Easy Felt Bunny Basket and Other Things I’ve Written

Felt Bunny Basket by you & mie

Hello again!  I’m just checking in to say hi and share with you some of the things I’ve been up to!

Every so often people ask me, “How’s the simple life!?” in response to my post about living a life with less.  Unfortunately, it’s been anything but simple!  Things went really well for about a month, when I stopped blogging here.  But soon after, I decided to take up an offer to blog for mom.me and while I’ve been enjoying it, writing those posts has taken up all the time that had just been freed up. Continue reading

One Lucky Butt

Yo!  Hey!  How’s it going!?  Long time, eh?  How are you doing?

March has rolled in quickly and I feel like I’ve been slammed in all directions.  Overwhelmed is an understatement, but I know that it’ll pass.  Just trying to ride it out.  Anyone else having a crazy month so far?

Well I’m here to share my latest Miss Matatabi Makers project!  I used some beautiful laminated nani IRO to make a changing pad and diaper clutch for the baby, er, toddler.  It feels a little wrong to be changing dirty diapers on nani IRO, but I do love it so much!

Laminated nani IRO Changing Pad and Diaper Clutch by you & mie

Seriously, this is one lucky butt!

Anyways, check out the full post HERE.

Besides this project I haven’t really done any sewing recently.  I’ve been doing something else.  Sorry sewing, I’ve been cheating on you.  With knitting!  Haha, yeah, I picked up the knitting needles recently to try and make myself a beanie.  I’ll let you know how that goes if/when I finish. :)

you & mie knits

What have you been working on?

Take care and till next time!

Life is strange

Life can be strange sometimes.

I recently posted about how I wanted to spend less time blogging because it wasn’t bringing me as much joy as it used to.  I wanted to focus more on family and health and simplifying my life and spend less time on the computer and dealing with social media and all the things that come with blogging (like stress and lack of sleep).

Tree Swing by Cherie Lockwood

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Cotton + Steel Mochi Mochi Mochi!

Hey!  Happy February!  How are you all doing?  January went really well for me!  I spent a lot less time sewing and blogging and more time cooking and walking and sleeping.  Which felt great!  I’d kind of gotten into a good groove, but then all it takes is Hideko getting sick and everything feels like chaos again! But we’ve made a few small changes to our every day lives and we’re trying to declutter plus buy/accumulate less. It feels like a long process, but as long as we don’t give up right? Cotton + Steel Mochi Sewing Machine Cover by you & mie Continue reading

The year of less

So I have been thinking a lot about my plans for the coming year.  In years past I have felt motivated to do more with my blogging: blog more often, do more tutorials, get sponsors, redesign the site, go to conferences, make patterns, the list goes on and on. But in recent months I’ve felt very strongly that I should do less.  I realized that all those things don’t come very naturally to me and are just not a priority.  I don’t think I’ll ever be a professional blogger, sewing competition winner, book writer or a pattern designer, but for now, that’s okay.

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Favorites from 2014

2014 you & mie favorites

Happy New Year!!  I hope that you have all had a wonderful holiday season and a great start to 2015!  I usually get wrapped up in all sorts of holiday festivities and preparations around the month of December, which is why the blog went pretty quiet there for awhile.  But I’ve enjoyed a lot of time with family – celebrating, playing and relaxing – and I hope you have been able to do the same!

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Sweatpants that Shine!

Hello!!  I hope that, for those of you who celebrated, you had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with friends, family, gratitude and food!  I’ve been enjoying a bit of a break from sewing and blogging recently, but I’m here today with a long overdue Miss Matatabi Makers project!

Metallic French Terry Hudson Pants by you & mie

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Princess Unikitty of Cloud Cuckoo Land!

Alright, so I know Halloween is over and people are already moving on to *gasp* Christmas!?  But I’m behind as always and like to drag my feet as much as possible when it comes to all things, but especially the holiday season :P

So I’m sharing this super last minute costume that I made for Kaya for Halloween!  The Nightmare Moon costume I made Yuki took up pretty much aaaall my time the last couple of weeks, but somewhere in between I got it in my head that I wanted to make another costume for Kaya too.  She already had a (slightly too short) Totoro costume, but I really only made that for the tutorial and I considered it a back up costume.  I know, I’m crazy like that.

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Nightmare Moon

Nightmare Moon Costume by you & mie

Nightmare Moon Costume by you & mie

Phew!  This Halloween costume has been in the works for, what feels like, fooorever.  It’s ridiculous when I start thinking about just how much time (and money) I’ve spent on this kid’s Halloween costume!  But it was such a fun challenge for me – I really love making Halloween costumes!!  I get a lot of enjoyment out of trying to figure out ways to translate a picture or a character into something tangible, an outfit, or a costume.  So here’s the back story . . . Continue reading