Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Meet the Designers: Caila from Caila Made

Hi everyone! I'm Caila from CailaMade and I'm so happy to be here today! I've been following Project Run and Play since the very first season, so you can imagine how exciting this is for me.

Now, for some specifics. I'm a 32- year old mamma to three little blonds who like to make my life a wonderful chaos. They all have HUGE personalities (just like their momma) and talk really loud so our house is always full of noise, and singing, and thankfully, a lot of joy. Hudson is six, Abby is three and a half, and Stryder (my baby) is almost two years old.

I started sewing back in 2009 when I was pregnant with my daughter, Abby, and we thought there might be a defect in her heart. It took awhile before we could get answers from a specialist and in the meantime I was going crazy over thinking everything. You know how fear is. It gets ahold of you and won't let go unless you replace it with something else. I replaced it with sewing, which to me represented HOPE. I pulled out my mom's old sewing machine, read some blogs, and started sewing like crazy for that little girl's life. She was going to be okay, and by golly, she would also have some really cute bedding.

After all that fuss, we learned there was nothing wrong with Abby's heart and life moved forward with two new dreams: my daughter, and sewing. I've been creating clothing for all three of my kids ever since and I get a particular joy out of sewing summer dresses and boy shorts. I love bright colors, sunshine, print mixing, and color blocking, among other things. I also really, really, love making patterns and teaching people how to sew.

Blogging became a part of my life a couple of years ago while my husband was in Nursing school and I needed something to do in the evenings. I wanted an outlet for my creative energies (I'm a writer by trade) and a way to participate in the wonderful creative community I had watched grow on the Internet. Plus, sewing bloggers had given me a lifeline during those months of fear by teaching me how to sew and I wanted to return the favor. CailaMade was born, a place where I share the items I am creating and the life I am making.

I can't wait for this season of Project Run & Play to start! These kinds of sewing competitions always stretch me in ways I don't anticipate and bring new friendships into my life. If you'd like to see more of what I've sewn, please visit my blog CailaMade. I believe it's a bright and happy place with lots of inspiration. It's pretty much summer year-round where I live in Southern California, so that's how I sew. I like to post summer tutorials in the winter, and use bright colors all year round. If you need a sunny, happy fix during a particularly gray winter day, head my way! I hope to get to know many of you during this season. Thanks for reading!

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    1. Oh, Mie, thank you! I just finished reading your (I'm behind on my reading lately) and was blown away. You have such an interesting story and, ohmigoodness, I can't believe I'm up against a pro seamstress in PRAP! ;) Eeek!

  2. I have to admit its pretty surreal participating in Project Run and Play the same season as you. I have been a fan/reader almost right after I started my blog and started sewing last January. You have inspired me! :)

    1. Alexia, thank you! What an encouraging comment. I had no idea anyone was even reading my blog back then, haha. :) I'm so glad we are in PRAP together!

  3. Such an inspiring story Caila. And what an adorable family you have!

  4. A lovely introduction Caila! Good luck and happy sewing:))

  5. You just made everyone fall in love with you 10 times over! :)

  6. Looking forward to seeing your creations this season, Caila!!

  7. Lovely pictures :)
    Vintage Inspired Girls


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