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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: personal

growing up crafty: part one, my momma’s quilts

I was lucky to grow up surrounded by crafty goodness, and while visiting my Mom and Dad I grabbed some pictures.  Today’s installment of the crafts of my younger years is devoted to my momma’s quilts. When I went to round up her quilts, I found Buckeye Beauty on the sofa.  You can just barely […]

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I pulled this stack of fabric out to add to my diamond star quilt and noticed how gorgeous they look together. Also prepping some pretty neutrals… A shot from this weekend–the family watching Tangled and my Central Park quilt in action. I was taking pictures of Ellie ‘helping’ Will put his shoes on before preschool […]

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I know it’s starting to feel like spring for many of you, but for Coloradans, March looks like this: So it was under the influence of all of this snow and cold that I pulled together this perfectly acceptable in stack form fabric grouping. The one that later drove me to drink.  I sewed the […]

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We’re alive.  I swear.  I managed to post while at Disney, I had posts all scheduled to go so there wouldn’t be any interruption…but I didn’t realize what I really needed were posts for our return!  Not only did we have the usual laundry/unpacking/picking up the chaos we left behind, but I’ve been doing the […]

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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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to make his mommy smile

So I know you’re here for the fabric pictures not gratuitous stories about my wee ones, but seriously, this has to be blogged.  I had totally forgotten about it, but was downloading a memory card today and found these pictures and my heart went all melty. As we were putting away Christmas ornaments the day […]

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