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Photo dump

I’ve been working on tons of little gifts for friends and family so I haven’t had too much to share lately. In fact I’ve made too much in the past three months to sit down and actually photograph them so all I’ve got are a handful of phone photos. Honestly though, I don’t really think of the presents I make as “blog material” so I don’t worry too much about getting them on the blog. I am still proud of them though so I want to mark them down somewhere!

First up is a monster I made for a friend’s son’s 1st birthday. They had a monster theme for the party which was ADORABLE. I made a dozen small (about 8-inch) monsters for the favors, basing their designs on the invitations. I made this big guy (he was about 18 inches) for the birthday boy himself.


Next I made a quick quilt for my nephew’s first birthday. This was originally on my 2013 resewlutions post (oops) but… uh, better late than never, yeah? This baby was super quick to make because I just made 6-inch strips. The only thing that took a while was hand-binding the quilt. I’d never done it before but for some reason I just couldn’t get the binding sewn on by machine without a bunch of twisting and puckers so I eventually ripped it all out and bound it by hand.


It really feels like birthday season right now – we went to two birthday parties for kids in Liam’s daycare class on two consecutive weekends. They were both girls so I made two Geranium dresses. All the fabrics and notions are from Jo-Ann’s. I love both of these!





While writing this post I just remembered I also made a set of cloth napkins for Kev’s cousin’s wedding! I really wish I had taken photos because the colours I picked were so lovely. I sincerely want to keep every set of cloth napkins I make as gifts. Ugh.

I also made some tiny baby pants for a certain friend who is expecting. The baby shower hasn’t happened yet so no pictures yet, sorry! I used Rae’s newborn pants pattern (free!) for the first time. It’s ridic easy but I do highly recommend finishing all the seams since the pants will likely be washed a bunch. I just used my serger.

I have a bunch of projects on deck for myself and for my boys so I should be back soon with some real posts!



Log carrier for my huntsman

We use a soapstone wood stove as our main heating for most of the cold weather months. It’s super energy efficient… as in, it uses no electricity. We just set our home heating system to kick in if it drops below 60 degrees, which it never does with the wood stove burning, so we save tons of money on our electricity bill. Plus it makes the house smell amazing!

We keep all the wood outside in our driveway, and Kevin requested that I make a log carrier so he can carry several logs inside at a time. I already had two yards of canvas on hand so I whipped this up for him. Christmas present, DONE.


Now he can carry 5-7 logs in at a time so he doesn’t have to make multiple trips to fill up the stove.


Bonus: it folds up and is completely machine washable.

woodcarrier3(I think it’s actually inside out here – I intended for the straps to be on the outside when in use but it doesn’t really matter.)

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Star Wars pajamas

Happy Snow Day, friends! We’re stuck at home with 5 inches of snow. I’m trying to do some work-from-home, Kev is building Liam’s big boy bed (sob), and Liam is mainly trying (and succeeding at) distracting me from work.

I always want to sew something for Liam for special occasions, and I feel like PJs are a perfect Christmas present. (I know I love getting PJs at Christmas, and somehow my family never fails me in that regard. Every year!) So I made Star Wars flannel pajamas for Liam!



This fabric is from¬†Jo-Ann’s. I’ve been eyeing it for years and finally bought two yards!




I didn’t make any changes to my Oliver + S School Days shirt hack except for lengthening the bodice, and I cut a 3T using Rae’s Parsley Pants pattern – boy is getting too tall for his own good!


Not much else to say about these PJs except Kevin said they look like prison pajamas, but he’s evil and mean, so what does he know? Ok, they totally do. But I still love them and I hope Liam does too!

This picture makes me laugh… he’s making the pirate nutcracker ride the reindeer. I think the French nutcracker is helping him up too.


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Some more wedding napkins

These napkins and coasters were the wedding present that coordinated with the Ruffle Apron II.

Not much to say here so let’s just go with some pictures, eh?







I like folding the napkins restaurant-style and wrapping them up this way because it’s always impressive for friends who haven’t worked in a restaurant. I only hostessed at a restaurant for about six months but I doubt I will EVER forget how to fold a napkin. Important life skill!


Sister Washis: Star Wars for Rosie

Rosie finally sent me pictures of her Star Wars Washi in action!

She appears to be quite pleased with the pockets.
Star Wars 1

It fits perfectly, YES.
Star Wars 2

Star Wars 3

Yikes, this reminds me that I need to get cracking of the last Sister Washi, Romina’s!


Ruffle Apron II

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Here’s my second Ruffle Apron!


This was for my friend Emma’s bridal shower. She’s getting married later this month and I can’t wait!

And because I’m a bad friend, I didn’t know that her fiance does all the cooking… but we had a good time laughing over the thought of her fiance wearing this apron while cooking.

I think I’m laughing here because L found a bowl of mac + cheese on the table and just started eating it.¬†IMAG2484[1]

(If you look closely you’ll see I’m wearing a yet-to-be-blogged Washi in Cynthia Rowley Pointillism. It’s my latest Washi and I get compliments on it EVERYWHERE I go. The fabric is that awesome.)

I just used two fabrics I picked out at Jo-Ann’s in the quilting section. I love red/coral with teal! I’m especially fond of this scattered white dots on red.



I guess I can’t be TOO bad of a friend… I embroidered her initial on the pocket, for goodness sakes.


Ruffle Apron I

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I love it when a plan comes together.

I couldn’t think of what to make for my friend Liz for her wedding. I’d already powered through napkins, oven mitts, and coasters for her bridal shower, so I shot her an email and begged her to let me know what I could make for her. She g-chatted me immediately and said she wanted an apron. Win.

The next day, Ruffles 2013 started at See Kate Sew and she was offering up a free (for now) apron pattern. DOUBLE WIN!

I asked Liz what her fave animal was and she said elephant, so I sent her links to a bunch of elephant fabrics and she picked out Michael Miller Little Elephants. I was determined to use the leftover from her napkins as an accent but I had to get reaaaally creative as I had very little left over. I couldn’t squeeze out ties for the neck straps so those became one shorter non-adjustable strap. I at least got a couple of ruffles in!


Typical self-conscious, “I don’t know what to do with my hands” pose.IMAG2451[1]

This picture made me realize that I NEED ONE FOR MYSELF.

THOSE ELEPHANTS. Luckily I have some of the Elephants Toss fabric in the black colorway…

As the title of this post suggests, I’ve made more than one! And not for me, sadly… it was for my friend Emma’s bridal shower (I know, this fall is crazy with weddings and I love it) which was this morning so that post is coming sooooon!

There will probably be third Ruffle Apron because I’m pretty sure I need one now. With ruffle overload.