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July 30, 2015


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Being a mom has been the most powerful experience of my life. It has torn me down to pieces and built me up to a more powerful, considerate, brave and patient individual than I could have ever hoped to be without it. I know that the calling of mother is suppose to be one where I facilitate the personal mental & emotional strength of my children, it seems all the while that happens they are teaching and shaping me. Many things I feel I lack the courage to accomplish until it needs to be done for my children's well being and some how I find the strength to do it without a wince. I reverence this divine calling I have been given.
This picture is dear to me because it was my first meeting of our new little guy (more of that story later)
Knowing what a powerful and beautiful gift motherhood makes my heart ache deeply for my friends and family members the sting of infertility and/or child loss.

One of my dear friends that has faced the bitterness of infertility is my sweet friend Mallory and her husband. Mallory was my college roommate, her friendship was invaluable over the course of my courtship with Slim Jim. She helped me keep my cool through out the course of my courtship with Slim Jim (and even helped coach him a bit as well. I am pretty sure she even helped Slim Jim pick out my engagement and wedding ring).  She is the type of virtuous and kind woman that would make an excellent mother.
My roommates that year: Lori, Mallory, Cassidy, Myself, Jenny & Cassidy (From bottom left corner around the circle)
After six years of Mallory and Lane failing to conceive on their own and through the assistance of IVF they were presented with an amazing opportunity to adopt a sweet baby girl. Mallory has worked as kindergarten teacher for several years and Lane recently completed his graduate degree. I have been very impressed with Mallory's strength in educating her friends and family about adoption.  To be honest I was very unfamiliar with the cost of adoption for the adopting parents until I read their story.

We would love to help you save money and help them with these costs by donating all our net proceeds made during the Betty Skirt Sale to them. The Betty Skirt is on sale for $4 with the coupon code, ADOPTIONSTRONG, expires 8-8-15 MDT. The Betty Skirt has 4 different skirt options (small pleat, large pleat, gathered & gathered with placket) and goes from Newborn-16 (with plus sizes from 3-16), it is perfect for play or school length skirt. This is the lowest price we have ever offered the skirt pattern, please let us help you and help her!
If you are interested in donating money without receiving a pattern, please find on the donate button on the left sidebar.

July 26, 2015

Happy Birthday Katy {Rainbow Dress Tutorial Flashback}

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I was probably supposed to have this post up earlier, but in the midst of humanitarian sewing all day yesterday until 2am I forgot that I still needed to get to this. So here it is a rainbow birthday present for a very amazing Katy at No Big Dill. Happy Birthday!
Just over 3 years ago we did a fun little Little Leprechaun and Rainbow Ladies post. And today for Katy's birthday we're sharing a tutorial for making a girls rainbow pillowcase dress.

Now you can follow Nancy Zieman's (aka Sewing with Nancy) sewing video on how to make a pillow case dress out of yardage. Using Nancy's Notions Pattern instructions you could make a dress. 

With Love, Al
July 01, 2015

Plaid Double Cloth {No. 2 Shorts from E+M}

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4th of July is a BIG deal with my inlaws with a parade and fireworks. Usually on July 2nd and sometimes as late as 3rd I get a hankering to make an outfit for the kids. My procrastination in the past may have caused a little friction in my marriage. This year I decided to start much sooner and even though these took me weeks to finish (so I am still getting used to 3 kids and it seems to be one appointment after another), I am happy to report these pants have been in the done pile for almost a month.
The fabric is a double cloth I picked up from imagine gnats. I haven't sewn much plaid in the past so it was a new sort of adventure. I am not sure that shorts the best first project for a beginner plaid sewist. I really like the weight that the double cloth have I know that he won't be wearing through them quickly.
I used the No. 2 Pants/Shorts Pattern from E+M . I chose this pattern because I have already sewn it a number of times. I needed these to be a quick sew so I left out the pockets and used serged seams instead flat felt seams (here is last years version with pockets and flat felt seams made from a quilters cotton). I also changed out the woven flat front waistband for a knit elastic waistband. I chose to make them one size longer than I have in the past because is right on the cusp of another growth spurt.
He is pretty excited for all the horsing around there is on the 4th and I think these shorts will be perfect for him.
PS. Isn't his stick horse darling? Mama Shaffer made it for him and he wouldn't commit to an afternoon photoshoot without it so I promised him that we would included at least one picture of him and the stick horse.
Are any of you sewing 4th of July outfits? I would love to see them if you have them done leave a link below so I can check them out.

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