Flower DIY

Flower DIY

A few years back I posted a DIY flower tutorial on my family blog.  I want to share it again here.  I love these imperfect flowers, they are so easy to make and can be used for all types of fun things.  Click here to see the instructions.

You can add them to ribbon and tie them to a mason jar or vase.  They can be added to a present or even a skirt.  I made a few and put them this dress that will be part of my pattern line.

Happy September!

Carol

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Inspiration Board

Inspiration wall

Here is the beginning of little leona, this is my inspiration board for my first season of patterns.  The first pattern is called the Be Curious Top. I am so excited to get it ready for print.  I make patterns by hand, but will send them off to a company to have them digitized.  I will have an Etsy shop set up to sell downloadable patterns and will also sell paper patterns as well.  I hope you like them!

pattern ready to go

 

Carol

 

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Vintage LInens

I have an addiction! (The first step is admitting it, right?)

I love vintage linens.  Everytime I go antiquing, I get stuck in the linen section.  I can’t help myself.  It doesn’t matter what I am searching for, I rarely leave without some type of fabric, table cloth, or pillowcase.  This trip, I found all of those and more.  Apparently, I was in a yellow mood.  The table cloth and napkins will work perfectly in my kitchen and I have great plans for those adorable pillowcases which I will update you on later.  While visiting friends in Klammath Falls, Oregon we made a trip to a fabulous antique shop.  I could have spent hours in this store.  What do you like to buy when you go antiquing?

 

Vintage linens

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March Madness

So this month has been madness for me.  I am getting close to finishing up the extra classes I need for my fashion design certifiate from Apparel Arts.  Besides pattern drafting, this month I have been enrolled in computerized pattern drafting and a tailoring class.  Both have been so fun to learn and challenging.

My sewing skills are pretty good, but there is always more to learn.  There is something so rewarding about taking your time and creating something with specific methods that have been pasted down.  I have made jackets before, but this time, I created my own pattern.  I also learned about creating an inner structure for the jacket and the reasons why you would do this.  I learned how to make bound buttonholes and welt pockets.  Both of these seamed so intimidating, but actually were not quite as difficult as I thought they would be.  One more class and a bunch of homework and I should be done in the next week or two (fingers crossed!)

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The computerized pattern drafting class I am taking has proven to be quite challenging.  My final class is tonight, and I should have my skirt pattern drafted so I can have it printed after this class.  This program will take lots of practice and trying out new skills.  I am really excited to move forward with this type of pattern drafting as it will prove to be very helpful with my pattern line.

Well thats all for now.

Talk to you in April.

 

Carol

 

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Little Leona has a face

I have been working with a wonderful friend of mine to come up with the look of Little Leona.  Well, she is here.

Be Dreamy Nightgown in PS

Stay tuned as these childrens patterns are released each illustrated by the incredibly talented Beth Reid.  If you are looking for a fashion illustrator, check out her blog.  Not only is she incredibly talented, she is one of the coolest, sweetest, encouraging women I know.

Talk to you all soon.

Carol

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Aug/Sept/Oct 2013

Wow.  I can’t believe I have not posted for three months.  I have been busy in school taking more classes.  I am currently enrolled in Design Principles, Manufacturing Practices, Construction and Pattern Drafting at Apparel Arts in San Francisco.  It is a full load with lots of homework.  My kids think I am crazy because I love doing homework.  I am not accustomed to scheduling homework into my already crazy schedule though.  But it’s all good.  I am ecstatically happy spending as much time as I am in my sewing room.  I am tired but inspired and know it will all be worth it.  Besides doing what gives me life, my biggest hope is that I am setting an example for my kids to chase after their dreams and that it is never too late to start.

I began my path down this dream several years ago when I was much younger, but my children were much younger also.  It wasn’t the right time.  I had way more important dreams to chase back then, dreams of being a good wife and mother and putting my kids and marriage first.  But now it is 11 years later, my kids are older (almost all of them are all grown up,) and they are amazing people.  I am still married to my dream guy and best friend.  I will never regret quitting school back then.  I needed to make that decision and my family needed it.

I have done a lot of growing as a woman.  I understand myself better and have learned to like myself. I have more confidence and a desire to share what I have learned with others.  I hope I can make my imprint on this world in a loving, impactful way.

Here are a few pics of what has been happening in my life over the last few months.

 

My sewing room.

My sewing room.

 

 

Bailey and I attended NY Fashion Week with some YWAM friends and got to dress models for the fashion shows.

Bailey and I attended NY Fashion Week with some YWAM friends and got to dress models for the fashion shows.

 

I went to Mood Fabric while in NY.

