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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



Sunday, June 26, 2011

We Survived!

Creekside Camp Water Park - Amazing!
View of the dorms from our hike one morning - Middle of nowhere, Oregon

The dining hall - No cooking or dishes for 6 days!!!
Just a quick note to say the family & I survived my week at WyldLife camp!  It was a crazy, busy, fun week of 18 hour days trying to keep up with my middle-school girls.  It was fabulous - thanks for all the prayers and well-wishes :)  After sleeping most of this weekend, I think I'm ready to head back to work tomorrow.  I hope to share some sewing projects before leaving for vacation in July...
Mama & some campers
Grant County Campers & Leaders

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Etsy Treasury Again!

One of my 'Barn & Birds' totes made the Etsy treasury today.  Here's the link to some cool barn items.
Probably not the best time to put my shop on vacation, but I'm headed to Wyldlife camp (Young Life for middle-schoolers).  I've never been to a YL camp, but I hear it will be an adventure!

 Hope to start sewing again after camp and will be back in late June.  Happy summer!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Updated Tutorial Pages

See those little linkies below my header?  I've added new pages featuring tutorials for Womens, Kids, Bags/Purses/Aprons and Crochet projects.  Pictures of the projects area also posted!  Check out these pages for some inspiration and grab a Mama Lusco Handmade Button to share the love!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Week 6 Finale ~ Country Fair

Thanks so much for following along!  I'm happy to be finished with Extreme Makeover: Fabric Edition and earned 2nd place in the end.  It was a  great motivator to get my summer sewing done.
Here was my finale entry....

Our theme, 'Country Fair' screamed 'Americana' to me.  What's more American than red, white & blue and a lazy day at the fair?  I created easy-wearing casual clothes & accessories for the girls and I to wear on our day at the Country Fair.

These are coordinating head scarfs, rolled rosette clippies and a lunch money cuff.  I actually made 3 of these cuffs but the girls won't take theirs off!  Find the lunch money cuff tutorial here at Lemon Squeezy Home.

This my big girl's Country Fair outfit - a fun, comfy peasant top, "Miss Madeline" from The Handmade Dress, and matching ruffled capri pants from Whimsy Couture.  She also has a money cuff and rosette headband. 

My little girl loves her new ruffle-sleeved top with side sash bows made using the Ruffle Sleeve Top & Skirt pattern from Pink Poodle Bows.  Her pants have a royal blue band at the bottom to match the top, the same pattern as above by Whimsy Couture.  A matching head scarf tops off her outfit. 

This is an easy-wearing knit tank with gentle gathers at the bust, square-necked yoke and elastic band at the hip.  Matching knit shorts will keep me comfy all day long.  Rolled knit rosette clippies and Mama's Ruffled Shoulder Bag (tutorial on my blog here) finish off my outfit. 

I'm happy to have sewn through 68+ yards of fabric in the past 6 weeks! I have a HUGE stash of fabric, so it doesn't really look like I've even made a dent. Living 3 1/2 hours from the nearest fabric store has made me stock up when I find a good sale since it's months between my visits to the city. I have tried to tidy-up my sewing room and keep my cupboards organized.  Extreme Makeover: Fabric Edition has motivated me to finish projects that I've been putting off.  Thank you for following along on this adventure!

Messy Sewing Room

Controlled Chaos

Sort-of Organized Fabric Cupboard
After the frenzy of sewing 68+ yards since April and a busy month at work, I'm ready for a break from sewing.  I likely won't be posting very often the next few weeks as I take time to get my garden planted, flower beds prettied up and spend some extra time with my kiddos.  Enjoy the start of summer break!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Finale ~ EMFE ~ Please Vote Now

It's Finale time!  Head over HERE to vote today through Sunday.  Head over HERE to enter to win some great patterns.   The ladies sewed up some amazing Country Fair entries.  I have to honestly say I'm happy it's over.  Work has been busy, life has been hectic and I'm looking forward to avoiding my sewing room for a few days!

Remember to enter my giveaway hosted HERE - open until June 7.

I have new bags in the shop.  10% refund of the item price if you enter "My Frugal Family" in the comments at checkout. 

On a totally non-crafty note,  I'm excited that I just ordered my first notebook PC.  My dear husband has quite a collection of guns, so I justified my new PC as a Mommy Splurge to match his gun purchases.  A totally non-typical move for this frugal mama!  My reward all my long hours on call and at work the past month.  Here is the little notebook I chose.

Hope you have a great weekend!