I think it’s my childhood adoration of the Little House on the Prairie books, and my interest in pioneers and the westward expansion. (One of our favorite games as children was to “hitch” our bicycles [aka "horses"] to the back of a neighbor’s pickup truck and play “covered wagon”. Sometimes our pioneer sagas would last for days!) Even as an adult, I still love the old-fashioned look of sunbonnets. (Though I haven’t worn one in many, many years…) A few months ago Christy from Little Betty Designs sweetly sent her baby sunbonnet pattern for me to sew up for Audrey Leigh. It’s taken me a bit, but I finally got it finished recently (thank goodness for morning naps!)–and just in time for the sunshine and hot weather we’ve been having!

This bonnet pattern is in .pdf form to allow you to print at home, which I love for little projects like this. I picked out a medium weight quilting cotton in two prints for my version, and used a stiff sew-in interfacing for the brim. This pattern is made up of just three pattern pieces and goes together seamlessly. Even in my slightly sleep-deprived state, I didn’t manage to mess anything up and was delighted with how well the pieces fit together. The only change I made was to make narrow “spaghetti” tubes for the bonnet ties, rather than use ribbon as suggested in the pattern. I made the smallest size which is approximately 0-6 months, and it fit Audrey (who is 2 months) well, with enough room to grow and fit her the rest of the summer! (There are three sizes included in the pattern, ranging from 0-6 months to 12-24 months.)

If you’ve got a little girl of your own–or one you can sew for–I’d highly recommend taking a look at the Little Bonnet pattern. You can visit Christy’s Etsy shop here, and her blog here.

Note: This pattern was sent to me free of charge, but the opinions expressed are my own.

May 29, 2013 · 29 lovely thoughts
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[ a few images from my Instagram this past week ]

Every couple weeks I want to share whatever has been catching my eye. As I’ve been going through my blog reader (and Pinterest), I realized there is so much I want to share! Everyone was certainly busy being creative while I’ve been preoccupied. hehe! So I hope you’ll enjoy some of these things that have been making me look twice.

  • I love the look of peek-a-boo bread–who knew it’s so easy?!
  • A good thrift store refashion always catches my attention; I love Solanah’s dress redo.
  • Would love either of these 1940s summer outfits in my closet!
  • Simple, loose-fitting tops have been making rounds in my daily wardrobe, and I love this DIY for a more fancy version.
  • Tasia explains another variation of the waist stay she discovered while sewing a vintage pattern
  • This new 1940s overalls pattern from Wearing History is calling my name…
  • Love wrap skirts but hate how exposing they can be? Megan explains how to create a stay to keep things neat!

Hope all my US readers have a great Memorial Day weekend! We have family coming into town (my inlaws, who haven’t seen Audrey since right after she was born; can’t wait to see their reaction to how big she’s gotten!), and lots of plans for fun and a bit of relaxation. Can’t wait!!!

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May 24, 2013 · 10 lovely thoughts
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One of the new features I couldn’t wait to introduce after Audrey Leigh was born was the Mama & Baby Style Series. Like my old outfit posts, but with a very cute little miss by my side. (There will still probably be solo outfit posts too!) Not only is she starting to wear more interesting ensembles now that she’s out of newborn sizes, but I’m beginning to feel a bit more confident about how I look and dressing my still-recovering figure. ;) (Thank goodness for thrift stores–it has certainly made dressing my postpartum figure affordable!) I’ve been wearing a lot of outfits that fall into the “casual rockabilly” category, or conversely sporting a minimalist hippie look. In other words: I’ve been having fun with my clothes, while keeping things practical enough for the daily realities (especially since Miss A. has a way of getting messes on me!). I haven’t owned a denim pencil skirt in years, but it’s a nice break from jeans!

