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Well – It seems I’m so far behind with this project it’s not even funny!  And my first ever sew along even.

I’ve finally just finished cutting out my pieces for the dress so hopefully next week I can sit and start to sew them together.  I’ve decided to jump in with both feet (the way I do everything) and NOT make a muslin first (GASP) – But with time running short I’m skipping a head.  I’m making a size 10 – which is the size I seem to fit most. And since I used this pattern :

several months ago in a size 10, I thought it would be safe to just got with the same size.  Will I regret it?  We’ll see.

tracing out the pattern

tracing pattern

Here's the pattern - all laid out on my material. I'm using the floor!

Pieces all cut out.

Scraps! Now what to do with these?? Maybe some cute birds?

Keep your fingers crossed that I can eek out time next week to put this together!


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With being snowed in for the majority of the week, we decided to take advantage and get a head start on Valentines cards.  We are NEVER this prepared.  Usually it’s a mad dash, construction paper and glue jam session the day before a party or the day before we should mail them out.

This year, however – we started early!

Cutting small card shapes from water color paper


R's finished painted paper - drying and waiting to be cut into hearts


finished cards

We took two sheets of water color paper.  One we cut into card shapes, most small – one large for Grandma. The other we covered in colors!   When it was dry, R cut out heart shapes, glued them to the front of the cards, decorated with some stamps that we had and perfect!!  Lovely Valentine’s Day cards.

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Well, here we are, two weeks after our trip to the City Museum – and we have more snow.  We’ve had more snow this year than I can remember having – ever.  But, I refuse to talk about the cold, ice and snow and the fact that now we’ve been at home for 3 days with no end in site – there’s more snow talk in the future.

Our trip to the City Museum was awesome! And I’m forever glad we got to go with our homeschooling group. It made  trip fun and affordable!

Picture of J on a huge turtle

Enormous Lizard?

We had a blast and spend hours! at the museum playing.  There is a 10 story slide somewhere in the building that I did not go search for – but the kids did.  There is a circus that performs in our City Museum – many of the kids in it are homeschoolers and it is run by a homeschooling mom.  Fantastic performance!  There is an are area, and tunnels upon tunnels to climb in, through, on and over.  If you are ever in St. Louis then go!

On another note – I received my pattern for the sew-a-long a couple of weeks ago – and finally found material that I like enough to use  —- I’m so used to buying material for others and my girls that when faced with the daunting task of shopping for MYSELF, I found it almost impossible to choose and decide.  Finally, with time running out and needing to be someplace after our fabric store stop – I chose this :

Which of course, as soon as I got it home, had second thoughts about.  But you know what?  I have it, I like it, darn it, I’m going to use it!

Now I have to trace the pattern, since I’m behind in the sew-a- long – but I have no tracing paper.  So that means a trip out in this snow and ice – oh well…  Then I’ll get sewing!

Be safe – it sounds like much of the U.S. is covered – Spring will come!

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