Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Meet the Designer: Bethany from I Married Superman

You guys! It's still hard for me to believe that I get to participate in Project Run & Play! I'm pinching myself (not literally you understand, because obvs that would hurt.) It's just that I sort of feel like that one friend your Mom made you invite to the party, but regardless of whatever miracle got me here, you better believe I am so tickled about it! :)

So let's get right to this meet and greet! My name is Bethany and I blog over at imarriedsuperman.com I live deep in Idaho country with my own personal Superman and our 6 kids. My husband, Jonathon and I had 6 kids in 6 years, so life for us is all kinds of crazy, but it's a happy chaos that I wouldn't trade for all the full nights of sleep in the world. If I'm going to be completely honest, I don't blog as often as I'd like to because well, life. My blog isn't a business because life is a whirlwind, so for now, it's just a fun little outlet. I'm a major introvert, so I'm thankful for things like social media that have enabled me to connect and rub "virtual shoulders" with so many awesome people!

I've been sewing since my mom taught me how to make beanbags when I was a little girl. I went to sewing camp (#nerd) and took sewing lessons from a sweet neighbor until I hit my rebellious teenage years and I was like "Sew my own clothes? Ew." (I still secretly drew and designed outfits in my spare time in high school, but you better not tell the cool kids at my lunch table ;) My love for sewing was rekindled when my oldest daughter was born and I finished college. And I've spent the last few years trying to re-teach myself all the stuff that my previous 15-year-old-self tried so hard to squelch. I do have lots of other interests besides sewing. I am a jack of all trades, master of none kinda gal. I just wanna do all the things! Creating brings a powerful sense of satisfaction to me, even if it's just making a fun space for my kids to play in. All sewing and DIY aside, I will l say the things that bring me the most joy are my family, faith, and as long as we're doing alliterations here, I'm gonna go with food too. ;) Those things keep me happy no matter what. So excited to be here and I can't wait to see what all these rockstar competitors bring to the cutting table! :)

Monday, February 27, 2017

Meet the Designer: Bernadette from Duchess and Hare

Hi, I'm Bernadette, owner of Duchess & Hare.

So, a little about me.  First off, I'm not good at talking about myself.  I'm very bad at it in fact... I'll just tell you that I like to design, sew, and photograph the things I make.  I've been sewing since I was 12 which translates to more than 2/3 of my overall life because I've been alive for a while now.  I can remember cutting up socks to make dresses for my Barbies when I was little.  After that got boring (because there's only so many things a person can do with tube socks and scissors), I started using tissue paper and tape to make some pretty elaborate tutus for the My Little Ponies that shared a shelf with the Barbies.  Even before that started, I was drawing and making collages.  I've always been a crafter, probably as long I've been able to use scissors.

When I'm not crafting, I'm usually found playing video games or reading fantasy novels, or watching bad science fiction movies.  I really can't get enough of it.  I love to lose myself in the different worlds of the books and movies.  I am also a mother of 4.  My boys are 19, 17, and 15, and my daughter is 7.

Words really can't express to you how excited I am to be here.  I've been following Project Run and Play since the very first season and have dreamed of being a contestant since then.  Thank you all for voting me in this season and making my dream come true!
Friday, February 24, 2017

Meet the Designer: Lisa from Sew What You Love

Hello Project Run & Play! I'm Lisa, the woman behind @sewwhatyoulove. I live in Switzerland and am a mom to 2 little ladies and wife to one very supportive husband. I finished architecture school, worked as an project manager and took a Wilton Master Course in Cake Decoration ;o) before I started sewing on a regular basis in 2012 after the birth of my first daughter. We were living in the Mid West of the US (Kansas City) at that time and I was lucky enough to join a sewing circle. I was mainly sewing clothes for my daughter but picked up quilting through a girl at that sewing circle. Now I try to sew in every free minute I get (and yes I do choose sewing over household chores :o)). 
I’m really excited to be a part of Season 13 and can't wait to see what everyone produces. 
Here’s to a great season for all of us! 
Xo, Lisa

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Meet the Designer: Cassy from Pear Berry Lane

Hi there! I'm Cassy of Pear Berry Lane blog.  I'm so excited to be joining in on this season with some fabulous creatives.  I've been sewing regularly for the last few years and have been blogging and gramming (follow me here on IG) my adventures in sewing for the last year and a half.  I have basically learned all my skills through pdf patterns.  I have a collection of designers I test for which has given me such great insight into the design side of the sewing world.  The experience in testing has been so beneficial in growing my skills.  Along with testing and blogging, I also do some work with Laela Jeyne Patterns supporting social media and promotions.  

