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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!!

The Blue Hat

Remember the blue hat I made for the Doctor Who outfit?

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I wanted to share a little bit about that with you. If you are anything like me, there is always room for a good hat. Especially a comfy warm slouchy hat!

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Firstly, I found the free pattern here at Heidi & Finn. It is simple and whips up quick.

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I used fleece, but repurposing old sweaters would work just as well. It may even look cuter. I sewed up the largest size the pattern goes up to (which is a child size: 6 yr.). It fits my very small 9 year old, but it also fits me. Disclaimer: I also happen to have a very tiny head. In fact it has been referred to as a “peanut sized skull” more than once. *ahem* So if you make one, you may want to size it up.

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Insert goofy child (or goofy adult with peanut-sized head), and you are done.

BTW: I wasn’t asked to review this, I just took it upon myself to share it with you. That is the kind of person I am. I share because I love.

What have you found today worth sharing?

Doctor Who?

There are 2 different link parties going on right now: Crafting Con’s Doctor Who sew-a-long AND Project Run and Play’s Bubble Dress link up. I wanted to participate in both, but didn’t have the time and/or energy to do two separate outfits for the same time frame.

So I naturally combined them into one fabulous (if I do say so my humble myself) Doctor Who inspired Bubble Dress (and matching jacket) deviating from my original sketch just a bit. Prepare yourself for a whole lot of photos!

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OK I will start with my inspiration. I chose the 11th Doctor (played by Matt Smith) for several reasons, but the main one is he is the Doctor with one of the most “costume-y” outfits (I mean that in the best possible way, of course). The bow tie, and suspenders, tweed, and the fez (which I omitted as to not make this too costume-y for my girl). Much easier than, say David Tennant’s Doctor (the 10th) even though he was also one of my favorites…and quite dreamy.

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Alida (the judge this season over at Project Run and Play) offered her Bubble Dress Tutorial up for everyone to make.

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I changed it up slightly by using a different bodice. And the dress has an invisible zipper closure, which made it a little tricky to put together. It was fun to figure out, though.

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The bodice is from the Noelle party Dress pattern by Peek-a-Boo pattern shop with a few minor adjustments. I made the suspenders like I was making a quilt block. They are a part of the bodice (not appliquéd on). The bow tie (which is a knotted rectangle) is suspended between the two red suspenders on the middle panel.

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I did topstitch them down to give them a little separation to create the illusion of real suspenders. BTW: The front and back suspenders actually line up, but I couldn’t find a way to photograph it. I had to mention it because that. was. hard.

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This child had so much fun with this photo session, even though she has never actually seen Doctor Who (*gasp* I know. Just a little too scary for her right now).

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The bodice is a cream linen blend, and the bubble skirt part is this heavier textured fabric (maybe some kind of suiting, maybe with some wool which would explain the sneezing and itching from me) that someone kindly gave me. It is lined with white quilting cotton because it is incredible stiff and scratchy. Yet it works perfectly for giving some structure to this dress!

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Moving on to the jacket…

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It is self-drafted and reversible (though it may be too scratchy to wear inside out). PLUS, the inside is where the secret is.

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I pieced the whole inside (even the tiny window squares of the Tardis), and then painted on “Police public call Box“.

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You may notice that one sleeve is blue and the other is red.

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Honestly, I ran out of blue. Ha! I still think it is cool. Much like bow ties.

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And now, I will pepper you with photos.

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She looks like a cross between The Doctor and The Master (from the new season), don’t you think?

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The Bee had the sonic screwdriver (because why wouldn’t she, really?) that we borrowed for this.

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She LOVED using her sister’s toy. *Ahem*, excuse me, tool.

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Her mouth, apparently needed tending to.

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And that tiny robot.

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And that beam.

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I also made a blue hat for no other reason than it was cold out there.

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I haven’t put a closure on the jacket because nothing looked quite right. I think I will leave it the way it is.

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So there you have it. If you don’t know who Doctor Who is you must be living under a rock (I kid. I am fairly new to this. I have only watched 2.5 doctors), by all means check it out (especially if you like Sci-Fi). I warn you though, you may just want to sew a whole outfit based on it. And if you do, link up your creation over here!

Are you a fan of the Doctor?

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I am linking to:

Crafting Con

Getting closer

OK Yesterday I actually went for a walk (Yay exercise!) and am a step closer to finishing my Doctor Who outfit!

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What have YOU done today?

Sketching it all out

This New Year, I made a resolution to be healthier and exercise (I know I am not alone in this). In our house, you are either healthy or unhealthy. Weight doesn’t matter. In fact, I never use terms like thin or fat either. It is like poison to young girls. I despise any kind of media saying otherwise. It is all about listening to your body. I would like our girls, more than anything, to learn that. When they feel unhealthy, to increase exercise and adjust their sugar intake. Eating good food is important. Getting your heart pumping and developing strength is also important. And above all, doing it for themselves. Not anyone else.

So when I made that promise to myself it was because I know I am not feeling the healthiest or strongest I can feel.

I also am lazy. Really, I have such good intentions, and then make every excuse to NOT start today.

Yesterday, I made a huge leap forward, and watched an exercise video. That counts, right? I am one step closer.

Anyhow, it’s a work in progress.

Another work in progress is my outfit for Crafting Con’s Doctor Who month!

I am fairly a new fan of The Doctor (only 3 doctors so far), but a fan nonetheless. My look will be based off of the 11th Doctor, because bow ties ARE cool.

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I have just begun and already changed the dress from this drawing. I love beginning with a sketch and allowing it to take off in any direction it goes from there.

If you have any geeky inclinations, check out Crafting Con! There is a new theme every month with new competitors. You are always invited to link up any of your theme related creations, too!

How about you? Any resolutions you are procrastinating with? Do you have a geeky side?

19 down

I thought I would show you my progress. After two days of sewing for a few minutes here and a few minutes there, I have 19 of these made!

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I know it doesn’t seem like much time when I am fitting it in, but when it all adds up, I have actually accomplished something.

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BTW I love the flannel I found for this project too. It is so soft!

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Now, if I only would do that with exercising! Sheesh.

What have you fit in today?

Flexing my sewing muscles once again

I think I can safely say that we are now officially done with celebrating… until Valentine’s Day.

My brain just couldn’t handle much creativity during this past holiday season, but now, it is back to business as usual.

As with anything you do, it takes a little bit of getting used to, again. I am working on a few things right now, but these are what I started with.

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A lovely local healer/chiropractor (and friend) asked me to make a bunch of these face table cover things (I really don’t have a word for them). I was so proud of myself for figuring out how they were constructed!

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It really is the little things that make all the difference. I think this will be a great project to build my sewing muscles back up.

What are YOU working on right now?