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aug09 196I have been sewing away making these totally adorable note takers. I absolutely love the fabric combos and find they are very addictive to make.

aug09 166Inside is a small legal pad and a pen, and a pocket to hold coupons or receipts or other bits and pieces. I think they would be cool to use for a travel journal. The smaller size has a small memo pad inside and is great for grocery lists.

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I think my favorite part is the fabric covered button. They are fun to make, and add that extra homemade touch. Can you tell that I really like polka dots?

I have enjoyed making these so much that I have decided to open an etsy shop and sell them. Just kind of a fun thing to do to pay for fabric!


catalog 001This came in the mail today.  I have a love/hate relationship with Pottery Barn. The catalog is oh so beautiful, but the prices exceed my budget. This issue made me really happy because I can sew. I can make these

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well maybe not the quilts ( too labor intensive for my short attention span), but after my experiment earlier this month with patchwork, I could make one of the pillows. Who knew paying attention in home ec sewing would pay off one day!

I am not sure what it is I love so much about this catalog. I think it may the photography. Somehow, some talented photographer is able to elicit emotions from home furnishings. I love this photo mosaic in the catalog

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it reminds me of the photo mosaics that I adore on flickr.  It also makes me want to buy those candles, and those towels, and make labels for my cheese.


I’m not sure what this is called. If you live in England, I think it is called a bunting, but here in American it is called a banner.  I love the idea of cute little flags flapping in the breeze and adding a bit of color to the yard. This was a fun and easy project, and I am sure I will be making more. Maybe some for inside during the holidays?

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Here’s what’s in bloom in the backyard right now.  Painted daisies, chartreuse zinnias and day lilies. I hope I cropped out most of the weeds :).

Hope you enjoyed the weekend doing all the fun things that make you happy!


Here it is! Ta-Dah! I actually made a bag without a pattern! Becky showed me a picture of a bag that she really liked, and I thought, hmmm, I think I could make one.

I started out by cutting a rectangle out of the floral print, made a few pleats, then attached to the strip of the pink polka dot. The hardest part was making the lining, as I now had angles to work with, and wanted to make sure it would fit without any puckers.

Here’s a close  up. Is this fabric combo not totally adorable?


The straps were super easy. I added a divided pocket to the inside as well as a magnetic closure. It took me a few minutes to remember how to make a buttonhole.

All in all I think the bag turned out cute, and Becky really loves it.

After waiting all weekend, the mailman finally delivered the fabric I ordered. It is gorgeous, and I am having fun just looking at it and deciding what it all should become. Do you want to see?

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This fabric is part of a collection called Summer Soiree by Paula Prass. I love the turquoise print and the bright colors.

Next is

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This fabric is by Jennifer Paganelli and her line is called sis boom. I think it looks like something you would find in grandma’s attic, but with a decided twist.

Becky has requested a handbag, so the yellow floral and pink polka dot may be used for that. The turquoise print is my inspiration for my craft/sewing room. I was thinking of turquoise and red, but love the blast of orange and pink. I have no idea what I am going to do with the rest. I am sure I will be inspired by something.

I have another small project to share with you. I have been seeing custom camera straps and wanted one for mine trusty nikon.

camera 003So I made one. Again using my stash of fabric scraps, this took me about 15 minutes from start to finish. It took me about an hour to figure out how to put the camera strap back on my camera.  The fabric is Amy Butler’s Kashmir and I lined the inside with fleece. It is much more comfortable than the standard issue strap.   Cute, no?

As you may or may not know, I LOVE to read blogs and check out flickr. There are so many inspiring photos of things I would like to make, and was inspired to sew. After months of inactivity, the sewing machine was hauled out to make this


I ordered gorgeous, yummy fabric earlier this week, but did not get it in the mail in time for weekend crafting. So I dug through my scraps of fabric left over from last summer’s bag making marathon. I don’t know why I never thought to sew a pillow before because it was relatively easy and completely fun. I loved doing the patchwork so much that I then made this

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My table was really looking dull and drab so this perks it right up. I am looking around the house with new eyes, thinking of all of the things I can cover in patchwork. I have an old bench moldering away in the bedroom with some seriously ugly maroon velvet upholstery. Next project may be a patchwork cover. You may be be seeing some before and after photos. Who doesn’t love a good makeover?


Lately I have not been feeling at all crafty. I usually have a knitting project going, and have had the same pair of socks on the needles for months. Scrapbooking isn’t inspiring me at the moment and I have started a crochet pillow, but have only done a few rounds.

So, what HAVE I been doing? I have discovered the glorious world of british blogs, my favorite being www.attic24. Ever since the reading the book “The Shell Seekers” I have been a bit obsessed with all things British. The blogs I have discovered are full of yarn, baking, gardens, cottages and all of the cozy and domestic  goodness I associate with living in England.

I can spend hours browsing these blogs, dreaming of new projects, different ways to decorate and things I would like to bake. And that’s just the problem, I do spend hours in blogland instead of actually knitting or sewing or baking or taking photos. So for now, blog reading is my hobby.

My official excuse is that I am getting inspiration for future projects.

I finished this bag for my etsy shop, but Becky decided she loved it too much to let me sell it.

I agree. I’ll have to make another.

My super cute new bag.

Body fabric is Amy Butler’s Gothic Rose and the handles are Seed Dots. It’s lined with chocolate brown, and I added a pocket and magnetic closure. Fun bag to make, and lots of room inside for all my goodies.

Here are the bags I made with the Erin McMorris Park Slope fabric I posted the other day.

This bag was done with the orange swirl, with a contrasting band of the lime swirl. The shape is just a bit more modern than the average tote. The finished dimensions are 14 1/2″ wide at the top, 12″ wide at the bottom, 8 1/2″ high and 3″ deep.

This fabric for this bag is also Park Slope. I patchworked strips together and then did just a touch of quilting on each panel. The shape of this bag is more of a traditional tote. The finished dimensions of this bag are 13 1/4″ wide at the top, 11″ wide at the bottom, 9″ high and 3″ deep. This bag is super happy.

I love the colors of these bags and think they’d make a great summer bag.