Time to Breath in the New Year


I have been sewing non-stop for 3 months now, so the new year gives me a chance to breath and get back to my normal routines. Between sewing dresses for my daughter and stuffies for gifts, I am ready to start playing with paint again. I thought I would share a few photos of my sewing makes over the past few months.



My daughter has taken a liking to unicorns, so I made her one using a mash-up of a mouse stuffy and a deer stuffy. It was quite a job and took me well over 10 hours to make but I think she was pleased.



I made this pretty little deer for my cousin’s daughter. I was very pleased with how she turned out and and the outfit was my favorite to make using a fat quarter and scraps.



Next up, I made this pinafore and dress combo for Thanksgiving.



The pinafore was my favorite but I was disappointed that it didn’t fit over my daughters head after all that work. I had to go in and modify the back with a ribbon closure so she could wear it.



I found all the lace at Goodwill and the fabric at Walmart for this ensemble.




My daughter’s Christmas dress was a bear to make. I found these drapes at Goodwill and loved the fabric so I bought 2 panels. While the fabric is beautiful, it frays easily and refuses to gather. And I found out that dental floss is amazing for gathering! Believe it or not, the zipper was the worst part. I put in 4 zippers but they kept ripping up the fabric. I finally got one in that covered the ruined fabric by hand sewing on an exposed zipper.



This was the first time that I worked with tulle and while it wasn’t a breeze, i would definitely do it again. My daughter loved the twirl factor that it added.



And here is my cutie showing off her new dress shoes and hair bow.


Tea Day


For T-day today, I am sharing my Teavana Youthberry Tea Bags that the hubby gifted me for Christmas. I used to have this tea in loose form but the sachets are every bit as yummy as I remember. I am linking with the lovely ladies over at Elizabeth and Bleubeards.

Happy Tea Day and Happy New Year,


15 thoughts on “Time to Breath in the New Year”

  • I am so sorry I’m late visiting. I must have “partied” too hard last night,m because I couldn’t stay awake today.

    Goodness, K ate. You are a REAL seamstress. I am totally impressed, My favorite is the unicorn, but your daughter’s Christmas dress is incredible, She’s a precious model, too, What impressed me was you made it from Goodwill curtain panels. What a bundle of money you saved on fabric,

    That tea your husband bought you for Christmas sounds wonderful. As much as I absolutely prefer loose leaf tea, I miss having tea bags to use in my art. That was a win all the way around for you, this Christmas. Thanks for sharing your incredible sewing projects and your Christmas tea with us for T this Tuesday, dear Kate.

  • OMG – such beautiful sewed toys and the cute dresses — she looks simply adorable! CUTE!
    You do this with so much love! AMAZING!!!
    Happy new Year dear Kate!
    Stay creative and enjoy your family and don’t stop to share your wonderful art with us here and specially on T-Days!
    Happy T-Day!
    Your tea collection is a wowser! I would love to take tea with you in real life!

    Hugs, Susi

  • Wow, what amazing makes! The unicorn and deer are adorable and I’m sure will be very well loved 😁. The dresses are amazing too and your daughter looks so pretty in the Christmas Dress that you made for her ! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and sending you wishes for a very happy and creative New Year! Happy Tea Day too! J 😊 x

  • The stuffies and dresses you made are amazing! You definitely earned a space to breathe. Your Little looks adorable in her dress and new shoes. I like her cat stockings, too. Here’s to a Happy, Healthy, and Creative New Year.

  • Kate your sewing projects are gorgeous the unicorn looks amazing. Your daughter looks lovely in her new dress.
    Sending you and your family my very best wishes for the coming 2019.
    Belated T day wishes as well.
    Yvonne xx

  • Your sewing creations are spectacular . I’m going to look for that tea. I like trying something new and I think I would like this one. I know I like the container, LOL.

  • I don’t sew at all, and your work amazes me. Lovely! We used to order loose teas from Upton Imports, but now we just pick up bags locally. I do miss the loose teas, though. Happy T Day 🙂

  • I can but stare at all your creations in wonder…. As someone who finds it hard to just thread a sewing machine, let alone do anything more than sew a few simple straight lines along the edge of paper creations, I am in complete awe of what you have made. You truly sew like a pro. Stunning creations, both the toys and the dresses and your daughter just looks adorable in her Christmas finery!

  • The stuffed animals are very sweet, but oh my word those dresses are complete showstoppers. Incredible work – and so lovely to see what you’ve been up to. You were one of my highlights in the PaperArtsy reviews over Christmas – so do check that out at some point… looking forward to lots more in 2019. Have a wonderful year.
    Alison x

  • Happy New Year, Kate! Your daughter’s dresses are beautiful! The fabrics are gorgeous and it looks like a lot of work went into making them. I bet that your daughter and your cousin’s daughter loved their stuffed animals!

  • Oh my goodness, Kate. each and every piece is simply amazing! The unicorn and deer are so gorgeous! Your little one and your cousin’s daughter must have been so thrilled to receive these cute animals. The dresses are fabulous! They may have been difficult to do but the result is so gorgeous and seeing your adorable daughter in her new dress is pure delight. She is so adorable. You are an amazing seamstress.
    Wishing you and your faimly a very happy and healthy New Year. hugs xx

  • Kate, you are an amazing seamstress! Love that unicorn! And that dress is fabulous on that little cutie! Happy New Year & Happy T Day!

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