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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: seasonal

sweet and spicy pumpkin seed brittle

I made this for a playdate yesterday, so I had a batch of pumpkin seeds left over.  It’s always hard to decide how to cook my pumpkin seeds, whether to go classic with oil and salt, or fancy it up with spices.  For our first pumpkin seeds of the year, though, I decided to go […]

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sunglasses pouch

Our guild is doing a swap today–everyone participating is bringing a sunglasses pouch.  As usual, I had about 800 ideas and then when I actually made the item I dumped all of my ideas and made this instead.  🙂 I love it and want to make another one for me (and I’m planning on sticking […]

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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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gifts: tiny charlie brown christmas tree coin purse

I’m really into free motion stitching right now and having a ton of fun with it.  This little Charlie Brown Christmas tree embroidery/applique is my favorite thing I’ve ever made.  The pattern for the coin purse is based off the Atkinson Designs Cash and Carry pattern. I love the way the zipper is installed–it makes […]

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rudolph mug rug

Rudolph is complete with a little red polka dot binding!  (I need to find more of this fabric–it’s perfect for Christmas!!) This mug rug is off to its new owner today along with some goodies.

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swap mania

I’ve been bitten hard by the swap bug, and right now all projects are swap related–either official swaps or ones I’ve arranged on the side.  Here’s a sneak at some of the projects in work: Yep.  I free motion stitched the eiffel tower for the scrappy mug rug swap.  (And was super impressed when Will […]

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