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I really wanted the capability to have followers in Google Friend Connect, and I just can’t do that on a WordPress.com site, so I’m hopping over to Blogspot.  From now on, you can find me at www.ajennuinelife.blogspot.com.  If your following me in a reader, please update, and consider following via GFC!  Thanks!

I sooooo want to win one of these Silhouette machines.  I love Shanty2Chic and she’s giving away a Silhouette!

The Idea Room is giving away a Silhouette! 

I really want one of these – go enter for yourself!

http://www.theidearoom.net/2010/11/giveaway.html

Here’s another great Silhouette giveway by Infarrantly Creative.  I’m entering as many ways as I can – cross your fingers for me!

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I gotta gotta gotta win one of these!  There’s just no way hubby will go for a serger AND a Silhouette, so winning’s my only option!

Tatertots and Jello is giving away a Silhouette prize package!

Brittany at Mommy Words is giving away a Flip Ultra HD.  I soo want to win this!  Mommy Words is how I entered this crazy world when I was trying to figure out the manufacturer of the little play kitchen I snagged at a garage sale for Arden.  One of the hits I got was her tutorial for making a play set for her kids.  I started reading the rest of her posts, and then checked out the blogs she followed and then it just snowballed from there.  My Brittany-Inspired DIY play fridge I made has gotten over 300 views and is one of the things I’m most proud of.

We had a beautiful fall day in Michigan, so I decided to play around with my point & shoot camera and my favorite model.  Some models are notorious for being difficult to work with, and mine is no exception: 

We started out slow, with some blank stares 

Lifeless expression

Then we progressed to a series of shots of the top of her head.  Not that it isn’t a cute head, but I’d like to see more of her face.

Looking down

Still looking down

Then we have some action shots. 

Catch me!

Can I try?

Then at long last the shot I was looking for.  And even with some autumnal props! 

Finally!

I made the cuorduroy jumper and posted about it here.

I signed up!



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I’m beginning to see a trend to what I’m working on…  It’s fall!  I love fall in Michigan, though today is a bit dreary.  All the better to stay inside and create cute things and post about them!   

My candy corn cutie!

 I’ve been making these pinafore tops all summer.  With the onset of fall and all things associated, I thought the shape of the top was a bit triangular and would be really cute done as a candy corn.  I measured the length of the front of my pattern and divided by three, added an extra 1/2″ for seam allowance, and cut and sewed them together like piecing a quilt.  Then I proceeded as usual to make the pinafore top, using a cute candy corn print for the reverse side.    

Before I sewed the front to the back, I added a blanket or Parisian stitch to the yellow and orange sections to make it look applique’d, and sewed on one of my new Jennuine Design labels, since I think this might be a sample for the Etsy shop I’m planning to open soon.   

Parisian stitch

Jennuine Design label

Pardon the rumpled appearance of the finished product.  My daughter had been wearing it all morning until I borrowed it during her nap to snap some quick photos.  Plus she’s teething, so therefore a drooling maniac and the top is a bit damp.   

Finished product

Super cute and super quick!

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I can’t take any credit for this one since my Mom made it years ago and gave it to me when they moved to Florida full-time.  I get it out every year, and I think it’s great!

Halloween Doormat

You’ll need a doormat with a prominent grid pattern.  The design could be borrowed from a simple cross stitch pattern, or you could make your own using graph paper.  This was made using 1″ strips of fabric.  Just snip the intervals with scissors and tear – the edges are supposed to be ragged.  Using a large tapestry or yarn needle, or just poking the fabric through with a chopstick, work the pattern like a cross stitch – working a row from the bottom left hole to the top right and then returning from the bottom right to the top left.

Stitch detail

The only catch is that I tried searching online for this type of doormat, and I’m not seeing it.  So, if you have one or stumble across one, here’s an idea for what to do with it.  I also have one for Christmas with “Noel” on it.

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