Cheddar Corn Gnocci Chowder (with 3-Ingredient Beer Bread)


If your hubby is anything like mine, convincing him that meals without meat can be hearty is no small challenge but this one is sure to leave even the “meat and potatoes” kind of guys full and satisfied.  While Spring is (hopefully) just around the corner, there are plenty of cool days left perfect for […]

Happy 2nd Birthday to our Ice Storm Baby, Chloé!

A little over 2 years ago, I was 39 weeks pregnant and an epic ice storm hit this little town.  Everyone lost power.  After one freezing night in a home with no heat, we packed up ourselves, our 17 month old son, and our two dogs and headed a few hours south to a hotel with […]

Patterns to Love: Izzy & Ivy Designs Jack ‘N Jill Hat

I’m a big hat person and when I saw this pattern for the Jack ‘N Jill Hat by Izzy & Ivy I had to buy it.  I love that you can make a version for a girl or a boy.  I’m planning to make a muslin version for my son for this summer. The boys […]

“This Home Runs…” Sign & Free Printable

After seeing this quote on Pinterest, I had to make one to hang in our kitchen.  It’s pretty much our house motto!  We’re major coffee lovers.  I’m actually what you might call “a snobby coffee person”…you know, the kind who won’t drink hotel coffee or Folgers.  I love a nice Italian dark roast with a […]

Spring Flowers Wreath

I love black and white with pops of bright colors.  The tulle was an afterthought when I ran out of ribbon.  Sure, it gives it a bit of an 80s vibe but I kind of love the 80s. What You’ll Need: 12″ Styrofoam Wreath Form One Spool of Wide Ribbon 2 Coordinating Fabrics Tulle (about […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Is there any combination better than the classic chocolate and peanut butter match up?  Not for this pregnant chick.  I’ve craved it this whole pregnancy.  Oh, how I love the sweet/salty combination!  These chocolate cupcakes are light, decadent, and moist and the peanut butter frosting I could have eaten with a spoon.  Make sure you […]

The Chloé Dress (My first Guest Post tutorial!)

Yesterday, I guest posted for the first time on the Whimsy Couture Blog, sharing my tutorial for the The Chloé Dress. This was also Whimsy Couture’s first time having a guest poster on her blog.  I’m so honored she contacted me to do so.   Denise makes amazing e-patterns, many of which are very beginner friendly. […]

Valentine’s Felt Heart Garland

Today I’m sharing this sweet, simple felt heart garland. This garland was something I saw on Pinterest.  The pictures make for pretty good instructions but the site is in Chinese and doesn’t have actually instructions, even when you translate it so I made a very similar one with some basic instructions.  Here is the Pinterest […]

The Chloe Dress

Hi!  I’m Dawn and I blog over at Designed by Dawn Nicole.  I’m an Air Force wife and momma of a 3 1/2 and 2 year old with our third (and final) due in March.  I started sewing a few years ago as a way to fill my time in the small town we’re currently stationed […]

My First Giveaway!!!!! Handmade Tote Bag and a 1-Year Subscription to HGTV Magazine

This giveaway is now closed.  Congrats to #100 Karlene Hansen! This is the first giveaway I’ve done.  Initially I thought it was something I’d stay away from doing but I decided to do it as a huge thank you to all my followers.  I  started this blog just to keep busy in a small town […]