Emily’s DIY Pyrex Candles featured on Ruche Blog today!

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I am sharing my Vintage Pyrex Candle DIY on ShopRuche.com today! Have you browsed Ruche lately? It’s amazing. One of my favorite places to shop. They offer such unique choices and I love pretty much everything they have. Their dresses are GORGEOUS and I can’t get over that beautiful camera strap! So you can tell, I browse their New Arrivals a.LOT. which means I was SO excited when I got an email today letting me know that my candle DIY is featured on Ruche’s blog TODAY! Yay!

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You can find my DIY at Ruche or you can find it HERE

 

ALSO…I love vintage Pyrex so much that I created two different FREE prints featuring my favorite patterns. You can download both of those from our shop!

 

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Best of Summer Sewing with Cailamade!

CoupleJones3Today I am sharing my favorite summer pattern in a review on Cailamade! I was so excited to be asked to participate in Caila’s  “Best of Summer” series! It is the first time I’ve been able to join in on the fun in a series and the group of ladies who are featured last week and this week on Caila’s blog are amazingly talented, I am so honored to be a part of it all.

To see more of my favorite dress pattern and how I added my own personal touches to a (SERIOUSLY!!) SIMPLE pattern, click the “Best of Summer” widget below and head over to Cailamade!

As I was sewing, I was thinking about how many people tell me that they would love to learn to sew but don’t think they could ever do something like this. But you CAN! I promise. The best thing about sewing is that you can make a super easy piece look like something from Anthropologie just by adding your own little details here and there.

CoupleJones1So to give you a little more inspiration and encouragement to give sewing a try, I put together a short list of tips for beginning sewers:

  • Choose an easy pattern. The pattern that I used for the dress above is from Simplicity’s New Look 6205. It has simple lines which meant the skill level wasn’t very high at all. I simplified it even more for myself by changing the pleated skirt to a gathered skirt.
  • Don’t be fooled by the design on the pattern packaging. If you look at the packaging of the pattern I used (see HERE) it is vastly different from the look I created. When I look for a pattern, I only look at the lines of the piece. I fell in love with this dress because of the neckline – it looks so vintage to me.
  • Begin with solid fabric. When you are a beginning sewer, choose fabric without a print. A piece can go from simple to complicated very quickly if you are having to worry about matching up a print when seaming fabric pieces together. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started sewing pieces together, only to realize that on one side the flowers were pointed up and on the other side the flowers were pointed down. Arg.
  • Begin with cotton, or some other fabric that doesn’t have a lot of stretch and give. It’s way easier to sew a nice solid piece of fabric. I used a linen-look fabric for my dress. Once you get basics mastered, you can move onto more complicated fabric, but stay simple to begin with.
  • Ask questions of those nice, fabric store employees. I bought my Linen Look fabric from Joanns’ and before I had my fabric cut, I asked the employee what the laundry directions were for the fabric. Personally, I don’t buy fabric that can’t be washed in a machine for my kids. It’s not practical. You might be ok with handwash, either way you should know before you buy what the care requirements are for the fabric.
  • Wash your fabric BEFORE you cut and sew! Fabrics are made to look good on the shelves which means they can have starches and other things on them. Also, it’s better to let the fabric do most of it’s shrinking before you put it together as a clothing item. Another reason I washed my linen was that I wanted to Dip Dye the skirt of this dress with Rit Dye Powder (Evening Blue color also from Joanns’) and washing any starches out prior to dying made sure that the dye would go onto the fabric evenly
  • Read the WHOLE pattern before you do anything. There is so much information and it can look overwhelming but read it all before you cut and you will be glad you did! It’s not rocket science reading, just plug on through it and you will have a better plan of how to go about starting the project.
  • Own a Seam Ripper. This little guy will be your best friend! You can rip out a seam without damaging the fabric and start over! The BEST. Any of the ladies participating in “Best of Summer Sewing” will tell you they keep theirs close at hand!
  • Be adventurous. Give yourself time to finish a project. I can’t tell you how many times I go back and forth as I’m sewing a project. After one step, I’ll love it and be so excited and after the next step I’ll think – “ugh, this isn’t going to turn out at all”….just keep going! Give yourself time so that you don’t feel pressure but finish it! It’s totally worth not giving up :)

I hope you feel inspired to try sewing if you’ve never tried it before! The schedule for Caila’s series is below and every day has featured a review of a great pattern that you can try for yourself. Browse through the posts and you will find something you would love to try! These ladies are WONDERFUL resources for all levels of sewers!

