i-know-where-it-goes drawer stickers

I-know-where-it-goes drawer stickers // you &mie

I have a fun review today of a product that I think is awesome!  Around the time that Yuki turned 3, she started dressing herself.  That year, she also started being in charge of putting away her own clean laundry.  Crafterhours makes these awesome drawer stickers that help label your child’s dresser drawers to help them remember where things go.  They are fun and practical!

I-know-where-it-goes drawer stickers // you &mie

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These vinyl stickers come in a few different sets – girls, boys, big girls, etc. and come in a huge variety of colors.  I got the “Girls with Long-Sleeved Shirt” set in Lilac Gloss.

I-know-where-it-goes drawer stickers // you &miepicture from Crafterhours

The stickers are actually smaller than I expected them to be.  There are about 10-15 stickers on a 3×5 inch sheet, so most of the stickers are less than an inch wide.  But it’s really a great size for the small set of drawers we use for Yuki’s clothes.

I-know-where-it-goes drawer stickers // you &mie

The stickers are removable, which is great because you don’t have to worry about sticky residue or damaging your furniture when you grow out of the labels.  Yuki wears 2 piece pajamas, so I cut the one-piece pajama sticker in two to customize them to our needs :P

I-know-where-it-goes drawer stickers // you &mie

We still fold Yuki’s laundry and put them in piles – shirts, pants, pajamas, socks and underwear.  Then she takes them to her room and puts them away.  The stickers help her remember what goes where!

I-know-where-it-goes drawer stickers // you &mie

I-know-where-it-goes drawer stickers // you &mie

She loves the drawer stickers.  She was so excited when she first saw them (I had placed them on the drawers while she was away, because I knew that she would have wanted to “help” if she was around).  And now she has no excuse for not being able to find or put away her clothes!  I’m all for making kids self sufficient :)

I-know-where-it-goes drawer stickers // you &mieLaundry is done!

I-know-where-it-goes drawer stickers // you &mie

These stickers are $7 a sheet and that includes FREE shipping within the US.  They are perfect for organizing your little one’s room or getting as a gift for someone else!  Crafterhours also has these cool storage labels for your kids clothes, which seems really handy as well!  All of our stuff is either scribbled on with sharpie, or not labeled at all!

Fall always feels like a time when I’m trying to get reorganized, so when Susan of Crafterhours reached out and asked if I’d like to try these drawer stickers, I was psyched.  They have definitely helped me feel like I had at least ONE little corner of the house in order.  Now if only we had these for every other drawer in the house!  :P

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I was provided a set of drawer stickers to review, but all opinions are always my own!

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Strawberry Skaters

Strawberry Skater Dresses by you & mie

 A month ago, I talked about a bunch of clothes I had made a month before that, and well . . . I still haven’t blogged half of it.  So two months later, but here are some dresses I made. :P

The fabric may be familiar to you . . . it’s from Heather Ross’ Briar Rose Jersey Knits line.  It came out about a year ago and it was all over the place at the time – I feel like everyone was making cute things with them!  Strawberries!  Knit fabric!  Cute!  But since I’m not one to follow the crowd (*cough* I’m actually just super lame), I decided to sew with this fabric when it’s not so popular and no longer available.  Haha. Continue reading

Watermelon Pouches {Tutorial and Free Pattern}

Watermelon Pouch Tutorial and Free Pattern by you & mie

Woohoo – finishing up with the last watermelon project today!  Last week I shared a couple of projects from Yuki’s Watermelon Party: the watercolor invitations and a hand stamped dress.  I was hoping to share this last one last week as well, but you know, tutorials take time.  And I’m guessing that no one was sitting on the edge of their seat waiting for this last watermelon post, but if you were, I apologize!  :P

My last watermelon project was a stack of felt pouches to pack up the party favors.

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Watermelon Dress

Watermelon Week!  All watermelon!  All the time!

So yesterday I shared the watercolor watermelon invites that Yuki and I made for her party.  But what would a watermelon party be without a special watermelon dress?  I was having a hard time deciding between a color blocked dress that mimicked a watermelon slice like this one, or a solid fabric with watermelon printed all over like this one.  I was leaning toward the color blocked dress since that seemed easier, but finally I just asked Yuki and she said, without hesitation, the all over print dress.

Watermelon Dress // you & mie

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Watermelon Party Invites

For Yuki’s 4th birthday, we decided to throw a small party with a couple of her friends.  We were talking about a theme (though the theme was definitely more for me, than for her), and I was really hoping that she wouldn’t say “Frozen.”  Not that there is anything wrong with a Frozen party, but I just didn’t have it in me to do anything else Frozen related.  So I googled “summer party themes” and as we were scrolling through, Yuki yelled out “watermelon!”  It’s one of her favorite fruits.  She probably called out a few other ideas, but I was pretty psyched about a watermelon theme, so I steered her in that direction (I love that we can still do that with her and yet she totally thinks it was all her idea) and off to Pinterest I went!

