3 Jan


No…. I’m not engaged, I’m not expecting, and I definitely did not buy another sewing machine

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To say that I am excited beyond recognition (not to mention incredibly flattered to even be associated with the other 8 ladiez involved) is a massive understatement. To be frank, I’ve done a very terrible job of holding in my shouts of joy and I’m quite surprised I haven’t shat my pants in anticipation. I’m sure it’s coming eventually, just wait for it.

I know most of y’all are fully aware of all the goodies that come with being a ‘network blogger (omgomg), but just a quick runthrough for the handful of people who have been hiding under a rock for a few months:
– There are nine bloggers total, covering a broad range of experience and personal style. I’m #9 (yay!), and the other 8 amazing ladies are Amanda’s Adventures in Sewing, Diary of a Sewing Fanatic, Erica B.’s DIY Style, Ginger Makes, Goodbye Valentino, Miss Celie’s Pants, Oonaballona, and Sew Well. If you are unfamiliar with any of these blogs – get clickin’! For reals!
– Mood gives me a small monthly fabric allowance to make whatever I want, out of whatever I want.
– I do not receive any other compensation (because, realtalk: fabric is compensation enough AMIRITE).

I’ve been a lover of the ‘Mood since I first discovered their website a couple years ago in search of horsehair crinoline. To have the opportunity to work with them – and their awesome fabrics – and be tied in with the fabulous other bloggers that are also on the network – what an honor! And what an awesome way to kick of 2013 πŸ™‚ So many thank you’s are in order: Thank You to Mood for giving me what is essentially a sewer’s DREAM, Thank You to all the Mood Sewing Network bloggers who suggested me when the opportunity came up, and THANK YOU to everyone who reads this blog – this shit totally wouldn’t have happened without y’all. I’m so grateful, and I only hope I can fulfill everyone’s expectations!

I know, I know… my picture isn’t on the site yet. I’ll be ~officially~ added when my first post is published. Which should be soon- I spent the majority of my Christmas break working on it, and it’s pretty fabulous if I do say so myself πŸ™‚ But anyway, Meg gave me the go-ahead to make my announcement, sooo… let’s celebrate! Party!

Andrew WK Party Hard

Andrew WK party

Andrew WK Time To Party



  1. kristinm100 January 3, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Excellent work!

  2. Tracy January 3, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    I’m so happy for you! I was actually really disappointed you weren’t chosen initially because I thought you’d make a great addition to the group. Happy sewing!

  3. Claire (aka Seemane) January 3, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    Sweeeeeeeettt πŸ˜‰ :)!!! Big congrats to ya Lauren!

  4. christina January 3, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    OMG lauren YAY! i’m so happy for you! totally partying over here!

  5. girlguydogcat January 3, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    Congrats! I love seeing the others’ posts. can’t wait to see what you’ll make with your creativity and all of Mood’s fabrics at your disposal (lucky girl!)

  6. Rachel January 3, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    Yay! You totally deserve it! I can’t wait to see what you make! Especially since I practically LIVE at Mood! If you are ever in the city hit me up and I’ll go with you. Their dog is a total badass.

    • LLADYBIRD January 3, 2013 at 11:14 am #

      Oh yes, I will be in NYC at some point this year! It’s my goal for 2013. So many awesome people I want to meet!

  7. christine haynes January 3, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    Huge congrats! You’re in awesome company and free fabric from Mood is a great payment!

  8. January 3, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    AWESOME SAUCE!!! Congrats are in order.

  9. missparayim January 3, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Congratulations!!! I have only been reading your blog a short time, but this is so well deserved. It’s so great to see your “voice” in the sewing blog world get louder πŸ™‚

  10. tempestdevyne January 3, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to see what you create (seeing as your creations before this awesome news were already pretty spectacular).

  11. DeDe January 3, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    I LOVE it!! This is great news and couldn’t have been give to a more awesome blogger!!! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!! OMG Mood Fabric!! Great Post BTW!!!

