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Free video mini-course

The people from the Ultimate Bundles have a new one coming out, and are offering a free video mini course

4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking“.

I watched the video, and I can recommend it to anyone (especially those with small children) who feels they are overwhelmed by all that needs to be done in a day. I know some Moms of littles that could really use these tips!

I was glad to find that I already do all of the steps that she recommends already (and they really do work)! Once you start, it becomes second nature, and housework becomes less of a “chore”.

Best part is , it is FREE!

Click here to take you to the video.

A-line A La Mode pattern review

I had the privilege of sewing up this little number for my Falafel:

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*I was given this pattern for review, but as always, all opinions are mine all mine!

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I used a light pink quilting cotton and a cream colored lace tablecloth to make this dress! I was going for soft and classic, and just plain pretty.

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Even though my 9 year old is the size of a 6 year old (that is the size I sewed up), she is totally nine. So when I showed her the pattern, she requested that I change the puffy sleeves and that I make it “not as full”.

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Instead of grading it out to an 8 (according to her measurements, that is what I should have done), I just sewed up the size 6 as is. To fulfill her other request, I shortened the sides of the sleeve pattern to match up with the armholes, and also cut a few inches of length. Then I hemmed the lace and cotton as one piece. I left off the band (that is part of the pattern).

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I didn’t change anything else. I am never disappointed when sewing up one of Melissa’s patterns. She is so thorough. The instructions are clearly written and photographed. I always feel like she is here, guiding me through each step. I have learned how to do new things from her patterns. They are like sewing mini lessons.

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This is not my first time sewing up a Blank Slate pattern (see here, here, here, and here) and it certainly won’t be my last.

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What have YOU sewn today?

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Have you heard of minted.?

In a nutshell, it is website that sources art through a community of artists and designers (that span the globe), through monthly challenges. Their products include stationary, art prints, and even fabric!

This new year has me changing things up in our home a bit, starting with colors and art. And I have enough art made by me and my family. So I went on to browse, and really was sucked into the fabulous options and diversity of art choices. One thing led to another and I realized I had been looking for more than an hour. And don’t even get me started about the fabric!

I narrowed it down to feathers and foxes. I seem to always come back to those two themes and no one in our house would object.

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Geometric Fox

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imaginary vase

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Pretty Plumes

And that led me to nests.

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Fly

BUT then I saw these too..

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Big Red

I have always had a thing for gumball art.

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Love set in stone

and this…which I really love.

How about you? Have you browsed around this site at all?

What jumped out at you?

*disclosure: I will receive credit to their store in exchange for this post, but as always, all opinions are mine mine mine!

Pink for your Boy inspiration

Kelly from Handmade Boy is doing a Boys CAN Wear Pink series in February. And although I do not have any boys, I do have a husband and I LOVE the idea of breaking the stereotypes for all male people.

Really, it is just a color. And some people regardless of gender actually love it and look and feel good wearing it.

Since I am participating I thought I would put together a little bit of fabric and pattern inspiration for you in case you want to sew along!

fabricCollage Imagine Gnats has fabulous fabric selections with pink. The first one is a double gauze with construction vehicles. How awesome is that??!!

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Clean Slate pants by Blank Slate Patterns

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Little Gentleman pants and vest

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Zippy Jacket by Blank Slate Patterns

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High Five Hoodie

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Critter Canvas: Boston Terriers

or even

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Geometric Bliss: radical blossoms blush in knit

Imagine some of these patterns using these fabrics! *swoon*

So how about you?

Would you dress your son in pink? OR more importantly would he wear it?

**Some of the links in this post are affiliate links which means if you buy the product through my link, I get some money too.
::AND I only am an affiliate to shops I truly love and believe in the quality of their product::
***PPSSSS I also linked to Blank Slate Patterns even though I am not an affiliate, but so love her patterns.

Last Day for me to bug you about the Bundle

OK, let me start by saying I AM THE WORST SALESPERSON EVER.

I think this comes from me not liking the hard sell from other people. I cannot stand feeling pressure to buy anything. Seriously. If a salesperson in a store comes up to me to talk about a product, I am more apt to walk out than actually buy it. I have to really really think about each and every purchase I make for me and my family and I love the quiet to do it in. I appreciate the back-off approach. And I am frugal, so it has to be a good price for me to even consider it.

With that said, I also like to make money. And to share when I think something is a good deal with my readers. This Ultimate DIY Bundle is a whole library of do it yourself resources for one price. The PDF patterns alone are worth it. For $34.95 you get 76 different ebooks and ecourses and 5 bonuses too. If you order it using my link, I get a portion of the sale too.

Today is the last day you can get it. So if you have been taking your time to think about it (like I would), now is the time to act.

That is it. The last you will hear it from me. If you choose to get it or not is up to you!

