Handmade not capsule

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So I have been thinking a lot about my wardrobe lately. What it is and what I want it to be. I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe but when really thinking about committing I am not sure it’s for me.  But I do need to have better perimeters for buying clothing, and then I thought wait, what happened to all my handmade clothes? I used to have a good selection of shirts that I had made and I liked them. But it’s been several years since I had made anything and I tend to be hard on my clothes because I have kids, I diy a lot and don’t always change, and I wear the same few things over and over, the things I truly love. So they have all bit the dust in one way or another.

So I started a Handmade Wardrobe Pinterest Board and starting figuring out what patterns I want to try along with some I have already made and loved.

wardrobe layoutCheck out my Handmade wardrobe pinterest board for all the sources of the pictures in the above photo.

I ordered some fabric, raided my stash, and even found a couple at Joann’s. I Then printed out the tops I loved the most and started figuring out what I would like. This may change as I get going or make something and maybe don’t like it. I have made Wiksten Tanks before and altered that a bit by adding sleeves to one, and changing up the sleeve line on another. I have made a couple Washi and also drafting a couple tops using old shirts I loved that were reparable. But I will definitely be making a few muslins and hopefully they turn out wearable.

Here’s what I have currently landed on.

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Lotta Jansdotter Lucky, Hemendu in True Green Tokyo Train Ride, Mystery Meal lawn in navy

Wiksten Tank by Wiksten                                               Wiksten Tank with Sleeves by Wiksten

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Plaid from Stash                                                                Bespoke, Ephemera Double Gauze in Peach

Tova by Wiksten                                                               Beatrix by Made by Rae

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Sarah Watts, Honeymoon, Colibri in Citron           Rashida Coleman Hale, Gust Rayon in Midnight

Soho Top by SewKateSew                                       Wiksten Tank by Wiksten

plaid        linen

Plaid From Material Girl                                                   Linen from Joann’s

Scout Tee by Grainline Studio                                       Beatrix by Made by Rae

Clearly from my picture of my planning stages I have a couple other tops I need to find fabric for.

The Pearl Shift Dress by Green Bee Patterns

The Hemlock by Grainline Studios (free download when you subscribe)

The Alice top by Tessuti

I’m thinking I need some more solids, chambray, linen, maybe just maybe a knit! Is there a fabric you love to sew garments with? Let me know!

All right, I have a bunch of sewing to do. I will post an update here after I sew a few and I post in-progress pictures of my projects on Instagram quite regularly.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Luke’s Space

I finally got to all those little details that finish it all in Luke’s room and so now I call it. Done! So here you go, the full tour.

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Walking straight into his room you see his bed and looking over to the right is his desk and comfy chair.

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I made some Pin Boards with IKEA frames and a roll of cork. They may not be the greatest idea considering they are right above his bed and he boycotts naps like a pro. But they are a great place to hang up drawings, cards, little mementos, and photos. The Be Strong canvas is from Hobby Lobby, the Orange Book print is from A Vintage Poster, and the tree picture is a vintage paint by number in a floating frame.  All the Frames in his room are from Target or IKEA.

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Above his bed I hung a Lion print by Sharon Montrose, The Be Awesome Print is from Lucius Art, and the L is from Anthropologie. The Bug Pillow on his bed is from IKEA, and the Raccoon Pillow is one I made, you can find others in my etsy shop.  He has a shelf full of animals in his closet that make the regular rotation on his bed. Right now it’s Norah’s Bolt and his ambulance ride bear from when he broke his leg this summer. His duvet is from The land of Nod, we love it there and have several sheet sets from there hidden beneath the duvet. This one, this one, oh and a lego one too.

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Lukes Room 30_edited-2The Valance is probably the newest edition. I had wide Grey and White Horizontal Striped panels over his roman shade up until a couple months ago. Being right next to his bed he seemed to pull on them to much and a curtain rod bracket got pulled off the wall. So a Valance was the answer since the light control was taken care of by the woven roman shade from Home Depot. I made a wood mounted Box Pleated valance out of a Nate Berkus fabric I had stashed from Joann’s. I lined it in a white and green stripe (a thrifted duvet cover) for a little hidden detail.  Normally I would never line window treatments in anything but white or ivory since they are seen from the outside, but this one hangs just a bit below the trim and is 99% of the time covered by the shade. So I went for it.

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His desk is a remake of his shelves in his old room at the old house.  I basically used the shelves as is and raised them to add a desk underneath. It’s a shorter than normal desk I think about 27″ tall, 30″ is normal, but it works perfectly for him and I can change it as he grows. These are such a great versatile and pretty inexpensive shelf/desk to make. We love them. You can find loads of tutorials on pinterest if you want to tackle some.  We but some keepsake and vintage decor on his top shelves and lego creations hang out over the bottom. The short stool is from Hobby Lobby. It’s a chair height stool.  The various lego heads and boxes have all been thrifted! Crazy right?

