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Technical Problems

January 15, 2014

If you’re here, looking for the giveaway, I apologize.  I’m in the process of trying to figure out exactly what’s going on.




July 7, 2011

For now, you can see the STS blog at its original home — — update your blog readers if you need to!  When everything is transitioned to the new site I’ll let you know.

4th of July Fun

July 7, 2011

This year for the holiday, I was determined to make something cute for my girls.  In the past I’ve always relied on something fairly inexpensive I could purchase from the store (t-shirts from Old Navy, etc.) but this year I wanted them to have outfits that were unique and somewhat coordinating.  At the same time I wanted to use fabrics that had red/white/blue but not stars and strips.  This would hopefully mean they’d be able to wear them after the 4th without looking like they were stuck in a time warp.

At one of my ever so frequent trips to the fabric store I stumbled upon an adorable print a couple of weeks ago that I knew would be perfect!  So last week, in between sewing to fill orders I crafted a couple of things for the girls.

I knew our day would include the parade and a BBQ with friends so I opted for pants for Big Girl instead of a skirt/dress.  Less chance of accidental underwear flashing that way.  And at almost 5 years old I’m getting a little particular about keeping her skirts/dresses down.  I used Whimsy Couture’s pattern for Ruffle Capris and Pants.  It’s a super easy pattern and I love being able to customize the length.

Ruffle Capris using pattern by Whimsy Couture


Yeah, I love my tags!


For Baby Girl, I wanted a bubble romper.  Even though she’s not (overly) mobile –but certainly working on it– I didn’t want to hassle with making a diaper cover for a dress.   I also used another one of Whimsy Couture’s patterns in this case too, but modified the top slightly so it wasn’t all one fabric.  Since Big Girl’s pants had the solid blue ruffle I felt it would look better if Baby Girl’s incorporated the solid blue too.  The top was also shirred more than in her tutorial.

Bubble Romper for Baby Girl

I love, love, love how they both turned out! Both pieces got a ton of compliments throughout the day.  Big Girl has even asked that I make her some more pants since she liked her new ones so much.

Saturday Pattern Sharing 6/18/11

June 18, 2011

With summer upon us, I find it a necessity to stock a constant supply of Otter Pops in the freezer. 

With only 15 calories, 0g of fat and 4g of carbs per serving it doesn’t make me feel too guilty for allowing Big Girl and her friends to have them as a mid-afternoon snack.  Almost every day.  Sometimes more than once a day.  And it’s a guilt-free snack for me too.  Hehehe.

But the problem lies in that their small hands are sensitive to the frostiness of the simple treat.  My solution (which I learned from my fabulous neighbor) was to take dish towels are wrap around the bottom to protect them from the cold.  The problem however was that the towels slip around and usually get strewn all over the house and yard like snack food carnage. 

So when I stumbled across this tutorial yesterday I could have smacked myself!  How incredibly simple, yet ingenious idea.

This is a MUST DO project for my weekend!  A huge thanks to Stephanie Lynn over at Under The Table and Dreaming for a fantastic tutorial.

Happy Sewing!

Dust Bunnies are Hoppin’

June 16, 2011

We’ve all seen them.

We all have them.

You know you do, even if you’d like to deny it.  Even if you have a housecleaner that comes in and does your dirty work for you once a week.

If you doubt me–check under your couch, behind your television cabinet and in that cavernous space under your bed.  They might not be great in numbers but they’ll be there.  Those silly little dust bunnies that accumulate in unused, undisturbed spaces.  If left to their own devices they multiply at rates only calculable by modern devices.

Luckily for me, mine reproduce the most quickly in one of the most well-used, busy AND most obvious spaces in my house.  (Well-used, busy and obvious to me.)  My sewing desk has become their favorite stomping ground.

Truthfully, there are times I fear a mutiny.


June 15, 2011

The website is still under construction, but I’m wondering if posts will show up through Google Reader (or any other RSS readers)…


Saturday Pattern Sharing 5/21/11

May 22, 2011

(I’m about 45 minutes late, sorry!)

This is the project I’m working on right now — How to Make Your Own Baby Sling.  It looks like a super simple project, when it’s done I’ll report back.  🙂

Happy Sewing!