Friday, November 30, 2012

apron strings

i made an apron for emma!  it's part of her christmas present.


i started this awhile back, and found it in my WIP pile.  it's just a small version of my favorite apron, and i added a ruffle to the bottom.  and i learned it's hard to take a good picture of an apron without a model!  i used a bunch of old fabrics for this, scraps and sheets and that cherry print.

 

she wants an easy bake oven for christmas - but i would rather her learn to cook for reals.  we got her a cake pop maker, and i'm going to wrap it up with a bunch of fun sprinkles and decorations and the apron!  i hope she'll like it.  i've been encouraging her to help me in the kitchen.  she piped the filling into deviled eggs and helped roll pie crust for thanksgiving.  i'm excited to have someone to bake with!  

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

ginger 2012

so movita beaucoup  is having this gingerbread house contest called ginger 2012, and i thought i'd play along.  i've never made a gingerbread house from scratch before.  but how hard could it be?

 
Source: goodcook.com via Good on Pinterest


i have this cute 3D cookie cutter from good cook, that cuts all the shapes for a mini house, and i imagined a whole village of frosty topped buildings.



so i found a recipe.  one that didn't call for molasses, because i don't have any.  and then i realized i didn't have any ground ginger either.  i should have just hung up my apron there.


but the cookies actually came out quite tasty!  (i used pumpkin pie spice) they are nice and crisp, with just the right amount of spice.  they are probably more kid friendly than traditional ones, since the flavor's not as strong.  i should have chilled the dough in between, because my cookies spread a little too much.  we made stars, bunnies, snowmen, trees, and lots of house pieces.



next, i dusted off the parchment triangles i bought back in 2001 for that wilton class i took.  made some piping cones, whipped up some royal icing, felt very professional, and we got to work.  the kids got to decorate their bunnies and snowmen with m&ms and nerds from the halloween bucket.  sawyer spent his time licking the frosting off his cookies and eating the candy.



the three older kids tried to build houses.  no luck.  they all collapsed before long under the weight of too much icing.  i tried to tell them.  nobody ever listens to me.



and i tried my best to make a pretty snow capped village.  it's a funny thing, my piping skills haven't improved over the last few years with no practice!  (it's been awhile since i decorated anything.) i added some snowy effects using picmonkey :)  and, my buildings are still standing.  in your face, children!



then, for giggles, i tweeted a picture of this house that zach built, pretending it was going to be my entry for ginger 2012.  if you are *actually* talented at building a gingerbread house, be sure to head over to her site and enter yours by december 16th.  at least you know there's no competition from me.  :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

wrap it up

so, how do you wrap your presents?  do you coordinate your wrappings, or let the kids pick out the paper?  does santa use a different paper so the kids don't get suspicious?  i've always used a mix of bags and boxes, but this year, i'm doing something different.



i'm making fabric gift bags for some of the presents! i've finished 7, they are so fast and easy to make!  a half yard will make one medium bag, using this tutorial at riley blake.  but i changed the sizes on a couple of the ones i made.



i had some christmas fabrics, so i used those, but this is a great project for using vintage sheets!  admittedly, green sheets are a little harder to find, but in my stash i had a gingham, a stripe, and a polka dot. 



i also had a red seersucker stripe that came from troy's grandma's stash. i'm happy with how they all turned out!  if your fabric is non directional, you can even use the selvage edges for the casing side, saving yourself the turn down step. i dug into my ribbon basket to find cording and grosgrain to use for ties.

i love the idea of appliqueing the kids' names on the bags, so they have their own bag to reuse every year. or, you could make the reusable gift tags at simple simon.

there are a bazillion tutorials, but i like this one for small items - you can make 2 from a fat quarter and the ribbon closure is smart.

and of course, for a fancier bag that's a present in itself, you could use jeni's tutorial for a fully lined bag.  i've made lots of those too, choosing the fabric combos is my favorite part!

i'll admit, they aren't as cute as paper covered boxes, but they do have a bonus.  i can knot the ribbons shut, so nobody can peek, and the toddler can't tear them open like a paper wrapped gift!  that's a win in my book.

Friday, November 23, 2012

know thy machine!