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I found the wood helicopter at a thrift store. Luke is a helicopter fanatic so it was a must. The little L block is one of the coolest baby gifts we got for him, someone had it made with all his birth stats on the sides. The blue vase thing is actually a lamp from Homegoods and is just for looks as I never plug it in.

Lukes Room 17I found the Green mail box at a thrift store, the 4 is from a vintage market, the school bus was my grandpas, the tree is from Michael’s unfinished wood section, and the artwork is by Luke.

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He has a jar of rocks and shells he finds when we travel, some artwork, a wooden excavator he and daddy made together, a legoman flashlight, and a truck nightlight (target) on another shelf.

Lukes Room 21Under his desk we have a big basket full of little bins of legos sorted by color, which seems to work really well for him.  Between his desk and comfy Chair I have a green bin from IKEA (Super great bins by the way from IKEA $5) filled with his current reading material.

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On the wall above his chair, which I thrifted and slipcovered, I hung a recent addition. Star Wars Legoman prints I found on Pinterest , they are a free download from Over the big moon and Luke loves them. I picked up clearance frames at target to hang them in and boom a wall filled that was practically empty before. Add the Metal L made from old signs I got at a Vintage Market and it’s perfect.  I made the little pillow on the chair from this awesome print by SaltyOat.

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I thought I would show you the inside of his closet since it is multi purpose. We had a tall dresser in his room for awhile, but when finishing the desk and shelves I couldn’t get them in the room and have the dresser too. Since his closet was pretty empty still I bought a bunch of plastic bins and put all his clothes in there. It is working super great so far.  We’ve got a shelf full of softies, toy bins on the bottom, the shelf above his hanging clothes has older kid books, his bank, a bin full of school stuff, he has extra blankets and pillows, out of season clothes, and all the lego boxes he loves to save on higher shelves. A laundry basket for dirty clothes completes the closet nicely. He can reach everything he needs and can see and ask for (hopefully instead of climb) for anything he can’t.

Lukes Room 24Last on the room tour I recycled his train table into a lego board to roll under his bed. We hadn’t used his train table since we moved. You can see the train table original post here. But to transform it, I removed all the train tracks, filled holes, added a trim piece around the edge so there would be a little lip and legos wouldn’t slip off, I painted it all grey, and lastly added wheels.  It rolls under his bed easily at night so his room looks clean. It also gives his legos a landing spot so they aren’t all over the floor and a pain to pick up all the time. I highly recommend the under the bed storage method.  I cut some thin wood into 14″ lengths and painted them black so he can make roads on it. Someday we will add a dotted line to the roads.

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We have an old green wooden tool chest under the window that he can lock his treasures into, and a Lego Police Crest I made for his last birthday hanging on the wall next to it.  His bed is from The Land of Nod,(we love our local The Land of Nod the staff is stellar) and his rug is from the Crate and barrel Outlet from way back when I was pregnant with the boy.  The Paint Color is Velvet Sofa by Behr , Luke picked it himself. The ceiling is basic flat white ceiling paint.

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So that’s it! I think I over share sometimes. :) A lot of his room is from His room at the Old house. Fun story, Luke’s room is the only room that got painted before we moved to the new house, we had a 3 day window between closing and our moving date. I wanted to make sure it was ready for him and having him help pick the color made the transition to a new room more fun for him.

Please tell me what you think! You know old school comment style.  I’m working on those final details in Norah’s room so I will share with you all shortly.

Thanks for stopping by!


Finally Fall….. but not technically.



Was anybody else ready for fall well before Labor Day like I was? The kids asked to put up fall decorations (a.k.a Halloween) several weeks before Labor Day. I held them off till Labor Day at least and then put up some fun FALL decor and I will add some spooky decor in the next couple weeks! I am ready for cozy sweaters, flannel, scarfs, fire lit nights, and just the general feel of fall. But Summer is also not my favorite so……

So this year I have two Mantels! Crazy, I go from zero to two and it has been fun and sometimes confusing to decorate them. In the seasons without a Holiday I am not really sure what to do up there. :) The Holidays seasons coming up are making me super excited, and I did have fun with this fall look.

