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Back to School Tour: Coming soon!

The Back to School Tour is coming up really soon! Just 5 more days!

The tour is running from August 22nd to August 27th and will be featuring 30+ bloggers!!

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Call Ajaire * The Wholesome Mama * Sew and Tell Project * BLAVERRY * DIY Crush * Phat Quarters * Mahlica Designs * Handmade Boy * Kaleidothought * The Berry Bunch * Filles A Maman * Sew Happily Ever After * Tales of a Tester * 5 out of 4 Patterns * The Crafting Fiend * Create 3.5 * Sew Sophie Lyn * Sweeter Than Cupcakes * Wining Wife * Paisley Roots * The Eli Monster * Cindy Parret Blog * Sew Starly * Élégantine! * Gracious Threads * Sewing By Ti * Amazing Adventures with Bubba and Bug * Simple Life Pattern Co. Blog * Inspinration * Mama You Can Make it For Me * Moon Star

Like the rest of the tours there will be daily giveaways, as well as a sew along prize and a Grand Prize just for following along with the tour! Continue reading “Back to School Tour: Coming soon!”

Free Motion Applique using a Digital Stamp

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When I saw the digital stamp that Deb‘s friend Elena of Just Me Prints created especially for our tour, I fell in love. It’s so cute! So I just had to buy it!

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Problem is though that I don’t really make cards.

So I decided to attempt to turn it into a free motion appliqué!

As you can see I forgot to flip the image before printing it out so my flamingo is pointing in the opposite direction.. Oops #1!

Oops #2: I can’t find the picture I took of how I traced out all the pieces. Basically though I traced out each item separately and extended the edges slightly so that pieces would overlap. I traced the outer edge of the flamingo and girl as one piece on a white fabric (helps with placement) and then traced the flamingo separately onto the floral, and did the same with the rest of the parts of the girl. (In case you’ve never done FMA before, you trace the shapes onto a fusible adhesive like Heat n Bond).

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Just doing all the tracing, fusing and cutting out of pieces took me an hour!

Oops #3: Normally you’re supposed to stitch down each element before fusing on a piece over top of it. So I did all my stitching at the end when at the very least I should have stitched the flamingo body onto the background before adding the water and other elements over top.

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Before I decided it needed a few extra touches

Oops #5: I forgot that her face would be tiny and impossible to stitch on machine. I think I will take out the stitches and try my luck at handstitching her face.

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Miss V was super excited about the flamingo. AND have to say I like the extra detail stitches I added.

Well, I really like how she turned out! (Other than the face…) I’ve been debating the last few days about what I was going to do with her and my husband had a great idea! Make a quilt!! I have to make a lot more appliqué pieces now though and when I have enough I will put it together.

It’ll be awhile…. But I didn’t want to applique it to a dress for one of my girls and have them outgrow the dress in a week.

So now I’m off to check out Just Me Prints‘ shop to see if there’s another digital stamp that I want to try to FMA-ize!

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Recipe: Peach Mango Sorbet

I have a yummy recipe for Peach Mango Sorbet. It’s super simple to make and you don’t need an ice cream maker, you can get away with just a hand blender even!

I made this for the Pool Side Beach Party tour. It’s mostly sewing but maybe you’ll be inspired to make something summery!

I wanted to get some nice pics but things didn’t go as planned, we ate it up too fast! But now I have an excuse to make another batch so I can get some pictures along the way!

Hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think!

Recipe: Peach Mango Sorbet

Recipe: Peach Mango Sorbet


  • 4 peaches
  • 1 large mango
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • For the simple syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup water


    Make a simple syrup:
  1. Place water in pot and bring to boil.
  2. Add sugar to pot and stir until completely dissolved.
  3. Let boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Make the sorbet:
  5. Peel the peaches and chop. Remove flesh of mango and chop. Avoid adding pieces of the stones.
  6. Place fruit in a blender and blend until smooth
  7. Pour simple syrup into blender and add lime juice. Blend for 30 seconds to combine.
  8. Pour fruit puree into a shallow container and put in freezer. After 2 hours, remove from freezer and blend until smooth. Return to freezer. Repeat after 2 hours and then return to freezer and allow to freeze overnight.
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The Great Canadian Craftsy Bag Tour GIVEAWAY!

Hello again!

We’ve just barely made it home after our Craftsy escapade all across Canada. We’re unpacking our luggage and finding some great souvenirs from the trip, but it’s just too much to keep for ourselves. And because you’ve been such perfect road trip companions, we’d like to share them with you. Up for grabs are 4 coveted prize packs from our travels, as well as the special gift that Craftsy sent to us while we were gone galavanting.

But first, did you miss my review? You can check out the review I did on the Sewing with Oilcloth class >>HERE<<.