Hi, I'm Tammie, and I am so happy to be a part of the
know thy machine blog hop!  It's being put on by Shruti at 13 woodhouse road, so be sure to check out all the other stops!  She asked all of us a series of questions about our machines.  I thought this would be a fun time to share some peeks into where I sew!

1. What machines do you have?



I have two sewing machines. a Brother XL-3750 and a Brother LS 2125-i .  I started out with a light green Kenmore my Nana gave to me when I graduated high school, and a Singer Fashion Mate that was my mom's.  I also have Nana's old serger, but I haven't sat down and figured it all out yet.


built in stitches
2. When and where did you buy it? 
What were the reasons for selecting these particular models?
What was its approximate cost?

The first machine, the Brother LS 2125-i, was a craigslist find, and I paid $40 for the fairly new machine. A KU student was headed overseas, and said shipping it was more than buying a new one when she arrived. I wanted a shiny new machine, and thought it was a great deal!  Until I started having tension issues.  Having it serviced was more $$ than it originally cost me, so for now it sits in my closet.  It may be something I was doing wrong, I need to get the thing out and take another look.

Then Target had the Brother XL-3750 on sale for $199 at Christmas two years ago, and it came with a walking foot and FMQ foot, so I was sure it would cover all my needs.  My husband bought it for me!
 
3. What do you like about your machine? 

I like it, I don't LOVE it and I would gladly accept a new machine from Bernina or Janome!  But it's capable and gets the job done.

Have you named it? 
I haven't named it, we're not all that close.  Occasionally I call him "bro".  Sometimes I scold him when he's not cooperating.
Have you made a cover for it?
Nope, I don't cover my machine.  I sew any chance I get, which may mean 5 minutes in the morning once I get the kids on the bus, and so I always have it ready to go.  I keep blocks for several projects in rotation, allowing me to always have leaders and enders, which saves thread and multi tasks.  win win!

4. Does your machine give you any problems? Could you tell us a few? 

This is my second brother, and I've had tension issues with both.  mainly things like having loops on the top of the fabric, but changing the tension settings makes no difference.  I usually just clean my machine really well, and cross my fingers.  I've noticed he doesn't like it if I overfill my bobbin. And I was trying to make a hooded towel for a baby gift 2 weeks ago, and my machine wasn't enjoying sewing through such thick fabrics. 

I'm also unable to FMQ if I cover the feed dogs with the included darning plate.  It's a loopy mess underneath if I do that.  But if I leave them up, it works pretty well.  I just have to master the art of moving the fabric around without being jerky or crossing my lines.

The only other thing that has given me problems is my needle threader.  I think I bent it trying to use it with my walking foot on, and now it doesn't line up and won't work.  So I'm threading the needle manually.  Life's so hard sometimes. ;)

5. What do you sew on it mainly? 




I make tons of quilt blocks.  I belong to several bees, and always have blocks I'm working on.  I don't do a lot of actual quilting on the machine, just small things like pillows and baby quilts.  For larger quilts, I piece the tops and then send them off to be quilted.  I occasionally make clothes for my kids, and small projects like quilted notebooks, aprons, totes and the like.  Last summer I sewed my first swimsuit, for my daughter!



How much time do you spend sewing on it? 
I sew whenever I can - even if I just get a minute or two, I chain piece some blocks.  If I go a day or two without sewing anything, I start to feel twitchy.  Even if I'm just mending, it feels good to sew something.



What are the features of the machine that help you improve your work?  
I like my extended table, and the walking foot is a bonus.

6. What advice would you give others when deciding about which machine to buy? 


I believe for a beginning stitcher or quilter, or someone with little money to spare for a hobby, the Brother XL-3750 machine gives a lot of features.  It's a cheap machine, but I've used it almost daily for going on three years with no real problems, and I feel like I've gotten my money's worth out of the little guy.  It comes with specialty feet, and lots of decorative stitches.  I have never had it serviced.  I keep canned air to blow out the dust and that's the extent of maintenance for me.

There's also a great post about this subject at stitched in color.

