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Well, I promised. And a promise is a promise. So here goes.

I’m changing things up. This blog, The Write Ingredients, is going back to it’s roots. It’s going back to Food. All about eating food, and cooking food, and exploring ingredients, local (and not-so-local) goodies, and chocolate. Because you have to have chocolate.

But, but, you say. But what about all the sewing and drawing and art fairs and all that stuff? Well, that’s moving to a new home. (This is where the drumroll comes in…). I’d like to introduce you to…

It’s my new blog which will host my creative endeavors, including paper goods, sewing fun, design (graphic and otherwise) and my dreams. I’m still working on the details, and the Etsy shop, but it’s all coming soon. (Like next week if I can get my %$$^ together).

So hang tight, add it to your reader, and I’ll see you after the 4th. Happy Celebrating!

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I made daughter a backpack. It was based on the drawstring backpack I made for myself a while back. I made hers roughly half the size, and used cord instead of making the straps. I used a bit of Fredrika fabric from Ikea (Bought 2 yards – couldn’t resist!). I love it. She loves it. She’s very proud of it, and every morning we put her yogurt and extra shoes in it and she wears it into school daycare. Her teachers Oooh and Aaah when she puts it on when I pick her up, and the other mothers ask me where I got it. Well, I will tell you!

Just not yet. Things are going to change around here. Not too much, just a little bit. More tomorrow though, I’m still putting the pieces in place. But no worries, you’ll be happy. And I’ll be happy.

Stay tuned….

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I finally finished a dress for Daughter. I planned to make a matching set, skirt for me, dress for her. (Remember this skirt? I finished it in time to wear it to Mexico? In January?)  Well, the dress took a wee bit longer. And after some issues with a mediocre pattern, I figured it out. I even found the perfect buttons for the shoulders, they’re little frogs! The fabric is Amy Butler. And I love it. I’m also glad I waited to finish it, because now it fits her beautifully.

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The Fat Quarter swap I signed up for a few weeks is complete! I sent off my package to New South Wales, Australia over a week ago, and received a package from Fran just last Friday. I sent Fran two Fat Quarters, actually, because I just couldn’t decide. I found these at Glad Creations in South Minneapolis (Thanks, Anna!) One was covered with Loons and the other Birch trees. The Birch fabric is just beautiful, the Loons are just kinda fun. I also sent a punching balloon for her young daughter. I sure hope she received it!

I’m thrilled with the fabric she sent. Check out the details in the photo below.

It’s covered in all sorts of fun creatures, and the detail is amazing. What am I ever going to do with this amazing fabric? Any ideas?

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I recently stumbled cross Sara’s blog and followed many of her links to find some amazing fabric. I’ve been a bit addicted to fabric lately, and know I need to cut back, but these are almost too cute to pass up.
These birds with chairs made me think of Jen’s orange chairs. Wouldn’t it make a whimsy and unexpected skirt?
I think these birds would make an adorable pair of pajama pants.
This metro cafe print would make a great apron, or oven mitts, or, well, just about anything.
If you had your choice of fabric, what would you make?

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The sun finally came out today. We’ve had rain almost every day in June so far, and if you’re used to the Minnesota sun, all that rain can get a little depressing. And wet. So, finally, the sun is back. And I was able to use the natural light to take a (somewhat) decent photo of the new skirt I finished this weekend. It’s the Drawstring Jersey Skirt, from Cluck Cluck Sew’s tutorial. And I love it. It was pretty simple, although it took a while to figure out how to size it. And I guess I shoudl have used a stretch thread around the bottom. But I still love it. It looks a whole lot dressier than it really is, and it’s really comfortable.

I also posted it in the Sew, Mama, Sew Make it, Wear it Challenge. There’s  a lot of inspiration over there and it goes until the end of the month. I hope to add a few more pieces if I can get them done!

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A few weeks ago while I was in New York, I stopped by Purl Soho. It was one of the top places to visit on my list and I was so excited to spend some time there. I’ve admitted that I’m addicted to fabric, so it could have been a dangerous stop, but I knew I was limited by the size of my suitcase so I was able to maintain some control. I picked up a few yards of some great stuff, but I also picked up this adorable pack of 1/2 yards. When I chose it I had no idea what I was going to use it for, but I finally figured it out. And it will be a surprise. A beautiful, sentimental surprise. So stay tuned. I plan to start it this week, so hopefully it will be done soon. (Soon is a relative term.) Either way, aren’t the fabrics just adorable and such a fun mix! I can’t wait to get started!

Note: I went back and looked through the fabrics to see what maker/line they’re from. The white one is from Cloud 9 Fabrics (Love them!), and I believe the top one is Alexander Henry. The  rest weren’t labeled. Bummer. Any ideas on the others?

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