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So I saw this dress on a blog a while back. It is the SUPER cute Mclain Tunic Dress from Devon Baer. She has her own website and is on Etsy with gorgeous dresses, tops, accessories, etc.

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If I could afford it I’d be ALL OVER her stuff, but unfortunately $250 for this dress was just a little (ha) outside my price range. But I had recently made a dress with a similar cut and knew JoAnn’s had a Lisette fabric that looked a lot like it. Thus, my first attempt at a knockoff professionally inspired recreation was born.

The results:

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I wore the dress Saturday to the “Taste of the Garden” event at Elkhart’s Wellfield Botanical Garden. The gardens are just spectacular and one of our family’s favorite places to take a walk. It’s become a tradition now for my mom, grandma (right) and younger cousin (right) to go to this event together each year.

Sidenote: I LOOK SO TALL IN THIS PICTURE! Fact: I’m 5’2″. My cousin just happens to be TINY (she’s almost 16!) and Nana shrunk down below 5′ years ago so they are two of my favorite people to photographed with. Seriously, this NEVER happens.

Back to the dress: I stayed up all night Friday finishing this dress so I could wear it to the garden Saturday. So do you think there was anyway I’d change into something else when I realized temperatures were going to top 90 that afternoon? Of course not. It was definitely too hot for a longish sleeve twill dress, but I’m so thrilled with how it turned out. It got a ton of compliments and I even heard a few people saying things about it as we walked around  – kind of a statement piece I suppose but I think I can still throw a jacket over it and get away with it at work.

I honestly love this dress and love the Lisette pattern (the Diplomat dress). I’ve made it twice now, the first time from this great nautical quilting cotton on sale at Crimson Tate (the BEST fabric shop I’ve been to, though they only carry cottons). This time I tapered in the skirt some, so instead of continuing out from the hip its more straight. I like the shape better on me and its more true to the McLain tunic dress I was copying  inspired by.

 

Here are closer front and back views, though you’ll have to forgive the heinous wrinkling. This is post-90 degree three-hour jaunt through the park and pre-wash and iron.

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The front is two pieces instead of one like the Devon Baer dress, but that doesn’t bother me at all. I also went without the collar, but I didn’t want to mess up what was shaping up to be a great dress by trying to draft my own collar. Maybe I’ll give that a go next time, as I’ll definitely be making this again. I actually bought the same fabric in yellow, though it might be a bit extreme to have two of the same dress in the same fabric… We’ll see!

 

Have you ever tried to recreate an item you’ve seen before? How did it work out?

Just call me Ken Perenyi!

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Weekly Pin Win

Good morning all! I was having trouble getting to sleep tonight, so instead of tossing about in bed I figured catching up on my blogging was a better use of this new found time than most. It’s giving me a chance to get up a post I’ve been meaning to do for some time now.

I’m starting a weekly feature called “Weekly Pin Win,” in which I will attempt something that I have pinned on Pinterest and show the results here. As you can probably guess based off the title of this post, I’m hoping most of these will go well.

OH, and the name is totally up for discussion. It was really this first thing I could come up with (it is 5 am and I haven’t slept yet afterall) but I’m totally open to suggestions.

I’m just hoping that a weekly feature will encourage me to try some of the cool things I’m constantly pinning. So each week I will pick one, link to the pin and then show my attempt at it. The types of pins will vary  from crafts, to hair to recipes to sewing. This first one is kind of cheating since this is actually the second time I’ve done this project and blogged about it, but I didn’t include the original pin before.

Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/35325178297484679/

Results:

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Ta-da! This pin is just as easy and cute and it looks and sounds. You simply take two old dishes and a candlestick holder – I thrifted mine from Goodwill – and glue them together. The pin suggests using craft glue made for ceramics, but I honestly just used some dollar store craft glue and it worked great. Just be sure and give everything a good 24 hours to dry and set. This one is smaller than the one I made previously. A shorter candlestick holder is placed between a salad plate and a saucer. It’s a super easy, super cute project that is also an attractive, space-saving storage item. I’m not sure where this guy will go yet – the show on here is clearly just for show – but I’m excited about it and will probably make more. My mom has already requested one 🙂

Has anyone else begun to tackle the Pinterest projects they’ve fallen in love with? Please share some that have (or haven’t) worked out for you!

This also gives me a chance to show off my latest Etsy creation!