    Casey is wearing: plaid shirt: thrifted | tank top: Target | denim pencil skirt: thrifted | wedges: ASOS | purse/diaper bag: Jessica Simpson | earrings: vintage, thrifted | turban: made by me | lipstick: MAC “Russian Red”
    Audrey Leigh is wearing: raspberry romper: thrifted | socks: Carter’s | turban: made by me

Yes, we are wearing matching headbands–doesn’t everyone? lol. I admit, I harbor schemes of eventually (one day!) making us matching summer playsuits! Or dresses… Matching mother-daughter dressing may be so 1988, but I don’t really care!

Look who photobombed (as usual!). He is so curious about the baby–and I’m pretty sure just a wee bit jealous of all the attention she gets. He’s so gentle around her though (usually; unless he’s being wild); we do have to keep a very close eye on him when he and Audrey are together since he has no idea how big and heavy he is! (Let’s just put it this way: he still thinks he’s a little puppy and tries to sit on our laps!)

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May 22, 2013 · 45 lovely thoughts
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Good morning friends! Gosh, I was away a bit longer than I intended. Not for lack of desire to blog but I’ve just been enjoying soaking up these first weeks with Audrey that I somehow kept putting off returning to the blog. hehe! But I’m back because it just seemed like I couldn’t keep away any longer! Thank you all so much for all the lovely notes and emails the past weeks–and hanging in there while I took a break! I hope you’ve had a lovely April and May–I’ve missed you all and our fun together here!

Motherhood has been the most rewarding, frustrating, joyful and exhausting thing I have ever done. I had somewhat idealized visions of easily slipping into this new role and making things I did prior to Audrey’s birth fit seamlessly with my new life. What a beginner’s mistake! hehe. I have since learned that having a meticulously clean house is not as important (and man can I clean quickly when I do have the time! haha!), sewing gets done in 15 minute snippets (and some weeks not at all; the Laundry Monster trumps that!), and cuddles with a little cutie is more fun than spending 30 minutes on a perfect pinup hair do. ;) I’m slowly making some of my favorite pre-baby things mesh with this new lifestyle pace, but it’s a learning process–and a humbling one at that.

[ above: Audrey and I when she was two weeks old. ]

Audrey will be two months old this Sunday! I feel like I blinked and went from a sleepy newborn who I worried over constantly, to a chubby little baby who is extremely curious about the world around her (and doesn’t want to sleep!). She recently discovered her loud voice (aside from crying–we went through a really awful colicky period of about two weeks, until I figured out through elimination that it was a few foods in my diet causing problems. Since then the crying has subsided quite a bit, thank goodness!), and has been startling Maverick with her sudden and ear-piercing coo. I feel like everyday brings something new. Many times I’ve wished I could have a camera following us around during the day to catch every face she makes and new discovery–because these days are just going too fast and I want to soak them up forever.

So what is on the horizon for blogging? I’ve pretty much ascertained my goal will be posting three times a week. Outfit posts, hopefully a few DIY’s here and there, homemaking, link roundups and of course vintage inspirations will probably be standard. I have some darling 1920s knitting patterns I transcribed while I was pregnant that I can’t wait to share with y’all, as well as some reviews and mother-daughter outfit posts! I dare say that learning to fit blogging in with things is going to be fraught with a few hiccups, so please bear with me as I get my sea legs!

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May 20, 2013 · 75 lovely thoughts
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SH and I were very excited to welcome miss Audrey Leigh into the world in the wee hours of Tuesday morning (March 26)! She weighed a petite 6lbs. 10oz., and had a very quick entry into the world. (Weeks of those darn fake labor contractions made me think I wasn’t in the early stages of labor Monday evening!) We’re very thankful that God has blessed us with this precious girl and that she had a safe delivery and both she and I are doing well. SH and I have been spending a lot of time cuddling with her, marveling over her tiny toes and fingers, and learning something new hourly about parenthood. We’re just eating up every moment of these early days! I feel like I can’t remember what life was like before she arrived–motherhood is proving to be very agreeable (though not without it’s challenges and hiccups!).

Sorry to keep this so short, but I have a cute little girl to go cuddle with… Be back in a few weeks! ♥ ♥ ♥

April 1, 2013 · 192 lovely thoughts
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