Sara sews an elephant and 24 hours left to enter!

Sara sews an elephant and 24 hours left to enter!

Sara Soares of Made by Sara is a talented sewer and makes the most beautiful children’s clothes!  She just had her 4th baby (a little boy!) and wanted to make his first made by mama gift.  She chose the Lucky the Elephant pattern. Sara made him at 75% size (better for little hands!), added a rattle while stuffing and made a grabby t-shirt tail (you have to visit her blog to see it!). Less than 24 hours are left to enter the Week 1...

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Gingercake Holiday Gifts Sewing Series 2016 and week 1 giveaway!

Gingercake Holiday Gifts Sewing Series 2016 and week 1 giveaway!

I am so excited for another round of Gifts Sewing this year!  Do you remember when I did a similar series back in 2013?  Well, it has been 3 years and I thought it would be great to do it again!  Not only will you be seeing all the fabulous sewing of some very creative bloggers, but Gingercake is hosting some great giveaways for each of the 5 weeks of the series!  That means you have FIVE chances to win!  Your chance to win this week is at the...

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Halloween Front Door Decor and Tutorial

Halloween Front Door Decor and Tutorial

It has taken years for me to find my halloween decor groove.  My kids want to see our house get festive for the holidays and I remember loving halloween stuff when I was a kid too.  But the retail stuff available  can be kinda ugly, right?  And creepy too.  So, here is my compromise!  Still festive and a little spooky, but not over the top. First is my new wreath!  I made this by recovering my spring wreath from this video tutorial.  I simply...

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A Dozen Chicks

A Dozen Chicks

It’s no secret I have chicken envy.  I know that I can’t have chickens again this year- we have a new dog, travel plans, and honestly, I can’t stand dealing with chicken poop.  But I love the idea of a pretty little chicken coop and heirloom varities of chickens laying beautiful brown eggs.  Anne’s piano teacher has new chicks and is keeping them in her kitchen in a box for a few weeks.  The kids and I enjoyed looking at...

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I love a good New Year

I love a good New Year

Happy New Year to all you friends out there!  I truly hope that 2015 is your best year yet.  I hope you take risks and follow your dreams and love and laugh and do all that good and wonderful stuff that makes life so wonderful. I just made this banner for our new mantel (as in less than an hour ago!).  Isn’t it cute?  I confess that I didn’t even sew it at all!  I know, I know.  You have seen so many of these banners and they are no...

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Vintage Valentine Penguin Remake

Vintage Valentine Penguin Remake

I have a big cruch on those old vintage valentines that show up on Pinterest this time of year.  I wish I had a bundle of those pretties to send out to all my family and friends!  When I saw this one, it reminded me of a gingercake pattern. That cute penguin looks a lot like our very own Annie's Penguin!  I decided that I had to make a Gingercake penguin to match… It turned out so cute!  I love his scarf and...

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Christmas Cookie Party 2013

Christmas Cookie Party 2013

In the past few years, my friends start asking me about the cookie party in Septmeber.  "You are going to have the cookie party, right???"  I will admit that it is pretty fun and pretty wonderful to have a plate full of gorgeous cookies when you head home after.  If you are interested, here is some info about cookie parties of the past~ Cookie Party 2010- in this post, I talk about the invitations and the rules which...

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Holiday Gifts Sewing Series: Hungie Gungie Bunny!

Holiday Gifts Sewing Series:  Hungie Gungie Bunny!

What a treat I have for you today!  Have you ever visited Hungie Gungie?  I love the modern, hip aesthetic of their blog.  I say "their" because Hungie Gungie is a collaboration of 2 sisters.  I love collaborative blogs, don't you?  It really adds depth and interest.  Any who… Erin sewed up a Modern Folksy Bunny that is amazing!  Go over to Hungie Gungie and check out the...

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Holiday Gifts Series: Mindfully Made sew a Darling Polar Penguin!

Holiday Gifts Series:  Mindfully Made sew a Darling Polar Penguin!

Our next sewer, Amy Frank of Mindfully Made Studios is close to my heart!  She is a very good personal friend and a big inspiration to me.  We are peas in a pod and have spent lots of time together sharing our love of creating while our kids play.  She is wonderful!  Amy has just started her blog, so make sure you go visit and leave a comment on her giveaway.  Amy sewed up a cute Annie's penguin for neice who...

