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Women’s Strapless Dress to Girls’ Halter Dress

This dress was the least drastic transformation, but it required a lot more work than most of the other dresses to do it properly. It started out as a women’s strapless dress, so I just had to remove the cups, take in and reshape the chest and sides, then add halter ties. However, it is fully lined and I ended up ripping the whole thing apart so it wasn’t as easy as it looks. It…

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Sparkly Womens Tank to Girls Dress Top

This dress was so simple to make, but my daughter loves it! The top is sparkly, the bottom is silky, it has a nice drape, and it is comfortable. The outside is made from a women’s sparkly tank and  the lining is made from a women’s T shirt. The top was constructed using the Uptown/Downtown Dress pattern. This pattern is great for knit fabrics! I have used it several times just to save myself the hassle of…

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1950s Retro Dress

I am a little behind. That is the story of my life. I ran out of steam and didn’t finish the Easter dresses in time for Easter this year. I decided a happy mom spending time with her kids was better than a grumpy one frantically sewing. So, I finished them when I felt like it. The last one didn’t get done until July 30. And that is OK. My “theme” this year was “upcycled”…

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Gardening and Birdhouse Quiet Book Pages

Last two pages! As cute as the farm scene pages are, my favorite page in this book is the gardening page. We start our own seeds and the kids get to help sometimes, so it was something else I really wanted to include in the book. I made a little seed box with hand embroidered letters and sewed on some seed beads as if they had spilled. #keepitreal The flowerpot turned out unintentionally patriotic. I…

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Farm Animals Quiet Book Page

On our little farm, spring means lots of new baby animals. I wanted to reflect that in the spring quiet book, too. I came up with this little sunset farm scene and tried out some different applique techniques. I hand embroidered the fence and some details, then sewed on the barn. The barn doors are held shut with a round button and a loop of narrow elastic. Inside the barn are some “animal pens” made…

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Umbrella and Flowers Quiet Book Pages

One of the first ideas I had for a spring themed quiet book page was to make an umbrella with sliding bead raindrops. That grew into the April showers bring May flowers pages. I had some gray bias tape on hand, but I had to buy a big bag of clear beads just for the few that I needed.   I appliqued a yellow umbrella with the machine, but the handle is hand embroidered with a satin…

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Spring Quiet Book ~ Cover

Yes, I know it is July. Better late than never. So, since it is now summer and we are in a heat advisory this morning, I have been finally getting pictures of this quiet book ready to post while hiding in the AC. However, I realized that the spring book is much more detailed than the winter quiet book and resulted in a crazy amount of pictures. Rather than overload one big post, I am…

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Finish-A-Long Goals Q3

Well, I got a big jump on finishing things last quarter… and then life happened. We got busy. Now it is summer and soon it will be harvest time for the garden. So, things don’t look like they are going to slow down anytime soon. But, here is my list anyway. I don’t know how much I can actually accomplish in the next three months, but I will try my best. 1. Spring Quiet Book–…

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Ombre Dyed July 4th Skirts

I haven’t been sewing lately, but I have had this idea in my head for awhile to make ombre dyed skirts for the girls and July 4th was as good of a reason as any to try it out. I had some knit in a tote that was given to me about 9 years ago (back when I was still scared of sewing with anything but quilting cotton). So, this project only cost me about…

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Create In Me a Clean Heart Floral Canvas

I haven’t fallen off of the face of the earth or anything. We are just in a busy season. This spring, we had girls on 2 softball teams and a soccer team, plus all of our regular work and farming stuff to do. It has been C R A Z Y!!! So, as far as crafting goes, I am on a little bit of a painting kick. I got my sunroom all cleaned out and…

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