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Happy Halloween!

There’s nothing like waiting until the last minute to get your buttocks in gear, right? Goose has known that she wanted to be Pebbles since Nov. 1st of last year (no, I’m not kidding) and I finally sat down with Mrs. Singer yesterday to get the job done. I believe I have lost my creative mojo. Not only did I attempt to buy this outfit at the store, which they did not have, but I put off making it as long as possible. Not a good sign. All in all though, it came together and she will not only wear it tonight, but has worn it to school today.

I used no pattern… just a pair of PJs as my guide, cutting about 1/4 inch away from the seams. And I made it of fleece so that there was no hemming that needed to be done. The bone in her hair is made of 2 sheets of felt stuffed with batting. It was freestyle at it’s best… the sides are not even equal. Thankfully she didn’t notice. 🙂 And the leg warmers (if you want to call them that) are long and straight and offer no form what-so-ever – just a straight seam up the back.

I’d say the whole thing took me about 3 hours to throw together.. with much of that time spent hand sewing the black fleece triangle-like pieces to the shirt.

A Halloween masterpiece! Can’t wait until tomorrow when
Goose informs me on what she wants to be next Halloween. 🙂 I think I still have a few year’s left to enjoy before she gives up trick-or-treating.. She asked me a few weeks ago if there was a age law that would cut her off. Totally cracks me up. She’s a candy hog.

Hope you all enjoy this evenings fun!


Quick note: Goose won 4th in the entire 5th grade with this costume. He-he… tickles me to death!


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Not So Lacy Jacket

Fast and simple projects are all I can fit into my days at the moment. But I wanted/needed a light sweater to cover my shoulders and keep me from getting cold when stepping from outside to inside. (I’ve been told that restaurants purposely keep their temps a little chilly so that their turnover is higher, and I believe it!)

This little sweater does just the trick. I crocheted it using my choice yarn of these days: Simply Soft from Caron. It hangs nicely and has just the right weight for summer. I also used the bones of the FREE Lacy Jacket pattern from Caron..
leaving off the fancy lace, and finishing it with a simple shell stitch.

Fast and simple, and just enough to keep the restaurant chill off.

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Finally, Leotard Success!

Exciting news at our house, Goose made the gymnastics team! She’s been practicing for a few years, slowly moving up the ranks, but now she will finally compete.

Now, here’s where I have to brag a bit… On any given week, there are between 500 to 600 girls attending her gym, but there were only 33 picked to represent them in competition. Exciting news indeed! She’s scared to death about it, but says she’s ready to move on to the next step.

So, pull out your spandex, baby! Here we go!

In honor of her big move, I sat down with my machine and made her a new leotard…love the neon pink and green, don’t you?

In the past I’ve struggled with the tension, but that wasn’t the case with this one. I have no idea of the difference.. The black spandex is the same that I’ve used with others, but with this leo I didn’t have to stop and adjust my machine and the seam ripper was never pulled out of the draw. Finally, success! I love that!

For the super-duper, eye-catching neon stripes and ever-so-nicely sewn trim I used these tutorial from Renae at Creative Chicks at Play…I consider her a swimwear expert! She knows all the tricks.

Swimsuit binding

Swimsuit straps

My pattern was a modified version of Jalie 2792.

For some reason, making leotards is an addition of mine… I could make a thousand of them. I think it has something to do with how fast they come together and the fact that there are so few pieces to cut out.

So of course after the completion of Goose’s latest leo, I got to thinking about another.. And I found some UT orange spandex online.


I might buy a yard of it. My only hesitation is that one of Goose’s coaches is a huge Gator fan..

I know!!! She must surely be deranged or something. 🙂

No, She was on the Gator gym team during her college years (a huge accomplishment).

But much to my dismay, she’s tried to sway the girls to her side of the fence (I told Goose that she’d better start packing her bags). Because of this, I have my doubts as to whether or not Goose would wear UT orange into gym.

We’ll see, still thinking.


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After a bit of a crafty dry spell I finally have something to show you! My niece is graduating high school this month and I wanted to make her a little something special to take with her to college.. a gift to represent the start of something new, something happy and full of cheer! Halen is an awesome girl and I love her very much, but she hasn’t always had it easy. She has had to figure out much of what life has thrown at her on her own. I’m sure she’s stumbled more than I know, but as a whole, she’s made good choices and has turned out to be a very mature and responsible young lady. I’m proud of her, to say the least.

