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Month: January 2014

Dolly Mei Tai {a tutorial}

Bringing home a guest post from over at Ginger Snap Crafts! Enjoy! Also, y’all, I’m on Facebook. Yup. I think I have one like. Ha. Head over if you want: The Crazy Tailor

My daughter is such a little mommy. Always feeding, burping, carrying her dolly, and just lately, she’s been trying to stuff dolly down her shirt! When I asked her about that, she said she was trying to carry her dolly. Got me thinking…I use a mei tai for wearing my little boy and so I asked her if she would like a baby carrier. YES. In pink please. Alrighty then! more

V-Neck Cardigan Round-up!

Hi! I’m still alive…just sewing like mad to finish my final look for Project Run & Play: Signature Style. If you’ve been following along, you’ve seen the AMAZING things being churned out each week by the competitors and ladies sewing along. Amazing and inspiring! But, that’s also why I’ve been pretty much MIA the last month! more

Project Run & Play Week 3: Repurposing

I’m so excited about this week’s challenge! I LOVE to refashion old clothes. I kind of hoard things that don’t fit me anymore…because I just know I’ll have a use for it one day. Right??! Well, it came in handy this week. I also find that with the limited selection of fabric we seem to have at Fabricland (that’s a Canadian fabric chain), upcycling old clothes is the way to go! I’ve actually used so many castoffs the last three weeks, and I plan to do the same for next week too! more

Project Run & Play: Let’s Go to the Movies!

This week’s theme had me scratching my head; The Sound of Music? The Princess Bride? Anne of Green Gables…so many favorites. I finally decided on Mary Poppins. Julie Andrews in general is such a graceful lady, and I figured either Maria or Mary Poppins, it’s a win-win! After finishing 3 garments PLUS a hat (this is NOT the time of year to buy straw hats apparently) I was second-guessing myself. Next week I’m going simple! And so, I present to you, Mary Poppins! more

Stylo Magazine Launch!

You guys. This magazine is FULL of inspiration – especially if you’re sewing for littles! What’s extra fun about it is that it includes a bunch of my favorite bloggers! Check out Stylo online here.

Also, My Winter Wonderland outfit won in the sewalong last week! So excited about that! I’m still finishing up the details on my Movie Theme look – Mary Poppins! Let’s just say that I wish I had gone the easy route of Tinkerbell or Peter Pan. I’ve finally completed all three parts of the outfit, but I still need to find/make a hat, gloves and an umbrella! Hopefully I’ll have it finished up tomorrow. more

Sewing Tip: How to Sew a Dart

Hi there! I thought I’d share this little tip with you, since it works so well! I’ve seen numerous ways to sew a dart, by knotting your threads, just normal backstitching, etc. I learned this technique from my boss at a tailor shop I worked at. She was a stickler for doing things correctly, and I learned SO much from her! This technique works really well, and you avoid having lumpy darts (plus no hand-knotting required)! more

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies


Yes, all that is good all wrapped up into one amazing cookie! These are my favorite – chewy, a light peanut butter flavor and lots of chocolate chips!

I used this recipe from Brown-Eyed Baker with a few small changes.


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
½ cup rolled oats (I used quick oats – it was all I had)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips more

Boy Sewing: Bodysuit


I was excited to be a tester for the Peekaboo Layette Line that JUST came out! Having some baby patterns is great since I have two friends with babes on the way!

Here is a quick review of the bodysuit – what a classic standby, but so versatile when you make them yourself! I appliqued a deer on mine since I couldn’t find any camo knit 😉 This one was upcycled from an old tshirt and I used the original sleeve bindings to give it a “ringer tee” look. more

Project Run & Play: Winter Wonderland


*Update: I WON the sewalong!!!! I can hardly believe it! It was a tough challenge with so many amazing designs that were submitted. Check out the entries here. Also, Paisley Roots was the Week 1 winner with her beautiful outfit, Falling Slowly. These ladies are AMAZING.

I’m SO VERY excited to be sewing along with Project Run & Play this season!!! I’ve followed this project since before I had kids, so now that I have a (mostly) willing candidate, I’ve had all sorts of ideas running through my mind. With our sub-zero temperatures that we have almost all winter (I’m in northern Alberta y’all) I knew I had to do a look that felt like a wintery wonderland INSIDE. As much as I wanted to use real snow, because we certainly have enough, I just couldn’t. more

It’s Friday…

….and my camera is dead 🙁 Yes. I think I can fix it (it’s way past warranty and judging by youtube videos, it’s a pretty simple fix) but I don’t have the right tools for the job (a microscopic screwdriver). I’ll maybe do a follow-up post if it works. In the mean time, you can find me guest posting over at Ginger Snap Crafts today with a tutorial for a cute little baby doll Mei Tai! more

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