Soak Nail Polish Review

A few weeks ago I got an email asking if I would be willing to review Soak nail polish.  Normally I am not much of a nail polish wearer, but it sounded like fun and I knew my daughter would be on board with testing out some pretty new nail polish.

Soak sent me this box of Lizzy House nail polish and a couple packages of Soak.
soak nail polish review
I have painted my nails a couple of times since I received the package and have been very pleased with the colors and the quality of the nail polish.  I particularly love this orange-y color which is a perfect match for this Catnap print.
soak nail polish review
The Lizzy House Soakbox comes with this nifty little nail art brush/pen.
soak nail polish review
You twist the top and the you can use a thin brush to paint on designs, or if you pull on the top you can use a pen which is a little easier to manage.

Even though I think the nail art pen is really great, it definitely would require some more practice from me.  Please don't laugh at my attempts; this was after quite a bit of practice but I can't draw in the first place.

I consulted with the artist in the family (my 6 year old daughter) and we decided on a couple different designs.
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And then we decided to paint one fingernail yellow and the rest blue like a sun.
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Obviously I could use some more practice, but it was fun to try.

Besides my amateur skills, I really like the nail polish and I loved the colors.  My kids loved the nail art pen.  If it came in more colors I would probably buy a whole bunch more.
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I also got a chance to try the Soak laundry detergent they sent and loved it so much I ordered a big bottle.

Thanks Soak for letting me test out your products! 

The products reviewed in this post were provided by the company in exchange for an honest review. 

Southern Fabric Giveaway Winner

The winner of the $25 gift certificate to Southern Fabric is . . .
Congratulations!  I will be emailing you shortly.

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Deep Blue Sea Baby Quilt

Hello and welcome!  I love participating in the Blogger's Quilt Festival, it is such a great way to meet new people.
deep blue sea baby quilt
I really wanted to share this quilt because it has been in my sketchbook for a long time and I am excited that I finally figured out how to make the templates for it.  

The quilt uses 5 different Kona colors (Sky, Aqua, Capri, Cyan, Celestial, and Navy).  There are a lot of great Kona colors, but the blues are my favorite.  
deep blue sea baby quilt
My favorite thing about the quilt is actually what happened after I made it.  I decided to list it on Etsy and I woke up the next day to see that one of my childhood friends, who I didn't even know read my blog, had bought the quilt.  I really idolized this friend when we were kids and it meant a lot to me.  

Finished quilt size: 38" x 48" 
Pattern: Deep Blue Sea Baby Quilt (tutorial here)
Pieced and quilted by me
Category: Original Design Quilts
Original post here

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Blogger's Quilt Festival - Mini Swoon Quilt

Welcome!  I can't believe it is already time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival again.  I am so excited to see the other quilts that are entered.
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For the second entry into the festival I wanted a share a quilt I made for a friend's new baby girl.  I love Camille Roskelley's Swoon Pattern and when she released a mini version of the pattern, I knew I wanted to make it into a baby quilt.
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I loved working with Sarah Jane's Wee Wander collection.  It is adorable, and the print that I used for the back of the quilt is my favorite.

Finished quilt size: 40" x 50"
Pattern: Mini Swoon by Camille Roskelley
Pieced and quilted by me
Category: Small quilts
Original post here

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An Elsa Dress

I do not particularly enjoy sewing clothes and would not have even attempted to sew an Elsa dress for my daughter this year if it wasn't impossible to find a decent dress for less than a zillion dollars.  But they are in short supply and my daughter really wanted to be Elsa, so I thought I'd give a go.

I found the McCall M7000 official looking pattern and took my daughter to pick out fabrics.  And then they sat there for a long time because I really didn't want to make the dress, but a couple weeks before our first Halloween party I decided I should get started.

This isn't really a difficult pattern, but it is probably the hardest pattern that I have made.  Especially because the sparkly, stretchy knit (?) that I used for the sleeves was really obnoxious to sew with.
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I decided not to make the overlay because it seemed like it would get in the way when she wore the dress to school, but I otherwise followed the pattern.  My daughter is 6 and a half so I made the 5-6 size even though her measurements were in the size 3-4 range.  It is a little bit big, but I am glad I made the bigger size because I am never, ever making another one.
elsa dress
Even though it's not perfect and I am only buying Halloween costumes from now on, my daughter was very excited about the dress so I guess it was worth it.  

