Living in Texas: Wildflowers for days

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wildflower season and sewing projects on MADE Everyday

When we moved to Texas 6 years ago, I knew it would feel a bit “country” compared to our Los Angeles neighborhood. I expected it; I welcomed it!  But what I wasn’t prepared for….was Texas wildflower season!   Oh my, oh my.

Among the boots, BBQ joints, and food truck explosion, no one had told me about springtime in Texas!  There are red poppies, blue bonnets, indian paint brush, weeds that belong in a vase.  It’s like a small-town fairy tale, where you get to eat brisket at the end and wear dresses with floppy sleeves.  

Flutter Sleeves on MADE Everyday
Blue Bonnets in Texas by Dana Willard


I know I’ve posted about poppies and blue bonnets before (like the time the sheriff pulled me over for picking them?  Or maybe that was just for being a crazy person….)

But if you ever have a chance to visit Texas in the spring, you must.
And if want to read more about our Texas adventures, check out these posts:
Friday Night Lights
Lake LBJ
3 days at the beach
The Kite Festival
Trip to Dallas
Shopping for fabric in Texas
Weekend at the Lodge

And looking through these wildflower pictures has made me realize a few things:

1.  The color of poppies + blue bonnets are the same as the Lone Star State flag!  Simple and patriotic.  Perfect. 

Poppies in Texas on MADE Everyday

2. I never shared these cute outfits I made for STYLO a couple years ago!  And I can’t believe how much older the girls look already!

Simple top and skirt on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard
How to add a Sash to your Skirt on MADE Everyday

The skirts are both versions of the Skirt with a Sash tutorial.  And I love how cool this fabric looks in a maxi length.  

Maxi Skirt with a Sash on MADE Everyday


This little top is a version of the Bateau Top, with flutter sleeves that I sort of threw together.  You can see the shape of my pattern piece below. I love how it turned out and how soft the fabric is.

DIY Spring Time outfit on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard
How to make Flutter Sleeves on MADE Everyday

So when it came time for taking photos of the skirts, I did it like a true Texan—in a field of flowers.   Cause that’s what you do during wildflower season—gather your whole family, sit in a field, and snap pics, even if you’re on the side of the highway, or in a stranger’s yard.  People take pictures ANYWHERE the flowers are popping up.

Texas Wildflowers

So we found a gorgeous field. 

Fields of Poppies on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard
Tromped around,
Fields of Blue Bonnets on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

Shimmied and shaked

How to make a Maxi Skirt on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

Directed traffic?

Blue Bonnets in Texas on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

and just enjoyed the scenery.

Which leads me to point #3….

3.  There is actually a downside to the gorgeous views.

Yep.  Austin may not have earthquakes or hurricanes, but we have giant critters and plenty of allergens….which….I guess happens in different parts of the world.  But I never really understood seasonal allergies till I lived here long enough to experience them myself.  Because that’s what everyone says—even if you’ve never had allergies before, they’ll creep up on you.

Add a Sash to your skirt on MADE Everyday with Dana
Blue Bonnets and Texas on MADE Everyday

Casey got tested for allergies (he’s allergic to every plant, grass, and tree in Texas).
I got tested  (I’m allergic to Oak and Pecan).
And even poor Lucy has problems with Oak.  

I was about to delete this photo from my post till I noticed that IN this very picture, she’s having an allergy attack.  Poor girl.  

Seasonal Allergies in Texas


The itchy eyes and nose.  You want to reach down and scratch your nasal passage with a pumice stone. Ugh.

So. Here’s the upside.

This is what I recommend to any friend who asks “what to do I do about my allergies??” And I should note, you don’t have to be allergy tested to use this.  It’s over-the-counter.

And it’s the same thing my doctor always recommends to me….and the reason I was excited when Flonase contacted me to partner with them on this post.  Because I was already using their product.

So. The answer my friends is Flonase. Yep!

Once a day, every day when you are experiencing allergy symptoms like nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose, and itchy, watery eyes. Use as directed. And use it consistently.

Flonase for allergy relief


In fact, consistency is the key. The nasal spray provides relief from allergy symptoms (and has a really pleasant scent btw). I used to forget to use it for days at a time, till my doctor gave me the good idea to keep it near my car keys or something that I have to reach for every day.  And now I never forget.

It’s kind of funny when Lucy (8 years old) who uses Children’s Flonase Allergy Relief and I with my Flonase for adults, do our sprays together. But hey, a family that sprays together? 

How to get allergy relief with Flonase

…can enjoy the flowers together!

Wildflower season in TEXAS on MADE Everyday site

And spend a little more time doing this.

Texas Wildflowers and sewing on MADE Everday with Dana Willard

Here’s to a sneeze-free season my friends!

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Ferris Wheel Dress

Ferris Wheel Dress by Dana Willard of MADE Everyday

The time has come!  I leave for Quilt Market tomorrow!
The crazy thing is, I don’t feel stressed like I thought I would, sewing things at the bitter last minute (which is totally true to character).  And that’s probably because I did all the stressing and sewing a month ago (which is totally out of character).

