Shoutout Sunday || Gussy Sews

What's one thing I'm more addicted to than fabric? BAGS! I'll admit, while I can totally appreciate a cute Coach, D&B, Prada or Louis Vuitton bag there's something about a handmade bag made from really cute fabric that is simply irresistible. And my favorite handmade bag designer is by far Gussy Sews. *Yeow!!*

Image of The Cora tote/diaper bag

Is this not a mothers dream? Diapers, wallet, wipes, checkbook (yes, I still carry one of those!), tablet, small toys, snacks, day planner, ect, ect, ect! You can fit EVERYTHING in one bag. And I love the funky mix of colors and patterns.


And if large and in charge isn't quite your speed how about these little zipped pouches? Same funky prints downsized to fit all of your smaller items.

Image of November Blue, crocheted infinity cowl   Image of Grape, crocheted infinity cowl  Image of Oatmeal, crocheted infinity cowl  Image of Pumpkin Spice, crocheted infinity cowl

Chunky cowl anyone? These look so cozy!


But outside of all of the crazy amazing things that she makes I also love all of the crazy amazing things that she does.

Back in October she published a great series on her blog "Grow Your Handmade Business in 31 Days". If you own your own handmade business this series is a must read. I've revisited many of these posts over and over again because she offers such great ideas and suggestions. There are tons of other great posts on her blog for handmade business owners and blog owners alike.

Gussy is also amazing for her commitment to an organization called Compassion and her work with children in Tanzania.

To read more about her work in Africa you can read about it here

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Stay Pinchless This March!!!

Looking for some St Patties Day Green to keep the pinchers away from your little one? (Ok, probably won't work against those cheek pinching grandmas, but you catch my drift). Check out these items from the shop to keep your little one pinch proof.

Green and Blue Leaves -- Gift Set of 2 Burp Cloths

Burp Cloth Set

Swaddle Blanket in Lime Green Cotton Gauze

Lime Swaddle Blanket

Green and Brown Print Minky Blanket- Extra Large

Green and Brown Minky Blanket

Tie of the Month// Sale// Green Swirl Baby Boy / Toddler Boy Tie Onsie Bodysuit

Green Swirl Tie Bodysuit

Hand Dyed Cotton Gauze Swaddle Blanket in Kelly Green

Kelly Green Swaddle Blanket

Burp Cloth Set  Dots In Dots

Dots Burp Cloth Set

|| Use code PINCHLESS during the month of February for 20% off!  ||


Pinspired // Baking Soda and Colored Vinegar

I am always looking around (mostly on Pinterest) for fun new art projects for the kids. I'm normally the "Let's go outside and make mudpies" kind of mom, but with it being so cold out we sometimes need to get a bit creative. I ran across this pin the other day and though it would be a perfect cold weather project. Unfortunately I pinned this and later realized that it didn't track back to anything... just a lonely old error message announcing that the blog has been removed. Boooo! So if this is from your blog, or your sweet darling boy let me know so I can give you some credit!. Ok, let's get started!

Since the blog did not link back I didn't have any directions but I figured, "Hey, how hard can it be?" And the answer was a resounding--- "Not that hard". But I figured I would give you a bit of instruction just.in.case. 

So we started with a set of ingredients  found right in our kitchen. I filled each of the round (I want to call them pie tins but they aren't tin...hummm, dished for lack of a better, more technical word) dished with about 1 cup of baking soda (not pictured). You can eyeball it, just make sure the baking soda covers the bottom of the dish. You also need:  *Food Coloring * Vinegar * Medicine Droppers * Small Cups * 

When we do art I like to get all of the supplies out and allow the girls to watch me put everything together. They took turns smelling the vinegar and Baylie insisted on calling it stinky water. For kids this age it can be difficult to disassociate something that they come into contact with multiple times a day with a specific set of properties and qualities and make a new association to something else with the exact same properties and very similar qualities. So, for the remainder of the project we called it stinky water. But my wheels were already turning trying to think of a science project to compare the qualities of water and vinegar (it's in the works..I'll share soon.) Anywhoo, I digress.

I let the girls choose what color they wanted and stirred the food coloring into the vinegar. These are droppers we got from CVS once when we were picking up meds for one of the girls. We just asked for two extra and the pharmacy tech threw some in. I bet your pharmacy would hook you up too, just ask!

