Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + designer living in North Carolina

 

 

 

Wednesday
Oct222014

Mercer's Baby Quilt

My mom pieced together this baby quilt for my daugther before she was born. We picked out the fabrics/colors together and she went to town with sewing and piecing strips together. My cousin then quilted it with wavy lines which I believe contrasts well with the linear design.

Tuesday
Oct212014

End of an era!

When I was in graduate school several years back, I had the grand idea of photographing weddings on the side to make a little money. So I placed a listing on craigslist, conned by hub into tagging along, and "poof" Oh, Darling! was born.

We've been photographing weddings for the last five years together from Maine to Georgia. We've met incredible people and have had some amazing (and very interesting) experiences. But it's time for us to move on. Now that we have kids, it kind of stinks to leave them during some of the best weekends of the year.

My hub has decided to join the family business and I like to sew, if you haven't noticed ;) So we're saying goodbye to our little business and we will be taking it offline soon. But until then, feel free to enjoy our work over on our website!  

This is a picture of my hub working our last wedding this past weekend!

Monday
Oct202014

Mercer's Nursery

Like with Glory Maeve's nursery, I opted to reuse a lot of existing furniture and decoration that I already had for Mercer's room. Her nursery took over our spare bedroom and we decided to keep the extra bed in there as well. This room only has one set of windows and is probably the darkest room in our whole house, so keeping the walls white and decor light and bright was essential.

 

Thursday
Oct162014

Maeve Jumper - PDF Sewing Pattern

I'm excited to share my latest PDF sewing pattern, the Maeve Jumper! I created this jumper for my daugther this past summer and here are a few examples of what I've made using this pattern..

Sailboat Jumper
Nani Iro Jumper
Liberty of London Jumper

And of course, the one pictured below is with fabric by Cotton and Steel. This super sweet jumper is perfect for your little lady. Bodice is lined and adorned with three buttons. Can be worn as a summer dress or layered in the cooler months with a tee and leggings. Available in sizes 18-24, 2T, 3T, 4T, and 5T.

Happy sewing! and as always, I'd love to see your creations!

Tuesday
Oct142014

Sweet Sunday Dress

I refer to this most recent dress that I made my daugther as a "Sunday" dress because I took the time to line it and give it a deep hem. Making it it just a little bit more special and full in the skirt. It's a simple tank dress with a zipper back closure and square neckline. I'm planning on pairing it with a white tee as the weather cools off a bit to get more wear out of it.

Friday
Oct102014

Kat's Custom Dress

I've had the opportunity to work one-on-one with a few brides this year. The experience reminds me so much of making my own wedding dress with my mom and it feels refreshing to be a part of that process with other people. 

Kat came to me with a vision of pink for her wedding day and a touch of sparkle! We went with a very subtle silk pink fabric for her strapless "Belle" dress and paired it with a netted, sparkly, off the shoulder-type cardigan. The combo was gorgeous. She also asked me to make a sweet flower dress for her daughter -- which we did from a peach cotton fabric that featured a peter pan collar. Perfection!

Wednesday
Oct082014

Handmade Teepee

I had the grand idea of building a teepee for Glory Maeve a few months back -- I figured it couldn't be too hard. Ha. I quickly learned that this would probably be the last teepee I tried to DIY. However, I'm not necessarily disappointed with how it turned out. It ended up being a lot smaller than I thought and has turned into a resting place for her stuffed animal collection. 

When building it, I used several pieces of wood that I bundled together at the top and began weaving fabric strips through. To secure the fabric, I used a hot glue gun and covered a piece of foam for the base of the teepee. I alternated different types of fabric strips to give it more texture, bound the top with twine, and stuck a paper fan in the top -- ta-da!

Monday
Oct062014

Shop Update :: New Bibs

I add new bib styles to my etsy shop (almost) weekly in limited quantities so be sure to check them out! Here are few new ones..