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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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We are smack dab in the middle of one heck of a heat wave, it is hot and humid and all in all pretty gross outside! Seems like the perfect excuse to sew up some swimsuits, right? Well, thanks to a few lovely ladies, Call Ajaire, The Wolf and the... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Buzzmills
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I can not believe how quickly this summer is flying by! I've been desperately attempting to declutter each and every room and closet in our house, while simultaneously mediating umpteen squabbles between siblings...it really seems to be the summer of bickering. It's not been all quarreling and chores though...there's been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Last month Gabriela of Chalk and Notch asked me if I'd like to join her Top Knot Blog Tour. I had already been swooning over the tester pictures and sneak peaks that had been popping up so I, of course, said "yes"! I love the look of this pattern, a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Earlier this week we kicked off our summer vacation with, what seems to be becoming, our annual Father's Day (and then some...) camping trip with friends of ours. I say "ours" in the most literal of meanings, as...we ourselves are close friends with the parents, and Violet and Henry are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2016 at Buzzmills
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We say it every year, don't we? "I can't believe how quickly the school year went!" We, here, are only a few days away from the end of the school year and the beginning of summer. We are in the thick of the end of the year flurry with field... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Buzzmills
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As I was putting together last week's "Mini Maker's Guide To Summer Fun" post I thought of some of the other summertime fun we've had in the past... Sure, there have certainly been days where the house gets turned upside down, siblings are squabbling and I'm wanting to pull my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Buzzmills
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The summer temperatures, humidity and long sunny days have arrived! While we don't actually get out of school until nearly the end of June (thanks to a massive blizzard this past winter!) I know many kids are enjoy enjoying their summer breaks. I hope they are still enjoying their break... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Well, it's June! I'm not quite sure how that happened! But, then again, after taking 31+ selfies of myself last month for "Me Made May" I can... That's a lot of selfies! Last year, my handmade wardrobe was not very extensive, but I "played along" the best I could and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Have you seen the latest collection from Thread Faction Studios? The Spring Summer 2016 collection is a mixture of 7 different knit sewing patterns including dresses, shirts, shorts and a romper all for sizes 2 to 10. The patterns are perfect for summer and all of it's activities! When Liz... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Buzzmills
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I remember one time, grocery shopping with Violet and Henry, we were picking out a bouquet of flowers. I think it was for my husband's birthday or perhaps Father's Day, it's hard to keep track sometimes as they are both in the month of June...anyway...at the check out the cashier... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Well, here it is again...Kids Clothes Week! Honestly, I love seeing all of the KCW makes from everyone each season, but I just have such a difficult time keeping up now that there are four KCWs a year! Not to mention, two of those often tend to fall right around... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Last weekend we, as a family, ran a 5k together. It's actually the kid's third 5k! I am always so impressed by them during these races, they work hard, push hard, struggle, overcome their struggles and run most of the race! It's so amazing to watch and to run alongside... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Buzzmills
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Hey there! I'm over at the Petit a Petit family blog again today sharing a sweet kidmade art turned jewelry project which is perfect for Mother's Day... And, just in case you needed a little bit more last minute handmade mama's day gift inspiration... embroidered "hand towel", tissue paper corsage,... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Buzzmills
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After seeing Violet making her own dress last weekend, I could tell that the idea of making something to wear was intriguing to Henry as well. So, we took advantage of him being home from school for a couple of days last week and he made himself a pair of... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Buzzmills
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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 Apr 29, 2016 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 Apr 27, 2016 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 Apr 26, 2016 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 Apr 25, 2016 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