Norah’s Fancy Room

I’m finally sharing Norah’s room here.  Her room is bright and full of cuteness and she loves it and so do I. Win win if you ask me. :)

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Norah’s middle name is Brave so this print was perfect for the entrance to her room. The Print is from Holly Casto Design but doesn’t look to be available anymore.

www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

I made Pinch pleated drapes with semi black out lining for her windows from a Nate Berkus fabric found at Joann fabrics. They are white with a simple navy leafy detail. The print between the window is a blonde girl holding bears and it’s by Emily Martin of  The Black Apple. The abstract art is all Norah. I just show her a selection of colors I like and she picks what she uses.

www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

She has a little reading nook at the end of her bed since she LOVES to read. I found the cute little rocker at a vintage shop and she is constantly rotating books to here from the playroom.

www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

I did a board and batten treatment on the back wall so as to break up the bold Coral on all the other walls. The bed is from Overstock can you believe it. It was so inexpensive and has been super durable even though I catch the kiddos swinging on it occasionally.

www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

We hung a little bit of fun art over her bed and chair. The Giraffe is affectionately dubbed Dorothy and we found her at Homegoods. The Hooray pendant is from Hobby Lobby. The N is a vintage marquee cover and the little girl painting is also vintage. I found the brown craft paper letters that spell be brave at Joann Fabrics. The abstracts are Norah’s handiwork again. The rug is from Rugs USA and looks to no longer be available since I purchased it 4 years ago, and the chair is vintage and recovered.

www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

The arrow sign is from Hobby Lobby as is the Flamingo. I used some Denyse Schmidt in a thrift store frame to make her a little pin board. The white bulldog is a night light from Target and the gold bulldog is a bank from Homegoods. The bear picture is from Target. Everything else is Vintage.

www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

Norah’s closet is nice and large and since her clothes are small she has amble room to store a lot of toys so they don’t clutter up her room. She plays in here ALOT. Someday I think it would be super fun to paint a fun design on the walls.

www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

I put her fancy forest on her bed when I finished it a month or so ago and it so completes the room.

www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

She has a Frances Firefly quilt tucked on the end of her quilt so she can lean on it if she sits down by her books.

www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

www.woollypetals.com Norah's Bedroom and Fancy Forest

www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

I love this Fancy Forest. It is so bright and fun. The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman.  

I used the whole line of Maribel fabric by Annabel Wrigley and added in a couple others from Michael Miller and Cotton and Steel.  This quilt really is a labor of love. There are a lot of hours in it. But the end result is totally worth it to me and Norah super loves it.

The back of the quilt is a handful of coordinating prints made into some fun patchwork. I free motion quilted this quilt with a wood grain pattern and couldn’t love it more.

I hope you enjoyed Norah’s little room tour. I so love to decorate kids spaces. They are so bright and full of color and don’t have to be totally serious. :)

 

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Camp Bath

I’ve been itching to give the kids bathroom a little refresh since we moved in but it wasn’t that bad to begin with so it had to wait till a week ago when I had some time to tackle it.

Okay so here’s a little glimpse of the after. Can I tell you how hard it is to photograph a long narrow bathroom…. It’s not easy!

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So before we talk about the after lets take a peek at the old.

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Yes, I realize it’s just fine, neutral, livable, clean. I just didn’t love it. We replaced the faucets a couple months ago which is a whole story in itself, started with some very pricey plumbing quotes, which turned into a plumber causing a massive leak and having to replace a ceiling….. and then we found a wonderful skilled handyman to install a bunch of new faucets for us at a fraction the cost. Thank goodness! The old faucets in here were chrome and had those giant cut plastic knobs straight out of the 90’s. I also replaced the lights in here as soon as we moved in to these nice inexpensive outdoor lights from Lowe’s.

The small darker squares on the floor are hunter green and for the first year living here all I could think about was replacing them, which wasn’t in the cards currently. But then the dark green trend started popping up and I thought maybe I could work with them.  So I dubbed it the kids camp bath and went with that theme for the refresh.

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The hardest fix was taking the giant mirror down, and sanding through the paint to remove the raised letters underneath. I could never get a good picture while the letters were painted over with the pale blue color on the walls, but after some serious sanding I smoothed it all out and could see what was written. The picture below is what was around the entire room just under the ceiling.

