Friday, December 18, 2009

NWA deals giveaway

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Friday, November 06, 2009


A few weeks ago I had several ladies and girls over for some sewing time. Farmgirl and 2 other girls aged 11 to 13 were watching Pride and Prejudice when this was overheard...

"Wow, he's drop dead gorgeous!"

"Yeah, he looks just like Molly."

They weren't speaking of Mr. Darcy...they were talking about the horses! Gotta love girls who obsess over horses and not boys. ;-)

Sunday, September 27, 2009


Autumn is here. Usually, I welcome it with open arms and excitement. I must be getting old because I wasn't too thrilled this year. I could have used an extra couple months of summer after that especially loooong winter and cool summer. There is one thing that makes it more bearable... Honeycrisp apples! We picked up a half bushel yesterday.! The kids and I decided to try baking a pie. I'm ashamed to say it's been probably years since I've baked a pie. The kids loved the peeling part. Farmgirl did most the work including tossing the apples with sugar. Baby made herself a mini pie with leftover crust and a half eaten apple. She ate it before I could snap a picture of the finished product. We're off to the ice skating rink and will return to some warm pie and ice cream. Hoping your Autumn comes just as sweetly for you.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Rockin' a Smock

A few new listing in my Etsy store! Hoping to get some aprons listed this weekend. (click images to take you to listing)

Friday, September 11, 2009


Swing over to Handmaden and enter her drawing for an adorable handcrafted doll, Millie. If you don't happen to win, check out her other fantastic waldorf dolls at her Etsy store.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


a place for Grandma

I have mentioned my mother-in-law, Nancy, in past posts. She was officially diagnosed with Frontal Variant Alzheimer's at the age of 63 about a year ago. She exhibited symptoms for several years before her sons could get her doctor to acknowledge something was going on. She's been living in a facility near her home town for the last year. Unfortunately, the care wasn't all we had hoped for so last month we moved her closer to us.

She seems to be settling in okay and the kids are loving getting to visit Grandma a couple times a week. Ken visits her M,W,F for lunch, the kids and I visit on Thursdays plus we go as a family on the weekends. The kids have been SO great about going with the flow. They happily answer the same question repeatedly for Nancy without showing frustration. They give her multiple hugs and kisses when she insists they haven't greeted her yet. They don't correct her or give her weird looks when she clearly has her information mixed up. They love her, it's that simple. I am beyond blessed with the kind hearts of my children.

above ~ Jedi sends Grandma back to START

below ~ Grandma and Farmgirl get a giggle at sending me back to Start

Monday, August 31, 2009

A Cute Case

Swing by Twiddletails for a chance to win an adorable case! She's celebrating her 500th post...Congrats!

Sunday, August 30, 2009


Frost warnings have prompted me to get busy on new jammies for Baby. I had a nightgown like this when I was little. I'll be making version 2, long sleeved gown. Don't you just love the bluebird fabric? I've had it for about 6 months waiting for cozy p.j. time. I think I'll make up a baby blanket with the leftover flannel.

Monday, July 27, 2009

A Spark

My cousin Brittany was married at my mom's house this weekend. The ceremony was small but beautiful. My mom's gardens were gorgeous. The rain held off for the exchanging of vows but didn't hold back during the reception. Luckily, there was a tent. The bride and groom make a quick dash in the rain above. Unfortunately, a raindrop fell right into a crack on my camera... bzzzzt and a whiff of ozone. It hasn't been working right since. I'll have to start camera shopping, oh darn ;-)

currently working on a back to school set to list on ebay.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Want vs Need

I WANT to sew up a cool shirt design I have floatin' about in my noggin with this adorable red/pink polka dot fabric...

but I NEED to lengthen the sleeves on Farmgirl's western shirt for 4h photos tomorrow. Luckily, I have extra cuff fabric otherwise I'd have to sew a whole new shirt.

