The Serendipity Blouse By Sewlosophy Pattern Co.

A little over 3 years and a 6 week vacation later and I am finally sharing my third baby with you :).  Allow me to introduce The Sewlosophy Pattern Co. !!!! Okay, let me throw in one more ! for good measure!  It all started with the blouse above and turned into a beautiful ensemble that I am pretty proud of.

The collection successfully launched over a month ago and I meant to tell you all about it sooner, but the timing of family events, a long planned for (and much needed) vacation, and life in general led to me just not making it happen.  But now I’ve run out of excuses!

There is so much to tell and so much to show – I really don’t even know where to start.  First I thought I might talk about how chasing a dream is every bit as hard and rewarding as I thought it would be. Then I thought I really should start with my testers-their wisdom and expertise were truly heaven sent.  And their photos! Can’t wait to show you those…

Then I realized I might tell you the why first and the philosophy behind the patterns. Actually, I get to show you :). From the get go I always knew how I wanted things to be, and I wanted a video to help me tell the story.  It’s just 3 minutes of me and my little one…enjoy!

I will be back tomorrow with more, but if you’re up for some light reading here is the about page I wrote for the storefront.

Also, I would love to know-can you relate?  Do you create more for the way it makes you feel more than for the end result?


ps I had a chance to work with the amazing Melanie Maczuga for the video and tutorial videos.  If you are in the Dallas area and in need of a videographer, she’s a gem.  I literally could not have found someone more perfect :)


We are currently on a road trip that is covering a huge part of the United States!

We’re traveling from South Carolina all the way to Utah!  It’s been a fun (and crazy) trip so far.  Last week I gave you a list of idea BEFORE our trip…this is a list now that we are 1/2 way through our adventure.

I’d love to hear what you have to add from your own adventuring!


5 Ways to Prepare for your road trip with kids:

1. Before you set out on your trip, take a look at a map and guestimate where you’ll need to stop and refuel. Find an interesting place to have a meal in the vicinity (we like historic diners and lakeside picnics), so you don’t have to keep stopping and starting. Combining gas stops with breaks saves a lot of time in the long run.

2. Before we take any family vacation, rent a bunch of DVDs that your kids can watch in the car or plane on their DVD player. Or go to your local library for DVDs and found a huge selection of audio books for kids as well. It was such an easy way to save a few bucks, and every little bit helps.

3. If we’re taking on a road trip and will be staying in a different place each night, it is often easier to pack one bag for a day instead of using a separate bag for each person. By packing everyone’s clothes for one day into a single suitcase, you only have to bring one bag into the hotel each night and the others can be left in the locked car.

4. Buy an inexpensive Styrofoam cooler and packed it with Gatorade, water, and mini cans of sodas. You can also buy a large array of snacks, from trail mix to popcorn cakes, and make up individual portions in sandwich bags. That way you won’t have to worry when you hit a long stretch of road with nowhere to stop for snacks. It saves money and the inevitable fight that might break out when sharing snacks between kids. Everyone had their own!

5. Encourage your kids to organize their backpacks with Ziploc storage bags. The one-gallon Ziplocs make great art bags—just toss in a small pad of paper, crayons, pens, and markers. Use a separate bag for each toy with lots of small parts: HotWheels, Legos, Magnetix, and the dreaded Barbies and Polly Pockets (all those teeny shoes and handbags!). Tuck in a few empty bags for cool rocks, pretty feathers, and other treasures picked up on expeditions.

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