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So the game plan was:

-remove mirror

-sand words away

-shiplap wall behind sink

-paint walls and vanity

-replace mirror, knobs, toilet paper holder, and hooks

-hope the kids don’t wreck it to fast

www.woollypetals.com Kids Camp Bath

www.woollypetals.com Kids Camp Bath

www.woollypetals.com Kids Camp Bath

www.woollypetals.com Kids Camp Bath

www.woollypetals.com Kids Camp Bath

www.woollypetals.com Kids Camp Bath

I am very pleased with how it turned out and it wasn’t any sort of work that even a beginner DIY’r couldn’t tackle. The hardest part was removing the mirror, mainly because I had no clue what I was doing. It definitly didn’t go as smoothly as the YouTube videos I watched said it would.  I taped the heck out of it and slowly chipped it off, breaking it a bunch, but the last 2/3rd came off in one nice big piece I now have to figure out how to dispose of. ;) The sanding was the other hard part, but luckily I have an electric sander that helped speed the process along. It still took a couple hours and sore arms to accomplish though.

The premade Shiplap I found at Home Depot was so easy to use and since I was doing only one wall it wasn’t that expensive. I have used 4′ x 8’ft sheets of luan or underlayment in the past and ripped them down to 8′ ft lengths by the height I need typically around 8″. This process is cheap as the sheets cost $12, but it’s time consuming to cut them all and much more finicky to hang. For a large room I would still do this as it’s saves sooo much money but for one wall I love this shiplap option. Linked below.

Here are a few sources for the things I used. I linked things when I could. I’m not paid or sponsered by anybody I just like to give as much information as possible since that’s what I always love myself.

Lights – from lowes

Faucets – Kingston Brass from Amazon

Shiplap – from Home Depot

Toilet paper holder – from Amazon

Hooks on wall across from mirrors Home Depot

Cabinet Knobs – Home Depot 

Let’s be Adventurers Art Print – Rae Ann Kelly

Mirrors and Moosehead hanging by window – HomeGoods

Paint by Number – Vintage

First Aid Tin hung above wall hooks – Vintage

Towels, floor mat, soap dishes, frames, little black house – target

Go Jump in The Lake Wooden sign –  Brick and Mortar in Lake Geneva, IL

 

I hope you enjoyed my little Kids Camp Bathroom Tour.

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Full Shop + Sale

A little update to the shop happened and everything (excluding patterns) is on sale this weekend.  20% Discount is shown on each item. So stop by and pick up some Holiday Gifts while they are on sale. Here’s a little of what is in the shop.

woollypetals - bear pouch

Bear Pouch – Rico

woollypetals - house pillow

House Pillow – Ruled

woollypetals - little owl

Little Owl – Shells

woollypetals - fox pillow

Fox Pillow – Robin Hood

woollypetals - fox pouch

Fox Pouch – Hank

woollypetals bear pouch

Bear Pouch – Montgomery

woollypetals - doll lady

Doll Lady – Francie

woollypetals - cat pouch

Cat Pouch – Fred

woollypetals - zippered pouch

Zippered Pouch – Gingham

woollypetals -  fox pouch

Fox Pouch – Jane

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Cat Pouch – Betsy

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Zippered Pouch – Neon Floral

Woollypetals Etsy Shop

I hope you find something you love whether its for you (I won’t tell) or a gift.

 

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Rainbow Order

I made this super simple and bright and fun Rainbow quilt for a swap with some special sewing ladies i get to retreat with a couple times a year.  I cut up 36 different solid fabrics in my stash and put them in rainbow order.  It is such a bright and happy quilt and I want to make 1,000 of them.  I basically followed along with what Elise did when she made this quilt awhile back and I have to say she is a genius. You can check out her post on it here. So I am posting about it here to share the colors I used so you could make your own, because I have had a few requests on Instagram for the colors.

Here was my preliminary pull from my stash and I had to run to Joann Fabrics (my closest open fabric store that day) and pick up a couple purples.  These solid fabrics are a random assortment of fabric brands. Some Joann Fabrics, some so old I don’t know where they are from, a decent amount of KONA Cotton, some RJR Cotton Supreme, and what I think is possibly Michael Miller Cotton Couture…. at this point in the figuring out colors for you guys process I was really wishing that solids had a selvedge with info on it or I had labeled things better.

