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Hello Kitty Toddler-Pack

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Well hello, everyone! I’m back and ready to give you more and try pumping out everything I can muster while caring for two kids. If you are a mom, then you can certainly relate to what I would call “block time organizing”. Whatever time you have between feeding, playing, teaching, bathing, kissing bumps and bruises, and hugging your little ones is  a very small window you have for accomplishing anything else. Some of those empty “blocks” might just be filled with you stepping into the other room, counting down from 10, and silently screaming and pulling your hair, but it’s all in a days work for mommies. We take on the task and are happy to endure these crazies because they are fun and challenging, and we are proud of our motherly role in their lives.

This Hello Kitty toddler backpack was a must, because my 4 year old girlie, along with many other girls,  is crazy about Kitty right now. It was my plan to have it completed for her birthday, but I got too busy party planning. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a maid and party planner on payroll, so that I could spend all my time fulfilling my crafting desires? 

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Tie Onesie

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Annnd here you go! Here is the birthday shirt for Lan’s first birthday. I’ve always liked those silly hand-made tie shirts. Can’t help it, I do. Lan had some onesies that he’d outgrown, so I thought they’d be great for the project. Best of all, it was free fabric! He had only worn each onesie maybe 1 time. What a great way to get a bit more use out of them.

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Big Sister tank

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Hello, Everyone. My next few posts will be about my preparations for my youngest’s first birthday. I always wished that I had made a bigger deal out of my daughter’s first birthday. Being a new mom, I just didn’t have the energy to pull it off. Now I am a bit more seasoned or possibly just accustomed to the year long sleep deprivation. So, here is the big sister shirt I made for Jadyn. She will be the birthday boy’s right-hand gal helping him open his presents.

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Pretty in Pink

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More fun remaking dresses! It’ll be fun looking back at this one knowing that Jadyn picked the fabric and remembering how special she feels when I make things just for her. See with the newest addition to the family, my oldest sweet girl has times where I can see that she feels a bit displaced. While I know it’s only natural it still breaks a mother’s heart, and just like most moms I have to step in and make sure she realizes just how much I love her.

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Dress Whip-up

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First of all, I’d like to say that I’m really enjoying sewing again! I think I’ve discovered something about myself that I didn’t know. This girl doesn’t really enjoying sewing when doing “sew” by a pattern. You like that play on words? Hardy Har. If you’ve ever tried following patterns, opening up the ridiculous instructions, turning them upside-down, and then right-side up wondering, ‘What the heck?!” Then you know what I’m talking about. Of course, I’ve learned Oh So Much from following those things, so I owe them that. But let’s face it, they’re not what I’d describe as fun.

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Hello, Owl-y.

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Hello, Everyone! It has certainly been too long since my last post. I’ve been a busy bee! A good friend of mine has a love of owls. She has this really cute painting in her son’s room of one. And I’ve since learned that she’s collected a few more and plans on having one in every room in her house. Her love inspired me to do a stuffed owl, since my daughter also loves them. She has a pair of Target jammies and insisted on wearing the shirt all day. “Mom, I LOVE owls! Don’t you know?” she says. I began my search for something that might give me an idea of how to go about it, so naturally I checked etsy. Absolutely love etsy! Of course, this is why I’m not doing a tutorial. I really just looked at the photo and tried to recreate it, because I thought it was SO adorable.

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Delicate Flower Clip

Silk Flower Blue

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I’ve seen quite a few tutorials on these flowers and had to try it. They are relatively easy. When I have a bit more time, I’ll sit down and do a photo tutorial. This one is made from some silk I had in my big box of  “Never got to that” projects. And I used some seed beads from a discarded necklace my friend Laura gave me. First I made a stencil from an old cereal box by free-handing some flowers of various sizes. Using those as a guide, I cut out the fabric layers and carefully burned the edges with a tea candle. If you use silk, satin, or even organza, the fabric will naturally get a curling effect when near the flame. I stacked the layers on top of each other and stitched the layers together in the center. Then you can add a cluster of beads, a button, or a single larger bead. I’m going to add some felt backing and an alligator clip to this one for a cute hair clip. You could add felt and a pin to make it an embellishment for anything…shirt, purse, headband, or a hat.

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