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I'm back, baby!

I've been M.I.A. lately... tending to our new baby boy.  I'm so glad I was able to sew up most of the birthday gifts I'll need for the year before the baby was born.  About 2 weeks ago my sewing machine {finally} got to see the light of day.  I'm not going to lie, finding time to sew isn't easy.  I have, however, completed a few of the many projects on my list.  I'll try to post pics as I get the time.

To keep me motivated, I'm making a list of projects I would like to complete this year:
Finish another diaper bag for myself
Jamie Dress for myself (wish I could have participated in this sew-along)
Large car playmat for my oldest son
Matching Christmas PJ's for my husband and sons
2 pair of felted sock monkey slippers for family/friends
Christmas gift set for my mom's friend
Apron for my mom

And here's a picture of the little cutie keeping me busy and away from sewing these days...


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