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We will still be friends tomorrow.

Life update and still chance to get the bundle

Well, Falafel was up vomiting yesterday in the wee hours of the morning, and then in her bed the entire day with a fever. I spent the day doing the laundry that comes with that, wiping down all surfaces, and keeping her hydrated…and really hoping that no one else gets it!

I am also in the middle (literally) of a few sewing projects that I cannot wait to share with you, but alas, my trusty sewing machine of 20 years, my right hand, if you will, is not behaving itself. Jim and I pulled it apart and cleaned what we could, but ultimately, I think it needs to be tuned up by a professional. It has been 10 years since it has been serviced, so I guess it was just a matter of time. Ugh. I have never depended so heavily on a machine before in my life. It is a strange thing to realize that I am in love with an inanimate object.

AND….

There are only a few days to get the Ultimate DIY Bundle before it goes away!

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I hope you all are healthy and doing what you love with those you love this weekend!

The Norah Dress from the Ultimate DIY Bundle

Yesterday I told you a little about the Ultimate DIY Bundle. TODAY, I am sharing what I made with one of the patterns that is included in the bundle!

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The Norah Dress  by Mouse House Creations (affiliate link)

Can I just say that I LOVE THIS DRESS??!!

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It reminds me of my favorite dress that I had when I was in grade school (in the late 1970’s). It was yellow and had multi-colored balloons on it. *sigh* I wore it with knee-high socks. I also remember that mine was sleeveless, so my Mom wouldn’t let me wear it once the weather turned cold.

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I couldn’t help using this filter to make it look like a vintage photo from the 70’s. Uh wait, did I just call myself old?

This one, however comes with different length sleeves, so your child won’t have to wait until Summer to wear her favorite dress!

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Another fantastic feature is there are no buttonholes to sew OR zippers to insert! It closes with a button and loop. Easy Peasy!

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I had this crazy mushroom fabric in my stash, and somehow… it works!

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She couldn’t help but sing.

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Oh how I wish those teeth would just come in already!

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You have only 5 more days to grab the Ultimate DIY Bundle!

 **Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

It is time to get The Ultimate DIY Bundle

There aren’t enough hours in the day, right? I find myself always saying that! With work, helping the kids with their homework, preparing meals, running kids where they need to go, cleaning up after everyone and putting yet another load of laundry on (seriously, where does all that laundry come from??!!), there’s very little time for sleep (and I really like sleep) – let alone DIY and crafting!

But do you browse through those wonderful crafting successes on Pinterest *sigh* and think to yourself that “one day” you’ll have a few more minutes to yourself so that you too can create something incredible?

You’re not alone – there’s a huge community of people out there who are feeling just as frustrated as you are!

Thankfully though, there’s an exciting new product to help you quickly and easily get into (or back into) the creative projects you’ve been desperate to start. It’s called The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and it’s a collection of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading authors and bloggers in the industry.

For the low price of just $34.95, you get access to a carefully curated library of over 76 eBooks and eCourses. And let me reassure you that this really is great value: the Ultimate Bundles team (who produced the resource) has spent MONTHS seeking out the most respected experts in the industry and asking them to contribute their premium-quality eBooks and eCourses. These really are the best of the best when it comes to DIY and crafting advice and information.

 Crafts

Holidays & Seasonal

Home & Garden

Home Decor

Photography

Scrapbooking & Art Journaling

Sewing

The Business of DIY

Writing

eCourses

 **Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

Come back tomorrow to see what I made with a pattern in this bundle!!

Where is your Creativity?

Have you lost your creative side somewhere between shuffling kids to appointments and lessons, and doing laundry and making meals?

I have to admit, it is something I have struggled to keep very much at the forefront of my days.

There is a Free 4 step mini course  on just that!

You can sign up here to take this short course to spark your creativity. Time to get it back and hold onto it!

Check back soon to learn more about the Ultimate DIY Bundle, too!

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Every day princess

I recently won this pattern from Sew Straight and Gather: The Uptown/Downtown Dress !

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Oh. My. Word. Goodgolly I love this dress. I WANT ONE FOR ME!

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There are several extensions to this pattern that give you so many options to customize this dress. I chose the maxi length with long sleeves. My girl didn’t want to cowl neck (even though it is absolutely adorable).

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All I can think of is Princess Buttercup.

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I used a heavier grey knit fabric (that has sparkles in it) and love the weight of it. It flows when she walks like some medieval princess. Only for every day.

Actually I can envision this pattern making incredible princess costumes.

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The neck does run a little wide for my narrow-shouldered girl, so the next one, I probably will raise a few inches. Oh and there will be a next one for sure! She has already requested that her Christmas dress be made from this pattern, only out of red or green or shiny fabric instead.

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I told her that she could even wear THIS one for Christmas. She replied “No way. This is for every day“.