  12. didyoumakethat January 3, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    Ha, ha, ha! Well, Mood should be flattered that you’re this unbelievably excited. A true, classic Lladybird blog post! I can’t wait to see what you create.

  13. LibrarianTellsAll January 3, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Holy shit, what?! Congratulations! I can’t wait to see your first post.

  14. Alexandra January 3, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    AWESOME!! No, really! I am in AWE. I am also selfishly happy because this means even MORE posts of amazingness on your blog!


  15. Chris Lucas January 3, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    WOW! I’m excited for you and can only imagine how you must be feeling. Looking forward to seeing all the fabulous things you sew along this amazing journey along with some of the most talented sewers I know. Big Congratulations to you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  16. Becky January 3, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Congratulations! From what I’ve seen on here, it’s quite well-deserved. πŸ™‚

  17. Jamie January 3, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    YOU are a superhero! Congrats on taking life by the TESTICLES! xxoo

  18. Michelle Welch-Rivera January 3, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Awesome! ::high five::

  19. CGCouture January 3, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    Congratulations! πŸ™‚

  20. carolinascallin January 3, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    Congrats! That’s such good news! You’re going to bring a great voice to the Mood group. Your work is wonderful and super fresh. Have fun – can’t wait to read your first post!

  21. ShanniLoves January 3, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    I knew it was going to happen! I just knew it! Congrats! Very well deserved!

  22. Trice January 3, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    Congrats Lauren

  23. Houseofpinheiro January 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Cause you just awesome dude x

  24. Tilly January 3, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    Hooray for free fabric! You’re an awesome blogger, Lauren, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ve reciprocally sh*t their own pants πŸ˜‰

  25. sewexhausted January 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    Congrats to you! Well deserved! πŸ™‚

  26. Carolyn January 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    Congrats Lauren – I know you’ll fit right in with the rest of us obsessed crazy sewing women! πŸ™‚

  27. Melizza January 3, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    How awesome! Congrats!

  28. Sunni January 3, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    Congratulations! You totally deserve! How exciting – I for one am very excited to see your output. I’m sure it will be fabulous, as per usual! I’m constantly inspired by what you create here. All I can say is, it couldn’t have happened to a better lady! You rock girl!
    xoxo, Sunni

  29. M January 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    Holy shit, congrats!

  30. Janet January 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    It’s good to know you can always sew some new pants if you do end up crapping in them! Congrats missy!

  31. PoldaPop January 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Congrats! I love the voice of your blog and I think you will make a great addition. Can’t wait to see what you make!

  32. Susie Homemaker, MD January 3, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    That’s so exciting! I know you will rock this “job” πŸ™‚

  33. Amy January 3, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    Yay! So glad you’re joining the party! Welcome, welcome, welcome!

  34. oonaballoona January 3, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    HELLZ YEEEEEEAAAAAAH GIRL!!!!! i forsee lots of jealous side eyes in my future…

  35. Joyatee January 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    Omg Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. soisewedthis January 3, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    Yay! Can’t wait to see what fabrics you pick!

  37. lisa g January 3, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    awesome news! can’t wait to see what you make!

  38. Seraphinalina January 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    What great news! I can’t wait to see what you’ll do with it.

  39. misscrayolacreepy January 3, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    So rad!!! Now come to California so we can shop together! πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD January 3, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

      I might not be able to swing it for 2013, but yes – visiting California (and you!!) is one of my goals for sure πŸ˜€

  40. Becky January 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Congratulations, you deserve it, no question.

  41. jstarr4250 January 3, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    Congratulations – I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and find it fresh, funny and totally original. You look equally fantastic in trendy, retro or classic styles and the quality of your work is always top notch. In all honesty, being twice your age and rather conservative, I’ll admit that your rather “colorful” writing style put me off in the beginning, but I’ve gotten over it. There – I’ve said it… Enjoy your Mood allowance – I can’t wait to start following you along with the others.

