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"My life has a superb cast, but I can't figure out the plot." ~ Ashleigh Brilliant I LOVE to create. That's my favorite thing to do along with being with my family and friends and babysitting my three grandchildren!!

More Smocking...... It seems I always have multiple sewing projects going at any given time.

More Smocking......

Currently I'm working on the Larkin and a few other things....but I'm also getting started on a bishop. I mentioned before that I am taking a Smocking Correspondence Course through SAGA. I have so enjoyed this course! I taught myself to smock about 11 years ago so I've always wondered if I am doing things correctly. This course has reassured me I am doing it right.....and it has given me a few tips along the way too. Last year I realized I had a shoe box full of embroidery floss.


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(without much fanfare apparently) You’ll need: 1-2 yards of fabric, depending on child’s size. I barely scraped by with one yard for my 2T size 6 buttons-for the pattern I provide no larger than 5/8″ thread, sewing and pattern making stuff (ie sewing machine and paper) You can download the free 2T/3T pattern here. Ok, if you’re not using the pattern, let’s get going and make your own! This will be the back piece of your bodice-so trace the back neckline. Next, cut out your back piece, and trace it again. Then cut out that pattern, trace the back piece again, and draw your bodice flap pattern. Then I drew a sleeve shape like this one for my gathered sleeve.

There. Tomorrow: bodice and buttonholes! Recipes, Kids Crafts, DIY Ideas, Tutorials And More.


Project Gallery. d365 Advent Devotional Series. Paper Paintings. Recovery in Al-Anon. Aesthetic Nest. Texas Freckles. I don't have much worthwhile to say today, but I wanted to post, so here we go. It's RaNdOM fRiDaY! I was inspired by Nichole's pinwheel sampler blocks and decided to try one. I loved making it, so yesterday I made a few more after deciding to cut into my Hope Valley. I guess I'm joining the Pinwheel Sampler Quilt-Along at P.S. i quilt? I hate irons. So, I bought two cheap irons yesterday. And since it is rAnDoM fRidaY, here are the birds that were in my yard (and across the street) yesterday. A female Northern Cardinal, an adorable little Killdeer, a not-particularly-attractive unidentified female Brown Headed Cowbird who was eating "things" out of the grass, and his/her not-particularly-attractive sidekick who appeared to be the lookout. These little guys are, but I'll look through my books later.

[A fellow birder on flickr helped me identify these little ladies.] Lastly, I thought I'd share my real workspace, where I'll be for the remainder of the day and likely a portion of tomorrow. Blogsy for iPad. iPad blog for app reviews, news, tips,how-tos. Free Pincushion Patterns.

One-of-my-favorite-etsy-shop-lucky-star. Hi there, lovely ladies!


How's your day? I hope you are all fine. I have recently discovered an Etsy shop which sells a variety of cute and adorable party decoration items and the stuff. I am sure most of you already know Erin. She's got this fab blog called Lucky Star Lane and an awesome Etsy shop, as well. I was looking at her shop for the nth time tonight and I just can't help sharing with you MY favorites! In case you don't know, we are crazy over owls here! Look at this Diaper Cake! Now, how about this owl centerpiece? Owl corsages!!! Cute centerpiece topper. And this owl corsage for a baby boy shower! She's got other pretty things there, not just owls! So what d'ya say about this rag garland?

Oh, and this Ribbon and Lace Chandelier decoration is absolutely lovely! And these flower pins are too cute for words! She's so talented and so creative, you've got to see it for yourself. Hugs, Craftinessisnotoptional. A craft blog: Project 3 - A New Technique Tried. For my third project for my HOLY MOLY I HAVE TOO MANY CRAFT BOOKS challenge, I decided to venture into new territory...smocking. The project comes from this book, Smocking for Beginners. The book's title is very misleading...Beginners?!!?? With a crafter's eye glance through the book's content, I beg to differ. Just look at these projects : Pretty gnarly stuff.

After practicing for a bit, I jumped into this project, enjoying every minute of handwork. Here's a close up of the smocking Itching to give polka dot smocking a try? Black Marks = Sewing Guides for this tutorial only Red Floss = For this tutorial only 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 3 books down - 47 more to go ;o) happy day ^*^ kat. Amy Butler Design. Finished Paintbox Quilt. The Paintbox Quilt is finished!

Finished Paintbox Quilt

This quilt is made with 64 - 6.5" blocks in 32 color combinations (8 by 8 blocks with 1.5" sashing). Each combination is a Kona cotton solid and a monochromatic quilting print. One of the blocks in each combination is made with a printed center and outer ring and the other is made with a solid center and outer ring. I had a hard time deciding how to lay out the blocks for the quilt. In the end, I placed the two black and two chocolate brown squares (the darkest ones) at each of the corners. I alternated the orientation of the squares so the "pulled" corners were going in opposite directions. On the back, I made a pieced panel with a little rectangle of each of the Kona cottons. The letters on the back are just simple Kona cotton appliques, made using this technique. The washed and quilted linen is so incredibly soft, which makes this a very comfy quilt too!

