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Believer, Daughter, Wife, Mother, Sister, Aunt, Registered Nurse, Seamstress, Crafter, Housekeeper, Cook, Baker, Gardener, Reader, Keeper of the chickens, Goat Herder, Homesteader, Thrifty, Usually sane, Overworked, Mom of 3. Thanks for stopping by - I appreciate your comments! ~ Angie



Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Giveaway Time! ~ Now OPEN

I had so much fun with the Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway that I'm at it again!  Head over to My Frugal Family to enter some Hot Summer Giveaways.  I'll be giving away either 2 pairs of flower earrings and a matching flower ring OR a 'Shorty' Eco-tote from my Etsy shopEnter here before June 7th!

Take advantage of a 10% refund by entering "My Frugal Family" in the comments to seller at Etsy checkout.  I'll refund 10% of the items purchase price back to your PayPal account.  Shop Mama Lusco Handmade on Etsy today!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Winners, Winners!

I have been in touch with all 4 of my winners ~ Congratulations, ladies!  I hope you enjoy the patterns.

Thank you to everyone who visited and took time to enter the giveaway.  I only had part of Wednesday to browse the giveaway blogs but hope you had plenty of time to enter some!  Anyone win a SMS giveaway?  I'd love to hear about it!

We're going to brave the floods, rain & snow and go camping this weekend.  I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day holiday!  Next week, I'm participating in the Extreme Makeover: Fabric Edition finale!  Stay tuned for our entries for the finale's theme, Country Fair. 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Giveaway Day~ Four Winners! ~NOW CLOSED

Sew, Mama, Sew blog
Welcome, SMS Giveaway Day visitors!  I'm glad you stopped by!  I love sewing for myself and 3 kiddos and want to share some e-patterns with you.  Some of my favorite e-pattern makers are sharing 4 patterns for 4 different winners!

Caroline Fair Designs offers easy, stylish patterns for both children and women.  Many of Caroline's patterns have only one pattern piece for easy cutting & sewing. I recently tested her brand-spanking-new pattern for PJ Bottoms and Shorts.  This is an essential pattern for kids clothing - use it for PJs, pants, shorts, capris & embellish to your heart's content! 

I also have her Cadie's Wrap Around Dress and Chloe Knit Skirt patterns.  Both patterns have excellent instructions and helpful pictures to guide you through sewing.  I'm looking forward to sewing myself a Chloe skirt this week!  One winner will receive Caroline's new PJ Bottoms & Shorts pattern. Thank you, Caroline!

Also joining in my giveaway is Rachel from Mama Stellato.  Mama Stellato offers sewing patterns for little girls.  Here is her newest Acadia Tee pattern...my Nugget loves hers! 
Acadia reglan t-shirt
I have also sewn Mama Stellato's Somerset Hoodie and Amelia Top patterns. They are great! Rachel is offering one winner one pattern of their choice! Thank you, Rachel :)

Somerset Hoodie

Amelia Top - photo from Mama Stellato
Up next is Dee from Fun 4 Me & Fun 4 Me 2.  I was able to test Dee's Playdate Peasant Dress pattern.  This is another essential pattern for your girl's wardrobe.  Peasant dresses are fun to mix & match, dress up or dress down, simple and quick.  Dee is offering one winner one pattern of her choice from either Fun 4 Me or Fun 4 Me 2. Thank you, Dee!

Playdate Peasant Dress

Lee & Leah Doll pattern

Lastly, the fabulous Karen from Dear My Kids and Dan.a is offering one pattern of choice from her shops.  Karen offers trendy sewing patterns for kids, big kids and women.  She even has a shop for felt toy patterns.  I own most of Karen's DMK and Dan.a patterns - they are fabulous!  Her illustrations and instructions make the process simple and you'll love the results.

DMK Easy Wear shop for kids/juniors
Dan.a Womens Wear shop
DMK Felt Toy pattern shop
Here are a few of the things I've made from DMK/Dan.a patterns...
Little Red Riding Hood Trench Coat

Cowl Neck Vest and Infinity Top
Stylish Kids Coat
For your chance to win 1 of 4 e-patterns from these shops, simply leave a comment.  Please include your email address.  I will choose four winners randomly at 9:00pm PST on May 25.  Followers of Mama Lusco Handmade blog may leave a second comment.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll visit again!

~~~$3.00 Flower Sterling Earrings in Mama's Etsy Shop.~~~

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Week 4 Projects

'Lucy Cloche' from Olabelhe

Lucy Cloche from Olabelhe,
FREE Ruffled Halter from Oliver & S,
PJ Bottoms from Carolina Fair Designs

Lucy Cloche from Olabelhe,
FREE Ruffled Halter from Oliver & S,
PJ Bottoms from Carolina Fair Designs

PJ Bottoms & Shorts from Carolina Fair Designs

Ruffle-bum sunsuit

Big Girl Sunsuit

Burda Style 'Lydia' Top - love this one!

'Lifestyle Wardrobe' Butterick 3553
View B top in black knit.  Love this top!  The fit is very good and one I'll be making again.
View D, cropped pants in pink linen.  My first zippered fly!  The rise is very high but otherwise fit is good. 


I sewed over 16 yards last week!  This week that number is WAY down...too many hours working and not enough time for sewing.  Such is life, I guess :)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Week 4 ~ Vote this Weekend

Blogger has been having issues!  Usually, our weekly projects are posted Friday morning, but April & Bree will have Week 4 ~ Let's Go Fly A Kite ~ projects up for voting soon.  Visit Wildflowers & Whimsy to vote this week then Extra Ordinary Bree to enter to win some patterns.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

FREE Hot Patterns Downloads

One of my favorite online fabric stores, Fabric.com, has added more free Hot Patterns downloads!  Hot Patterns are usually expensive ($15!), so take advantage of these freebies while you can.  Here are a few I'd like to try sewing soon: 

Sporty Sarong Shorts

Nomad Hobo Bag
Bossa Nova Swishy Gored Skirt
Calm, Cool & Cowl Necked Top

Good stuff, right?  Check out all the FREE Hot Patterns available at Fabric.com.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mommy & Me Trench Coats

Our challenge last week was Puddle Jumping, so I thought of rain jackets.  Mine was made from 'Chic & Simple Sewing' by Christina Haynes, the Trench Coat.  The book only has patterns through size 12, so I added about an inch all the way around to make my own XL size.  This was a super simple jacket to make.  I also made the 25" belt from another project in the book.

Had I known this book was so simple, I probably wouldn't have purchased it.  No button holes or zippers...very simple, beginner sewing projects for smaller, younger women.  If you can rock a baby doll dress, then you'd love this book.  Larger gals like me are not going to find many appropriate patterns.  I only paid $10 though, so it was worth it for the few patterns I will use.

Mally's jacket is from DMK, the Little Red Riding Hood jacket.  I love the removable hooded cape.  The cape is also reversible, so you get 3 looks in 1 coat!

Lastly, here's our Frog Prince.  I used the crown from Little Blue Boo and the frog from ???? can't find the link now. 

This week I'm working on Let's Go Fly A Kite.  Hope to get all my sewing done!