Wednesday, January 4, 2017

After Christmas Gifts

Hi there!
Happy New year! It is the first week of 2017, the kiddos are finally getting back to their old routines and for me it's the first morning I've had to myself in weeks. 
With Christmas over it's time to get back to normal, but at least in my family we have a few after Christmas traditions that in one way or another celebrate the three wise men visiting baby Jesus. When I was little my family used to celebrate Three Kings Day (Dia de Reyes) on January 6th. My son just got introduced to "La Befana" from Italy at school and since I've heard about her before, I decided to celebrate her arrival on January 6th. La Befana is a good old witch who leaves sweets or a small gift to good children at night, but if the've been bad....they might just get a piece of charcoal instead!


Since I'm over shopping, this time they'll get a handmade gift. Here are a couple of super easy projects to try: The Cottage Mama's art tote (link HERE) I just replaced the straps with cotton webbing to make it even easier/faster. The small purse is a tutorial and pattern that is available on my blog (link HERE). 
I used Springs Creative Trolls fabric for both projects, I added some coloring books and crayons and got the perfect little gift for my daughter. 
So whether you celebrate Three Kings Day, the arrival of La Befana or have your own unique tradition, take the opportunity to create something special for the ones you love.
Happy Creative year!

Paola






Monday, December 5, 2016

Getting in the Christmas Spirit

Hi There!
I know it's already December and I am late to the party, a lot happening at home but not enough to take away my desire to create for my loved ones. I just took some time to finally create Julia's Christmas dress, well dresses really and a couple of stocking stuffers, wanna see what I made so far?

1. A Christmas Harper Dress (pattern by Made for Mermaids available HERE)

This is such a classic style, I've made many since the pattern was released but this one is by far my favorite. The fabric is perfection, Pixie Noel by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake Designs, Can you tell my little one loves it?



2. A Newly released Holly Dress (pattern by Made for Mermaids  available HERE)

This dress is just so cute and flirty, a combination of boho and classic, it was love at first sight and the perfect pattern to use the very last yardage I had of this fabric, which is now sadly out of print.




3. For a more casual look? Nothing better than a pair of Target leggings and top paired with a Jilly  Atlanta Criss  Cross Cape (available on etsy, link HERE) Amazing how just the cape makes this outfit stand out and look truly unique.


4. Stocking stuffers anyone? This book mark might be just what you needed to give the book lovers in your life, a perfect scrap buster and super easy, part of Made for Mermaids yearly 12 days of Christmas freebies.


Hope you got enough inspiration to get your creative juices flowing, if I could get in the mood to sew, you can too!

See you soon with more projects!

Paola
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