7. Will you share with us a special memory associated with your machine? 


The only one I can think of is when I was sewing at the dining room table, and my then three year old managed to pull the machine off the table by the cord.  Luckily no kids or machines were harmed!  But it made me realize I needed a safer place to set up my sewing stuff.  For a short time I was sewing in our laundry room, standing up, with the machine on the washer!  I actually liked sewing while standing, less strain on my back.

design wall and cutting table corner
I finally settled on a space in our upstairs, a random nook with a window, that wasn't working for anything else.  It's small, and I'm messy, but it actually functions pretty well.  I'm about to share some embarrassing photos of my chaos, because although I love those tours of amazing sewing rooms, this is what mine always looks like.  Plus, this might shame me into finally getting organized.  Someday.

messy cutting table and ironing board
The cutting table, iron, and design wall are all so close together, it actually makes an efficient work area.  My machine sits next to that, and cabinets from yard sales hold my fabrics and books.  Plastic drawers hold charms and scraps.  Baskets have WIPs and UFOs and random junk.  My husband plans to run electrical outlets and lights for me, the nook has none right now and I use extension cords and outlet strips.  I'd love to put in some cabinets to replace the plastic stuff.

clutter clutter everywhere
the "before i filled it up with too much stuff" pic

8. If you had unlimited resources in the world, which machine would you choose to buy and why? 
My dream machine would probably be a Bernina 830.  You know, if I had an extra $13000 in my pocket.  Or if someone wanted to buy me one, oh, maybe for a Christmas present?!  haha!  Dream big, right?   

Thanks so much Shruti for having me on your blog hop!  now, i'm off to raid my kids legos and try to make my own lego sewing machine!  isn't it so cute!  don't forget to visit 13 woodhouse road to answer a question to enter her giveaway!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

jalapeno creamed corn

here's another family favorite recipe that you could bring to your turkey dinner! 



I first had creamed corn (that wasn't from a can) at the Brookville Hotel in Abilene Kansas.  If you ever happen to be traveling along I-70 and are in the area, I highly recommend you stop there for their fabulous fried chicken!  they have a set menu, which includes a relish tray and ice cream for dessert.

Since then, creamed corn is a favorite potluck dish for me.  Especially if you add in jalapenos for some heat!  There are a lot of recipes out there for this, all variations of the same.  Some bake theirs, some add cheddar cheese, others use a crock pot, but I make mine on the stove top.  You can use either canned or frozen corn.  I generally use canned, but if you're lucky enough to have some corn from your garden stashed in the freezer, it would be wonderful in this! I prefer fresh peppers but pickled work just fine too.



Jalapeno Creamed Corn:

3 cans corn, drained
1 8 oz. brick cream cheese, softened and cubed
1/4 c. butter, cubed
2-3 jalepenos, seeded and finely diced

Mix all together in a large sauce pot.  Heat over low, stirring often, until heated through and creamy. 

See?  Super easy and delish. Easy enough to scale down too, 1 can of corn to 1/3 brick cream cheese, half a pepper.  Maybe not the healthiest option for a veggie, but hey, it's a holiday, right?!

I still have some pies to make, but the crusts are in the fridge and they will bake up after dinner tonight.  lots of yummy food pics to come over the next day, don't read this blog hungry!

Monday, November 19, 2012

winners!

first of all, a ginormous thanks to all of my fabulous guest bloggers and giveaway sponsors!  i hope you all enjoyed it as much as i did. 

free printable from www.thelatestfind.com

but i know you all want to know who won that thread set (517 entries!  wow!)
so let's get to it!

the winner of the Phenomenal Fall jelly roll from Fat Quarter Shop is Rina.

the winner of the Aurifil thread set is Cheryl K.

the winner of the Lark Crafts book set is Alexandrea.

the winner of the Sometimes Crafter patterns and calendar is Colleen.

the winner of the Chosen Sisters kit or tape measure is Amy E.

the winner of the Silly Mama Quilts shop credit is Plain Jane.

winners have all been emailed, and have one week to claim their prize! 

i'll be sharing my sewing space later this week for the know thy machine blog hop, so i'm in the middle of cleaning and organizing.  sheesh, i'm a messy crafter!  have a great day!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

handprint turkeys


this is a project i've been meaning to do ever since i first saw it at bella dia!  so cute and easy!  my kids had a blast helping me.  they loved tracing their hands, and they thought it was funny that sawyer's was so tiny!  you could easily make this a no sew project by using felt for the bodies, and gluing them together. 



