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A bit of a (birthday) show off really, but that happens (online) when everybody lives so far away…

From hubby :) I told him to give me as little as possible, because I have more than enough!
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The color tool will be great for garment sewing, quilting, knitting and home decor!
The pencils are Clover Water Soluble Pencils, so far the best ones I’ve come across.

Love the Spike with ice cream magnet (=^・ェ・^=) and Pummy with the yarn :).(from BoyGirlParty)

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From bro and sis four 5″ charm packs (pack with 20-40 different pieces of fabric from a specific fabric line). I hinted them pretty well :) I will use them for patchwork pillows, like this tree pillow and this heart pillow.

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A truly surprising package from sis-in-law and mother-in-law! Love it!! :) Not in the picture a book about crochet handbags :).

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Always quick to get his paws on whatever :)

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Houston, we have a problem….why aren’t both halves lining up? :-/ It seems like I need to add two more wedges to the color wheel, but that will involve some rearranging of the colors. I like the current balance between the colors.

Pattern: Pineapple Slices Pillow by Tula Pink (download free pattern)
Fabric: A charm pack (5″ squares) of Cuzco by Kate Spain. Probably one of my favorite fabric lines.
Destination: One day I’ll perfect making my bed and this will be the front cushion. Or would that make it a pillow? :).
Variation: I like that not all the wedges are the same height, I like that kind of ‘imperfection’. But I really would like to join the halves without adding something.

I started making these at the beginning of 2012, around the time my hands started to ache, so I couldn’t finish them then.

It looks a little too homemade for my taste, but still worth finishing. The free pattern is by 60 Piggies. I think these will make a great gift for a baby, so I’ll be donating them to a local charity. To Adam’s Animals if they will have them, or another organization with children at heart.

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Pattern: self drafted, helped by the Craftsy’s Design your Own Handbag Class
Inspired by: the Etsy bag on the right. Can’t seem to find the listing anymore.
Material: 1 yard of designer remnant from Fabrique Fabric a $5.99. Not sure what kind of material it is?? I lined it with stash Tanya Whelan cotton. Also added a 2-way zipper ($2.49)
Deadline: I had hoped to finish it before leaving for Austin for 5 days (last week, love that city!) but that didn’t happen.
The details: took forever! I added the recessed zipper, a pocket in the lining, obviously the bow and also two fabric strips, allowing me to add a cross body strap at a later stage.

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I found this beautiful Nanette Lepore winter coat at TJ Maxx the other day. Reduced from $500 to $150*. Size 10, fit like a glove, just my style, one of the most beautiful and feminine coats I’ve ever seen.

But…I didn’t buy the coat :(. Because, well this is Texas and it was 94F (=34°C) that day. Winters aren’t all that cold over here, do I really need another winter coat?

And most importantly….the zipper was broken. I tried everything, because sometimes it looks like the zipper is broken, but it can be fixed fairly easily, but this zipper was really broken. Replacing a long zipper in a -still- $150 coat…I didn’t feel exactly up to it. Regrets? Yes, some, would have loved it in my closet.

Would you have bought a garment that you loved but needed a zipper replacement or many alterations?

* to justify the original prize; the Nanette Lepore label is exclusively Made in the US, so no Bengali wages for the seamstresses. Some stores even listed it for almost $700.

My first crochet creature is flying over the Ocean tomorrow!
My 18month old niece was staying with us for 10 days (with her parents of course) and played with him everyday. He was flying everywhere in his little plane, but tomorrow he’ll need his passport for the first time.

She named him Kwak Kwak (= Quack Quack) and loved him, so I thought it was a good time to part :). It was really beautiful to see how much she enjoyed him.

She also totally understood the concept of Mr. Spoon and Miss Dish and made everyone ‘eat’ from Mr. Spoon. So those two have found a new home as well :). I’m sure they’ll receive much more love in her care than in mine (and it leaves me some space to make some new lovelies).

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For: 3-month old Akbar in Pakistan. His mommy made up my nickname and therefore .com :) The package safely made it to its destination.
Patterns: I combined the Monster Rattles pattern with features of Louie the Lovebot. Both patterns are by Rebecca Danger.
Materials: stash yarn and non-pill fleece from JoAnn’s.
A first…or two!: Making a crochet edge for the fleece blanket! Also making a custom label with the embroidery module!
Extra: a London bapron for Akbar!

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