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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: summer

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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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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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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