This adorable wristlet is actually a phone case and wallet folded up into one. I was gifted something similar last year (and LOVE it) but they are waaaaay expensive. I made this (and am now selling it) for a fraction of the normally $80+ price tag and it’s just as cute and functional, I think. There are card slots and pockets for cash and whatnot on one side and then the other is for your phone (this one is made for the iPhone). Two elastic bands keep the phone in place and allow you full access to the touch screen and buttons without having to take it out. Handy, right?!

I’d love for you all to head on over to my shop and check it out!

And please feel free to follow me on both Etsy and Pinterest!

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Crafty@Night is coming to a store new you…

…if you happen to live in or around Elkhart, Ind., that is.

That’s right! The Crafty@Night wallets and keychains will be sold at Innovations Hair Design in Elkhart starting tomorrow! I’m excited and nervous but we’ll just have to see how it goes.

Here’s a peek at the display I made for the items:

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As you can see, my collection of both wallets and keychains has grown considerably…

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Making the stand was actually incredibly easy. I found the idea on Pinterest (of course) but the original post is from Better Homes and Garden.

Just got to your local thrift or antique store and pick out a dinner plate, candlestick holder and either a salad plate or shallow bowl. I found a these two matching dishes and a TON of other pretty items at Goodwill for hella cheap.

Then, just glue them together! I used a dollar store craft glue and it worked beautifully. Just make sure and give it a good 24 hours to dry. For a grand total of less than $5, I think it’s pretty darn cute. This one will sit in the salon as the display for my items, but I’ll be making another for my apartment. I think it’ll be great jewelry, knick-knack or bathroom storage.

I’m itching for more ideas, so what are some of the clever Pinterest projects you have found?!

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

So Francis and I are finally getting settled in from the move! He loves the new place because there’s SO much more space for him to roll around (he even has his own room!) and I love the new place because there’s so much more space for me to roll around! Ok, I don’t really roll around but coming from a studio to an apartment with doors and actual rooms and closets is pretty sweet.

But the best part: I have a sewing room! I no longer have to hunch over my coffee to work and I don’t even have to move all my furniture to lay out fabric larger than 1 yard. It’s really quite exciting.

That, combined with some new tools…

…got me all sorts of energized to get back to sewing. So sew I did for nights and nights, until I finally had enough completed projects to…

OPEN MY ETSY SHOP!

I’m so very excited about this.

The whole thing was born from the wallet I made my mom for Mother’s Day. She couldn’t stop raving about it and when she started showing it to her clients, neither could they. She suggested I make a few more and put them up for sale in the salon – which will start next week!

But it also got me thinking about Etsy and ways that I can help supplement my modest income…

-I’ll get real with you all for a minute –

I love my job.

I absolutely love it. I am a reporter at a daily community newspaper. It’s crazy; it’s stressful but it’s also wonderful. Every single day is different. Some days go exactly as planned and other days you’re rushing out early from an interview with the Lieutenant Governor of Indiana at a hog farm to a house fire and hugging a grieving mother who’s watching everything her family owns burn in front of her. I meet amazing people, learn something new every day.

Most importantly though, this job is literally a dream coming true. I decided I wanted to be a journalist when I was 12 years old; I even wrote my seventh grade final paper on it. So for the next 10 years I did everything I could to make that happen. I worked incredibly hard in high school to get into an outstanding journalism program. When I entered that program at Butler University, I took advantage of every single opportunity I could. I completed four internships and held three different positions on the school paper, including editor-in-chief my senior year. Then during finals week last May, I interviewed at the Greenfield Daily Reporter and was offered a job as a staff writer.

So here I am, loving every second of it and being so very grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve been afforded to get here. Some days I still can’t believe I get to do exactly what I want for a living.

But my love for journalism and my job has nothing to do with the money. I knew it would pay poorly going into and that was just fine with me. It still is.

But if there is a way to turn another one of my passions – sewing – into a way to a) be self-sustaining (it’s not a cheap hobby, am I right?) and b) afford a little extra income that will allow me to take some of the financial burden of my schooling off of my parents, then I’m going to do everything I can to make that happen too.

-So excuse all my realness if that’s not your thang-

Back to the sewing:

Check out my shop: Crafty@Night on Etsy.

Here’s just a taste:

And get excited for more sewing projects to come – both are clothing! Here’s a sneak peek of two: The first I just finished but cannot fully reveal until after Father’s Day. The second is still in the works!

Pour mon pere:

New fashion project, in the works:

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