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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

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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stroller blanket part 2, revenge of the batting

After the first cheater blanket with fleece backing and serged edges, I turned this one into the real deal with a top, batting, backing, and hand-stitched binding!  I managed to cut, piece, baste (using basting aerosol spray) and quilt a second stroller blanket all in one morning and afternoon! The binding is on it now […]

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disneyland minnie mouse twirly girl skirt

In addition to working on the stroller cover (yes I’m insane and yes I’m super lucky that my children play together so nicely as to entertain themselves for hours) I made Ellie’s Disneyland skirt this morning.  I made up the pattern as I went along and am very happy with it.  In the future I […]

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stroller blanket

I finished Ellie’s stroller blanket last night (gotta love a project that comes together in a day)!  It wasn’t without its fair share of trouble, though.  The serged hole in the center was supposed to be just a slit.  However, I learned that it is INCREDIBLY hard to serge something that’s not on the edge […]

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wip: stroller blanket

We are headed to Disney soon and I wanted to make a stroller blanket that will attach to Ellie’s stroller so she can’t kick it off (she loathes any attempts at covering–socks, shoes, hats, blankets all immediately end up on the ground).   I have some navy fleece that I bought to make myself pajama pants, […]

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smocked dress from weekend sewing (by heather ross)

I finished Ellie’s ‘smocked dress’ from Weekend Sewing (since I’m busiest in the summer I am trying to get all of the summer clothes that I want to make for her done in the winter).  But before going further I will say that this isn’t a smocked dress, it’s a shirred dress…and if you don’t […]

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