. We were drenched by months of rain last year and the week I was up for my Sally Dress review was no different. It was day after day of dark, gloomy days and I had to make do. My pictures were seriously lacking and I was disappointed in them. Chloe is hard enough to photograph without adding in bad weather and lighting! So I was thrilled to give it another shot. And I LOVE the new pictures!

Sew Like My Mom | Style That Kid

I’ve read blog posts about photography and elements that add or detract from your photos. So I tried that–interesting head piece, prop, different angles. But still they came out dull, drab, and as gloomy as the weather.

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So I read through Style That Kid and challenged myself to reshoot the dress in the same location (our driveway) and see if I could get vastly different results. And I DID.

Sew Like My Mom | Style That Kid

Sew Like My Mom | Style That Kid

Sew Like My Mom | Style That Kid

Style That Kid provides easy to understand concepts on how to best photograph your child, what locations work best, how to style their hair, accessories, lighting, the works! I was excited to put some of the principles to work, even if it meant successfully taking pictures of my normally uncooperative beautiful little girl instead of her sweet dress.

Sew Like My Mom | Style That Kid

Sew Like My Mom | Style That Kid

Sew Like My Mom | Style That Kid

(her face lit up when she realized her little brother and sister were watching us from the front door)

Sew Like My Mom | Style That Kid

I still have a lot to learn, but in the mean time, I know I’ll be taking photos that are more interesting, polished, and thought out. I thoroughly enjoyed this ebook and I know it will serve me well in the years to come.

Do you see this book helping lots of people take beautiful pictures of their children, Chloe?

Sew Like My Mom | Style That Kid

ROCK ON, ALIDA!

Sew Like My Mom | Style That Kid

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