Good morning! You may have noticed my missing posts on Friday. I’ll explain. We had dear, dear friends come visit for the night on their way to Jamaica, and I spent the morning straightening up. While doing so, I realized I had better spend the entire day straightening up because the house was in such a state of disgust-o. But I missed you terribly.

So today I have big plans to post lots and lots of cool things so that I can get back into your good graces — plus I’ll announce 5 winners for the Blurb Giveaway. Yay!

Let me start by sharing this fantastic site where you can find simple, contemporary patterns for children’s clothing. It’s called Oliver + S and the patterns are designed by the talented Liesl Gibson. Although modeled by adorable paper dolls, these patterns are indeed very real and, I’ve been assured, will allow even not-very-good-sewers (that would be me) to whip up something darling for the kiddies.

Extra fun: while you’re busy at the sewing machine, your little ones can keep themselves busy with the actual paper dolls included with every order.

By the way, we loved having Wes and Em come to visit. We could talk with them forever.