i started with a stack of fall colored fabrics, and let the kids pick which one they wanted for their turkey.  cut out their handprints, stitch, turn them inside out (i used a knitting needle and a lot of patience) and stuff your bird.  add some felt feathers, beak, and wattle, draw on a sharpie eye, and you have yourself a turkey!  we didn't add wings to the sides, but you can if you want.



i love our little turkey family!  to make sure we know whose bird is whose, i added a sharpie initial in the corner.  you could embroider them on if you wanted, but i'm lazy :)  i've been looking through my basket stash to find a proper nest, but haven't got one picked out yet.

what about you?  what's your favorite handprint turkey craft?  making anything fun for your own thanksgiving?  share a link in the comments!

Friday, November 16, 2012

pumpkin bars


Hello!  Brooke here from SillyMamaQuilts and today is my turn to share in the Sew Full of Thanks event.  I realize the above runner is not really related, but every post needs a pictures, right??!

I decided to share a great pumpkin bar recipe with you.

Pumpkin Bars
4 eggs
1 2/3 cups sugar
1 cup oil
1 16oz. can pumpkin or 2 cups pumpkin puree
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ginger
dash of nutmeg and cloves

Beat eags, sugar, oil and pumpkin puree until light and fluffy.  Mix dry ingredients together.  Add to pumpkin mixture, stir.  Spread batter in a greased 15x11x1 jelly roll pan.  Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.  Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting
3 ounces cream cheese
2 tablespoons margarine
1 teaspoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar

Whip cream cheese, margarine, milk and vanilla until fluffy.  Add powdered sugar gradually, beating until smooth.  Frost pumpkin bars when cooled.

At my house, we make these often.  I am not gifted at making pies, so this is my pumpkin pie...

Personally, I try to remember to be thankful for each day and its blessings....Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks so much Brooke!  If you haven't already, head over to enter her giveaway for a Silly Mama Quilts $20 shop credit!  and enjoy making some pumpkin bars!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The only pie recipe you'll ever need (and a giveaway!)

My next guest is someone I met through flickr and our do. good stitches inspire group, where we make quilt blocks each month for charity. She's one of our awesome quilters!  Please welcome Lyanna!

Hello everyone! I'm Lyanna and I blog about my thoughts on quilting, photography, and the occasional tidbit as a wife of a medical student over on PurplePandaQuilts. I do hope you will stop by for a visit.

I am so excited Tammie asked me to guest post as part of her sew full of thanks series. I love Thanksgiving because it is the official beginning of the holiday season (aka the best time of the year!) It is a time of year filled with traditions.

Growing up, the tradition in my family was to have Thanksgiving dinner at my house. My mother always cooks us a giant gourmet turkey dinner with everything made from scratch. Our entire extended family then comes over to eat and laugh and basically have the best day ever. My favorite part of the whole day is eating pie with my favorite people.

Now that I am married and living across the country from most of family, I've tried (and somewhat succeeded) to replicate my mother's Thanksgiving spread many times...but the only thing I have been able to perfect is her infamous tollhouse pie.

And let's face it, that's the best part anyway. I've given up on the turkey, so now my husband and I eat tamales and tollhouse pie instead.

So I decided to share with you the recipe so you can have some tollhouse pie on your table this holiday season.


Ingredients:

9" baked pie crust
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 slightly beaten eggs
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and gather the ingredients.


2. In medium bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, baking powder and cinnamon.


3. Add eggs & stir until well blended with a wooden spoon.


4. Add chocolate chips & walnuts.


5. Mix well with wooden spoon.


6. Pour evenly into baked pastry shell - it will be about an inch high.


7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until it is lightly brown.


8. Serve warm with whip cream or vanilla ice cream.



I hope you enjoy the pie! Please let me know if you make it - it is so yummy. =)


Like the table runner this yummy pie is sitting on? There is currently a tutorial for it my blog. And if you like the fabric (it's chicopee by Denyse Schmidt) I am giving away a fat quarter bundle of it...yup 12 fat quarters! Winner will be drawn the day before Thanksgiving.