I went to Mood Fabric while in NY.

 

Senior portraits for Bailey.

Senior portraits for Button.

 

Making Patterns

Making Patterns

 

My youngest turned 16 and we spent the week at the beach to celebrate.

My youngest turned 16 and we spent the week at the beach to celebrate.

 

We turn our work days into dates.

We turn our work days into dates.

 

New Grandbaby.

New Grandbaby.

 

Spent lots of time with my granddaughters.  Lots of fun dates.

Had lots of fun times with my granddaughters.

 

My hubby surprised me with this gem for my bday.

My hubby surprised me with this gem for my bday.

Until next time.

 

Carol

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July 2013

This month is a month of vacations for me so not as much is happening over at Little Leona.  Last week our family went to Shasta Lake and stayed with our friends on their houseboat.  You can read about it at 7girls3boys. Next week, Tom and I get to help our friend celebrate his 50th birthday.  We will be enjoying the sun and white sand beaches.  I may not even think about work for a whole week.  But I will post pics so check out my intagram if you feel so inclined. The link is right over there on the right.

Last month I wrote about a sewing challenge that I entered at my school.  I finished the romper for Claire and I just loved how it turned out.

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I actually used the inside of the shirt for the self fabric or rightside of the romper.  I liked the faded look for a little girls outfit better than the darker brown and black.  I used a cotton quilting fabric to line the cuffs, pockets and top facing. This pattern will also be offered for sale at the Little Leona store.  A few more revisions need to be made and the pattern will be ready to go off to the grader.  I am writing the instructions now and find that part of the pattern making process the most challenging for me.  I will willingly accept constuctive advise on writing instructions if anyone is willing to help me out.  🙂

Hope you all are enjoying your summer so far.  See you in August.

Carol

 

 

 

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June Happenings

Well June is almost over and I am just now getting to my monthly update.  Alot has been going on this month.  June is always a busy time for our family, with the end of the school year and birthdays.  The summer is off and running, but I am still in school at Apparel Arts.  This month Apparel Arts is having a repurpose challange and I have been working on a few outfits for Chloe and Claire.  About a year ago Tom was cleaning out his closet and was getting rid of a couple of dress shirts.  I just loved the fabric on those shirts and couldn’t bare to get rid of them.  I saved them thinking I could make a dress or skirt for the girls out of it.  Well, when this repurpose challange was presented I finally had a reason to work on this project.

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This dress pattern will be part of my collection that comes out for sale.

Tom's shirt before

Here is a picture of Tom’s shirt before I took the scissors to them.

 I am working on a romper for Claire.  I can’t wait to get that one finished.  I’ll be sure to post pictures with July’s update. But for now, here is a before picture of the shirt I am using.

Toms shirt 2

Have a wonderful summer.

Carol

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Free Bib pattern

 

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Last month I held  what I like to call “Craftivism Day” here at my house.  What a great day spent with a wonderful group of friends creating bibs that will be delivered to a family who is in the process of adopting a baby from China.

 

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 When they finally get to pick up their daughter they will deliver the bibs to International China Concern to be distributed to orphanages.

We have joined with CraftHope on many of their projects. They are a great organization bringing people together from all over the world to share hope in the form of a handmade gift.  This is my love language. It brings me joy to love others with these small gestures.  Stay tuned for more craftivism days.  There is always a need.

And in case you love to share handmade gifts as well, here is a free bib pattern that I made for our bib project.  Feel free to download and use for your baby or next baby gift.

Bib pattern 3

 

Talk to you soon.

 

Carol

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May News

Hello!

Well, last month flew by.  Just like every other month… and year.  Trying to take joy in the litte things of everyday life while moving forward with great excitement for future dreams is a delicate balancing act.  I can easily get caught up in my goals and forget why I am doing any of this.  My family is the most important thing in my life.  You can check out my family blog to see the “why” behind my ambition.

Claire Baby turned 1 at the beginning of May.  So like her older sister, she needed a custom, home made dress to celebrate her first year.  Claire’s party was confetti themed, and her dress followed suit.  The confetti dress pattern will be available later this year.  This was a sweet little A-line dress with front pleats made from a cotton voile.  Her  polk-a-dot bloomers brought in the confetti theme.  You can see more about this cute party over at my daughters blog www.10baretoes.com.

5-3-13 Claire shoot 3

 

Last month I talked about the Peek-a-Boo Dress that will be coming out soon.  Here is a sneak peek at another little animal.  I have been experimenting with different stitching options and  I really like the hand embroidery on this guy.  I am so excited to get this pattern finished up.

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Until next month, remember to take time to notice the little joys in life and I will too.

Carol

 

 

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