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November 1, 2018
Happy Halloween from a Flower Girl Pirate! from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It’s Halloween, which means I have a terrific excuse to pull out my Flower Girl mask!  James and I dressed up and hit the streets this evening as the scary masked guy from Scream and a Flower Girl… pirate? I was kind of a mash up of several different things at once, but it worked out pretty good!

Leah Day Flower Girl Costume

Unfortunately we’ve had a really bad stomach flu running through our house and Josh came down with it right before we left to trick-or-treat. This is the first year he’s missed out on the fun and we really missed ...

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October 28, 2018
busyness et al. . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It has been a busy month, which makes me feel a little justified in the huge gap between my last post and this one.  Of course, this is the (so called) blogger who skipped out on blogging from December  2017 through May 2018.  What's 26 days?!?  LOL!

But I realized I need to get on in here and plug the upcoming blog hop I'm participating in!  I'm so excited . . . and if you know me at all, when you see what it is, you'll know why!
It's the Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop!  It kicks off ...

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October 30, 2017
Behold! I Am the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog! (In Which I Make, and Wear, a Giant Toddler Costume for Halloween) from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good afternoon, friends!  Happy Almost Halloween!  Have you ever noticed that my husband Bernie bears an uncanny resemblance to Tim the Enchanter, and that I am just the spitting image of the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog?


Tim the Enchanter and the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog

In case you're unfamiliar with killer bunnies and Tim the Enchanter, refer to this classic Monty Python clip below:



So Bernie and I were invited to a Halloween costume party, and I was disappointed by the options for women's costumes that were available at my local Party City store:


Women's Costumes at ...

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October 21, 2017
Identity Thief Halloween Costume - Now That's Scary from Creatin' in the Sticks

 I have to admit, some of my favorite Halloween costumes are the funny pun ones. 
 The ones like
 “cereal killer” with bloody cereal boxes 
or 
the “Spice Girls” with the spice labels.  
They are simple and fun.
Want to make a quick Halloween costume that is funny and scary at the same time?
  HeatnBond Inkjet Transfer Sheets come to the rescue.

Identity Thief Halloween Costume


All my favorite characters from "The Walking Dead" 
and
 my model (Hubby) 
has stolen their identities
with name tags.


Find the full tutorial and printable over on the Thermoweb Blog.

You will find a lot ...

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October 19, 2017
...And the Plaid Flannel Fabric is Reassigned to Manly Pajamas! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Thanks so much to those of you who read through my long, boring blog post about my Christmas caroling costumes, and thanks even more to those of you who took the time to weigh in with advice and suggestions.  After reading through the comments and mulling it over a bit more, I have decided that the plaid cotton flannel fabric is FIRED from the costume project.  It will not, however, go to waste, because it will be perfect for matching Christmas pajamas for my menfolk:

Footsie Pajamas for Bernie, Lars and Anders!
Hah!  Can you imagine my teenaged sons and ...

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October 17, 2017
Christmas Caroling Season Approaching: Should I Make a New Costume, Yea or Nay? from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning and happy holidays, everyone!  I know it's only October 17th and y'all are probably festooning your front steps with pumpkins and "harvest decor" if you're thinking about holidays at all, but my professional caroling group just had our kickoff rehearsal/party last weekend so I'm already thinking ahead to Christmas.  Behold, me in the Giant Green Dress That Does Not Fit In My Car:

Final Christmas Caroling Job Last Year, Holiday Party at a Private Residence

That photo is from my last caroling job of last year's holiday season, a party at a ...

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Halloween Inspired Sewing Patterns- Are you ready to sew? from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey There, 

Who likes sewing for holidays?  I find any excuse to sew when holidays come around so I can sew for my home, family, and friends. Below, I share some of my favorite sewing tutorials to sew for the Halloween season! Whether you still need to decorate your home with festive decor or you have absolutely no idea what you will dress up as for Halloween, don't worry,  I got ya covered! If you need help choosing some festive fall fabrics for your sewing projects check out Steph's post where she talks about 10 Earthy Fall Fabrics ...

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September 21, 2017
Embarrassment of Riches: Rijksmuseum from Quilt & Textile Collections

Embarrassment of Riches: Rijksmuseum
Located in Amsterdam, it isn’t a surprise that the museum is known for the best collection of Dutch art in the world. However, with more than 8,000 artefacts on display in 80 wings...it is almost too much eye candy to be seen in one day. Kay and I were quite determined and mapped out a plan of attack. First we inquired about the textiles on display to be sure we’d included all of those. The attendant couldn’t think of many textiles on display, but dutifully marked a few spots. (We later learned, it wasn’t ...

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