Have you ever purchased a piece of fabric for a special project only to have it sit on a shelf waiting for when you are in the right mindset, the perfect size, or just done with everything else?  Well I purchased one of my all time favorite Liberty prints, Anna’s Garden, in fleece from DuckaDilly […]

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  • I just love that Liberty pattern and to have it on nice, cozy fleece! It certainly makes gorgeous tops for both of you! I just ordered some more Liberty cotton this morning – I received my first Liberty cotton ever yesterday and fell so in love with it I had to order more this morning. The feel of that Liberty cotton is really something to behold. No wonder everyone raves about it so much :)ReplyCancel

  • ErinH

    Beautiful sweaters! I had no idea Liberty came in flannel! Glad to hear you are all together again – it struck a chord with me as our most recent move involved hubby moving 6mo before me – I know the joy of being back together! Best wishes for your new adventure :)ReplyCancel

A few weeks ago while I was in the midst of packing, I felt the urge to use up some fabric and make Layla some new dresses. These urges seem to happen when I should be doing something responsible. Ha! It was perfectly justified though, because Layla is seriously lacking dresses and I didn’t want […]

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  • So very sweet!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie

    Is this a pattern that you will release?? This is so darling. I have four daughters who would look so cute in it!ReplyCancel

Rae, mastermind and artist over at Made by Rae, asked if I would like to sew with some of her new knit collection from Cloud 9, Sidewalk. Of course I said yes! I love her designs and her style, period, but I really waned to give this organic cotton knit a go.  When it arrived […]

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  • I agree Rae does have gorgeous fabric and this school bus design is adorable! Your kids are so adorable agreeing to pose for you and they look thrilled with their new duds :)ReplyCancel

  • Elisabeth

    I made pajamas out of the Sidewalk fabric for Christmas this year and it was such a dream to sew. The whole time I was making them I kept thinking “I need to buy more of this!”ReplyCancel

  • […] over at Olivia Jane Handcrafted made such sweet coordinating Bus Stop outfits for her two older kids. This is just one of the […]ReplyCancel

Recently a young mother on social media posted a quote about how quickly kids grow up and then commented about how she just doesn’t know how to do it all. She loves to make make make but finds it difficult to do that while having a baby, plus manage the other aspects of the household. […]

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  • Lauren

    Awesome post, Meredith! Thank you for your honesty and encouraging words! Just what I needed.ReplyCancel

  • This was such a great post, Meredith! I am fortunate that I get a lot of help from my parents and my husband’s parents with our kids, which is when I am able to do a lot of my sewing. It is easy for me to become super focused on my sewing projects and let my other responsibilities fall to the wayside, including my family who are ultimately the most important. This is such a good reminder to slow down on the projects and be present with my people. I don’t want them to feel cast off because I am selfishly focusing on my hobby above everything else.ReplyCancel

  • I love this.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea M

    I love this. Thank you. :)ReplyCancel

  • Very well put, and I completely agree with everything!
    Isn’t it a blessing to have the older, mature ladies in your Bible study group? The ones who have been through it all and have perspective? I flock to these women at our study and they have been invaluable to me in so many ways.ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    You’re so right.
    You definitely can’t have it all, men nor women.
    Being a parent is such a privilege. Raising respectable humans is daunting and exhilarating and awe-some. I love how seriously you take it.ReplyCancel

I think we can all relate the life things not going as we hope, plan, or expect. I suppose looking at it optimistically, one would point out that the unexpected things are what make life interesting and help us to grow. I didn’t plan to ever spend eight weeks apart from my best friend and […]

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  • Cynthia Palm

    Great post, Mere! The dress is darling, and it’s great that you have a open heart to hear your daughter, even after you went through the time, energy and cost to make it. I appreciate and am personally encouraged in my own motherhood by your candor.ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    I love this post. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that the best lessons in life are often learned the hard way…so thank you for the reminder!ReplyCancel