Last weekend we celebrated my son's 6th birthday party. At first he wanted a Tom and Jerry Party but he changed his mind to Transformers. Yup, boys can be indecisive as well.

Optimus Prime


Ah, the versatility of cardboard boxes.
 I had plan to make a Bumblee one (as you can see in the pic below) but he wasn't cooperating. 

My sister in law made the letters and logo for the signs. As well as the cups and plates. 


The cups were also the Thank You gifts. I prefer to give Thank you gifts that could be used again rather than a bag full of stuff the children (Or parents. Especially parents) don't need. 
Simple cake with some bunting. 
Simple cake with bunting and my sister's head. ;-) 

Sporting Bumblebee on the shirt. 

I asked Jellykoe to create this illustration and used it as part of the party's decor. It now hangs in the boys' room. 

The most eventful part of the party was the Birthday Boy losing his first tooth!






Transformers Party

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I've mixed patterns in the past befrore but I really need to do it more often. I wore this last night to Fig's Spring Issue Launch Party:

(With my sister)

Top: Thrifted Sisters 
Shorts: Thrifted

  The latest issue is the Happiness Issue. 


Hmmm...I've realized I prefer photos with my glasses ON. It use to be the opposite. 

And I might be a bit biased ;-) but this is their best cover to date! 





Mixing Patterns

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I've always been a fan of wide leg pants/bell bottoms/flares. As soon as I got this fabric I knew I would be making pants out of them.










Close up.

Shrimp and Grits.

Pants: Made by me (fabric from Butterfly Vintage) 

Wide Leg Pants

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I've been trying to add more color into my wardrobe because I tend to stick to black. A few weeks ago I participated in Fig Columbia's happiness photo shoot.  I wore a pair of wide leg pants (my new obsession) and paired it with a turquoise top.



Top: Thrifted (from Thrifted Sisters)
Pants: Made by me


Not shown in this photo: my two sons who refused to move out of the way. They've never met a camera they didn't like!

Colorful

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Last year was the beginning of conquering my fears and just doing the damn thing. I created Gather and Craft, a idea which had been dancing in my mind for quite some time and has been perceived well. Now, I am putting myself out there even more by selling the things I make. Introducing...Sebastian Harper.

Sebastian Harper will consists of handmade items (made by yours truly) which will be created by using my favorite skills: crocheting, knitting, and sewing. 





In December, I participated in a pop up shop hosted by Chrissy of Hippy Do-Da Creations. I was completely freaking out, I couldn't tell you much about what happened in December because I was just trying to make make MAKE. 

I did waaaay better than I expected; giving me the push I need to put myself out there even more. It's hard to put yourself out there for public consumption. People are mean. Hell, I'm mean (sometimes)! 

I will continue to expand and bring more ideas of what I want to make to fruition. Such as clothing. When I introduce that part, I want to make the items are as one of a kind as possible. So I'll be sourcing vintage fabric. Luckily for me, I know some great vintage sellers! 

Speaking of, one of my favorite vintage sellers, Butterfly Vintage, asked if I wanted to share a spot with her at Soda City one weekend. For those of you who may not know, Soda City is the local market that happens weekly (every Saturday) on the blocks of Main Street. From clothes, purses, jewelry to fresh produce, honey, and cheese, you can literally do your whole shopping for the week down there. Plus, you're supporting small, locally owned businesses. 

Without putting much thought into it I told her I would do it. Then I started to freak out. I have been to Soda City as a shopper but to vend? That's a whole new ballgame. And to be quite honest, the insecure highschooler comes out and I don't feel like I'm "cool enough" to be down there. I started to question myself and wonder if my stuff was good enough for anyone to want to buy. 

Welp, the day came (this past Saturday) and I woke up two hours before my alarm (major nerves). First, any nerves I had was completely killed when I stepped outside and felt how damn cold it was! With my goal now focused on staying warm, I packed up my car and made my way downtown. Through number fingers and toes (and face and legs and everything else) we got our spot set up. 



Slowly but surely the crowd came and the sun started to shine. 



And guess what? I SOLD THINGS! People liked my stuff! And that felt good. You know what else felt good? Surrounding yourself with like people who are sharing what they love with the world. 

I wanted my stuff to look as professional as possible (i.e. budget friendly for me)


Kraft paper, Microsoft Word, my parents' printer, some twine, and my tags were made. 


Despite the force of a very strong wind, it was a great day. I will definitely do it again (and again).









Sebastian Harper

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