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What Have I Been Up to Lately

Well, to be honest, not much. LOL I haven’t felt well the past 2 days so I haven’t done much of anything. :/ Including blogging! Yes, I am a very bad blogger, again….. 😦


But today I made myself go pick up the books that were on hold for me at the library. Here are the books I picked up!


Fashion 101: A Crash Course in Clothing

Fashion 101: A Crash Course in Clothing



Fashion Drawing The Basic Principles

Fashion Drawing The Basic Principles




100 Unforgettable Dresses

100 Unforgettable Dresses

OMGosh!!! This book is AHHHH-MAZING!!! Definitely drool worthy.





In Vogue: An Illustrated History of the World’s Most Famous Fashion Magazine

In Vogue: An Illustrated History of the World's Most Famous Fashion Magazine

Another amazing book!! Oh my goodness!!!!!


I have also made some decisions about how will homeschool this year. I keep going back and forth on the unschooling vs. the way we have been schooling… I have decided to keep on the way we have been with math and language and to unschool all other topics. That way it helps me keep control in some areas and lets them have control in others. I still may go back and forth…. LOL I just don’t know!! I am soooo confused!!!! I like the thought of unschooling but I just don’t know if it would work for my kids…


And will someone please remind me to call the lady at the social services dept. I need to ask if it’s OK if we put Bibles in the bags.  I keep forgetting to call and ask.

OH! I saw a great meme the other day that reminded me of myself…. LOL

I *think* the image comes from Mommy Has A Potty Mouth but I couldn’t swear to it…


I joined Twitter!!! YAY!! I am still trying to figure it all, though… 😉 I added the Twitter button over on the side somewhere so click it and follow along! 😉

I have all the fabric cut for the McCall’s M6553, I just need the gumption to get sewing on it!!! Fingers crossed that tomorrow is a better day!!! Then I need to sew more bags for Bags of Hope and Love ❤. Then I will get started on some of the designs I have been sketching!! That will mean new tutorials! YAY!!! 🙂



My New Page for Bags of Hope and Love <3

I added a page up at the top. It is for Bags of Hope and Love. Many people have asked how they can help and what items are needed for the bags so I put that all on one page where it will be easier to find. Dummy me,  I forgot to add some important info! LOL So here it   all is.


The Bags of Hope and Love are for foster children. I called my local social services department and spoke with the lady that is over foster care. I asked her if there was a need for this type of donation and she said DEFINITELY. I then asked her what age group she was seeing the most and she replied that preteens and teens were largest group that she sees. Then I asked what items she would like to see in the bags. Here is a list:


Body wash
Sanitary items
Body spray
Books for teens and preteens
Magazines for teens and preteens
Individually wrapped snacks
Juice boxes, water bottles, etc
Anything you think might make a teen or preteen feel more at home in a strange place


The other items needed are the bags themselves. I have a tutorial for making drawstring backpacks and that is what I am using. The only difference is that I am fully lining the bags to make them more durable.

More info is also on the Bags of Hope and Love ❤ page if you are interested in donating items to make the bags.


These kids that are going into foster care have NOTHING. I mean that. Absolutely NOTHING. Most of the time they are picked up somewhere other than their homes like school, day care, etc. Even times when they are picked up at home they will not be able to bring much more than a plastic bag of items. I want you to stop and think about that for a little bit. Think about how you would feel if that was to happen to you. Then once the children are removed from their homes they must sit in an office for hours waiting on paper work and placement into a foster home. For many of these kids the first foster home will not be their last. They may bounce around from one foster care home to another. Think of how that would feel. My heart just aches and breaks for them.

This may be just a small thing but I think it could give them HOPE. And maybe they will know that someone, somewhere cares about them.

We can all make a difference. Even if we only help one person, it means the WORLD to that person and that is strong. That has meaning.

I don’t mean to get all preachy but this means a lot to me. You see, I was one of those kids. I went to a foster  home. I was one of the lucky ones, though. I had another option. I called my dad who lived in a different state and whom I hadn’t spoken to in over a year and I begged him to come and get me. He was there the next day. I have no idea what would have happened to me. I could have been one of those kids….. I was 16 when this happened and I was terrified! All I had was my purse and the clothes on my back.  So, you see, I KNOW! I have been there. And I want to help in anyway I can.

There are a lot of charities and a lot of causes. This is one that speaks to me A LOT. Find one that speaks to you and support it in anyway you can.



YAY! A Fixed Sewing Machine and Three New Bags of Hope and Love

YAY!! I figured it out and got it fixed!! 🙂 This time it was actually something simple….. Unlike last time it was NOT the tension, it was the bobbin…. Note to self – Try the simple stuff FIRST!!!

As soon as I got it fixed I started finishing up three tote bags for Bags of Hope and Love. YAY!!! I decided to make totes for girls and backpacks for boys. 🙂









I am so excited about the bags!!! I think the pink one is my favorite even though I ❤ the Pink Panther.

I think I will FINALLLLLLY start cutting the fabric for my dress! YAY!!! But that will probably be all I will be able to do tomorrow. The girls are going to a sleep over at church which means that C2 will be soooooo lonely! We will have to keep him very occupied!

Look at this sweet little picture that I just took of Bonnie!



Isn’t she sweet????


I also have a couple of hush hush projects that I will be starting on. I won’t be able to really tell y’all about them… I don’t want the recipients to find out! 😉

So, anything interesting going on this weekend?? Any cool new projects??

And, Judy, where are you?? Getting worried about you!!!


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