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Secret Subject Swap – February 2014

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 15 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.



Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:                          Baking In A Tornado                                       The Momisodes               Stacy Sews and Schools                     Follow me home . . .                                   Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                       Dates 2 Diapers 2                       Confessions of a part-time working mom                   Evil Joy Speaks                                         Spinster Snacks                           FBX Adventures (In Parenting)        More Than Cheese and Beer                     Searching for Sanity                                          Small Talk Mama                         Juicebox Confession                     Spatulas on Parade




Valentines Day






My subject is, If you had the chance, would you go to an ANTI VALENTINES DAY party and why?  It was submitted by   .

Here goes:



Would I??? WOULD I??? You bet ya!!!!!!! Why???? Well, let me fill you in on that.


You would think that being a married person would mean that Valentine’s Day would never suck again. And if you thought that way, you would be WRONG!!! Oh, so WRONG!!!!!

I have married a very practical, very unromantic man. I can count on one hand the number of romantic things he has done in the almost 22 years we have been a couple. SIGH…….

One year he even said, “But I thought Valentine’s Day was just for kids.”

Yes, people, I did let him live but it was  Very Close Thing.

At least if I went an Anti Valentine’s Day Party, I would be around people that know how I feel! They would “get me”. We could sit around and dis stupid St Valentine and Cupid until we felt better!

We could knock back a few drinks and play “Shoot Cupid with an Arrow” (like “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” only way more violent).

Yeah, that sounds like FUN!!!!

We could take a page from “Valentine’s Day” and beat the heck out of a large, heart-shaped pinata!

Sounds like a good time to me!!!!


Now, before we all go and beat the snot out of The Hubby, I will tell you the most romantic thing he ever did.

It was Valentine’s Day 2003. A few weeks before I had had life saving surgery. My gall bladder was sooooo bad that the doc said I would not have made it past the weekend (this is a whole other story where I rant and rave about our health care system).

The Hubby suggests that I call my Dad and see if they will babysit the kids that night. It was YUCKY out. I wasn’t really feeling it but I agreed to call anyway. (Little did I know that he had prearranged this with my Dad.) Then I set out to take the kids to Dad’s.

When I got back the house was empty! Hmmm… WTH??? Then I noticed a little box tacked to wall. WTH???

I opened the box and found a note. The note said to “go next door”.

I went to his friend’s house next door and he had another box for me. That one said “go to Kim’s work”.

I went to the store that my friend Kim worked at and she had another box for me. That one said “go to my work and look under the sink in the break room”.

So off I go. I get to The Hubby’s work and found ANOTHER box. This one said “Hampton Inn room 223”.

I get there and knock on the door. The Hubby opens it and he actually had FLOWERS and CANDY and a stuffed BEAR!!!!

Who are you and what did you do with my husband????

It was the best Valentine’s Day I have ever had.


Maybe I should remind him of this???



Now, don’t forget to check out the amazing bloggers who are sure to be MUCH more entertaining than I am!





Pleats Be My Valentine Tutorial

Pleats Be My Valentine



Once again, there seems to be a couple of steps missing in my pictures. I have been getting caught up in it and forgetting to take the pictures! SORRY!! But I can still walk you through those steps. 😉



What I Used –

1 yard of red poly blend knit – very light

1 1/2 yards of pink knit – thicker

1 yard of red jumbo rickrack


Headband –

1 group of fake roses from the Dollar Tree

1 stretchy headband from the Dollar Tree (sold in a group of 3)

hot glue gun



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I took a tank that fits Cailey well and used it as my cutting guide. I wanted the top to have a very high waist so I let the top hang WAY off of the folded fabric.

Be sure to cut all the pieces on the fold!



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Cut 2 front bodice pieces and 2 back bodice pieces.  (This shows 1 of each.)




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To cut the sleeves, place one of your bodice pieces on the folded fabric with the shoulder lined up with the fold. Then cut at a widening angle. This will create sleeves that get wider as it goes down the arm.

