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Jul 28, 2014

Cute Dress Patterns...

Hi ladies!

Well the heat is on again in my part of the globe! So with all the free fabric I just received, it was a good opportunity to stay indoors and make some dresses. I'm sure there will be more sewing posts in my future. 

This one is a free pattern I found at TJ's Fabrics for a curtain dress. It's easy to make and an easy pattern to follow. I love hers in the bold colors, but we opted for a toned down version with a smaller bow.

Here is our take on it:

I managed to take a better photo of it which also shows that the bow is removable.

Then I bought a pattern from Etsy for The Ella Dress by Petite Kids Boutique. I absolutely love the fabric she used on hers as well...I wish I knew where she bought it because I'd love to make one just like it in the near future.

Here's the fabric I used with this pattern. I do like it. The pink fabric is actually a small polka dot: 

Although the skill level is a bit more than basic, it was an extremely easy pattern to follow, an enjoyable dress to make, and it turned out awesome. I absolutely love this one and will be making more.  It's hard to tell but there's a bow in the back of it which covers some ruching. I think the bodice is adorable. The pattern covers sizes 12 mo. to 8 years. I'll be getting lots of use out of this pattern.

I don't know if I've ever mentioned it, but I used to sew professionally. It was for a small company called Rainbowear here in Kamloops. They made adorable clothes with a bit of an english flair. I love making clothes for kids and it's fun having little girls to sew for. Finally! : )

My daughter in law has picked out several fabrics for some things she'd like me to make, so I will probably be showing you as I go along.

I am still doing a lot of studying as well, and life in general is busy (babysitting grandkids, cooking meals for family, canning, etc.), so the cards and digitals are on hold for a little while. Please be patient with me!

Hope you're all having a wonderful week so far!

Thanks for stopping by! Blessings,


Jul 24, 2014

Cards, Company, Kids (Great kids) & Clothing

You're here! 

You have been MIA a long while....no wait, I guess that would be me.


First ~~ a warning. It's going to be a long post ~~
(BTW...that's a freebie, if you want it.)

Here's what's been happening:

1) Can anything take away your energy like a 40 degree celsius day (104F)? How about 2 of them in a row -- preceded and followed by several 35 degree (95F) days? Not to mention the smoke from 130 fires burning in BC

I'm surprised I didn't melt away. I've been ridiculously hot, smoke covered, and sweaty! It's been brutal.

2) I've had company since the end of June and all my attention has been for them. I don't get to see my son and his family all that often so I cherish the time I have with them. There's 7 of them, so our little family of 3 increased to 10...and did I mention it was hot.
That's my son Darren, with his beautiful family! It was so good to see them!!
3) I've been studying like crazy. I will be teaching a Bible Study at my church this Fall. I've decided to teach on the book of Genesis. 

I have a small book of information typed out already, and I'm on verse 3. Yes, of chapter one. Sigh....

4) My yard has been a continual mess, but I am not complaining for a second because I am so happy! One of my sons built a large shed in our backyard, and two of my sons (and one DIL) built us a lattice and wood wall around our balcony complete with led lights.  There's some painting left to do, but what a difference it's made already. I have incredible kids!!
My son Mike working on the roof of the shed (it's 8' plus the roof,
but our garden area is much higher than the rest of the yard.
My son Darren and DIL Mandy with a couple of grandkids in the background. :)
Here they're working on the lattice for the balcony.
5) I was the overjoyed receiver of a ton of free fabric from an estate. It's all about who you know, and in this case it was my daughter in law, Julie. I spent half a day going through a wall of fabric and brought home 6 large bags full.
Cotton polyesters
Cotton polyesters

A bunch of shimmery stuff
Cotton polyesters

Knits, flannelette, furriness and fleece
A variety
Then there were small pieces of fabric, bags of faux fur and bags of batting. It will all have to be washed and sorted, but what a wonderful find. I see some quilts in my future as well. :)

In the meantime, here's what I made for my little 20 month old granddaughter with some of the fabric. There will be more sewing at a later date.
I used a free pattern from TJ's Fabrics Blog. This one has subdued colors and a smaller bow, by request. :) Oh, and the bow is removable.

What else has been happening, you ask? 

The Squigglefly design team has been very busy making up cards with some of my images. :)

Believe it or not, we should probably be getting started on our Christmas cards soon. It seems Gail, from "I Like Paper" is right on time with this card! Click on the link to see a larger photo of the details and a photo of the inside of the card.

