new year

Jumping in.

Happy New Year, friends!

It’s been pretty quiet around here – between family celebrations and traveling and winter illnesses, I’ve been laying pretty low. But probably like so many of you, with the new year comes a rejuvenation. A fresh burst of ideas and energy. Recommitment and resolution. In the past, I’ve shared my one word for the year or my list full of hopes.

This year, I’m all about jumping in. Taking a leap and not waiting for the perfect timing or circumstances. Because when is life ever going to perfect? [I’ll tell you, friends… never.] So rather than looking at my lists of somedays and things I want to do, I’m just going to do.

So hopefully you’ll see me taking some sewing chances – trying new things and sharing ideas I’ve been sitting on for awhile, afraid to pull the trigger. I want to be a risky sewer [not risqué…. risky… make sure you read that one correctly!]. I don’t want to be afraid of making – and sharing – mistakes, because I think that calls for even more celebration of our successes.

To start it all out, next week I’m starting an on-going series called Raising Creative Kids. I’ve had this one in my head for awhile, but it never seemed like the “right time” to do it.

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 So here’s to throwing the idea of the “right time” out the window, hey? Thanks for following along with me last year, lovelies. I’m so excited for what 2014 has in store!

Looking Back at 2012

Happy New Year, lovelies!


my Christmas morning boys

I don’t feel like I’ve yet recovered from the holidays yet. We are still in vacation mode at our house, having just returned from Christmas celebrations with our families.


between my prego self and my babies, we spent a lot of time at rest stops during our travels…

Only one of our suitcases is unpacked, and I haven’t started any of the mounds of laundry.

But I have a few projects that I’ll be sharing with you soon, some gifts that I can now share with you. [though I did share a few sneak peeks on Instagram – you can find me there @iftheywouldnap]

2012 was quite the year on the blog. I really love looking back at the things I’ve made and shared here. I love having this space to document my sewing adventures – and being able to share this adventure with you!

Here are some of the posts that all y’all loved this year:

Banana Oatmeal Bread


Meal Planning Printable


Elephant Costume Tutorial


Sweater to Pillow Tutorial


Silly Mustaches Tutorial

mustaches tutorial

And the oldies but goodies that continue to be reader faves:

DIY Maternity Pants Tutorial


Prefold Cloth Diaper Tutorial


Ruffle Sweater Redo


I’m looking forward to what 2013 will bring. Lots of sewing, another BABY (!!), and many undiscovered adventures. Thanks for reading this year, and for sticking around with me in the next.