Fabric bundle give-away

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My first give-away ever and for good reason.

I get so excited when I hear from friends that their little girls want to learn to sew! I was honored to teach a few of them myself but even if I can’t teach every single one of them I’d like to constribute one way or another to their creative journey.

Inspired by my daughter’s soccer buddy Alex who received a sewing machine from Santa last year I am offering my Facebook followers & friends the opportunity to win a fabric-scrap-bundle from YaseminTea today. This is a first for me. All you have to do is leave a comment below and tell me your crafty kids’ name and age! That’s it. I’ll randomly select a handful of names and mail out the bundles on Wednesday. By the end of the week your crafty kid can start cutting, pinning, sewing away!

I prepared the bundle above for little Alex. Can’t wait to see what she’ ll make from these. Your bundle will be very similar.

  • At least ten different fabric pieces from a 10″ square to much larger, some ribbon, a handful of pins and much more. There is even a little surprise for the lucky winners. So go ahead and leave a comment!
  • Give-away ends tonight!

Good luck!

Love,

Yasemin

P.S. Please note that I can only offer this give-away to folks with a US address. Otherwise, the shipping cost would be way too high. So sorry for this restriction.

Spring break 2014

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(wow, how time flies!)

What a nice week we had together. A break. A real break from getting up too early in the am, scheduling too meant things, homework, early bedtimes and rush rush rush…. And after an unusually long winter actual spring! After bear trees nowj finally blooming! Unlike other breaks and vacations I purposely did not plan any day trips. I realized that although we like to be out and about we spend disproportionately too much time in the car. That’s not very relaxing. Although the baby has a set nap time that is very important right now. Last time the kids were on break Stella was still taking two naps during the day. I’d let her nap en route one and plan to be home for the late afternoon one. But this one midday nap only schedule actually works much better for me. She goes down for the night by 8 pm with the other two.

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No more late night baby entertainment needed. I love that.

So this week we played by ear, stayed local, enjoyed lots of sunshine and really truly took a break.

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(Played at the park.)

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(We took this sweet bitty baby to Dallas for a make-over. We ended up having to hospitalize her!! She’s going to get a brand new set of curls just like she had when she first joined our family in 2010. )

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And talking about curls, Miss Seda got a make-over of her very own during the break.

Here she is on Tuesday:

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and below on Wednesday after an hour brushing and straightening and ‘de-volumenizing’!!

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Today my big kids are back to school and back to an already jammed packed week ahead. Soccer practice for one tonight and a game for the other late into the evening. And so it goes all the way until Sunday afternoon. Lots of soccer, birthday parties, a dinner party, and so on and so forth. For me that also means some sewing is in order. I am planning on sewing a skirt combo for our gracious dinner host’s daughter.  And a little something for my daughter’s little friend who celebrates her special day this Sunday.

During the break I was actually able to squeeze an hour or so of sewing here and there. The result, a finished baby quilt! It is so bright and happy and floral and SCREAMS spring! Ladies & gentlemen I proudly present my first FINISHED quilt ever!

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Spring Break Quilt, 2014

My inspiration was this gorgeous piece of  100%  Italian linen by Etro that my dear friend Elke sent me for my birthday.

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I couldn’t imagine cutting it up and ‘wasting’ even an inch of it. Instead I made a ueber-floral quilt top from fat quarters in my stash and cut and sewed and sandwiched and bound this beauty. I could not be happier with the way it looks and has been used already. It will always remind me of my dear Elke and her impeccable taste and appreciation of quality. I cant wait to show it to her this summer when we go back to Germany. Nothing else has gotten done in the sewing room other than planning of a couple of things I’d like to check of my list before the summer. Which reminds me that I still have to finish the post about ‘our big announcement’ that’s sitting in my draft folder. I am still contemplating on how to ‘break’ the news… 🙂 it’s all good though and possibly this week I’ll have a chance to finish typing that post and publishing it here and on facebook. What better way to tell your friends what’s going on in your life, right?

Anyway, I better get in the sewing room before my napper  little butterfly wakes up.

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Back to reality this week and I am loving it!

Happy spring everyone.