Boardwalk Delight fabric collection by Dana Willard Ferris Wheel and Twinkle Lights

The only reason I’m ahead of the game is:
1 – We shot a slew of MADE Everyday videos, using my new fabrics!
2 – I took a ton of photos for the new Boardwalk Delight Lookbook with Art Gallery fabrics, coming out in one week!

So now I have more than enough products for my Quilt Market booth.  And I have tons to show you guys here on the blog.  Win, Win, Win.

If you’re new around here, or missed my previous announcement the short version is: I’ve designed a collection of fabrics with Art Gallery Fabrics!

It’s called Boardwalk Delight

Boardwalk Delight Fabrics by Dana Willard

• There are 10 prints in quilting cotton.
3 prints also come in knits.
1 print also comes in canvas.

• You can buy them in local quilt shops and online shops like the Fat Quarter Shop and Hawthorne Threads in TWO weeks.  I’ll post again when they’re available, with hot links (and cold cones?  Sounds like a tasty meal)

• I’m showcaing my fabric collection THIS weekend at the International Quilt Market in
Salt Lake City, which is an industry tradeshow for Manufacturers and Buyers to show off all the new fabrics each season. I’ll have a 10×10 booth, which I’m really excited about.  If you want to follow along, find me on Instagram @made_everyday.

First Day Dress in Ferris Wheel Fabric

To get the party started, I thought I’d share a project and design inspiration!
I love learning how artwork comes together.

Boardwalk Delight Fabric Collection by Dana Willard

The Boardwalk Delight collection is all about summertime, treats, and strolling the boardwalk.

The two prints used on this version of the First Day Dress are called:
Ferris Wheel
Twinkle Lights

First Day Dress Pattern in Ferris Wheel Fabric by Dana Willard

Cause how magical is the boardwalk at night??
(Photos via Pixabay and Getty Images)
Ferris Wheels on MADE Everyday
First Day Dress back details by Dana Willard of MADE Everyday

The Ferris Wheel design started with lots of lines and colors.  I thought it would be cool to have an ombre effect.  So I drew all the lines, pieced everything together (which took forever).  But when I was done, I didn’t like it…which is always so deflating.  It looked too detailed.  And too literal.
(womp, womp).

So I twisted it around and turned everything monochrome—into white.
But still not right.
Still too many tiny lines.

Ferris Wheel design process

Then I changed the weight of the strokes and loved it so much more!  Yep. I guess I like fatter lines.

Ferris Wheel Fabric from Boardwalk Delight Collection by Dana Willard

Designing is such an evolutionary process.  I’m still so novice at it all; I’m sure my processes will improve over time. But just like photography, I don’t think you set out to design “XYZ”….but rather through a series of trial and error, and often accidents, you land on a final product that you never envisioned in the first place.

And it’s equally as interesting to learn your own preferences as you design.  I definitely prefer heavier weighted strokes, over fine lines.  And I definitely love all the colors.
I wish I could have them all!

Ferris Wheel Fabric design in many colors

But learning to self edit is important as well.  And working with Art Gallery has been very helpful with that aspect.  They are expert at what they do and they were fantastic with taking the 100 + images I sent them (because you have to try every design in every color, right??)….and narrowed it down to the 10 designs that work best together.
I’m so happy that Pink/White Ferris Wheel and Orange Twinkle Lights made it in the mix.

First Day Dress Pattern with Ferris Wheel print by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

Along with layers of ruffles and twirls.

First Day Dress by Dana Willard

Seriously, I never get sick of the First Day Dress.
Maybe because it’s so easy to alter and change it up into a variety of dresses.  Like this version with a lowered neckline (and sleeves that were a beast to match up with the fabric print.  But totally worth it)

Boardwalk Delight Fabrics and the First Day Dress Pattern by Dana Willard of MADE Everyday

Is summer here yet??

Okay, I’m off to Market!
More Boardwalk Delight news to come….

Boardwalk Delight new fabric collection by Dana Willard of MADE Everyday for Art Gallery Fabrics

New VIDEO: How to sew Pockets into a Skirt or Dress

Everybody needs a good skirt.
Everybody loves a good skirt.
And the best kind, in my opinion, are those with pockets.

An easy way to add pockets to a skirt or dress on MADE Everyday

So let me show you how to add pockets to YOUR skirt!

How to add POCKETS to a skirt or dress on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

It’s super easy.

How to sew hidden pockets into a skirt or dress on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

And then everyone is happy.

How to add pockets to your skirt or dress on MADE Everyday using the Anywhere Skirt pattern by Dana Willard
Baby Lock sewing machines

Come watch!
>> For more info on the skirts shown here, click on the ANYWHERE SKIRT Pattern.
>> For more information on my sewing machine, click HERE.

Okay, just click PLAY below and enjoy!

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