So after much thought, I decided to make her a bright and happy quilt…It had to be “cool”.. what an 18 year old would consider “cool”. I spotted a little inspiration in this brocher’s tablecloth and thought it was just the thing I was looking for…

Bright and cheery with a slight modification…

My niece’s H.S. Graduation gift.. A bandana quilt.

Talk about quick and easy…sew the squares together, layer it to batting and a back panel, and quilt it with simple straight lines. Two nights and it was done!! Love it! The outcome was just what I was going for..

I can’t wait to give it to her!!


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Teacher’s Gift

Yes, it’s that time of year… And I’m happy to say my end-of-the-year gifts are done! Can I get a woo-hoo? Trust me, I’ve been trying to decide on gifts since school started back in August. Goose doesn’t have a close relationship with this year’s teacher like she did last year. So every time I asked her what her teacher might like, she drew a blank, deer in the headlights type stare. Duuuuhhh.

Finally I decided on body wash with crochet washclothes for her teachers and aid. I mean, who doesn’t like that stuff? So I let Goose pick out the washes and then matched my yarn colors to them. Simple and easy with a very homemade feel. Perfect.

Pattern: Bark Sedge Stitch Washcloth from LionBrand.com

Chain 33.

Row 1: Skip 2 chains (counts as single crochet), work 2 double crochet in next chain, *skip 2 chains, work (single crochet, 2 double crochet) in next chain; repeat from * to last 3 chains, skip 2 chains, single crochet in last chain – 10 (single crochet, 2 double crochet) pattern repeats.

Row 2: Chain 1 (counts as single crochet), turn, 2 double crochet in first single crochet, *skip 2 double crochet, (single crochet, 2 double crochet) in next single crochet; repeat from * across, single crochet in turning chain.

Repeat Row 2 until piece measures 10 1/2 in. (26.5 cm) from beginning. Fasten off, and weave in ends.


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I surf Google Images a lot. It allows my mind to focus solely on what I’m looking at, what I like and don’t like, without clouding my mind with words of pros and cons. Well, a while back I stumbled upon something I really liked.. the only problem, there are no words and I can’t decide if it’s a scarf..or a sweater?

It’s hard to say, right? All I know is, this “sweater” is cu-uu-te! Of course I saved the picture thinking I’d go back.. and of course I can’t find the link now. If you recognize it, please let me know.

Anyhow, I decided I must have this “scarf” and set out to make it on my own. I’ve been working on it for what seems like forever.

Of course the pics are horrible. Obviously my mirror needs a good cleaning… but, this is what I came up with:











What do you think?  I’m not 100% sure that I love it yet.

A “scarf” with a long sleeve T in the winter… A “sweater” to go over a light-weight T in the summer.

It was super easy to make… take your favorite scarf pattern.. just knit it a little longer than normal by adding a few roles of k2p2 to each end…Remember to throw in the button holes..and then add two little tie things and there you have it a scarf.. or a sweater.. or a scarf????…

I used:
needles: 10.5
yarn: 4 balls LionBrand Super Chunky
buttons: 5


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Gone Astray

I’ve been working on a project for a week or so and had big plans to talk about it today…

but as life would have it, things changed.

On Thursday evening Goose tells me that she’s been working on a Social Studies project at school and has volunteered me to sew the project outfit.

Hmm, I say. Who are you studying?
John Sevier.
Okay, so when is it due?
Okay, I’ll see what I can do.

On Friday I Googled John Sevier to see what I was up against. If you’re interested, he looks like every other white-haired-wig-guy of that time.


On Saturday, we headed to Hancock Fabrics for a pattern and some felt. I also grabbed some white yarn for the wig.

On Sunday I finished it all up.. and may I present to you… John Sevier.















This was a fun little coat to make. I went with felt because I’m lazy and I didn’t want to hem any of the edges.  A+ for me on that idea… Felt made the job so much easier.  In fact, Goose helped with a lot of the sewing!

The wig was a hoot to make also.  It’s just a crocheted hat with clumps of yarn stitched in.  Looking at it now, I suppose I should have trimmed it up a bit.

Goose was pleased with the outcome too.  She was pretty excited to show the class.  Let’s hope all goes well.


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