To Gandersbaby With Love, From Sev

I volunteered to make my friend Genevieve a baby blanket for the little girl she’s expecting (nicknamed gandersbaby), and she happened upon the perfect pattern! I’ve been searching for a pattern like this for ages, so it was fate! It’s a fun crochet, but Severus complicates things.

Severus is 10 months old and sometimes pretends to be an adult cat, but he’s not. Especially when he catches a glimpse of of the bag he knows I’ve been storing yarn in.

I’m often in the middle of a stitch when Severus leaps across my body and absconds with the skein I need.

But I can’t take it away–he loves it! (Plus, he attacks me when I do)

So territorial!

Once he’s done attacking the yarn, he likes to cuddle with the squares (which will eventually be crocheted together to make the blanket). Multiple times I’ve stayed up later than I intended because I didn’t have the heart to wake him up to put away the work for the night.

Gandersbaby is going to have a lot of cat hair in her blanket… unless Sev decides he doesn’t want to part with it at all. Life’s tough, baby.

Cute Gingham Skirt For New Sewers (Simplicity 2286)

Guys, I did it. Finally. I made an actual article of clothing! I kind of made a skirt once before, but it ended up being completely unwearable. I was so intimidated by that pattern it took me six months to finish it, and then it ended up a disaster.

Needless to say, that didn’t help with my fear of sewing.

I can begin a knitting, crocheting, or embroidery project without a moment’s hesitation, but sewing? Sewing just terrifies me. I love clothes and am really particular about design, quality, and fit. Becoming a proficient sewing seems like the perfect way to build the wardrobe I want, but sewing projects can fail in such catastrophic ways.

I picked up this pattern (Simplicity 2286) right after I got my sewing machine when Hobby Lobby was having one of their sales where all patterns are $1. But I never got around to sewing it because I didn’t really like the way the skirt looked (and my fear didn’t help).

I’m still not totally in love, but I do have to admit I’m proud! The skirt took just a few hours to whip up, and I’ll likely be altering the pattern (it’s a bit too full for my taste as is) and making many variations.

Here are some photos from the process. It really was very easy, and I encourage everyone with similar sewing intimidation to go for it!

My materials! The pattern, a yard and a half of fabric, elastic, and rick rack. Not pictured: thread, sewing machine, measuring tape, pins, fabric pen, and scissors.

First, cut your pattern according to your size. Pin the paper onto the fabric and cut around it.

All cut! I kept the paper attached to the pieces until I was ready to use them to avoid confusion.

Sew, sew, sew, and trim the edges so they don’t fray.

Guiding the elastic through the waistband was the most time-consuming part.

Next time I maight make the waistband a bit wider.

I’ll also probably omit the rickrack on the pockets. I love rickrack, but I think it’s too girlish with this skirt.

The end result!

Like I said, I’m going to alter the pattern a bit and make another. I’m thinking a heavy cotton in navy.

Polka & Bloom Wedding Embroidery

I embroidered this for my sister-in-law and now-brother-in-law’s wedding last month. I hadn’t worked on an embroidery in a while–it was so nice to pick up the needle again!

This beautiful pattern is a design by Polka & Bloom. I’ve admired her intricate work for a while and am so glad I finally had reason to buy one of her patterns. This was a lot of fun to embroider, and I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

I paid particular attention to the text because Lerin works in printing, so I wanted it to be perfect! But I had never done so many satin stitches and don’t really ever want to again!

Granny Square Blanket

I started crocheting a few years ago with one goal in mind: to make a granny square blanket. Success! I started this baby in January and finally finished eight months later.

I realize you can’t gauge its size by the photos, but the blanket is in total over 165 squares. It’s big and heavy, but the little holes keep it from overheating.

I used Attic 24’s Summer Garden Granny Square pattern–I really like the circular centers.

DIY Cat Shirt

When Leah Reena Goren’s beautiful Feline Karma Dress first appeared at Anthropologie a couple months ago it immediately catapulted to internet popularity. Along with pictures of the dress have been rumblings about making DIY versions, and I decided to try my hand. I’m still hoping to snag the dress (please go on sale!) but am happy with the shirt it inspired me to make!

If you can, support Leah’s designs via the Anthropologie link above or her Etsy, which includes many beautiful items!


This shirt was incredibly easy to make! You will need: A shirt or other clothing of your choice, fabric paint, a craft or kitchen sponge, scissors, a paintbrush, and a pen or marker.


First, draw a cat outline. When I drew my template, Joseph said it didn’t look enough like a cat. He drew the “better” silhouette to the left… There’s a reason I do the crafts around here.


Make sure the fits the sponge (I used a regular [new and unused!] kitchen sponge because my Hobby Lobby had no craft sponges). Outline the shape onto the sponge and cut.


I was a bit worried about how to place the cats, so I used clear tape as a kind of marker. I ended up nearly ignoring the pieces, but it was a good way to get started. Remember to remove the tape before stamping! Be sure to place pieces of paper or some other blocker under the layer you are working on to prevent bleeding onto the other side.


Next, place a generous amount of paint onto the sponge and transfer onto the fabric. With a small paintbrush, fill in larger holes or outline as necessary to make the shape more clear. Repeat, let dry, and do the same on the reverse side.
I really should not have done this on the carpet but thankfully walked away without any damage. Make sure you put down paper or do this on a different surface. Usually whenever paint is involved, I work in the garage or outside on concrete–disastrous spills are way too easy to come by.


This is what I like most of mine to look like.


Seriously, how easy was that?

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