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Motherhood Self Portrait

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It is my birthday today! I took this self portrait, thinking about the past year and the year ahead. There is so much I want to tell this beautiful babe who made me a momma. The ups and downs of figuring this whole thing out. Every day is something new, yet monotonous. Learning and growing every day. Not just her. Me too. The way her eyes light up when she smiles. There is nothing better in world than that. I could go on and on. For right now there aren’t many words, but there are hugs, kisses, and snuggles. Thank you Lord for giving me this precious gift.

For all you daughters, and moms and dads to a girl, give the song, Baby Girl by Will Hoge a listen. It has so many of things that I want to say but don’t have the words for.  I danced with my daddy to it at my wedding.  It’s even more special to me now having a baby girl!

Rita Maria GalleryFebruary 12, 2015 - 5:04 pm

She is BEAUTIFUL! God bless her always!

Julene Woodard JaeckelFebruary 12, 2015 - 8:46 pm

Beautiful picture I hope you get one framed for you and Lillian so she and you always have one to look at

Blue French Chair Style

This post is a little different for the blog! I was inspired by the vintage furniture on Chairish to make a style board! In particular, I fell in love with a French style upholstered chair that I knew would look great with some bright accents and layered textures in a room!

  1. I adore peonies and love these bright colors and gold accents too!
  2. This rug has a great understate texture and color.
  3. The clean lines of this geo pendant light are a nice contrast to the soft lines and texture of the chair.
  4. I’d love to cozy up with this chunky knit blanket!
  5. I have a soft spot for nautical things!
  6. Coral is a beautiful complement to the blue. The bold pattern is great too!
  7. I love bold stripes and these curtains have a fantastic color and texture as well.
  8. Whitewashed brick adds subtle texture and interest to the walls.
  9. I love these shelves filled books and eclectic treasures.
  10. And finally the beautiful blue velvet chair!

DIY Babywearing Cozy

My husband and I have been loving wearing our little Lillian in our Boba carrier! It’s been getting chillier in Wisconsin and I wanted something to keep her a little warmer and also a pocket to keep our hands warm too! I’ve seen some other coats and covers, but at the price they weren’t really an option so I made a DIY version! Shout out to the Milwaukee Babywearers Facebook Group who gave me so much love after posting a photo!

After the photos there is a link to download the pdf with more photos, measurements, and basic instructions!

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{My sister took this pic of us enjoying a gorgeous fall day! I love it!}

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More information, photos, measurements, etc. are in this pdf dowload! I’d love to see any other DIY versions!

[…] Yellow Suitcase Studio had a good idea for more moderate temperatures, with a snug blanket that fits over a SSC (soft […]

Jen VecchiarelliOctober 27, 2015 - 7:34 pm

i LOVE your tutorial! Just made one today & I am SO thrilled that I didn’t buy one, but made it with things I had in the house anyway :) thank you !!!!!!!

Justyna SzewczykOctober 30, 2015 - 9:15 pm

Hi, I’m from Polish in Europe. The world is so small if I can inspire your tutorial. I speak English not well, but I want to say “thanks”, that is exactly what I was looking for myself and my son. Regards!

Neila MarquinaNovember 30, 2015 - 9:43 pm

Ohh q bello! Mil gracias por el patrón!!
Intentaré hacer uno para mi niño :)

AshleyJanuary 21, 2016 - 6:54 pm

Help! I so want to make this for our upcoming trip, but I can’t find the download link :)

Yellow Suitcase StudioJanuary 25, 2016 - 12:58 am

Quilt Stories | Triple Irish Chain Quilt Wedding Gift

My husband’s grandma was a quilter. She left behind a few unfinished quilts. I chose to finish one of them up as a gift for my sister-in-law’s wedding. Although grandma is no longer with us, I was able to share something tangible that she had a hand in for an occasion that I know she was missed and remembered. For a big project like this I’m glad I had a goal date to finish it otherwise I don’t think it would have gotten done! There was so much love put into to this and some blood, sweat, and tears too.  At one point when I was quilting I even sewed my glove to it! Whoops!  Although there are some imperfections (as with any handmade project) I am so proud of how this turned out!

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I chose to do something a little more simple and modern for the back since the front is a very traditional pattern.
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About a third of the front was hand pieced and stitched by grandma. Isn’t this amazing!!
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Before I basted the layers together I sprayed water on the pieces and hung them on the line to get some of the wrinkles out.
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I used pins and a bit of basting spray to hold the layers together. I had to move everything in our living room to have enough space to lay it out! I taped the back to the floor very tightly and it worked well; I didn’t get any wrinkles in the back while quilting.
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I hand embroidered the label. First I used spray adhesive on fabric to stick it to a piece of cardstock. Then I ran it through my printer to get the design on the fabric so I would have something to follow for my stitches.
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Cats love quilts…
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I used the tutorial for magic machine stitched binding and I love how it turned out. No hand stitching to finish it!
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The happy couple and their quilt!
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