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not so scary

The hopscotch scarf has been a katie jean staple for me to sew up.  Just look at my website and you will see a great rotating picture of one on my little model.  It’s actually fabric therapy, going through my fabrics and laying them all out together, mixing it up.  And then finding the perfect vintage chenille and minky to add to the back of the scarf to lay cozy against the neck. 

This past week I have been busy making a few extra scarves.  And this is the new style that I came up with.  It has a fun ruffle going down one side of the scarf.  It’s like a caterpillar!

This is the not so scary halloween scarf.  Which was extra fun to make since I found a bit of this perfect owl and cat fabric.  And some pretty soft yellow minky!  If you look at my girl’s hand, you can tell how much she likes this fabric.  She snuck a little piece of it out of my sewing room. It has now become yet another doll blanket.

And this is the scarf that you have a chance to win!  If you visit Polka Dot Chair you will actually have 2 chances to win.  Just read her post about the giveaway for you to see how.  Good luck!  And thank you for your sweet comments!



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My boy loves wolves. I have no idea how this came about or why. But he just does. 

Which is really great. I love it when they have a passion about something. 

And this is what the wolf thing is, an intense love of all things wolf. 

He even draws them.  He was sitting at the dinner table last night after he had finished eating and was doing a new sketch. 

I thought he needed some more wolf inspiration.  More wolf art to keep his imagination going. 

So here I am sharing some of my etsy favs with you. 

What is your favorite animal?


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I want to give out a big thank you to all of you girls who participated in my giveaway!  I do so love seeing who is following my blog, and meeting some new faces.  Truthfully, I wonder if anyone is there, or is it just me and my sisters!

Now…. the winner of the “Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Tea Towel” book giveaway is Rachel!  And she has a cute blog too  Be sure to visit her and wish her a happy sewing!


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scrappy quilt

This is the 4th class that I will be teaching at The Tin Thimble for the month of March.  And it is also the class that we will be using the most fabric scraps.

This is a pic of the quilt in its early stages.  I now have all of the scraps sewn on, I just have to start on the binding.  Which I know will go quickly.  So, I’ll have to show you an updated pic soon.

This quilt is a fat quarter size.  So it can be for a doll or a baby.  You can even make it bigger if you like.  It has been so fun for me to make, I just didn’t want to finish it!  This class is being held Wednesday, March 31st 6 – 9 p.m.  Call 652-2134 to sign up!


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can you believe it?

First Saturday is here!  Well, it is tomorrow..

I will be at the Indie Sacramento craft show.  I truly love this show.  I will be selling my new book and signing copies.  I have a limited supply right now, so if you want one, come early :)

And in true pillowcase repurposing spirit, I have cut up and sewn up some new creations using my own thrifted stash of pillowcases.  Here’s a little peak.

These are little bags made with spring in mind.  They are inspired by Easter and ready to help your little one with their Easter egg hunt.  They are also fabulous for a day out shopping for handmade crafts!

Come and see my little bags  (and me) in person at:


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come and see me

This Saturday I will be at my last craft fair event for the month.  And at my second to last craft faire of 2008.  It goes by so fast!

Saturday, November 15

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

East Valley Church

7801 Hazel Avenue

Orangevale, CA

katie jean at a faire

Ok, now the really cool thing about this craft fair, besides how huge it’s going to be, they are having a wonderful, wonderful raffle.  For every $5. you spend, buying something from a vendor, that vendor will give you one raffle ticket.  So you receive one raffle for purchases $5. and under.  Additional purchases of $5. increments you will receive another raffle ticket.  So, if you spend $15.  you would receive 3 raffle tickets.  Cool huh!  And you don’t even need to be present to win :)

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a little pink and a little girly

I have been just a little busy lately getting ready for my girls birthday. First we had a classroom party and then an at home family party. It was a lot of cupcakes with sprinkles and a ton of Hello Kitty wrapping paper.

Every birthday she has had a homemade birthday outfit. I hope this is going to be something that she will always let me do!! And this year I made her a skirt from a very simple pattern and then added a ruffle. I have had this Amy Butler fabric for awhile just waiting for this project. She loves pink of course! And I tried to use this yellow based fabric as a nice coordinating pattern. Which took me awhile to decide on, since I didn’t want anything to matchy. I know you know what I mean!

Then it was onto getting ready for her party at home with her school friends. I decided to make the invitations using a vintage Hallmark invitation that I got at my local thrift. I scanned it and was a little hard for me to get the color to come out the same as the original. But I finally decided that I would be the only who could really tell the difference, since no one else had the original card but me! I was up late and working on these for about three hours getting just six of these made. I really wanted something with a scrap book look and vintage feel.

And then today I got around to picking up the clutter in my house. There is sooo much! And I put together these little party favors. The baskets I bought when I was out thrifting with Diane. I added a sticker, pink chicklets, hair ponies (made by Diane, using some of my vintage fabric), and gift tags. I think these are cute! I copied all of my vintage patterns to make these. Not an original idea I know, but cute!!

Tomorrow, I will buy the pink paper plates and napkins. And choose which tablecloth to use! Exciting stuff!!


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