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anika in action


Oh, my, it’s been so long since I posted! Sorry for the unplanned blog break! We just got back a few days ago from a family reunion down in Carmel Valley, and the preparation and recovery from said event has kept me very busy. It’s amazing how fast catching up after a vacation undoes the benefit of the vacation! We had such a good time, though, with lots of family and good food, and I got to enjoy some of my favorite California spots – the Big Sur coast, Nepenthe and Carmel-by-the-Sea, as well as some great hiking up in the hills.

Unfortunately, what I didn’t do was take any pictures of all those beautiful places. D’oh!

However, upon our return, I realized I had two days to get a press photo of Anika out, and no photo. SO, necessity being the mother of invention, I decided to finally sew the Oliver+S pattern that I bought for Anabelle using some of the Anika prints, and we organized a hasty photo shoot in the back yard. I never realized how handy children are as models in a pinch! So, instead of photos of the CA coast, here are a few photos of Belle sporting her new Anika outfit, the 2+2 blouse and pleated skirt from Oliver+S. Which, by the way, was divine to use! Such an elegant and well-made pattern! I am now on the hunt for more of their patterns… just need to find more excuses to sew!




  • Kristy

    That turned out darling and your sweet girl looks just precious in it! 🙂 No one would ever know this was an impromptu shoot!

  • Live a Colorful Life

    Your daughter is adorable. I love the name Anika. And have been itching to try Oliver + S patterns, so thanks for the review.

    I have always wanted to go to Nepenthe. LOVE Carmel-by-the-sea, one of the most beautiful places ever.

  • Leone

    Ridiculously cute! The clothes are fantastic too.

  • Emma Thomsen

    Utterly Adorable! X

  • Colleen MacDonald

    Fabulous! What could be better than an adorable sun-filled girl amongst her nasturtiums? And in a handmade dress to boot? Well done.

  • monaluna

    Thanks, everybody! I really enjoyed sewing the pattern. I was a little intimidated as the pattern looked complicated at first, but it wasn't at all, and it came together beautifully.

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