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    Pillowcase Dress Tutorial

    Vintage embroidered linens have a certain charm to them. Maybe it’s because they remind us of a simpler time. Back before the days of cell phones and internet and reality TV shows…. Back then, embroidery was a favorite past time for many women. They embroidered everything from tea towels, table runners, home decor and bed linens. Sadly, these items end up getting stored away or forgotten, or even worse, thrown in the garbage! 😊 These are works of art and deserve to be seen and admired. It is my mission to give them a new life and inspire others to do the same. A vintage pillowcase is just the right…

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    NEW! Peeka Top + Tutorial for a Curved Hem

    Looking for a girl’s t-shirt pattern that’s great for everyday wear and still manages to stay on trend? The Peeka Top from Unfancy Designs is the perfect mix of comfort and style with it’s unique peek-a-boo shoulder and different styling options. This not-so-basic shirt is a super fast and easy sew, making this a pattern you’ll come back to over and over again. It’s being released today at a limited time discounted price of $6.50! (Wow, really?! I had to double check that price to make sure I had it right! Ha ha.) And with a size range of 18mo-12, this pattern will last you a long time I was lucky enough to be…

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    FINALLY! Sewing for my Boy

    Well, it’s about time! A sewing project for the boys! 😍 So far, all of my projects here have revolved around Anna. But what about my boys? Anna has 3 (that’s right, 3!) older brothers. They tend to get left out when it comes to sewing. Patterns for boys always seem to either be too young-looking or just aren’t available in the sizes I need. My 2 oldest boys are turning 12 and 14 this month, and there just isn’t much out there for them (pattern wise). At least, nothing they approve of anyway. So, when Terra’s Treasures came out with the Elevation Hoodie, going all the way up to…

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    Container Gardening with Kids- Starting Seeds Indoors

    In addition to sewing, I also enjoy gardening. With growing season upon us, it will start to consume more of my time. So it makes since to share my gardening adventures here with you. Not that I’m an expert or anything. Far from it. Just as with sewing, there is always something so be learned with gardening. My hope is just to share what I do know and continue to learn more along the way. We are currently in the process of buying a new 😍 home. We will have a good sized lot but most of it is wooded and subsequently, the rest is in the shade. The only…

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    Vintage Pledge 2016

    Anybody who’s ever visited my blog or seen my work through other means knows that I always try to implement a vintage element to everything I create. Even more modern patterns will get a vintage twist here. So when I came across the Vintage Pledge, it should come as no surprise that I totally had to join! I added vintage lace and used a vintage-style print fabric to this modern skirt, here. 😍 So, I have taken the pledge! I have pledged to sew from at least 1 (but you know I’ll probably do more) vintage pattern this year. And why not? As much as I use vintage materials and styles, I’d…

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    Pretty Pinny

    The perfect combination- Pinafores and vintage embroidery. What better way to showcase a vintage embroidered table cloth than as a sweet little pinafore-style dress? That’s right. This adorable dress was made from a vintage table cloth. And, embroidered with blue and pink flowers, it’s perfect for Spring 😍 I can’t believe Spring is just right around the corner. Here on our little Island, it already looks and feels like it! The daffodils are already blooming and woodland creatures are coming out of hiding. I love this time of year. There is a little nature trail near our house that Anna loves to walk. It has a couple of ponds where…

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    3 Little Kittens for KCW

    My last project for Kids Clothes Week was inspired by Anna’s favorite nursery rhyme, “The Three Little Kittens.” Anna LOVES kitties. So naturally, this would be her favorite story. I’m sure you’ve noticed a few other kitty themed projects I’ve done over the months. Her Princess Kitty birthday dress, her Hello Kitty Halloween costume last Fall, and now this one. And I’m certain there will be more to come. 😍 The dress itself doesn’t actually have any kitties on it though (sorry Honey). But she loves the very vintage looking yellow dress in the story. Not to mention, I happen to have the perfect pattern and material for it. And even though the…

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    Playing Dress-Up

    We’re playing dress-up for Kids Clothes Week today! It’s time to retire some of Daddy’s favorite old and VERY worn shirts. Out with the old and in with new! But what are we going to do with all the old ones? Have some fun, of course ;p Silly girl. Funny, just like her Daddy 😍 Where did she go? How about we go a step further and do a little re-purposing? A little snip here, another snip there…. The bottom of Daddy’s shirt along with the denim sleeves from another. 😍 Put them together and what do you get? A cute and functional dress for Daddy’s little girl! The adjustable sleeves from the denim…

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    Color Me

    It’s Kids Clothes Week again! The theme this season is “Toys.” Clothes inspired by toys, clothes that look like toys, clothes that are toys….well, you get the picture. One of Anna’s favorite things to do is color. So what’s more perfect than a dress made from fabric she can color on! 😍 A few months back, Anna and I were scrolling through Fabric.com and came across this Color Me fabric together. It’s fun to let Anna look at fabric with me, that way I know I’m buying something actually likes. Not to mention, for a 3 year old, she’s got pretty good taste. Initially, Anna was reluctant to color on her new…

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    Vintage Pillowcase turned Cute Little Top

    Vintage eyelet table runner and embroidered linen pillowcase. The theme for this last week of Project Run and Play is to make something with your own “Signature style”. Yahhh! I’ve been waiting for this one all month. Not that the other themes weren’t fun, because I’ve had a blast. And of course I’ve been trying to put my vintage mark on everything. But it’s been a while since I’ve made anything from my stash of vintage embroidery. So when I came across the Dakota top sew along at Modkid I jumped for joy! This pattern is perfect to re-purpose one of my many vintage pillowcases. And while going through my stash, this beautiful violet peacock with crochet plume…