Monday, June 18, 2018

What I'm Listening To: Michael Schulte 'You Let Me Walk Alone' from Eurovision 2018

Today I'm sharing another Eurovision 2018 song contender. Michael Shulte represented Germany with his heartfelt song about the loss of his father called 'You Let Me Walk Alone' which ended up in 4th place this year. Check out his performance below and try not to shed too many tears.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Estelle Jacket

If you saw my Me Made May 2018 posts, you'll know that I signed up for the Sew My Style sewing challenge hosted by Jessica Lorraine. Each month participants are provided with a discount code for a sewing pattern to sew during that month and then participants share their makes on social media at the end of the month in order to enter to win fabulous prizes.



I ended up skipping the January pattern, the Sunny Dress/ Top, after several participants commented about their struggles with fitting, so I was eager to start off this challenge by making one of the February patterns. I chose the Estelle Ponte Jacket by Style Arc Patterns because I wanted a casual, long jacket and others had said this was a very easy make. I found some reversible distressed stripe Ponte fabric on Stylemaker Fabrics and fell in love! 


The Estelle Jacket was indeed a very easy make. There aren't a lot of instructions for this jacket, but if you're a proficient sewist, you probably can wing it. Since I'm a beginner I followed along with the Maddie Made This sewalong and whipped up this jacket in just a few short hours.


I love this jacket and get complements on it all the time! I highly recommend this pattern and would love to make another sometime down the road. How cute would this be in an ice blue or millennial pink!?

Monday, June 11, 2018

What I'm Listening To: Mikolos Josef 'Lie to Me' from Eurovision 2018

Today I thought I'd share my contender for the most classic Eurovision song of 2018- 'Lie to Me' by Mikolos Josef from the Czech Republic. The song seems to combine elements of swing, dance and hip hop in a combination that will make you go "huh?" with dance moves that'll make you go...


Check out the Grand Finale performance of 'Lie to Me' below.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Me Made May 2018 Recap

May 2018 is officially in the books which means Me Made May is over! 👏 
                          How'd I do? 🙈 
                                                   What did I learn? 🤓 
                                                                                   What did I make? 😎

Reflections: 
  • While I've been a beginner sewist on-and-off for the past 10 years and am a fairly proficient and prolific knitter & crocheter, I tend to put my makes on a pedestal and hide them away after I make them so they won't get dirty or ruined. Participating in Me Made May helped motivate me to take these items out of my closet and show them off a bit.
  •  Perhaps vowing to wear a Me Made everyday was a bit overly ambitious given that most of my closet is Ready to Wear. I found myself more motivated to put on a Me Made on days that I was working or running errands, and more challenging on days when I stayed indoors- perhaps I need more me made lounge wear in my closet.
  • My most worn pieces were my Featherweight cardigan and my Estelle Cardigan because they were easy to chuck on.
  • At first getting my husband to help me take outfit photos was fun, but it quickly became tedious and more challenging as the days went on.
  • I am lacking in Me Made pants and shorts and I could use some more light weight, warm weather clothes for warmer days.

My Me Mades:

  1. Myrna Cardigan by Andi Satterlund. The yarn is Native Yarns BFL Orford. I knitted this as part of a knitting and stitching along done collaboratively with Andi Satterlund and Lladybird.
  2. Estelle Cardigan by Style Arc Patterns. This was the February Sew My Style Pattern. Fabric from Style maker fabrics.
  3. Hand painted space shoes. I made these on a whim in the early 2010s.
  4. Plantain Tee pattern by Deer and Doe Patterns. The pineapple fabric came from Girl Charlie
  5. Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig. Knit in Malabrigo Yarn Lace.
  6. Another Plaintain Tee in Girl Charlie Fabric.
  7. The Kalle Shirt by Closet Case Patterns. Fabric from Fabric.com


  1. The Kalle Shirt by Closet Case Patterns. Tencel fabric from Style Maker Fabrics
  2. Salal cardigan by Andi Satterlund. Yarn is Cascade 220 in the Heather Teal colorway
  3. Shear kimono. I used a free kimono template from the internet.
  4. Brigitte Scarf by Tilly and the Buttons. I used Marimekko fabric that I got in Finland.
  5. New Look vest pattern. I sewed this up with my mother-in-law several years ago, using fabric in her stash.
Overall it seems like my main focus will be on making warm weather clothes for spring and summer. Did you participate in Me Made May this year? Do you have any summer pattern recommendations? Let me know in the comments below.

