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Jungle Star Quilt

It only took a little over five years, but I finished it! 🙂 You see, I pieced this quilt top for my 5yo daughter before she was born. We like to leave the baby’s gender a surprise, so I was going for something bright and fun and gender-neutral. After the top was finished, I was afraid it was too girly and made another one. That one isn’t very neutral either. I was thinking “rubber ducks”…

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Raspberry Custard

My kids love to pick wild raspberries! I did get to make one batch of ice cream this year, but for the most part, I am only “allowed” to make raspberry custard. Everyone in this house loves it, except for me. I am picky and I just don’t like seeds. So, based on the recommendations of everyone else in my household, you should give this recipe a try! 🙂   Raspberry Custard   1 1/2…

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Sneak Peek ~ A Little Sewing Time in the AC

My sewing machine is in the air conditioning.  I have really been in the mood to sew a lot lately! First up, I expanded upon this years’ Easter collection: I made a tie for my very unhappy son who says that polka dots are “girly” but I think it is very classy.  I also made a purse for Grace with scraps from her Little Diva Dress.  She is really into purses right now.  I used…

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Summertime on the “Wanna Be” Farm

So, I haven’t been blogging very much lately, but that is because there is a lot of summer stuff going on around here.  I taught the girls to make clover chains last week. I was thinking about it and I wonder if that will become a “lost art” one day… When/if the kids get their small list of chores done, they get a chance to jump into the new pool. Lately, they had better hurry…

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Maxi Skirts Galore!

A few weeks ago I was on a maxi skirt sewing frenzy… Please excuse my modeling skills in the following pictures. 🙂 As you can see, one of my daughters, however, thinks she is QUITE the little model. Sometimes she overdoes it, though. For the girls’ pink and blue skirts I used THIS tutorial, but the waist needs to be an inch or so smaller than the actual measurement (these are little girls without womanly hips…

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Sweet Summer Halter Top Tutorial

Last summer I did a guest post for Fireflies and Jellybeans, so I thought it would be nice to bring it home and repost it over here on my blog, too.  Looking at these pictures of little Gracie, who just turned two the other day, makes me a little bit sappy. Oh, I am going to be a mess with this last baby, aren’t I? *sniff, sniff* OK, back to the tutorial.  Here you go……

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Strawberry Shortcake Dress

Just a quick little show-off here… I made another Strawberry Shortcake dress (original HERE) for my niece’s 3rd birthday. It turned out super cute and she immediately wanted to put it on, so she must have liked it. 🙂 Same as before, it is a semi-circle skirt (left over from my screw-up two years ago) sewn to an embellished Garanimals T-shirt from Walmart.  This time I improved and did two things differently: 1. Garanimals shirts…

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Ariel Quilt

This quilt was put together pretty quickly for a very special baby girl.  I didn’t have much notice (it’s complicated) but I felt that she deserved something special.  I did all of the quilting and even the binding entirely on my new sewing machine, partly to try it out and partly to get it done faster. I bought the Ariel panel and backing fabric, oh, about 7 years ago and I was saving it, in…

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