Posts Tagged ‘Easter’

Thrifty & Chic: I love H&M


Utah does NOT have an H&M. It totally bugs. If Salt Lake were to ever get a Trader Joe’s and an H&M, I think I’d be in big trouble, but super happy. Does anyone want to help me petition to H&M to open a Salt Lake store? I’m serious about this.

While in Arizona, I made it a point to go to H&M at least once. I probably could’ve gone two or three times, but I’m not sure Chris or my bank account would’ve really appreciated that. I was a good girl, though. I managed to get a bunch of awesome clothes for Penelope and a few must-haves for me & Chris without spending over $100.

H&M has the best kid’s clothes. In fact, their kids clothes are so awesome, my 18 year old sis-in-law and I both found some pretty sweet items for us in the tween department. I found so many sweet little things for Penelope, but this dress (above) was a must-have Easter dress. My jaw just dropped when I saw it in the store, it’s so precious! It was only $17, too! Score. I had planned on making matching outfits for Easter (like last year), but I don’t think I would’ve thrown together anything nearly this cute at the last minute. So, I had to have it.

I also found two awesome dress shirts for Chris for $12.50 each! The yellow shirt (above) is one of them. You can’t tell from the pic, but it’s a yellow and white pin stripe pattern. It looks really sharp in person. Chris likes his new shirts, but I think I might like them more. H&M makes fitted dress shirts. I can see Chris’s muscles better. I like.

Don’t they look so cute together!?

So, who’s with me on petitioning for a H&M in the Salt Lake area?  Shall we get started?! Contact H&M and let them know you want one. I did. Hope you had a great Easter weekend!

Happy Easter Weekend, Folks!


Here are a few pictures of the Spring/Easter-themed cookies I made with my in-laws while visiting in Arizona last week. We had so much fun stamping out the cookie dough and frosting them. We used Williams Sonoma cookie cutters and decorative pens to make these cookies. Aren’t they just beautiful? They sat around the house for about two days before we ate them. That’s pretty impressive considering my sweet tooth!

I hope you all have a weekend full of candy, delicious food (maybe a vegetable or two), friends and most importantly, family.

Aren’t those greedy little fingers adorable?

Easter Egg Basket Printable


I just can’t believe that Easter is this weekend! Does anyone else feel completely unprepared for the weekend festivities?

My lovely neighbor, Susan, kindly reminded me that it was Easter this weekend and that an Easter printable would be a good idea. I agree! I think y’all need something festive to adorn your Easter spread this weekend. So, with much excitement, I present to you a new freebie!!

Isn’t it so cute?!? It’s the perfect size for chocolate goodies, a hard boiled egg or (my favorite) a generous handful of Starburst Jelly Beans. The finished dimensions measure about 4.5″ x 2.25″ x 2″. All you have to do is print out on cardstock, cut, score, tape and fill! You’ll want some decorative ribbon to tie the tops together and maybe some Easter grass to use as filling. I didn’t have any grass, so I just cut thin strips of tissue paper. I really like how the tissue paper looks. Give it a try sometime!

I really hope you enjoy this printable and USE IT! I plan on using these for place settings for dinner this Sunday. Oh, and if you don’t celebrate Easter, it’s sort of holiday neutral, so feel free to use it for anything. Ever! Click on the button below to download for free. Hope you enjoy!!

This printable is free for personal use. If you would like to use this printable commercially, please email me. Thanks!

I’m all biased out.


[This is a pretty long post. Sorry]

Excuses, excuses: Chris and I got back from our Idaho/Montana trip late Thursday night. We’ve not been in one place for more than 3 days for the last 2 weeks. We’re living out of suitcases at my parents’ house. . . Therefore it’s been just a teensy bit difficult to do much of anything crafty, especially in time for Easter. I was hoping to make a big deal out of it this year with dying eggs, homemade easter baskets with sweet treats, and matching dresses (all traditions from my childhood), but it just wasn’t very realistic (just like my idea of having an elaborate party for Penelope’s first birthday).

However. . .

For the last couple of months, I’ve been thinking non-stop about making a striped skirt like the one from Anthropologie and I just so happen to have 5 yards of very similar fabric. I think it was Saturday afternoon that decided that now was the time to make that idea happen.

biased skirt

I used the skirt pattern from the Sew U book (it’s genius), and modified it just a tad. It probably took me nearly an hour to figure out how to place the pattern pieces on the fabric to get the stripes to line up just right.

high waisted striped skirt

I like the enclosure in the back with the grey buttons, I also like the light weight fabric and the look of the bias. Overall, I think it turned out ok, but Chris just might say otherwise (he’s just not a fan of the pleats in the front). So, I’d like to ask you: Should I keep the pleats in the front, or should I modify the skirt to make it flat-fronted?? I’m not sure, because it looks like pleats are all the rage, but I’m a little self-concious about it. Seriously, I need your opinions!!

striped biased skirt 1

Anyway, It turned out ok, but I’ll definitely make this skirt again so I can learn from my mistakes.

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Penelope’s dress turned out slightly better, but it too, has its flaws. The inspiration for this dress comes from a Martha Stewart magazine photo of a girl in a pink scalloped dress. SWOON with a capital S! This was my attempt at making that dress from a japanese dress pattern. The pattern is starting to get a little small for Penelope, so I tried to enlarge it. The proportions came out a little funny, but the dress still looks as cute as a button.

Nel's striped scallop dress

I love this little girl, and the grey stripes with the pink ribbon fit her personality just right.

Penelope's striped scallop dress

Overall, my attempts to be matchy, matchy for Easter were fairly successful, and all it took was 10 straight hours of sewing and $5.

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