There’s nothing the McKinleys love more than getting nerdy with it.  Our favorites are always and forever going to be Star Wars + the Marvel Universe.  We will take any chance we can get to celebrate them! 

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May the 4th Be With You, 2020

May the 4th Be With You, 2020

Next to Halloween, today is my favorite holiday ever.  May the 4th Be With You, my friends.  Every year, I look forward to making new themed outfits for the three of us to wear. But let's be honest with ourselves...I make Star Wars clothing year round.  It's just that...

Yoda One for Me :: FREE Yoda-Inspired Zipper Pouch Pattern + Tutorial!

Yoda One for Me :: FREE Yoda-Inspired Zipper Pouch Pattern + Tutorial!

My name is Katy and I have a love for Star Wars that goes beyond what a person should have.  Like....I LOVE Star Wars.  Even the Prequels, people!!!  And whenever I'm like, "what should I make that would be cute and fun?" I almost always want to make something related...

Chapter 2: The Child

Chapter 2: The Child

Along with the rest of the world, our family has fallen head over heels in love with "The Child"...also known to the internet as Baby Yoda.  The Mandalorian has been the best thing to come out of Disney+ so far and we are greatly looking forward to the next level of...

Friends, Not Food :: Free Star Wars Inspired Porg Cut Files

Friends, Not Food :: Free Star Wars Inspired Porg Cut Files

I sure hope you're not tired of seeing Star Wars goodies pop up on here, because I can't help myself and I don't plan on stopping any time soon.  I've had this design worked up for a while now but just haven't had the time to print it on a tee.  Goodie for...

Jabba’s Sarlacc Club Bean Bag Toss :: Star Wars Birthday Party

Jabba’s Sarlacc Club Bean Bag Toss :: Star Wars Birthday Party

While putting together our ideas for Lou's Star Wars birthday party, we wanted to create a game that the kiddos could play, that we could use after the party was over, and that would be ridiculous and on theme with it all.  Since we were themeing the party around...

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The Making of a Superhero :: Thor

The Making of a Superhero :: Thor

For July 4th I created superhero themed shirts for the entire family to wear.  Honestly, I didn't need to make them.  But I wanted to make them.  So...it totally happened.  And I totally love it. I decided to make myself a Thor shirt.  But I really didn't want to wear...

The Making of a Superhero :: Captain America

The Making of a Superhero :: Captain America

On July 3rd, I decided that somehow none of our red, white and blue clothes were good enough to be worn this year for the 4th, and that I needed to stretch my sewing wings a little bit and make us some new tees.  I'm sure you know by now that I'm a huge fan of...

Halloween 2017

Halloween 2017

Have I driven home the idea yet that I love Halloween?  Well, I do.  I so do. But I also love the final day, when we get to wear our costumes, trick or treat, eat all the candy, and then close that chapter of the beginning of the "holiday season".  The final hurrah on...

Phoenix :: Halloween 2017

Phoenix :: Halloween 2017

Since I already shared Louis' Halloween costume (HERE), I figured it would be worth it to break down my own costume...and hopefully Bennett's, whenever I get around to starting and finishing it.  #whoops Since we are all going as XMen, I had to pick a fellow redhead. ...

Quicksilver :: Halloween 2017

Quicksilver :: Halloween 2017

I could not decide if I wanted to share these photos before Halloween or not.  I was worried that maybe it'd spoil the fun of showing off Lou's costume before he gets to wear it out.  But then I realized that I am WAY TOO EXCITED about how it turned out.  So here's...

Black Bolt :: Everyday Superheroes

Black Bolt :: Everyday Superheroes

Chances are, you've never heard of Black Bolt.  To be honest with you, I know very little about him.  What I do know is that Louis loves this Marvel Superhero character and I wasn't going to disappoint that sweet boy of mine.  He requested a Black Bolt shirt and I...

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The Making of a Superhero :: Thor

The Making of a Superhero :: Thor

For July 4th I created superhero themed shirts for the entire family to wear.  Honestly, I didn't need to make them.  But I wanted to make them.  So...it totally happened.  And I totally love it. I decided to make myself a Thor shirt.  But I really didn't want to wear...

The Making of a Superhero :: Captain America

The Making of a Superhero :: Captain America

On July 3rd, I decided that somehow none of our red, white and blue clothes were good enough to be worn this year for the 4th, and that I needed to stretch my sewing wings a little bit and make us some new tees.  I'm sure you know by now that I'm a huge fan of...

Louis Bennett Jr. :: Halloween 2018

Louis Bennett Jr. :: Halloween 2018

Oh my goodness.  I am so excited to share with you the costume that we chose, created, and executed for Louis this year. Louis is a kid who makes a decision and sticks with it.  No matter if you try and talk him out of it or not.  He chooses his Halloween costumes and...

Angelica Schuyler Comes to WV

Angelica Schuyler Comes to WV

You guys.  I have not jumped aboard the Hamilton train and have just a very basic knowledge of the play and story.  So when I got a message that the custom costume I was about to make was one of the characters, my heart stopped a little.  And then it turned into a...

Rebel-Worthy Tees + FREE Download :: Star Wars Birthday Party

Rebel-Worthy Tees + FREE Download :: Star Wars Birthday Party

I always feel like the best way to round out a themed party is to dress up along with it.  We've been wearing themed birthday party outfits since we started celebrating birthdays with Louis, and it's been super fun to come up with what to put on our...

FREE Rebel Pilot Paper Helmet :: Star Wars Birthday Party

FREE Rebel Pilot Paper Helmet :: Star Wars Birthday Party

I don't know if you've ever had an idea spark in your head to the point where you were obsessed with it until you made it happen....but that kind of thing happens to me ALL. THE. TIME.  This time around, it was in the form of something wearable for the kiddo...

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A Quick Trip to Hogwarts

A Quick Trip to Hogwarts

I made this outfit and took these pictures of Louis allllll the way back in August.  And I’m kind of mad at myself for not blogging them.  Because they’re too cute to keep to myself, right?  This was a carry-over of Louis’ Harry Potter birthday party and I am so excited about how well Lou rocked his modeling in these.  Get ready for some Harry Potter awesomeness!

Happy Birthday, Harry [Louis] Potter!

Happy Birthday, Harry [Louis] Potter!

Earlier this year, we decided to sit down and watch all of the Harry Potter movies with Louis.  We've been wanting to read the books to him but thought it might be a good way to introduce the wizard world and lay a base of information for him. As expected, he LOVED...

DIY Harry Potter Spellbook + Printable

DIY Harry Potter Spellbook + Printable

Bennett and I really wanted to give all of our Harry Potter birthday guests their very own spellbook.  But while I was searching online for my "perfect" download from other bloggers...I just couldn't find exactly what I was after.  Guess what I did?  I made my own!...

DIY Harry Potter-Inspired Quidditch Brooms

DIY Harry Potter-Inspired Quidditch Brooms

When you decide to have a Harry Potter birthday party, it's hard to not want brooms to be involved.  So you can have a game of Quidditch (in some form) set up for the kiddos to play.  My issue was coming up with a way to make brooms that they couldn't fall on/injure...

DIY Harry Potter House Ties

DIY Harry Potter House Ties

The making for Louis' party continues!  We always like to have gifts for the attendees that double as fun party-dressup AND they can take home and play with later.  Some Hogwarts House ties are totally part of that fun and were just the ticket! You will need: Tie...