Sewing: My Go-to Leggings


SNOOZEFEST!! Yes. Another pair of leggings. In a floral print, no less. I just can’t seem to wear anything else these days. It’s all about comfy dresses and stretchy pants. I’ve been swelling more with ...

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    Food: Raspberry Cupcakes

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    I’ve been mildly obsessed with making cupcakes lately. I got the right size icing tips* that I’ve been searching high and low for. Getting the right icing consistency and cake density has now been my master ...

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    1. Heidi Lassila says:

      Such pretty cupcakes.
      Congrats to Chris! My hubby is working on losing that same number. It’s all about resisting temptation!

    Sewing: Penelope’s Bridesmaid Dress


    Instead of buying a dress, I figured I would make Penelope a dress for my brother-in-law’s wedding. I was already making my own, so I added hers to the docket as well. It was an ...

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    1. Alysa says:

      She’s so hip! You’re my sewing hero!

    2. phil says:

      very cool !!!!!!!

    3. Heidi Lassila says:

      The drop-waist is adorable!

    4. Melinda says:

      What kind of ink/paint did you use for the printing? Is there a tutorial you could direct me to for that? I love the look of the printed fabric next to the plain, great idea.

      It’s a gorgeous dress and I love yours as well. :-)

    Handmade: Letterpress Business Cards + Motivators


    I had the opportunity to participate in this year’s summer Alt Summit, and boy did it sneak up on me! I barely had the chance to recover from January’s conference. I wanted to do something ...

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    1. Amy W says:

      Just adored those cards. Thinking about framing mine!

    2. Danielle W says:

      Very beautiful! Just curious if you made your own plates through Lifestyle crafts for your L Letterpress? I have one and am considering this for my wedding invites! :)

      • Melissa says:

        Yes! I went through them to create the plates. I think there are other places you can get plates made that should work with the L, but not sure of links or how they compare. Hope that helps!

    3. I am unfamiliar with this machine and the plates it uses, but typically when letterpress printing and the ink is too loose (runny), I have added magnesium to crisp up the letters. You might try that too.

      Baby oil can also helps loosen the ink when cleaning the press. It makes it a much easier process.

    4. Bettina says:

      You have your own letterpressing machine? Those things are huge and high maintenance!

    Maternity Style: My Mom-iform


    This post is sponsored by White Plum. Find all sorts of great fashion items for the every day woman at a fabulous price. Use discount code MELISSA20 for 20% off your entire purchase until 7/7/14.  I’m ...

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    1. Karin says:

      You look great. I love the colour of the top on you. Very elegant!

    2. Liesel says:

      I have eyed that pattern before! Love the mint! You probably sew everything you wear (!) But I picked up some basic tees in tall from, and they’re perfect for the end of pregnancy! Plus, I still wear them…a little more tunic-ish now, though.

      • Melissa says:

        Sometimes it makes more sense to buy the basics than to sew them. I’ll definitely be on the look out for those tall tees from Old Navy! Those sound perfect.

    3. Heidi Lassila says:

      The is such a lovely color. I’m with you on the staining though–I can’t seem to keep any light-colored maternity tops stain-free for an entire pregnancy! :)

    4. Nora says:

      Here is a great maternity brand for stretchy basics to go with you throughout the pregnancy and even after!

      I love these because they can easily be cycled into your wardrobe.

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