Year: 2012

Helping the Boy DIY // Wooden Spool Bead Dolls

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Sometimes it can be such a pain finding things for your kids to make for each other. Do you know what I mean? They see me DIYing my face off, and naturally want to get in on the action, but I’m like uh, no. You can’t dye your own fabric and hand print something.  I… Read more »

Deck the Halls // DIY Felt Animal Ornaments

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It’s impossible to know what to say or do after an unthinkable tragedy happens, and like so many of you, I have felt grief, fear and pain as I watched the whole nightmare unfold.   My heart has been absolutely breaking for all the families involved, and if it matters in some way to someone, I want to… Read more »

Jcrew Coat Refashion // Sewing for the Boy

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Little man Tribe was in a bad way for coats several weeks ago, and I decided to refashion this old Jcrew coat that I had from my college days of yore. With it’s wool lining, this bad boy is WARM, and it kept me snug in even the butt-cold  days of my first two years… Read more »

Deck the Halls // Tiny’s Handmade Christmas Stocking

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Being the marathon crafter I am, there are only a  few things that I relish taking my time making, and our family’s Christmas stockings has been one of them. Remember my handmade Christmas stockings from a couple of years ago?  Each of them was detailed, time consuming, and a real treat to make.  I think… Read more »

Budget Sewing // Thrifted and Gifted

So I’d like to take a minute and talk to you about something that comes up frequently when I talk to people about sewing, and something I’ve long wanted to bring up here on mad mimmy. How do I afford to sew?  Many people say you know everybody used to sew back in the day because… Read more »

Sunday Trousers // for the Boy

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I’m back! Yikes, has it really been three weeks? The truth is we’ve been dealing with some personal family issues that have completely occupied my mind, and I haven’t given more than a thought to the blog. It happens.  I want to eventually talk about it all here, but I still need a little more… Read more »

DIY Felt Matryoshka Doll Christmas Ornaments // Round 2

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My sister Em‘s birthday is just two weeks after mine, and I’ve been scheming her present since last December when I cut out an extra set of Matryoshka Doll Ornaments as I was making a set for my Mom. During her college years  my sister spent some time in Russia teaching English , and I… Read more »

Flowers and Triangles Trunk // trash to treasure

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For Christmas last year, my husband and I decided on a 0$ budget for each other due to tight finances (always!!) In a stroke of brilliance (I told him to) he decided to sand down an old wooden toy trunk that I had intercepted from the epic to-donate-haul last year when my grandparents moved. It… Read more »

Election Day Big Bow Dresses

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These dresses just kill me. Aren’t they astronomically adorable? A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to test out my good friend Miranda‘s fabulous new pattern, the Big Bow Dress (available for purchase here).  I decided to finally cut into some beautiful slubbed navy polka dot cotton that I thrifted probably three years ago. Match… Read more »

The Sweetheart Lace Pencil Dress for Charlotte

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A few weeks ago I finished a really fun custom project that I’ve been excited to share here. The completely charming Charlotte is—among other things—a jazz singer and was looking for a really knockout dress to wear for a London wedding she’s singing at this month.  She wanted something romantic, feminine, and form fitting, but… Read more »

Tiny Art Ditching by Laura and John // Tiny Art Week

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I audibly squealed and clapped my hands with delight when I read Laura’s post.  Laura is my cousin, and her blog Topsy and Havoc is one of my all-time faves. You have to check it out–it’s the dessert of my blogroll. It’s always funny and charming and pretty and clever and hilarious and just a… Read more »