I picked up the black framed wire screen at the Kane County Flea Market a couple weeks ago thinking it would be the perfect background for the mantels since I could hang lots of stuff off it so easily. So that plus my tall Homegoods mirror were my back drop. I added in an arrow I made several years ago and an arrow I picked up at the cute Main Street market last Saturday.  I had a bunch of the white pumpkins and picked up the velvet ones at Homegoods last week. The black owl is old but also from Homegoods, the green vase might be too…. I love that place. ;) The white vase is from Pottery Barn when I worked there years ago. The white book page garland is from various installments at the old house and I whipped up the Felt and fabric pendant garland this afternoon.  The little fall letters I dug out of a giant box at a booth at the Kane County Flea Market and the Happy Fall Chalkboard sign is from Joann’s. Whew, that’s a lot of info but I am nosy and like to know all the details so there you go. You can also get a glimpse of my growing surveyors measuring sticks that tower on the side of the fireplace. They are so fun and I have always loved them but never had the ceiling height for them until now. So the collection was finally started this year and growing maybe a little to quickly.

Do you decorate for Fall? Holidays? I would love to see your mantels and spaces, because I am nosy after all. Nothing fasinates me more than getting a peek into peoples homes.


Thanks for stopping by!


It’s Here!!!!

I have finally done it. After much encouragement from my band of Sewtopia Ladies, many a nights writing, photographing the process, editing, a call to pattern testers, and their reviews, along with more edits and many frustrating pdf issues. I Finished my first pattern! Whoo Hoo! Introducing the Woollypetals Cat Pouch!

It is very similar to my fox pouches which I still sell in my etsy shop along with cat pouches and many more whimsical items.

This Cat Pouch is the perfect little mate for holding any little collection measuring in at 9.5″w x 7″t. It’s unique shape is what sets it apart from other pouches. Whenever I pull mine out of my bag to grab something people are always enamored with the cute facial features that are acheived through simple applique. The 9″ zipper is simple to install and provides wide access to the storage inside. Here are a couple pictures for your viewing pleasure. :)



The Pouch can also be made into a super cute little purse that is a great when you need to grab and go with a just a couple things. This makes the cutest gift for any little girl in your life also, with a shorter strap she can be rocking a cat purse too! Converting the Pouch to a purse is all included in the pattern and can be as simple as tying the strap onto the loops you sew in the outer seams or making it a little more advanced by sewing on a lobster claw hook. You can also make the strap adjustable with a D-ring.




I couldn’t have done this without the help of all my amazing pattern testers! Please check out their Instagrams and lovely kitties they created via the hashtag #woollypetalscatpouch on Instagram.

Kayla @stitchkaylastitch , Tara @taracceleste, Stephanie @stephkthomas, Robin @robineggbluegirl, Elise @emh354, Kathleen @katmama367,  Sally @turtlesrs, Kara @knitandsews, Myrth @goosequilts, Jasmine @jasminesews


Stop by my etsy shop if you want to purchase an already puuuurfect ;P cat pouch. You can also purchase the pattern on craftsy. Please remember though this pattern is for personal use and not for making products to sell.


Thanks so much for stopping by!







Shop Open!


The Shop is now Open! Come on by and pick up some super cute pillows, toys, pouches, burp cloths, garlands, and more!

Just because your awesome! A discount code for 15% off for you.  MARCH2014 is the promo code.


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Trucks and Tractors

Shortly after Norah was born I was offered some of this super fun Trucks and Tractors fabric from Laurie Wisburn to play with. Of course I couldn’t refuse because I love everything Laurie does!


So I set to work figuring out the perfect quilt to make with it for my little munchkin! I have been loving some of the pixelated and word quilts popping up around pinterest, instagram, and flickr lately and went in that direction. This is what I came up with.



I made it with 6″ finished squares and kept the focus on the awesome trucks and tractors fabric by using it for my word “dig”. I used a mixture of solids mostly Kona to pixelate the background so the fun trucks and tractors fabric would make the word pop. Although ask my husband how long it took him to figure out it was a word! Men! ;)

I quilted each square with a free motion circle! Yikes that was tough. I used a paper circle and pinned it down on each circle and sewed around it! There not perfect but practice will help right? I figured it would go with the trucks and tractors theme and represent wheels.  The Black and white striped binding is the perfect finishing touch.


Oh and the back is this super soft green minky! So cozy and cuddly. I was a bit scared to use it as backing since I thought it would shift a lot, but I stretched it super tight while pinning and It actually wasn’t bad to sew at all! I love the way it crinkled up after washing too.


So here’s the fun part!  Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a fat quarter set of Laurie’s four fabrics in the Trucks and Tractors line, along with two half yards of the blue and red solid shown below from Robert Kaufman! I will choose a winner on Saturday!


I have a second giveaway too! After I pick the winner of the fabric I will pick someone else to win this fun zipper pouch! It’s the perfect travel size for your little man, or a friends, to store his cars and trucks. I keep one in my purse with a few little toys for Luke when we are at a restaurant or in the car. It keeps them corralled and I am not fishing around in my giant purse in a moment of dire need of distraction! :)


Check out my Instagram feed for a way to have a second entry into the giveaways!