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Beginning of the Gifts series! Featuring S is for Sewing…

Beginning of the Gifts series!  Featuring S is for Sewing…

This month I am doing something special here on the blog!  I have asked some lovely and talented sewers to sew up a gingercake pattern for someone they love in the spirit of holiday gift giving!  So, all month long, some very talented ladies will be sewing Gingercake patterns AND each will offer a pattern giveaway!    Today, we have out first guest.  Have you all ever visited Sofia over a S is for Sewing?...

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How Bunny got a Pocket

How Bunny got a Pocket

Since I am having the bunny sale this week, I was trying to think of a way to make more versions of the pattern.  In the past I made the bunny smaller by printing it at 65%.  You can read about those here.  Very cute!  I have gotten lots of emails by sewers saying they are excited to use the pattern to make bunnies for the easter basket.  I thought, why not make Bunny the easter basket?! This was surprisingly easy...

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Preschool Valentine Craft

Preschool Valentine Craft

Here is the craft I am doing with Cal's preschool tomorrow morning.  I admit I was a bit of a grumpy baby coming up with this.  First, I waited until this morning to make my plan.  Second, I kept waffling about my plan.  Third, I had to haul Cal and the baby all the way to Micheals!  But now I am happy and think the kids will like making these boquets for their moms.  What do you think?  Are the...

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Beachy Tunic in Voile

Beachy Tunic in Voile

Remember when I made this pretty golden tunic for Anne?  While I was at the beach a few weeks ago, I got some pictures of her wearing it.  I love the color on her and she looked so pretty with all her sun kissed freckles (you wouldn't believe the sunscreen we go though with her!) We had a lovely time in South Carolina.  Lots of time in the pool and just exploring the beach.  We went into Charleston once during the...

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Beachy Days

Beachy Days

We have had a busy last few weeks.  School is done, Elsie had her 8th birthday (for which I made a pretty dress but still haven't taken pictures!) and now we are at the beach.  Phew! This guy is loving his new shovel and not sharing it with anyone… My husband's youngest brother is here from San Francisco with his beautiful girlfriend and all the little girls are in love… My husband is persistant in his attempts...

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Piped Pot Holders Tutorial

Piped Pot Holders Tutorial

We have some picnics to go to this weekend and although I may make box brownies as my contribution, I decided to make handmade cute pot holders to go with my dish to give to the hostess.  This may be my summer staple since I had fun making these and they look really cute! I love a nice potholder.  But my issues with doing a nice binding keep getting in my way!  I don't want to take the time to hand sew it and I can't...

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National Parking with the Kids

National Parking with the Kids

Since we had NO snow days (truly a miracle) off from school this year, we had a break from school of 10 days.  That is pretty crazy for our school district and I took advantage by planning a trip south to see my parents for easter.  We decided to take our time on the way down and made several stops with our big destination being the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.   We stayed the night before in Gatlinburg which was...

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Introducing the Modern Folksy Bunny PDF Sewing Pattern

Introducing the Modern Folksy Bunny PDF Sewing Pattern

Ya Hoo!  I wanted to have this finished with plenty of time for easter and now it is complete.  This is a fun and simple pattern– easy to finish in less than a couple hours.  The pattern includes plenty of pictures and full size pattern pieces.   Thank you to my nice blog commenters who helped me with the button eyes and making the ears bigger.   Who wants to make some bunnies for easter???  As usual,...

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How Googly Eyes Make Everything Awesome

How Googly Eyes Make Everything Awesome

My oldest daughter has basketball early on saturday mornings and I used this time alone with Anne (it is hard to separate those 2) to make some valentines that I saw on Pinterest.  For awhile the kids were into building card houses and that gave us a stack of mixed up playing cards with out anyof them being complete sets.  I read that the founder of pinterest hopes that it using his site will help people to spend more time doing and...

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Hooped Valentines

Hooped Valentines

Whenever I see embroidery hoops at the thrift store, i gather them up in my basket.  They are addictive!  I have too many now and it is time to start using them up.  I thought Valentine's day would be the perfect time to get started! These are on our stocking nails which I thought was the perfect place.  The idea began as just hearts with fun fabrics and I could practice my embroidery stitches.  I then changed...

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And this was supposed to be the year I didn’t do as much Handmade…

And this was supposed to be the year I didn’t do as much Handmade…

I decided not to go overboard on handmade this year.  And really, compared to the effort I made in past years, it's not so much!  This post is going to be picture heavy and word light since I am supposed to pick the kids up in half an hour and I can't be listing these pictures while they are home!  Those kids are getting pretty smart about catching me in the act First, Elsie's gift was a special request and is a...

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