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Sew the Alphabet: A-H

Oh-OOOHHHHH! We’re HALF WAY THERE!!!!

OOOOHHH-OOOHHHH We’re Livin’ on a……n……. Alphabet Sew Along!

(no, that didn’t work?)

Welp, at any rate, I’m half way through the “Sew the Alphabet Challenge” with CKC Patterns.

*******EDIT!!!!!! Did you read all of that and say to yourself, “A-H is not half of the alphabet????” Oh my sweet Lord in Heaven above!!!! I have lost my marbles. For weeks I have had in my head that H was the halfway point. It is not. I just now realize that H is the 8th letter of the Alphabet and not the 13th. FUN FACT! Did you also know that when you count up to eight on your fingers, there will be 5 on one hand and 3 on the other? This may make you think you’ve reached 13….but you haven’t, my friend. Nope! You’ve got 5 more to go! …….. ask me how I know 😒********

Thought I’d do a quick recap for ya….since, you know, I started the year off in a whirlwind of blog postings and challenges…and even if I haven’t kept up with all the things, I am still on track with this sew-a-long.

A is for Alyah’s Knit Twirly Skirt.

Blog on it here. Pattern Here.

B is for Brewster’s Bubble Pocket Skirt….

No blog on it……but you can find this pattern from Newborn to adult XL HERE

B is ALSO for Bobby’s Scrap Busting Socks…..

also found in Baby-Adult sizes HERE

C is for Caden’s Storage Bean Bag.

Pattern found here . Man, I really lapsed on the blog post thing, didn’t I.

C is for all of our FAVORITE: Chastity’s Panties….

which are now available in children’s sizes too! Guess who’s got Mommy & Me matching FUNdeez in my house?????

Also…..YOU CAN ORDER YOURS right up there on that SHOP BUTTON! 😉

D is for David’s Knit Shirt and Footed Pants Set…..

um HOW STINKING CUTE is this!!!! I got to make this for one of our daughter’s teachers. Pattern found HERE

E is for Ellis’ Off The Shoulder Top.

LOVE this pattern! It’s available in sizes 2T – 5X too!

F is for Fiji’s Firefly Sleeve Dress .

AKA the dress I made myself for Easter but never wore because I hated the fit. Maybe someone else loves it? Let me know! (Size L/XL) Pattern HERE

G is for Glady’s Graceful Leotard…..

for my little Ballerinas! Their studio only allows black leos with pink tights for class….so we complied, but aren’t fancy sleeves more fun? Pattern here

Last but not least:

H is for Hattie’s….

one of my all time favorite staple pieces….it’s available in doll sizes up to adult XL….and, even though the pattern asks for a bow. I LOVE the overlaid placket look.

THERE YA HAVE IT, Friends!

Half (nope again …) [8/26 OR 4/13] of the ALPHABET complete, and I’m kinda proud. (Nope….pretty embarrassed now)

We gotta celebrate the small victories too, right?!?!?! (Still true)

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Happy Birthday to my Mom…I bought myself a present…

Today my mom would have turned 71…..but to us she’ll forever be 67…..

until we meet again…

Picture of my mom at her 65th birthday party in 2015

I would love to tell a moving story of how I bought a new sewing machine in her honor, but that just wouldn’t be true. You see, yesterday, yet another one of my sewing machines broke. This happens more often than I’d like to admit.

I have accumulated quite the assortment of sewing machine carcasses in my studio.

You see, when my mom passed away in 2017, I was given the majority of her sewing machines. She had quite a few.

Here’s the thing with machines: they wear out, and they break.

Here’s the thing with cheap machines: they can be AMAZING, until a small part breaks or needs repairs….then they they cost more to fix then they do to replace. My highly probable guess is that’s what my mom did when one of her machines broke down….she replaced it instead of getting it repaired. I’m sure she thought she’d fix them all one day….but, alas, I inherited the whole lot.

I did get a couple of them repaired….in fact the one that just pooped out on me yesterday was one I had fixed about a year ago. And now, I’m just over it.

I use my machines a lot. Not everyday…but I’d say 5 out of 7. I used to be shy about telling people what kind of sewing machine I had because I thought it wasn’t “good enough” You might be surprised when I share my longest lastly machine….

You know the one you can but at every big box store?

Yep, that’s the one!

This was the machine I used for many years, loved, and recommended it to every beginner sewist that asked.

Well, it worked great until it didn’t.

I have been fixing the sewing machines I’ve had for years, and I think I’ve finally had enough.

When the last of my working sewing machines broke yesterday, I did something very uncharacteristic of me. I went online, looked at a few reviews and purchased a new machine in a matter of minutes….and one day delivery means it arrives TODAY.

It was a decision made in a moment of anger and frustration, and I really surprised myself with the swiftness of all of it. Emotions, man. They are a crazy roller coaster.

