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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

two more outfits from the retreat

I’m late blogging these–I took these pictures right before we all came down with Super Virus 2012. I love the way this one came together.  It’s still a bit big on her, but should fit well late this summer. And another sandpiper top from the remaining fabric–I love that pattern!!!!

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another retro dress

Here’s another of the dresses I made for Ellie at our guild retreat in February.  A pattern from the 60s.  This one was a bit of a disaster–when I cut it out I was like “why are there two pieces for the back?  That’s dumb–I’ll just cut one and save myself sewing the seam.”   Speaking […]

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another sandpiper top

I really am enamored with this top.  It’s just so fast–I made two at the retreat and am trying to resist making more, because at this point her summer wardrobe just doesn’t need anything else.  But they are so cute and so easy!  This one got made up in some pacman fabric.  It was a […]

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a nightgown

I made this Sweet Little Dress intending it to be a dress, but it’s pretty obviously a nightgown once it’s on!  I could shorten it and it would make an adorable peasant top, but I think I’ll leave it as a nightgown, since Ellie is in need one one when the summer days come round […]

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Let the parade of dresses begin

I went on a retreat with my quilt guild this weekend and it was the most amazing time.  I got to read, nap, sew, chat, eat, drink, enjoy quiet…whatever I wanted for 48 hours!  I cut out fabric last week and had a bunch of dresses cut and read to be sewn when I arrived.  […]

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sandpiper top for ellie in children at play

Since summers are our busy season, I started a tradition last year of sewing Ellie’s summer clothes in the winter and spring.  It’s disappointing to trim the last thread and tuck them into a drawer, but oh so satisfying to know that we won’t need to run to Gymboree when the weather turns warmer!  Today […]

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