Sewing, Weight-Gain & Le Tote

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This post is in partnership with Le Tote. They’re like Netflix for clothes. Borrow clothes, wear them, try out new styles and return them. They do the laundering and help with styling and fit! Try it free for 14 days with this special link.

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I’ve talked about depression before. It’s not a big deal when it’s under control with lifestyle, diet and medication. But lately, I’ve been frustrated by one of the most common side effects of my medication: weight gain. It’s like I have no self-control. All I want is sugar and carbs and I’m always hungry.

In the last 2 months, I’ve gained nearly 5% of my body weight. It may not seem like much. And to be honest, it’s not as big a deal as many other medications out there, but it’s significant enough that I don’t feel comfortable. I have a rather healthy body image, so I really don’t mind what I see when I look in the mirror when I get out of the shower, but I don’t feel like I belong in my own clothes.

WEIGHT DOESN’T MATTER, but confidence does. 

Over the last three months, Le Tote has “grown” with me. As I’ve fluctuated, I’ve always had something fabulous to wear. Going through transitional weight phases sucks. It’s happened every time I’ve had a kid. I have a conundrum of wanting to look and feel beautiful, but not wanting to buy clothes in that transitional size for fear that it won’t fit later on. What a waste!

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Le Tote has had my back. They’ve been there to make me feel beautiful inside and out, no matter what my size.

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This month I wanted to challenge myself to sew. I’ve had this shirt half done on my cut table for nearly a month, it was time to finish it. I literally used the leftover scraps from two projects (this skirt and this shirt) to piece together this top. I had barely enough fabric! There’s something satisfying about keeping great fabric from going to waste.

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I had a fun time getting back into the sewing game. I made a scout tee and added a ruffle bottom to it. I found the print in the L.A. fabric district and the plum at JoAnn.

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    Calligraphy Quote of the Day

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    If you follow me on Instagram, I started this #calligraphyquoteoftheday series as a passion project. I don’t publish a new quote daily, but rather every third post. So I don’t go insane. I haven’t shared any of them here, so I figure I may as well start posting them weekly here. Hopefully you enjoy them! Feel free to share, with credit of course. Pinning is welcome (and highly appreciated).

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    If you’d like to learn calligraphy for yourself, consider taking one of my online workshops. We provide personal coaching to help you troubleshoot issues, bounce ideas off of and stay motivated. Check out the brush calligraphy (or brush lettering, whichever you prefer) here, or the pointed pen modern class here.

    These two have been on my mind a lot. My house is a disaster, but the creativity quote makes me feel better about it. Penned with a new favorite brush marker, the Zig Art & Graphic Twin. Juniper got her little paws on these markers and didn’t destroy the tip. It’s a rubberized tip that has tons of flexibility, but also great structure. It doesn’t fray. OMG. IT DOESN’T FRAY.

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    View the video of this quote right here on my YouTube channel. This resonated with me because Felix had a fever-induced febrile seizure last week and we just felt so out of control. So scared. But Chris was quick on his feet to get help. In the end everything was well. Felix is right as rain, we just now know what to do if it happens again. I’m grateful everything went well and that Felix is healthy again!

    Stay tuned for next week’s installment. Or follow me on Instagram if you want to see more. :)

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    Matching Back-To-School Tees

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    Girl Charlee approached me to see if I wanted to sew something with their fabric. Uh DUH. Yes! It’s about darn time that I turn on the freaking sewing machines.

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    This horse fabric screamed both Penelope and Junie. And heck, I had enough yardage, I made a third shirt for Penelope’s BFF, Kate. The girls were particularly bored yesterday so I asked them if they wanted to help me make matching tees for them.

    Their reactions couldn’t have been better if I had asked them to go to Disneyland with me. #bestreactionever

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    While they helped me cut the pattern pieces, they were planning on which days they schemed about which day of the week they would wear their matching shirts. Originally they wanted to wear them on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Ha!

    Shirt Details:

    • Penelope’s shirt (2/3 of a yard) using size 6/7 in Megan Nielsen’s Mini Briar
    • Kate’s shirt, 2/3 of a yard using one of her favorite tees as a template (using this concept)
    • Junie’s shirt, 1/3 of a yard using a pattern I made for her Easter dress (still not posted yet, EEP!)

    The fabric is light weight, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for a dress unless it was gathered at the waist to add extra volume. However, when the girls wore it, it was substantial enough that they didn’t need to wear camisoles underneath. It’s possibly because of the print/color. Love it though. Easy knit to work with and plenty of structure to sew with a standard sewing machine (although I totally used my serger for most of the work).

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    Can you guess who’s the star of the show? It breaks my heart that Junie is growing up so fast. How did this girl get so big?!? She’ll be 2 next month!!

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    DIY Gilding Calligraphy with Deco Foil

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    This post is in partnership with Therm O Web’s Deco Foil™ line. I’ve been using this stuff for a couple of months now and I figured it was high time I shared with you how I use it! It’s incredibly easy and adds SO MUCH SPARKLE to your work (calligraphy or otherwise).

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    In the above image I’ve applied the metallic foil (I don’t dare say gold, because it’s not real gold) in 3 different ways; (from top) laminator, bone folder and die cut machine. My favorite is probably the die cut machine, second is the bone folder because of the application. But I’ll talk about that a little later.

    The foils come in a zillion different colors. I’m excited to try the watercolor foils soon because of the subtle color variation from one spot to another. Here I’ve used Pink Melon (top), Rose Gold (middle) and Copper (bottom). I use the copper one the most, it photographs better than the lighter golds do, so I prefer that. Let’s go through the materials needed for this technique and just get going, shall we?

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    SUPPLIES:

    The supplies list feels kind of long to me; but I bet if you’re anything like me, you’ll have most of these things. For the instructions, click the read more button below!

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    Love for Emily Pop Up Shop | FREE CALLIGRAPHY

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    I don’t give away my calligraphy services for free. But when I do, it’s with good reason. On August 9th I will be participating in a Pop-Up Shop near Thanksgiving Point for Emily Meyers and her family. I’ll be setting up shop and doing calligraphy in exchange for donations. I’ll have a collection jar for donations and all of it will go towards Emily and her sweet family. 100%! I’ll have book marks, flat cards and 5×7 paper for quotes, names, inspirational words and more. I’ll be lettering your requests on-site.

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    If there’s a word, short phrase or name you’ve always wanted in fancy pen and ink, now’s the time to get it done! I’ll have a few cards and things calligraphed ahead of time as well. See the map below for location details! See you there!

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    Pop Up Shop #loveforEmily

    August 9, 6-9pm

    3401 N Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, UT

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    1. Yes!!! I’m finally in Utah when something super cool is going on! My sister and I will be stopping by… now to decide what words I’d love the most…

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