Monthly Archives: October 2010

10.31.10Fun Funky Fleece Hat


Shannon at luvinthemommyhood has been doing the most wonderful contest his month: Sewing vs. Knitting. I must admit I am a little  super amount envious of people who can knit. I have tried several times to learn but I think it is like languages, I have a mental block where it is involved. ANYWAY, since I am a sewer I thought I should take a turn in the ring and take on those chunky knits I so adore. Every winter I make these fun funky fleece hats. I get comments on them when ever my kiddos and I wear them out.
The kids love them because when I wear them it means I am totally up for some fun.
I love them because they are so easy and look adorable at football games, tailgates, sledding etc. they MAKE pictures :) When I made Finn his first one for William and Mary’s homecoming he ended up on the front page of the newspaper AND the home page of the college:
Now thats gotta be good right? But since I try my hardest to be a mom who has a ton of fun with her kids I thought you might like to learn how to make your very own funky fun fleece hat.

What you will need:

2 half yard pieces of corresponding fleece fabric OR 1 whole yard of fleece fabric
A small square of Velcro pieces
Sewing machine
Straight pins
The pattern can be found HERE. This pattern is only for the bottom of the hat.
For the top you will cut ONE rectangle on the fold of your fleece. It needs to be as long as the bottom portion and can be as tall as you like (some people have bigger noggin’s then others, I’m just sayin’ hee hee) Once you have cut out your main and lining pieces you will need to cut out eight long strips of fleece {four of each if you are doing two colors}. Once everything is cut out grab your main hat piece and your small square of velcro. I used the “scratchy” portion as this will be on the outside. Attach the square of velcro on on of the lower tab portions.
Now repeat this process with the “soft” square of velcro only before you attach it make sure it is on the correct tab, so that when you sew the pieces together it will connect with the other square.
Now lay your two main piece right sides together.
Sew all the way around but NOT across the top edge or the straight down sides. Once you have sewn around, line up the straight edge slide pieces and flatten them out.
Now sew down the raw edge so they are now connected.  Once you have sewn straight down turn everything right side out.
Now take your rectangle of fleece and your long strips. Separate the strips into two piles of four, folding the strips in half lengthwise. I alternated colors.
Slide one of the piles so it lays right next to the fold in the hat and the other where the two pieces meet.
Now sew along the bottom edge. Be gentle it is a lot for your sewing machine to sew through and you don’t want to break a needle. I tried to help ease it along by pulling SLIGHTLY on the other side. I began sewing on the folded edge and when I got to the other side I left my needle down, lifted up my foot and swung the fabric so I could now sew up the side. After doing so turn everything right side out.
Take the bottom portion you made and with right sides facing each other slide it up over the rectangle so that the raw edges line up. Pin it all the way around. You should now have 3 layers of fleece to sew through.
Sew all the way around the raw edges. Flip everything right side out and topstitch around the edges if you like :)
I added a little felt flower on the bottom of mine to add a little pizzaz…. I dunno if it worked or not ha!! You could also cut a little slit in the top and slide flower clips or rosettes in and out :) How ever you decided to sport it, it is a warm, hilarious hat I am sure your kids will get a kick out of :) Happy sewing and I hope it doesn’t snow too much too soon. Why is it Fall and Spring are so short?


The second round is going on over at “Sew Dang Cute” if you would like to enjoy some fun inspiration for painting you should absolutely check it out! I am thinkin’ I am totally out this week ha! I hope your halloween weekend is fabulous!

10.29.10A Good 2 Cents

Since photography dominates a HUGE part of my life I love talking with other photographers. I always learn something new and I feel like it helps keep me fresh and current. Chelsey, the photographer behind Pink Fig Photography does fabulous work. I love that her looks aren’t overtly trendy like so many photographers right now (um, myself included often times) Her images are ones you would be able to keep for decades not have to redo next year :) I asked if she would share some tips to getting the most out of your photoshoot in hope of helping ya’ll get prepared for the inevitable Christmas card photo duh duh duhhhhhhhhh. She offers some fabulous advice! Check out her official site HERE or her lovely blog HERE. If you are in UT I would absolutely book a session with her soon before all her holiday spots fill up, and um not to pour lemon juice in a paper cut but did I hear ya’ll got snow yesterday? Ouch.  But it sure makes a fun backdrop!! (trying to make lemonade with that juice now). Here’s Chelsey:

Hi Everyone! My name is Chelsey and I’m the photographer behind Pink Fig Photography. I’m so excited to be a guest today on Sewing in No Man’s Land. I love Kelly’s tutorials and of course her blog. Kelly asked me to share some information from a photographer’s perspective about what to wear, acting natural and great background ideas.

What to Wear:

I hate to break it to you but “matchy-matchy” is out. The days of matching polos or black shirts and khaki’s are over. Now are the days of layers, patterns, accessories, textures and originality! Try adding a cardigan or scarf over your tops to make your outfit look more complete. A good way to get ideas for your outfits is to check different clothing websites online and take a look at their current clothing lines.

Another fun way to make your family coordinate is to choose one particular color, texture or pattern that everyone wears a little of. This will help pull the entire look together. The fall colors for 2010 are really fun this year. Along with the traditional fall colors: modern metallic, camel, rich purple, mixed olives, pale blue and bright red are in. How fun are these colors for family pictures? Add some gorgeous fall leaves in the background and you’ve got one beautiful picture.