  42. Andrea January 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    Congrats! It is well deserved, and I look forward to your Mood makes.

  43. Erica B January 3, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Congratulations and welcome!

  44. Daniela January 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    You’re welcome πŸ˜‰

  45. Rochelle New January 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    Woooooooo congrats!!!!!!! side note: I’m totally not surprised. In fact, I’m MORE surprised they didn’t ask you sooner!!! Can’t wait to see the big sewing reveal πŸ™‚

  46. ReInvented Audrey January 3, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing more projects from you!

  47. lloubb January 3, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    yay, and congrats! I’ve always thought you’d be a great addition to that network πŸ™‚

  48. Rachel Mercado January 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    Wow that’s amazing! Can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2013!!

  49. Sewing Sveta January 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm #


  50. Trisha January 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    Congratulations! I could feel your excitement over the internet!

  51. symondezyn January 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    Yay!!! HUGE congratulations – this is very exciting and very well deserved πŸ™‚
    *hi fives*!!!!!!!!

  52. Andrea January 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    Well duh, you’re awesome! I can’t wait to see what you made. πŸ™‚

  53. sewhopeful January 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    That’s great news. I love your blog, it’s one of the first ones I followed when I discovered the awesome land of sewing blogs. Exciting times ahead (mmmmmm, fabric) and a bit congratulations! And congratulations to Mood to having a fantastic addition to their network.

  54. Joost De Cock (@j__st) January 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    Haha, you said this. Then your said bitch. Made my day.
    Congratulations. Any business should be lucky to have such fine ladies as their poster girls πŸ™‚

  55. Debi January 3, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    YAY! A SUPER BIG CONGRATS!!!!! So excited for you and the yummy fabric you will be able to show off with your fab-u-lous creations! Well done, Mood!

  56. em January 3, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    woohoo! well deserved. Super excited to see your makes πŸ˜€

  57. Amanda January 3, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    Dude- this is rad! Well played madame! Time for a cocktail… πŸ˜€

  58. Lisette January 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    W00t! I only just started reading your blog, but I’m still very excited for you!

  59. Kerry January 3, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    Amazing! Congratulations, you’re a great choice as you make me want to make every pattern that you make, so looking forward to seeing your makes

  60. Jacq C January 3, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    Brilliant news and well deserved, no wonder you are thrilled πŸ™‚

  61. Shar January 3, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    Congrats!! Yours was one of the first sewing blogs I followed. Your posts always crack me up and your makes always inspire me. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! No more $1/yard Wal-Mart fabric?

    • LLADYBIRD January 4, 2013 at 8:45 am #

      Oh, I still plan on buying cheap fabric when I can find it… Mood isn’t going to fund *all* my future sewing πŸ™‚ But I’ve stayed away from the Walmart stuff for a few years now. There are definitely some diamonds in the rough on occasion, but it’s pretty icky for the most part. My store doesn’t have the wide selection of knits they used to carry, just really thin quilting cottons. That being said, I do have a few more Walmart pieces in my stash that I need to use haha!

  62. Topshelf January 3, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    Lmfaooooooooooo!!! Congratulations

  63. MarrieB January 3, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    This is such exciting news! I’m so glad they included you. Your blog was one of my major inspirations for learning how to sew garments, and continues to inspire me with every post!

  64. Marie January 3, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    Wow wee, congratulations Lauren…this is so well-deserved! What a great line-up you all make! Can I also say how jealous I am of your Bernina…what a beauty!!!

  65. Vanessa January 3, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    Congratulations and hooray! I can’t wait to see what you make with all your Mood fabric. And how you decide what to get. I’m intimidated by buying fabric online. Not that my choices are always great even when I can run my hands over the fabric!

    • LLADYBIRD January 4, 2013 at 8:42 am #

      Buying fabric online can be tricky – I try to *always* get swatches, especially if it’s for a bigger/more expensive project. I usually start with checking the pattern for fabric requirements (having a decent fabric store locally is really nice, since now I have a pretty good idea of what each fabric’s characteristics are like), narrow my site search down to the colors/prints that I like in those fabrics, and then get a bunch of swatches mailed to me.

