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The only new thing I have been able to start is an explorer vest (an adorable project from Liesl Gibson’s Little Things to Sew ) that we will give to a friend of ours who is turning five.

I must say that this project has been incredibly fun. Working on the bellows pockets was tough, and I now regret the decision to use contrasting topstitching, but the project has come together so quickly and is so beautiful to look at. I’ll be making more of these!

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I did finish our felt garland:

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It was a quick, fun project, and I am glad I did it. What are you working on this week?

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Mini Art Folios

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I recently made these cute mini art folios to give as favors for my daughter’s “birthday playdate.” the pattern is by Ginger Cake and I actually loved sewing these. I have made both the regular size folio and the mini folio and have received many compliments on them.

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Pattern Review
I love this pattern. The instructions are very well written, with many pictures to help visualize what you are actually supposed to do. It sews up quickly and, if you have many to make, I recommend setting up a serialized operation where you cut, “fuse,” iron, and sew. It is an easy craft that provides a lovely, practical, useful result.

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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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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?

Linking at Skip to My Lou

Today’s Creative Blog

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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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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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Toddler Birthday Gift

We have a special friend who just turned one, and we made her a farm of felt finger puppets. I’ll have the pattern available soon.

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I’m linking up at Passionately Artistic

Tip Junkie handmade projects

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