Wild & Wanderful

Sunday Lately :: Week 82

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Sunday Lately is a weekly linkup hosted by the Blogger Tribe (which is being fearlessly lead by Angelica, Meaghan, Nicole, and myself. We e-hang out every Sunday, sharing a small glimpse into the last week of life in our own worlds. We'd love if you could join us!

This week's themes: Doing, Appreciating, Designing, Humming, Expecting.

Doing. Some planning for Louis' Harry Potter birthday party!  Finally!  I always start with designing his invitation, which helps set the mood for the rest of the decor.  So now that it's out of the way and being printed, I can get down to some real work.  Yay!

Appreciating. These long summer days, that don't involve camps or places to be.  It's been kinda nice to not have a schedule and for Louis to stay up late with us (and then he sleeps in a little bit on top of that each morning).  I know some people like to keep their kids on a strict schedule, but that's never been our thing.  Summer, especially, is a time to be a little helter skelter...because in just a few short weeks, we will be back into the swing of things with all-day school and we won't have as much flexibility to be a little irresponsible.

Designing. Christmas ornaments already!  WHAT?  I just had the random urge to do so and acted upon it.  We are going to be focusing mostly on wooden designs this year, but still do have some of the glitter ornaments from last year too.  It'll be super fun to play around with!

Humming. Fifth Harmony's "Work from Home".  And I hate it.  This is all JUDY and MEGAN's fault!  (Calling you out on here, ladies!, haha.)  It's this weird, catchy song.  That I can't quite figure out the meaning of.  I mean...are they really asking their significant others to quit their jobs so they can just be around them more?  How are you going to have money to live if no one has jobs?  Irresponsible thinking, Fifth Harmony.  And OH MY GOD the music video is so weird and hysterical.  You're welcome for introducing you to this mess if you haven't seen it before.

Expecting. To apologize a lot this week as I change around my vacation schedule.  I was CONVINCED that we were going on vacation with my husband's side of the family starting August 1.  Nope.  Not at all.  I'm an entire week early....so.....yeah.  Get it together, Katy.

Harry Potter Wall Art (Free Silhouette File!)

DIY Gifts + Decor, Silhouette FilesKaty McKinleyComment

The Harry Potter bug has hit our house (several years later than everyone else)!  While walking through JoAnn Fabrics the other day, Louis really wanted to buy this 15 x 30 canvas.  Like reeeeeeeally wanted it.  He had no plans, really.  Just wanted to make something Harry Potter.

Sure!  Let's do it!
Immediately, I thought about using vinyl and painting over it.  Sounds easy enough, right?  It wasn't.  This project nearly killed my spirit and me all at once.  But my struggles are your gains, right?  So let me tell you about it!

Supplies Needed:

  • Harry Potter FREE Silhouette Cut File HERE
  • 15x30 Canvas (can be any size...just adjust your file to fit)
  • Red, Yellow and Black paint.
  • Paint brushes/sponge.
  • 12 x 24 inch vinyl + Silhouette machine
  • Transfer tape *not pictured
  • Mod Podge *not pictured

I don't know why, but I love a good time lapse video.  So here's the whole process start to finish (minus the entire section that we spent painting...whoops). 

Step 1: Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the entire canvas and allow to dry.  Why this step?  Canvas and vinyl don't play together nicely...I spent a looooot of time trying to get it to stick before having an emotional breakdown.  #wishiwerekidding

I tried to even do a vinyl dance for the Vinyl Gods, but apparently my dancing isn't impressive enough.  Vinyl just doesn't want to stick to it...no matter how hard you try.  But a layer of Mod Podge gives you just enough hold to get your vinyl on, no problem!  No tears for you guys!  I found the solutions!  Mod Podge to the rescue!

Set aside and allow to dry completely.

Step 2: Cut, weed and apply transfer tape to your vinyl.

Step 3: No doubt the trickiest part!  Apply your vinyl to the canvas.  The best way to do this is to get a book or something solid and put it under the canvas.  So you have something to push against.

Go slow.  Be patient.  And drink a lot of beer or wine if need-be.

Step 4: Get to painting!  Louis actually did help me with this step.  We went as random with our paints as possible.  The hardest part was not mixing the black or red into the yellow...to keep that color more consistent.  But we did a pretty good job as a team.