  66. Mika January 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Congrats (I think… I’m more than a little bit jealous!) To be honest, one of my first thoughts when they announced the first group was, “why isn’t Lauren here?” And now you are!

  67. Jane January 3, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    I’m so glad you got into the network! I was thinking ever since I heard of it that you definitely deserved a spot. I’ve only been reading your blog for a few months now, but I seriously have the biggest “internet-sewing-girl-crush” on you ever. Is that a thing? Anyway, Congrats!

  68. Maggie January 3, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    Congrats!! I can’t wait to see what your first project is!

  69. kittysdrawings January 3, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    OMG CONGRATULATIONS! That it such great news – I would be STOKED to receive a fabric allowance! I couldnt think of anything better actually!

  70. leahfranqui January 3, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

    This is so well deserved! Good for you, I can’t wait to see what you make, and I’m so thrilled you were chosen, you are amazing!

  71. Heartofstone January 4, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    Woop woop!! Congrats girl!! Happy dance happy dance happy dance!!

  72. kazzthespazz January 4, 2013 at 2:02 am #

    You. Go. Girl. That’s brilliant, totes happy for you and can’t wait to see what you whip up. 2013 Look-out!!

  73. Fiona January 4, 2013 at 2:51 am #

    They couldn’t have made a better choice! Congratulations!
    I’m going to NYC in April with my little sister for a trip we’ve been planning for at least 5 years (we live in The UK) and I’m SO excited to be finally going to Mood!

  74. rehanon January 4, 2013 at 4:47 am #

    If there was ever a 100% bonified reason for shitting your pants then man I think this is it. Massive congratumolations my darling πŸ™‚ You’re a prolific blogger and stitcher and those peeps are so lucky to have you.


  75. Annika January 4, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    Great news. You deserve it.

  76. Kimbersew January 4, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    ABSOLUUUUUUUTELY! oh yes! Just don’t let them clean up your mouth. Brilliant!

  77. Heather January 4, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    Oh wow, congrats!!! \o/ \o/ \o/

  78. sometimessewist January 4, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    You totally deserve this recognition. Congratulations, and I can’t wait to see all of the lovely Mood textiles you whip into clothing!

  79. Helen Made January 4, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    wow this is exciting news – can’t wait to see what you make with your allowance! Well done!

  80. gingermakes January 4, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    Welcome to the jungle, girl! SO GLAD you’ll be stitchin’ along with us!!

  81. ZoSews January 4, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    I LOVE reading your blog – hilarious. Surprised you haven’t “shat your pants” – lol!

  82. Melanie January 4, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    OMFG, This is brilliant and well deserved! Congratulations!

  83. my handmadehappiness January 5, 2013 at 5:55 am #

    I totally love your blog…. It’s new to be but you are endlessly inspirational! Can’t wait to see more of your work! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! xx

  84. Taenocat January 5, 2013 at 6:01 am #

    OK so I’m a couple of days behind but I just wanted to throw in an “ohmygod” as well. Congratulations!!! I lurrrrrrrve your blog (don’t let the total absence of prior commenting fool you), and this is very well-deserved πŸ™‚

  85. sallie January 6, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    WOOT WOOT!!! Congratulations lady!! Well deserved!

  86. missjoiedevivre January 12, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    WOW – that is awesome news! And totally deserved – your stuff is amazing and you’ll do Mood proud. Can’t wait to see your Mood makes!

  87. Becca January 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    OMG! That is so awesome! Congratulations, girl!

  88. Meg the Grand January 15, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    ROCK STAR HOLY CANNOLI FACE!!! You TOTALLY deserve this, you fantastic lady you!

  89. Taylor January 21, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    I’m a little late here, but congratulations! This is really awesome. That monthly fabric allowance is a pretty sweet deal πŸ™‚


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