“Orange you glad?” Skirt: My first Cali Fabrics Post

I’m pleased to announce that I am a blogger for the newly launched Cali Fabrics sewing and fabric blog!

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For my first Cali Fabrics project, I chose a gorgeous orange embroidered eyelet. I immediately gravitated toward this fabric because of its gorgeous color, but once I received it, I became even more enamored with its overall design. I like that the eyelet openings are relatively small, meaning that I didn’t have to worry as much about underlining. Plus, the embroidery ensures that the design is visually interesting!

Check out the rest of my first post over on the Cali Fabrics Blog.

 

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany

Rating: 4/5

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Warning: this review contains mild spoilers! The plot is very broadly outlined below but I have tried to keep what I believe to be the major reveals a secret. 

While certainly a different medium, Rowling’s latest work retains the magic of the original series.

Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy serve as our teenage guides to Hogwarts this time around. Just like their fathers before them, they have more passion than sense. When they hear of an injustice, the two unlikely friends use any means necessary to right the wrong.

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Book Review: Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

by Shauna Niequist

Rating: 4/5

Pub Date: August 9, 2016

It’s no secret that I have adored Niequist’s other books. I have given out numerous copies of Bread and Wine to friends, both for the recipes and the wise words. I am using Savor as my devotional for the year and I am daily reminded of Niequist’s amazing insights into every day life. All of that is to say that I was primed to love Present Over Perfect.

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My new planner: Emily Ley Simplified Planner Review

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Last Friday I shared my review of the 2015-16 Simplified Planner and today I’m talking about my new Simplified Planner for 2016-17!

Emily Ley offers several versions: an academic weekly, an academic daily, and a calendar year daily. She launched the academic versions a few weeks ago and the calendar year versions will launch in the fall.

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Emily Ley Simplified Planner: 2015-16 Final Review

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After using my Emily Ley Planner for the past year, I can honestly say that it is the best planner I have ever used. I love the way that the pages are laid out, with room to write in dinner plans and a to do list.

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McCalls 6696: The Heavily Modified Version

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For my third version of McCalls 6696 I really went rogue! The finished product only slightly resembles the original pattern, but I am pretty happy with it.I was inspired by Idle Fancy’s 6696 with a circle skirt. I used her suggestions for some of the alterations, and winged it for the rest.  Check out what I did below:

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