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1950s Playsuit

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Sewing with the DIY effect The photo left is a 1950s playsuit with romper and skirt.  Other sewing pages include basic step by step sewing instructions for everything from fabric prep to installing a zipper.  Dog coats,  doll   repairs,  sewing a waistband and how to make pleats.  Also check out costumes such as how to make a poodle skirt,  Egyptian costume or toga.  Many of these pages are already in the menu at the top of the page titled "sewing". 

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Gardening  Since moving to the country we've become gardeners, sort of.   Still learning, but the harvest is happening. In the garden pages we'll be sharing our successes  and failures.  Mostly square foot gardening, but we're also growing fruit trees, citrus trees, and a patch of this and that. We just started a big patch of chia seeds, along with another patch thats just a few months ahead and already 3 feet tall.  Favorite things  about square foot gardening are no weeding, no more tilling the soil and dealing with critters.  Our experience with square foot gardening and all the details on setting it up are shared here. So much to learn, but very exciting and rewarding. 

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We are sharing our favorite recipes, and we've only just begun.  Some other recipes in these pages are the "Blackberry Pie Recipe"  stuffing, sangria, banana cream pie, the "Best Chocolate Cake Ever"  ever with coffee in the batter, and we'll be sharing many gluten-free recipes too. . 

My family and I love to try new recipes and we also love making  up our own. We've done many gluten-free alternatives with a lot of success. We will share our favorites  and warn of pitfalls with some of the  recipes. We'll also be sharing some old family recipes.,  We try and make them healthy, when we can, but some are  traditional, and I think we all know what that means.. Hope you'll join us for some cooking & baking!

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Hello. My name is Pam.  Welcome to, previously known as  Much has happened since I started this website in 2009.  A big move to the country, lots of remodeling, gardening, experimenting with recipes, party planning and parties are just some of the activities keeping our family busy.  Living in the country is full of new, exciting things to do and discover.  Our life is full of DIY's, and that's how was born.  

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     Home Page

     About Us

     DIY Blog


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     Toga (no-Sew)

     Make Egyptian Costume

     Make Egyptian Jewelry

     Make Poodle Skirt

     Make a Cape 

     Make an Apron

     Make Pikachu Dog 

     Make Pikachu Ears

     Make Pikachu Tail

     Poke Ball DIY

     Make Dog Bomber Jacket

     Royal Cape

     Red Riding Hood 


     Make Santa Hat

     Make Holiday Apron

     Santa Scarf

     1950s Playsuit

     Sewing Tools

     How to Install Zipper

     Sew Waistband

     Sew Pleat


    Sewing Instructions

     Sewing Projects

     Dog Coat Pattern

     Retro Patterns

     How to Make a Dress

     Christmas Sewing


     Bake Pumpkin Seeds

    Pumpkin Pie Recipe 

     Pumpkin Puree

     Whipped Cream



     Blackberry Pie

     Best Chocolate Cake

     Guitar Cake



     Square Foot Gardening

Party DIY's

     How to Carve Pumpkin

     Party DIYs

     Photo Booth DIY

     Hobby Horse DIY

     Country Party Sign

     Candle Stick DIY

     Gift Wrap Ideas

     Party Ideas

     Steampunk Jewelry

     Party Decorations

     Retro Summer Party

     Summer Party DIYs

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     Sew Doll Vest

     Doll Make-Up

     Sewing Doll Clothes