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No Baby No Cry

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Anya is Five

Dropping my five year old off at her first day of school this morning was rough. At least one of us was ready for this huge event (I’ll give you a hint, it certainly wasn’t ME.) Only 4 more hours until I find out how Kindergarten was.
The house is pretty quiet, but now I’m stuck all alone with this pudgy old thang. Sigh, what’s a mom to do?

Zella Chunk



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August 27, 2007 at 3:58 pm

Posted in Family, General

Another Dress for Z

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Dress for Zella Oilily Inspired

I recently got around to sewing another version of the Oilily-inspired dress that I made a few weeks ago for Zella. I don’t know why I hate this Alexander Henry Light Brights print fabric but I really do. I think it might the particular shade of pink that bugs me… it’s so pepto-bismol. I’ve had the fabric for years and have never been inspired to use it for any projects, but I decided the girls can make anything look cute. Plus, I really wanted it out of my fabric pile.

In the first version I tried adding a ruffle to the bottom of the dress (see pic below). A lightweight black cotton trim would have been perfect, but since I only had a stiff and crunchy black linen on-hand (and I’m super impatient) I opted for a rayon/linen blend fabric in a light aqua. The end result was nicht so nice – the ruffle weighed the whole dress down visually and didn’t look good, so I ended up cutting it off and doing a plain old narrow hem (see pic above). I probably should have hemmed with the aqua linen bias tape that I used to finish the arms and neck, but by the end of the project I was fed up with the stupid dress and was tempted to do a (serged) rolled hem so that I could be finished faster. The narrow hem was a good compromise, right?

Dress for Zella Oilily Inspired 2

Since I was left with some good sized scraps of the ugly AH Light Brights I made a little zippered pouch – my very first zippered pouch, actually! I followed this great tutorial here, except that I made a dorky little ruffled bottom on my pouch just to see how it would turn out. Fun, eh?
I had to lighten up my photo a bit to get the ruffled part to show up in the picture.

zippered pouch by chooch

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August 27, 2007 at 12:42 am

Posted in Fabric, Patterns, Sewing

Indiepublic – go join!

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This site is fun, it’s like a MySpace network but for independent artists (and more). From the website—

“Indiepublic is an independent art and design community. If you’re an artist, designer, retailer, blogger, or just someone who gets giddy when they buy indie, we’ve saved a seat for you!”

Here’s a link to my profile if you join and want to add me as a friend –


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August 21, 2007 at 6:27 pm

Posted in Crafty fun, General

Fussy, Finally!

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I’m sure everybody who has been following my business name change saga is thinking “Oh no. Please, no. Not crazy lady time again!” Well I’m sorry to disappoint you, but yes it is crazy lady time… hopefully the last time, though.

Let’s revisit the names that have popped up in the past 1 2 3 4 5 6SIX months. I started out with Fussybutt (in 2004), moving to Sew Fussy to get away from the word “butt” in my business name. After a couple of months of over-thinking things, Sew Fussy became sew tired and was changed to Fussy Wear. Fussy Wear wasn’t quite doing it, so I considered names like FussyMade and FussyGoods, which weren’t very inspiring either. Next on the list was Fussy Galore, which I really did love although it probably wouldn’t have been appropriate for my website. After about a thousand hours of searching, researching, and bugging friends, customers, and my family; a very dear friend suggested the domain and I was smitten. I know how annoying it is to hear about the same issue over and over again, so I just want to say thanks to everyone who took the time to comment on the different names and/or suggest new ones. I really do appreciate it.

Just Fussy Card

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August 19, 2007 at 2:58 pm

Happy Belated Birthday, Anya!

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Example of Anya’s quirky organization techniques

Okay, so I’ve been slacking in the blog department. I’ve had so much going on this month! I promise to try and post about all of it though – I know everyone is saddened by my lack of posts ;-)My oldest daughter turned 5 on August 9 and starts kindergarten next week. Shudder! We have never been away from each other for longer than a few hours, and I haven’t even done that more than a handful of times. The fact that she’s been with me all the time is not strictly by choice, we don’t have any family here and it’s hard to find anybody to watch the girls. She’s totally excited about starting school, especially the art classes, so I’m trying not to be nervous. ACK!

Anya's Pirate Ship
Pirate Ship-Anya P.

In other August news, the Fluff Factory Auctions start today and run through next Sunday. Items will be listed at WAHMchicks in the FF Charity Event section, and proceeds will benefit the Fistula Foundation, which you can read more about by clicking the Fluff Factory link above.
Items will be listed throughout the week. Usually the first couple of days have auctions slowly trickling in, and later in the week tons of items are listed. I won’t have anything listed straightaway, but I do plan to post a couple of things. You shouldn’t ever believe what I say, though – my plans always happen exactly opposite of how I intend them to.

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August 19, 2007 at 1:20 pm

Posted in General Dorkiness

From Dream to Reality, Lovely Bean.

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Fussy Carter Bean

I’ve finally started playing around more with my embroidery digitizing software, and it’s pretty cool! I use embird software, which is the best one in my opinion. I’ve also used Brother PE-Design and the Bernina software, but Embird is way more user friendly. I know everyone will be impressed by my super-special digitizing skills as illustrated above, but try not to hate me for it 😉

Seriously though, this bean was drawn (by my husband Bill) for a wonderful customer of mine  and then I worked my magic to turn it into an embroidery design. Believe it or not, this took me quite a few hours of tweaking to finalize this simple design, but part of that is because I’m so new to the program. Also, you really need to test out the design on an embroidery machine as you tweak it, which can be time consuming. I know it’s simple, but I really like how it turned out – look at the little fingers! You probably can’t really see it, but I put the smiley faces on the feet, too. Tee hee.
Here is the final product – an All-In-One cloth diaper which was just shipped out yesterday.

I’ve done a few other practice runs, too. Below is one of my favorite test designs that I embroidered on some scraps of fabric and an AIO/tee shirt set for Zella – who, by the way, is starting to go to the bathroom on the toilet and probably won’t get much wear out of her diapers now!
My digitizing is not perfect, but I love the design. Thanks to Marjorie Ann Velez (aka Majeak Ann) for my extra-lovely logo shown in the first image. I don’t have much talent in the way of drawing, so when I spotted some of her dreamy illustrations on the web I stalked her for a few months until she agreed to do some work for me. I think she hoped that if she agreed I would finally stop bothering her. 😉
I’m so lucky to have had the opportunity to hire her, and hopefully we can work together again in the future.

Majeak Ann Graphics for Fussybutt


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August 7, 2007 at 4:10 pm

First Diaper Post!

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How could I have claimed that this is a kind of business blog when I haven’t even posted about diapers yet? Gasp!

Here are a few little things. I wonder what I should do with them…

fussybutt diapers

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August 5, 2007 at 8:08 pm

Posted in cloth diapers, Sewing