Thanks so much, Lyanna, for sharing your story and delicious sounding pie recipe!  Readers, be sure you head over to her blog, PurplePandaQuilts and enter to win those FQs! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

sew thankful at happily ever after

Please help me welcome a new friend, Rachel!  

Good morning yall! I'm Rachel from Happily Ever After. I blog about my life: being a first time mommy to my ten month old daughter, Reagan, my new found addiction to sewing and quilting, staying at home, organization, food, plain ol' life stuff! I'd love to have y'all pop on by and say hey!


Today, I'm going to do a little turkey talk for my friend, Tammie! With Thanksgiving right upon us, it's easy to get caught up in the beginning of the holiday season. Let's be honest, we all know that Thanksgiving is the kick off to Christmas! But, let's give Thanksgiving it's due, so today, let's talk turkey.

President Eisenhower carves a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner in 1953.
President Eisenhower celebrating Thanksgiving with his family in 1953
picture courtesy of National Geographic
T: Thanksgiving wasn't an official holiday until President Lincoln established it in 1863
U: Unwanted... The turkey was considered as a possible national emblem for the United States but was unwanted. Benjamin Franklin said that the turkey was a more respectable bird.
R: Retired. The President always pardons one turkey at the White House, and the lucky turkey gets to retire to Vermont and live out the rest of its life.
K: Kickoff. Turkeys kick off the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which started in 1924.
E: Eat: About 88% of Americans consume turkey on Thanksgiving Day. It's estimated that over 730 pounds of turkey are consumed annually on Thanksgiving.
Y: Yummy. Turkey can be fixed in lots of different ways... grilled, baked, stuffed, ground, in sausage, bacon strips, deep fried, and added to lots of meals. It has two different kinds of meat: dark and white.


I personally love to see the turkey floats and balloons at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Anyone else? Enough of the gobble gobble talk, let's get to the fun stuff! Tomorrow, over at Happily Ever After, I'll show you how to make a turkey softie for your little one or to use as a decoration. Y'all be sure to stop on by and check it out.

In the meantime, I wanted to share with y'all my Sew Thankful. I'm sew very thankful for this entire past year. It's been an incredibly wild ride but one that I wouldn't change for a minute. 2012 started off with a bang --big bang when Reagan, our daughter, showed up three months early. The fireworks continued with a move from Pennsylvania to South Carolina.
Reagan at 2 lbs 4 oz
This past weekend, at over 18 pounds and practically crawling!
In the midst of all of this, I learned to sew. And quilt. And how to make anything. And that has saved my sanity. I love being a momma more than anything....but going from working like crazy to staying at home with a little one, well, you need something. So, sewing became it for me. And I love it. Once upon a time, my mom taught me to sew on her machine. It was a complete disaster. So much so that I wouldn't even hem my pants. Now, I'm a sewing addict! Unless we are not home, there really hasn't been a day where I don't sew.

This year has been full of changes in my life... good changes, and I'm sew very thankful for those changes. I'm thankful for my new hobby. I'm thankful for a wonderful, supportive husband. I'm thankful for my daughter, for her continued health and the joy she brings to my world.

What are you sew very thankful for this year?

All turkey facts have been found on the National Turkey Federation's website and National Geographic. Go here  and here to read more about Turkeys and Thanksgiving.  

Thanks so much for sharing your story Rachel! 

things we're thankful for, day two

there are so many things i'm grateful for each and every day.  little things, like coffee and that my older kids can tie their own shoes.  and bigger things, like healthy kids, and a hot husband who lets me be a stay at home mommy and wear pajamas all day. 



last night we had an early thanksgiving at my parents' house.  my mom's sister lavada and her husband jim are in town from texas.  the kids love their dog christy, who does tricks!  she waves hello, she can do math (he'll ask her a question like, what's 2 plus 2, and she'll bark 4 times) and the kids just love it!  in addition to the great food and getting to spend time with them, my nana gave me a quilt top that she pieced for me to finish.  i'll make the backing, but will be sending this one out to be quilted.


it's a scrappy drunkard's trail (or snake's trail), and as i studied it, i realized it has lots of scraps from a baby dress that was my mom's and then mine.  mom gave the threadbare jumper to me when emma was born, to use as a pattern for a new dress.


