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Month: October 2015

Dream a Big Dream…

DSC_0493I just spent the last little while crying.

Perhaps that’s too personal to admit; perhaps it’s pregnancy hormones; perhaps it’s just extreme frustration at the gap between where things are and where I really really want things to be. I’m inclined to think that my statement is a combination of all three. 

You see, I’ve always been a dreamer. I’m not one to dream small dreams. I’m not even one to dream medium-sized happy to be there dreams. Continue reading

Patterns for Pirates Men’s Henley T-Shirt

Patterns for Pirates Men's Henley PDFA lot of the sewing I do is for Little Miss or myself, but it’s nice to make something up for the Teenager and for Wining Husband from time to time, too. Actually, my honey-do list for my husband is quite long, and I’d better get on that. Add this shirt to that list – but I have everything ready to go for it! The Patterns for Pirates Men’s Henley T-Shirt pictured to the left is the one I made as a pattern tester for my teenager. If you’ve ever sewn for a teenager, then you know that it’s sometimes quite the adventure.  Continue reading

On Being Willing to Be Wrong

On Willing to Be Wrong - Wining Wife(TM)It’s political season, and this season gets me thinking about a lot of things. Namely, how unwilling people are to be wrong. We don’t want to be wrong about our political choices, our religious beliefs, even the careers we choose or people we surround ourselves with. Sometimes, though, we are wrong. And some of us, rather than admit it, we continue to beat down the same old words, the same old paths, without really giving it much more thought than that. Instead of saying “I was wrong, I know better now,” many of us instead say “I know I’m right, I’ve always been right, I will always be right,” and we dig in our heels.  Continue reading

Mandy K Designs Knock Offs and Costume Hacks Tour: Alice in Wonderland Dress – Part I: The Dress

tourBlog TourI was inspired by Mandy K. Designs’ English Rose dress to create an Alice in Wonderland Halloween costume for Little Miss. I really can’t wait to share it with you, and I apologize sincerely for the delay in getting the pictures and the write-up of it up. I’ve been a bit under the weather lately, Little Miss is refusing to sleep at night, and I still have client work to take care of. All of that makes for a lot of excuses, but suffice it to say, I’ve been beyond exhausted lately.  Continue reading

Patterns for Pirates’ Grandpa Cardi & Cpt. Mack’s Cardis

Who doesn’t love a good cardigan? I know I’m a big fan, and I wear them a lot of the year. When Judy Hale at Patterns for Pirates did a tester call for a cardigan pattern for women and children, I was really excited and had to sign right up. I had some more of the houndstooth fabric left from when I made the Phresh Jeggings, and I figured it would make a great cardigan for my little gal – and – one for myself. This was an easy pattern to stitch up, and the fabric I worked with (from Hancock Fabrics) was amazing. I’ve found myself addicted to their knits, actually. They sew up really nice and feel great. Plus, I’ve found the customer service at our local Hancock Fabrics to be above and beyond what I’ve experienced in the past at fabric store chains. Continue reading

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