Janome Skyline S3 Review

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If you’re like me, OCD and type-A (my poor husband), before you make any purchase you dig deep, deep, deep into the bowels of the internet, (ewwww), to read every review possible.  Well I wanted to contribute to your google hits, and hopefully help you make a decision if you’re in the market for a sewing machine. Continue reading

Colouring Contest

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I’ve been colouring up a storm.
I got a whole whack of Spectrum noir alcohol makers from Crafter’s companion and I’my loving the blending and feeling like a real artist!!! How much do you love these stamps by Santro-London. They’re Gorguss girls!
Which one do you like better!?!

Gorjuss Girl Stamps colored with Spectrum Noir Markers and a few colics.

Gorjuss Girl stamps by Santro-London. I’m in love. Which one do you like better? (coloured with Spectrum Noir Markers and a few copics)

FROZEN Party!

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If you’ve been following me this week, you’re either sick to death of the Frozen party or you’re dying to see how it turned out.  If you’re the former, log off now. If you’re the latter… Ta-da!

Frozen Party

Frozen Party. Homemade Frozen Invitations, Homemade Elsa Costumes, Elsa Cake.

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Embroidery Addiction

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I got a new sewing machine! And I can’t stop embroidering.  If you think the pictures here are dark…it’s because it’s the middle of the night.

But someone was very happy in the morning!

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New r2d2 embroidered shirt. Maybe a whole Star Wars Collection should be in the works

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Hi Pretty! Card GiveAway

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I love love love these little Origami dresses. Aren’t they just the cutest?!  It got me to thinking about how long it’s been since I put on a nice little dress. Which in turn, got me thinking about my best girlfriends and how life has changed for all of us, we’re miles from our days of gallivanting in little dresses.  Continue reading

Webisode 1 – BackYard BarnYard Birthday Cake!

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I hope you’ll enjoy an inside look into the making of my twins HomeMade Birthday…Specifically the ups and downs of baking the backyard barnyard birthday CAKE!  Just click PLAY below!

 

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A barnyard fondant cake, you can make it yourself.

Kids Pyjamas

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HomeMade Pj's

Could homemade pajamas be any cuter. Melly Sews has the best kids pyjama pattern.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The only good thing about winter lasting so long this year is it’s given me a much needed extension on finishing the kids pyjamas.  If you’re a confident beginner, you can totally make these too. Continue reading

The Amanda Apron

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Ruffled Apron. Follow the tutorial and make your own for less than $8.
A frilly fancy apron that's quick and easy. Read the tutorial to see how to make it.

A frilly fancy apron that’s quick and easy. Read the tutorial to see how to make it. A fancy and frilly apron, made for Amanda.

How about an apron, nicer than the outfit you’re cooking in?  Stylish aprons have made a huge comeback.  If you’ve been to any trendy cooking shops or even clothing stores lately you’ve likely seen them, often with sexy curves, cute materials and often close to $100 a piece. Yikes!  Part of you has to wonder why you’d be wearing a $100 garment to save your pyjama bottoms from muffin mix?  Most of us don’t cook in our Sunday best.  If it is a special occasion we quickly run and change in the minutes after the cooking is done and the company arrives.  But all practicality aside, I love these fancy aprons and I’m guilty of forking over whopping price to Anthropology, only to get it home and say (what I always say) I could have made this myself.

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Burlap Wreath

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 Is there a more perfect combo than a wreath and a red door? I spotted a burlap wreath on Pintrest and gasped.  It became my first pin that wasn’t my own creation, and it immediately got repinned, and repinned and repinned. I knew I had to give it a try.  So here’s my version, already on my front door. I’d like to say this is really hard, that only the most talented crafter could accomplish such a rare beauty.  But the truth is, if you can fold a piece of fabric in half, you can make a burlap wreath. I bet even my sister could do it.

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A Baby Quilt

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For me, the slightest twinge of inspiration turns into a weekend of OCD.  I met a friend’s new baby on Friday and that was it, she must have a quilt by Monday. So the plans of Christmas wreath making went on hold, so the sweet little thing could be wrapped snug as a bug within 72 hours.A Baby Quilt

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Ariel Under the Sea Party!

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My daughter turned 5 this week.  It’ s not just that she now fills up a whole hand, or is that handful, it’s a motherhood milestone too.  Five years of…. (I kinda wanna say pure hell…) but it’s been a juggle of joy and …well, hell.Little Mermaid Cake Continue reading

Hello Kitty Hat Tutorial

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Well I couldn’t get away with making one kid a hat.  I was quickly schooled on fairness according to 3 and 4-year-old.   Like I couldn’t see this argument coming a mile away. But little did they know I had them in mind the whole time.

Surprise! Hello Kitty!Surprise, one for both of you!

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A Quilt.

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Violet quiltI made my first quilt and my Aunt Valerie emailed me to say my grandmother would be so proud. I cried.  Instantly I can picture my grandmother and about a dozen other women in the church basement in the small town where she lived, before moving in with us. There was a huge quilting loom where the Sunday school tables normally sat.  I witnessed a good old fashion quilting bee.  All the ladies, hand stitching together, perfect imperfect stitches. The quilt was made of actual scraps, not pieces of expensive fabric cut up to look like scraps. My grandmother slept with quits that once were dresses, shirts and nightgowns, not $15 a yard quilting cotton, bought online. Continue reading

See ya later Grandma, enjoy the basement!

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PicMonkey Collage

I’m lucky to have a space in our house we use specifically for crafting.  It’s a little 6×12 foot loft space that overlooks the living room I share with the kids. Regular people would use it as an office. BORING! The kids and I love it…it contains our creations.  Apart from our bed at 6am, it’s where we all pile into most often…except dad. He likes it when we’re all in there so he can watch tv in peace. Continue reading

WELCOME to Tryon a HomeMade Life!

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Thank you so much for coming to visit my first of many posts.  If you know me well you know my obsession for making things.  This is a place to showcase some of those creations and to inspire your own.  I’ll post what i’m working on, the good the bad and the ugly. Sometimes very ugly.  With lots of links to helpful tips, patterns,  links, recipes and projects I find a long the way.  Check out my tutorials for instructions and help with things I’ve made and you’d like to try.  And by all means, if you have any questions along the way, feel free to contact me at tryonahomemadelife@gmail.com. Continue reading

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