Snow and Skirts!

Happy Monday! Everything is still frozen up here in the north, really frozen. Like, frozen solid. And I am sick to death of it. But this week the weather is supposed to change. We’re even supposed to see 50 later this week. We better. Because I’m getting grumpy.

But, since I can’t get outside, I made a skirt! Actually, I made two skirts! I made this really quick and simple jersey cotton spiral skirt using a dark gray. I used this pattern from Stitches Magazine. (probably should have ironed it, eh?)

It includes this great decorative stitch and button that turned out really well, but scared the crap out of me when I first started. I practiced a couple times and then just went for it. It turned out great.

I also made this adorable Flower Bubble Skirt with a pattern from HeidiandFinn. Now, we just need some of that warmer weather so we can take off our long johns and put on our skirts! Soon!


Sewing, Sewing, Sewing

I am online A Lot. I read a lot of blogs about sewing and creating and art and making. I read a lot of websites about sewing and creating and art and making. So when I heard that Sew Daily was launching a new community site, I couldn’t have been happier! So many ideas! So many tips!

There are even free projects, like this Faux Drawstring Skirt. It’s on my list!

Have a great weekend, stay warm and dry, and have some fun, okay?


What A Find!



















I have a couple of friends who are expecting little ones this spring, so I plan to surprise them each with a Minky Blanket. I ran over to Joann Fabrics yesterday, despite out 12 inches (and counting) of snow. It was slow going, but so worth it because nobody else was there. No line at the cutting counter, no other carts to fight with and no line at the check-out. I also found this amazing fabric from Alexander Henry. It’s called the Jomo Jungle Border. There’s lions and hippos and toucans and butterflies and bumblebees. So cute.  I plan to use it for both blanket, one paired with Pink Minky for friend having a girl, and the other with White Minky for the couple who don’t know what gender their baby is. I’m so excited to get going and see what the final blanket looks like!



It seems like everywhere I turn there is Pillow talk. It’s Pillow month over at Sew Mama Sew, and over at L&J they’re having a Pillow Talk Blog Hop. I’ve also borrowed three Pillow books from the library (above). And all I can say is that it’s good timing. My parents just ordered a new couch and I promised I’d make them throw pillows to match.

Here’s the couch they chose from Room&Board. It’s being delivered this weekend and then I plan to get to work. Until then, what kind of pillow do you want to see on it?


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Daughter and I made Valentine’s this weekend for her teachers and friends. We kept them simple since she’s not quite two. I cut out a pink heart and a white heart. She drew small masterpieces on the white hears and then I used the sewing machine to sew them all together. I’ve been meaning to sew on paper for months now and this was the perfect opportunity. And I love it! I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to try it. Watch for more projects, soon!

PS: Don’t forget to hit the shelves tomorrow for discounted candy, it’s the best time to buy!


And a Diaper Sleeve

So, I had a bit of the beautiful Ty Pennington fabric left over, so I made this adorable diaper pouch from Noodlehead’s tutorial. It was really easy to follow, and could actually used as a guide for any kind of bag. And it was quick! I made it during the second half of Daughter’s nap this weekend. Ta Da!


Amy Butler & Ty Pennington

Remember this book? And remember this fabric? I put the two together and made this beautiful Reversible Shopper. It’s really much larger than I expected, but it’s perfect. Sunday we used it to carry our hockey gloves to the neighborhood rink. Tomorrow I’m going to fill it up with my yoga bag and block for Yoga Class. This summer it will be filled with goodies from the Farmers Market. I can’t wait.


Placemats, For Me!

I’ve been sewing again, mostly for myself. And I’m loving it. I recently finished a set of reversible placemats for our dining room. I used this bird Ikea fabric for one side, and a simple black and white floral texture for the other. I wanted to get all six of them out of just two yards of the main fabrics, so I added a 5 inch panel to each side. I used the same Amy Butler pattern I used for these placemats. This time they came together really quickly and they’re so easy to just toss in the wash when they get soiled. Plus they look great on our teak table.


Sewing Table Drawer

Husband gave me this AMAZING drafting/sewing table for Christmas. It’s perfect. A large area for the sewing machine and it’s bar-height so little fingers stay away from sharp objects. And the desktop tilts so I can use it for drawing and painting when I get around to it.

It also has an amazing drawer the whole width of the table, but it’s really shallow. Just about an inch deep. That helps with the leg room (which at 6 feet I need a lot of), but little for storage. I took a quick look online and found no drawer organizers less than 2 inches high. So husband came up with this amazing solution.

He ran over to Michaels on his lunch hour and picked up 1/2 inch balsa wood strips and some gorilla glue. I love what he did with them. I have compartments for thread and needles and pretty much everything I could need.

Thanks, Marc-yver!


February 1: Resolution Check-In

view from my “studio” of the mississippi river

Can you believe it’s already February? I sure can’t, but I’m also sure glad it is. It’s getting us just that much closer to green, spring and warmth. As promised, I’m here to check in with a Resolution update. Let’s see…

1. Create
I’ve been sewing for myself, which has been a blast. I made a set of placemats for myself and a blanket for Daughter. There’s a list of projects in the works as well, so Create is coming along well.

2. Write.
I’ve been scribbling a bit, but I’ve also plowed through two books (this one and this one) that will help here, and I’m taking a class this weekend at The Loft. More on this soon, I hope.

3. Yoga
The 21 day Yoga Challenge was a bust. I just couldn’t get the videos to stream. But I’ve been to class a couple times, does that count?

4. Budget
Um, yeah. I haven’t had time to spend any money, does that help? And I’m really trying to think about purchases before I make them. But then I joined Borders VIP club thing and now I get free shipping on any book. If I wait for the weekly coupon, is that still okay?

5. Triathlon.
Progress! I’ve met with two personal trainers, one for a Cardio plan, the other for a Lifting plan. Both are going well. I also found a place for Adult Swim Lessons. So I don’t drown. WooHoo!