As I mentioned before, I learned a TON at SNAP Conference, and one of the things that really hit home was if you are going to do something do it right. While in the past year I have finally started grading my patterns and making sure they are quality in all aspects, that is not the case for my earlier patterns. I don’t think this is necessarily a bad thing. At the time of creating these patterns I had no earthly idea how to grade nor access to the software necessary to do it. I did the best I could with what I had to work with. I have decided it is high time I remedy the problem though and am now looking for some assistance with this.
I am realistic in what I can handle in a day. In my current single parenthood there is just no way I can do all I need to as a momma/person (blog, sew, bath AND grade patterns) without help. Because of this we (Chris and I, because we are a super cool team in this) are looking to bring on two or three pattern graders. We are looking for graders who are extremely well versed in pattern grading, who can help us produce a cohesive line of patterns with great standard sizing and readability. We would like someone who can work relatively quickly (1-2 weeks per pattern at the longest). If you or someone you know is interested please have them send an email to Chris at chriswildwandering (at) gmail.com. Please include your price break down, examples of your work and your average turn around time. We are really hoping to work with a person on this as opposed to a big pattern grading company, so I have my fingers crossed so tight that some graders will see this post. We are super excited about this project and hope to find people who will be equally as positive. Gooooooooo team!
Evie has been asking me to cut her hair to her shoulders for a few weeks now, something I did NOT want to do. It is actually my fault. One night I was scrambling to get all the kiddos bathed, brushed and into bed. Her hair, which was so long, was taking forever to get all the tangles out. Then she complained the whole time we were drying it. After one particular whine I threw out: “Well maybe we should cut it short then.” I didn’t think she would actually jump on the idea like she did. I kind of dodged the topic for a few weeks but then she became pretty insistent and I resigned myself to the fact that it was inevitable. While I LOVE her long, long hair I didn’t want to forbid her to cut it spawning rebellion later on resulting in rainbow colored hair with steps shaved into the side. Plus, its hair, it will grow back right? Well, jokes on me because I love how it turned out.
Now, does that mean I didn’t automatically start “growing it out” the day we cut it, no, I totally did. But I think this will be an awesome summer cut and Evie is on cloud nine.
I used her hair cut high to trick her into doing a quick photo shoot with a new dress I had made her. I had originally bought the fabric to make a pencil skirt for myself but hadn’t bought enough. There’s a depressing thought, it was enough to make her a maxi dress and not enough for a fitted skirt for me ha! I LOVE it and will be going back to get more and actually make said skirt.
I used the Bohemian Baby Doll pattern again, tweaking it the way I do so that there is no topstitching and lengthening the bottom quite a bit. I lined the bodice with some fun mustard yellow. Evie saw the dress while it was inside out and announced she would not be wearing it. Luckily she likes it right side out.
I am still getting used to this older looking Five year old running around. She told everyone at school that her “mom cut” her hair. Which ended up with several parents asking me if I cut professionally. I think she forgot “let me” in that sentence ha!
This last weekend I was lucky enough to speak at SNAP Conference. I have never attended a blogger conference before let alone taught at one so I was a big ‘ole ball of nerves. Luckily I roomed with Kirsten from KOJO Designs and Stef from Girl Inspired. These ladies are both pros at conferences and were the BEST roomies I could have asked for. (I only have phone pics, and not that many as I was determined to soak up every moment!)
