The idea behind the K.I.D.S. Series all started when my eldest daughter, Chloe, came up to me with a drawing she had made from her Strawberry Shortcake coloring book…

She is always showing me her artwork, so proud like every little child is. And I am always displaying them all over my sewing space, the fridge, or anywhere else we might have a bit of spare wall. But this time it was different, as I was looking at this drawing I realized I could do something with it. Something bigger than just hanging it on the wall. I wanted to give my daughter something back. Something that would show her that I valued her precious little fingers always drawing Mommy masterpieces, I valued her love and her creations. And more so – that her designs are worthy and esteemed in my eyes. Looking at this photo, I realized I could make this for her.

The very first Chloe designed original jacket.

It took me 2 whole days to make this jacket, not many people can inspire me to sew that many flat felled seams after all. Only my children…and maybe Tim Gunn. But as I was sewing this jacket, I also realized I was more excited over making this than I had been over anything else in a long time. I simply couldn’t wait to give my daughter this gift.

I often worry about the world our children are growing up in. A world where girls can not know their own self-worth, where boys struggle trying to define themselves as a man, and where parents (even me sometimes) can get too busy to notice the little things they are doing every day to try to get our attention. To have their confidence built and their love assured.

K.I.D.S. was my small way of saying thank you. Of getting our kids involved in our own creative process and letting them know that their input has value.

That when everything else is gone, they will be the true blessings we are left with. God willing, someday when I am an old fart – I highly doubt I will be talking about whether or not I was featured here or there. No, I will be reminiscing on those little hands. And all of the sweet fruit they brought me in life.

Nothing is more important to me than cultivating her dreams, and helping mold her into the person God has created her to be.  Then letting her know there is a plan and purpose for her life, and that above all else – she is loved.

So in this month of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for our kids. They are our biggest inspirations in the littlest packages.

They make us smile, they make us laugh, and they even make us crazy. But without them, all would be for naught.

This Series has grown very near and dear to my heart, and is quite possibly the very favorite thing I have ever done on this blog.

A special thank you to all of the incredible guests who were a part of K.I.D.S. I know how much time and effort goes into doing a guest post, so from the bottom of my heart – thank you.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Wishing you all a very Happy and Wonderful Thanksgiving filled with memories, turkey, hugs and more.

Until next time…

Happy Sewing!