I've just written up a quick tutorial for the blocks, which is here. Sew4Home - Transform your space. Home Decor. StyleBistro - Celebrity-Inspired Style, Fashion, and Beauty. Homemade "Vicks Vapor shower disks". Have you seen the commercials for the Vicks Vapor shower disk thingies?

Homemade "Vicks Vapor shower disks"

You put one of these disks in your shower, and voila thanks to the vapors in it, you're magically healed, your cold is gone, and your face is shockingly free of snot. I always used to watch the "Noxema girl" splashing water on her face and wondered how she was able to wash her face without being completely overrun with boogers. I'm the only one? Yes? Ok, moving along then... Regardless, Vicks makes these things and I'm sure they're super expensive for something that is just going to wash down your drain. You know where I'm going with this, right? Yep. I made them myself. The idea started a few weeks ago when my sweet little nephew Parker came down with Croup for like the 1,438th time. And they couldn't be any simpler. Sarah's Homemade Vicks Shower Disk Thingies -Baking soda -Water -Essential oils: eucalyptus, rosemary, and lavender. 1) Add baking soda to a mixing bowl. 3) Add 15 drops of each essential oil.

Stitchery Dickory Dock. Im Just A Guy Who Quilts: Bundles of Joy Quilt { A Tutorial } Every once in awhile I run across a quilt design and say to myself, "I can make that!

Im Just A Guy Who Quilts: Bundles of Joy Quilt { A Tutorial }

" Even without taking a look at the pattern. Most of you probably had the same reaction when I posted a picture of this quilt. It's a very simple design and takes a few hours to put together. If you're like me and have an addiction to charm packs, you will more than likely have everything you need for this project right in your stash. Finished quilt will measure around 24 x 28. Here are the supplies you'll need to make the top: 1 Charm Pack (or 42, 5" charm squares)1 Yard of a coordinating solid STEP 1: Take your solid print and slice 14 strips that measure 1.25" by WOF (width of fabric). STEP 2: Cut each strip of solid into 7" lengths. STEP 3: Take each charm square and slice them at a random measurement straight up and down. (To save some time, feel free to stack several charm squares together when cutting.

Here is a photo of all the charm squares cut and stacked in pairs. Again, press the seams open. 10 Tools To Upload Facebook Photos. Momastery. A while back I woke up early one morning to write, opened my inbox and found a letter from Maggie.


Maggie had just lost her beloved sister to addiction. This is what I wrote I back to her: Dearest Maggie, It could have gone either way, you know. My drinking and drugging and binging and lying and hiding and running were so severe, for so very long. Maggie, do you know that I really, really, very much miss drinking? I so miss the other side. For you, Glennon, it’s not like the Skinny Girl Margarita commercials. Maggie – Do you know that once in a blue moon, bulimia pops into my life again like a terrifying jack in the box? And still I would insist to you that I am getting well. Maggie, sometimes I go to a party and the first thing a friend says is, “G! I’m so scared of parties, Maggie.

Lots of times we haven’t been invited to parties because people don’t know how to handle the drinking issue. Sobriety feels really lonely sometimes. I meant to write about something else today. Linguine bunnybuns... From outer space! *With pattern* I just love weird elongated limbs!

Linguine bunnybuns... From outer space! *With pattern*

And bunnies. So, I decided to combine the two, resulting in this threesome of rather unusual rabbity things. I was going to just call them linguine bunnybuns, but my boyfriend insisted that they're space bunnies. So now they're linguine bunnybuns... from outer space! W00t! They're so ickle and tiny! I express color through my amigurumi... no really!

And if you'd like to make some silly bunnies as well, here's the pattern. Linguine bunnybuns... Materials: - One skein of yarn in the body color of your choice.- An oddment of white yarn for the tail.- Embroidery floss for the nose.- Beads for the eyes.- A hook appropriate to the weight of the yarn. The ears, head, torso and legs are all crocheted as one continuous piece, starting at the tip of the first ear. First ear Second ear and body Start like the first bunny ear, but don't fasten off after R18. R19: ch 3, sc around the 6 st of the first ear, sc into each of the 3 ch made at the beginning of the round. Arms. Baby Monsters! Very basic amigurumi. EDIT!

Baby Monsters! Very basic amigurumi

Just wrote out a long photo-tutorial on my blog so you've no excuse now not to learn amigurumi if you've been wanting to! I made these for a class I'm going to be teaching for people who have never crocheted before, so I had to make them super easy, but still cute and customizable. Hopefully they'll be able to finish the project while I'm with them They're made out of 10 different kinds of yarn, but my favorite to work with was the Cascade 220 wool. I'm getting spoiled now, because if I'm going to be at the yarn store teaching there's no telling how many colors of nice yarn I'm going to "need. " ! I'm going to post a pattern on my blog I think, but is pretty simple. That's the tutorial in a nutshell! OH and if you're anywhere near Austin, these are at Knitting Nest, along with MJ, Pee-Wee, and DJ Lance!

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