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Both dresses are ready! And we have a portrait appointment for tomorrow evening. (That is what we are wearing. I love my teal cardigan and how well it all goes. I love this color scheme!) We should be getting Christmas cards back next Thursday *sigh of relief*

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The fabric is plaid dupioni silk from Fabric.com The pattern was awesome and so easy to sew. It is the Sweet Little Dress from Leila and Ben . I made a few modifications to it:

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I added three rows of ruffles to the top.

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I also lined it with red pongee fabric. I sewed both fabrics together at the top before working on the casing.

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I added tulle ruffles to the lining. Cute!!

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And, inspired by Probably Actually , I embroidered a tag for the dresses. My daughters’ names seemed too long last night, so I just embroidered the personal logo I had to create for myself back in college (my major was Graphic Design and a personal logo/identity was one of our assignments).

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I loved working on these, and I’ll definitely be using this pattern again.

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For the love of yarn

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I have been working on making these gorgeous Linen Stitch Bookmarks from More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson to give as gifts to friends this Christmas. I have to own this book at some point. All the projects are absolutely beautiful and, to a novice knitter like myself, sampling all the various yarns is simply a delight.

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The yarn is a Juniper from Alchemy Yarns of Transformation. It is amazing! Linen-stitch is time consuming, but the result is such a lovely weave! There is a bit of a mistake on the wrong side in this one; can you spot it? 😉

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I love knitting. The portability of this craft is extremely appealing to me. I may move on to knitting socks next. Any good pattern recommendations?

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Monday Focus

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This week I’ll be focusing on finishing all my random crafting projects before I have to pack my sewing machine for the move. I have so many projects, it will be interesting to see which get finished…

The above is a picture of the fabrics I am using for my daughters’ Christmas picture outfits. That is one project I definitely need to finish! I ordered fabric from Fabric.com and was very satisfied with the service. I’ll be ordering from them again!

What projects are on your to-do list? What are your go-to fabric sources?

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Happy Thanksgiving

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The above is a picture of a small corner of my craft room. Our family is moving before the end of the year and I am rushing to complete projects I have before having to pack my beloved sewing machine, fabrics, yarn, paintings, patterns, until they get unpacked again in our new home.

I am grateful for creativity! Making things is such a fulfilling part of my life. Making things for people I love makes me happy in a special kind of way. I am grateful for my family and their love and because God has given His children this yearning to create, like He does.

Love this video about Creating.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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November Simple Swap: Healthy Fats

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I love Undercover Mother’s Simple Swaps! This month, the challenge is to begin swapping unhealthy fats for healthier options such as coconut oil. I have been using coconut oil for a few months and have been very pleased. I have been pondering all month about a recipe I could share where I have swapped the oil but, the truth is, I have just swapped recipes!

We have gone through a major shift in our diet as we have discovered my husband is gluten-intolerant and I found it felt more exciting to cook with new recipes. It’s been a learning journey for all of us, but I really think we are living healthier now, and make more conscious choices of what we put in our bodies and bring into our home.

Anyway, back to the fats. I love the recipes I have found on Kitchen Stewardship, Modern Alternative Mama, and Heavenly Homemakers. I also use coconut oil for greasing my pans now. It’s fabulous! Pancakes don’t stick on coconut oil. Period. And I use it for making homemade, non-toxic deodorant.

I have been trying to incorporate meals to our meal plan as a way of eating less meat. I began buying my dry beans rather than canned, though it’s been a little difficult getting the family to really like beans. Small steps! A way I have found to sneak in some foods my kids would not normally eat is by using them as filling for rice balls..

I could do better on the butter. I thought that real butter was not so bad, but since real butter is pricey… I will do better on my butter use!

Thanks for the motivation, Undercover Mother!

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Thanksgiving Countdown

I had bought these branches/twigs from HobbyLobby to use as a Halloween Countdown, and we decided to go ahead and repurpose them as a Thanksgiving Countdown.

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We write down a blessing we are grateful for on each leaf and my daughter hangs it up. It’s been fun!

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Mermaidens

Inspired by this post from one of my favorite blogs, Homemade by Jill, I gave doll-making a try.

My daughters are obsessed with Mermaids and this adorable Mermaiden from Wee Wonderfuls was a joy to make. It was fun and easy from start to finish, and I even learned a new stitch: ladder stitch.

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I loved making toys! And I am also curious about something: when you make something for one of your children, do you feel like you have to make the other one something too? I could not make just one of these mermaids, but the same happens if I make a dress, or a skirt, or a game… I always double-craft! And feel bad when I don’t. I wonder if this happens to anyone else?

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Hillary Lang, author of Wee Wonderfuls, has a lovely blog.

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