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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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Hello there! It's May 1st! "May Day", "Mother Goose Day"...or for those of us in the sewing/blogging/IG world...it's the first day of "Me Made May"! It's a month chock full of handmades, a month where some pledge to wear "me made" every day. I do, in fact, most days, end... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Buzzmills
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Last year, preceding Easter, our family was preparing to move from Maryland to New Jersey. I had purchased fabrics and made plans for Easter wear. But then, I had to pack all of my fabric away, and there was no time. We were all a little bit disappointed, but life... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at Buzzmills
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Today it's my turn to share my take on the new Nina Blouse from Coffee and Thread! When I showed Violet a picture of this blouse when I was asked to be a part of the Nina blouse blog tour she immediately got excited about it! Initially I wasn't sure... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at Buzzmills
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I fell in love with the Issie Top from Sewpony the moment I saw it! It was the ruffles, I think...it seems that perhaps I have a thing for ruffles? And then, I stumbled across this perfectly perfect for my Violet, Violet fabric from Jumping June textiles and I had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at Buzzmills
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The moment Violet saw my purple french terry Lodo dress...she was jealous! I mean, I can't blame her, that french terry is so stretchy and and comfortable and really the perfect weight! So, I asked if she wanted me to make her something with the remaining fabric that I had.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at Buzzmills
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Well, if you are going to have a party...you'll need a party dress right?! Since she loved her last Groove dress so much it seemed like the perfect choice for a party dress! Not to mention, I already had the pattern printed out and it's a super fast sew! This... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at Buzzmills
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Over the weekend we had our first party in our new house! An Olympic themed 10th birthday! Every year, the kids get to pick their birthday themes...and this year, with all of the Winter Olympics excitement in our house, it seemed only natural to have an Olympic themed party! Seeing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at Buzzmills
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Wow, it's been a busy week, well a busy month...but such is February! Last week I sewed up two dresses, a tee, two pillows, made two cakes, and put together several crafts and games and such for a birthday party over the weekend...(to be blogged...sometime...) and to top all of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at Buzzmills
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If you follow me on Instagram you've likely already seen these leggings and this top... The leggings are the Avery leggings, the new pattern from Helen's Closet and the top is a modified Ballard top from Straight Stitch Designs. First, let me talk about these leggings! I've never really thought... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at Buzzmills
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Being a part of last year's Secret Valentine's Exchange was so much fun that I couldn't wait to sign up for Sanae and Ute's annual Secret Valentine's Exchange again this year! This year my gift was headed all the way to Marion in Germany! The hints I was given were... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at Buzzmills
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Happy Valentine's Day! I honestly don't care that some people think that this is a "Hallmark Holiday" because, around here it's not...it's just a whole lot of hearts, hugs, and handmades! There are handmade cards, heart shaped foods...and often times Valentine themed mama mades... Yes, we should all tell each... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at Buzzmills
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The short of it... I made myself a birthday dress. The long of it, I made it in honor of my 40th birthday... To be honest, turning 40 doesn't seem like that big of a deal. I do love birthdays mind you, but not one seems more important necessarily than... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at Buzzmills
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I already know that I love the Groove Dress from Made It patterns...as I've already made a long sleeved and a sleeveless version for myself (and I'm still wondering why I've only made one sleeveless version because it's my favorite summer time dress!)... And, ever since I made mine, I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Buzzmills
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Why? Why oh why must these kids keep growing?! On a regular basis they don clothes that I've made only a couple of months ago and I have to make a double take! The arms are already shorter...and their belly buttons are nearly showing! Good gracious! Anywho, I suppose if... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Buzzmills
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Every year I think...eh, maybe I won't put together a year in review post...and then...I do. The cons...it takes a long time to go through an entire year of making. It takes a long time to sort through the blog posts and photos. It takes a long time to put... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2018 at Buzzmills
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Sometimes you just need to sew up a tee shirt, right? I'd been eyeing the Anegada boat neck from Halfmoon Atelier ever since it's release, but then there came all of those holidays and holiday sewing...and it slipped down my list... On Monday, with the kids happily (for the moment)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at Buzzmills
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For years now I've been sewing the kids a pair of Christmasy pajamas to gift them on Christmas morning (1, 2, 3, 4). It's become a tradition, in fact, for most holidays and birthdays it's tradition. Our family thrives on tradition...so I just keep doing it! This year, there was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at Buzzmills
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I had big plans, BIG PLANS, I tell ya! This was the year I was actually going to make myself a Christmas dress! I ordered this amazing plaid tencel shirting (which you saw yesterday in Violet's Eleena dress...) washed it and even started on my very own dress before starting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Buzzmills
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I missed making Easter clothes, for the first time this past Easter. We were in the midst of our move and my fabric was mostly packed away, it just wasn't in the cards. There was no way I could miss making Christmas Eve clothes. Of course, my time budgeting wasn't... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Buzzmills
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I sewed a lot through the month of December! I did not, however, blog a lot... So, as seems to be a tradition, January will be blogging catch up. Bare with me. At the end of November I made a plan to catch up on some basics for the kids.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at Buzzmills
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I am so excited for today's post! Today, I'm sharing my Urban Jungle Animal Doll as a part of the Petit à Petit "Welcome to the Jungle" pattern tour. Celina, of Petit à Petit + Family, just released the coolest and cutest doll patterns (and clothes!) and to celebrate...I got... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Buzzmills
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Let's be honest...I don't quite get that many opportunities to don a dramatic fit and flare maxi skirt... But, when I saw this call for testers from Just Patterns several weeks back, I just couldn't resist applying to test! I mean, hey it is the holidays, I'm sure to find... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Buzzmills
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Happy December first! It's just the first day of December but we are already fully into the Christmas spirit around here! Decorations inside and out and Christmas music on repeat, all that's left is seeing Santa and getting our tree! Of course, December first, also means it's the first day... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Buzzmills
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Today I'm over at Imagine Gnats sharing my latest post for flannels week! The kids each got a Mulberry Tunic made is some super cozy and soft Robert Kaufman mammoth and shetland flannels. Honestly, when the fabric arrived I was instantly jealous and wanted to keep it for myself, or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Buzzmills
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For the past five out of eight years of Halloween costumes Henry has been an animal of some sort or the other. This year was no different... This was not his original plan, but once he knew that Violet was going as a witch... he knew he wanted to be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Buzzmills