*****I do not recommend reusing these droppers for medication after this project. I have no scientific reasoning for this, it just seems like a bad idea...maybe I'm paranoid. We just threw ours in the art box to keep them separate from the ones for medication. *********

Ok, now the fun part! I think Frankie about passed out from excitement when she saw the baking soda fizz. Who am I kidding? *I* was excited! They both caught on right away and it was giggling and screaming from that point on.

 Baylie had a bit of trouble with the dropper. She kept wanting to grab it rather than pinch it which made it difficult to apply the pressure needed for good suction. This is a great activity for teaching toddlers how to pinch and it's great for their fine motor development (the same muscles used later when they need to properly grasp a pencil when learning how to write). She eventually got it, but we'll be doing this activity again to reinforce the grasp.

Any yes, they are clothes-less. I keep meaning to make them some art smocks, but I keep forgetting until I actually need them. So for now we strip them down to their skivvys. Food coloring + clothes + ME doing laundry = BIG no no

And there you have it. This kept them occupied for a good 45 minutes+. Eventually they figured out that they could suck up the baking soda and put it in their vinegar. Talk about messy! But they enjoyed it and overall it was a success. So why don't you give it a try with your little ones and let me know how it goes! Until next time!


Fabulous Children's Fashion on a Budget

I love children's fashion. I mean I REALLY love children's fashion. There's something about those absolutely adorable outfit that as a parent just sends your heart swooning. But even more importantly, there are certain outfits or items of clothing that our children adore.

For Frankie Kai she has gone through stages of loving one of my crochet scarves, there was a point in time when she would not leave the house without a hat, and most recently it has been a pair of ugly Crocs. Ok guys...don't burn me at the stake here. We got them for her 2 or 3 Christmases ago when Amazon had them on sale for $7 with Prime shipping (We LOVE Amazon Prime). I figured, "why not? They'll be great this summer for walking to the pool or water play". But for reasons I don't fully understand she loves those shoes. And it would seem that her feet never grow because they STILL fit. In fact, she's wearing them right now as she builds with blocks.

 Here is a classic stage she went through that we still to the day call the "Betty White Era"


She was obsessed with those blue plastic sunglasses from a birthday party gift bag and she had just started to want to pick out her own clothes. (Even if the sweatshirt was super cheesy and way to small!)

Not all girls dress up nicely to impress others, sometimes they do it for themselves, for confidence. -- Anonymous 

Baylie Rai on the other hand? She could care less about what she's wearing as long as it's comfortable. Go figure. But she does get excited about anything that she gets to wear that she was able to help me make, as well as anything that twirls. She's so much fun to shop and sew for.

So, what do you do when your child finally outgrows their Betty White stage and you want to dress them on a budget?? There's a lot of places you can go to get cute children's fashion without the huge prices. I've been asked lots of times, "so do you even buy clothes for your girls anymore, or do you just make everything?" And the answer to that is NO! I like the idea of a strictly handmade wardrobe, but we are not there yet. Many of the girls clothes are actually my clothes that I have cut down to fit them. This dress for example:

This dress used to be an adult tube top that I wore waaaaaayyyyy before I had kids. I have a hard time throwing things away and came across it last spring. I just cut it open, sewed a new stitch, and fashioned some straps out of the scraps. I'd say 10% of their wardrobes are handmade by me, 15%  is up cycled by me, 60% has been handed down from friends and family, and 15% is store bought by me. 

 This week I want to focus on where you can find great kids clothes that are fashionable but wont break the bank. So stop by often this week to check out my shopping tips.


Linen and Bells

This month I have been hard at work creating a simple and stylish spring/summer outfit for girls. So here it is!

This outfit consists of a headband, open back top, and denim bells. Want a closer look at the headband?

This headband is ruffled linen topped with five faux pearls on an ivory skinny headband. Frankie Kai loved wearing this headband. She said it made her look "boo-t-ful" (not modest, is she!)

And the top:


***Brrr! It's cold mama!***

Does this top not scream "summertime"!?!?? This shirt is made of linen and very lightweight. It has a gathered skirt and open back. The edges are top-stitched and the back of this shirt features a faux button closure topped with a beautiful oversize shell button. Because of the square topped bodice it slides over the top of her head easily. 

And the pants:


These were SOOO much fun to make. They are wide leg bells with adorable functioning back pockets and ric rack trim. *SWOON** 

So that's what I've been up to this week. Now to get a new outfit ready for February! So many cute designs so little time!! I'll also add more floor pillows featuring some really fun fabrics. 

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