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Project galore.

This week was a work week. I have been designing away on a few new designs. One of which is not quite finished yet. The finished one is a new toddler backpack.  It’s smaller in size to fit perfectly on their little backs.  It will hold necessities easily and has velcro closures for toddler ease of access.

The unfinished is a revision of my former Sooki dress.  Grading up patterns tend to take some time and testing to perfect. I do have a small peak.

The final new project I’ve been working on is with Bones. We have been designing a custom ring wrap for my engagement ring. Since its been 4 years is time I get an actual wedding band.  Pictured is my prototype. This was before final changes and metal casting.

Recipe: Taco Bake

Tacobake mainWe eat tacos a lot. I mean like at least once a week sometimes more. Venom loves tacos and Taco bell. Everytime we pass on she thinks we need to stop and get a taco. This recipe was created after trying to think up a different way to serve tacos. Its a variation of Taco Pie that my Step-Mom made when I was younger. Its now a family favorite that when made leaves no leftovers. Its easily adaptable to your food preferences. this is my base recipe and I change it up from time to time. Add what you want. I’ve added rice, olives, jalapenos, topped with lettuce, crumbled corn chips and more.



Recipe: Taco Bake


1lb ground beef

2tbsp taco seasoning

1can Rotel tomatoes

half of a medium onion

1 can of refried beans

1- 2cup package of  cheddar cheese

3 or 4 tortillas

9×9 baking dish

1.) cook ground beef until brown. While meat cooks Heat up Refried beans in a pan.

2.) dice onion and add to beef. Cook until edges become translucent.

3.) Drain liquid from tomatoes and mix with meat and onions.

4.) sprinkle taco seasoning over meat. mix until all incorporated.

5.)lightly grease baking dish before placing a tortilla in the bottom.

6.) Spread with refried beans

7.) add a layer of meat (I used about have of the meat mix)

8.) Add Cheese.

9.) Top with Tortilla and repeat for a second layer. ( you can add more than 2 layers but my pan fits 2 nicely)

10. Top with a generous heap of cheese.

11.) put in oven for 10-15 mins. Cheese should be melted and tortillas golden brown.

12.) Serve and Enjoy. Garnish as you wish.


52 in 52 weeks

I saw this on a blog(bluebird) last year and thought that I would give it a go this year as a fun and creative way to show progression of all of us. So once a week I am going to be posting photos of the girls and us as a family.


Out with the Old in with the New.

Happy 2014!!!

2013 is officially over and gone. What a year it was. My life seemed to be in total and complete chaos at points and complete perfection at other. So is life I guess. Here are my top 5 best moments.

1. Celebrating another great year of marriage with my amazing husband.

2. Giving birth to my second beautiful baby girl.

3. Over coming and making the best of health situations.

4. Started The Diaper Wars (which turns ONE this month!!!)

5. Went to Boston/ Salem, MA/ DC and my first MLB Game (Woot woot Congrats to the Red Sox for winning the series.)


This Year is going to be even better. The biggest thing I’ve learned is to not sweat the small stuff. Everything happens for a reason even if we don’t know what the reason is. I have learned to live in the moment and take it one day at a time. Its defiantly something I want to continue on in to this year. That is my main goal. I also want to continue on with the blog(s) and growing the business. I’ve been researching new designs and resources available to me. I’m excited about whats to come.

As for this blog, now that I have mastered how to create digital PDF Patterns I plan to offer more on here as well as tutorials. I am also going to be doing a 52 photos in 52 weeks. its a weekly photo of my girls to show the change and progression as they grow. I may do Bones and I as well. Or make it a weekly family photo.


Have a wonderful and amazing New Year! Happy 2014

I’m still alive, I swear!


