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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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Hi there! It's been a bit, hasn't it? Well, if you follow me on Instagram you know it's been a busy, but fun, summer...and that I've been sewing a ton, just not blogging. (And if you aren't following me, you ought to...) But, let's get back to today's post shall... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Buzzmills
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I've been on the fence for a long time now on jumpsuits... I mean I've seen so many cute options and variations, but it never quite seemed like something for me... Finally though I decided it was time to just try it! The pattern is the Joni Jumpsuit from Friday... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at Buzzmills
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You might've seen my fourth of July postings on Instagram filled with blue buffalo check... but maybe you didn't... As we walked back to the car post parade a woman spotted the three of us walking down the street, smiled and said, "must have been a deal on that fabric!"...... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at Buzzmills
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I had every intention of getting this post together sooner, at least before June was over...but alas...I didn't! Anywho... So, Me Made May happened...as it does, way back in May. This was only my second time participating and really my first time with plenty of clothes to choose from! As... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at Buzzmills
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One of the first things we learned about when we moved into our new home a year ago was the big "strawberry festival" that our elementary school holds each June. A community event that everyone looks forward to, and the kids couldn't wait to see what it was all about!... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at Buzzmills
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Ever since I made Olive the Oriole bird in December, Henry has been begging me to make him the Unicorn version, well technically it's an Alicorn... I didn't forget, though I'm sure he thought I did...I was just waiting for the right time. And, as it turns out, for his... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Buzzmills
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Last month Violet had her first ever concert! It was both a choral concert and an orchestral concert where she played her viola. They had been preparing for this concert for months and as the day approached she got more and more excited! They were asked, as one does for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at Buzzmills
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For several years now, when asked what he wants to be when he grows up, Henry's response is... and Explorer! Not unlike George Bailey of "It's a Wonderful Life", he wants to see the world! He often feels like an explorer, digging deep into nature finds, trailing slowly behind on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at Buzzmills
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Way back...last month... We celebrated Henry's 8th birthday! He chose this year to keep things simple with pizza, boy shenanigans, and a movie after school with a few of his best pals. It was nice and easy, which was good, because the following day (his actual birthday) we had a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Buzzmills
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Last month I had the opportunity to pattern test the new skirt pattern from Meg of Sew Liberated. The Gypsum Skirt pattern was released today...and, spoiler alert, it's a winner! For the test I made both version A and version B. Version A, was made with this beautiful floral lawn... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at Buzzmills
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Violet requested a Larkspur Dress from Hey June Handmade quite some time ago...I'm not sure what happened, perhaps a different pattern snuck into it's place or...who knows... Finally, though, I made her one last month to wear to my father-in-laws wedding, and of course now I'm wondering what the heck... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Buzzmills
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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