I love when I photography a family that brings their own personality and originality to their photos, it completes a photo.

Three Tips for Acting Normal:

  1. Handle your Hands: If you or your children are nervous then you may have a hard time acting natural, especially with placing your hands. Try holding an object to help distract you from being nervous. This will also help you look more natural in your pictures with the object in place.

  2. Bring a Chair: I always bring a stool to every shoot. If you are having a hard time standing and acting natural because of nerves, try sitting. Most of the time if you are sitting, it will help loosen you up and help the natural look.

  3. Distractions: Distractions are a great way to get natural looking photos. Especially when taking pictures of children. I will usually talk to my subjects about something that interests them; such as their family, pets, or favorite cartoon character. Hey, I will even bark like a dog if it gets you to smile! It also helps your photographer out if you help get your children to smile when they are being photographed. Try standing behind the photographer and asking, “Where’s Mommy/Daddy?” then jump out and surprise them.

Background Ideas:

When choosing a background, keep in mind what style of pictures you would like. A good way to choose is by picking a place that is special to your family or a place where your family feels comfortable. Keep an eye out for landmarks, old buildings, and landscapes that catch your eye.

I love backgrounds with lots of textures. For example, an old brick building or fall leaves have great texture. If you are unsure of a location that fits your wants and needs, ask your photographer. When I schedule a photo shoot I always offer my clients a list of my favorite local locations. Let your photographer know what you are looking for in a location and they can help you find one if you are unsure.

Ask and Involve Your Photographer:
It’s important to involve your photographer in the process with you. When your photographer understands what you are wearing and what you are going for it will help your pictures come together. If you need an opinion on a location or clothing ideas, ask your photographer. By working with your photographer before your photo shoot, you will be able to achieve what you are looking for and love the outcome.

Thanks Chelsey! I think that is some really good advice. Especially the bit about talking to your photographer about what you want to get out of the shoot. I know that sounds obvious, um good pictures please, but if you want traditional and your photographer took tons of candids… well then no one will be happy, because I promise us photographers feel AWFUL if there aren’t tons of pictures you love :) I hope that gave you some food for thought….. now go fill up that tummy with yummy halloween candy!!!

Daring New Look

FINALLY we have internet again! Whoo hoo!!! Who knew a day and a half without internet connection could be so stressful ha! I am so excited to talk about the new look of the blog. First some background. When I started the blog a few months ago I promised the hubby it wouldn’t end up costing mola. Well, I must admit I was envious of how good other blogs looked and I have NEVER claimed to be computer savvy so there was no way I could figure out how to spruce up mine. While in Rome I received a lovely email from Amy at Designer Blogs asking if in leu of material she could help out with a blog design. UM? OH MY GOSH! I was so excited. I knew I wouldn’t be able to concentrate until I got home so Amy was kind enough to wait. Then the creative process started! Designer blogs is fantastic in that they allow you to pick images/ designs from HUNDREDS of stock images, or you can have a completely custom design made! Here is the amazing part. I have a horrible idea of what I like and have HUGE respect for interior designers or in this case blog designers who can reach inside your mind and pull out EXACTLY what you yourself could not articulate. I gave Amy so much garbledegook aka: “I like swirls and birds and muted colors and things that are pretty etc. etc.” and with that tiny bit of guidance and looking at other blogs I sent her that I liked taddah!!! She came up with something I absolutely LOVE! Then she was crazy patient with me as I figured out how to use all the little bits and pieces. She answered all my silly questions promptly and kindly as opposed to “Seriously girl? First you need to turn on your computer” ha! What is wonderful about Designer Blogs is that they are sooooo affordable. I thought having a custom blog would be outrageously expensive but I think they realize they will get A LOT more customers (and return customers) if they keep their prices affordable. So if you need a stocking stuffer, or a halloween gift :) or a fresh new look for your blog to be thankful for hop on over HERE and check them out. Of course I HIGHLY recommend Amy but I am sure the other team members are fantastic too. I hope you love the new look as much as I do, and that things are a little more organized and more accessible!

10.27.10The Somerset Dress



Alright you asked for it and here it is!
Since I had three sick kids, a big project at the orphanage and the fun Crafting with the Stars competition, I took it easy on myself and decided to do a knock off of Shabby Apples Yorkshire dress {just like the mini version I did HERE}.
I really wanted one for myself made out of cotton, it is just too hot here for my tweed one. You can find the pattern HERE and you follow the exact same directions as in the Yorkshire {mini} dress.
The pattern REALLY needs to be enlarged. I enlarged mine 120% and that seemed to be perfect. The waist is still elastic and super comfy. I just added the belt for a little punch of color. I think at Christmas I am going to add a red and white striped belt :)
Remember you can always take it in but you can’t add more :) well, in a very fashionable way ha! I am soooo excited to share with you about the new blog design but thought I should get this tutorial up while it was still fresh in everyones mind. If you have any questions or hang ups please feel free to email me! I am going to go try and figure out how in the world to do a cool “paint” themed project on an island that has little to now paint ha!