Southern Fabric Giveaway

I hope you are all having a happy Monday!  This morning we are lucky enough to have a giveaway from Southern Fabric.  Right now they are doing 13 days of Spooktacular Savings and today there is 25% off all full priced Layer Cakes and 10" squares.

If you haven't had a chance to take a look at Southern Fabric's precuts, they have a really great selection.

Southern Fabric is giving away a $25 gift certificate today.  To enter, just leave a comment on this post.

For a second entry, follow Southern Fabric on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter and leave a second comment letting me know.

The giveaway will end on Friday at 5pm PST.  Have a great week!
The giveaway is now closed.  

Inspiration Mosaics

Someone needs to remind me next year that I am not allowed to sew my kids Halloween costumes.  I haven't sewn anything for the past two weeks because every time I walk into my sewing room I see my daughters in-progress Elsa dress and walk away.  It is pretty much my least favorite thing.

But I have been making slow progress on the dress and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel: I will be able to sew a quilt soon!  And in anticipation of that I put together my monthly Inspiration Mosaic post using some of my favorite fabrics from each of my sponsors.  I hope that this inspires some of you, but even if it doesn't, it does help me procrastinate the Elsa dress.

Shabby Fabrics
Mother Goose Tales GreenPinhead Dot KiwiOh Clementine GreyKiss Dot MarinePinhead Dot Limeade,  Basically Hugs Light GrayPearl BraceletOval Elements Key LimeAmerican Made Brand Solids Light LimeBrambleberry Ridge Teal Timber ValleyKiss Dot CedarOh Clementine GreyCotton and Steel Basics

Florascape Moonstone, Tomahawk Stripe,  Sprinkled Morning, Beekeeper Coral, Canyon Wall, Plumage Apricot, Arid Horizon,  Freshly Cut Hyacinths, Notes of Winter Dew, Valley of Azure, Honey House Sunflower, Clay Sundot, Summer Grove by Day

Lark Cottons
Stamped Grove Daylight, Foliage Tangerine, Spirodraft Carbon, Bella Solids Mist, Crosshatch Silver, XOXO Ghost, Crosshatch Curry, Foliage Curry, Netorious Roadster,  Crosshatch Lake, Serenity Entwined Pearl,  Korkek Dandelion, Winnow Forget Me Not
Forest Floor KhakiDottie Gelato GoldLinked with NightRush Hour TanNetorious Goldilocks SilverTrellis StoneDeco Petal TurquoiseClimbing Vine NavyLattice CoralPretty Posies TurquoiseWildflower CrimsonTwigged Patch SunlitDottie Cloud
Fat Quarter Shop
Fresh Radical Blooms, Oval Elements Blue Lagoon, Pure Elements Icy Mint, Black Days of the Week, Dottie Pink Tiny Dots, Butter Pecan Cross Hatch, Black Stripe, XOXO Plummy, Dottie Magenta, Elementary Splash the Grid, Orchid Cuboid, Dottie Aqua Tiny Dots
Stash Fabrics
Sunday Clippings in Dusk, Confetti Dot in Parrot, Pointelle in Pink, Oval Elements in Tangerine Tango,  Cottagely Posy in Garden, Basketweave in Coral, Circles in Blue, Springs Sun, Scribbles in SunriseDash Dot in Lantern, Valley in Evergreen, Thru the Wire in Marmalade, Cheerful Echo
This center fabric is from Katy Jones new line Priory Square.  It isn't available yet, but it is available for preorder here.

Southern Fabric
Megalopolitan, Sugio TilesDumb Dot Sorbet, Utopia Chatter Pods, Utopia Lucid Hills, Specks of Rambutan, Atomic Influx, Cool Dots Tangerine, Piccolo Spray, XOXO Dandelion, Stitch Circle Teal,  Stitch Square Ocean, Atomic Influx

Quatrefoil Spectrum Quilt

Head over to the Riley Blake Cutting Corners Blog to check out a tutorial I wrote up using their fun, new Quatrefoil prints.
quatrefoil spectrum quilt

FabricCadabra Giveaway Winner

Thanks everyone for entering the giveaway.  If you haven't already, be sure to check out FabricCadabra, especially because they have just added lots of fabrics.