Wow what a busy couple of weeks I’ve had. We had or weekend trip to Florida, which while there Venom burned her fingers and screamed bloody murder for 5 hours straight before crying herself to sleep. We spent the whole time in the hotel room and driving. I didn’t even get to go to the popcorn place I love. I guess I will be mail ordering that. Nothing like fresh though. When we got home, We spent the rest of our week cleaning and purging. Since our spring was so chaotic and we didn’t get to “spring clean” we are doing it now. Over our last few moves we have accumlated things that we don’t need, should have been thrown out 3 moves ago, or things we no longer using. Some how we ended up with boxes that were nothing but trash/junk to be thrown out. I was not thrilled about finding that.

We’ve all been sick and cranky as well. Venom is cutting her 3year molars. Roo is going through a growth spurt. Then the seasons are changing and so my Menieres has flared up full force again. I’ve only touched my machine a few times and I’ve been on the laptop just as much. 20130927-213647.jpg I did manage to get Roo’s Halloween costume made and have Venom’s drafted. Hers is a bit more complicated than Roo’s. So it’s taking a bit more time. She is going as Twilight Sparkle and Roo is Spike.

Have you decided on Halloween costumes yet? If so what will you or your little ones be?

Long weekends.

Woo! was that a long weekend or what? I can’t believe its Monday. Our Very long holiday was spent just hanging about the house. We’ve been saving and planning our August Birthday vacation so little trips are on hold. I spent my time creating a play Tardis (Time and Relative dimensions in space. Its a Police call box from Doctor Who.) for Venom. I am still not finished with it as I have details to finish painting and the Galaxy print on the inside to do. She loves it already though. Proudly exclaiming “I’m doctor!!” She is too cute. She amusingly tries to drag her dog, Chopz, in to it as well. Sadly, he’s not much of a space/time travel fan and refuses to go in. He’s such a lazy puppy.

My Little Anti-Venom is just as cute. She holds her head up, sits with assistance and is trying to crawl during forced tummy time. She hate tummy time. Like her big sister, she wants to see what’s happening around her. Her Colic is getting better. We’ve found that a warm bath helps her poor gassy little tummy. Other than that she coos and “talks”. She is quiet the daddy’s girl too.

Is anyone watching the new season of True Blood? If so, did you catch last night’s episode? Holy wow! is all I can say.


Coping with Meniere’s

  As people its normal that we take for granted the little normal things that we do on a daily bases. Its not a huge secret but I do tend to keep it to myself. I am Hearing impaired/Deaf.  I suffer from Meniere’s Disease and require hearing aids to hear and understand what’s being said. While I am not completely deaf, it will happen eventually. It’s only a matter of time.

If your going off to google Meniere’s Disease, I’ll explain. It is an inner ear disease that affect your balance and hearing. It causes fluid to move into the seashell that makes up the inner ear and throws you off balance. The fluid then ruins the seashell and you go deaf or hearing impaired.

It has taken doctors 2 years to diagnose me with it. Its challenging for not only me but those around me. I don’t usually go around broadcasting that I can’t hear. So must dont know or realize. My hearingaids are so small that unless you look for them you can’t see them. So to those who don’t know seen to think that Mr. Sailor is yelling at me. We all have begun to learn ASL so that we will able to communicate when my aids aren’t in or I go completely deaf. It’s also helpful in figuring out what Venom needs and wants.

I deal with an internal battle daily try to cope with my hearing loss. Simple tasks like talking on the phone are daunting because if I don’t position the phone right or have my Bluetooth piece I still can’t hear.  It kills me inside to know one day I won’t hear my girls speak or My favorite song. As of right now I live in the moment and enjoy it all while its still here. 
Blessed be.

Happily Ever After: 2 Years

Its been a week of celebrations here in the house, Monday was Venom’s First Birthday and Today I have been happily married for 2 years. I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing man to spend my life with. This past year has just flown by. Last year we were celebrating with the arrival of our beautiful baby girl and with a houseful of family. While we’re not doing anything to festive tonight it will still be amazing because we’ll be together. I am making some Enchilada pasta, and we have wedding cake cupcakes from a bakery here in town for desert. the rest of the evening with wrap up with family snuggles on the couch watching a movie. it shall be grand!