Think I have some unresolved grief and baggage that I have attached to a few sewing machines I have hanging out in my basement? …….no? Oh good, me either.

Welp, I hope this purchase works out well for me in the long run.

I’m calling it my new “back up” machine, and I think I am finally ready to shop around and choose a new machine that is much more reliable and worth being repaired. “They don’t make ’em like they used to” is what everyone EVERYWHERE tells me. So, if I want a sturdy machine, I know I’m going to have to pay for it.

Here’s what’s on my WishList:

What are you sewing on these days? Any recommendations for me?

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Week 11 Sewing Challenge: Act of Craftivism

This week’s prompt “Act of Craftivism” was something I had to look up. Depending on who you ask or where you look…the definition of CRAFTIVISM varies.

The simplest one I found is this: using hand-made art to express opinions or to support a movement, a combination of craft and activism.

As an added bonus this week, three of our kiddos were on spring break…so I wanted involve them in this challenge.

It was only a year ago that our children came home from school for Spring Break….and they remained home for the rest of the year. I know, join the club, right? What it does mean, though, is: the majority of the country (and the world) started to relate to the struggles of each other.

This past year was hard. It’s been a lesson in patience……in perspective…..in compassion….in resilience…. These things are what our family tried to focus on.

However, these are not new concepts for our family. In fact, since our oldest daughter was born we’ve been learning this daily.

Our other 3 younger children have grown up in a house where they’ve known nothing else. We include everyone. We love everyone. We acknowledge differences, yet embrace and celebrate them.

As they all grow older, it becomes more obvious. The gap is more pronounced. It also is very apparent that they all have hearts full of love and understanding.

So, the “cause” we chose to act for in this week’s challenge:

Inclusion. Love. Anti-Bullying. Encouragement.

“Be Kind“

We planned out what we wanted to say…..

Chose our fabric and cut out pennants to make our banners.

“You are Cool“

A couple of the kids even got behind the sewing machine

(Bonus: you can totally do this with HOT GLUE if you’re not a sewist)

“U R L❤️VED“

Then, we went out around our city and hung our messages.

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We Pray our Small Acts touch some Hearts in a BIG way!

“Be the GOOD“

P.S. Last night we sat down for a Family Movie Night and watched one of the Hallmark Movies that have been recommended to us for awhile now….

What a powerful message!

Many questions and conversation starters for you and your family if you are looking for a way to talk about friends with Special Needs. Our kids loved it! (even if some parts were really hard to watch…)

We’d love to hear of you’ve seen one of our banners!

Or even better….if you make some of your own!

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Week 6 Sewing Challenge: Sew Something with Buttons or Snaps

well, well,well….end of week 7 and the first of the challenge balls to drop.

Although, it’s better than you may think: I HAVE completed the challenges, and I am on schedule….just haven’t blogged about it.

so, you may get more than one post today…..or maybe tomorrow?

Some other very exciting things have happened this past week too (but I’m keeping that a surprise….at least for now)

alright. Let’s talk challenge: Buttons or Snaps.

Buttons don’t scare me anymore like they used to….but, to be honest….I’m not sewing with the most reliable machines these days. In fact, I have 3 or 4 that need to be taken in to be serviced in one way or another….and, frankly, I ain’t got time to have another one bite the dust. (read that to say: I’m not chancing button holes right now) On top of that…I just really like snaps….

So SNAPS it was!

I mentioned in my Insta post that we are headed to the MOST MAGICAL Place on Earth later this year (God-willing, of course. This is a rescheduled COVID vacation) Our children DO NOT KNOW about this, so please, if you know them, keep it on the DL. Thankfully, we never told them about last year’s plans either, so the only disappointment was our own.

ANYWHOODLE…I have started gathering the necessary clothing….but you know I gotta make some too.

As soon as I saw this fabric, I knew EPCOT needed this in it’s life.

I love switching up the colors and making something extra unique!

If you’re thinking about adding some snaps to your next project….these are the kind I use:

Pattern is CKC Porter’s Button Down Shirt

Now I just have to decided if I’m making the other 3 kiddos coordinating outfits….

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C is for: Caden’s, Crimson’s, and Chastity’s

The past 2 weeks was the Letter “C” in the CKC Sew the Alphabet Challenge…

I was thrilled to be able to complete (or at least finally SHARE)

3 different patterns:

Caden’s Storage Bean Bag

a few MORE Chasity’s ……of which I seem to not be able to stop making!

Remember….you can purchase your own 5 pack up there ⬆️ by clicking the SHOP button 😉

Last but not least, the release of the Brand New Pattern: Crimson’s Crossover Hoodie allowed me to share mine with you all!

I wasn’t expecting this crushed velvet to give me such ALI vibes…..

but, I’ll take it!