The winner of the giveaway is . . .
Congratulations Abby!  I will be emailing you soon.

Follie Baby Quilt (and Tutorial)

A few weeks ago Windham Fabrics sent me a bundle of Lotta Jansdotter's new fabric line, Follie.  I love Lotta's designs and these are no exception.  I love that this collection uses those fun stripes in new colors plus lots of other great prints.  The almost-black brown prints are my favorite since this is a color that is difficult to find but one that I love to use!
Follie FQB
I decided to make a baby quilt with the prints because baby quilts are pretty much my favorite thing to make.  I love how Lotta's prints are pretty and sophisticated and kind of funky at the same time.
Follie Baby Quilt
Fabric Requirements
1 Fat Quarter Bundle Follie
1 1/3 Yards White Solid
1 1/2 Yards Backing
3/8 Yard Binding

Cutting Instructions
Block Construction
Each block is 10.5" unfinished and we will make a total of 20 blocks.

I am going to demonstrate the construction of an "A" block, but the construction for the other blocks is very similar.
A Block
1.  Piece the 2.5" x 4.5" darker rectangles onto either side of the 2.5" x 4.5" lighter triangles.
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2. Add the 3.5" x 6.5" rectangle onto the long side of that piece. 
follie block
3.  Add the 2.5" x 7.5" white rectangles onto the 7.5" sides. 
follie block
4.  Add the 3.5" x 10.5" rectangle onto the 10.5" side.  
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A Block
B Block
C Block
D Block
Arrange your blocks into the following layout.  Your layout may vary depending on your fabric choices, but try to mix the blocks up so that all of your A blocks aren't next to each other, etc.  Piece into rows, then piece the rows together.  
follie quilt
Baste, quilt, and bind as desired.  I have been holding onto this Echo print for a while and decided to go ahead and use it as the backing for this quilt.  As much as I loved looking at the fabric on my shelf it is fun to see it used :)
Follie Baby Quilt Backing
Follie will be available in November.

Finished size: 40" x 50"

Welcome FabricCadabra (and a giveaway)

This giveaway is now closed.  
Today I am excited to introduce you to a brand new shop called FabricCadabra. One thing that is really great about this shop is that the owners, who also happen to be sisters, really love fabric and that love shows in their fabric choices. Right now they have a gorgeous selection of mostly Art Gallery prints (including Arizona!).
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Since their shop is so new I thought it would be great to have them introduce themselves so you can find out a little more about them.

Hello from FabricCadabra,
We are two sisters who love fabric and love to sew and make things. Lastenia is the oldest and wisest of our family of 7 children, and I (Makyka), am the 5th and between the two of us we have 13 kids. Lastenia started sewing in 4H as a young girl, and made clothes for all our Cabbage Patch dolls. While she was honing her mad dress making skills (eventually making all of our wedding dresses), I was running around in wheat fields pretending to be an Indian princess. Eventually I learned how to sew enough to where I could decorate my room. Since then we’ve become level 15 sewing ninjas, turning out everything from doll clothes, dresses, and bow ties to pillows and curtains. When we’re not running around to 5 different soccer teams and 12 music lessons between our two families, we create things with our handy-dandy sewing machines so it seemed only natural to open a fabric shop. Fabric makes us happy and our goal is to make something out of every fabric we sell in our shop, which won’t be hard since we create with each other. We love doing this together and hope you’ll join us on our FabricCadabra adventure.
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FabricCadabra has been nice enough to offer a giveaway for us today. One lucky winner will receive a fat quarter bundle of Leah Duncan's Meadow.  I love, love, LOVE this collection.  
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To enter the giveaway . . .
1. Just leave me a comment on the post. 
2. For a second entry, follow FabricCadabra on Facebook or Instagram.  

The giveaway will be open until 5pm PST on Friday October 10th.
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