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Exploring outside of Squam

If I may be so bold, I’ll venture that the greatest heartbreak of Squam was in having to choose the classes to take on Thursday and Friday.  The list of options was stellar, from Cal Patch to Ashley English to Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, and it took all I had to choose the two classes I wanted to take each day.  And
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Before and After

Before. After. Dog sold separately.

Winterizing: The Boy

Hot off the press are these 5 new long-sleeve raglan tees for The Boy.  This effectively increases his long-sleeve winter wear by approx. 250%.  Not too shabby for a day’s work.  This one features a lovely screenprinted image I got at the Procession of the Species Solstice event two years ago.    The bowtie is mine.  The sleeves are made
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Instead, Halloween came straight from the dress-up bin.

A warm thank you to the loving soul that handsewed this lovely prairie dress, no doubt for another Laura Ingalls of Halloween’s past.  I found this gem at a thrift store, snatched it up for the dress-up bin, and in a huge sigh of relief, retrieved it when all Lofty Halloween Plans came crashing down.  The sunbonnet was already in
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Come on in! (finally)

I should have known better than to promise I’d be done last Friday.  What am I – a rookie?  Whatever the case may be, here is my studio – reorganized a bit, freshened up, and bursting at the seams. The yellows and blues have exploded beyond their designated cubes and have mounted an invasion on the meager Green Territory.  My
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Still working on it.

I guess I misjudged the scope of my studio-arranging project. (you think?)  I’m still working at it, after having more than a full day without man or kid distraction to pound through it.  I worked and worked and worked, organizing and scrubbing and vacuuming and purging just a wee bit and still I have not reached the bare tops of
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reverseapplique

Let’s not forget about Reverse Applique.

This little sack, happily stuffed to the gills with dirty laundry, is the love child of a single visit to the thrift shop.  That is black linen, Ladies and Gentlemen!  I got a whole whoppin’ pile of it too.  The crewel birds were set free from a dime store 5×7 frame and carefully appliqued to the inside of the black
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Switch out the buttons and call it good.

Second Installment of handy design + sewing tips: Don’t underestimate the design power of some good buttons. From ‘Crusty Old Professor’ to…… …well…less crusty.  I’m shooting for ‘hip’ here. And ‘Little Mrs. Proper Housewife’ becomes… …Clever Housewife with a Knowing Smile. Sweaters provided by Goodwill and Savers, respectively. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Yesterday’s Installment: Tagless size tags Stay tuned for another gripping episode
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Refashion – a piggyback KCWC challenge

The Kids Clothes Week Challenge (KCWC) is just around the corner.  Do you have a plan yet on how you might proceed?  I am especially inspired this morning after putting together a rather questionable ensemble for Isadora to wear to school.  Having ransacked all of her drawers, pulling out anything with a size 4 tag to sell at a local
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I made this quilt from scraps in my stash.

I had initially set out to make the Icepops design from the Denyse Schmidt Quilts book.  After a printer snafu, I decided I couldn’t be bothered to enlarge and cut out the actual pattern pieces, so I drew my own.  They’re actually nothing like the pattern, but are a loose variation on the overall shape of the Icepops block, a
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