Love,

Yasemin

 

Dear Stella Elle

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You are 18 months old today! Not a baby anymore :-/ You are quickly becoming a big kid 🙁 I really really have been enjoying having you in my life with your long eyelashes, your chubby legs and soft baby skin. You are the most lovable, huggable baby – ever. At 18 months you are:

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  • Feeding yourself like a pro! Even soup!!
  • You hold a crayon like a Kindergartener and scribble all day – unfortunately not only on paper. 🙂 A couple of walls have been graced with your signature scribbles, too. Oh well! They were pretty boring anyway.
  • You don’t mind long car rides anymore. Especially with the radio on. You recognize all of the latest hit songs. Your favorite: Pharrell’s ‘Hapi’!
  • You squeal and dance in your seat and say hapi hapi hapi… And mom, mom, mom, to make sure I know that your favorite music is playing.
  • The other thing that gets you squealing with delight everyday like clockwork is when your brother and sister get off the school bus. You are so happy to see them and EVERYBODY knows!
  • You call your brother ICE which he thinks is really cool!

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  • You can’t say Seda yet but sometimes call her mommy! 🙂

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  • You love love LOVE your bunny. His name is HASE (German for rabbit) which you say so well.

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  • Your favorite toy is whatever toy your big sister is playing with at the moment. You are very lucky that she doesn’t mind sharing at all. 
  • When you are home alone with me in the mornings you are really good at occupying yourself with your favorite baby animals touch &feel book or the doodle pro.

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  • You also love taking one of the dolls on a stroll.
  • Just when I take my eyes off of you, you start climbing on something: a chair, the window seat in brothers room or recently even brother’s bunk bed!!!! I know you feel so proud up there but mommy doesn’t like it one bit!

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  • The only other thing that mommy doesn’t appreciate is when you get a hold of her phone and FaceTime every single contact in her address book!!!! (some day I need to send a mass message letting everyone know it was YOU calling them and hanging up!!)
  • Daddy’s phone on the other hand, you call: ‘no no’ since that’s what he tells you when you reach for it.
  • With eighteen months you are one smart, fearless child! No seat belt can keep you restraint. not in the stroller or in a restaurant high chair or better yet in shopping carts. You figured those out long time ago!
  • You are a good eater. You’ll never say no to Kefir. you prefer salty snacks like pretzels over sweet ones like graham crackers. Some days you’ll eat the most exotic foods and every so often you are on a ‘grilled cheese sandwiches and pasta only’ diet.
  • You would never pass up fresh fruit. Berries are your favs.
  • You drink lots of water and really like fresh orange juice, too.
  • You HAVE TO have a sip of my decaf iced lattes and my hot tea every time. You don’t think coffee is yucky like your siblings did.
  • You also like chocolate. At Whole Foods you’ve sampled a tiny piece every time we are there.
  • What you still don’t like is when strangers come too close to you. you immediately point at me and say: ‘Mommy’ as if to make sure everyone knows you are with me!
  • At the park you love the  swing. You can swing for hours.

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  • Only if you spot a dog you’ll want to get out and follow him. DOGG DOGG DOGG you say chasing him.

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  • Mommy is still your favorite but daddy is really interesting. the moment you hear the door you make a happy dance! Every time! dad dad dad dad you chant although you used to call him Butch first. I think brother & sister are rubbing off on you.
  •  You love when daddy carries you around the house and let’s you close all the blinds.
  • Or when daddy plays ‘name-whatever-I-point-to-game’: head, eyes, nose, ears, mouth…
  • You are one snuggle bunny! We love when you cuddle with us and say: mom, anno. Or: ‘Dad, anno.’ (Translate: I love you!)
  • You understand both German & English.
  • At eighteen months you’ve outgrown three pairs of shoes.
  • To date you’ve never had a bottle of milk but you have yogurt with granola every day.
  • At eighteen months LIFE IS GOOD and you are LOVED more than you can imagine!

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Love,

Mom, Dad, Ice & Seda

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Photobook Mania

I just love those handy photo books large and small, with soft covers or hard ones, with 20 pages or 200 – I like them all. In fact, looking back I have ordered all variations of it online. My go-to place is Shutterfly. These books cost anywhere from $20 -$100. The set-up is pretty straight-forward and design options are great, too! The finished book looks so professional that everyone wonders who ‘designed’ them for us. 🙂 I’ve given photo books as gifts – especially to my mom – who doesn’t use a computer or a smart phone! Imagine that! All other close friends & family are online and get flooded with photos everyday. But my mom is old-school in this area. So every year I create a photobook of the highlights just for her. She loves them.

Recently I’ve purchased a Groupon for a 20-page photobook and knew just how I was going to use it…

Unlike all previous books this one was going to feature YaseminTea handmade items! All in one place, perfectly bound, with a padded glossy cover! Considering that the Groupon cost me $10 only I thought this was a great investment! I had an hour before the kids came home from school and 20 pages to fill! I browsed my online albums and selected 38 pictures that best represented me. A little cropping, a few captions later I had placed my order! Easy peezy! I’ve ordered on a Friday and received my book by the following Tuesday. I should mention that the shipping & handling is not included in the Groupon and actually cost me another $11.99. but once I held my book in my hands I knew it was worth the price. It beautifully summarizes my four-year journey of sewing children’s clothes. 

