KCWC: Day 3, The “Why Not” Dress

I found this cute ballerina border print down in Chinatown yesterday and was so excited by a fabric ballerina-y enough for my daughter but not nausea-inducing for me that I said Why Not and purchased it without a second thought. At first I figured I’d just make a simple a-line dress to show off the… 

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KCWC: Days 1 & 2

I’m a little late to the game, so consider this my unofficial entry into Meg’s KCWC.  I can’t really show you what I made on day 1 because it’s a project that I owe another blogger (what up Jess!).  Here’s an eensy weensy sneak peak though, just so you won’t call me a big fat… 

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I Spy: A NEW Set! Meet Alpha

It’s totally exhilarating and fun to finally be able to show you… the NEW Spoonflower I Spy set: Alpha! In this set there’s one 5″ square for each letter of the alphabet, plus two extras that I felt haaaad to be included. I was just about to caption the contents of each of these… but… 

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A “Happy” 3rd Birthday

I love a loose party theme. I know that my kids might get licensed-character-attached at some point, but for now I’m trying to avoid it. I’m also avoiding jumpy places and kid gamey-machine places. But I’ve learned better than to say “I’ll never _________” because parenthood serves that back toasted, with a pickle on the… 

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Spray Painted Apron: A Tutorial

So, I get this box of stuff in the mail from Martha. She included a note. “Make something awesome for your Mom for Mother’s Day, Susan! Love, Martha.” NO PROBLEM! Who could say no to *Martha*? Look at what she sent: Amazing, right? I was really, really excited about the all-surface paint. Paint that works… 

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Alphabet Quilt Top: Work In Progress

With much enthusiasm, I’d started piecing my alphabet labels with corresponding fabrics here. They started out in strips that I thought I’d stitch together in rows, like this: But after I’d put it aside to work on a few things for Mary and Matt, finish a quilt for my cousin’s son, fix up my kid… 

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Friday’s Follow-Up

After posting on Friday my Mom said “thanks for the pictures, Susan, but post more.” So here’s my update with a few more. Just for you, Mom. On Friday afternoon Katie made chocolate chip cookies and we took them to her favorite nurses at the Inova Fairfax Hospital High Risk Perinatal Unit to celebrate her… 

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Happy, Happy, Happy Friday the 13th!

Last summer I wrote about April 13th of last year. It was a totally bizarre day. I was rushing around trying to finish a dress tutorial as if it were the most important thing on earth when the phone rang. It was a scary phone call about something that was overwhelmingly and ridiculously more important…. 

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Your Advice, Please

This is one of those days where I’m asking for your eyes and ears and experience. One of the many benefits of blogging is being able to reach out and ask for the opinions and input of people who we have something in common with. And whether you have kids or remember being one yourself,… 

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Spring Top, mini-style

I know this totally defeats the purpose of Rae’s Spring Top Event, since we’re supposed to use this time to sew for ourselves, but I made my kid a shirt.  What can I say?  Her little body is a cutely rounded rectangle whereas mine is the recovering battleground of a devastating pregnancy war.  I’m definitely… 

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Easter Egg Shirts

Last year I was sort of industrious. The girls got matching dresses. This year, not so much. But I did remix this shirt from two years ago that had recently met with chocolate milk stains of death. One for each kid, and they might’ve been the same color if either of the stores I visited… 

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Easter Dresses 3.5

Pictured:  the 2 Easter dresses my oldest girl childs will wear.  Not pictured: the 1.5 dresses I made to decorate the interior of my garbage can.   I had multiple dress disorder this year and just couldn’t decide what I wanted to make.  There was this one design that just wouldn’t leave my head and… 

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Color Me Happy

There’s this happiness most of us had as kids. The brand new box of crayons. Crisp edges. Sliding the top open. Peeking in at all of the perfectly formed, smooth waxy edges. The moment of decision. Where do you start? Which would be first? Later, the same joy with colored pencils and markers. A blank… 

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It’s That Time of Year Again

It’s that time of year. Time for fresh ideas ideas in tutorial-world. My friend Katie wrote to say “can’t wait to see your post on Sunday!” Uh…. me too! Well, the bad news is that we’ve been entirely too serious lately. The good news is that we ourselves still enjoy the tutorials we’d put so… 

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