At "Holley's Blog," Holley did up a one layer card using images from one of my lightbulb sets. Very cheerful and great coloring! Check out the link for more information.

This image is available in my Etsy Shop

Also in the shop along this genre, are these images: 

Last, but not least, Kathy from "Entering Kathyville," made up this cute card using a new image of mine. The challenge was to use up scraps.

This image is available in my Etsy Shop. There are 2 images and 4 sentiments in the set. Check it out!

Since it's been a while since I started this post , I can report that we had so much rainfall yesterday, along with thunder and lightning, that it caused flash floods here in Kamloops. Can I say "extreme weather!" Jeesh!
That was just one spot....they had to close down some areas.

Well ~~ that was one long post ~~ if I do say so myself.

Hopefully it won't be this long between posts next time. However, in the summer, anything goes! :)

Have a good week.

Jul 1, 2014

Happy Canada Day!

First of all, Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friends in Blogland!

If you're anywhere near where I live, it's promising to be a HOT one. 35 degrees Celsius to be exact...that's 95 Fahrenheit for our American friends.

Being someone who doesn't care for big crowds or hot days, I opted to stay home today and do a few things around the nest. There are 10 of us living in our humble little abode at the moment, so an empty house is an opportunity to catch up. :) 

I don't have a freebie for you today, but I am sharing a Canada Day freebie from Sarah at Educlips. It's a new site for me and I'm loving her freebies. 

Check her out here: Canada Day Freebie
There are both colored and uncolored versions of the freebies.

I also found some free Canada Day printables from the Paper Blog.
Check it out here: Free Printables

I know, it's not my usual post, but time is of the essence at the moment! I do hope you'll all have a wonderful day! Stay cool!


Jun 23, 2014

You Glow Girl and Shop Update!

I'm always pleasantly surprised when I come across cards using one of my images. Today I want to share one of those cards with you~

Linda, from The Scrap Lady's Craft Haven, made this awesome card. I love the flourishes framing the light bulb and if you go to her blog, you can see the envelope she made to go with the card. Go say hello...

Jun 19, 2014

Going on a Journey?

I'm exhausted!

BUT, I have emptied out and cleaned a ton of closets and drawers in the last week or so, and that feels sooooo GOOD. 

I've learned a few things about myself in the process:

1) I'm a hoarder of empty bottles and empty containers, boxes, bags, etc. 
2) I also have a ton of near new and brand new tablecloths, and that's perplexing considering I don't use tablecloths.

Jun 10, 2014

The Best Catch Ever!

With Father's Day just around the corner I've been scrambling to get some cards made. I found this awesome fish stamp from Northwoods Rubber Stamps when I went out of town recently, that would work nicely for Father's Day. First though, here are the cards!

Jun 3, 2014

Hooked on You! Free Digi Stamp

It was a very busy week last week. We had company every day during the week and we had 2 sets of overnight guests over the weekend. My son was also here with a bunch of friends working on a shed all weekend. Since everyone was here anyway, I had to have a barbecue! :) Lots of fun!

Anyway, I'm here today to bring you a little digi that would be great for Father's Day. This one is a time limited freebie so get it while you can!

May 26, 2014

A Little Butterfly Tutorial

Good Morning,

I hope your day is looking a little brighter than ours. It's still nice out here, but definitely overcast. On the bright side, the birds are chirping, the garden is growing happily and the butterflies are flitting about. It's a good day. 

My girlfriend has butterflies that come up on her screen with some fairy type music when I email her. It's fitting because I love butterflies. I've been playing around a bit with some free printables. These would be great on cards, in your scrapbooking or as a decoration.

May 22, 2014

Freebie Houses Digital Stamp

Good morning,

I was looking through some of my images and found an older image I hadn't put up yet, so I'm sharing it today. It's fairly plain but still fun. I thought it might work well for mixed media too. Just add a few more lines and Bob's your uncle.

May 18, 2014

Published! Get Your Indigo Blue Stamps!


It's a rainy day here in the 'Loops! We got back from our vacation yesterday and are feeling refreshed and ready to go. I love going to the hot pools and we had incredibly weather! 

We did some shopping too. I picked up soaping supplies, card making tools and supplies, quilting tools and supplies, sewing supplies and some clothes.