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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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As I mentioned my husband and I recently celebrated our 14th anniversary. Some, who have been following for a long while (and have a crazy memory!) might remember that, since our first anniversary, I've been gifting small anniversary gifts that follow the "traditional" anniversary gift "guidelines". For no other reason... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Buzzmills
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It seems appropriate to me that I hurry up and post my "summery" makes... seeing that the first day of Fall is arriving in a few short days and all... It probably matters to no one else, but me though... HA! Anywho... Last month I stumbled across this Sway dress... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Buzzmills
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Well, hello there! It's been a long time! Over 5 months in fact! Nearly two full seasons since I last posted here! If you follow me on Instagram you know that my absence was due to moving! Between coaching soccer, finishing up the school year, traveling back and forth multiple... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Buzzmills
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I'm so excited to be a part of the Coffee & Thread pattern tour today! I'm a big fan of Olga and her patterns! I've already made several different pairs of the the Wild and Free Lounge Pants, two different Eleena dresses, and, one of my personal favorites, Violet's Antalya... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Buzzmills
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Rainy, chilly days are really the perfect kind of days for family crafting aren't they? With so many other family activities, sports, etc. in our lives nowadays we don't do it quite as often as we used to, but we still really enjoy it! After we'd had our fill of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Buzzmills
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Last month I planned a trip to our local paint your own pottery studio with Violet's Brownie Troop to paint bowls for Empty Bowls Baltimore so that they could earn their "potter" badge. We all had a ton of fun and the girls did an amazing job on their bowls,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Buzzmills
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Nearly immediately after I finished last week's polka dot kitty cat pillow I had an idea... All the pillow needed was an ear change and then, bunnies! I used the cat ear pattern as a base and elongated them at the bottom. The ears are made with two layers of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Buzzmills
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The theme for "Project Sew It" this month... "bottoms". I will admit that I've not really put much thought into this month's project. I've had some ideas about giving the Chi-Town Chinos a try...but, truthfully idea is as far I've gotten...While I love the way my Birkin Flares turned out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Buzzmills
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It seems to be "birthday gift week" here this week...First, a puppy, followed by a kitty and now...while not stuffed or snuggly still perfect for another good friend... A new tote! This past week was the birthday of a good friend of mine...and while I don't typically make/give birthday gifts... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Buzzmills
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Not surprisingly, once Henry finished flipping through the "Storybook Toys" book ...Violet was eager to look through it as well. And, as I mentioned yesterday, there are so many cute little projects in the book that I wasn't surprised either that she too found a gift that she wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Buzzmills
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As it usually happens...post February birthday sewing often leads to an extremely messy sewing room. Which, often means that come the beginning of March I'm attempting to sort through and tidy up said mess... As I was tidying and organizing patterns and sorting through sewing books, etc...Henry came across my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Buzzmills
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As I mentioned yesterday I went on a little selfish birthday sewing kick in preparation for a fun NYC night away...a Toaster sweater, a Farrow dress and, a Zadie dress too! (There were actually two bras made as well...but no pictures of those yet...) I knew, the moment I saw... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Buzzmills
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At the end of January and the very beginning of February I found myself fervently sewing up a few things...birthday gifts, of sorts, for me. My husband and I were preparing to head off on our "first ever since having two kids night away" and my hope was to have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Buzzmills
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Instagram and the sewing community...the perfect match for an abundance of inspiration! Right? Earlier this year I was seeing so many amazing Toaster sweaters of both varieties all across Instagram. Finally, it was too much for me to resist...and I caved. I treated it as a birthday gift to myself...and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Buzzmills
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This year was my first year participating in Sanae and Ute's annual Secret Valentine's Exchange. This was their 4th annual SVE. This year there were 426 other makers from around the globe who joined! What fun to be a part of such and amazing conglomerate of creative folks! If you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Buzzmills
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There are lots of reasons I like to sew. To be able to wear something I've made with my own two hands. To see my kids looking adorable in their mama mades. To see something that you envision become a reality... But, I'm realizing more and more that one of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Buzzmills
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I'm coming in right under the wire for Project Sew It's February "blouse challenge" with an Esme top (pattern from Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style)... I've been having an internal debate all month long about what blouse to sew... sounds much like last months Project Sew It post doesn't it? I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Buzzmills
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For months now, I'm not exaggerating, Violet has been requesting a new Rowan tee. Her beloved "Penny tee" has been accidentally showing her belly button for quite some time now (why do these kids keep growing so quickly?), she's still wearing it on occasion, but really just waiting for a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Buzzmills
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The other day, in the middle of a pre or post birthday discussion, it was all such a blur of activity I can't quite remember...my husband said something with regards to Violet and the activities surrounding her birthday, "She's like you, tradition is so important to her." That struck me... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Buzzmills
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It's been a whirlwind of celebrations, as February tends to be, around here... Between my birthday at the beginning of the month, Valentine's Day in the middle and Violet's near the end of the month it feels like non stop celebrations during this short month. I've yet to get to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Buzzmills
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About a week ago I was scrolling through IG and came across this awesome cardigan from Straight Stitch Designs...with the announcement that she'd be looking for testers soon! It's such a great little cardi, simple and classic. I chimed in, "Me, me!" immediately! The Phinney Ridge really is the perfect... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Buzzmills
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There's another new German to English pattern from the lovely Annika, of Näh Connection, available! Well, two actually! The Marlene for girls... and the Miss Marlene for women... At first glance, it's a simple knit tee... with a beautiful square/boatneck neckline, but then... you spy that sweet little shoulder inset... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Buzzmills
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I've got some high hopes of getting a good deal of "selfish sewing" done for myself this year and I'm planning hoping to use "Project Sew It" and the themes that Celina picked to sort of give me that extra little push that I need for motivation. I'm looking forward... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Buzzmills
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When we decided last minute (the day before) to attend the Woman's March on Washington we found ourselves scrambling to get "march ready" in an afternoon. One of the things that we needed, was a way to carry necessities, like water, snacks, tissues...yada yada...you get the picture! Typically I simply... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Buzzmills
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If you follow me on Instagram you likely saw that I spent much of my last two weeks sewing up "Pink Pussy Hats" in preparation for last weekends "Woman's March on Washington". I sewed up 68 hats in total and donated them to friends and neighbors who were marching either... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Buzzmills