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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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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 yesterday at Buzzmills
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 6 days ago at Buzzmills
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
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 get the picture! Typically I simply... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Buzzmills
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
Yes, I realize that it's nearly February. Yes, I realize I'm a little behind on the whole year in review thing. Maybe it doesn't even matter much really anyway... But for me, it's always fun too look back through the year and to put it all in one place.... So,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Buzzmills
As we prepared for our "Winter Wonderland" trip over the Christmas break we took stock of what warm clothes and accessories we needed. The kids needed long underwear and I...needed a neck gaiter to keep warm on the slopes! Fortunately for me, I had ordered a little bit extra wool... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Buzzmills
Oh...I've been wanting to make the kids a set of Nutcracker inspired dolls for years now! Two years ago I did manage two sets of Nutcracker themed peg dolls which the kids adore and love to play with each Christmas. And, last year, their love of the Nutcracker inspired a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Buzzmills
Yesterday's sock monkey wasn't the only handmade gift Violet gifted to Henry...He also requested a King's cape and crown! Goodness this boy really knows what he wants doesn't he?! This kid really does love to dress up. In fact, from Santa he requested a ninja on Christmas day he... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Buzzmills
One day last month I overheard Violet and Henry discussing Christmas gifts...well, to be more specific, I heard Violet asking Henry what he wanted for Christmas. I actually missed the answer at the time, but soon after Violet gave me the run down...He had chosen some good things to ask... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Buzzmills
Many years I attempt to make a Christmas outfit for the kids for Christmas Eve...Though, I think, that last year may have perhaps been the first year I made something for both kids. In years previous Violet was the lucky one with a new skirt one year and a new... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Buzzmills
A "ski-trip" has been something we've been wanting to do with the kids around Christmas time for a couple of years now...But, dude...planning a trip around Christmas takes time! Which, of course, we often feel as though we don't have enough of between holiday obligations, gift buying, making...and other holiday... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Buzzmills
Last month one of Violet's teachers asked me if I would make a custom bag...for another of Violet's teachers. I, of course, was happy to squeeze it in! We have been so lucky in each of our school years to get amazing teachers for each of the kids...and this year... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Buzzmills
As I spoke of neighbors moving away yesterday...we've also been lucky enough to have some new little (and big) faces move onto our street in the past year or so...I suppose that's the general ebb and flow of neighborhoods isn't it. About a year and a half ago a family... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Buzzmills
Well...look at's been a little while, huh! December just flew by, so fast, in fact, that I was making so much I didn't have time to write... I wasn't completely blog absent...I did put together a little something (that I really loved!) for Petit a petit and family...but as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Buzzmills
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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