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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“.

Unitard Pattern Review

My Falafel does gymnastics and loves it. The only outfit she is comfortable wearing, though, is a unitard. They are made of spandex like a leotard, but unlike a leotard, they don’t ride up while you are tumbling around because there are shorts attached!

So naturally I decided I should make these, because they are not cheap, and that way they could be customizable for my little flipper. But when I searched, I couldn’t find a good pattern! Seriously.

Then I stumbled upon the tumblentwirl Etsy shop for Mountain Ash Designs. Emma has such a wide variety of patterns there, it was like I struck gold. She not only had one unitard pattern, but several to choose from… and they all looked great!

I chose the Casey Unitard Biketard pattern to try out. And it did not disappoint!

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First let me tell you, this pattern goes from size 2 up to 14! AND it comes with two different options. This one that I sewed up, and one with a thinner spaghetti-type strap.

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This pattern was super quick and easy and gives you a really professional look. In fact, when The Bee got home from school, Falafel was wearing her unitard and when I told her that I made it, she said “Wow I thought that was store-bought!”. Falafel even said that it was EVEN BETTER than her store bought one! It doesn’t get better than that.

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 I sewed up a size 6 based on her measurements, and it really fits perfectly.

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The spandex I bought at Joanns. I found that the requirements she gave in the pattern allows for more than enough fabric to make this, and because of how I folded it, I think I can even make another. And it was only about a yard total!

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I had enough to make a matching hair scrunchy (which she likes to wear on her wrist) out of the scraps.

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I am so very happy with this pattern and I will be getting plenty of use out of it! I highly recommend it.

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Do your kids do gymnastics? Do you sew their outfits?

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*I contacted Emma about this pattern and she graciously gave me a copy in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own, as always. I just wanted to share my fantastic findings with you. And when I find a good business, it is totally worth sharing.*

If you haven’t check out Mountain Ash designs Etsy shop, be sure to!

EveryDay Tank pattern Tour

I was honored when Mama Nene from Serger Pepper asked me to be a part of her pattern tour. I love making friends across the pond!

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She asked us to sew up her pattern either as is, or flip it as we see fit.

Since all my youngest will wear is fleece, lately, I decided to make her a cozy dress with sleeves using the tank pattern.

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I love the inset pockets that are in the front and how very versatile this pattern is. I actually used a piece of woven cotton for the pockets. It adds just the right amount of color, I think.

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I made some obvious changes to turn this into a winter garment. I raised the neckline just a little bit. Then I added sleeves.

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To do this I traced the armholes of the pattern and added about 1/2 inch to allow for seam allowances. Then I used a sweatshirt that fits her to trace the rest of the shape of the sleeves.

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Fleece is so forgiving and easy to trim. No need to finish seams (although I did hem the sleeves) because it won’t fray. How great is that?

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*If you want your own copy of the pattern, Mama Nene (Irene) is offering you 40% off anything you buy from her Shop or her Etsy shop (offer expires Sunday Nov. 9th).

Just use the coupon code: BLOGTOUR40

You can also enter to win 2 patterns from Serger Pepper by Rafflecopter below.

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**If you purchase one of her patterns and then win the raffle for the same pattern, then you will have the choice between having another pattern or a $10 coupon code for a future purchase (expiring by the end of the next year 2015)!

Be sure to check out the other incredible versions on this tour!

Monday, 3rd

Veronica @ Sew Very – Karly @ Paisley Roots -

Tuesday, 4th

Scary/Al @ Shaffer Sisters – Amy @ Sews N Bows – Melissa @ Rebel and Malice
Deanna @ Sew Mc Cool – Lisa @ Cucicucicoo
Wednesday, 5th
Terra @ Mama Says Sew  – Nichole @ Bluebird and the Boy – Ajaire @ Call Ajaire
Sara @ Made By Sara – Annemieke @ Sofilantjes

Thursday, 6th

Bethany @ Two Novembers – Joy @ xoxo Grandma – Courtney @ Sweeter Than Cupcakes

Friday, 7th

Becka @ Probably Crafting  – Nienke @ Pienkel – Renee @ Two Many
Shelly @ Coral and Co.

Saturday, 8th

- Bethany @ Wildflower Child Create – Jennifer @ Diary of a MadMama – Sabra @ Sew a Straight Line
Daniela @ On The Cutting Floor – Suzanne @ Winter Wonderings

Sunday, 9th

Magda @ House of Estrela – Shino @ Nutta – Jonie @ Knot Sew Normal – Kara @ Sweeter Than It Seams

Betty Skirt Tour and a coupon code

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I am completely thrilled to be included on the Shaffer Sisters’ pattern tour! Three sisters who blog together. How wonderful is that? I have never met these lovely ladies in person, but always enjoy reading their posts and seeing what they create. You can absolutely feel the love they have for each other on there.

Now they have created a skirt pattern!

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OK pattern details. They present a couple of ways for you to make one of four different skirts that come in the PDF pattern. First, you can go off measurements for those of you who like that, and skip the printing. Or you can actually print out the pattern and use it.

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I chose to make the gathered skirt, but there is also a pleated one (either with large pleats or small pleats) and there is also another version of the gathered skirt with a placket. SO MANY CHOICES!!!

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I won some fabric a little while ago, and have been saving this Heather Ross Far far away unicorn fabric for a special project. When I asked her, Falafel immediately knew which one she wanted for this skirt. I am glad she chose this one. It is so bright and happy. I added a piece of bias tape to add another pop of color, along with a cute little bow and flower button. It isn’t part of the pattern, but I love that I could add it very easily.

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If you are a beginner, this is a great pattern to show you step-by step how to sew a very professional looking skirt. And for those intermediate sewers out there, this pattern makes it super easy and convenient to whip up an adorable skirt in any size from newborn to size 16x with plus sizes AND a bonus 18″ doll skirt pattern!

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If you want to grab your own pattern, they are offering you a 30% off coupon to their Etsy shop just use the code BETTYTOUR

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Be sure to check out the other skirts on tour!

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Oakshott Table Linens Challenge

I feel so lucky to be chosen to participate once again using this fabulous line of fabrics. Sew Mama Sew put together another challenge, and Oakshott fabrics sent 6 challengers their Lakes fat eighths collection, and asked us to make table linens with them.

I chose to make a table runner for our 8′ long dining table!

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It is so long that is was tricky to get the whole thing photographed at once!

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I added a pocket at each end (by folding down one corner and then halfway up again, and sewing down in place) to hold whatever we need to put in them! Napkins, silverware, dinner party questions (oh yes, we have done that to our guests), etc.

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The colors in this collection are beautiful, and have that iridescent sheen that we love Oakshott fabrics for.

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I kept the pattern fairly simple so that you can really see all the incredible colors and their subtle differences.

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I always feel so decadent sewing with these fabrics. They remind me of jewels.

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Look at that weave!

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The dark rains have begun here (I live in WA state), so I couldn’t photograph this inside, but it fits right in with our color scheme in the dining room, perfectly.

Big Thanks to Sew Mama Sew and Oakshott fabrics!

Be sure to check out what the others made:

Mary Claire King Remember Wren

Jessica Skultety Quilty Habit

Nicole Neblett mama love quilts

Sara Peterson knottygnome crafts

Anjeanette Klinder