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  • Reversible, Adjustable Felt Princess Crowns (tutorial with free template) feltcrown_title

      I love being the mom of little girls.  As a girly girl, I’ve always wanted daughters so that I can play dress up, pretend to have afternoon tea and buy lots of darling, pink frilly clothes.  I love all that stuff!   Now that I have two daughters and two nieces, I am living my dream! ...

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  • 5 Minute, $3 Elsa Frozen Cape elsacape5

      Like most little girls, my 2 year old is OBSESSED with Frozen. She hasn’t seen the whole movie yet, but she knows all the songs by heart. Olaf is her favorite and she can belt out “Let it Go” with the best of them.  If you have been over to our place, you most likely ...

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  • Upcycled Toddler Cowl Infinity Scarf toddler_scarf7

    My girl Zoey modeling my newest creation:   I got this beautiful cream cashmere scarf 5 years ago as a gift from a good friend: When we moved to SF, I totally forgot about the scarf and all my other heavy winter gear because it was packed away in the dungeons with all my Boston winter stuff. ...

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  • Duke Blue Devil Capes dukecape9

    A couple weeks ago, my twin sister and I fulfilled a dream of ours and took our families back to Duke University in North Carolina, where we graduated over a decade(!!!) ago.   We’ve always dreamt of one day stepping back on campus with our husbands and children in tow, showing our kids where their ...

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  • Ribbon Christmas Tree Bunting xmasbunting3

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!  Hope you all are enjoying this beautiful season! I especially miss New England this time of year because I have so many beautiful memories of white Christmases, snowy evenings with mugs of hot chocolate and bundling up in scarves and gloves to iceskate on frozen ponds.   ...

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  • San Francisco Lovin’ – Framed Art sf_love1

    Since its Valentine’s week, I thought I’d share another  “heart” project with you guys.  I sewed this California state with a heart on San Francisco for Zoey’s nursery before she was born. The walls were looking plain so I was looking to make some quick and easy artwork to frame up for her pink and ...

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  • Nursing Covers and Pacifier Clips nursingcover2

    Hi!!  It’s been awhile!  Sorry I didn’t post anything last week.  I kept meaning to but my colicky baby is keeping my hands full!  (Literally.) I sat down to write this post a dozen times and kept getting interrupted. Hopefully I will get to  press the “publish” button before the end of the night.  If ...

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  • Contoured Diaper Changing Table Pad Cover diapercover1

    Well, I didn’t go into labor yet!  Baby girl is still hanging in there!  I’m at the point where half of me wants her to come out because I’m so uncomfortable and the other half of me is scared of the labor/delivery process and wants her to stay inside forever!  The waiting is the hardest ...

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  • Tiered Ruffle Crib Skirt (A Pottery Barn Kids Knockoff) cribskirt1

    I’m 37.5 weeks pregnant now (what! what?! I’m full term! AH!)  and madly working on our baby girl’s nursery.  It’s slowly starting to come together now, hopefully we will get it all done before she arrives!  I’m praying that she doesn’t come early, especially since Jeff is traveling this week and 3,000 miles away in ...

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  • Maternity Belly Bands bellybands1

    One of the first maternity projects I made for myself after we found out we were expecting was belly bands!  Belly bands are a tube of stretchy knit/jersey fabric that you wear around your waist to help keep your pants up.   You wear them over your unzipped or unbuttoned non-maternity jeans when you are ...

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  • Felt Hair Clips, Again (this time, the cheating way) hairclips1

    Last year, I shared how I handmade some sweet felt hair clips for two special little girls (see tutorial here!)  This year, I got lazy.  I discovered an easier way to make felt hair clips that was much faster  and turned out way cuter than anything I could sew.  It’s kind of cheating, but I ...

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  • Customized Robot and Dinosaur Throw Blanket (tutorial) robotblanket1

    We are so excited that we have another wedding in our family coming up!  Jeff’s sister J is getting married at the end of this month in New England and we are super thrilled for her!   J is Jeff’s only sibling and she has been an awesome sister-in-law to me.  She’s so artsy, creative ...

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  • Upcycled: Cowl Scarf from Old Sweater cowlscarf3

    {This post is a part of Frugal February, a month-long series where I am challenging myself to not spend any money on projects. I will be using supplies I already have, upcycling old materials and finishing abandoned projects. The hubby is rejoicing. Note: this does not apply to recipes and food posts, since I have ...

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  • Valentine’s Bunting bunting6

    {This post is a part of Frugal February, a month-long series where I am challenging myself to not spend any money on projects. I will be using supplies I already have, upcycling old materials and finishing abandoned projects. The hubby is rejoicing. Note: this does not apply to recipes and food posts, since I have ...

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  • Valentine’s Heart Garland (tutorial) heartgarland4

    {This post is a part of Frugal February, a month-long series where I am challenging myself to not spend any money on projects.  I will be using supplies I already have, upcycling old materials and finishing abandoned projects.   The hubby is rejoicing.  Note: this does not apply to recipes and food posts, since I ...

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  • Easy Superman Capes! supermancapes1

    Last year, I made a Reversible Superhero Cape for my little three year old buddy Mikey. I liked it so much, I made more little capes for my little friends Cameron and Lucas’s birthdays last month. (They had a joint birthday party where I made this birthday banner) This time, I didn’t make ...

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  • Upcycled: Passport Cover from Makeup Bag passport3

    Jeff and I have been really blessed to be able to travel to so many countries this year.  We feel really lucky to have had the freedom, time and resources to be able to go on some awesome trips.  2011 will be remembered as the year of crazy travels!  We rang in the new year ...

