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…If I Only Had a Heart


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Is this thing on?

OH!  Hi; long time no see.  Since I last wrote, Summer has turned to Autumn and the trees in our yard are almost bare.  I’ve also sewn up at least six garments that I have yet to photograph or write about.

The problem with that is I begin to forget the tweaks and fitting changes, but if I get around to blogging them, I’ll do my best to recall.  I really should just start keeping a notebook to document fitting.

Alas, I could wax about these things for a whole post, but that’s not the point, my friend…

It’s HALLOWEEN!  Happy All Hallows Eve to you all!

Last year, Mr. Cheeks was a monkey.  I bought the costume from Costco because I was an exhausted new mom.  THIS YEAR Cheeks is…drumroll…

Simplicity 4024

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Fall Plans

Thanks for your sweet words on Cheeks’s first birthday.  :)

I have some finished makes waiting in the wings for photos, but while I work on getting the time and gumption to take them, I thought it would be prudent to post an update to my Summer plan progress, fabric fasting pledge and share some of the new things I plan to make!

Review and update of my Summer Plans:

– Dresses for June WeddingsAchieved-ish.  I couldn’t get my ass in gear for the first wedding and wore a RTW Lands’ End dress.  For the second wedding I did complete a dress and it was one I considered in my planning post!  To be blogged.

Amazingly cheesy 4th of July outfits for our little familyACHIEVED!

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Oh my Darlin’ Cheeks

Your first birthday has now come and gone.

Cheeks is one

I would be lying if I said the day you were born wasn’t one of my scariest and most painful.  Maybe admitting that makes me a bad mom, maybe it just makes me human.  I am thankful to be in a place now where I have found more peace with how you entered the world.

Cheeks is one

I also had a spot o’ trouble coping with the delay of your birth, which was 15 days after you were due.  Irrational is a nice way of describing my behavior.  Your poor dad.  It was kind of no wonder you didn’t want to come out and meet your (possibly literally) crazy mama.

Cheeks is one

But as I sit and contemplate your first year, thinking about how much you’ve grown and learned, and how very much you have yet to, I feel the prickle of tears.  It has gone so slowly, yet so quickly, this first year of your beautiful life.

Cheeks is one

To say that I treasure you is the understatement of the century.

You are the best decision we have ever made.

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On Buying Fabric

I have a problem.  I’m addicted to buying fabric.  OK, and if I’m being honest, patterns are a bit of a problem, too.

I realize that many of you have similar “problems.”

Look at all of the fabric I’ve received in the last week from Girl Charlee and Fabric Mart:


I actually had an order come from Mood, too, but that is for a very specific special project that shall not be named, and the fabric shall not be photographed and shared until later.

And you know I’m not sewing at this fast of a rate these days.  Nor have I ever, really.

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A Bucket for my Cheeks

Now that the patriotic parade has passed, back to what I hinted about at the end of my Drop Pocket Cardi post…

Cheeks’s Summer hat:  the Reversible Bucket Hat.

Oliver + S Reversible Bucket Hat

It’s my first Oliver + S pattern, and it was free.  Gotta love free.  More importantly yet, it is good.  My time ain’t cheap (whose is?).

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