Saturday, December 24, 2016

Stitch Fix #15

It has been way too long since I posted my Stitch Fix box goodies. Honestly, I still fluctuate between thinking it's a great thing and being frustrated with what I got. This was a good box and I liked everything well enough I could have kept it. So, right now I think it's great! 

 The first thing out of the box was this adorable navy blazer. It is the 41Hawthorn Corinth Wool Elbow Patch Blazer. I love the knit fabric, making it great for every day and the elbow patches. The blazer is navy and the patches and welt pockets are heathered charcoal gray. I really love it! It does have shoulder pads, but they are small and sewn in between the lining and outer fabric so they won't get all bunched up and ruined. I kept the jacket and can come up with so many outfits to wear with it.

 The next thing out were these jeans. They are the Citizen of Humanity Aniston Boyfriend Jeans. I do love them but they were super pricy. It wasn't in the cards to buy another pair of jeans (that I don't really need). But they did fit well and I am a total sucker for button fly. 

 I am a total sucker for little details and this sweater did not disappoint. It is the RD Style Tonie Lace Inset Pullover. I love the asymmetrical hem of the sweater with the lace peeking through and the size zip detail.
 I would have kept this one but the little pucker right where the zipper connected to the sweater and fabric bothered me. I doubt anyone would have noticed, but I'm at the point in my life where I want to love everything I buy and not feel uncomfortable about any part of it. I guess I'm picky.
 And a few more ways I can wear the blazer. I do really love this thing! 

 This TK Fairbanks Tie Neck Top has the cutest details but is so hard to take good pictures of. It has a variegated yellow and green neck tie with tassels! I love tassels! I didn't love the fabric the shirt was made of. It kind of always looks wrinkled which bothered me. But I love the style! It is so fun!

The last thing out of the box was this RD Style Angus Split Back Mixed Material Sweater. It was really fun! The front looked like a regular sweater but it had black elbow patches and a slit in the back. Three buttons held the sweater closed and below the button was sheer fabric connecting the two sides of the sweater. Again, a cute design but I don' need another black sweater. 

All in all, this was a great box. My usual stylist Jaclyn was not available but I think the new stylist did a good job. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Stitch Fix #7

I feel kind of funny posting these pictures because I didn't actually keep track of what Stitch Fix sent in this box. So, here's some pants that I loved but didn't keep. Why you ask? Because of the bum picture below. Not my fave.

There it is, the bum picture. I should do more squats. Or work out. 

But they did look good at every other angle. 
This necklace. Ah, I call it the gold medal necklace. It really looks just like I won an olympic gold medal. I didn't. See note about squats above. 

But you know what's funny, I kept that gold medal necklace. Who doesn't want to feel like a winner?

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Bathroom Remodel

This last spring we had a bathroom moisture issue. Every time it rained hard I noticed pooling under the shower stall in the bathroom. It wasn't ever enough water that I thought it would flood the basement but it was concerning enough that I called a company to have it looked at. 
This is our bathroom before the remodel. It was fine.
It was also nothing special. 
 Unfortunately in order to fully assess the problem they had to remove the shower from the bathroom. It was just a fiberglass shower stall and not a huge loss. Thankfully they were able to figure out the problem and install a drain and sump pump to prevent any future issues. 

Well, that left us without a shower in our second of two bathrooms. Having a shower was a necessity. We considered (very briefly) putting in a new shower stall but the space where the old one sat blocked a window. I didn't love that we weren't utilizing as much light as possible. We called CASE Design to explore our options. They drew up some amazing plans! We decided to expand the shower area to a full 5 feet. We could have put in a tub if we wanted but we decided a gorgeous shower would be better fitting for the space. 
The shower stall was fine but behind that shower was a window.
And the more light I can get, the better. 

After tearing out the shower we LOVED all the
natural light that came pouring in.
Even though  it is a basement bathroom, it gets incredible light. 

It was so fun to pick out tile and plumbing fixtures.
It took some convincing but I finally got Jason to
agree to the yellow accent tile. Yellow is my
favorite color and honestly I think it is the biggest
 "wow" of the bathroom. 

