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Busy time off

7 Jul

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m taking classes on Saturday, year round. Well, I got kind of lucky and just had a full three week break – that hasn’t happened since Christmas. I originally thought about just sleeping while the kids are at camp, but then I felt guilty so I started making things. Lots of things. 

This was first, I’d heard the song and made the embroidery and didn’t know what to do with it.    
 I love this song. 

Then I got hooked on making foldover zip clutches, I’ve been making them non-stop. I ran out of the amazing (vintage, yard sale purchased) blue with white polka dotted fabric! But here are some pictures:

I’m obsessed.  I’m also running out of zippers – something I never thought would happen. 

What’s your latest craft obsession?

New clothes for B & L

10 Feb

I finally got my sewing machine up and running this week. Thankfully school hasn’t gotten to be too busy yet so I was able to get some sewing done for the kids, including a shirt I had cut out and pinned for Lucien but before we moved last spring!

Here’s Lucien’s top, it’s the Charlie Tunic from Made By Rae. I like this pattern (and the dress version) because they’re easy! I also modify it where I don’t put in the buttons. The main fabric in this is wax cloth that my husband bought for me when he last went to Gabon. The coordinating fabric is vintage that I found at a tag sale last summer.


I wasn’t sure at first how they’d go together, but I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. I’m also pretty happy with Lucien’s crazy toothless grin! (Side note – he lost his tooth last week in the middle of the night, and couldn’t find it! Like it’s somewhere in his room, but we haven’t been able to find it. Maybe he swallowed it, but the night he lost it, he says he dropped it between his bed and the wall, and we woke up to the sound of him pawing at the wall to get it back – freaking out the that tooth fairy might not come. It was crazy!)

Anyway –

For Bea, I made a twirly skirt. I didn’t use a pattern, I just measured her waist, then doubled the measurement – so 22″x2 = 44, then I measured the length and added a couple inches to account for the hem and waistband, it was 14″. I just cut a rectangle from the fabric and sewed up the side, but instead of zig zagging the seams after sewing them, I did French seams instead. It took about 30/45 minutes to make, the longest part was putting the elastic in the waistband.


First, Bea didn’t really want to pose – she wanted to twirl around…but she picked the fabric, it’s Alexander Henry from Joann’s maybe a year or so ago. I think I might make her some more and add some mini pom poms to the bottom, I think she’d like that.

Tie it up

7 Feb

I’ve been a bow tie making machine over here for the Fusion Union Wedding Expo.

I thought I’d show some of the ones I’ve made recently as I think they’ve been coming out really good and I’m so, so excited about them!



These last two are my recent faves – I love that sailor fabric – I found it in Maine years ago and love it so much I’ve never wanted to cut into it. The wax cloth is from a friend of mine who clearly knows the way to my heart! I love how the selvedge looks wrapped around the bow.


Hexagon obsessed (again!)

8 Oct

I’ve become obsessed with making hexagons to eventually make a quilt. This would normally be great, except that right now I have a custom order to work on and I have to make things for a craft fair I’m in later this winter.


But the hexagons are calling me to work with them…

Small scrappy quilt

12 Aug

I saw something about making scrappy quilts by glueing (with a gluestick) fabric scraps onto a larger piece of fabric and then sewing down the pieces once the glue has dried. It didn’t seem to difficult, so I tried it.

I used a beige muslin I had in my stash and from my scraps I used shades of blue and green. The back is a blue gingham that one of my aunts gave me years ago. Oh, and the binding is vintage binding that came in a sewing box I bought at a yard sale.

I’m pretty happy with it and Bea has claimed it as hers, so that’s a good sign.

Here are a couple pictures:



Fashion Friday: it was so warm out today!

26 Apr

Fashion Friday is a weekly series in which I will highlight some of my children’s outfits.

It was so nice out today! I hope it was warm where you live, too!

First up, I’ll post Lucien this time:


Lucien’s pants were just plain khakis. I made his shirt last year, it’s the Charlie tunic pattern. The fabric is wax cloth from Gabon that J brought back for me years ago.


Bea is wearing a dress her Granny bought her about a year ago. I’m going to guess that it was probably from Kohl’s.


I added a picture of myself because I cut my own hair, like a dummy, a few weeks back – for years I hadn’t cut my hair because I wanted long hair and bangs like Nico. Then I just couldn’t take it anymore when it started to get hot. So… I also dyed it a dark purple color that Bea picked. I usually dye my hair pink or red, so I wasn’t sure I’d like this, but I really do. (And since I did it for the kids – blue top from target 3 years ago, the green top from the fashion bug going out of business sale).


24 Apr

As I’ve been preparing for the upcoming show, I had one embroidery that I didn’t know how to display. It was tall, but not wide and it looked odd framed. I had thought about quilting around it to make a wall hanging, but I couldn’t pick the fabrics. It was really bothering me because I liked how the embroidery came out.

I finally decided not to put it in the show, but instead turned it into a pillow – that Lucien instantly stole!


Speaking of my show – here’s a bit of press about it, I sound like a tool!

New friends put a smile on my face…

26 Mar

I had an idea for a doll the other day. I should’ve been working on framing pieces for the gallery show or you know, working on pieces in general, but I had this nagging idea that wouldn’t let me do anything but think about it.

Don’t you hate that?

I did what any sensible person would do and pulled out some fabrics and let them tell me what they wanted to become. They certain spoke to me, a lot.


This is Penelope. If you tell her anything, she doesn’t care – she’ll just shrug and say “meh.”


This is Colette. She’s concerned that she won’t be able to reach anything on the high shelf.

I made a couple others but I’ll show them in another post. I’m really happy with them. I like when hare-brained ideas work out.

Wordless Wednesday: in which Myra Ellen judges my sewing

20 Mar



Holiday gift crafting

26 Nov

Since I’m fairly certain that ladies on my Christmas list don’t read my blog, or even know about it actually, I feel fairly safe in posting this work in progress. Along with a store bought gift, I’m making some of the women on my list infinity scarves. I know, they’re kind of passé, but I really like them so fuck it.

I googled about a million directions of how to make them. Basically, you just decide how big you want the loop to be and how wide you want it and cut the fabric accordingly. Then I used about a million pins to pin the sides of the pieces together – I had two very long pieces for one and two long pieces for the other. Then I used the zig zag stitch to sew up the long sides of the fabric, making a tube. Then I turned it right side out and brought the ends of the tube together and sewed the opening closed – that was the tricky part.

I kind of like how they came out. I hope the recipients like them, too. Here are some pictures:

This is the first one I made. What am I looking at, you might be wondering? Well, I’ll tell you – nothing at all. Ha ha.


This is the second one I made. The fabric is a really soft flannel that I had in my stash. I think this one is kind of long, but it’ll work.

Oh, I forgot to mention the best part was that I had a little helper:


Until he got bored that is…