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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

Ellie’s bedroom redo in progress

Last month we moved Ellie from her crib to the futon in her room and got rid of the crib.  Suddenly there was a room there instead of just a giant pile of furniture!  I made her room my November project,building a bookcase for her (and look!  there’s a floor where all the books and […]

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button christmas trees

I saw this tree on pinterest and thought it would be a fun project to do with the kids.  I used vintage thread spools and plain wooden spools for the bases with a little bit of ribbon. Will managed his all by himself and it’s super precious.  Ellie got to sort and thread buttons.  🙂

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ellie’s birthday present!

The problem with kids whose birthdays are right after Christmas is that you can always lolligag on a project that was intended to be for Christmas and use it for their birthday instead.  That’s what happened to this Quiet Book (yep–I’m the worst sew along leader ever.  To the two people who said they would […]

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another toddler border print dress

I am loving this border print dress tutorial–after making one with the Children at Play border print, I was excited to try it with my Gnomeville border print!  It’s a much more casual look, and will hide the dirt and grime of toddlers better, but my heart is with the while Children at Play dress!  […]

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Quiet Book Sew Along Week 4

Okay, epic fail.  I missed not one, but two weeks.  The first week I had a really good excuse–I’d been up until 4am photographing this momentous occasion: And the next week was the first week of school around here, and we were busy with all that goes along with it.  But I think we actually […]

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children at play border print dress

I fell in love with the Children at Play border print, but until I saw this dress tutorial at Little Blue Boo I wasn’t sure how I’d use it. I’m way proud of the way I was able to make the repeat match up perfectly: Since the summer is ending, I decided to make this […]

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