Lake Placid

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Ye be warned: this post has a ton of pictures. My family & I went to Lake Placid, NY a few days ago! It’s a large, adorable town in the Adirondacks a few hours away from where we live. Everybody in the town is super outdoorsy–from skating on the lake, snow shoeing, hiking, climbing the mountains, skiing, and hockey, everyone is involved. And those are just the winter activities. My family has actually been there a few times before, and our last trip there was so much fun.

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Oh, another thing before we get into it–we forgot to bring the camera to some of the activities, so we weren’t able to photograph most of the trip. When I did take pictures, I wasn’t focused on perfect photos, so don’t expect high-level photographer pictures, mmk?

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To have a good vacation, I strongly believe that you need to stay in a good hotel so that you’ll have a nice, clean place to come back to after a long fun-filled day. This hotel didn’t disappoint. We stayed in Hotel North Woods, a large, beautiful hotel on main street. It’s only a few minutes away from a Starbucks–a big bonus, huh? My sister and I walked there in the morning to get hot cocoa and tea.

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Another thing I love about Lake Placid? The main street! There are tons of shops–ice cream shops, fudge shops, Starbucks, Gap…even an olive oil shop. It’s common to see people with skates over their shoulders still wearing snow gear in the stores after skating on the lake.

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The town in general is really clean and everyone is so friendly. And the food is fantastic. 😉 We ordered pizza, got popcorn, ate ice cream…but we definitely got a workout in! We skated on the lake, went snowshoeing, walked the entire town, went sledding…99% of the time, we were outside.

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The best part of the vacation was going on the tobaggon shoot–I was terrified but forced myself to think of it like a rollercoaster. It was worth it! If you ever have the opportunity to go on a tobaggon shoot, do it.

IMG_9949.jpgWhoa, you survived the long post! Long story short: go to Lake Placid. If you’ve ever been there, let me know, I’m curious. If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Thank you for reading!

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A Day At The Clark

Art Gallery #1.JPGTGIF! I hope you’re having a great start to the weekend. I’m just popping in with a quick post. My family loves going to art galleries/museums, and one that we’ve really enjoy o a few times is called The Clark, in Massachusetts. Today my mother & sister & I took a trip there!

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Unfortunately, my camera battery died after about an hour or so, but I was still able to snap a few pictures.

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We grabbed lunch in the cafe. It was delicious–I got a panini with pesto and chicken, along with a side salad. I had to ask them to take out mozzarella, because I’m going dairy free–for a moment, I considered leaving the cheese in any way, but I reminded myself of my goal.

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If you’re ever in Williamstown, Massachusetts, I recommend checking it out! It’s a huge, gorgeous gallery in general, and there’s tons to do, we spent the whole day there and never got bored.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Look for a post from me soon! ❤

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Blogger Recognition Award

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I would like to give a big thank you to Ivana for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award, I’m so honored! ❤ Let’s get right into it, shall we?

-Rules-

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

2. Write a post to show your award.

3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.

4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.

I started my blog in 2013, and I remember sitting in my dining room coming up with different names for my blog. My mom suggested, “How about the freckled fashionista?” My freckles have mostly faded away, but the name still sticks, and I love it. At first, I posted about all sorts of random things, but over the past few years as I’ve gotten older, my blog has shaped into something I’m super proud of, and it continues to grow every day.  I now post about all sorts of things that interest me, from sewing and fashion, to lifestyle, beauty, and more.

My first piece of advice to new bloggers would be to stay true to yourself! Find what sets you apart from other blogs, because that’s what will make people follow your blog and come back to it. My second piece of advice would be to just keep posting, no matter what. Don’t give up. The more you post, the more your blog is “out there”. Eventually, all your hard work will pay off!

Here are the bloggers that I’m nominating! It was hard, because I love so many different blogs.

SewChic

SewRedy

Captain Charley

StyledByMcKenz

PinkSundays

Rachael Barbs

Kellyn Roth

Bellechoice

Life as Daisy

Letthesewingbegin

BeaFree

Rynn

Amanda Bella

Beauty By Britanie

Yvonne Lindie

Thank you, all of you, for following my blog & following me in this journey!

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#stitchingsanta2016–What I Received

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas! I’m posting this late, but it was so much fun participating in #stitchingsanta2016. If you would like to see the gifts that I gave, check out this link! My package unfortunately came a bit late, so I wasn’t able to open it on Christmas, but I adore everything that I received.

Look at these goodies!

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The lady that had me, Mel, clearly knows me well. The theme of this was quilting–she saw on my blog that I want to learn how to quilt. She included all this gorgeous fabric for a quilt!

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She also got a quilt block for me to use. I don’t have one of these, so this is perfect! Thank you!

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There are a few magazines and quilting books–these look so interesting. I can’t wait to sit down and read them all! Mel marked a pattern in one of the magazines that she thought would be a great beginner pattern. I’m excited to try it out!

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Lastly, she sewed this beautiful zippered pouch. It’s so well made, I love it!

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Mel, thank you so very much for all of my presents. I truly love everything. I hope you all have a fantastic New Year, and look for a post from me soon!