I ended up Quilting this quilt with giant horizontal loops, two all per 10″ square. I used this delightful cloud minky fabric from Joann Fabrics for the back and was so sad to find out it was discontinued when I went to have it cut so I just bought the rest on the bolt.  The minky and the simple yet relatively dense quilting gives this quilt such a soft hand and I almost kept it for myself. ;) But I gave it away in the swap and the recipient was very happy with it. Luckily I had cut out a second stack of squares when I cut this out so hopefully I will have enough cloud minky to back mine.

Black and White stripe was the perfect choice for binding this quilt and finished off the rainbow with the final two colors in the spectrum.

Okay without further ado, here is an image with all the colors noted in KONA.

I color matched on my KONA color card as close as possible to the actual colors I used. A lot of which was KONA. I also will list below the actual colors I used, and which KONA colors I substituted for those. The Only one I couldn’t get a perfect match for is the neon pink, third from the bottom on the left hand side label azalea. The neon pink is much more visible as neon in the first picture of the quilt in the woods and the most asked for color. That is one of the fabrics I have had in my stash for a looooong time and have no clue where it is from unfortunately. So the KONA Substitute is the best option for color value  in my best opinion.

Actual colors used that weren’t KONA that I now definitively what they are.

Green:

Cotton Supreme Meadowland – Sub KONA Pond

Cotton Supreme Iceberg – Sub KONA Mint

Yellow:

Cotton Supreme Gingko – Sub KONA Zucchini

Orange:

Cotton Supreme Oriole – Sub KONA Flame

Red/Pink:

Cotton Supreme Flamingo – KONA Melon

I cut 10.5″ squares from the 36 colors and with 1/4″ seam allowance the finished size is 60″ square. If you where to make this quilt in the same size you would need 1/3 yard of each of the fabrics.  But hopefully you have a significant solid fabric stash so you don’t have to buy all those colors. ;)

I would love to see if you make a quilt with my colors so please tag me if you do. Oh and if anybody knows of a great neon pink solid fabric PLEASE let me know, I have mere scraps left of my neon pink stash and I can’t handle it.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

 

Bear With Me

I have been working on a Bear pouch design to go with my Cat pouch and Fox Pouch. Currently my cat pouch pattern is available on craftsy and a handful of complete Cat Pouches are available in my etsy shop. I also have two Fox pouches available in my etsy shop. The Fox pouch is not currently available as a pattern but I am hoping I soon can offer that pattern as well as the new Bear I have been working on. Oh and if you can make it till the end there are a couple discounts for you.

Onto the Bear Pouches:

This guy is what started the Bear Pouch Epiphany, I had a friend order a baby quilt and a crinkle from me and I ended up making this guy. Which gave me the epiphany I needed shape wise for the bear pouch I had worked on a while before.

So I sketched out a pattern for the bear pouch from the crinkle bear and this guy happened after a little bit of tweaking.

 

The Design of the zipper is a little bit different than that of my cat pouch, while the cat pouch as a zipper in between two sets of ears so to speak seen in the two pictures to the right, the bear pouch has a flat zipper on the back which simplifies the construction a lot. I am going to add this option of zipper to the cat pouch pattern also, and anybody who has purchased that pattern will get an update.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In making the pattern a second time to make sure the pattern pieces worked and tweak a couple more things i had to try out heart eyes, and while the guy below is slightly grumpy I think the heart eyes are a winning option that the pattern will have.

I just put my Cat Pouch Pattern on Sale on Craftsy for $6, normally $9. So get it while the sale is on over the weekend!

I also made a Coupon Code for my Etsy shop for you that is good through August 1, 2017 Just use Code: ITSSUMMER for 30% off your purchase.

I’ll keep you posted on the arrival of my Bear and Fox pouches as it may be after school starts. I seem to getting very little done this summer with the kids here 24/7.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Custom Quilts

From time to time I do custom Quilts mainly commissioned from friends and family, and others who follow my work via Instagram.

So here are a few that I have made in the past year.

Mega King Quilt.

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I recently finished this mega King Size Quilt for my sister. She and her husband helped select some of the fabrics and I layered in the remaining to make this warm and inviting combination.

The Pictures were taken at night before they had to leave in the wee hours of morning so they are a tad dark. The good news is it’s bright and fun in person and they absolutely loved the quilt.

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I backed it with the Birch Mod dots with some insets of the front blocks.  I quilted it with my favorite loopy free motion.  I’m not sure what this pattern is called but this quilt mimics, per my sisters request, my very first quilt I ever made following along on the Flickr quilt along started by Dana at Old Red Barn Co. 