BEST OF SUMMER SCHEDULE:
Tuesday, June 4: Sumo’s Sweet Stuff
Wednesday, June 5: Designs By Sessa
Thursday, June 6: SewVery
Friday, June 7: Alida Makes
Monday, June 10: Skirt As Top
Tuesday, June 11: CoupleJones
Wednesday, June 12: Elegance and Elephants
Thursday, June 13: Imagine Gnats
Friday, June 14: iCandy
Monday, June 17: BoyOhBoyOhBoy
Tuesday, June 18: Straight Grain
Wednesday, June 19: A Jennuine Life
Thursday, June 20: CailaMade
Friday, June 21: Jojo And Eloise
If you are visiting from Cailamade, Hello!! Welcome! We are so happy to have you stop by :)
If you’d like to follow us, you can do so on Bloglovin’ and we also have a Facebook page.
Have a great day!

A Sneak Peek of Big Chicken!

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For the past year and a half, Zac has been working and planning and dreaming about a children’s book. It started with a little idea and grew into an amazing character and story that I just know you are going to love. This is actually the second book that Zac has been involved with. We were so blessed by an opportunity that he was given to illustrated a gorgeous book, written by Monica Brandner and Lorene Keen, called Sarah Elizabeth Plans a Tea Party.

It was the first time he had really entertained the idea that he might be able to actually do what he loves, which is drawing and illustrating, and create something wonderful.

He LOVED working with the ladies to make their dream of writing their book come true.

And now he is so excited about developing his own character, Linus, a boy who learns about what can happen if you define yourself by what others say about you.

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This story is so sweet and has an anti-bullying message. The characters learn about the power of their words and that we have to be careful how we speak to others.

You can see a short video of Zac talking about his book HERE, along with some small glimpses into our makeshift dining room art studio and his art for the book.

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We are trying to get the word out right now by sharing his plans on JumpStartCity.com

So if you like what you see, could you take a minute to vote for Zac and his dream HERE?

We’d SO appreciate it!

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Guest Posting over at A Little Artsy today

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If you haven’t visited A Little Artsy yet, it’s a wonderful blog to follow. Lots of artsy ladies contributing all kinds of amazing posts. I love it and I’m so honored to be able to post alongside these talented women.

Please visit, you will be glad you did!

Featured on MommyPage.com today!

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Have you visited this great site yet? Mommypage.com is a wonderful resource for moms! There are contests, crafts, recipes and lots of helpful articles. Come by today and visit and see my interview. Thank you to all the ladies at MommyPage for contacting us and asking to feature Emily!

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Encourage to Inspire, a collaboration with CailaMade!

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When I started blogging two months ago, I wrote to my college friend Caila to tell her that I had finally decided to follow her encouraging Instagram hints that I should share some of my projects online.

Caila also happens to be an amazing blogger (you should follow her! Cailamade! ) and so I shared my heart with her a bit too. I shared that if I write, it is very important to me that I write a clear picture of real life. I am NO Martha Stewart, not anywhere close. I have 3 crazy kids and more piles of laundry than I know what to do with. I think it’s so easy to create this glossy, perfect picture online of something that life never is. I am real in person, can’t lie to save my life, SUPER bad at being cool. I want to be that person here too.

And those things are extremely important to Caila too. My sweet friend is SO good at sharing her beautiful talents in a way that is encouraging and real. Her sewing skills are far above mine, but I always feel encouraged by her projects and the new things she tries. And I always walk away feeling inspired to try something of my own.

We talked about inspiration and how we want to encourage our readers, and how we hope that encouragement leads them to feel inspired to create in their own way. We want them to be encouraged by reading about an average girl who attempted a new project. The end result is never perfect (more so in my case than Caila’s, ha!) but that doesn’t matter one bit. The joy is in creating something unique to who you are. Whether that means sewing, painting, writing, hosting a girls’ night, etc. It is our thought that when you feel encouraged, you are more confident in who you were created to be and will be inspired to pursue your own unique goals and dreams.

Isn’t it so amazing that we have the power to encourage others?

To illustrate this idea, Caila and I chose one of each other’s posts that inspired a project we created in our own way.

