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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: babies

A little bit of sewing

The biggest thing I did this year was this: I finished all of my nursing school prerequisites with a 4.0 and got a job as a CNA at the birth center of our local hospital.   And also I kept up to date with Project Life, which anyone can tell you is a miracle. (This is […]

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Quiet Book Sew-Along is On!

A couple of people commented that they were up for a Quiet Book Sew Along, so that’s good enough for me–we are on! The plan: complete a Quiet Book (for a Christmas present if you like) before October 1st.  This should allow for a relaxed pace, but still free up all of October for Halloween […]

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Quiet Book Ideas for Toddlers

Stupid internet.  The very LAST thing I need in this life is another sewing project to start, but I was innocently doing a little mindless blog surfing and saw this quiet book from The Empty Bobbin last week   I had a quiet book when I was little, and Ellie loved playing with it while […]

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stroller quilt finished

April 2015 Update: I’m getting lots of questions right now about the blocks and fabric I used. Unfortunately this was a quilt from four years ago so I don’t remember the details, but looking at the stroller blanket I’d made previously that I based this quilt on, the blocks are 8″ finished.  They are based […]

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stroller accessory mania – a bottle leash

I’ve been seeing these little bottle/sippy leashes on strollers everywhere, but when I looked at BabysRUs for one it was something like $7, and since that will buy me a churro at Disneyland I decided to skip it.  But I couldn’t get the idea of how nice one would be out of my head, so […]

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