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for women only…


this “emergency kit” is just for us girls…

see, i warned you, i know you don’t like this stuff – LOOK AWAY, DUDE!!!!

i’m just trying to make those little trips to the ladies’ room a little more discreet (and fashionable!!!)…

maybe i should embroider “DO NOT ENTER” on the outside!!!

*emergency kit available in a variety of color combos.  order now for xmas!*


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rhoda, part deux

i’ve finally found the inspiration for another rhoda quilt block.  i’ve been wanting to try a hexagon quilt, possibly for cooper‘s next bed quilt, and found camille’s thimble blossoms site with super instructions.  as usual, i modified them – i did everything by machine, whereas she hand-sews everything (my own personal hell).  and aside from one little pucker, i’m pleased with the results.

here’s what i started with, before trimming it down to a 12″ square…

it pained me to cut off all the excess hexagons – not because it was so much work, but because you don’t get the full hexagon-beehive effect when it’s cut down to size…

the good news is, i don’t think this will be my last hexagon project.  i really liked the challenge!!!


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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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me and my little man

my bff took this snapshot of me and my sweet boy. isn’t she a genius?! i’m not this cute in real life… cooper is a handsome little devil though, don’tcha think???


i’ve been working on a tshirt quilt for a craft swap with erin. she’s making me a crocheted afghan and i can’t WAIT to see it. i’d love to show you a picture of the quilt, but that’d give away the surprise for her, so i’ll just show you this pretty pile of scraps.


i’ll keep you posted on my progress, and hopefully will have a tutorial available for you once it’s done.

and since i know we all love inspiration, here’s one more little bit ‘o love for ya. it’s for a little boy named william, who loves worms, and when he was little he couldn’t say “william”, he said “worm”. so there’s the story behind this appliqued tshirt.


have a great day everyone!!!


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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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i’ll see you friday with the after! xoxo

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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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