I also NEEd to embroider up 9 more bridle bags that the 4h equestrian coach has generously donated to the Achievement Day Show. Tomorrow is my day and I'm going to do what I WANT ;-)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Winona part 2

finished up Winona...they turned out super cute. The perfect play pant. Lots of room to move, comfort waistband and a roomy apron/pocket to store treasures! I used some of my Japanese fabric scraps, Baby picked to panda fabric for the apron/pocket and used some great vintage ric rac for the pockets (Thanks Lo!) I didn't get a good picture of the back but it is a curved two piece back leg. It is very flattering. I think I'll be doing these up in the Heather Ross mermaid fabrics next.

Winona...I think I love you

I was up late, late, late working on the Winona pattern for Baby. I think we'll be making many of these. They are turning out A to the Dorable!

Friday, July 17, 2009

1955 part 2

Finished McCall's 2033 sz 4. It was fairly easy to assemble. I was surprised to find it ran big. Vintage patterns generally run smaller than today's counterparts. I had to take in the waistband several inches to fit Baby. She is pleased with her "cock-a-doodle-do" outfit. The split pant cuff was very easy to do and I will be adding that touch to more patterns. Next up on my sewing agenda are the Winona pants!

Thursday, July 09, 2009


The Pledge
I ____Missy______________ pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 2 months. I pledge that i shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovoted, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftiness brings! Signed__Melissa Milne________________.
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Tuesday, July 07, 2009


my mom was 5. I imagine she wore something like this.

Isn't it adorable? The little details on vintage patterns just delight me.

sideseam pockets...darted front

lined, turn up cuff

Rooster applique!

I can't wait to start on the smock. I can just envision a little girl collecting eggs in those pockets.

giveaway aprons packaged and shipping this afternoon.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

12 hrs later...

and my sewing room is still very messy BUT my fabric closet is getting close to completion! Now, that doesn't mean all my fabric is put just means my closet is full. I'll have to store the less worthy fabrics in tubs. I found some delicious fabrics I'd forgotten about like this...

and this delightful fruit children print...

and is that some oilily I spy???

Tomorrow will likely be another 12 hour day. The handy man is coming to attach my L shaped desk to the wall at 6. I'd better have that area cleaned up. I'm determined to have everything done by Tuesday afternoon so I can sew Tuesday night.


where are you??? My sewing room is in desperate need of organization. I have half of it pulled into the living room. The other half is crammed on one side of the sewing room so Hubs could put in some mammoth cabinets...thanks Babe! Hubs even took the kids boating and fishing today so I could work on getting everything back in the room. Sigh, here I sit without focus. I think I'm overwhelmed with the 16 gigantic tubs of fabric, the 3 equally enormous tubs of patterns, yarn, scrap booking stuffs, trims, zippers, etc.

I'm itching to do the Winona sew-along Nancy has started on Fledge. Those goodies above are earmarked for some funky Winonas for Baby.
okay, okay....getting off my duff to actually start. Happy Sunday everybody.

Friday, June 26, 2009

You have to kiss a lot of toads...

before you find your Prince.

Baby is working her way through every toad within 100 yards of our house...that's quite a few princely prospects. Anytime she's outside this is what she has in her hands...

Hmmm....this one's a bit puny

but, what the heck?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Nearly Done

Giveaway aprons are 2 steps from being completed. :-) Sorry for the delay...we've had a busy couple weeks with 3 horse shows.
Waitin' for the next class on her trusty Mare, Molly.

I have to say, English is my favorite to watch. It's a much faster pace and the horses really move out.

I was SO proud of Farmgirl. She entered 20 events and brought home 20 ribbons, including 3 firsts, 6 seconds, and 2 thirds. It was so fun to see her win. She was clearly a crowd favorite as a huge cheer would go up every time she placed. I think it's because she's the littlest rider by 3 years for her class. She's the middle rider below. She also got High Point Reserve for her class. That means she received the 2nd highest total points for the weekend shows.

Thank you for the kind compliments on the baby blanket for my new niece. Several people asked where I acquired the patterns. Most of them were from Needlecrafter. Some were enlargements from a Japanese embroidery book I purchased on Ebay. As for the simple piecing pattern, I just made it up. If anybody is interested, send me a message and I'd be happy to tell you the piece measurements.