What I’m Lovin’ in May

Read on to see what I’ve been lovin’ this month!

 1. This genius solution to ensuring your bra straps stay hidden

The Amy Jumpsuit is on my sewing list – I think I will definitely add a little thread chain & snap to keep from worrying about a runaway bra strap.

 2. This secret to starting a conversation

As an introvert, this may be my lifeline 😉 I also love hearing people’s life stories so this should work out great.

 3. These 7 pieces of sewing advice from Elizabeth Made This

I’m really intrigued by the idea of picking a pattern size based on shoulder measurements!

 4. New-age scrapbooks

This DIY Family Board Book is such a neat idea! Maybe if I start working on one now Andy will be out of the must-taste-everything-and-eat-all-the-board-books phase by the time I finish. {Or I could make this soft book which is perhaps even more adorable!}

I also constructed a family “yearbook” with Shutterfly (I’ve still got to order my printed copy). I love how convenient scrapbooking is now with technology!

 5. Quizzes

Not the kind you take in school but the fun ones you find on the internet 😀

This quiz tells you what type of creative you are. I’m a Thinker.

 6. Saying “no”

Over the years I’ve gotten pretty good at saying no to things that are not going to serve me in the way I need them to. It’s tough and I know I’ve frustrated many people along the way, but I believe in the power of “no” as much as I believe in the power of “yes.

If you’re struggling with “no,” read the caption in this post. ❤

 7. Bullet Journal for Budgeting

I’ve been smitten with the idea of a Bullet Journal for a while but I’m really not great at drawing so I’d ruled it out. I am a complete budget nerd so a creative way to track spending sounded intriguing. I am going to give it a try!

 8. Are garments your life’s journal?

This article in the NY Times about the dress collection at Smith College refers to clothes as “journals into women’s lives from the past” which I LOVE.

 9. Chasing the light

A few months ago, my BFF’s husband gave me a photography lesson. When practicing lately I’ve been struggling with getting the lighting right. I feel like Nissa’s photography advice should be a life mantra: “your photo is made by the light, not the location.”

 10. Opportunities to learn about cultures other than my own and how best to respect their history

In the announcement of the name change for one of her patterns, Helen’s Closet linked to a thoughtful article about how “kimono” is misused in fashion. The same morning I received Helen’s post in my inbox, I had just read Papercut Patterns’ post on Instagram about the same topic. This is a timely issue and I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn and expand (thanks to the people who are brave enough to share their knowledge with all of us).

I remember when the Wiksten Haori was renamed and still had some curiosity about the history. Emi Ito’s post answered many of my questions and was super informative.

 11. Being Bored

If you’re on the fence about boredom, read these benefits. Then stare at a dot on the wall and report back.

 12. Memorial Day

I’m embarrassed to admit that I did not fully understand the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day. This article from the Washington Post has a great explanation.

Thank you for reading along & being a part of my community. ❤

{Catch up on all of my monthly What I’m Lovin’ posts here.}

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