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What’s New & Christmas Updates

Wow, time flies. It really does. The last time I posted was Thanksgiving, and here we are! It’s almost Christmas! This is my favorite time of year. I adore the snow, the holiday cheer and the delicious cookies. 😉

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I really enjoyed coming up with things for my recipient this year. I found these adorable coffee mug coasters on a blog and ended up crotching over thirty for my family, and friends for Christmas presents. I included four gray ones into my recipients package. I wish I had the photos to share, but I assure you they looked fabulous! 🙂

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Photo taken from RepeatCrafterMe.

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Moving on a different topic, I love the food this time of year. The cookies, the cakes, the chocolate sweets…but by New Years, I find myself more than ready for excerise to get in shape and feel healthier! My favorite yoga Youtuber, Yoga with Adriene, is doing a 31 day yoga camp, or as she calls it, a yoga revolution, and it’s basically a month of yoga! What makes it even better is that it’s completely free! It starts in January. I joined and I urge you to join as well! I love doing her yoga videos, and they are all free. You can sign up here!

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One last thing to share–a few weeks ago, we went to get our Christmas tree! That’s probably one of my favorite things about Christmas. I love not only picking out the tree, but decorating it by the fireplace while listening to Christmas music. We went to a family farm, where you can pick your own tree. The day was beautifully cold and crisp, but not miserably cold, which made it a very enjoyable experience.

I hope that you have a very Merry Christmas! Thank you for reading!

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A Day In Woodstock!

Hello lovely readers! A few days ago, my family and I spent the day in Woodstock.It’s a charming town about an hour from my house, and it’s filled with boutiques, shops, cafes, clothing stores, and a lot more! The whole town is very artsy.

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The first stop was a wonderful sewing shop called Sew Woodstock. They sell vintage clothing, fabric, notions, and they teach sewing classes, as well as doing alterations. I loved the shop the second I walked in. The shop is bright, colorful, and inviting, which is everything a sewing shop should be.

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All in all, I really enjoyed Sew Woodstock, and if you are ever nearby it I would recommend going in there! I got a few things from the shop.

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After going to Sew Woodstock, we continued to walk around the town. Each of the shops are so diverse and unique, which is part of what makes Woodstock such a cute town.

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We found this lovely peace sign on the sidewalk! To end the afternoon, we got lunch at the “Yum Yum Noodle Bar”.

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It was a wonderful day! If you are ever near Woodstock, go and check out the town!

Thanks for reading!

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4th of July

imageimageimageimageHello! I just wanted to make a quick post to say Happy 4th of July! Although I’m a little bit late…:) I’ve been back from vacation for a few weeks now, and I’m so excited for my next posts. I have some new clothing items to share with you, a guest post, and a suprise. 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful week! I had a great start to the week by someone telling me I looked 17…

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Bunting Flags & Week Reading

Hi!

I woke up this morning with a strong desire to sew something–not apparal, I wasn’t ready to just up and start a big project, so I looked through some sewing books I had. I liked a lot of the projects in Kathreen Ricketson’s book Kid’s Crafternoon Sewing. A lot of the projects were for younger kids, though, and I originally checked out the book to make something for my little brother Marck (more about him in a minute.)

One project I really liked was bunting flags.

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I love the look of bunting flags and they’re so easy, so I made some! The book comes with free patterns too, so of course I love that.

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Apologies for the blurry image. Cutting the flags is a breeze- you just fold the fabric in half, laydown the pattern, cut out the shape, and sew! Crazy easy. I have tons of little kid scrap fabric, so I used lots of different patterns.

If only the sewing part went so well as the cutting. My machine was getting the thread all tangled, and the tension is way off…I’ll look into that.

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The pattern has your choice of two shapes–I chose the leaf one.

Once the flags are sewn, you just have to sew them on to ribbon, bias tape, anything you have. I used bias tape, but I only had about a yard and a half, and it was purple. The other bias tape I had was pink, so I chose purple. I don’t really use bias tape that often, so I don’t have much. I had to layer the flags because I had so little bias tape.

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The result: I like it! It’s super cute, however, I do have some problems with it that all my fault.

1. It looks flat. That’s because it is flat! But I might hang it some where else where ot has a chance to shine from both sides.

2. I didn’t have much bias tape, so it doesn’t have the length I wanted it to be.

3. The bias tape is messed up attached to the perfect little flags. At that point my machine kind of gave up.

On my brother:

I’ve told you that I’ve had a sister, but I don’t know if I’ve mentioned Marck. He’s five years old, and was adopted from Haiti around the time of the earthquake.  He’s my little sewing apprentice, he likes to sneak into my sewing room and drop thread and fabric everywhere, and he thinks that’s hilarious. Then I bore him with talking about sewing and fashion, so he runs away. So cute.

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I checked out tons of fashion and sewing books from the library, so I’m going to go find some new projects. I’m thinking of making some bunting flags for my sewing room. Bye!

love abigail

Tulips!

Hello Fashionistas! Normally my blog is about sewing and design, but today I can’t resist showing you some pictures of tulips from the Tulip Festival in my town.

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My ouffit wasn’t too dressy. It’s 80 something degrees today, so comfy shorts and a cute top works fine for me.

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My outfit: Shorts from Target, Top from Old Navy, Shoes from Payless, Cami from Forever 21.

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We took about 50+ pictures of all the beautiful tulips.

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It’s hard not to…there are so many different kinds and colors. I got lots of inspiration for designs.

Have a happy weekend!

love abigail