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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: gifts

‘vintage flair flats’ – house slippers

I got to spend the late afternoon in the studio this afternoon cutting fabric for upcoming projects and finishing these slippers. I used fusible fleece instead of interfacing on the sole to provide a little extra padding. I love the bright polka dots mixed with the subdued Hope Valley print. The afternoon was beautiful, and […]

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ghost quilter

A friend of mine was asked to make a quilt block for a wedding quilt for her nephew.  She asked me to make it on her behalf, threatening the use of puffy paint if I declined.  So, since this quilt block won’t have any particular special meaning, I figured it better be just plain awesome.  […]

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infinity scarf marathon

Last night I went on a bit of an infinity scarf bender.  I’ve been wearing my last one about twice a week, and have intended to make more for me as well as future gifts for the women I love.  (I’ve been late with my last two homemade gifts, so I’m determined to turn over […]

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back to paris

My dad turned 50 last week!  He was a big fan of my first eiffel tower free motion stitching embroidery, and my parents have a Paris themed bedroom, so I knew that the eiffel tower would be a perfect fit.  Their bedroom is brown and blue/aqua, so a little linen and a smattering of aqua […]

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i made you a potholder.

For my Nana’s birthday Friday, I made her an oven mitt and potholder to match the apron I made her for Christmas.  I was really excited about this idea…until I was talking on the phone with my Nana and heard what my cousin was getting her.  My cousin was taking her to Disneyland.   I was […]

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