I started a Watermelon Party Pinterest board to collect my ideas, but the project we started with first was the invites, of course!  I think I was inspired by these party favor holders, but I basically thought it would be fun to get Yuki involved by painting some watermelon invites!

Watermelon Party Invites // you & mie

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Interview with a 4 year old

Phew – I say it every year, but this time of the year is crazy busy!  It kicks my butt every time.  I’m back at work (I run an after-school program at a TK-8 school) and the last month has been tons of prep and yesterday was our first day of school.  Hideko is also an educator so work has been super busy for her as well, and smack in the middle of it all is Yuki’s birthday.  I seriously wish I could change her birthday – maybe June?  July?  Even early August would be fine – she’s too young to notice, right!?

Interview with a 4 year old // you & mie

Well, somehow we have a 4 year old now.  It’s pretty unbelievable.  I had this idea last year to do an interview with Yuki when she turned 3 and then we’d do it every year and we could look back and see little snapshots of what she was into or some of her thoughts at the time and how she changed over time.  I never actually got around to doing it last year, but I was pretty determined to do it this year.  So I came up with some general questions to ask her and then I wrote up her responses exactly how she answered.  I’m really excited to do this with her every year!  And eventually with Kaya too.  

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Cosi Swimsuits For Two!

Besides the summery “Elsa” dress, I made 6 other garments for the girls before our trip to Florida and they are all MATCHING outfits (3 things for each girl)!  Haha.  Didn’t really think that I was the type to go all crazy with matching sibling outfits, but I can’t help it – it’s just too cute!  I hadn’t made anything matching since their panda shirts, but Yuki really gets a kick out of it, and whenever she’s wearing her outfit, she usually wants Kaya to put on hers too.

Cosi Swimsuits for Two by you & mie

Anyways, these projects are also exciting to me because they are SWIMSUITS.  I don’t know about you, but sewing swimsuits has been on a different level of sewing in my head.  Something a little more intimidating than regular kids clothes, it just seemed complicated and tricky.  The fabric, the elastic, the fit . . . I was nervous to try it, but since I love learning new skills, I was also really excited to try it.

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Another Elsa Dress

I know, I know, the last thing the world needs is another Elsa dress!!  But here’s one for ya anyways :P

So a month ago, my family and I traveled across the country to Florida for a reunion.  We stayed in Fort Lauderdale for the first part of the trip, but we figured we might as well hit up Disneyworld while we were all the way out there!  I knew there was a good chance that we wouldn’t be going back out to Florida any time soon and we also knew that Yuki would have an absolute blast.

But I kept hearing horror stories about the Florida’s heat and humidity.  So between the unavoidable heat and all the fun activities we were going to be doing, I came up with a sewing list that was ridiculously long.  Then I had my very own Kids Clothes Week and though I didn’t even get through half my original list, I did make 7 pieces of clothing in about a week or so!  I’ll be sharing them throughout the next couple of weeks.  First up, Elsa’s summer dress.

Elsa's Summer Dress by you & mie

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Iris Shorts for Me!

Hey!  It’s Shorts on the Line time!  Have you been following along this series hosted by imagine gnats and small + friendly?  If not, you can catch up here.  So many awesome shorts have been shared during Week 1!

I was excited to join in the series, but Yuki doesn’t wear shorts, so I figured I’d make some shorts for the baby.  But then Britex so generously offered to provide me with some fabric and I couldn’t turn that down.  And when Britex offers you fabric you don’t use it on your 10 month old baby who will literally just poo poo on it.  So I decided to sew for myself and use the one shorts pattern I own for women but had never sewn, which is Colette’s Iris Shorts.  I bought this pattern in August of 2012, people.  2 years ago!!  So I’m really glad I got this push to finally try it.

Iris Shorts by you & mie

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Making it Sleeveless {tutorial}

Ack!  I can’t believe it’s the last week of July – where has the summer gone!?!  *sniff sniff*  So I’ve actually been suuuuper busy sewing and having all sorts of fun.  Did you catch my weekend getaway on Instagram?  Ridiculously fun times were had with some very awesome people.  You should check out our hashtag #seamripcity.  Anyways, I’ve got so much to share, but I’m still lagging with my blog posts.  So here’s a tutorial on making a sleeveless bodice from a sleeved pattern that originally appeared on the Oliver + S blog as part of their “customizing” series.  This top (made with super vintage nani IRO fabric that you can read more about here) is absolutely one of my favorite things I’ve made for Kaya so far.

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Hi! I’m going to show you how to modify a sleeved pattern to a sleeveless version and finish the armholes with bias tape. I am using the Lullaby Layette Shirt pattern (View B) in this example, but you can do this with pretty much any pattern!

Floral Lullaby Layette Dress by you & mie

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