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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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Violet didn't ask for a lot for her birthday, but she was pretty adamant about one thing...a zebra nightgown! She picked out this zebra waffle knit last summer on a trip to Finch to visit with Tara and her kiddos and I've been putting off making her something with it... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at Buzzmills
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I didn't get a chance to get many great pictures of Violet in her birthday dress on her birthday and then, of course it being a hot chocolate party, she proceeded to dribble hot cocoa down the front...eek! No worries though, the cocoa came out and didn't stain, phew! And... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Buzzmills
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One can never have enough pajamas, right? Well, that's how I feel anyway, especially pajama pants! I hadn't intended on making Violet pajama pants for her birthday, initially, all I had on my make list for birthday gifts was a birthday dress (which I still need to get proper pictures... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Buzzmills
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Hey there, exciting news! After Kristin saw the sweater mittens I made for the kids during Kids Clothes Week she and Liesl asked me if I wouldn't mind writing up a little tutorial on how to make them for the Oliver + S blog! It just so happened that I... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Buzzmills
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Over the weekend we celebrated Violet's 7th birthday! Seven? Sigh...seven, it seems that I say it every year, how can she keep getting older? Of course, these birthdays are always bitter sweet. The getting older too quickly is sad to think about, but so fun to see how she's grown... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Buzzmills
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Today is the Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the goat. Honestly, for the most part, the Chinese New Year means that we either make some sort of Chinese food at home or order take out. Last year though, we made these fun Chinese dragons to play... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Buzzmills
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A friend of mine asked me way back in December if I would be interested in making her daughter a doll for her first Christmas. Well, she got me right at the perfect time because I had been having "I want to make a doll" pangs recently...Sound silly? Well, it's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Buzzmills
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After sewing up my shirt for "Sew in Tune" last week I've decided that the Plantain tee from Deer and Doe is my new favorite! I've been holding on to these sweet little biking girls since the summer, just waiting for the perfect way to use them and a little... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Buzzmills
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Today is the Valentine party at Violet's school. I always think having a simple craft is nice to have as part of the "fun" for the party. But, it has to be simple. There can't be too many steps, or long drying times. Recently inspired by this thaumatrope I thought... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Buzzmills
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I know we are running behind on our Valentines. Honestly, Henry has been sick and out of school for over a week now, so at first we weren't sure he'd actually be going to school for his Valentine's day party. So now we are playing catch up just in time!... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Buzzmills
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I can't tell you how excited I am about today's post! I am thrilled to be participating in the Sew in Tune series, a series hosted by Stacey and Melissa where you sew something inspired by a song or music! When asked back in the fall if I wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Buzzmills
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The other day Violet came home from school and, instead of taking off a fleece neck gaiter-like scarf that I made for her for our ski trip, she kept it on. I reminded her that she hadn't yet taken it off and she said "I know, I want to keep... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Buzzmills
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Hey there...so I'm a broken record this Kids Clothes Week more upcycled sweaters, and actually more of the same sweater that you saw here and here earlier this week and I've still got a bit left! Anywho, this time around I made mittens... The other day as we were walking... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at Buzzmills
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Today, for Kids Clothes Week, I'm using up some of the bits from yesterday's sweater to make yet another. Henry is decidedly a pullover sweater kind of kid while Violet is most definitely a cardigan kind of kid. Of course that is part to do with the fact that, for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Buzzmills
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I have to say I am really loving the upcycle theme of Kids Clothes Week this week! I'm loving the push to finally cut into my pile of "has beens" and make some fun new warm and snuggly things for the kiddos! That being said, it is a bit difficult... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Buzzmills
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When I pulled all of the sweaters, etc out of our "upcycle" bin the other day and went through the pile with the kids Violet immediately snatched up a super soft cotton candy polka dot robe and screeched... "I want a sweatshirt made with this!" It took me a little... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Buzzmills
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Yesterday was the start of yet another Kids Clothes Week. And, as I mentioned the other week, this winter's theme is upcycling... Now, I also mentioned a few weeks ago that this month was going to be deemed sewing for me month...and, I did do some sewing for me this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Buzzmills
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Happy Groundhog Day! The kids and I love this silly little holiday, probably because I grew up in Pennsylvania where old Punxsutawney Phil is from... Anyway, regardless, it's always nice to take a weather forecast from a giant rodent, right? Several years ago I made this fun little pop-up puppet,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Buzzmills
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Who doesn't like a little heart bunting for Valentine's day? This year I thought I'd try something a little different, instead of paper...polymer clay and instead of red and pink...metallic! Supplies needed... Heart cookie cutter, metallic acrylic paints, white polymer clay, paint brush, yarn, and chopstick To make... Preheat oven... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at Buzzmills
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I just can't stop! This year I've done more Valentine decorating than I typically do, but the decorations are subtle and sweet... Enough so, that some of these hearts might just stay out past Valentine's day! One of my favorite ways to add a little festive touch is to switch... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Buzzmills
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Somehow, over the weekend I was bitten by the "love bug". I think it must have been from all the Valentine card discussing between Violet and Henry... Mind you, my birthday comes before Valentine's day, so they should probably get started on those cards first, I kid, they are multitasking... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Buzzmills
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I honestly don't know how January has flown by as quickly as it has...but here we are nearing it's end and moving on toward February which always goes by even faster! Especially since we have two birthdays next month plus Valentine's day! Valentine's day, the holiday that people either love... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Buzzmills
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Last weekend we took the kids skiing for their first time! To say that they were excited is an understatement! They had each been asking about it at least once every day since we told them about the trip, which was before Christmas as it was part of their Christmas... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Buzzmills
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Meg, of Elsie Marley is at it again...challenging us to push our creative limits. I've loved following along with her in past creative assignments and even joined in this past fall making a new pillow. This year she's kicking the series off with a new name... And, the first assignment...... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Buzzmills
What a sweet little helper! Our moment...making memories with some street hockey! ;) http://buzzmills.typepad.com/blog/2015/01/moments-making-memories.html
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