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(The glossy front cover featuring my new logo.)

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(Even the back is pretty – just like fabric. I’d like two yards of it please!)

It all started with skirts: Twirly, bouncy, mini, midi, and my daughters’ favorite maxi skirts!!

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I quickly added dresses to my second favorite thing to make for my girl(s). Especiallly the peasant style dress in all variations is one of my favorites to sew.

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Last year, I have added the padded zippered pouch. I have my own pattern that has a stand-up bottom. I’ve given these as gifts to teachers, girlfriends, neighbors etc. Some I stuffed with organic travel-sized cosmetics, others with a gift card.

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I made many little heart shaped and lavender filled sachets…

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… some home decor involving the ever-so-popular embroidery hoops… 🙂

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Oh, and there was Halloween & Pioneer Day at school to sew for.

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And lots & lots of doll clothes, quilts, and the Oliver+ S hair bow ties!

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Sewing has gotten even more fun ever since my littlest baby joined our family.  I get to make two of everything! That’s double the fun!

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Now this pretty book will join the many others on our coffee table.

Hope you are having many Kodak moments yourself!

Love,

Yasemin

Doll clothes hanger – DIY

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Last year, I made simple doll clothes hangers for my daughters birthday party. Each of her guests left with a one-of-a-kind doll outfit. I never thought to share how I made these simple doll clothes’ hangers. I’ve been making them for my daughters American Girl dolls for a while now. Recently, we have been invited to a lot of birthday parties and again I made handmade doll clothes with matching hanger. Several parents wanted to know where I had gotten them. So here you go, The Simple Doll Clothes’ Hanger DIY. And simple they are! Just look in your closet for those wire hangers from the dry cleaners – not the white ones for mens shirts but the ones for pants and sweaters etc.

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I love these. They don’t have sharp parts that could hurt a child or you as you are turning these simple adult-sized hangers into these cute ones.

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No, you won’t need any specialized-doll-clothes-hanger-tools, I promise. You can make these with your bare hands! 🙂 let’s get started:

First, remove the cardboard tube at the bottom (1). Put aside as we will need the tube later. Now start by bending one arm of the hanger inwards (2). Easy right?

(3) now bend the same side downwards to and repeat on opposite side (4).

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now you’ll need that cardboard tube from earlier. I cut mine in half with an old kitchen knife. Use any craft knife that you have handy. (5 & 6) now you can insert the half- tube back into those open ends at the bottom.

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You are done! But I like to tie a little ribbon around the neck of the hanger for the perfect finish.

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I always make a bunch of these to have on hand for my signature birthday gift set

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and my daughter’s doll has all her clothes hung up nicely on this cool display I purchased when a local children’s boutique sold their displays.

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It’s nice to have everything visible which just screams: come play with me! These clothes get played with more than other toys we store in baskets.

Happy bending!

Yasemin

february recap via instagram

Have you noticed too that a lot of people have migrated from Facebook to Instagram? Instagram is more personal and brief. Just the way I like it. No lengthy status updates, no news or other suggested pages I might like… instead pretty pictures with short captions that help me stay in touch with friends and a handful of or so other blogs that I enjoy following. Although the other day I ‘unfollowed’  two bloggers that were writing short story-like posts and posting several times a day! No, thank you! I wasn’t looking for another Facebook! Let’s keep it simple friends. Oh, by the way, you can find me as mosbyfamily on Instagram! 🙂 Here’s what I’ve posted there in February – an insta-recap if you will:

 The bargain of the month! I paid 50 cents for this gorgeous remnant at Wal-Mart! Score!!

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I turned it into this springy, rainbow skirt for my big girl!

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and still had left-over for a tiered skirt for my baby girl!

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We played lots of Basketball.

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And brought home the GOLD!

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This one has gotten all decked out for spring soccer.

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We celebrated a dear friend’s daughters birthday with a signature Yasemin Tea skirt-set!

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I’ve started this quilt top for Stella (coral & cream pinwheels!).

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Of course there was Valentine’s Day. And love was all around.

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At home with sweet Stella. And…

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…lots of love in the classroom.

I had a chance to spread my love for sewing by teaching Katy how to use a sewing machine!

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I think I am going to do this insta-recap-thing every month! Hope you enjoy,

Yasemin