Lollipops and imagination

Every night, Lila is at odds with her imagination.  
She claims she doesn't have one.  

And when I say "bologna" she admits to having one, but claims she doesn't know how to use it.  

I proceed to point out that she used her imagination just this morning when she pretended that her stuffed tiger was eating breakfast with us.  Superman will mention that she makes sure that her imaginary friend Frella is buckled in her seat belt, every time we drive in the car.  

"That's not my imagination.  That's just me playing pretend" she'll answer tearfully as she falls asleep.  I try not to laugh.  To her this is a big deal and she's obviously not hearing herself.  Plus she's tired.  In the morning, she wakes up happy and she believes that she has an imagination again.  
I guess the moral of this story is that sleep fixes everything.  :) 
As you can see the cosi dolce shirt lives on.
I made some Kid shorts from MADE for summertime to go with.
I always like Dana's straightforward patterns and the options are limitless.  I added pockets inside out of the floral leftover from this dress.  It's a fun little peekaboo {leftover fabric from this dress} and Lila always loves pockets.  :)
The outer fabric is a seer sucker from Joann.  Lila is into tucking in certain shirts lately, so whatevs....
A happy imaginative summertime outfit.  :)  
KID Shorts//Old Seer Sucker Fabric
Skipper Top//Knit from Joann



Happy Fourth of July Weekend for all you USians out there!

In light of all the headlines over the last year.  I tried to explain racism to Lila and she said, "But wait.  That doesn't make any sense.  Aren't we all just people?  Like, I'm a person and someone with different skin is a person too.  Like we're all people."

And I was like, "I know right?"

I mean, a 5-year-old gets it.

Maybe someday everyone else will too.  :)  I promise I'm not a hugely political person, so I'll get off my mini soapbox now.

Hope your weekend is sparkly!

Shirt self drafted//fabric refashioned from project destash
KID Shorts//Hobby Lobby fabric


On anchors

Matinee Dress pattern (modified slightly) // chambray fabric from walmart // anchor stamp by me // shoes // anchor buttons old from joann
Sometimes I wonder how much time I've spent being my own anchor.  Weighing myself down with worries about what I look like, "was that a dumb thing to say?", would it be stupid if I did ________, I'm not cool enough to do _________, I'm not as good at that as _______, so why should I even try?  

.....that's just a tiny glimpse into my own personal anchor.  :)  
Having confidence is something I've struggled with since I was a kid.  Who am I kidding?  I still struggle with it.  I'm sure everyone does on some level.  It's not something I'm proud of, but it's something that I deal with everyday.  

But the more I remind myself to get out of my own way, the better.  Sometimes you just gotta slap that bad self esteem in the face and just get over myself.  I am such a happier person when I just set sail and let go of what doesn't matter.  Because really, who cares?  How much time have I wasted worrying about myself when I could have been enjoying myself and then helping others be happy? 

Every time I face my doubts and try to defy them, I get stronger and I grow more confident in my abilities.  I find myself feeling more comfortable in my own skin.   

I was thinking about that when I made this dress.
I stamped the chambray with an anchor stamp that I carved out of an eraser.
It serves as a visual reminder to not weighing myself down with what doesn't matter.  Plus Lila really likes the dress because it's lightweight and comfy.  So win win.  :)
Happy sailing!
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