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By the time you read this I’ll be on a plane to New York City with the girls for Jen’s Manhattan Meet-Up. As a surprise to the girls, I made them each a simple little wristlet to carry their goodies in the Big Apple. Have a great weekend, I know I will.

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Ruffle shirts, really embellished shirts in general, are every where this spring. I saw my first one a couple months ago on the J-Crew website and have been determined to make one ever since. So last week when I saw a list of tutorials on How About Orange, I had to get started. I ran to Target and picked up two t-shirts for $6 each. Then this weekend (during Naptime) I put this T-shirt together. It was really very simple, although it took a few minutes to get the ruffles figured out. (I won’t forget to mention that when I was sewing on the third ruffle I sewed straight through the back of the shirt and had to pull out the seam and do it again.) But yeah, it took about forty-five minutes and I think I really like it. Not sure if it’s dressy enough for work, but it might be perfect for walking the streets of New York next weekend. What do you think?

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Yesterday was the kick-off the Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway. And I totally blew it. I wrote the date down in my calendar and I made a mental note in my head. And this morning when I turned on the computer I realized I totally, totally forgot. Geez. I had envisioned making a quick back-pack or another belt to giveaway, but, well, I totally, totally forgot. Wow.

So now I’m telling you about it. And there’s lots of great blogs out there giving away lots of great stuff. I’m afraid I’ll never have enough time to check out all the amazing links out there. But I’ll give it a shot. If you run into any blogs that I must visit let me know in the comments. So many links, so little time….

(One of the first new favorites is Leila and Ben. Check them out.)

Enjoy! and Good Luck!

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Matching Napkins

Remember those placemats I made a few months ago? I finally, finally finished the matching napkins. I used Amy Butler Fabrics, and used her pattern from In Stitches. They were actually more difficult than I thought they’d be, but still pretty quick. I’m happy with them, now I just need to make a set for myself!

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I made quick Belt this weekend during Daughter’s naptime using this tutorial from Creative Little Daisy. It was really pretty easy and very quick (she takes short naps). I absolutely loved it when it was finished and I rushed to try it on. Doh! Too Small! Not sure how that happened, but it’s not going to work. So, I’m looking to give it a good home. It’s 46 inches long and made primarily of Bright Green Amy Butler Fabrics. I would guess it’s a Small or Medium, or would fit someone who wears a size 8 or smaller. Leave me a comment to make me laugh before Friday at midnight and I’ll use the Random Number Generator to pick a winner.

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When I was walking Dog and Daughter last week I saw a woman at the park with the cutest little backpack. Just a simple little sack with a few straps wrapping around her arms. It reminded me that just last month Jen gave me an amazing book full of directions on how to make Bags. And yep, there was a simple pattern in there for a simple backpack!

When I got home and Daughter took a nap, I pulled out my stash of Ikea fabrics and got to work. By the end of naptime I had the body of the backpack complete. By the next afternoon I had a backpack! I love it. It’s just big enough for a bottle of water and a book, or a diaper and some goldfish, or some treats and some poop bags. Depends on whose turn it is!

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A few weeks ago I bought this pattern from the Little Blue Boo etsy shop to make Daughter a dress. I gradually dug up old t-shirts, cut out the pattern, bought starch spray, and started putting it all together. And it came togehter so easily and the dress was so adorable! But, (deep sigh), it was WAY too small. Like, couldn’t even get it over her head, small. Since she’s a big 13 months, I created my own pattern halfway between the 12M and 2T sizes. Guess I should have just gone with the 2T. I considered giving the dress away, but I really loved the pieces I put together. And since the dress is a patchwork of sorts anyway, I found the same gray t-shirt that I cut the straps from and add two inches on either side of the dress. Bingo! It fits beautifully! The top apron piece is a little narrow, but she’s young enough that it doesn’t matter. I can’t wait for a warm summer day for her to run around in it.

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