Step 5: Allow paint to dry, and then carefully peel off the vinyl.  You'll reveal blank, white spaces wherever the vinyl was AND you now have a cool, new piece of HP loving wall art!

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Luna Loungewear by Love Notions

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Brace yourselves.  I'm officially sharing something from a different designer today: Love Notions.  In all honesty though, I've sewn her things before!  Remember the crocheted yoke sweater I made?  I also super love the LN Sybil Skirt with a drop yoke...and I've made my Momma the Laundry Day Tee.  Tami is awesome and her designs are simple, classic, on trend, and easy to sew.  My kinda patterns, you know?

Love Notions just released their latest pattern: The Luna Loungewear!  It has five different pieces all packed into one pattern: cami, knee-length nightie, bralette, capris and shorts.  I made and tested the nightie version.  So cute!

There isn't a lot of printing involved in the nightie version, since the front and back piece are the same.  And it has a very forgiving a-line fit, while the bust is a bit more fitted.  (Because boobs! Am I right?)  There is an option for adding a shelf bra into the cami and nightie versions...but I chose to leave it out of mine, and just wore a regular bra with it.

And yes, I wore a bra for photos.  You're welcome.
But for sleeping, I don't need the shelf bra.  You're welcome again for the visual.  Bahaha.

Admittedly, I've never sewn anything with these type of straps before.  I was a little nervous that it'd be difficult to think through, or that I'd have to do it a couple of times.  Not the case at all!  It was super do-able, the tutorial was easy to follow, and it came together without much effort, really.

My fabric choice was just a basic, no frills, cotton lycra.  Hardly any stretch.  Zero drape.  I still like the results a lot, and can picture this as a way sexier nightie to wear in a more drapey fabric like a rayon blend.  Or even a nice ITY.  Or lace...if I pretended to wear stuff like that.

In my epic laziness, I decided to just leave the bottom unhemmed...and trimmed up the 1" hem allowance.  The pattern does call for the dress to be knee length, but I plan to make it shorter.  Just a preference!  And it's such an easy fix.

Indoor photography is my weakness but I was trying to give a more contextually accurate photoshoot.  I couldn't come up with any way for me to be outside, in natural light, in a nightgown.  Other testers did and totally schooled me on my train of thought though.  Damnit, haha. 

I suppose I'm pretty happy with the results.  Step outside of your comfort zone, Katy!
Plus, any excuse to include this fabulous antique couch is worth it too, right?

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Another confession?  I totally tried to do Victory Rolls in my hair for this shoot.  I thought it would be the cutest thing ever.  Except...when I put my hair in them, failed hard, and realized maybe bangs and victory rolls don't match.  There goes my pinup girl hopes and dreams. Ha!

With the launch of the Luna set, it's on sale this week!  So make sure to get in on it now.  Tami also created a girl's version to go along with the women's...think: Mommy + Me jammie sets!  Oh the possibilities of cuteness!

The dirty details:
Pattern (Luna Loungewear by LN) | Fabric (Polka Dots from Fabric.com)

**Like always...some affiliate links do exist in my post.  Just trying to support my sewing habits.

McKinsey Family Weekend Getaway

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Who are the McKinseys?  McKinley + Kinsey = McKinsey
I finally get my celebrity couple name!

Dena and Jeremiah asked if we wanted to go spend the weekend in Ohio with them...in a cabin in the woods.  Did we ever?  Bennett has been begging me to go camping but honestly, if there isn't a running toilet nearby, I'm not interested.  But a cabin?  Heck yes!

We went to Senaca Lake in Senacaville, OH and had a very refreshing time.  We beached, we cabined, we drank, we ate, we campfired, we s'mored...and we spent the majority of it without internet access.  Let's be honest, it's a little hard for me to be disconnected (mainly due to my internet-based business!) but it was also a little refreshing to know that I wasn't as on-demand.

Zooey and Louis are the sweetest friends.  They are two very opinionated, strong-willed, scene stealing kids but have somehow worked out their relationship to the point where they always get along.  No fighting.  Just lots of giggling, mischief, talking, and sharing.  It's lovely.

I hope they can maintain their friendship throughout the next 12 years of school!  Wouldn't that just be the best?

A big thanks to the Kinseys for giving us this weekend getaway!  Louis LOVED being in the cabin and continues to ask if he can go back again.  That's a total win in my book!