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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: pillows

back to normal – mason jar pincushions

Ellie’s party is over, and we are returning to normal around here.  That means a project to share! I made these mason jar pincushions from the tutorial in the Martha Stewart’s Sewing and Crafts book and some It’s a Hoot scraps.  I think they are perfect for Edna Elizabeth! I am glad to have found […]

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christmas pillows: how the grinch stole christmas

And here it is–the last of the Christmas presents!!  These are going to my parents–they already got their store bought gifts (in time for Christmas), but I asked for an extension on the handmade portion.  I had wanted it to arrive while it was still 2010, but they are only hitting the mail now.  They […]

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best mail day in the history of forever.

Yesterday I got not one, but TWO amazing packages in the mail.  From the Pillow Talk Swap, Kirsten at Three Dancing Magpies sent me this gorgeous linen and velveteen pillow and a whole mess of goodies (button kits to make huge gorgeous fabric buttons, a Starbucks gift card, a Christmas charm pack, the pillow form […]

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Finished! Pillow Fabric Button Closure

For this pillow, I knew I wanted it to have a really special show-stopping back, since the front is so clean and simple. And I did pull it off exactly as I’d planned, but man–for a little bit there while I was doing the elastic cording I had some SERIOUS doubts.  (And a lot of […]

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a modern almost done sort of pillow

This pillow is almost done–just missing some elastic cording for the back buttons that I need to pick up today or tomorrow.   This pillow has caused me more angst than is really possible for such a simple little patchwork pillow.  I have been full of self doubt–piping or no piping, quilting or no quilting, but […]

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