Already read it? You better enter to win the prizes now! Giveaway closes soon…


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Great Canadian Craftsy Bag tour

First up is the Craftsy gift:

* Please note: If you entered this giveaway before Friday, April 8, your entry may not have been recorded correctly by Craftsy. Please enter again. This colourful tote bag kit includes the Rowan Three-Quarter Patch Tote* pattern, some stunning Kaffe Fassett fabric, plus all the Pellon Fusible Fleece stabilizer you will need for the project. The only things you would have to add to this are a coordinating button, some thread and your time. Voila! You have a gorgeous tote that will be the envy of tote-al strangers. It’s almost like instant Jello pudding, only better! Follow this link* to enter before midnight April 11, 2016:

Enter to WIN a tote-bag kit


The Souvenir Prizes

Prize A (Canadian, US and International entries accepted)
Prize B (Open to Canadian residents only)
Prize C (Open to Canadian residents only)
Prize D (Canadian, US and International entries accepted)


How to Enter

Sign in to Rafflecopter below, or follow this link:


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Giveaway Rules:

  • Prizes are awarded “as is”. No substitutions.
  • Deadline for entries is 10 AM PST on Monday, April 11.
  • Winner’s will be notified by email within 3 hours of the contest closing, and will then have 24 hours in which to respond to the organizers.
  • It is each participant’s responsibility to ensure they sign in to Rafflecopter with a valid email address, and also check their email accounts for notification.
  • Entries requiring a blog post comment, social media follow, or trivia answer will be verified using the name provided by the participant.
  • The giveaway is open to anyone worldwide. International or US residents who win a prize designated as for Canadian Residents Only may be required to pay for the additional shipping, or forfeit the prize. If said winner chooses to forfeit the prize, another winner will be chosen from the remaining eligible entries.

Many, many thanks to all the wonderful people who’ve followed us on The Great Canadian Craftsy Bag Tour. We hope you learned a little about our very large, diverse and beautiful country while you got a peek into some of our favourite Craftsy classes.

And very special thanks to the amazing, supportive people who helped make the giveaway and our graphics just that much better: Celine from Blue Calla Patterns and Elle from Brand UR Shop Graphic Design. Take a bow ladies!

Bag Tour Bloggers

Happy travels until the next time we take you tripping and traipsing!

Marsha, Janelle, Deb, Fiona, Michelle, Reece, Shelaine & Ula

Spring Break PJ Party Round Up

I want to send a big huge thank you to everyone who took part on this tour! You all did amazing jobs making pjs for your kids or yourselves, for no other reason than wanting to work through your pattern stash! Thank you!!

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Check out all the tour stops here:

Sew Far North | The Wholesome Mama | From-a-Box | Pattern Revolution | Inspinration | Paisley Roots  | Sprouting JubeJube | 5 Out Of 4 | Sew Happily Ever After | Beri Bee Designs | Phat Quarters | Connected by A Thread | Create 3.5 | Handmade Boy | HattieLu Handmade | Made by Melli | The Crafting Fiend | Sweeter Than Cupcakes | Lulu & Celeste | Sew Starly | Phat Quarters | Pear Berry Lane | Rebel & Malice | Creative Counselor | Made By Jaime | Mae & K | SewSophieLynn | Amazing Adventures of Bubba & Bug | MahlicaDesigns

Also another shout out to all of our amazing sponsors!


Serger Pepper | Sofilantjes | Audrey & Tiffany | Elliedactyl | Kelly J Designs | EYMM | Felicity Sewing Patterns  | StitchART  | Pollywoggles | Winter Wear Designs  | 5 Out of 4 | Handmaidens Cottage  | Zonen09  | Laela Jeyne Patterns | Blank Slate Patterns | Peekaboo Pattern Shop | Create Kids Couture | Filles a Maman | Once Upon a Sewing Machine | Heidi and Finn | Scientific Seamstress | SisBoom Pattern CoLove Notions

And our fabric shop sponsors for offering discounts during the tour!

Fabric sponsor for the pj tour

Raspberry Creek Fabric | Phat Quarters | Tangled Blossoms Design |  Mabel Madison

There are a couple days left still to enter your jammies and sewn toys!

After the link up closes I will feature some of the projects in a round up. By linking up, you give me permission to use one image and link to your post if applicable.

Nuts About ?? Blog Hop is Coming

I’m always excited to come across “new to me” blogs and take part in blog hops and blog tours. Seams to be Sew is not a new blog though and had posted an invite to a fun open-ended blog hop, The Nuts About Blog Hop.

I’ll be posting on Friday. Can’t wait to show you what I’ve done!

This should be a fun blog hop, as the only requirement was that the project be stitched in some way so there should be a good variety of projects to see.

Oh, and there will be giveaways!! So don’t forget to follow along :)

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