Saturday, February 28, 2015

My Master Bath DIY

So, one thing I would like to challenge myself to do is start blogging a little more. I miss the writing and the sharing aspect of it, the creative outlet for myself. Not necessarily most of the other things that come along with the blog world though!  But I do miss writing here to an extent and not just sharing pretty things, but my heart!

I've been loving breathing new life into our home lately where and when I can! I just feel like loving my home is a way that I can show the beauty of God in my every day! We are on a tight budget, but a can of paint and a new accessory can add a lot to changing up a boring space! Our master bathroom is a double sink 2 piece bath! It's strange that there is no shower or tub in the master, but this is the type of thing a new home buyer overlooks when purchasing their first home! I sewed some simple curtains from a navy and white striped full sheet! Super inexpensive and easy when hung with clips.
Here is the BEFORE! I have NO idea why I painted this bathroom yellow when we moved in, with that vintage-y pale yellow tile! It was just WAY too yellow!!! I think I just didn't have a clear vision for how to work with that pale yellow tile, so I just did YELLOW EVERYWHERE! Bad idea!
And some progress (above). Then, after some white paint!
The curtain really marries the whole thing! We have navy blue counters in here, so it all works now versus screaming! Weird blue counters! Yellow walls everywhere!
The easy thing about just hanging up a full sheet cut right down the middle (and hemmed), is you get a nice puddle! I really like how it makes it feel so elegant.

We plan to upgrade the sink faucets to a bronze to match the light fixtures and the knobs on the cabinets soon. I think maybe adding some molding to the mirror would be cool, too, eventually!
Overall, for trying to work with what I have and being content with it, I love how this little space now works and makes me happy! 
The towels and the fun mirror above the toilet are from Home Goods. I think I spent a total of like $40 for the mirror and towels. I already had the white paint and the random striped sheet, now curtains!
Anyways! Just wanted to share how going white in here totally changed the space! Hmm... what else can I paint white!?!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Girl's Sew Classy Sewing Club - Children's Sewing Classes in Columbia, SC



The 1st Girl's Sew Classy Sewing Club was FANTASTIC! I absolutely adored teaching these young girl's how to sew! We made heart shaped pockets which they sewed onto t-shirts AND heart felt banners for Valentine's Day! They had SO much fun!
If you are looking for children's sewing classes in Columbia, SC, please email me at Vanessa (at) DesignsBySessa (dot) com. I currently have 1 space left in the St. Andrews Sewing class which is 1x month on the 4th Monday of the month and I am currently filling a Downtown class which is just beginning to fill and I have several openings there. The Downtown class will be 1x month on the 2nd Tuesday from February to May. Both classes run for 1.5hrs and cost $25/class + your own supplies.

As this year goes along, I will offer some more adult Sew Classy sewing classes as well, so stay tuned!

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!

FAQS
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!)