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I got sidetracked yesterday and did not have time to post “Making it on Monday,” so here goes:

I always have more projects going on than time to finish them. But, these are the projects that I have actually done some tangible work on, at the moment:

– Pleated bishop dress for my two-year-old. I love how it’s looking. I wish her sister’s dress were as easy…



– Fall felt garland from this gorgeous tutorial. I pinned this to my Pinterest account since last year, and this year it’s finally getting done.


– My daughter wants a stuffed sheep. I know. So, I’m crocheting her one from this pattern. It is a dog toy, but she does not know that 😉

– The socks are still in the same, pitiful state, so I will not post a picture for those.

That’s about it for this week! What are you working on?

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I’ve been so busy juggling three or four major projects, but this is what I want to focus on this week:

-The smocked dresses. With their jackets. I know I’m insane. This is what the bishop is looking like, hand-pleating done and pre-blocked:


-I also would like to make Apple-picking dresses for my two girls out of this lovely pinwheel fabric.

-Baby shower gifts for a friend. So far, the thought is to make big brother/little brother matching shirt/onesie.

-I want to make a Crepe dress for me. I even have the fabric. What I don’t have is the time 😉

What’s on your plate this week?

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This time I just made a small drawstring pouch to put them in. I love making this project; it is a quick, easy, and very inexpensive gift.

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This is what’s on my working table right now:


1) My Minoru Jacket. I’m almost done!

2) Fabric to make a sweet newborn a Sweet Little Dress.

3) Finger puppets for my nephew. These were a valentine’s day present…

4) My knit socks. This project is fun, but a lot of work. At the moment, I only knit while we travel, so it does not get a lot of love…

Not pictured: mittens for my girls, from Little Things to Sew.

Does anybody own Sewing for Boys? I have a few boys in my life who will be needing presents soon and I am wondering if I should get this book.

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I made these lovely felt flowers, following this awesome tutorial from Jess at Craftiness is Not Optional. The only thing I made differently was adding a little tulle to the back, since it matched my girls’ Christmas dresses. Thanks, Jess, the tutorial was fabulous!


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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.


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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Pumpkin Faces


I love those games where the kids get to put different faces on a blank head, but the pieces are usually magnets and I am very paranoid about magnets.

So… I thought to make my own felt game! The pieces stick well and I get to make as many as I want for as many combinations as I can think of.

I loved putting this one together and watching my girls make faces for their pumpkins.

Happy Halloween!

Linking at Passionately Artistic.

I Can Teach My Child!

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Halloween Countdown

My eldest daughter is entering that stage where she wonders about time, but doesn’t understand it. When we started putting up Fall decorations, she thought that Halloween was coming “today.” I figured it was time for a countdown.

This is what we did:


We got the branches at Hobby Lobby (with the 40%off coupon they were about $4. Had we a backyard, they could have been free, hehehe) Anyway, I drew a sheet of Halloween figures. At first, they were going to be made into felt figures; then watercolor since that would be faster. Finally, I just handed the sheet to my child who promptly colored it (I thought it was hilarious that she made most of them orange. She gets seasonal color, I guess!) Then, I made copies, laminated them, and each night we put one up and read a Halloween/Fall-related book. Easy and Fun!


I tried to get up a download of the files, in case anybody was interested, but I don’t have all the blogging shortcuts figured out yet– this is the best I could manage:


It may be too late for a countdown, but the kids would have fun coloring it 🙂

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Linking at Passionately Artistic.

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Easy Burlap Wreath

Loving thisawesome burlap wreath from Where the Heart Is. Here is a picture of mine:


It is one of the easiest crafts ever, and such great results! (Please, excuse the Ariel sticker and art– my daughter “decorated” my door and I did not have the heart to take it down.)

Linking at Skip to My Lou’s Made By You Mondays.

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My eldest daughter, who is three (though she is sure she is my contemporary), announced that she wanted a “pink polka-dotty nightgown.” Blown away by the specificity of her request, I decided that I had to make it happen!

It was very easy to put together. I’m not exactly sure what the fabric is (some cotton I found at the fabric store). It wrinkles very easily, but it was the only pink polka dot fabric in the place.

The bodice is lined with the same fabric. It has three white buttons on the back. My favorite detail, though, are the ribbons in the sleeves– so girly and playful!

She loved it. (sigh) Mission accomplished!



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