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Naomi’s Quilt

Not my best quilt ever, but it is FINISHED!!! AND I got it done BEFORE her first birthday (with 4 hours to spare). I originally wanted to machine quilt this one, but since I can’t lower my feed dogs, it was a failure. 🙁 So, rip, rip, rip it was. Then I hand quilted the cow blocks, but I couldn’t figure out how to quilt the red blocks, so I gave up and tied them…

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Tandy Cakes

Here is one for all of you chocolate/peanut butter lovers out there! 😉 I love homemade tandy cakes! I think these are so moist and delicious because I bake them in a greased 10″ x 15″ glass baking pan. Here is the recipe: 4 eggs 2 cups sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 1 cup milk 2 cups flour 2 tsp. baking powder 2 Tbsp. melted butter 1/3 cup peanut butter 12oz. bag milk chocolate chips Beat…

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Grace’s Quilt

TA DA!!!! I started Grace’s baby quilt a few weeks before she was born (hence the bright, but neutral colors). I was inspired by Anita’s beautiful quilt HERE, but since I don’t like to do sashing, I decided to use this Moda Bakeshop pattern, except I cut my own squares instead of using a charm pack.They are both sooooo cute!!!See that red pinwheel? Those are what I was cutting when I cut my fingertip with…

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Strawberry Shortcake Dress

My 3yo is still on the Strawberry Shortcake kick! So for her birthday I made her a Strawberry Shortcake dress. I just blatantly copied Strawberry’s dress by sewing a semi-circle skirt to the bottom of a white T-shirt. It turned out pretty good, but my brain does NOT function well lately, so I had a few snags. I accidentally made the skirt twice as big as I needed to (should have divided the waist by…

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Flannel Button Quilt

So, my little girl went through a phase where she LOVED pink camouflage. I was on a flannel quit kick, so I decided to make her a pink camo one for her second birthday.She turned five in December.You see, I thought it would be absolutely charming and adorable to do a checkerboard pattern and use high-loft batting and sew a button on each square. I was picturing this comfy, cutesy, “Little House on the Prairie”…

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Cinnamon Rolls From SCRATCH!

Please do not lick your computer screen. I am not responsible for any dust on your tongue. I get requests to make these delicious cinnamon rolls pretty often, but never requests for the recipe! I think it is too intimidating, but, REALLY, they are NOT hard to make! I got the recipe from an Amish cookbook, so a full batch makes 5 dozen. I am giving you the half batch recipe and much clearer directions…

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In the Garden Twirly Easter Dress

My 7yo daughter was also very opinionated about her dress style. She wanted a “poofy” skirt and straps instead of sleeves (she said spaghetti straps and I said “NO”). So, I checked out my bookmarked list and found this tutorial. She totally approved! The straps are the minimum 1″ wide allowed in the school dress code, so it should be OK to wear to school if she wants, and the skirt is two full widths…

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Puffy Sleeve, A-Line Easter Dress

My 5yo wanted “puffy sleeves” (I wasn’t thrilled with that- I don’t like sleeves!) and a “straight” skirt. I traced one of her T-shirts to get the bodice pattern, but made the waist fairy high. Then I cut the skirt to be an A-line style. The sleeves were a little trickier, but they turned out really, really well! I used the same technique as found here. I prefer invisible zippers and I used a sash…

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Ruffle Tank Easter Dress

For the Easter dresses this year, I wanted to: use things I already had, if possible skip the commercial pattern thing let the girls have a say in what style they wanted I had one yard pieces of cotton quilting fabric in pretty calicos that I made work for the younger girls, but I had to buy some for the oldest one. All these addicting blogs gave me the confidence to “wing it” with the…

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Painted Plastic Easter Eggs Tutorial

I get these crazy ideas in my head and I just have to try them. This time I thought, what about painting plastic Easter eggs? I wasn’t entirely sure that it would work and that the paint would stick to the plastic, but I gave it a shot anyway. I was pleasantly surprised that it DID work and that the texture was very nice- much more like real eggs. So of course I made a…

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