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new home established

some friends of ours from church had us over to dinner in their gorgeous new home a few weeks ago, and around the time dessert was being served, we found out it was our gracious hostess’s birthday!!!  sneaky little april…  so during the following week, i came up with this idea for a belated birthday gift. i really hope that it’ll hold a special place, marking the start of many wonderful memories in their new home.


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logo embroidery now available

i’m so proud to offer logo embroidery for your company, club, church, or small business! your promotional polo shirts, golf towels, sweatshirts, aprons, tote bags and more, will look so professional with your custom logo as a working advertisement! i offer special discount pricing on bulk orders of 10 or more items, so contact me for a quote.

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to rhoda, with love

i have a dear sweet friend named rhoda who is a missionary in thailand.  she is beautiful, generous, and one of the top 10 funnest people i know.  inspired by my own personal rock stars, three friends and i are making her a friendship quilt.  we’re each creating four unique quilt blocks, putting them all together to make a quilt, and sending it to her with love.  so far i’ve made two of my four… (RHODA! COVER YOUR EYES!)

numero uno:

numero dos:

our deadline is in about a week, so i hope to post pics of my other blocks soon.  and if i’m lucky and the stars line up just right, i might have that tshirt quilt front done by the weekend… cross your fingers!!!!!!

xo, jess


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millie bug’s bloomers

here’s the prettiest 10 month old tushie you’ve ever seen… with a cute monogram on her panties…amelias-panties-monogrammed.jpg.

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after… my wasp bag!

the moment you’ve all been waiting for (i know your lives have literally stopped since wednesday in anticipation!)…



the original wasp bag pattern called for two straps, and i always try to make things my own, so i stuck with a single strap, and eliminated the inner pocket because it was sooo complicated.  i may add one in later if i find that i miss it.  i do love a good organized purse with lots of pockets, like my all-time fave vera bradley!   dscf3805.jpg



well, what do you think?  was it worth the wait?  it was definitely worth the work!!!  if you’ve made a bag from another free online tutorial & loved it, let me know because i’d love to try it!  xoxo


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birthday announcement

i promised you an idea for a newborn in your life, and here it is. let me tell you, this was very well-received! the proud new mommy has declared that THIS will be what she grabs in a house fire (immediately after the children are safe, of course)!!!



i used scrap drapery fabric, stitched out the birth info with a pretty frame on my Babylock Ellageo (say it with a british accent and you’ll sound cool), sized it to fit a 5×7 mat, & framed it to match the nursery.  sooo shabby chic, and perfect for a garden fairy princess.

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a happy place for crafting

we took the kids on a mini family escape this weekend to my parents’ lakehouse, aka “happy place“, and we came back exhausted.  to a dirty house.  and loads of laundry.  but i am happy to report that two major things were accomplished while we were there:

1) we reconnected as a family while fishing, riding the golf cart, and enjoying the breathtaking weather…





2) i got a fair amount of paper crafting out of my system…



these were pre-ordered by a family friend.  i’ll be the first to admit that i’m not GREAT at stamping cards, but i am fairly competent at copying other peoples’ work.  if you’re into stamping, then you’re probably familiar with  they have lots of ideas for how to use your stampin’ up sets in different applications.

also, as a bonus, i tried out a pattern from the denyse schmidt quilts book.  this tote bag is loosely based on her zig zag tote – i added a lining (so the monogramming would be sealed) and a cell phone pocket. it’s a birthday gift, so shhhhh…..


PS:  i’ll be back tomorrow with a sweet idea for a newborn baby in your life… xoxo


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