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    Hi! I'm Traci. I'm a nursing student and CNA who loves quilting, knitting, cross stitch, and the great outdoors. In my pre-scrubs life, I owned Real Photography, and you can still see my old wedding and portrait photography site here .

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Monthly Archives: January 2011


When Heather and Erik were here Will slept in the futon in Ellie’s room (working out as we’d planned—huzzah!).  He now LOVES ‘sleepovers’ and is having a sleepover with Ellie tonight.  They are so hilarious.  I am amazed at the games Will is constantly inventing that equally engage them both.  They love to crawl around […]

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pincushion + scrap bag sewing organizer

I’ve been wanting to make a scrap bag for Edna Elizabeth.  Ever since we were booted off the dining room table I’ve been struggling for a spot for scraps and trash that accumulates while sewing.  I made this organizer from the tutorial by Elizabeth Harman on Sew Mama Sew.  I made a few changes to […]

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9 hours of sleep for Ellie!

Ellie’s birthday is tomorrow, and as her gift to me, Ellie slept from 6:45-4:15 last night.  It was amazing! Sleep and babies is so so hard.  And although we got off to a fantastic start with great habits, it was all ruined first by my surgery and again by Ellie’s skinny weight.  But with Ellie […]

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swap stacks

I’m participating in the Urban Home Goods and Spice up the Kitchen swaps (though I refuse to write them out with all of their extra symbols–it makes me feel a gang member).  I played with the stash this morning and came up with a stack for my Urban Home Goods partner that I like so […]

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back to normal – mason jar pincushions

Ellie’s party is over, and we are returning to normal around here.  That means a project to share! I made these mason jar pincushions from the tutorial in the Martha Stewart’s Sewing and Crafts book and some It’s a Hoot scraps.  I think they are perfect for Edna Elizabeth! I am glad to have found […]

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