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  • Felt Lettered Baby Blanket (tutorial) luke2

    I made this blanket for baby Luke, the second son of some dear friends of mine. One of the first baby blankets I ever made a few years ago was for their first born son, Seth, so I had to make something for their second child as well. I feel bad for second babies who ...

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  • Cupcake Costume Tutorial costume3

    Hi!!  Yesterday I showed you all our Halloween costumes this year! I am going to be a giant cupcake and Jeff is the pastry chef! Today, I am going to show you how I made my cupcake costume: Tutorial on how to make the silver cupcake liner “tube top”: How to make the frosting top: The outfit was topped ...

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  • American Apparel Circle Scarf Knock Off (tutorial) circle_scarf

    My friend was wearing this super cute circle scarf from American Apparel and I wanted one!! Circle scarves, also called infinity scarves, are so popular this fall!  I love the look of them! And they are so cozy and warm!  I shared a tutorial last winter on how I upcycled one of Jeff’s cashmere sweaters ...

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  • FroYo, yo! (tutorial) froyo1

    We had some friends who were contemplating opening up a frozen yogurt business so I wanted to surprised their daughters with cute little froyo shirts!  I’m totally loving this frozen yogurt fad, I could eat a large cup for breakfast!  If only froyo stores were open that early.  There is a place near our old ...

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  • Versatile Felt Flower Clip (tutorial) clip2

    My friend S gives the best presents. Not only are they sweet and thoughtful, they were always prettily packaged in some cute pastel wrapping paper or teeny tiny box.  When it was my turn to gift her with something for her bridal shower, I felt like I needed to step up wrap her gift in ...

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  • Embellished Baseball Cap (tutorial) cap1

    I decorated this hat for a little 3 year old boy in less than 15 minutes! I got the little distressed baseball cap from GapKids on sale for $5!   These are my favorite types of projects- cheap, quick and easy. The cap was really plain so I wanted to spruce it up a little. I cut ...

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  • Monogram Button Pillow (tutorial) monogrambutton

    I love buttons!!  I collect them, especially the ones that are different and odd looking.  Buttons are so fun and whimsical.  Whenever there is a jar of vintage buttons at a fabric store, I can’t resist going through them and adding a bunch to my collection.  I don’t care if they don’t match, I love ...

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  • The “California Here We Come!” Pillow (tutorial) uspillow1

    California here I come, right back where I started from, Where Bowers of flowers bloom in the sun. I haven’t been posting much this week because we are in California!! We flew down to LA after Chicago to visit my family and attend a beautiful wedding.  Now we are up north in the bay area because ...

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  • Seersucker Strawberry Skirts (tutorial) strawberryskirt1

    When I think of summer, I think of SEERSUCKER.  I’m a sucker for seersucker, I just LOVE IT! There is something about this wrinkly,  striped fabric that makes me smile.  It has “summer” written all over it.  I read somewhere that the puckered texture of the fabric keeps it away from the skin so it’s ...

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  • Flower Pillow Makeover: The Night I Attacked My Pillow (aka How to Sew a Circular Pillow) flowerpillow1

    Do you guys remember this flower pillow I made? I wrote about it in my first ever blog post (click picture below to read the full post): I re-made it into this: (monogram pillow on the left tutorial here; I wrote about the dahlia pillow on the right here) A few weeks ago, while watching The Bachelorette, I ...

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  • Vintage-Looking State Shirts (tutorial) stateshirts5

    A couple of Jeff’s good friends were visiting from Texas a few weeks ago. They used to live in Boston but moved to Dallas last year and we were so sad to see them go. They have the cutest 2 year old boy that we miss having around.   I made their little toddler a couple ...

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  • Monogrammed Pillows (tutorial) monogrammedpillows

    I made these pillows awhile back, they were one of the first things I made to “de-bachelorize” Jeff’s home after we got back from our honeymoon.  His place really needed a woman’s touch! I loved the font we used for all our wedding invitations, programs and all our printed material, so I wanted to make ...

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  • Sweet Felt Hair Clips (tutorial) hairclip2

    I hope you all had a great Fourth of July! We celebrated as we always do every year – out on the banks of the Charles River for a spectacular fireworks display.  No city does fireworks like the birthplace of American independence. Boston goes all out when it comes to its  Fourth of July show!  ...

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  • Reversible Superhero Cape (tutorial) cape_title

    I made this reversible superhero cape for my little friend Mikey. Mikey is one of my favorite little boys- so sweet, smiley, and easy going.  He laughs at everything and his girlish high-pitched squeals and giggles capture my heart.   If I have a little boy, I want my child to be just like him, he’s ...

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  • My Foray Into Nursing Covers nursingcover_title

    My college roommate is expecting her second son next month and she challenged me to make a nursing cover for her.  She was telling me about how expensive nursing covers are even though they are really just a piece of material with a strap attached. The designer ones sell for $30-40!  I didn’t know anything ...

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  • Heart Monogrammed Hoodies (tutorial) heart5

    I have three little girl friends who I adore. They range in age from 4-7 and I love to babysit them, play dress up, color rainbows and take them out for “afternoon tea”.  They are the cutest, sweetest little girls and I am so lucky to have them in my life!! I was shopping one day ...

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  • Ruffles Galore! Ruffly Flower Pillow Tutorial heartpillow_title

    This ruffle flower heart pillow I featured yesterday was made of hundreds of these little flowers: Here is how I made each flower: 1. Cut fabric into 3 inch squares, rounding the corners of the squares. (The fabric I chose was a sheer polyester, similar to curtain material.)  The squares don’t have to be cut perfect since ...

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