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Neutral Woodland Themed baby quilt.

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This Baby Quilt is made with over sized flying geese blocks in a bold but neutral print fabric pull. It measures about 36″ square and is straight line quilted to give lots of texture.

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Pumpkin Quilt.

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This quilt was commissioned by a friend after she saw one that I made for myself that was almost identical to this. This is a pattern by Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew and is a super fun and quick make.  I used orange fabric pulled from my stash and this amazing background fabric by Dinara Mirtalipova from her line Mischief Night.

The Pumpkin Quilt below is my original one.

Woollypetals Pumpkin QUilt

Woollypetals Pumpkin Quilt back

Gilmore Girls Mini Quilt Swap.

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woollypetals GG swap detail head

woollypetals GG swap detail feathers

woollypetals GG swap detail

I joined a Gilmore Girls Mini Quilt Swap last year because Gilmore Girls is the Best Show Ever.  I ended up enlarging a Silver Linings Original Swan pattern to make a good sized Mini, I believe it finished about 18″.  The pattern is all paper Pieced. I finished it off with some free motion quilting and a quote from the movie regarding a swan. :) Do yourself a favor and watch Gilmore Girls if you haven’t. It’s the best show.

 

That’s it for now, I hope to post a few more quilts I’ve made recently soon.

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Block Man Quilt Block Pattern

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I have had this pattern coming down the pipline for awhile now and it’s finally done and available for download for, wait for it……. FREE! Yes that’s right a great free pattern for you all.

I originally designed this pattern to make a couple pillows, possibly a quilt (hasn’t happened yet) for my son, and thought it’s such a simple sew up that I would write the pattern for you all. But patterns do seem to take way longer than I anticipate so lets just say I won’t tell you how long it’s been since I started.

woollypetals block man pillows

It’s a simple sew pattern, with a few specific pattern pieces to download and the rest is cutting straight lines with your trusty rotary cutter. The hardest part is sewing 4 pesky curved seams, and they really are not that bad. Don’t let the curves scare you once you sew them several times they get easier and easier.

woollypetals block man pillowcase

The great thing about this block is you can customize it’s face to have several different looks. You can also do one block which finishes at 18″ sewn up (18.5″ unfinished) and make it into a nice sized throw pillow or make a bunch and sew them all up into an epic “block man” quilt.  I give block amounts with finished quilt sizes and what they roughly relate to in standard quilt sizes in the pattern. They won’t be exactly the size of a standard quilt but they are close.

woollypetals block man faces

So stop by craftsy and download your Woollypetals “block man” pattern and let me know when you’ve made one. I can’t wait to see all the cool block men, or women, you come up with. Feel free to tag them #woollypetalsblockman on social media, send me a picture, or let me know here or via email if you’ve made and posted about one. I can’t wait to see them.

woollypetals block man pillows

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A sewing supplies solution… say that five times fast.

Woollypetals.com - scrappytripalong christmas quilt handquilting

We gifted the kids a smallish (read: 7ft diameter) trampoline for Christmas, and set it up in the basement. The max weight is 100lbs so mommy and daddy are not allowed. Darn. So crushed! This has allowed for copious amounts of downtime for me where I get to sit and hand stitch. The downfall of having it in the basement is they don’t really want to go down without an adult as it’s “scary”.

I have since pulled out my scrappy trip around the world quilt to hand quilt. The quilt has been in various states over the past three years, top was sewn within a couple weeks of Christmas when I caught the bug at that time of sewing a scrappy trip quilt. The top sat for a year till the following Christmas when I managed to get it basted. Then it sat for another two, yes two, years knowing I wanted to hand quilt snowflake like starbursts all over it. So it’s the perfect quilt for jumping time and also when I just need to sit and be next to my kids but not engaged.

Woollypetals.com -scrappytripalong christmas quilt

Okay so that’s really an unnecessarily long opening to the fact that now I had little scissors, needles, and thread that need to be toted all over the house and not left out for kids to stab themselves with. So I searched for a pattern or tutorial on pinterest and stumbled across this insane cuteness. A Sewing Organizer bag tutorial.  I was smitten. While it is fully a picture tutorial it helped me figure out what I wanted and I made up my own from there.

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Folded up it fits in my hand, and I put a little strap on the back to loop my finger or hand through.