I was extremely inspired by the beautiful clutches that Caila made over the holidays.

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She also worked with leather to make leather card holders.

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These posts got my head spinning with possibilities and made me want to try to make a clutch AND to work with leather – two things that I have never attempted before! I wouldn’t have had the confidence to give it a try if I wouldn’t have seen someone else take it on with great results.

This is the result! My Inspired by Caila Clutch :)

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I worked with printed burlap from Joann’s that I fell in love with. Not your standard fabric for a clutch but that’s how I roll.

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With this project, I finally had the motivation (read –> BRAVERY)  I needed to check out the leather factory in town. I learned a lot from my little adventure – 1. They don’t cut leather in yards like fabric, which means the piece I initially wanted to buy was WAAAY out of my price range. And I was NOT the cool kid in the shop when I asked about yardage – MY bad for being the newbie. :)  BUT! 2. After some hunting, and not so awesome customer service, I figured out that they had a “Discontinued” table where I found a great piece that matched my fabric for $10! Sweet!

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As a result of the encouragement I got from reading about Caila’s successes, now I feel comfortable in a leather store – oh yeah, not a rookie here anymore – Sweet. I also know more about the general layout of a purse/clutch and now the possibilities are ENDLESS. Woohoo! Thank you CAILA!

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Caila Made

Caila was inspired by our project to raise money for Compassion International with our Space Kid print. She created something AMAZING.

Read her post HERE to find out just how unintentionally identical our character ended up being to her sweet son, Hudson. You can also follow her on Cailamade, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and she is @cailamade in Instagram. She is such an encouraging person to be connected with, you will really benefit from following her on some or all of her social media connects!

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Caila’s blog is beautiful and she is such an uplifting person. As we were working on our projects, I was so blessed by connecting with Caila. We discovered, on accident, that we were both in need of some encouragement and finding out that someone else was feeling the same way I was helped my heart so much. We accidentally proved our own thesis. Everyone needs encouragement. Everyone needs to hear that they are doing a good job. That they are special. That they are just who they were created to be. And if we take just the little effort needed to remind those around us of those things – inspiration can be infectious.

Please read Caila’s incredible Encourage to Inspire post. We are hoping we inspire you today to be encouraged and to encourage others around you.

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If you are looking for a quick way to encourage today, please consider joining our efforts to help children trapped in poverty by purchasing our Space Kid print. 100% of money raised from this print will be donated to Compassion International. You can purchase it in our SHOP or use paypal to send $8 to our paypal address at zac.jones (at) yahoo.com, leave a comment that you did and include your email address and I will email you a jpg.

Thank you so much for spending some time here today! If you are inspired to start your own Encourage to Inspire project in your own life – leave a comment and tell me all about it! I’d love to hear from you!

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Featured on JustDawnelle.com!!

Our sweet friend, Dawnelle, has an amazing blog called JustDawnelle. Today she is helping us with our Do Something Good project! She created a beautiful inspiration board that includes our Space Kid print along with some other gorgeous items. Please pop over and take a look at her work and leave a comment telling her how awesome she is!!

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And please don’t forget to join us by downloading our Space Kid print today and Doing Something Good for the kids served by Compassion International.

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Featured on BonBonBreak.com Today!

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Oh hi, that’s me…still not REAL comfortable with photos of me….kind of boring, right?

Last week, Kathy from BonBonBreak.com contacted me and asked if I would share our Embroidery for Slackers post in their issue that launched today! BonBon Break is such a fun resource! Just clicking around this morning, I’ve already found several articles and posts that I love and that are so helpful. We are so excited to be able to be a part of their issue this week. You should definitely check out their site and MAYBE give our article some comment love so we don’t get lonely :)

Have a GREAT Monday!! We will be back tomorrow with another adorable photo preview from last week!

Love, Emily

Our big girl bed featured in Casey Wiegand’s DIY Round – up on DisneyBaby.com

We are so excited that our pallet bed from THIS post  has been included in Casey Wiegand’s DIY for Baby round up on DisneyBaby.com’s blog!! Come take a look at all of the adorable projects featured in the group! And follow A Little Artsy for so many fun DIY projects and amazing inspiration!

DisneyBaby.com DIY for Baby round up by Casey Wiegand

You can view our original post and see how we whipped together a SUPER easy twin bed for our middle girl by clicking on the picture below!

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