i got as far as cutting out the fabric, but it was never finished.  maybe because i got pregnant with alex within months of having her (they're 14 months apart)!  i'll have to dig it back out and finish it for my niece who's due in january.

i can almost guarantee this quilt will be the newest favorite once it's finished and put into use in our family room.  there are so many fabrics and colors going on!  these kind of quilts just make a room feel warm and cozy.



today is thanksgiving lunch at the kids' school, and they'll dress like pilgrims with paper bonnets and hats!  looking forward to carrying my little lunch tray and spending time with them at school. the girls all love to chase sawyer around and try to hold him.  :)

i've pinned lots of thanksgiving ideas to the sew full of thanks board - go check it out for recipes, free printables like the one above, craft ideas, and more! 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

things we're thankful for, day one

Each day this week we'll be sharing stories and ideas, and talking about what we're thankful for in our lives.  I hope you'll help me welcome a new guest!  Capi from Chosen Sisters is here to share her "sew full of thanks" story (and a giveaway too!). 

Hello, I'm Capi!  I am "sew" full of thanks for my mom, a woman who knows how to bestow wonderful gifts. One of the best of those came from her having the courage to put a needle in the hands of a five year old, giving me a gift that brings me joy daily.

Dearly loved Mom, between the daughter she taught to sew and the granddaughter she  helped make her  first quilt. 
Watching my mother sew must have piqued my interest, but I don't remember that.  What I do remember is sitting on the floor with a cigar box full of buttons, choosing "flowers" for the front of my needlecase.  This is one of my earliest vivid memories.


Mom had found the pattern in the Salt Lake Tribune, circa 1962, and had decided that felt and buttons and needles and perle cotton were a good place for a budding seamstress to start.  She cut the flower pot and stems from black felt and I cut the purple and black felt rectangles for the cover and inside of the needlecase.  The evidence is in the finished product, still in my possession and among my most special treasures.  I know I kept embroidering because I monogrammed handkerchiefs for my dad and godfather for Christmas gifts when I was nine.  My godfather was still using his eleven years later even though they were, as my grandmother used to say, "thin enough to spit through."

When I was ten I had the privilege of learning to use Mom's Singer sewing machine.  I started with placemats and napkins then moved to shorts and sleeveless tops (we lived in the tropics).  One of my clearest memories, probably because it was repeated over and over as I learned to sew, is sitting at the sewing machine with my mom at my side, chatting while she and her handy seam ripper picked out my mistakes.  Lumps and bumps in seams bothered this first-born perfectionist.  Somehow Mom knew that had I had to sit and pick them out, I would have given up in frustration.  So she did it for me, saying, "Here, let me take that out for you and then we will just pin it and you can sew it again."  Brilliance and grace all in one.

Mom's gift of teaching me to sew has brought me immeasurable pleasure.  The satisfaction of seeing finished projects inspires me to keep sewing.  I could go on for pages listing the things I have sewn over the last fifty years.  And I could go on for pages listing ideas I have for projects I hope to finish over the next fifty.  My great-grandmother lived to be 105 and kept her wits, so I think there is hope for me.  "Sew" thanks, Mom, for having the courage to put a needle in the hands of a five year old.  I will always be grateful.

by Capi Cloud Cohen

My friend and chosen sister, Deb, and I are hoping to have our blog up and running soon. One of our earliest entries will be the directions for making this needlecase so you can share the gift of sewing with a child in your life.  

Our etsy shop is home to some of the things we have enjoyed making over the recent months.  We invite you to visit our shop or our facebook page to see other things we have made.  Leaving a comment here about your favorite item in our shop, or "friending" our facebook page will enter you in a drawing for one of our covered tape measures, or one of our "learn to sew" kits.  The winner can tell us which she would prefer.  (you'll use the rafflecopter widget below to record your entry)

a Rafflecopter giveaway
  
My first sewing project, the needlecase in the post above, is the inspiration behind the "learn to sew" kits featured in our etsy shop.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChosenSisters

We are "sew" thankful to Tammie letting us introduce ourselves to you on her blog.

And I am "sew" thankful for you sharing your story!!  Your mom sounds like an amazing woman!  Thanks for letting us get to know you and your mom, and for sponsoring a giveaway too!

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