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Tablecloth Play Dresses

I've always wanted to make dress up clothes for my daughters. I made an Elsa princess dress a few years ago that I enjoyed creating, but not much else since then. A few weeks ago around my youngest daughter's birthday, a lightbulb went off.  You might remember from my last post that I created birthday table displays using inexpensive party decorations, including plastic tablecloths that cost about $1. As I was picking up the latest display, I got the idea to recycle the tablecloth into a play dress! The first one I made was from the pink tablecloth in the display shown above. I felt I had to create at least one more so they wouldn't fight over one dress, but it soon escalated to a total of four dresses that I made over the following weeks. I bought more tablecloths, solely for the purpose of making dresses this time. It was fun stocking up on different colors, hehe. I drafted my own patterns to my girls' measurements, and I had fun getting creative

Life Lately: Babies, Big Changes, and a Bridal Shower

Hey, it's been a while! It's been busy, busy, busy…

I've been taking a little break from blogging to focus on some more BIG changes coming up in my life. In about a month, I'll be moving with my little family out to Utah. It's both exciting and scary. On one hand, I like the prospect of starting a new journey, but on the other, breaking away from what has become familiar and comfortable is daunting. I'll be leaving my support system of extended family and friends, who have been so helpful in my first months as a mother.

My water baby. This photo captures my summer perfectly.

This move also means giving up my long-time office job. This could be a good change, though. I'm going to attempt a career as a freelancer working from home. I've been picking up small jobs on the side to get the ball rolling. At first, I stuck to the same type of book layout work I currently do in the office, but it has taken a pleasant turn into freelance illustration as well. On a whim, I started applying to some jobs creating designs for adult coloring and have already been hired onto a few projects. So it looks like I'll be able to start making a living doing more of the things I love. Most importantly, though, freelancing will allow me to stay home with my baby. Well, babies. Oh yeah, did I not mention that I'm pregnant again?! So there's THAT too.




I'm not the only one having a big year. My sister Shannon will be getting married in August, and I had the pleasure of helping out with her bridal shower this past weekend. It was a perfect day to celebrate outdoors with family and friends. My mom created a beautiful setup with fresh flowers and a yogurt and muffin bar. I was in charge of the game prizes, favors, and activities. I got my craft on, creating some tissue paper flowers with candy inside for the favors. I also put up a photo booth area, complete with cheesy props. It was a fun little party.

The bridal shower setup


Game prizes and party favors


The bride




Sisters


My silly aunts




Adelaide had fun in the photo booth, too!


I won't lie—this past month has been a stressful one, but I have had some beautiful moments as well. This summer is going by so quickly already, and it's hardly even begun. I am grateful for these happy memories I am creating every day. I look forward to these changes coming up. For better or worse, it will definitely be an adventure!

Niki




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