A portrait of Harlow London each week of 2014.

Harlow out on Deck

I almost didn’t post these photos because I was embarrassed by the craftsmanship of this dress.  And then I realized how dumb and pathetic that is. 

Harlow doesn’t care. 

I have been completely hooked on sewing jersey lately — I blame getting my hands on the new Gleeful jersey fabrics — but now I just want to sew everything from jersey! Whoops. 

I’ve been totally making things up as I go, but thinking “tutorial” for each as I work.  So stay tuned for these *hopefully* soon!  Y’all.  Third trimester is kicking my never-want-to-sleep self in the rear.  

Well, the problem is I just want to sleep during the day….and I can’t sleep at night.  It’s awesome.


Happy Friday! 



I’ve decided to auction these newborn Luca boots tonight on instagram.  The money will go directly to the YouCaring site set up for Grey, Allie and Ryan.  I’m hoping to do 2-3 more in newborn, 0-3 month and 3-6 month sizes over the next few weeks, so together we can help with some of their expenses.  I’m aiming for around 8pm EST. 

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a huge fan of packing.  Well, packing or unpacking.  

Is anyone a fan of unpacking?  I would pay someone to unpack from vacation before I would ever pay someone to clean my house.  Is that weird?  Oh well. 

So packing.  I try to make it fun.  I make duffle bags, sew toiletry bags and buy cute containers (more on those soon!) and while I was packing for our weekend in New York, I decided my Ziploc Quart bag wasn’t cutting it.  So what did I do?  

Made a reusable one, of course.  It’s simple and fun — and you can make one (or a few!) too!  Let’s jump right into it –



  • Vinyl — my favorite place to snag vinyl is the remnant bin at your local fabric/craft store!  You want a vinyl that holds its own shape and isn’t too thin.  
  • Zipper — I would use one 9″ or longer
  • Brother ScanNCut Machine
  • Pattern: FCM file; SVG file; PDF file

Sewing machine and notions



1|| The first thing you want to do is cut out 2 pieces from the pattern.  If you print out the PDF, be sure to set your scale at 100%, if you want it to be quart sized.  

I also made a little label I sewed to one piece.  Write out the label and sandwich it between a piece of vinyl and one pattern piece.  Sew in place.



2|| The first step is add the zipper.  You will follow the same basic steps of construction that you did for the Even Better Box Bag!  

Place the zipper along the top edge of one of your vinyl pieces – right sides together.  Stitch in place.  Fold back and top stitch in place.  Repeat for other side. 

*Note, vinyl tends to not glide smoothly on your machine, especially in humid/hot conditions.  You can place a scrap piece of fabric below the vinyl to help it glide more smoothly if you are having difficulty with the vinyl sticking!*



3|| Next, we will sew the bottom of the bag.  With right sides together, sew along the bottom edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  I chose to then finger-press the seam to the side and top stitch, so my bag would sit nice and flat. 



4|| Next, sew up both sides of the bag.  If you used a too-long zipper, just be sure the zipper pull is within those side seams!  



5|| Match the bottom openings and sew together — just like we did for the Better Box Bag.  Remember, your bag should still be inside out! :)

After you’ve sewn these seams, trim your threads and turn right side out.  Vinyl sticks and it might be a little difficult to turn, but slow and steady wins the race.  


reusable carryon liquid bag

6|| That’s it!  Go fill it up with all of those overpriced travel items we are forced to buy. I’ve decided toothpaste is the worst…there really isn’t any way to avoid buying those silly things of toothpaste if you aren’t checking a bag!  Grr.  Well, thankfully this little bag makes it a little more fun to pack!

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Be sure to tag me if you share what you’ve created on Instagram or elsewhere! I love seeing what y’all are doing!  And as always, let me know if you have questions or problems!


PS: I’ve been pinning some of my favorite products and stylish moms over on this Pinterest board!   


the story of the circle quilt // Pray for Baby Grey

July 22, 2014

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a few weeks now — it was just 5 days ago that Grey turned one month old!  The story of how this quilt came to be and little Grey is one that I just don’t want to forget.   I went to college with Allie and Ryan, and I was able […]

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a New York City weekend

July 21, 2014

Andy and I had talked about maybe doing a 5 year anniversary vacation this year, but with baby on the way and just a lot up in the air, we weren’t able to plan anything crazy.  Not really sure what defines crazy, but oh well.  We have always talked about going to New York City […]

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twenty-eight of fifty-two || Harlow London

July 18, 2014
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 28/52  A portrait of Harlow London each week of 2014. I love these moments.  Lately Harlow has been really into “getting ready for dates with daddy.”  She’ll put on a necklace and a skirt and show him as soon as he gets home from work: letting him know that they have dates scheduled for just […]

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