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The arms fold in and are elastic bungeed to allow for a little bit of give. The legs fold up and the ears fold down and snap to the legs.  I gave it a cute little face replicating my cat pouches.

Woollypetals.com - Kitty supply pouch Face

I used cotton and steel salvage from Sarah Watts new line Cat lady for the little straps and the bias to hold the interior fabric pocket. I want to be able to lift to the pocket to access the scissors. The pocket is an expandable pocket and has a flap to help keep my thread and thimble inside.

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Woollypetals.com - Kitty supply pouch under inner pouch

The Pocket lifts up to access the scissors that slide into one strap and have another strap to snap over the handles so they don’t fall out.

Woollypetals.com - Kitty supply pouch Scissor straps

Woollypetals.com - Kitty supply pouch pins and needles

I added a stitched down piece of felt to hold needles and pins.

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And then it folds back up again into a cute little safe and manageable pouch.

You can see the template with dimensions in Centimeters on the tutorial I linked to. I did end up making mine smaller. The finished folded size is 4″ x 6″.

The Outside fabric is Lotta Jansdotter collection Lucky, the Inside main fabric is Cotton and steel from Sarah Watts Tokyo Train Ride collection, the pocket main is Cotton and Steel from Sarah Watts Cat Lady Collection, The yellow and linen polka dot is Jones and Vandemeer Sevenberry, and the felt is from Benzie Design.

 

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Doll Ladies

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I have wanted to make dolls of my own design for awhile now. I have made some  great dolls from others patterns and they are so fun to create, but I always wanted to add my own personality and touch to them beyond picking out fabrics. So I started drafting a pattern, and then set it aside for a long while…. no reason, just time and inspiration are fleeting sometimes. But I picked it back up recently and got back at it. I am glad I waited as I think it helped me fine tune what I wanted and make dolls that are my style. I love these doll ladies and I hope the people that they have been sent off to love them also.

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The Doll ladies all have a bodysuit that is part of their torso, they are dressed in handmade frocks that are all removable if needed. Hand knit, lace, tulle, feather, and sequined accessories and embellishments dress these ladies up for whatever special occasion they are accompanying to. They have vintage lace hair, heart shaped felt mouths made from felt, and their wide eyes are made of felt with hand stitched lashes.

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Doll Lady – Winifred

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Doll Lady 2

Doll Lady –  Mirabelle

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Doll Lady 4

Doll Lady – Lucinda

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Doll lady 6

Doll Lady – Geraldine

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My Norah was quite taken with the doll ladies and probably would have kept them all. She was my perfect little model to help portray scale and I think she deserves a special doll lady under the tree this year.

Doll Lady and Norah

Feel free to contact me if you would like to order a custom doll lady before Christmas.

There are plenty of other fun items in my etsy shop to for delivery before Christmas.

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Kids Clothes Week

I decided to join in on Kids Clothes Week this fall. I feel like I never make time for sewing clothes for the kids and I, and I would like to change that. Especially since I bought all the fabric for my wardrobe. :) Plus I’m never going to have “enough” time right?

Kids Clothes Week is a community and Blog that host quarterly week long challenges to sew 1 hour each day for your kids.  This time the prompt is Disguise. Which you can join in on or not as long as your sewing. You can browse past projects and post new projects, keep a list of thing you want to make and see lots of patterns in one spot. It’s free and a great kick in the pants.

So I jumped in with both feet yesterday, ( I was out of town till Sunday night) and made Norah a Oliver + S Playtime Tunic.  This project took way more than an hour and while I could have stopped sewing it and saved some for the following day I just keep going. I love a good finished project. 

Norah Catnip Tunic

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I used Lizzy House Catnip fabric: Cattitude in Spice. This is more dress then Tunic, maybe I made the wrong size for Norah. She is a little peanut. But I had to hem it double the dimensions it said and the sleeves are full length when I would have preferred 3/4. So I will make some adjustments the next time I make it. It would also be a super cute tunic without the sleeves. I love the fullness of it and that’s it’s loose and swingy so it will grow well with her and looks modern at the same time. The Stitching detail to hold down the neck interfacing and the pockets is a detail that I love. Of yes it has hidden pockets!!! which is so fun to me. A place for all the treasures. Now I just have to remember to check them before it gets washed. :)

When I showed it to Norah she loved it and wanted to wear it right away! So that’s a win. She’s a picky one.

Okay now I must decide on what to sew next and use the precious naptime I have left.

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