A Floral Penelop Peplum

A Floral Penelope Peplum | happy together
The other day I had to run into Hancock Fabrics real quick and this beautiful floral fabric caught my eye. After walking around to get what I wanted, I decided to splurge a little and buy some to make something for me. It’s a very sturdy fabric with good stretch and would be fabulous for pants or a dress, but I really wanted a top. I looked through my piles and chose to use the Penelope Knit Peplum pattern here. I have made a shirt with it before and decided this fabric had enough stretch in it to be used.

A Floral Penelope Peplum | happy together A Floral Penelope Top | happy together
I made a few little changes to the pattern like the keyhole back and the way I finished the neckline in general. I also added two layers for the bottom instead of just one. I had to go and alter the pattern for the bottom layer of floral fabric because the original circle bottom was too much. It stuck out a lot because the drape on it isn’t the best. But, I’m happy with how it turned out. As usual, the more I sew for myself, the more I figure out how to tweak things to fit me the best. That’s one of the great things about sewing for yourself. You can learn to make things fit you how you like them. Oh, and that beautiful lavender color fabric was another find at Hancocks. It doesn’t really fray a lot, so I left the edges raw. Now that fabric is super flowy and has a wonderful drape.

A Floral Penelope Peplum | happy together
For these pictures, I found a great tutorial for doing this dutch braid here. I need to practice it a bit, but I learned a new braiding technique. Have you sewn anything for yourself lately? I’m looking for some new patterns to try out.

-Jess

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Chicken Day

Chicken Day | happy together
This morning we awoke at our usual time but scurried to get out the door a little bit earlier than usual for a special date. A date with some chickens. Which then turned out to also be a date with some bunnies and turtles too. Our friends own all of these animals and I asked if my girls could come over and help feed them one morning since they both love animals so very much. My girls were so excited they even skipped their breakfast this morning! Fortunately, my good friend had us covered and greeted us with fresh donuts and kolaches from a local bakery. Yum! Now, I want to talk a little bit about photography.

Chicken Day | happy together
I love pictures. I especially love taking pretty pictures. I have taught myself how to shoot in manual mode with raw files and have tried to find my editing style over the years. It’s hard teaching yourself sometimes, but am I ever so grateful for all the people who share their knowledge online. I knew this morning I wanted to really just try and get some fun shots of my girls having fun with the hope to print some out for their rooms. I used my Canon 7D and 32mm f/2 Canon lens. I was happy with the pics and challenged myself in the editing department this time. I would only edit in Lightroom (I have version 3….I know I need to upgrade! lol). I usually do a lot in Photoshop Elements 8 (yes, another one I should update as I think it’s up to 12 or something now). I had bought the VSCO film 1 a while ago because I loved the film look and decided to use that as main editing. I feel like I like the clean and bright sstyle when doing product/craft stuff, but tend to prefer the film or vintage feel on lifestyle photos. I even figured out the right way to export these to the size my blog needs and add a text watermark. It took me hardly anytime to edit a ton of pics! I was so happy. I think I will try this some more and learn more about using Lightroom, especially if I upgrade it. I’m going to go to bed now, so enjoy the rest of the pics. *And make sure to challenge yourself in an area you want to grow in this weekend.* -Jess

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Updating Old Patterns

As You Like It Dress | happy together
At times I totally feel like just throwing in the towel and just walking away from all this blog stuff. But, every single time, I get renewed in my love and passion for all of this and continue on. I usually pay myself no mind when at the low points because I know my feelings will change. That is why it’s good to not just live off your emotions. Emotions can be fickle. They can change quickly. They are good and need to be paid attention too, but it’s important to determine if it’s just a passing emotion or a sign to really make a change. If you noticed, I had not kept up my patterns in the shop the past few months. I didn’t really know where to go with them. Plus, if you also can tell, there are a ton more indie pattern makers out there now as opposed to when I first started. And they have much more technical skills then I. But I decided that I wasn’t quite ready to put those patterns away quite yet. And I have a few ideas that have been in my head for a while for some new patterns. So this fall/winter I am going to update my patterns. There are a few things I want to change after making them so many times. This was one I have been playing around with, the As You Like It Dress/Top Pattern (can you believe how little Miss J was in those pics?! Now it’s her little sister at the same size). I want to make the finishing touches as professional as possible so for anyone who makes these to sell can feel fully confident in their product. I also am making some for an event I will be selling handmade items at in December, so I want to feel that way too. And there are a few tweaks to the back and front length I want to officially change for a better fit.

