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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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Pirogi Casserole

This is such a quick and easy recipe that I wanted to share it here. It is a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes (or plan ahead and make a little extra!) Pirogi Casserole 12 lasagna noodles, boiled 2 cups mashed potatoes 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese ½ cup butter You can also add some chopped onions, salt, and pepper to the mashed potatoes, but I don’t. Place…

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Butterfly Quilts

I try to make quilts for my new nieces and nephews when they are born. For my niece, Eden, I made this beautiful butterfly quilt, and I used some extra blocks to make a doll-sized version for her older sister, Anna, too. I used only fabrics I had on hand- I didn’t have to buy anything, so it was some major stash-busting! I even used up extra binding that I over-cut from the last quilt…

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Sneak Peek in the Studio Friday #3

Lots of crafting this week! I am just plugging away!!! (Guess this is my version of nesting since the more things I finish the closer I am to moving my sewing stuff for Baby#5) This pretty basket and the quilt it is sitting on (full blog post on the quilt next week when I finish its complimentary doll version)…I LOVE SUNFLOWERS! I finished this embroidery and frame for my etsy shop.I went through a patriotic…

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My Buttercup Bag, Modified

As promised, I am showing you all my modified Buttercup Bag. I got this LOVELY fabric like I used in my sister-in-law’s purse for Christmas (I just reversed the outside and lining for mine). After making one for my daughter as a trial run, I realized the original pattern was too small for me, so I made mine a bit bigger (still a bit too small for me, but I am trying to size down…

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