Monday, June 4, 2018

What I'm Listening To: SuRie 'Storm' from Eurovision 2018

One of the things I miss most about living in Europe is watching Eurovision, a Europe-wide song competition pitting acts representing each country against one another to determine which has the best song and performance. This competition helped launch ABBA, but these days it's more famous for it's more wacky performances like acts featuring Babushka women baking bread. 

This year the United Kingdom seemed like it had a viable contender to the song competition with SuRie and her song "Storm". However, her final performance was interrupted by a 'stage invader' (around the 1:40 mark) and while she was able to carry on, she didn't get the votes she needed to win this year. Check out SuRie and the song "Storm" from Eurovision below.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

What's Making Me Laugh: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4



If you subscribe to Netflix and have browsed the new releases lately, you'll have noticed that the Netflix original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has debuted its 4th and final season ( 😢) and it is not to be missed! In this season we find Kimmy working at her new job at Giztoob, Titus Andromedon working on his acting career, and a True Crime parody featuring The Reverend ( Jon Hamm) that is comedy gold!


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Me Made May 2018: Week 1

In my Best of 2017 post I pledged to dust off my sewing machine and sew something in 2018. In order to help jump-start my sewing goal into action, I signed up for two sewing challenges: Sew My Style 2018 and Me Made May 2018

The Sew My Style Challenge started in 2017 and this year it's hosted by Jessica Lorraine. Participants sign up on a free email list and receive a discount code for the sew-along pattern of the month. Participants are to sew the pattern using fabric and modifications of their choosing and post photos of their makes on the Sew My Style Facebook Page by the end of the month in order to qualify for a prize drawing. While I've stitched up 2 out of the 5 patterns so far, I have yet to sew up a pattern by the deadline!

Me Made May is a challenge by Zoe of the SoZo blog that started in 2010 which encourages participants who make their own clothes to get better acquainted with their makes by wearing something handmade everyday in May. Some people add extra challenges for themselves such as only wearing sustainable/ organic fabrics. This is my first time attempting Me Made May because I've always felt like I don't have enough me-mades to last a whole month. 

So far I've made it through the first week of Me Made May. Here's what I wore:


  1. Myrna Cardigan by Andi Satterlund. The yarn is Native Yarns BFL Orford. I knitted this as part of a knitting and stitching along done collaboratively with Andi Satterlund and Lladybird.
  2. Estelle Cardigan by Style Arc Patterns. This was the February Sew My Style Pattern. Fabric from Style maker fabrics.
  3. Hand painted space shoes. I made these on a whim in the early 2010s.
  4. Plantain Tee pattern by Deer and Doe Patterns. The pineapple fabric came from Girl Charlie
  5. Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig. Knit in Malabrigo Yarn Lace.
  6. Another Plaintain Tee in Girl Charlie Fabric.
  7. The Kalle Shirt by Closet Case Patterns. Fabric from Fabric.com

Monday, April 30, 2018

What I'm Listening To: The Aces- Volcanic Love

Dear The Aces,

You had me with your Heathers film references! 

Love,

        Sarah O.

P.S. I told all of my friends to check out your video for the song, Volcanic Love, because the sets are amazing!


Monday, April 23, 2018

What I'm Listening To: Sunflower Bean- I was a Fool

Hi friends! Ever wonder what it would be like if a modern day Bob Dylan and Debbie Harry rocked out at your 80's themed prom night? Well then check out this video for 'I was a Fool' by Sunflower Bean, cause it's right up your alley.


Monday, April 16, 2018

What I'm Listening To: Mamamoo- Starry Night

This week I've been listening to the kpop group, Mamamoo (mostly because they're name is so much fun to say). The backdrops for the video for "Starry Night" are stunning! Plus, you'll earn 10 points if you can name the song they borrowed that hook from!  *Note: no actual points will be dished out.* 


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