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My daughter and I have been improving our skills using our new embroidery machine. We had to walk away from it over Christmas due to high levels of frustration, but now we think we are getting the hang of it. We have learned where to download adorable fonts at low-cost. We have learned, using a special computer program, how to merge these fonts with adorable pictures that we also find on-line. There is so much still to learn, but we are finally having TONS of fun!

Here are some aprons we did for friends over the weekend. Kathleen wanted to do one for her very good friend Natalie. She used to live next door to us in Steubenville, OH, but now they live about 15 hours away. The girls have remained good friends by being pen-pals! We hope Natalie will be very surprised as Kathleen did not tell her she was doing this.



Here is a closeup of this apron. A very sweet little little girl will be surprised when she gets this in the mail in a few days.


Now, we are going to start taking orders from our local community. We have some great designs to put on these aprons!

Cost: $20…Contact us so we can personalize an apron for you!


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My daughter informed me the other day that she would like an American Girl Doll with some accessories. Keep in mind, her aunts got her a Bitty Baby when she was five. Her cousins gave her their Samantha doll last Christmas, which she loves. I had a few other items on my Christmas list for her this year, and a brand new American Girl Doll was not one of them.

So, an idea came to mind.  She had a few sewing lessons this summer, and her skills increased quite a bit.  Therefore, I decided that if she truly wanted this new doll…Kit… (she will not stop browsing through the American Girl Doll magazine), that maybe she should earn most, if not all of the money to buy her along with some accessories.  She thought this was a GREAT idea.

The Plan

I have been sewing Kathleen skirts for a few years now.  The last few she has helped with quite a bit, and we have made many for her friends.  Therefore, we decided to put the word out and hope to start receiving orders for custom-made skirts.  She will be the main ‘sewer’ with as much assistance from me as needed.  We are focusing on two skirt styles named:

    • Spinning Twirling Skirt
    • Straight Strip Skirt (try to say that three times fast)

Spinning Twirly Skirt $25

If you are interested in a skirt for your daughter(s), please let us know.  You just need to purchase, and wash, your own material.  (Joann’s always has great deals or 40-50% off coupons). We will provide the thread and elastic, and have a final fitting to make sure the waist fits. 

Straight Strip Skirt $30

Are you interested???  Please email us to let us know, and we will figure out the details from there. eilisrose@yahoo.com
Please check out the original posts for these skirts.

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After using staples and cardboard last year for my son’s saint costume, this year I promised him, and my other children, better…My two sons wanted to be St. Martin and St. George, while my daughter wanted to be St. Therese.

For the boys, I planned on sewing together a soldier/knight outfit to match an existing one a friend made for us, but I ended up calling the same friend and asked her to do it again.

It is a Simplicity pattern, and the boys looked great!

St. Martin

Below is the costume we already had.  My son, the fearless night, needed to bring his kitty along to the party.

St. George


I was able to sew my daughter’s outfit after finding some ideas on how to sew the habit from a blog called Waltzing Matilda.  I followed the directions to a Jedi Robe.  I had the measurements wrong for the scapular, so that ended up a tad too short.  Here is how it turned out

St. Therese of Lisieux

She wanted to make her own rosary, which she did using wooden beads.

The party we went to was wonderful, and the kids spent much of the rather cool evening outside.  There was a pinata, large bonfire with smores, and many wonderful children for the kids to play with.  Much fun was had by all!

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My daughter is always asking for time together sewing.  I finally decided the best way was to find her a simple pattern and to just do it.  Today, we did just that. 

We found a pajama bottom pattern.  Simplicity 3553

And then the process began.  She did about 90% of the work herself.  She did an amazing job, don’t you think?

Now to get her to sew some for her brothers…smile.

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