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I am Sew Very Happy by Rachael from Imagine Gnats

Hello! I am taking a little vacation and while I'm away I thought it would be nice for you to meet some of my favorite people and friends from around the web! This year I've met so many new and wonderful ladies through the Internet and I have really made some true friends. I knew I would be away for a couple of weeks and thought it would be fun for some of these friends to come and share a little something with you.

My first guest is

Rachael

, she blogs over at

Imagine Gnats

, she is a super talented mom with two super cute and funny girls- they always put a smile on my face. You might remember my

Roly Poly Pinafiore,

that is one of her

Pdf patterns

and I'll be showing you my version of the

Tumble Tee

next month! Rachael has recently decided to follow her dream, I wish I had an ounce of her guts and determination.... Oh and I could add productivity, I'm not sure how she does it all- I'm thinking super powers!!!

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first, a big thank you to Celina for inviting me to be here today! after reading her recent post,

Do What You Love

, i felt inspired to share a few thoughts... on happiness, dreams, and about how terrifying it all is sometimes.

a couple months ago, i made the decision to leave my "real" job. you know, the one that involved a paycheck and leaving the house. in addition to getting to spend more time with

my lovely family

, i have been able to devote time and focus to my little corner of the internet,

imagine gnats

.

some really amazing things have happened. i have designed, drafted, and brought to market some

patterns that i am incredibly proud of

. i have sketched out and toiled through constructing many garments that i hope will become patterns as well. i have been offered some really amazing opportunities to share my love of making with others, and i am so grateful and happy and in love with the life i am fortunate enough to lead.

i am sew very happy by imagine gnats

you would think that it's sunshine and rainbows and unicorns 24/7, right? except that life isn't quite that easy. and who wants easy anyway? it's probably boring... don't you think? (please say yes!)

what happens really is that lots of little things sneak inside of your head and your day and interrupt that fantasy of creativity being fabulous and lovely and always successful.

sometimes you wake up in the middle of the night and realize you've been dreaming about html (true story), or you stare at a blank sketch-book page, suddenly convinced that you'll never think of another idea ever again. never. ever.

and then you realize that you're downright scared. you worry that you were just wrong; that this was a very bad plan.

i am sew very terrified by imagine gnats

last week, even as i was thinking about all of the things that doing what i love means to me, i got scared. i worried out loud to my husband (and biggest supporter) that maybe loving what i'm doing isn't enough. he told me, "you need to be doing what you're doing. if you don't it will literally be you giving up on your dream."

and he's right... but here's the thing about dreams: they're hard to make come true. it's a process that is often happy, sometimes scary, but most times, it's a whole bunch of both. it will take all of the love you have to make it through, and it will be worth every single bit in the end.

so get out there, do what you love, be terrified, and enjoy every minute of it!

download your own high res printable versions of the

graphics in this post here

.

xo, rachael

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Nursery Decor We Love... Parenting & Me


Nursery Decor Inspiration by Bibelotte. (source)

I'm am very excited to share with you my latest Pinterest adventure, I am a guest pinner for Parenting this week! How cool is that? I am so honored to be part of their "Nursery Decor We Love" board and can't wait to share all the little things I would love to put in a babies room. This just might convince me to have a third!!!

So today I have just put some images together of the sort of wonderful things and images you can expect to find... (image above) These personalized mobiles are so sweet. Do you like ninjas or lucha libre? Pink Cheeks Studio has it all.

La Factoria Plastica makes some lovely wall hangings, night light and so much more to discover- cute in any kids rooms.

I LOVE all of Auggie's bedding and sheets- go soft or choose some fun and bold colors. And every kids room should have a tepee or tent in it- I really wish we had the room! How lovely is this handmade one? via Deas Og Mia

I think you know my love for vintage- so every nursery should have a touch of it in my opinion. It could be some old toys or a books, even better a vintage crib or bassinet. Les Petits Bohemes has a lovely selection- check out this crib on wheels!Don't leave the walls blank- add a little art, a print or poster. Check out Billy & Scarlett on Etsy, they have some sweet prints for your little ones room.

Bring the outside in with these hanging wall art mushrooms, from one of my favorite Etsy seller Herman Marie- she'll brighten up any room!
Finally, every nursery should have a night light- this little rabbit has me smilling. Via Mouton Cerise.
So do you need more inspiration, come follow the "Nursery Decor We Love" board there will be plenty more ideas. Happy Pinning!!!
 

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Picture Perfect- Part ll

I am so excited to be over at Curly Birds today, Helen asked me if I wanted to help her out- her twin daughters School Picture Day is today and she needed a little inspiration. I had so much fun with this post, I put a few outfits together with a few rules and styling tips to go with them, so be sure to check it out.

However, I couldn't leave the boys out- they too need to dress up for their picture day! So I have part II, right here on the blog for you...
P.S. These make great Spring/ Summer Outfit too!
 
Let's hear it for the boys...

 

Outfit #1 (images 12345.): keep it dressy.

A dress shirt is always my first pick- it's a classic, it looks sharp, clean and neat. To keep the outfit looking nice I paired the gingham shirt with some chinos, but made it fun by making them bright green. Don't be afraid to play with colors- bright bottoms are all the rage these days! Be a little creative, change the laces to your kids sneakers- any color will do or match to a color in the button up shirt or pants.  You can add a simple cardigan to tone it down a little- once again to be worn only if it's cold or for the walk home! To many layers will make your kid look bulky and stuffy in the photo, also avoid things that don't fall well or get bunched up when they are sitting.

Outfit #2 (images 6, 7, 8910.): keep it casual.

If your child isn't used to wearing button up shirts, then polo shirts are a great alternative. You can even add a bow tie! Have you seen the ones with the clips, you can keep the shirt collar open and just clip the bow tie to one side- genius! That is the only kind my son will gladly wear and it always adds an extra cuteness factor. You can match the bow tie to the pant color, choose a fun pattern or keep it simple if unsure. Jeans are always an easy option- the darker the better and forget all those funky washes. Have fun with the shoes, we like bright and colorful sneakers in our house! 

Outfit #3 (images 1112131415.): keep it cool.

This outfit requires you to keep the cardigan- it's what make it! If you are choosing a fun, colorful cardigan, then pair it with a basic t-shirt- avoid the same color, but instead something that compliments the colors nicely. Add some colored jeans or pants if you like or keep it simple with darker tones. If the outfit is very casual and you would like to dress it up a little- add some nice shoes or booties to complete the outfit. 

The Golden Rule: What ever you do make sure your kids like it too! 
 
For more RULES and the GIRL version of this post, don't forget to check out my guest post over at Curly Birds.

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