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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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Have you been following (or should I say, partying) along with the amazing Petit A Petit Block Party this month? In case you missed it...all throughout the month of November, 31 talented bloggers from around the world are sharing their take on Petit a Petit patterns! The makes so far... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Buzzmills
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This past weekend Violet and her Brownie Troop marched in our local Thanksgiving Day parade. We do love parades! And marching in them is even more fun! This year's "theme" was turkey...So, I took on the task of having the girls craft up some turkeys... We made turkey pins to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Buzzmills
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While we were testing the Loveralls Pattern, Celina was also working up a skirt version on the side. So, once Violet's pants were complete, I was eager to get started testing the jumper version as well! Just as with the Loveralls this skirted version comes in sizes 12 months to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Buzzmills
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I don't always necessarily plan on making something new for the kids to wear for picture day, most of the time I'm making enough new stuff around picture day that something is bound to work for the occasion. But sometimes, I stumbled across the perfect fabric and a new pattern... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at Buzzmills
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I remember, eight years ago, waiting and watching for the results of the presidential election with Violet, eight months old, snuggly sleeping in the next room. I remember cheering (albeit quietly as to not wake the baby!), and crying a bit too, when they announced Barack Obama as the winner!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2016 at Buzzmills
Love the costumes!! So good! :)
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2016 on Handmade Halloween 2016 at small + friendly
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As I mentioned yesterday...often times Halloween costumes get chosen months and months before Halloween around here...and then they proceed to change about a thousand times in between! Well, such is the case with Henry...initially he too was to be a park ranger and then a teenage mutant ninja turtle, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Often times Halloween costumes get chosen months and months before Halloween around here... And then they change a thousand times in between! But, this year...Violet made up her mind way back in July, and while she wavered a couple of times, she held firm to her original idea, a National... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Recently, as you might remember...I had a chance to pretest the new overall pattern from Celina of Petit a Petit Patterns for Henry's first day of school ensemble. Afterward, as one might've guessed...Violet wished for a pair! So, when Celina asked for testers for the rest of the sizes for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Just because...I've just finished up our halloween costumes! And, because it's always fun to see past projects all in one place...always fun to take a trip down memory lane...a bit from Halloweens past... Wizard, Llama llama red pajama, Mary Poppins, Dinosaur train, saber toothed tiger, little lion, Inspector Gadget, Emoji,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at Buzzmills
I've got my latest project up for Petit a Petit and Family... from Jane on Vimeo. These are too good to miss, go check it out! Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at Buzzmills
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I might be a little late to the "blue and white" game...not because I am not a fan, it's just that I tend toward the "other colors" more than either blue or white...But, thanks to Mie and Celina and their Sew Blue and White Instagram account I'm branching out...or perhaps... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at Buzzmills
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As I was in the midst of writing my last post about the Linville pattern from Hey June I realized that just as I needed something cool and classic to wear to my grandfather's memorial dinner, Violet did as well. It needed to be simple yet classic and cool enough... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at Buzzmills
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I splurged a bit on myself for my last birthday and bought three sewing books! My birthday was in February, and I'm only now beginning to actually make some of the things in said sewing books! Oops! To be fair I've poured over each of them several times with big... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at Buzzmills
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At the end of August my husband and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary. Seeing that our anniversary often falls right at the beginning of the new school year, it's not always easy for us to get away and celebrate though we did manage a mid-day lunch meet up. But,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at Buzzmills
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The other day I was chatting with a friend of a friend who, after finding out that I had made the dress I was wearing and the clothes the kids were wearing as well, began asking me all about my sewing. They wanted to know I got into it, how... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at Buzzmills
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So, my plan had been to make the kids a pair of pajamas for a little "It's the end of the school year, welcome to summer, we are going camping!" "gift" of sorts... I ordered my fabric and had it all washed and ready to go and...made it as far... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Well, goodness, it's been nearly an entire month since my last post! No surprise really though...such is the way of September. It's the month of settling in to new routines, new classes, teachers, soccer games and after school activities. Such a busy month and while I have been sneaking in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at Buzzmills
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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