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Birthday Planning

I’ve slowly but surely been checking things off my list. This morning I set out to finish up last minute errands for Eleanor’s birthday party tomorrow. Of course I forgot the skewers for the fruit kebabs. Next on the agenda is birthday cake baking! I’ve never baked a cake from scratch before! I know I’m shocked, too. But everyone tells me it’s easy. So here we go!

It’s coming together.
I have to say it’s been fun making time for little craft projects and her party. I can’t wait to see her face when she catches sight of the balloons. Here is a little preview of what I’ve been doing. Lucky girl!


Sweater Dress DIY

I was looking at Zara Kids last night drooling over all the baby clothes! Alas I have little money to spend on baby clothes, and honestly don’t know if I’d ever feel comfortable handing out $40 for a dress that Eleanor might wear 3 times. So I stick to thrift stores, and think about how easy it would be to sew something like that up if I had the time or patience!

Then I found this awesome diy sweater dress tutorial online inspired by a Zara kids dress. And, I had to try! It took maybe an hour, and was so fun! I don’t have a before of the sweater but here is the after.

The proportions might be a little off, and it’s quite itchy since it is wool. But I used this sweater mostly for practice. I’m going to stop by my favorite thrift store this weekend (everything is half off!), and find a few soft sweaters so I can make more!

Happy Friday everyone!
It’s going to be in the 80s here all weekend. Lovely.


What a weekend! I have so much to write about, and I need to make time for it asap! I hate feeling like a bad blogger. But while I have a quick minute I wanted to share the fact that I got to meet Kelley from Brixton Makes Three this weekend! Her awesome family stopped by our booth at Renegade Craft Fair, and it was so fun to hug and chat and have baby connections! Kelley is so funny (I mean do you read her blog?!), and she is a GOOD blogger. Not only does she write well, she tells stories and is so honest which I really appreciate. She is even more cool in person, and Brixton is absolutely adorable! I think Eleanor and I both wanted to snuggle him.

Here is a picture her husband Brendan snapped from this weekend.
Kelley from Brixton Makes Three

She got some other cute photos of Brixton and Eleanor, and wrote some of the sweetest things on her blog. It was definitely a highlight from my weekend!

Turn on the Light.

We are gearing up for the big day… Renegade Fair – September 10th and 11th here in Chicago! I’m super excited that Nathan has a booth this year for Yellow Square Love’s lamps. And, if anything a bit nervous on how he is going to get it all done before the big day! We are going out of town this week! But I know he can do it. I’m taking a day off the week before so I can have Eleanor and he can concentrate on last minute details. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Cross your fingers for good weather!

And if you are in the Chicago area you should definitely come out to the fair!
I’m also excited that he was featured on the blog Follow My Muse. You can read his interview there!

He inspires me every day.

Lamps Make Me Happy

I think it’s a good sign when I want to buy things that my husband makes. He blows me away on a daily basis. I mean, just look at these new lamps.




Seriously in love with these!
You can see more on our etsy shop.

Twirl Girl

I did something monumental this weekend.
I sewed my first dress – a piece of clothing that I can wear!  I’m still flabbergasted.

Abigail came over Saturday for craft day! We started with 4 yards of fabric I picked up that morning at JoAnns. I meant to go to Vogue Fabrics since they have a much better apparel fabric selection, but ran out of time last week. So off to JoAnns I went with little luck. I didn’t fall in love with any of the fabrics that were there, but I was determined to sew a dress that day so I had to buy something. I ended up with four yards of a stiff white cotton with flowers. It looked like total mumu potential but I had hope.

I wanted to try the praire dress on Prudent Baby for a while. I had never sewn with elastic thread before and was hoping together Abi and I could figure it out. Well one top, 5 hours, lots of mistakes, and a veggie plate later we could not figure out the skirt or shirring! I think we both hit a wall. Turns out we cut the skirt the wrong size (way too big) by cutting in from the outside of the yard instead of the folded side. We attempted to then size it down to my body but this big belly definitely got in the way of that. (I was making the dress for post pregnancy.) Another cut, and we ended up in hysterics – we cut the waist too small this time!

It was time to call it a day.

The next morning I decided to give it one more go. I had enough fabric left in the too small skirt to possibly resize it to my waist but I would lose out on the “praire” style of the dress. The length would have to go. I measured twice, and cut. The skirt fit! Shirring was next. I watched a few videos, and Nathan discovered a few tips for me after doing a little research online. I went with the tips I found (don’t wind the elastic too tight on the bobbin, and use the longest stitch on your machine), and voila I shirred the skirt. I sewed the top and bottom, hemmed the skirt and was finished!

It doesn’t fit quite right now since it has a drop waist and that doesn’t really work with being 8 months pregnant. But it will be fun and comfortable to wear come this spring and early summer. I promise a photo when that happens. And, I’m even more determined to try another dress soon!

If you have any fun dress projects for beginners, please share! Lately, I’m open to trying anything!

