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the path less traveled market: September 2010


a his & hers apron set

My mom ordered a custom set of aprons to use as a wedding gift. I love how they turned out!

I like them so much, in fact, that I'm thinking of adding something similar to the shop. Thoughts?

and, once again I'm linking to some of these fun project round-ups. :)



Etsy treasuries

If you've checked my Etsy site recently, you may have noticed that I've added some new autumn themed bunting to the shop! Sitting and cutting the 1" circles and then stitching them together into yards and yards of streamer has been fun - and Emma has loved sitting on my lap and "helping" as I put them through the machine. :)

One of my garlands was featured in two Etsy treasuries yesterday - so fun!

This one is called "Circles of Color" ...

... and this one, "Squash".

 And then today the other new garland was featured in a treasury (called "The Fall of Orange - A Day in October") too!

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there is something so satisfying about empty thread spools.

maybe because they speak of projects accomplished (!), clothes and things sewn. of love being put in with every stitch, inch by inch, foot by foot, yard by yard.


KCWC update

Ian's hat, originally uploaded by Lizi Beth.

I've been working away, although a little at time, on my daily hour+ commitment for the KCWC. It's been so nice to have an excuse to sit down and make little clothes for my babies!

On Monday I made Emma a nightie using a nightshirt that I cut down and altered (pics coming in a later post). It turned out so sweet.

Tuesday, Wednesday and today I've been knitting up a little hat for Ian to wear this winter. His head is already a toddler size (big boy!), so the hats I was hoping he could wear are a bit snug on him. :)
The pattern I'm using is from Simple Knits for Cherished Babies and I'm knitting it up with Caron Country Merino Blend in "Silver Service" on size 6 needles (hoping that it'll fit longer).

I'm linking this to some of these blogs :)

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Good Morning!

Hi there everyone!

This morning as I was scrolling the blogs I check regularly, I found a woman who is participating in this, and decided that I would join.
It's a week long event - beginning today - that's called the Kid's Clothes Week Challenge. The idea behind it is that you make an article of children's clothing (or articles) during it, working on it/them for an hour each day. Fun, huh?!
When I saw it this morning I thought, "now there's something I can do!" So looking forward to it!

Click on over if you're interested! All forms of "making" - sewing, knitting, crocheting, pattern making, cutting, planning, seam ripping... - count. :D

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winning and a new blogging friend

So, a few weeks ago I entered a giveaway over on The Back Country Drive and, lo and behold, I won!!!
It was my first time ever winning a giveaway on a blog and it was so much fun. :)

Anyway, I thought I'd share with you a few photos of what I won (it's pretty cute).

Quoting from her blog:
I used to have a company called Cottage Cowgirl. I made little cowgirl clothing. I have taken a break from it and am currently re-planning my business and starting back up this Fall.
This dress and skirt were made for your little cowgirl in mind. They are 100% cotton and have a cute little texas star design. The dress is a size 12-18 months and the skirt is a size 2t.

I chose the dress and it fits Emma beautifully. It has elastic along the back of the bodice to make sure that it will fit her for a while, too. :)
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I could post photos of Emma all day long! I'm thinking that the dress would also be darling over a pair of leggings or jeans as she gets taller. I've been doing that with some of her other dresses that I haven't been ready to consign to the depths of a hand-me-down box, and it's worked really well. And been super cute!

Thanks again to Cheech at Back Country Drive for the giveaway! We love it. <3

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because I bought a muffin pan this morning ...

... today I made muffins (recipe found here on Joy the Baker).

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins.

Mmm, mmm, mmmmmm.

(I'm posting a link to this post on a few of these blogs - head on over and check out the other fun projects!)

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A Custom Mommy + Me Set

I was contacted by someone with a custom request through Etsy the other day. She was wanting to buy a Mommy + Me set for her sister-in-law and niece, but in fabric different than what I had on hand.
After a few emails back and forth, she decided on this gorgeous poppy fabric from the Michelle line at Hancock Fabrics (and it's on sale this weekend!).

I used a coordinating material for the facing to make them a little more fun. It turned out so cute!

Emma was watching me pack them up. She really wanted to "help". :)

This is what orders look like before I send them out, all wrapped in white paper and ribbon. I hope that the woman enjoys opening it. :)

I am really happy with how this set turned out and hope that the mother and daughter love it too.
Is anyone else interested in an apron or set in this fabric? If so, let me know. I might just buy the entire bolt of material!



Late Summer Sewing

Emma has been shooting up like a little sunflower this summer! She's outgrowing her clothes again (my baby girl is getting so big! *sniff*).

I just packed away all her tops that were mid-drifting on her and realized that she didn't have very many left! Vemma is starting to take off but our budget is still pretty tight, so I didn't feel like going out and spending money on clothing that she might only be wearing for another two or three months. Also, I had this cute fabric in the closet and had found this darling tutorial and free pattern on Prudent Baby ..... so Emma got a new top!

Em's new top
I used some darling quilting weight fabric for the "skirt" of the top, and bits of a linen blouse that I've been cutting up for the neckline and trim around the bottom. The pattern is made to have snaps instead of buttons, but I was out of snaps and, on top of that, there were some vintage bunny buttons in my collection that I've been wanting to use - so I finally did!

Em's new top
Emma enjoys the soft breeziness of the top, and I am loving the adorable little one it's on. She seems to be getting more and more darling each day.

Linking to these parties - click on over and check out all the gorgeous fun-ness!

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