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Jane@Buzzmills
bailjane(at)hotmail(dot)com
Interests: Sewing, crafting, cooking, creating with my daughter and for both my daughter and son, running, hiking, fresh air! dancing quietly with my husband and noisely with the family...
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Henry has this thing with overalls...he always has really. It started, likely, with a pair of train engineer overalls that he got as a gift when he was quite young and it just kept going. These red, white and blue shortalls, though two years old are still getting regular wear.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at Buzzmills
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As I mentioned yesterday...Violet started third grade this year! And, along with her new "grown-up style" she also requested a new, larger, backpack. Her owl backpack is actually still in fantastic shape, it's just a bit on the smallish side despite using Rae's instructions for the larger size. It was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Buzzmills
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We are beginning our second week back at school today and, now that everyone is settling back into the routine of it all (though we've already got our first sick day today) I thought I'd share some back to school makes! First, to start of third grade...yes, third grade! That... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Buzzmills
The other day, at the end of the first week of school, we celebrated with dinner by twinkle lights followed by s'mores around the fire pit...except that, apparently we didn't have all of the proper ingredients! Oops, unbeknownst to me...we were out of graham crackers! Ever the "inventive mom" I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at Buzzmills
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I've got one more, well three actually, pre-beach makes to share today. I'm a sucker for Charley Harper fabrics...also really any sandpiper fabrics as is evident from these shorts and this hat, especially when it comes to heading to the beach. Perhaps it's because of the time I spent working... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Buzzmills
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With all the swimsuit making I was doing for the kids, between rash guards, maillots, swim shorts and tankinis...it only seemed fair that I get some goodies too! Well, actually it initially started with me making Violet a too big pair of bikini bottoms for this suit...Not a huge mistake... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at Buzzmills
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It just wouldn't be summer without a new pair of City Gym Shorts...would it? I had really hoped to make myself a new pair this summer...but so far a new pair for myself has eluded me, besides I'm not the one growing out of my clothes and mine still fit... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at Buzzmills
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You might remember that Henry has a thing for pandas...and photo bombing! His favorite little stuffed guy is a panda, not to mention several of his other favorite "friends" are pandas as well. So, when cute panda fabric arrives in stock at my favorite online fabric shop (Imagine Gnats) ...I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at Buzzmills
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I'm sure this has never happened to you before...you pop into Joann needing to grab one thing, not even fabric related in fact...and your eyes accidentally spy something down one of the aisles. It pulls you down the aisle. Alas, you are unable to resist it when you see that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at Buzzmills
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I've had this amazing Cloud9 organic interlock knit (ordered from Imagine Gnats) in my stash since January! I simply could not let it languish any longer...especially since these little fish are perfect for the beach! Also, speaking of the beach...can we just talk about how adorable those little beachy freckles... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at Buzzmills
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I've got anotherKids Clothes Week (pre) make to share today! Often I feel myself saying..."I'm not making bathing suits this year" and then...something happens and that all goes out the window! It's like dominos I tell you, once you make one, you can't help but make more! Nearly immediately after... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Once again it's Kids Clothes Week...and, while I admit that many (if not all) of the clothes I'm hoping to share this week were actually sewn two weeks ago...I'm gonna go ahead and call them my kids clothes week clothes anyway... I'm counting them (even if it's kind of "cheating")... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at Buzzmills
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We are smack dab in the middle of one heck of a heat wave, it is hot and humid and all in all pretty gross outside! Seems like the perfect excuse to sew up some swimsuits, right? Well, thanks to a few lovely ladies, Call Ajaire, The Wolf and the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Buzzmills
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I can not believe how quickly this summer is flying by! I've been desperately attempting to declutter each and every room and closet in our house, while simultaneously mediating umpteen squabbles between siblings...it really seems to be the summer of bickering. It's not been all quarreling and chores though...there's been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Last month Gabriela of Chalk and Notch asked me if I'd like to join her Top Knot Blog Tour. I had already been swooning over the tester pictures and sneak peaks that had been popping up so I, of course, said "yes"! I love the look of this pattern, a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Earlier this week we kicked off our summer vacation with, what seems to be becoming, our annual Father's Day (and then some...) camping trip with friends of ours. I say "ours" in the most literal of meanings, as...we ourselves are close friends with the parents, and Violet and Henry are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2016 at Buzzmills
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We say it every year, don't we? "I can't believe how quickly the school year went!" We, here, are only a few days away from the end of the school year and the beginning of summer. We are in the thick of the end of the year flurry with field... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Buzzmills
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As I was putting together last week's "Mini Maker's Guide To Summer Fun" post I thought of some of the other summertime fun we've had in the past... Sure, there have certainly been days where the house gets turned upside down, siblings are squabbling and I'm wanting to pull my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Buzzmills
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The summer temperatures, humidity and long sunny days have arrived! While we don't actually get out of school until nearly the end of June (thanks to a massive blizzard this past winter!) I know many kids are enjoy enjoying their summer breaks. I hope they are still enjoying their break... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Well, it's June! I'm not quite sure how that happened! But, then again, after taking 31+ selfies of myself last month for "Me Made May" I can... That's a lot of selfies! Last year, my handmade wardrobe was not very extensive, but I "played along" the best I could and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Have you seen the latest collection from Thread Faction Studios? The Spring Summer 2016 collection is a mixture of 7 different knit sewing patterns including dresses, shirts, shorts and a romper all for sizes 2 to 10. The patterns are perfect for summer and all of it's activities! When Liz... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Buzzmills
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I remember one time, grocery shopping with Violet and Henry, we were picking out a bouquet of flowers. I think it was for my husband's birthday or perhaps Father's Day, it's hard to keep track sometimes as they are both in the month of June...anyway...at the check out the cashier... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Well, here it is again...Kids Clothes Week! Honestly, I love seeing all of the KCW makes from everyone each season, but I just have such a difficult time keeping up now that there are four KCWs a year! Not to mention, two of those often tend to fall right around... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Last weekend we, as a family, ran a 5k together. It's actually the kid's third 5k! I am always so impressed by them during these races, they work hard, push hard, struggle, overcome their struggles and run most of the race! It's so amazing to watch and to run alongside... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Hey there! I'm over at the Petit a Petit family blog again today sharing a sweet kidmade art turned jewelry project which is perfect for Mother's Day... And, just in case you needed a little bit more last minute handmade mama's day gift inspiration... embroidered "hand towel", tissue paper corsage,... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Buzzmills