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Me-Made-May 2016...I'm in!

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After years of watching on the sidelines, I think 2016 is the year that I participate in Me-Made-May! My plan is to wear at least one handmade item of clothing each day. It's a doable goal, as a majority of my favorite go-to tees are made by me! Plus, I have a few basics in the works thanks to The Creative Counselor's Back to Basics challenge (happening next week). I'm currently printing out four patterns and working on my plan!

My pledge is below. If you'd like to join, be sure to head over here and make your pledge!

I, Victoria, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '16. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade item of clothing each day for the duration of May 2016. I will document my journey on Instagram and do a weekly round-up on my blog, Very Blissful.

Hello, it's been awhile!

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I didn't post at all last month, BUT I have a great reason why...

Baby Grayson is here! Born exactly one week after my last post on Friday, February 26. He was a month early and the tiny turkey had to spend an extra two weeks in the hospital. All is well though and he's growing like a weed!

Needless to say, I've been a little busy and neglected my lovely little blog. The good news is that I'm finally feeling up to working on some outstanding sewing projects (I'm looking at you, February/March Minerva plans!) and starting my postpartum work wardrobe. Stay tuned!

Xo, Victoria

Friday Faves: Weekending and Warby Parker

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Long time, no blog! I'm excited to initiate what I hope will be a consistent series of posts where I share my favorite things of the moment. Today, it's my new weekend bag and my Warby Parker Home Try-On experience.

My mom got me this killer weekender from Sole Society for my birthday (last weekend--Valentine's Day baby over here!), and I LOVE it. I plan on using it as my hospital bag, which I need to start packing yesterday, but I figured I'd give it a trial run this weekend.

The best feature for me hands-down is the bottom compartment to fit extra stuff, like shoes! Using this bag also keeps me a little more accountable of what I pack since I'm a self-diagnosed over packer. 

As I'm getting ready to pack my hospital bag I know one thing I can't forget is my glasses, but I've had my current pair for awhile and could use and update. Enter Warby Parker's Home Try-On program!

My current pair of eyeglasses are from Warby Parker, and I really appreciate their easy to use website and options that they have, What I like most though is the Try-On program. You pick five pairs of glasses or sunglasses that you'd like to test out and they'll send them right to your door--for free! No uploading a picture to a website and guessing if they'll look good on you. 

I chose three pairs of eyeglass frames and two pairs of sunglasses to try, and I really liked them all. It will be a hard decision to make after I get my new prescription!

What are your Friday Faves going into the weekend? // Victoria


Sunday Lately: Planning, Loving, Reading, Wishing, Feeling

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Another week, another Sunday Lately post! This week's theme is planning, loving, reading, wishing and feeling.

I'm finalizing the last few parts of a free crochet headband pattern that I'm planning to post this week. I've been wanting to share it for months, and now that the weather is finally colder (and snowier!) it's the perfect time.

Have you seen the pilot for Home Town on HGTV? I am loving how the network is getting "more real" with their shows and hosts. I loooooove Fixer Upper, and this new show is very similar. Definitely check it out if you're into that kind of TV. 

Colette Patterns just debuted The Colette Book Club, and I just started reading the first book for the upcoming discussion that starts February 15. I'm only a few pages into The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow, but I'm excited to get through my first read of 2016!

I'm wishing it were Tuesday because we're thinking about visiting Ikea to pick up a new desk and the nursery furniture! Once that is done I feel like we will officially be in baby-preparing mode.

It's the start of a new week, and I'm feeling good about preparing for it and getting things done. The next two weekends are full of fun, but we'll be busy so I need to get stuff done during the week as opposed to my usual weekend plans.

I'm off to test a pattern (blogging soon)! What are you up to on this Sunday?//Victoria

Maternity Sewing | Simplicity 1360

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I'm officially into my third trimester (WHAT?!) and I'm starting to think about what I'll wear post-partum. BUT I was so excited to discover that Minerva had a really great selection of maternity patterns available on their website, and when I was choosing my January kit I knew I had to utilize one. I set my sights on Simplicity 1360 and did not look back. I'm pretty happy with the result!

The fabric I used was a thick black stretch jersey that is really lovely to sew with. I might hem the dress another 1/2 inch or so--it is a smidge longer than I'd like it to be.

Check out all my thoughts on the dress and what I changed construction wise over on the Minerva Blogger Network! Thanks to Minerva Crafts for the lovely jersey and pattern.

This late-night post is brought to you by procrastination and the fact that I wanted to post this before another Sunday Lately post. These pictures were taken about two weeks ago before the great Winter Storm of 2016. 

Now it's on to post-baby wardrobe planning. Eeek!// Victoria