Happy Homemade: Book Review

I love fashion. And so does my daughter.
I used to sew all the time, and have been enjoying it again recently.
My daughter wants to sew too (we are slowly working on it).
She has recently started to ask me to make her clothes.
I look forward to getting settled in our new home so I can get a jump start on this.
For now we are both enjoying the Happy Homemade book by Yoshiko Tsukiori,
and my little girlie is quite busy selecting which pieces I "must" make her. 
Happy Homemade book review

I received three books, 2 of which focus on children...but of course, the ladies (mainly me) cannot be left out! Sew Chic: 20 Simple Everyday Designs by Yoshiko Tsukiori is a collection of 20 patterns for easy to make fashionable pieces. There is an easy relaxed elegance to all of these pieces. I can see the tops, pants, and dresses working into any stylish ladies wardrobe.
Happy Homemade book review

In the back of the book is an envelope with the patterns. Although I have not used the patterns yet, I do have a background in patternmaking and the patterns in the book seem simple to use and straightforward.

These books are so easy to follow along, and are comprehensive in their information. But, I love the eye candy too -  each book begins with a series of beautifully style photographs showcasing the garments. So chic!

Happy Homemade book review

Happy Homemade book review

The book focuses on some Basic Techniques, including basic tools, sewing tips, and how to make a paper pattern and place it. 

Happy Homemade book review

Each garment has a very detailed and comprehensive diagram for sewing the garment together.
Happy Homemade book review

With the tools and tips provided in this book, making a few of these garments should be a snap...even for a beginner!

As I mentioned I also received a couple of other books.
I love that this book includes not only girls clothing but boys styles too.
Happy Homemade book review

How darn cute is this pullover Parka? Or the Boy's shirt?
Happy Homemade book review

My daughter was smitten with Girls Style Book
Dresses, blouses, pants - all of them are so cute. I bet we make them all!
Happy Homemade book review
Happy Homemade book review

We are also getting ready to move from a fairly cool coastal climate to Texas and I think many of these items will be perfect for those warm (HOT!) summer days as well as transition into the other seasons!

Happy Homemade book review
 Do you sew?
This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
disclosure: Copies of these titles were provided to me for review. Other compensation may be involved. All opinions are mine own.


Tickled Pink...The End

I have loved every minute of Tickled Pink... 
loved every minute of looking at links and reading amazing stories
and being inspired by amazing projects and recipes.
Then my life started flip flopping around and motivation left me.
I felt like I had received a huge gift when Meegan Makes 
joined the Tickled Pink Team and I felt renewed again.
However, in the next couple of months, my life will change completely
as I move from California to Austin Texas.

I know that blogging is going to take a bit of a back seat as I adjust and help my children adjust, find new activities and start a new school. I cannot lie...I am excited and scared to death, but I owe it to the kiddos and husband to be totally present during this process. I also cannot expect you all to continue to link up while I cannot possibly visit links and create a worthy Tickled Pink post.

So for those reasons and many, many more...this is the LAST Tickled Pink
I want to take a minute to TRULY SAY "THANK YOU" to everyone who has linked up here week after week. I know some of you have been around since the beginning of Tickled Pink.

This was so much fun for so long.
I looked forward to creating new projects and recipes and decorating my new home...and I look forward to visiting all of your blogs but just not as a part of Tickled Pink. 

Before I go...I must say a HUGE THANK YOU to Meegan.
She was the best partner EVER.
Full of enthusiasm, light, and energy.
I am so happy to have shared Tickled Pink Times Two with her. 

I will really, truly miss Tickled Pink.
Thank you all!

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


Duct Tape Vacation Journal

I am proud to be a 3M- sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate new products from Scotch Duct Tape. I love creating new projects and I hope you love this one.
My family will be doing a lot of travel over the next few months.We are getting ready to move to Texas and making a lot of last minute sightseeing trips and visits to friends before we hit the road. And, I don't know about you, but my kids like to collect stuff when we travel. They save ticket stubs, magnets, brochures...and they LOVE maps. When we get home, what do I have left but a pile of stuff...but not anymore. I designed these super kid friendly and durable "Vacation Journals" for each kiddo to keep their "souvenirs" and information organized and in one place. And, oh yeah they work well for adults too!
Duct Tape Vacation Journal from 504 Main #scotchducttape


Bunnies, Bunnies & Few Eggs! A Collection of Creations

Hi All! I just wanted to share this collection of bunnies and more that I posted last year. I am very caught up in selling my house and getting ready to move at the moment and that has made me step back a bit (just for a bit) from the blog.
Hope you enjoy! 
Here are some super CUTE bunny projects...
(and a few good eggs for good measure)
and if you have a cute bunny project...
leave a link in the comments so we can check it out!
Easter Table, 504 Main
These projects were compiled from Tickled Pink and the responses to my Facebook Page request!  To see all the awesome ideas...click on "Read More!" 
Thanks Everyone!


Let's Talk Coffee: Starbucks Verismo 580 Brewer Review and GIVEAWAY!

My morning coffee takes me to my happy place.
So does my mid morning, afternoon, and evening cup!
With all that coffee I drink, it is hard to believe it has taken this long for the
Starbucks Verismo 580 Brewer to find its way to my house.
Yep. I was a hold out...But no longer!
Thanks to Staples, this gorgeous brewer has a permanent place in my home.

Starbucks Verismo 580 Brewer from Staples: Review