Tuesday, June 30, 2015


In yesterday's post, I wrote about Frannie promoting from 8th grade.  It was a special occasion which required a pretty dress.  Rules were for no spaghetti straps, strapless or backless dresses, and no prom gowns or bridesmaid dress attire.  Basically, keep your shoulders covered and don't dress inappropriately, after all, this was a serious ceremony and not a fashion show.  We found a nice dress, although shoulders would be visible, but not too much.  Frannie asked me to make something pretty to put those shoulders at bay.

I made this cardigan one other time (posted about here) and we thought it would be just the right thing, this time in sparkly pink (difficult color for me to photograph, but it did match the flowers in the dress just right).  I used Vanna's Glamour Yarn in Deep Magenta and the pattern Cardigan "Pétales" by Marjoline Petit.  It is available as a free Ravelry download in both French and English.  I used a simple, vintage rhinestone button as a closure.  It goes without saying that it looked very pretty on Frannie - and I'm not just saying that because I'm her mother.  :)


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Monday, June 29, 2015


Frannie was recently promoted from eighth grade - that means she is officially a high school student!  She did so well this past year that we felt a nice gift was in order.  I crocheted her a wristlet to carry it around in.  It goes without saying that everything is pink. Frannie's is made with Lily Sugar 'n Cream, Strawberry Ombre.  One skein is more than enough.  You can make one too.  The pattern by Misty Makes is available as a free download via Ravelry or and you can find the link on my Pinterest board (right side bar) filed under "Cozies".  The flower was my idea. ;)


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Friday, June 26, 2015


Just finished this pillow.  It's been staring me in the face every day.  All that was left to do was to stitch down the yellow flower and two leaves.  That's it!  Today was the day!  It's a simple single crochet stitch, round and round, done in spiral fashion.  A back, front and crocheted together with a shell border.  I didn't even have a round pillow form, but I did have a square one.  So I tucked in the corners and stitched them down.  It worked perfectly.  The pillow is crocheted from Lily's Sugar 'n Cream, variegated, Aloe Vera.  It is one of those cotton yarns that has an odor, smell, scent - I don't like that.  I don't go into a store and say, "let me smell your yarn".  Do people do that?  So why the need for scent?  But I liked the color, and that was that.  It reminds me of summer, cottage living.

As for the dumpster diving, it wasn't actually a dive, more of a reach my arm in and pull out that sweet, vintage, pale pink chenille full-sized bedspread.  I don't know how old it is, but probably a good 50-60 years.  When Aunt Grace's house was being emptied last summer, her two sons thought it was garbage and threw it in the dumpster.  I saw it peeking out later that evening and went over to give it a good look.  Well, there were only a couple of small stains on it.  I snatched that thing lickety split and made a b-line up my sidewalk.  It was going home for a nice, warm bubble bath.  After coming out of the dryer, all soft and snuggly, the stains had magically disappeared!  I felt a little guilty about swiping it and made a confession.  They told me that if I found anything else I wanted to help myself.  I might have found a few more things.


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Thursday, June 25, 2015


Yesterday, Frannie was re-organizing her American Girl doll collection wardrobe.  She called me in to show me how well it turned out.  I noticed a stack of aprons.  I had forgotten how many I made.  Pattern for these aprons was Simplicity #2761, which is now out of print but still available hereI can't decide which is my favorite - maybe the one that matches Frannie's apron (I still have it tucked away).  The very last photo is from a blog post dated September 2008 - almost 7 years ago!  This apron was made from a Daisy Kingdom pattern for Simplicity #7856, also out of print.  It was available as a separate pattern in adult sizes too, of which I have made several (Simplicity #5201).  This particular pattern was great for using up leftover quilt binding.  Reminiscing over it makes me want to make it again.  I think I'll put that on the list.


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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BIB-bidi Bobbidi Boo

One of Frannie's teachers has a little girl, about a year old.  Frannie met her on Family Day at school.  Frannie thought she was adorable and asked if I might make a little something for her.  After seeing Thimbleanna's bib post, I have been wanting to make some too.  With a great deal of inspiration from Amy Sinibaldi of nanacompany, this is my interpretation of what a little girl should be wearing while enjoying a summer ice cream cone.  I don't own Amy's book, Sweetly Stitched Handmades, so I had to wing it by drawing out a pattern and putting it together without instruction.  I have had the fabrics for quite some time (you may have seen them here or there on this blog).  The bindings were left over from some previous quilting projects.  I put two layers of fabric together with a layer of cotton batting in between then quilted with a simple 1" grid pattern.  The two bibs have been completely hand-stitched and everything came out of my stash.  The pink cherries fabric is on the reverse of the cupcake print.  The cherries are crocheted with cotton thread.  You can find the cherries pattern here (originally found on Pinterest from nexttonicx).

P.S. - Have a scoop of chocolate for me!

P.P.S. - CuteStuffInside on Instagram.  Yeah!  Still learning the ropes.


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