I cut them to hit just below the elbow, not quite 3/4 length.



The next part to cut is the part from the bodice down. I apparently forgot to take a picture of this part, but it’s very easy. You want it to be 2 times the total width of the waist and the length can be as long or as short as you like.  You just cut a large rectangle at those measurements.


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To cut the leggings I used a pair of pants that fit Cailey well. I wanted them cut straight instead of flared, so I let the side of the pants hang off the fabric at the fold.  I cut them the same length as the pants, no seam allowance. Also, instead of cutting around and leaving a seam allowance, I cut right at the guide. This gives them a leggings fit instead of like a yoga pant.


For the pleats I cut 10 pieces of the red knit, 5″ wide and the length was the total width of the fabric from selvage to selvage.  Make sense? You are going to sew the pieces together at one end until you have 5 VERY long pieces to pleat.  😉




Now, on to the sewing!




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Pin and sew the 2 front bodice pieces together at the areas outlined, making sure to leave the bottom open. Turn right side out and press.

Do the same to the back bodice pieces (shown).



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Sew the front bodice piece to the back bodice piece at the areas that are outlined.

Turn right side out and press.




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Here’s a little hint… Sew the jumbo rickrack on BEFORE you sew the sleeves together….. LOL

I didn’t decide to add the rickrack until the sleeves were already done….

Anyway, pin the rickrack to the bottom of the sleeve and sew on with a straight stitch.

THEN pin the edge of the sleeve and sew the seam. 😉

Open up the seam and press.




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Turn the bodice inside out and then leaving the sleeve right side out, slide it into the arm hole. Pin and sew the seam.




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Now, take one of your 5 LOOOOONG strips and start pleating. Fold, press, pin. Fold, press, pin…. FOREVER!!!! No, just kidding. It only FEEL like forever. 😉 LOL



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To add the pleated strips to the bottom of the bodice you will pin the first set of pleats to the bottom of the fabric. Not the VERY bottom, though. Leave the the pleated strip hanging over the edge by 2 inches. Then sew across the top.

Keep adding the pleated strips until you reach the top, leaving each section hanging over the next by about 2 inches.

Depending on how long or short you want this part to be, you made need more or less of the pleated strips.



To add this part to the top of the bodice you will run a gathering stitch across the top (just under where you attached the last row of pleats). Then adjust the gathers to fit the bottom of the top bodice section.

Turn the top bodice inside out and slide it over the top of the pleated section. Pin in place where the bottom of the top of the bodice meets the top of the pleated section. Sew in place just below the line of gathers.

Now, turn the whole thing inside out and sew the side seam.



For the leggings I am going to refer you to the tunic and leggings tutorial I did about a month ago. The ONLY difference between the two sets are –

Before adding the rickrack to the bottom, turn under by 1 1/2″ and press. Then pin the rickrack to the front and sew on with a straight stitch. This hems and adds the rickrack at the same time.

The rest of it is the same! 🙂



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For the headband, I just pulled 3 roses and 3 sets of leaves off of the Dollar Store roses. Then I slide the leaves over the bottom of the roses and hot glued everything straight onto the stretchy headband. 🙂




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She’s holding the rest of the roses. LOL




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Let me know what you think, please!!

If you have ANY questions at all just click the Contact Me button at the top of the page and send me an e-mail! 🙂





Pleats Be My Valentine

Pleats Be My Valentine


SHEW!! Here it is!! FINALLY finished. 5 rows of pleats, people… 5 ROWS!!! LOL But it was worth it. 😉 The top has great movement! I love it!



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I made the headband from Dollar Tree supplies. 😉 I took the roses off and hot glued them to the band. VERY simple!!!!


I was going to post this tomorrow but I want to hurry up and put it in the Project Run & Play Link Up for the sew along! LOL  The theme for this week is Valentine’s Day.


I will be posting the tutorial for the top either tomorrow or Wednesday! 😀





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