Hello Spring, lets get ready for Summer

I know I know, you probably don’t want to here it but I’ve been away again. I have good reason though. Its been chaotic. Dear husband has been studying away and taking test after test. We’ve had a few house guest and a new addition to or extended family (We have a new Nephew, who had a bit of a rough start but is progressing amazingly).

Venom Now walks and talks…. I cant believe it. I also can’t believe its been a year since she was born. yupw her birthday is Monday! I really can’t fathom not having her around. She drives me a bit nuts at times but I wouldnt trade here for the MegaMillions Jackpot…. (I really wish I would have won that, or even  the 250,000$ prize that was possible for hitting 5 numbers….

We’re moving again. This time to North Carolina for 3 years. It will be nice to be stable for a bit. I am stalking Design sponge and Martha for home decor ideas. I havent really  bothered to decorate our last few houses since we werent in any of them for very long. I fully intend to this time. My poor pinterest has become nothing but home decor…. lol.

If you havent stopped by or seen my page in your Facebook feed. I’ve updated SewAnnaButton Designs page to the new Timeline layout. I have yet to make a banner for it as I have a friend that is in the process of making a new logo for me and I would love you use that. I have to say that I really like the flow of the pages now. Although, I’m abit annoyed that some of the apps and add ons no longer work for the new layout. I hope that Facebook can address that. I have been sewing. I’ve been working on a few custom dresses and little boys Bow ties. There completely adorable and I can’t wait to get some pics of them in the AM. I will possibly have good Pro pics of them since the Momma that ordered them is a Photog. If you like in the Louisville area look her up on FB. She has been amazing to design for and I can’t wait to do so again. I also made myself a dress. Isnt it lovely? Its a jersey Maxi dress. For some reason I decided that I needed a few for this summer. I snagged a great deal on the fabric ($2yd) and 45mins later I had this lovely number that still needs to be hemmed. I have more knit so I can make a shorter verison and I think I may also make myself a new bathing  suit. I’ve been ogling a few vintage repros but I cant bring myself to pay $80-$120 for one.

How are you preparing for summer?

ETA: Haha in my late night blogging I forgot to add the pic…. oops.

Home Under Construction

I’ve spent mt day sitting here playing with Venom while watching the Maintenance guys rip out all of the kitchen and bathrooms cabinets…. yeah not fun. I spent the weekend cleaning out said cabinets. My Apartment is a wreck. I did make my tiny stock pile look pretty. as soon as they are done (and I’m done putting things back away) I’ll try to snap picks of it all prettified. It really couldn’t have come at a better time since I’ve been spending the last few weeks getting reorganized and downsizing. We have A LOT of things we dont use or need, Lots of clothes we don’t wear and etc… I’ve been reading organizing blogs (my new favorite blog is IHeart Organizing), looking for ideas on Pinterest and figuring things out on my own. I’ve Learned to label, sort and trash things. My paper shredder is my new BFF… LOL not really I still love my real Besties, but its up there. I even made an awesome battastic Household binder, I’m still working on pages for it, but its together. I’ve even reworked my Business binder and organized Hello Kendra. I’ve been planning out post and content. I’ve got a friend that is working on a new biz logo. Things are coming together and I feel my days running a bit more smoothly. Venom still throws a wrench in the plans from time to time but its getting where needs to be..

Its been along weekend. Mr. Sailor had Duty and watch yesterday so it made for a lonely day for Venom and I. He did have today off so that makes up for it. He and I have been playing Skyrim, he’s been giving my pointers while he plays and I’m stuck. I can’t find my way to where I need to be. I can’t fast travel either as I just started the game and haven’t found all of the spots. Doesn’t really matter much as I dont get much game playing time anyways. There’s always something else to be done. Speaking of which….

 Ta Ta.

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