In Central Florida this year, our April showers leaked over into May. We’ve been getting some much needed rain and the thunderstorms make for good napping (I’ve trained myself, Pavlovian-style, to sleep when I hear the sound of rain and thunder). [Read more...]
Recently, I was going through my wardrobe and getting rid of the stuff I haven’t worn in a while, but I kept an eye out for things that I could mend or refashion. I thought these khakis would be a perfect candidate for a refashioning that would combine a couple of details from these shorts I found on Pinterest. [Read more...]
What is it about journaling that’s so addictive? Is it sorting through your innermost thoughts? Connecting with parts of yourself that no one else sees? Expressing yourself through words and doodles? That’s all well and good, but let’s get real. It’s the journals themselves, right? I have a soft spot for journal covers. I love getting new journals because the covers can be so beautiful, but then I fill up the journal and get sad because it’s full and then get excited because I get to find a new cover and then I have to journal some more about the sadness and the happiness, and so on and so forth. It really is a vicious cycle. [Read more...]
Kate at See Kate Sew is hosting a clutch-along. I’m participating because it seems like a lot of fun and then I have an awesome envelope clutch at the end. I’ve always wanted to participate in an online sew-along like this, but I never hear about them in time or I’m too late and miss them altogether.
What a clever little pie chart; equal parts truth and hilarity. What is it about quilting that makes one start hoarding fabric? I’ve done more non-quilt sewing than quilt sewing, so I find it odd that even though I use my stash for all sorts of non-quilt sewing projects, I didn’t really start building a stash until I took up quilting almost two years ago.
Not sure what you need to get started on your sewing adventures? In the fourth video of my First Steps series, I review all the basic tools that I use any time I tackle a sewing project. Once you have the basics, from scissors to pin cushions, it’s all about buying different notions when a particular project calls for them or just when you want a neat and specialized tool that makes sewing easier.
My friend, Gwen, has invented these amazing reference cards that help you figure out how much fabric to buy when you’re at the store but don’t have your sewing patterns with you. They are also helpful if you are good at making your own clothing patterns – you’ll know how much fabric to buy if you want to design a dress or a skirt. In this video, Gwen explains how to read and use the reference cards.
Just a couple of weeks ago, I finally finished my first e-book: Darling Beginnings. It’s a great addition to my First Steps series of video tutorials. Between the two, anyone who wants to learn to sew, should get all the knowledge they need to begin living the life of a sewing enthusiast.