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What Moms Really Need for Mother’s Day

I want to be totally honest. I am not Super Mom. Things are not always sunshine and roses around here. Yes, I squeeze in a lot of crafty things, but there are a lot of things I don’t do. When it comes to school, I am one of those slacker moms. I don’t check my kids’ school folders. Yes, I know that I should. The first kid or two I was all over that. Now,…

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Blushing Izzy Dress Tutorial

My girls get a lot of say in their Easter dresses. Isabelle came to me with a sketch of her Easter dress a few months ago. She was insistent on the cross-front bodice (I later found out she copied it from a very old Barbie book I didn’t even know we had.) When I decided to go all 1950’s vintage, we looked on Pinterest and etsy for some styles that matched up with her design.…

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Vintage Easter Dresses

Oooh- the word “vintage” has become oh, so trendy. Yes, I am jumping on the bandwagon. It started out with this… …two flat vintage sheets that my nana bought maybe in the 1970s and vintage trims, notions, and buttons given to me by some friends. The colors matched perfectly. There are 5 colors in the sheets (other than white) and I have 5 girls, so they each got their own accent color. So, after 6…

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Grace’s Quiet Book ~ Purse Page

Last one! I think this might be Grace’s favorite page. She likes little purses and apparently she likes makeup a whole lot, too. I thought she just loved eating chapstick, but this isn’t edible, so that is not the case. Again, purse quiet book pages are pretty common. I bet you can find a bunch of them on Pinterest. I kept mine simple and in line with the “shabby chic” theme of this book with…

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Grace’s Quiet Book- Button Flower Page

OK. So the button flower page idea is pretty common. I have seen many examples on Pinterest so I am not gonna’ cite just one. I did change it up just a bit for mine, though. Look closely…   See? The flowers are reversible! All I did was fuse two scraps of fabric together (some of them are truly vintage fabrics!) Then, I traced a flower and sewed along the line I traced. Very carefully,…

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Grace’s Quiet Book- Baby & Bassinet Page

I think every little girl this age LOVES baby dolls. With 5 girls we have so many dolls in this house it is not even funny! The baby idea was an obvious choice for a quiet book page, but I still wanted to keep it simple. (Some of the other pages were wearing me out!) I ended up making a bassinet to hold the baby. It is made pretty much like a pocket with a…

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Grace’s Quiet Book- Tea Party Page

This quiet book page was another really big hit with Grace. It does eliminate some of the quiet aspect of the book, though, because a tea party is not as fun by yourself and she is always offering me tea and sweets. How can I refuse? 🙂 When you open the page it is just a table with attached plates (less to clean up). The tablecloth is gathered and topstitched. Let me just say that…

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Grace’s Quiet Book- Paper Dolls Page

The paper doll fabric I found two years ago started this whole quiet book thing. Yeah. I procrastinate a little. I was totally inspired by THIS paper doll quiet book page so you can read all about it there. Stef gives a nice tutorial on how she made hers. The only thing I did differently on the dolls was that I used a blanket stitch and left some of the white edge around the dolls. On…

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