As You Like It Dress | happy together
I love this little pattern and I am so glad I made it. I have made so many for my girls and want to be able to share it still.

As You Like It Dress | happy together
My daughters are my inspiration for pretty much all of this. It was the birth of my first daughter that really inspired me to start down this creative path. It completely changed my life.

As You Like It Dress | happy together
We never know how our paths will turn out, but it’s important to just keep on trying sometimes. Even if it’s just one day at a time.

-Jess

Shorts pattern from here.

Fox fabric and coordinating pattern is the Les Amis Collection from Patty Sloniger. Black/white top fabric from JoAnns.

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Mason Jar No Sew Cozy & Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Tag

No Sew Mason Jar Cozy & Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Tag | happy together
I created this no sew mason jar cozy and pumpkin pie smoothie tag to be an idea for a party favor or a gift. It’s my second entry for the Cricut Design Space™ Star this month. I used my Cricut Explore™ to create each thing, from the cutting to the writing. All I had to do was hot glue the cozy together and add a piece of yarn to the tag.

No Sew Mason Jar Cozy & Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Tag | happy together
You can see all the pieces I cut/drew with my Explore. I used shapes found in Design Space for each thing. I also used two small leather pieces as ties for the cozy.

No Sew Mason Jar Cozy & Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Tag | happy together
Here is a quick pic of the machine doing it’s thing. It’s the first time I used the writing function and have some ideas on how to use this more.

No Sew Mason Jar Cozy & Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Tag | happy together No Sew Mason Jar Cozy & Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Tag | happy together
I first glued on the leather ties and then the felt circles to a rectangular piece of felt. It didn’t take long at all. I think it would also be a fun party craft idea since it requires such minimal crafting to put together. You can make it in so many different color schemes. I used a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie recipe I found to add to the jar.

No Sew Mason Jar Cozy & Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Tag | happy together
I filled the jar up with some paper shredding and then added the tag to the straw and it’s all ready to go.

No Sew Mason Jar Cozy & Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Tag | happy together

Cricut has just announced the second phase of the Cricut – I Made It! contest and this time they’re awarding one winner their own Make it Now™ project line to be sold in Cricut Design Space™!

 To help create your line, Cricut will fly you to their headquarters in Salt Lake City to work side-by-side with their design team.  Then you and a guest will enjoy an all-expense paid stay at the Grand America Hotel – a luxury resort in Salt Lake City, home to the best skiing in the world.
The winner will be featured on Cricut.com and every time a Cricut user purchases your project, you’ll earn money. Cricut will even help with your publicity.

 To enter the Cricut – I Made It! contest, all you need is a photo of an original project. You can upload up to five photos (which can be five individual projects or multiple photos of one project).

You have until September 30th to enter.  What are you waiting for? It’s time you Made It big! Head to cricut.com to enter today.  

You can also see what my fellow teammates have been creating as well :) It’s so fun seeing everyone’s creativity!
Follow Jessica Fediw’s board Cricut Design Space Star Team 8 on Pinterest.

Disclosure: I am part of the Cricut Blogger Network and have used affiliate links. I received a complimentary machine to facilitate my crafts and though I am not being paid for this post, I am submitting it for a chance to win some fun prizes.

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DIY Fall Desktop Calendar

Fall Desktop Calendar | happy together This month’s Cricut Design Space Star challenge was for us to create items for organization/celebrations. My team went with “Falling for Fall” for our theme. I created two projects to enter this time again with this desktop calendar falling into the organization category. I have been seeing small desktop calendars growing in popularity and wanted to create my own. I logged into Cricut Design Space™ and started creating.

