Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Angry Bird Star Wars Jam Jams!

This Christmas I really wanted to make Cai some pajamas he would love! Angry Bird Star Wars flannel. Perfect! I don't think I have actually sewn clothing for anyone since earlier this year! So, this ended up being a super fun project for me!
After I was done, he said, "But, Mommy, what about Judah?!" So back to my sewing machine I went figuring out how to draft him up some matching PJs with the small bits of leftover fabric and no pattern! Cai was ecstatic when he got some, too! 
 I ended up not having enough to do another whole button down pj top, so I went with a raglan style. I didn't have a pattern, so I just roughly drew one up. If this was anything other than pajamjams, I would totally scratch it, but for pjs. It's just fine!
 The licensed fabric is from Jo-Anns and the grey knit is actually from Wal-mart! It's actually a super soft, almost velour type feeling knit. I can't wait to make myself something in it!
 The shoulders are funny for a raglan, because I had to gather a bit, which made them slightly feminine, in my opinion, but whatevs. It's a baby and he is adorbs!
 I used Simplicity pattern 6746 for Cai's pajamas in a size 5. I love the green buttons to match the DEATH STAR!!! Duh nuh nuh nun nuuun nuhhh....
 They are such sweet boys! I am glad they match this Christmas! It felt so good to sew!
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas! XOXO!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

*CLASS CLOSED* Sew Classy: Braided Infinity Scarf THIS FRIDAY Nov. 21st!

Hi Everyone! I am really excited to offer a (rather last minute!) SEW Classy Sewing Class THIS Friday (11/21/14) at 6:45pm! It will be held at The Mather Company (3722 Devine Street, Columbia, SC). I like to keep my class sizes small, so I only have 5 openings!!!

This is a MOTIVATED beginner level class! We will be making Braided Infinity Scarves (pictured below), which will be a perfect gift you can give to friends and families this Christmas season! If you have never touched a sewing machine in your life, I am confident we can get you sewing!

You will learn a variety of skills including working with knits (don't be afraid!), introductory sewing machine skills, introduced to serging, and basic serging skills, and more! You will leave with a beautiful scarf you can keep for yourself or make over and over and give to friends!
The class is $25 + your cost of your supplies (which can include two inexpensive large t-shirts you are willing to cut up!)
All you have to do to reserve your spot in the class is to email me (Vanessa [at] DesignsBySessa [dot]com) that you are able to attend! I will email back your confirmation to secure your place, as well as, your supply list!

Do you need your own sewing machine for this class?
Technically yes, but I do have a couple of machines on hand, if you don't have one, so don't let not having a sewing machine stop you from joining the fun!

Can my child take this class? Sure! As long as YOU (their parent) are there with them (ages 10+) and are able to help them around the machine.
I can't wait to see who's up for sewing this week!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Crochet Yoda Hat

I have no idea how to break the ice after a 7 month long blogging break, so how about a crocheted Yoda hat?!?!?

Meet Judah! Or Yoda. Or You-dah as B calls him. Our second baby! He is the cutest. Oh, yes is he. Hmm.
That was a Yoda voice that just came out, folks. In case you weren't sure about that.
My Nana, Judah's Great-Nana, crocheted this hat for him and I just had to share it here. I have just started to learn crochet. I sew much better. I've learned the chain stitch and the single crochet stitch and I've made maybe 5 inches of this into who knows what it will be. Probably a pot holder, because I know nothing. Anyways. This year for Halloween, our family is dressing up as Star Wars Characters, basically to make our 4 year old ecstatic! Judah got to be Yoda and well, when I saw this hat, I asked my Nana if he could have it! She whipped it up in .5 days. Okay, not quite that fast, but it was FAST! That's how good she is! I found the free pattern at Knot Your Nana's Crochet, and she added ear flaps and a chin strap, so that it would stay on better! He is a 7 month old baby after all!
 Like it could not have turned out any cuter! I never loved Yoda more!
Ahhh, that face! No worries! I kiss it daily! And then 10 more times.
Big brother is loving it, too! Cai will be Darth Vader! I just finished sewing his cape today, but he wanted to save it for Halloween! Okay, buddy!

Thanks for reading! (If you still are! ha!)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Judah is here!

I know I have not updated this blog in over a month! Eventually, I will blog more again, but right now, I've been taking a back seat to blogging, and focusing on my THREE children THREE and under, who take up ALLLLL my sweet and precious time, in wonderful ways! I just want to announce that I am no longer pregnant (yay!) and we have a beautiful addition to our family!

 7lbs 2oz, 20 1/4''
Grateful to God for this sweet blessing boy!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Photography E-Book Giveaway! ***Closed***

***This Giveaway is now closed! The winner is Stacey via!!! Comment number 37!***

Well, hello, folks! I'm exactly 1 week from delivering our 2nd son, Judah! Can you believe it!? While I haven't been on the front page of blogosphere (by choice) lately, I have been practicing some skills.... photography skills where and when I can. I have a long way to go, but today, I have a SWEET giveaway to offer you from LBG Studio! It's Vanessa's Photography for Bloggers E-book!

Now, whether you have a blog or whether you are wanting to just improve your skills, you could definitely gain valuable knowledge from her book! I felt like I had researched so much on my own, but reading through her book, I was able to "make it click" (photography pun) in my head! Now, I'm shooting in manual mode 90% of the time, and I hope that keeps growing!

"Whether you need better product shots for your blog/shop, want to show off your latest recipe, or want those “wow” photos of your kids in the outfits you made for your next blog post; this e-book is for you! Learn how to get great photos of your creations within your own home without having to break the bank. In this 42 page e-book, I share with you lots of tips and tricks including how to improve composition, how to better utilize available light, how to create interesting backdrops, getting the most from your camera, and more! This e-book contains lots of before/after images including “pull backs” which will give you a behind the scenes glimpse of my tips and tricks in action. Suitable for all skill levels and camera types {point & shoot/DSLR}." -Vanessa {LBG studio}

Here are a few images of my own as I have been practicing, that are straight out of the camera, with very minor fine tuning, that I have been happy with after reading this book!

Mostly, family photos...
But a few for the blog, too, of course!

Anyways, I know I have a ways to go to be anything close to professional, but I loved reading this e-book and then working on my skills and I love growing as an "amateur" photographer!

To enter, simply enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below before 12am on 3/16/14! And a big thanks to Vanessa for giving me and (hopefully) YOU her amazing book! 

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