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Inspired by Rae and Cherie , who have been posting old un-blogged projects as a countdown to KCWC, I thought I’d go ahead and try to post some of my projects that have never made it to the blogosphere.

This first one is actually a year old!

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It’s a summer dress from Heather Ross’
Weekend Sewing . Last year, a couple of days before Labor Day, I realized my daughters had nothing to wear (right!) for our family gathering. A trip to Hobby Lobby was in order; we picked the fabric, elastic thread, and returned home to attempt the shirring.

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It turns out that it was easier than I had imagined! The worst part of it was winding the bobbin with the elastic which, through trial and error, I realized was key to how the project would end up looking.

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The construction of the dress itself could not be more simple: the shirring goes from selvage to selvage, then you join at the back and attach some ties to it. Ta-daaa!

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I made two.

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And I don’t just use it as a sundress. See it here, styled with leggings and a long-sleeve tee under. I *love* this look!

(I apologize for the quality of the pictures; the day was quite overcast!)

Linking at:
Shwin and Shwin

Nap time crafters

So you think you’re crafty…

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Fantasizing and daydreaming about upcoming projects is a favorite pastime of mine. Here I share what’s been on my mind lately, hoping to make these come to reality!

1. Being more intentional about learning with my girls. This week, I received More Story Stretchers and Story Stretchers for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos, which I am hoping to begin on Monday. Now, the trick will be to conduct two craft activities with two children at the same time…

2. Minoru sewalong! Tasia is wonderful and this sewalong has been incredibly fun.

3. Planning a Spring wardrobe. Inspiration here, here, and here. What are, really, the basics in a spring wardrobe? Growing up in a place where the seasons were practically nonexistent, seasonality is a concept that both fascinates and bewilders me. I’m having fun exploring all the options.

4. Developing your personal style. Loved this post by Sarai of Colette Patterns, this one by the Cottage Mama, and this one by the talented Kristin, from Skirt as Top. Great thoughts!

5. Loving these patterns: Tee, Made by Rae, and this Tunic, by Shwin & Shwin, and Sweet Little Dress, by Leila and Ben. Gorgeous all!

Lastly, I’ve been wondering if I’m brave enough to smock an Easter dress. Or two.

Have a good weekend, all!

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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.

Linking at Skip to My Lou.

Tip Junkie.

Mommy by day… Crafter by Night

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I loved Heather Ross’ book, Weekend Sewing. All the projects I have made from this book have turned out great, have been fast sewing, and fun.

Here is a picture of some pajama pants I made for me using Heather’s pattern. The picture is awful, but the pants were super easy to made and so comfortable to wear.

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I’ll definitely make more of these!

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This was a present for a friend’s 1st birthday. It was really easy to make, using three towels for both pieces. The bear bath mitt was sewn from a pattern from Oliver + S’s Little Things to Sew, a book I am absolutely in love with. It was a very easy pattern to follow, and turned out darling.

Linking at Skip to my Lou.

Every Creative Endeavor

Sumo’s Sweet Stuff.

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I think everyone knows how amazingly green and thrifty it is to use the library. If you are obsessed with books (as I am) and wish to pass on your obsession to your children, the library is the way to do it. Where else do you get to read books, magazines, see movies, listen to music– for free?!

Did you know that you can also get your hands on titles your library doesn’t own? Yes! It’s called Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Your local library can get in contact with libraries all over the country to request titles you would like to read, and have them shipped to your local branch for free, or a minimal fee. So, literally, you have the world at your fingertips, and it’s only an ILL form away.

I am totally addicted to ILL and have been known to have multiple requests out at once (very useful for those writing research papers). Among the books I have requested using this system are cookbooks, parenting books, scholarly lectures, crafting books, you name it. The policies vary from branch to branch, but here is this Wikipedia article on it that explains the basics of the system.

Try it soon. Browsing the catalogs and browsing through Amazon for books to request might become your new hobby.

Linking at The Green Resource via A Delightful Home.

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