Fall Desktop Calendar | happy together Fall Desktop Calendar | happy together Fall Desktop Calendar | happy together Using cardstock paper, I made each months square equal 5″x5″ which I felt was a good size. Then I picked out a shape/picture for each month. September got a leaf, October got a pumpkin, and November got a turkey. I simply glued these on with a glue stick. The month numbers are big enough that they can still be striked through with a pen or even covered with a small sticker to show that day has passed. I used a piece of wood from our garage for the stand and simply cut a small slit in the top center for the paper to stand in. It would be cute to use a piece of a log for this as well.

Fall Desktop Calendar | happy together It’s a very inexpensive  project, but looks so nice and professional. I think it would also make a great gift. It would be fun coming up with different things for each month of the year.

Cricut | I made it contest

Cricut has just announced the second phase of the Cricut – I Made It! contest and this time they’re awarding one winner their own Make it Now™ project line to be sold in Cricut Design Space™!

 To help create your line, Cricut will fly you to their headquarters in Salt Lake City to work side-by-side with their design team.  Then you and a guest will enjoy an all-expense paid stay at the Grand America Hotel – a luxury resort in Salt Lake City, home to the best skiing in the world.
The winner will be featured on Cricut.com and every time a Cricut user purchases your project, you’ll earn money. Cricut will even help with your publicity.

 To enter the Cricut – I Made It! contest, all you need is a photo of an original project. You can upload up to five photos (which can be five individual projects or multiple photos of one project).

You have until September 30th to enter.  What are you waiting for? It’s time you Made It big! Head to cricut.com to enter today.  

You can also see what my fellow teammates have been creating as well :) It’s so fun seeing everyone’s creativity!
Follow Jessica Fediw’s board Cricut Design Space Star Team 8 on Pinterest. 

Disclosure: I am part of the Cricut Blogger Network and have used affiliate links. I received a complimentary machine to facilitate my crafts and though I am not being paid for this post, I am submitting it for a chance to win some fun prizes.

 

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Fox Fabric Nightgowns

Fox Fabric Nightgowns | happy together
Last week I received this soft and cozy flannel fox fabric c/o Organic Cotton Plus. When I saw it I knew it had to be some sort of pajamas for the girls. I originally thought of doing just pants, then tried to do some sort of night gown version of Simplicity 1574, which turned into this. I still used that pattern for the basic pieces, but I heavily altered it as can tell.

Fox Fabric Nightgowns | happy together
Miss J wanted the gold foxes, which fortunately Miss E was okay with. (ps they have it in blue too!)

Fox Fabric Nightgowns | happy together
I created a one piece front from the pattern and enlarged the neck line so their heads would be able to fit through. I used bias tape on the necklines and on the bottom of miss E’s night gown. I just serged miss J’s hemline to try a different way to finish it. Then for the sleeves I just rolled them up instead of under for a cuffed look.

Fox Fabric Nightgowns | happy together
When miss J first saw hers it didn’t have a bow and she said it just looked like a dress not a night gown. Little did she know I was going to add a dainty little bow that is characteristic of many nightgowns. It takes it to that level you know? The bottom hem also scoops up on the sides like some gowns do.

Fox Fabric Nightgowns | happy together
Fox Fabric Nightgowns | happy together
Fox Fabric Nightgowns | happy together
The fit was spot on and these girls have a new nightgown which was much needed. Thank you Organic Cotton Plus for the fabric! You can find them on facebook, twitter, and google + as well. Are any of you working on winter wardrobes for your little ones right now?

Jess

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Michaels Makers: Fall Market Challenge

MM Fall Market
Fall is in the air this time of the year. The weather starts to cool down, sweaters come out of storage, and decorations of pumpkins, hay, leaves and more start appearing. In fact, you would even see some of those fall decorations at our front door now. The Michaels Makers Challenge for the month of September is: Fall Market Challenge. The goal was to create some type of fall home decor/entertaining projects. I set out to decorate our front door.

Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
I took my girls to Michaels and we walked around for about an hour searching for the perfect fall decor to adorn the entrance to our house. I knew I wanted some pumpkins and was excited to go with black and white ones. I like the elegance of the colors and it’s a change from what I normally do. I also found some yellow dyed wheat that I added to a mason jar. Then for trimmings, there was this pretty vine garland as well as burlap ribbon with black stripes on it. Our doorway is really narrow, so I only placed these on one side so the entry would not be blocked. I used some wood from our stash to create height differences among the pumpkins.

Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
The burlap, yellow wheat, and vine garland also had an appearance on the door. And since I love lights, I added these fun flickering ones. The lights make me think of falls up in Williamsburg growing up.

Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
Instead of a wreath this fall I opted for a basket filled with a fall arrangement. I picked out two bunches of leaves and more  yellow wheat to fill up a basket. (In case you didn’t know yet, yellow if my favorite color.) I figured the above basket would be good to hang on a door since the back was on the flatter side and the chalkboard tag would be perfect to write “welcome” on.

Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
I simply added the bumnches into the basket to fill it up. I spread out the leaves and then added the wheat. I wrote welcome on the chalkboard with chalk and then hung the basket onto the door with the burlap ribbon.

Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
Now we wait patiently for the weather to feel like fall in Louisiana. If you would like to see more autumn inspiration, checkout Michaels’ Fall Market Lookbook, browse their fall ideas pinterest board, or see Michaels’ Fall Project Page. And if you don’t have a Michaels nearby, you can always Shop Michaels Online.


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Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY

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Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together You know how there are “cat ladies” out there? I think I might become a “plant lady” one of these days. I have fallen in love with plants and almost always buy one when I go to a store with a garden center. I especially love buying the “hanging in there” plants on clearance and loving them back to health. I get a good deal and feel great that I could nurture it back into its beautiful self. That being said, I needed a place to start holding some of my plants. The upcycled drawer plant stand has fixed that problem.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together It all started with these three dresser drawers from roadside trash I salvaged. I really  wanted to turn them into something. After thinking of what I could make using my very limited wood working/power tooling skills, I knew that a plant stand would the perfect project.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together So to make this stand you will need a dresser drawer. Make sure it is sturdy. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but you want it to hold up.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together You will need some Americana Chalky Finish paint and the ultra-matte varnish. I chose that varnish to be the finish because I plan on having this outside one day and it’s designed for indoor and outdoor use. I hope to try the wax one day though. I used carbon and everlasting for the paint colors, but check out all the colors and see the ways you can mix them to get all kinds of pretty shades. Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint is available in Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, A.C. Moore and other stores. Visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration.

Grab a paint or foam brush too.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together Clean up your drawer and remove any hardware from it. Sand if there are any uneven spots you don’t want splintering, but other than that NO SANDING NEEDED. Amazing. No sanding. My favorite part. Once all clean and dry, start painting. I used a regular brush and it went on so nice. Instructions say to do more lighter coats as opposed to doing fewer heavy coats. So I started with a very thin coat of paint. I painted the inside carbon and the outside everlasting. I only needed two coats to get the coverage I liked even with it being light coats. This was actually my first time ever using a chalky finish paint and I fell in love. I will no longer paint furniture with any other type of paint. It was just too easy. It went on great, dried so fast, and feels so smooth once dry. And remember that no sanding part? Yeah. That’s a big bonus too. Then, when all your paint is dry, paint on a thin coat of the varnish. I did one more coat after just to have extra coverage. It went on great as well and it says it can also be applied over acrylic paints too fyi.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together For the bottom of the stand, I went the super simple way and bought a folding tray table for $8.99 (from Target). You can find these at many places though. If you can’t find one in the color you want, paint this as well. I lucked out finding it in black, but after having a failed attempt at trying to make legs for this stand with some scraps we had in the garage, I didn’t mind taking a short cut.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together
I first used some wood glue to attach the stand to the drawer bottom. I placed weights on top to help add pressure while it dried. Then I used our drill and added a few screws here and there. Make sure to use a screw that isn’t too long so it won’t come out through the top of the drawer. The drawer I used had this wood area in the middle that I put the screws through, but if yours doesn’t you can always drill them in from the top (meaning go through the drawer into the stand as opposed to going through the stand into the drawer).

