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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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Category Archives: kids

urban hoodie pattern tester

I was able to be a pattern tester for the new version of Heidi and Finn’s Urban Hoodie pattern! It is a great easy pattern–something you could finish in an evening (particularly if you cut the pattern ahead of time).  I’d recommend it for beginners with knits (of which I am)–I lined it with a […]

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Disney Dresses

When we went to Disney World in September I had a few dresses I wanted to make Ellie.  For our first day I wanted something Minnie inspired, and the Claire pattern from Sandi Henderson fit the bill perfectly: I share this one before, but here’s the Snow White dress in its intended setting–the princess lunch […]

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Ellie’s Snow White dress

We will be going to Disney World soon and while there we’ll be attending the Princess Breakfast at the castle.  Ellie is going to be soooooo excited, but all the rest of us are very excited about it, too!  I’ve heard that princess attire is the norm for this breakfast, and knew I’d want to […]

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nightgowns for Ellie

The thing about store bought kid’s pajamas is that they are not summer friendly.  In the attempt to keep kids from bursting into flame, they’ve created outfits that seem destined to keep kids miserable and sweaty.  Enter homemade children’s pajamas, where you don’t have to worry about pesky fireproof pajama laws and can use nice […]

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a renaissance dress for Ellie

We go to the Renaissance Festival in Larkspur every year.  Last year I made this quilt for watching the joust, and this year on my to do list was a period appropriate outfit for Ellie.  I used the Children’s Workshop Tab Front Jumper ‘instructions’ for the outer piece and the Sweet Little Dress pattern (extending […]

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flannel sprout

I made this cute hooded flannel Sprout dress for my goddaughter.  I can’t wait to see her rocking it with some tights next year!

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