But if you just can’t wait to get your hands on some, Trucks and Tractors is available on the Robert Kaufman site!


Thanks so much for stopping by and Good Luck!

Giveaway Closed Winners Contacted!

Growing Girl

I figured I better post these before Norah turns 4 months.


2 months old.

She was 12 lbs at her 2 month appointment. My little chub. We call her Norah Bear because she is soft, squishy, and cuddle like teddy bears, but also she gets angry real fast when you don’t give her what she wants like a real bear. It’s so cute when Luke calls her Norah Bear. :) She’s smiling a lot and is starting to settle into a routine.


3 months

Even more squishy.  She is really showing her personality. Smiling, talking so much, giggling which melts my heart. She still gives most people she doesn’t see often her super serious face. :) But when you get her to smile it lights up her whole face. :) She has also mastered rolling over this month. Whenever you put her down she will roll immediately to her tummy.

And for comparison. Both at 2 months…

and at 3 months….


Oh my sweet babies! Some fun recent pictures of them.

And lastly a picture of that beautiful smile she is so good at hiding. :)

Here’s to late night blogging after the babes are finally asleep.

Thanks for stopping by!



July 4th arrived and so did our Norah Brave!

She made her appearance via a successful VBAC just before 9pm after 24+ hours of labor.  Weighing in at 7lbs 13oz. 21″ long and screaming her lungs out! :)

We are smitten and enjoying our time at home with the four of us. Big brother Luke is doing great with the transition and I am feeling super good.


I snapped this picture yesterday during her photo shoot with her Uncle. :) Can’t wait to see and share those pics.  She is laying on the quilt I finished for her the week she was born. I will share more of it later once I get a full shot.


Thank so much for stopping by! I am off to snuggle this babe.


baby Trianlges

This sweet little baby quilt was my first attempt at triangles.  It was a From:Me To:You gift for a sweet little baby boy.


Lets just say triangles are a little harder than I first thought.  I learned that it’s best to cut them with the notches taken out of the corners for better lining up as I’m sewing. I need to get some templates as I think those would be way easier than winging it. :) After a little trial and error I was able to figure it out. I would definitely recommend taking it slow till you hit your groove.

Since the quilt turned out so cute and I LOVE the look of triangles it was totally worth it and I can’t wait to jump into another triangle quilt. You know inbetween the 20 already in progress quilts, the toddler, the almost here new baby, and general daily stuff. Plenty of time right? ;)

I quilted it with a simple outline on either side of each triangle and around the edges. Simple and sweet.

I’m taking a little maternity leave from From:Me To:You for the summer but stop by and check out the Facebook page. I may have a surprise or two nominations over the summer and as always if anybody is interested in contributing a gift let me know via email woollypetals@gmail.com and we will get that set up. You would ship directly to the nominee.


Thanks so much for stopping by and hanging in there during the sparse posting. :) T-4 days till my due date and She will be getting evicted late next week if she doesn’t decide to come out sooner. :)

Vintage Trunk Spring 2013

My Mom and I had a booth at The Pec Thing a couple weekends ago. You may remember we did it for the first time last fall. We set up a touch differently this time. I do believe we had more stuff too! How is that possible?

Our booth set up was nicer this year in that we utilized the back wall by hanging thing directly on it and we set up a long table with tall shelves at one end which gave us a nice separation from the next booth.

I also made that Super long (27’+) garland from fun vintage and new fabrics and doilies. It helped define our space and looked cute, if I do say so myself. I think I am going to try and find a space for it in my sewing space, or part of it. Otherwise it may be put up for sale on etsy soon. But I love it so much! :)

Our Goal was to get rid of the bigger stuff! :) I should have taken a picture at the end. It did look a lot different. But we still have plenty left. Surprisingly enough suitcases where not as big as they were last year. Who would have guessed? Globes are still hot though and we sold all of ours as proof.


We are not sure if we will be doing The Pec Thing in September. Well I know I won’t be selling, I may help my mom a little bit if she does. I am guessing having a 2-3 month old may make it a challenge.  But we hope to do it again maybe next year in one of the buildings where everything isn’t covered in dust at the end of the weekend. The only downside to the show is really the dustiness, well and how HOT it was this year. Yuck! Don’t do a Flea Market when your 9 months pregnant, it’s a little brutal! :)


The fun news is we are going to try really hard to get into Kane County Flea Market next spring/summer. We attended this past Saturday and feel like we would be a better fit there, along with have better traffic and more appropriate clientele. It will be a fun and exciting new venture to try another venue.


I hope you enjoyed the little booth tour and if your on Instagram look for a flash sale sometime later this summer. I am not sure that I will get around to it in the next three weeks before Norah is due. But you never now! :)


Thanks for stopping by!