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Pattern Testing

Since this summer I was able to act as a pattern tester for Kate at See Kate Sew.  I love testing out patterns.  It’s so fun to see what great things people are coming up with. And Kate never disappoints on either the quality or cuteness factors, that’s for sure.

The two I tested are the DayDream Ruffle Dress and the Juliet Capelet (sans hood).  You can purchase the patterns for either in her pattern shop.  Abi LOVES them, especially the capelet.  It’s been perfect for the dress up bin.

Daydream dress

^^ I used a burned out cotton for this dress so I had to fully line it.  It took a lot more time, but it was totally worth it.^^

Juliet Capelet

^^ I used a faux suede to make this little capelet.  It was originally going to be part of Abi’s Little Red Riding Hood for Halloween, but I decided at the last minute to make her a full length hooded cape when I found out it would be a little chilly and raining Halloween night.  And please excuse the pic in her pj’s.  We were feeling a little under the weather the day I had to take pictures :) ^^

Card Party!

So, since we moved here to North Carolina we’ve been living with my sister.  And let me tell you.  She. Is. Fun.  And she does all sorts of fun things everyday (rather than just sit at home which has been my routine for the last little while).

Hi card

The other day she invited me to a Stampin’ Up card party that her friend was hosting.  I’ve always wanted to be better at card making, and Sue is a HUGE paper crafter (really.  you should totally see all she has in her craft room.  it’s pretty spectacular) so I’m hoping to pick a thing or two up from her.

mini cards

Anyway, at this party we made one normal sized card (i think it’s called an A6?) and 4 little gift tag cards.  Then, we got to use the new We R Memory Keepers envelope punch boards that’s available through Stampin’ Up (among other places).  That thing is totally awesome and now I want one so badly.  It’s just a series of punches and score lines.  And you can do pretty much any size envelope you want.  So rad.

punch board


FYI – I was not compensated in any way by any one for this post.  I just had a super fun time and thought I might share what we did. :)  If you’re interested in any of the stamps or papers we used you’re welcome to contact Jenae Bethers. She’s a great demonstrator and would love to help you out. Her email is thingsthateyelove at stampinup dot net. (also, excuse the lousy iphone pics. thanks!)

Activity Day Girls Quilt

We wanted to do a fun little something as a gift from all the girls in Activity Days for our Bishop this Christmas.  A little quilt seemed like a fun idea.

ADG Quilt

For an activity one night I cut out some muslin squares and passed out some fabric paint and markers to the girls and let them go to town. I took the quilt home, assembled it and quilted it then passed it off to one of the other leaders to bind it.  Since the quilt was pretty small (about 44 in square) I decided to quilt it with a one inch straight stitch.  I have always loved the look but never done it myself.  I thought it would be a breeze on such a little quilt. And though it was simple to do, it took FOREVER!  But I think it turned out nice :)

ADG Quilt3

ADG Quilt2

*Please excuse all the loose threads.  I took the pictures before I had cleaned them up :)


We moved…again!!

Brad and I are currently unloading the moving truck after our 10th move in the 7.5 years that we have been married.

That’s right.

10 moves

5 states

7.5 years

But with this move we’re finally going to be back near family!  We’ll be staying with my sister in the Raleigh area until we can find a place of our own.  To say that I’m excited would be a little bit of an understatement :)

So please excuse me if things are a little hit and miss for a bit.  I’ve got quite a few posts scheduled for January so you shouldn’t miss me too much ;)

we moved

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