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together Put back on the hardware if you like or add new ones. If you didn’t want any hardware at all, I would suggest using a wood filler or wood plugs/wood filler before you paint the drawer.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together Place in a sunny spot and fill with plants. I even plan on using this for other things, like holding products at craft shows and such. I think it will come in quite handy.

-Jess

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10 on 10

10 on 10 | happy together We are over here still living it up summer style, well except for the school part. Lots of water time and inside time to escape the heat. -Miss J has been enjoying taking care of her pet she got on her birthday. In fact, he just changed shells today and she was so excited! It will be so fun one day when we can get her a pet that gives more interaction. Her principal told me her prayer request every day is that she can get all these different kinds of animals for Christmas. lol. It will be interesting to see where this love of hers takes her as she grows older. -I , on the other hand, have been fixing up things around the house and finishing projects so I can enjoy them as we finish out our time here in Louisiana. I recently worked on two art walls in our living room and added a pineapple painting of my own to it. -My friend asked me to join her in a booth at a craft show type event later this fall, so I have also been slowing going through my stash and creating some things for it. I told my husband that I want to move with as little as possible this time. So stash busting is a big goal of mine. -Even though it’s fall season, I haven’t really had the urge to do much baking with it being so hot, but I did finally make these cookies that I pinned forever ago. They are so yum!

10 on 10 | happy together -My hubby has been gone quite a bit lately for trainings and such. Fortunately we were able to join him at the end of his Houston, TX trip. The girls had a lot of fun swimming, jumping on the beds, and eating yummy foods you can’t find in our small town. -I also worked on this pallet wall, with my wonderful crafter friend Mrs. Karen, for a missions inspired area at our church. I had to document the mess. And of course my little miss E all up in it. -And leave it up to my husband to take the girls on some fun rides.

10 on 10 | happy together -This past week I have worked hard at even more “get it done” lists and put up these outdoor lights that have been sitting in our garage forever. I’m hoping the evenings will start to cool down next month so we can sit out and really enjoy them. -I made another shirt for myself! Here is the sneak peek. Once I get someone to take pics of me in it, I will do a post about it. And that is my 10 on 10 for this month! Please share a link if you do a 10 on 10, a 5 on 5, or something of the sort. I would love to see :)

-Jess

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Summer Birthdays

Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
This past summer my girls each had their birthdays. Seven and three. They were simple birthday events as each on desired.

Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
Miss E is still young to really have too many ideas about a birthday party, but she helped pick out decorations (all from Target) and said she wanted an icecream cake.

Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
We celebrated just with our little family and took time to focus on her and let her open a few presents. Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
Miss J on the other hand kept changing her mind about what she wanted. We went from a party at the bouncy house, to Micheal’s for a craft party, to a pool party, to traveling somewhere, etc. Finally she decided she wanted to invite only one of her friends over (so she came with her family). J picked out a cheesecake and I used some decorations I had. I found those green pinwheel fans at Walmart a while back for only $.29 for a pack of two! It must not have been a popular color lol. My mother in law sent some party supplies that matched perfectly. It worked out nice and she had a great time with her friend.

Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
I have a feeling next year might be more of a “party” kind of year, but we will see. I think it will depend if we move somewhere new where we don’t know anyone or get close to family/friends. I’m just glad that they don’t need to have things a certain way, that they can be content with whatever can be done. I look forward to this new year of their lives, to see them continue to grow up and flourish and bond more of a friendship with their sisterhood.

-Jess

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