Friday, December 19, 2014

Currently | Vol 14

Loving. The fact that Louis' school has amazing activities for the kiddo.  At all times.  But especially during the holidays.  Forgive me but this is my first child...therefore my first time experiencing the awesomeness of holiday concerts and other fun stuff.  So it's all way more exciting than it probably is to a veteran school-aged child parent.  We've had it all this week.  Louis had his first "concert" on Monday.  LOVED going to it.  Wednesday was a pajama party.  Seriously so much fun.  And tomorrow his class is going to the movies to watch Annie.  Yay!

Reading. Christmas stories.  Well...at least Miss Stephanie was during class.  We, as parents, were invited to attend the last little bit of their pajama party on Wednesday and sit in on some of the fun.  I adore Lou's school.  Every single staff member is awesome and I love what they stand for. Who knew I'd be such a fan of private school? 

Choosing.  Which thing hanging all over the walls of the classroom was my favorite.  It's totally an impossible feat.  The kicker was probably the back wall filled with gingerbread cookies that had pictures of each of the students in place of their heads.  It was A-freaking-DORABLE.

Designing.  Part of the fun was putting together snowmen with doilies and pieces of construction paper.  If I had a higher level of patience for insane 3-4 year olds, I would totally be a preschool teacher JUST for the cutesy crafting element.  I mean.

Wondering.  What Louis bought for us as his special gifts.  The school had a "Santa's Workshop" where we got to send in a list of family members and $2 per name...and Louis got to shop for us from whatever randomness they had available.  I am so excited to see what is in our bags.  We had him buy something special for all of the grandparents and Momma and Daddy.  I thought he'd love being able to gift us with someone he picked out himself.  I'm sure it'll be my favorite gift.  Hand selected by the Lou-dog.

 

Linking up for this week’s “Currently” with Harvesting Kale + Ot and Et.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

My Favs on Thursdays | Printable Gift Tags

 

 

My Favs on Thursdays is a weekly linkup that I co-host with my girls Nicole (Designs by Nicolina) and Meghan (Hayes Days). What is your favorite thing this week?  Don’t forget to add your link to the bottom of this post.

 

Let's get down to it, shall we?  Christmas is a week away and you are probably amongst the millions of other people that are last minute buying/making/wrapping gifts to toss under the Christmas tree.  I am also included in that melting pot.  Weirdly, one of my least favorite things to do when wrapping presents is add a tag to it.  Because I never have any handy and it's almost always easier to write (in messy permanent marker) "to, from" straight on the package.  And then I always get mad about how crappy it looks.  It's all about the presentation, and I epic fail on many occasions.  

But this year?  This year I'm going to attempt to actually use some real tags.  And thanks to all of the remarkable bloggers and designers out there, there are so many free and amazing ones at our print-at-home disposal.  

Here are some of my FAVS that i ran across:


MOVIE QUOTES | MERRY & BRIGHT | RETRO TYPE | HAPPY MERRY

Are there any other fabulous ones I'm missing out on?  Do tell!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Straight Palazzos Pants by Patterns for Pirates

Pants aren't something I sew a lot of for myself. In fact, I've only really sewn a couple of pairs of leggings that I like to work out in or (the polar opposite) laze around the house in. I like them enough but thought that maybe it was time to try something else for a change. Enter: Patterns for Pirates' new Palazzo pants pattern. Eek!

Judy has yet to steer me wrong with one of her patterns.  They're always easy, a great fit and super in style.  This one fits those descriptors as well.  Palazzo pants are supposedly the maxi skirt of pants.  It's the ultimate comfort bottom when you have to wear something with legs.  

When I read that this is a "slim fit over the booty" style...I thought: SHIT.  This isn't going to work with me at all.  I don't have a giant booty for my body type but I am a girl with plenty of curves and "slim" doesn't always work with me.  Praise Oprah, they fit wonderfully.  I adore the fit, really.  (Try and ignore the fact that my pattern matching skills on the crotch and bum left lots to be desired.)

I chose a fabric that is loud and proud.  And I'm wondering if these will only live as at-home lounge pants.  That's not a bad thing at all.  When I sew these up again (which I will and the entire thing took all of thirty minutes to complete) I will choose a solid fabric that can be easily viewed as dressier.  And more appropriate for this lack-of-style gal to rock in public.  I love me some buffalo check but I don't know if I can pull these off walking around without it looking like I'm out and about in my jams.

The pants themselves have a crazy amount of variations for you to sew them in.  Three different lengths (capri, long, shorts) and a choice of a yoga style band or an elastic-cased waist.  Personally, the yoga band is an awesome choice to have because it's simply more comfortable.  Because i was a tester, the band is actually shorter than it is in the pattern.  I will certainly be making the band a lot taller, so I have more room to fold it down.

All in all, it is a crazy easy and fabulous pattern.  Another job well done by Patterns for Pirates!

You can find the Palazzo Pants pattern [HERE].
And the adorable buffalo plaid fabric is from Girl Charlee [HERE].

Other patterns I've sewn and reviewed by Patterns for Pirates:
lumberjack shirtwomens raglan

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