It was a BUSY summer. I hope to slowly but surely add some bits and pieces of what's been happening here. Traveling can be fantastic, but also it can be tiring. One of the ways we have utilized downtime when traveling is making homemade postcards. It's a great way to record things you've seen and share that with family and friends. Plus you get the bonus of sending mail. Who doesn't love receiving something unexpected in the mailbox?

The great thing about these is it doesn't take much to pack or prepare for this. Have some sturdy paper that you cut down to size. We do 4"x6". You'll want to check your dimensions because if it's larger than what USPS uses for postcard postage you will pay more. Choose a medium that won't get messy in the handling and mailing process like colored pencils or markers. Once you've designed the cover of the card, flip it over to write a message, address it, and send it off! 

homemade postcards

I make sure we have some postcard stamps with our paper and pens before the trip, so we don't have any reason to delay mailing these.


If anyone has ever read any of the sewing posts I have done you will know I am not a skilled sewer. I can make basic things that don't fall apart, but when you look real close you will see what a mess of a seamstress I am. I sewed myself a top and shorts when I was 9, in a summer camp, and I was so proud of it. It barely fit me at the time I was finished. To be honest, it was very ill fitting. Between that and not understanding sewing machines growing up, those were the end of my sewing days. Since the kiddos came into my life I have had to get over my sewing hangups and resolved to be better in this department. Last time I was at Fancy Tiger Crafts with a little creature we chose fabric and a pattern for something to make and wear. I thought maybe it's time to revisit this and sew myself a little something. This leads me to the sailor top I just made myself.

Reasons I chose this sewing pattern:

  1. I could see myself wearing it.
  2. It looked forgiving and flowy in fit & construction.
  3. It said BEGINNER.

I grabbed a dark pattern. I was thinking the darker it is the less likely to show all the mistakes I will likely encounter. 

I chose this one. It was reminiscent of a floral pattern my parents had for their bedroom drapes growing up, but a less sunny version. When I was folding the fabric after washing I saw it was designed by Leah Duncan, which was a delight. I had seen her illustration work here and there. This one is called "Central Park Fog" by Art Gallery Fabrics.

I have actually been sitting on this pattern and fabric for a while. Earlier this week I was feeling inspired. I ironed, cut the pattern and fabric on one day. The following day I sat down to sew thinking I would work on it a little bit every day. You know what? I didn't take me long at all! I was done constructing the shirt by the morning. All I had to do in the evening was finish up the hem. I would have finished it in one sitting, but I had to be somewhere, things to do, bread to bake, check the mailbox. You know how it is. I was shocked it took me such little time!

I am thrilled I actually accomplished this. The only critique I have  (of myself)  is I might have made it one size too big. I would still rather have a problem of it being too large than too small. 

If anyone out there wants to dabble in a beginning shirt project, I recommend this one. I didn't look at any video tutorials and felt that the pattern instructions were clear. I knew if I ran into a problem it wouldn't be difficult to find the support I needed through the resources noted in the sailor top pattern.