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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: swaps

jane market bag (for the urban home goods swap)

I majorly stressed over what to make my partner.  I changed plans at least 5 times.  I finally settled on the Jane Market Bag and decided to just dive in.  For her smaller item, I made my partner a set of the mason jar pin cushions, stuffed with scraps from the bag. I am relieved […]

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a little break

I’m going to take a little internet break this week.  Feeling a little down, so I’m going to unplug for a while.  🙂  Here’s a peek at my apron for my spice up the kitchen swap partner.

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swap stacks

I’m participating in the Urban Home Goods and Spice up the Kitchen swaps (though I refuse to write them out with all of their extra symbols–it makes me feel a gang member).  I played with the stash this morning and came up with a stack for my Urban Home Goods partner that I like so […]

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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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