Sure we all stayed up way later then we probably should have, but what I think I took away most from this conference is sometimes you REALLY just need to actually meet people to make solid long lasting connections. Believe me, I am the first to realize this cannot always happen. I mean, for heaven sakes, this is probably the one and only conference I will ever be able to attend since we are pretty much always living abroad and there is no way we would be able to afford the price of a ticket home for a blogger conference. So I tried to make the most of it while I could. You can find the full schedule of speakers if you are interested HERE on SNAP Conf. website so I won’t bore you with that. I will say the ladies from A Beautiful Mess did a fantastic job of being candid, super approachable and of course very knowledgeable. I felt like their discussion was one of the most informative and helpful of the keynotes. I am a bit sheepish to admit that I didn’t know who David Tutera was. Even after chatting with him for a few minutes I thought to myself “I bet that guy has a show or something”. Ummmm yeah, that is an understatement. I felt even sillier when my awesome sister texted me after an instagram post saying “Oh my gosh you met David Tutera!!! Mom and I LOVE him” I apparently have been living under a large rock. This is was happens when you live abroad and don’t watch TV (aka cable) for going on five years. David (because we are now on a first name basis) was so transparent and didn’t hold anything back. He warned that if we asked a question we would get an honest answer, which may or may not make us feel good. He even sang us a song upon request from his first job as a singing telegram. Now thats a good sport. (My picture is horrid sorry)
It is funny because I felt like there was a reoccurring theme through the entire conference, and maybe this is all blogging conferences, but what I felt like was getting hammered into me was be authentic, be you, don’t blog about things you don’t care about your readers can tell, find your niche and rock it. This seemed like the common thread to every successful blogger and was the cornerstone of Rachell Hollis‘s awesome branding class. What I am so grateful for is the fact that she didn’t just say that she actually had exercises for us to do to really find out what our focus and brand should be. Soooo helpful! Especially for me who is all over the place. “Oh I love muted colors… and bright pops of color. Wait those are opposites?” So of course I say there will be some changes (hopefully for the awesome) but we will see if I can do the other thing all the speakers kept saying to do: take it seriously. If you don’t no one will take you seriously. Again things I knew but really needed to hear from someone awesome. Would I do it again? Absolutely, oh my goodness, yes. I only hope I get the chance to do it. Even if it is just to do amazing karaoke again with Dana and Jess (video on Dana and my insta’s if you are interested, lets just say it gets “funky”) Plus there was some serious swag bag action, and the sponsor booths were extremely generous.
Over all it was a wonderful experience I won’t soon forget!
I didn’t know if I was going to make Easter dresses for the girls this year… scratch that, I forgot to make easter dresses for the girls this year. I forgot that I would be on vacation with Chris on Easter Sunday and thus had to make them and have the kiddos dress up the week before if I planned on seeing them in their Easter best and getting some pictures. So the sunday morning arrived and I panicked. Luckily I had some awesome Cotton and Steele fabric on hand and had sewn several Bohemian Baby Doll dresses the week before for another project so I was able to whip these bad boys out super fast.
Oh my gosh you guys this was seriously the funniest most ridiculous “photo shoot”, if you can even call it that. We were already late and I was running around like a crazy person and the kids were totally feeding off my insanity and the above picture is the ONLY one as a group where someone isn’t pulling a hilarious face…. Though Sawyer looks SUPER thrilled in this one. At least he isn’t half sneezing like he was in the rest! Chloe refuses to wear anything I pick out these days. The only way I got her into this dress was letting her pick out her accesories. Hence the hairband and necklace. You gotta do right?
I accidentally made Evie’s dress about three inches too short but C’est La Vie she went to church in it anyway. Now I make her pair it with leggings so it is more of the tunic version.
I am kind of upset at myself for rushing it so much and making rookie mistakes along the way. But having said that I LOVE patterns where you can use small amounts of your expensive hard to find fabric and still get a wow factor. This pattern and the C”est Dimanche pattern really do that. Have some fat quarters you have been hanging on to? You can totally make this dress top out of them (thought probably the sleevless version) and then pair it with a nice soft solid cotton bottom. Voila! I am neurotic and have to have my bodice tops without topstitching so I actually sewed up these dresses a completely different way and added zippers on both. But the instructions are great and it sews up so so so fast and that is the only reason the girls got Easter dresses this year ha! By the by the boys suits and ties are from Crew Cuts and are from when Sawyer was baptized.
For those of you who have been following the blog for a while you know that we have a lot of Irish pride. I spent several summers there with my family growing up and our cuties have already made several trips. It stands to reason then that St. Paddy’s day would be big around our house. I decided this year to whip the girls up some fun super green dresses to wear to school so there would be no pinching 😉
After I made Evie’s though I hit a wall and wanted something colorful. I remembered her little top from the “color my summer” photo shoot in Paris and thought that would look festive with a little green skirt for Chloe. Luckily she loved it! Mainly because I STILL haven’t attached it to anything so she could lift up and show her belly to her hearts content.
The girls were in the CRAZIEST mood and being completely ridiculous.
I tried getting just one picture of them by themselves but Chloe REFUSED to stay out of the shot.
When I said their crepe payment was on the line things got serious….
…for all of two seconds.
It’s funny because I would say the Murphy’s law part of my heritage (I am a murphy several times over) has definitely dominated my life more then the “luck of the Irish” but looking at these hilarious and spunky girls I am pretty sure I am the luckiest mama out there!
FYI: All cotton fabric, dress pattern for Evie: Roma by C’est Dimanche, in french but I did an english walk through you can find HERE. Chloe’s top and skirt are self drafted.