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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 seen Sanae Ishida's book "Sewing Happiness"? It's simply lovely. Truly it is. I have been a long time follower of Sanae's blog. Her simplistic and easy style and honest writing have been such a source of inspiration in both my sewing and in my life. And her book... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Buzzmills
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While we were in Boston last weekend we were extra lucky because, aside from me running the marathon, we also got a chance to visit with friends. One of my oldest friends (from middle school) lives in Boston with her family. It'd been years since my husband and I had... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Buzzmills
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Earlier this month I had a chance to do a little pattern testing for the newest women's dress pattern, the Starlight City Dress from Lil Luxe Collection. I still haven't done quite that much pattern testing, but mostly that's because the timing doesn't work out quite right, but this dress... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Buzzmills
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A week ago I ran the Boston marathon! It was one of the most surreal and awe inspiring experiences of my life! I checked something off my bucket list that I never thought would be on my bucket list in the first place. I trained through snow, ice, rain, and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Buzzmills
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Today is Earth Day! A day to pay attention to the ways we treat our Earth and a day to be more mindful of the three Rs. Of course, truthfully it's important to remember these things each and everyday...but having this one day to help us focus on such things... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Please don't tell me that you have grown tired of me and my safari raglan making. I just can't help it. When you have a pattern that is simple to sew and one that suits both you and your two kiddos...you just go with it, and go with it, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Our house is fairly continuously abuzz with some sort of creativity occurring. Whether it be sewing, Lego building, drawing, inventing, building, story telling, writing, costume concocting and more...something is being made. With all of this creating and making we are bound to come up with some that are amazing...and also... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Buzzmills
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And, again it's happened...it's been an entire month since my last post! I did mention a month ago that we were amidst some home chaos with much of the interior of our house being painted, and, while the painting has been complete for two weeks there are still piles of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Sometimes your house is chaos. Currently, our house is just that, chaos as we prepare to have much of our house painted. With walls and windowsills and mantles being cleared for painting it doesn't seem like we will be bringing out our tiny Easter animals or any of our other... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Okay, I have an honest confession to make, and while I wouldn't consider myself now or ever a "popular" person...this is sure to make me slip down the "popularity ladder"... Star Wars...I'm just not that into it. Okay, okay, yes, I did see "The Force Awakens" and thought it was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Violet has been asking for a newsboy cap for longer than I can remember. Honestly, I'm embarrassed to admit that she's had a hankering for one since I made this one for Henry several years ago. (Side note, his chubby cheeks! And, I now think I must make him a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Back in February, on Valentine's weekend, we all headed to NYC to meet up with the rest of our extended family for a fun trip to see "Fiddler on the Roof". It was our Christmas gift to each other. It was also the first Broadway show for Violet and Henry,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Hello there, I'm popping in to tell you that I'm over at Petit a Petit family today sharing some March inspired ensembles... And also to share with you a bit of honesty...this was one of those ideas that had been floating around in my head for quite some time, but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Birthday nightgowns have become a bit of a birthday tradition around here...years 4, 5, & 7. And they are well loved at that. In fact, Violet is still managing to squeeze herself into her nightgown from her fourth year, though I'm not quite sure how! There's just something about seeing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Violet turned eight last weekend! I vaguely remember turning eight, maybe simply because there is a picture of me sick in bed blowing out the candles on my cake, pitiful I know...but also, I think, it's because eight is such a big year. It's a year in which you become... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Here's our (sort of) annual Valentine that we sent out to our families... (past Valentines...2013, 2014) I hope you are enjoying a little extra hug from those you love today! Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2016 at Buzzmills
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When the kids first started exchanging Valentine's in school I couldn't help but pour over Pinterest and admire all of the cutsie Valentine ideas out there...but then, the kids always have their own ideas like popsicle stick magnets, "orange you glad we're friends", handmade and handcrafted cards, "I wand you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Buzzmills
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At the risk of sounding like a broken record...I made some more safari raglans! This time though, as promised, I made them for Violet and Henry and not for myself... They were beyond excited when I showed them their new raglans...and even more so when they saw that the pockets... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Buzzmills
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I'm not really a sweatpants kinda girl...I never have been actually. I've always been pretty much a jeans or skirts/dresses/shorts...kinda girl. I'm not sure why exactly, I think it has something to do with the fact that I just feel like I'm wearing pajamas? Or perhaps because sweats aren't typically... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2016 at Buzzmills
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We are taking the kids to their first Broadway show this weekend! I'll be honest, I'm a tiny bit worried about the length of the show, three hours (including the intermission) is a long time to sit still! I mean I find myself often getting a little bored and antsy,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Sometimes when you finally print off a pattern that you've been wanting to make for a while you can't stop at just one...right? Well, that seems to be the case for me and the safari raglan. Partly, I think, it's because once you've got a pattern printed out and see... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Last weekend, after running 16 miles, my family took me to a trampoline park. It was a ton of fun and an amazing workout! Then when we got home, despite having just eaten lunch, I was hungry! Scrounging for something to eat I found a unopened carton of heavy cream... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Sometimes all you need is too much leftover fabric from a well executed first project and a few extra minutes... I'm not sure what exactly i was thinking when I purchased the faux shearling for the kid's vests, but I got way more than I needed! While I do really... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at Buzzmills
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It's a long standing "lucky number" for my husband's family, 37... It pops up often for each and every one of them, in meaningful moments, but just as often during unexpected or odd times as well. When my sister-in-law wished me a happy birthday last year she noted that "It's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Happy February! February is always a busy month for us with Valentine's day and a birthday to celebrate at the beginning (mine) and at the end (Violet's) of the month. Regardless of what the "celebration of the week" is...February is surely a month filled with love, and hearts... (above, I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Buzzmills