I mostly sew for my three daughters, though some are more willing to model than others at times. No matter if you see one or all three on the blog, they sure do love to get new goodies hot off the machine.  This is probably my favorite part of sewing!  There is nothing more exciting than seeing my girls fall in love with something I've made them.

Aside from my blogging hobby, I'm a full time middle school math teacher.  My husband does a great job handling my late nights grading and last minute photo shoots that pop up so that I can enjoy doing something I love along side my "real job."  If I ever had the opportunity to sew as my career I would be all over it in an instant.  Thanks again for the opportunity to experience Project Run and Play as a contestant.  I'm excited to see what is ahead!

Happy Sewing!
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Meet the Designer: Lindsay from PA Country Crafts

Hi, there! I am sooooooo excited to be a part of Project Run and Play!!! (If you don't believe me just ask my friends and family... and the fashionable stranger in the store who helped me to match colors.)  


My name is Lindsay and I am a wife and momma to six: five girls and their very outnumbered big brother. We live on a little farmette in the countryside of Pennsylvania, but people who actually live in this state often call it PA (pronounced one letter at a time). I started out with an Etsy shop selling ornaments and baskets, which led to a blog- PA Country Crafts. I have a teaching certificate in Chemistry, but I am staying home with the kiddos until they are a little older. It was actually Chemistry that drove me to sewing. After a particularly hard semester of college, I sold back all of my textbooks for the pitiful amount they would give me and went straight to the store to buy the only machine I could afford. That summer I taught myself to sew and quilt as a way to recuperate. (Sewing is like therapy for me.) My mother-in-law used to make Easter dresses for her girls and I thought that was a great tradition. I just never dreamed that I would be sewing FIVE Easter dresses each year! I like to draft my own patterns based on measurements (I love math!) and the girls' ridiculous requests. Also, I am usually sewing on a tight budget, so I have to get creative about my fabric sources and make do with what I already have. I am honored to be one of the designers for Season 13 and I am have some things planned that are really going to challenge my sewing skills and creativity. This is a fantastic group of ladies and I can't wait to see what everyone makes!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Meet The Designer: Shelly from Coral + Co

HI I'm Shelly.  I share all of my sewing adventures at Coral + Co.  Mostly I sew for my two girls Ava and McKenna, but I also like to quilt and make other pretty things. I started sewing when I was six years old making my first pair of barbie pants.  As a kid I was given an old sewing machine and I would make doll clothes using scraps of fabric I had been given. After my girls were born, I fell in love with sewing all over again.  I grew up in Sonoma, California located about an hour north of San Francisco  My family and I now live on an Island in South East Georgia, which is totally beautiful, but the humidy (ugh).  We pretty much don't come outside during the summer except to swim.  

Some of my favorite things are flowers, polka dots, and stripes and my favorite colors are aqua and pink.  I daydream about my next sewing project, love vintage patterns, drool over fabric, and I can't live without coffee. Bright colors make me happy, I love sunshine am super lucky to live near the beach and go as often as I can. I am super excited to be a contestant in this seasons Project Run and Play and can't wait to see what amazing clothing my fellow designers make!
Friday, February 17, 2017

Sponsor Spotlight: Cali Fabrics

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to another one of our fabulous sponsors: Cali Fabrics.
All 4 weekly lucky link-up winners will receive $25.00 to spend at this online fabric store! 

Cali Fabrics offers a wide variety of fabrics ranging from Burlap to Upholstery fabrics, from beautiful Brocades to delicate Lace and Netting. Seriously, a nice selection.
Here's a little inspiration for the upcoming themes.

So if you haven't checked out Cali Fabrics hop on over now. While you are there, you can also check out their fun Blog as well. 
And if you would like even more of this fab shop, you can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
We are thrilled to have Cali Fabrics sponsoring Project Run and Play this Season!

Also, don't forget the pre-season giveaway and enter it here.