The process was as seamless as I can imagine. Through CASE you sign a fixed price contract. That means you agree to the price before they start work and if there are any surprise costs, that is their problem, not mine. I know you pay a premium for this but it is so nice to know there won't be any extra costs involved. 

The timeline we were given was 4 weeks. It ended up taking 6 weeks because they had some last minute ordering issues for the mirror and a few other finishing touches. 

It was fabulous working with them. Their work is impeccable. If I didn't love something, I told them and they would fix it without any question. I LOVE the bathroom. Here's the finished product! 
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Photographer:               Stacy Zarin Goldberg
Phone:                          240.793.0387

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Crafting Organization - a collaboration with MakeSpace

I am an avid maker and always have been. One of my favorite activities is sewing. I love the feel of the fabric, the rush of finding just the right pattern and the ability to sit down and create something that just hours before was only in my head or sketchbook. 

Although I have always been a maker I haven't always had a lot of space to store supplies. I don't have an office of my own. I don't have a room devoted to just my sewing, nor have I ever had one. Not having a large space to create has forced me to get creative with my storage. In a lot of ways having a small area has been helpful. I don't buy too much more than I can use in a short amount of time. I find myself more creative this way. If this isn't your strong point, MakeSpace has a variety of self storage locations that can haul away anything you won't need for a while (this month, this season or this year), store it for any amount of time and bring it back whenever you are ready for it

Storage is huge when you have spent a lifetime creating. I would like to share some tips with you on how to make the most of your space. 

Group items together. Store your buttons all together. Keep fabrics sorted by color and or texture. Everything is more visually appealing when stored by color. 

Find an appropriate sized container for each group of items. Mason jars are perfect for ribbons, buttons, lace, elastic and other small notions. Shoe boxes covered with cute paper make great storage for fabric scraps, trims and patterns. 

Fold fabric so it is all the same width. This saves so much space and is much more visually appealing. 

Make your space pretty. It is a lot more fun to be in a space that is pretty. Although my space is in the unfinished part of the basement I have done everything I could to make it pretty. And I really want to be in this space. 
My sewing space also works as my gift wrapping station. I love wrapping presents. I would much rather present a gift that is gift wrapped than bag wrapped. I know it's personal preference but because of my preference I have a collection of gift wrap. I store it in a tall glass vase. It is the perfect multi-purpose container. 
Sometimes you have to think outside the box. A container could have two purposes. In fact, frequently I think of the item I want stored and then start hunting different sections of a store looking for something that would be attractive and functional. 

Although this isn't a storage tip it is a life tip that will help you stay on track and be more productive in your space. Create a mood board or an area where you can post your ideas. This helps keep your inspiration focused and your goals in mind. 

I use these cute pentagonal cork boards to store my inspiration. When I see something in a magazine, a catalog or with my phone I pin the picture up on the board. Most of the things I make are kids clothes, so my inspiration is usually for kids. 

I hope you have found these tips helpful! Good luck in all your projects! 

Saturday, April 16, 2016


  1. decoration on a garment created by gathering a section of the material into tight pleats and holding them together with parallel stitches in an ornamental pattern.

 About 10 years ago I was given my grandma's gathering machine. It gathers the fabric to make it so you can smock. After the fabric is gathered you hand stitch to make smocking. Then you take out the thread holding the original gathers in place. I have used it more times than I can count and I keep coming back to it because it is so relaxing to do hand stitching. 

I feel like this is a craft that has somewhat disappeared. I also feel like it brings a very specific feel to a garment. 

 This dress is the Oliver + S Fairy Tale pattern. I love this pattern because it is so versatile. You can use the petal sleeves, or leave it sleeveless. There are two collar options, or leave the collar off. The little bow around the waist is adorable and you can mix and match so many colors and fabrics! 
 I think smocking is ready for a modern comeback. The greatest thing is you don't have to have a pleating machine to smock. You can gather the fabric in different ways to achieve this look. Here's some more smocking that hopefully will help sell this idea! 
Melly Sewn smocked dress
Purl Soho's Smocked Dress Pattern
Ingrid Orchid's fabric manipulation blouse uses a pleating method to get the drape just perfect.

And lastly Kate Bowles' smocked books. These things are amazing! You can use this technique for so many different things.


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