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craft weekend

It’s been snowing softly and slowly since early this afternoon. Fluffy large flakes keep falling from the sky. Nathan and I took Tucker for a walk (well, actually Tucker took us for a walk), and we kept trying to catch the flakes in our mouth. This is the prettiest of all snowfalls. I’m sipping on french press coffee while the banana nut loaf I just made cools from the oven. The house is cozy and quiet, and Nathan ran off to school in a hurry. He got so caught up in his recent ideas for lamps that time marched right away from him. I woke up this morning glanced at our dining room table and said, “You drilled in to our bird nest?”

We’ve been a busy little shop over here. The weekend was so nice and relaxing. AJ came over Saturday night, and we had breakfast for dinner. I made monkey bread instead of cinnamon rolls because I didn’t have enough time. I’ve been thinking about AJ a lot the past few days since he’s left for his trip to California. He is still one of the strongest, most amazing people I know, and I wish I could be there with him.

Back to the weekend Nathan and I both worked on lots of projects and crafts. If you should know, craft time at our house is a mess but it’s always fun! We also got a lot marked off our to do list which feels SOOOOO GOOD! I broke it down by weeks, and it has really helped me digest what we need to do. As you saw Nathan finished the mobile, and I worked on making a stuffed elephant! It was originally for a friend of mine who is expecting as well but I made a few mistakes so I’m going to attempt it again this week. He is rather cute though, and will be a nice addition to baby lady’s room for now.

Saturday craft day = fun mess

E is for elephant

I also read about covering burp cloths, and wanted to try it! Easy peasy, right? And so fun and colorful. I will be sewing a few more for sure.



And, finally I’ve had these awesome Orla Kiley dishtowels for a while waiting for something fun to make. A craft apron! I think I will make a few more of these as gifts or for the shop. They would be so nice to have come spring and summer time when out in the garden.

my new craft apron

my new craft apron

With each new project I try I am growing more in love with sewing as well as learning a ton! Take the elephant for instance, I stuffed and sewed his ears on before I sewed the two elephant pieces together! Doh! This caused a lot of trouble when it was time to flip the elephant inside out so that it could be stuffed itself. Oh, and yeah I forgot his tail, too! On the apron I folded over the ends of the tie to create a hem, but didn’t do it to the entire length of the tie so there are threads unraveling on it! Oh well I’m learning. And, next time they will be better.

Oh, and I picked up my new glasses! I can now see!
new glasses after 3 and a half years!

Prudent Project roundup

I’ve received a lot of great ideas from Prudent Baby and have mentioned them a couple of times lately! I always check out their site for inspiration, new craft ideas, and a fun read! So how excited am I today that I was featured on their Prudent Project Roundup over the weekend!

I loved making that pillowcase dress, and this past weekend decided I will try another one for baby girl’s coming home from the hospital dress. Nathan’s mom knitted the softest, sweetest mint colored sweater and bonnet for her, and I want the perfect white dress to go with. I haven’t had any luck finding one though. So pillowcase dress #2 is coming up soon! I might consider myself a sewer after all of this is said and done!

Birds of a Different Fabric

One of the things on our pre-baby checklist was to finish (and hang) the bird mobile which Carey started back in January. All nine birds were sewn and have been resting comfortably in the bassinet, waiting for construction of the mobile to begin.

With all the snow we’ve been getting, it’s been really difficult to find branches and it wasn’t until this past week while shoveling snow (post-blizzard) I came across a few which must have snapped off during the storm. What better to use for our little one’s mobile than branches from the great 2011 Chicago Blizzard!

I must admit, as with most projects, my thought was, “it can’t be that hard, can it?!” I was wrong. Having nothing to go on but a general understanding of how a mobile ‘works’ I dug out some craft supplies and went to town. It took a few attempts and a run to the craft store for a hot glue gun but by the end of the day we can check ‘Finish Mobile’ off our list!

And seriously… if our kid is ANYWHERE NEAR as mesmerized by it as Carey and I were this morning, we’re in luck. I think we spent a good 20mins in bed just watching it slowly spin round and round.

Always late to the party

So I suppose it’s only fitting that my first post here on YSL is about one of my many ‘projects.’ But before all that, I guess I should say, “HI!”

For as long as I can remember my hobby has consisted of making something crafty in an attempt to ‘make it big.’ Oddly enough, I wasn’t much for selling lemonade but if I could get my hands dirty building something, it was, as far as I was concerned, the next big thing. I’ve had ideas for all sorts of things. Some practical, some artistic and others a mixture of both. The older I get, however, the more I view my ‘creativity’ as a means to make a few extra dollars to pay for gardening supplies, new tools (for MORE projects), art supplies etc. Each project is a ridiculous cycle which leaves me happily broke with a few new tools in my pocket and the know-how to tackle my NEXT project.

With that being said, I seem to always miss the most obvious opportunities to sell my wares… namely holidays. For the last five years I’ve religiously missed my chance to sell my ‘cutesy’ illustrations & prints for Valentines Day. Duh.

This year, however, I’ve been focused on selling lamps. It just so happens that a woman recently purchased one of my coffee tin lamps (by the BLISS Company) as a five-year anniversary gift to her husband. Her justification for the purchase was that tin just so happens to be the ‘theme’ for 5th year gifts.

And so, in the spirit of not missing another holiday sales opportunity, I’ve decided to add another BLISS coffee can lamp to our Etsy shop… because what is Valentines Day, after all, without bliss.