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March 2017



Spring totes and more…

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It’s been a long winter. Cold. Very cold. And the white fluffy stuff which falls from the sky seems to make an appearance every time you think the ‘stuff’ has exhausted its welcome. I’m longing for spring. For the days you can leave the house with just a sweater instead of enduring the ordeal of layering winter gear to the point where you can’t even move with ease or feel any punches because you are so well insulated. Lovely image? Not!
So while rummaging through my stash of fabrics, I had spring in mind. Brights, florals and then I found the bunnies. I didn’t realize I had quite a few fabrics featuring bunny prints. Instead of a UV lamp or sun lamp, I chose these fabrics to brighten my day and turned them into totes and pencil cases.

Creating these Easter-ish totes and pencil cases did brighten my day. Initially designed to be used as Easter gift bags, they really can be used as a lunch bag, book tote, small work tote or whatever use which could brighten your day also 🙂
Some have already sold but you can find the remaining in my little shop.
If you are in a place also wishing for spring, we only have a few weeks to go. We can do it! I know we can.
Hope you have a fabulous day and thanks for visiting my little place in the world wide web!



December 2016



Happy Holidays!

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Hope you are all having a fabulous holiday season!
I have been a wee bit quiet over here on the blog but that certainly doesn’t mean I haven’t had much to write/blog about. I keep telling myself to blog about this or that but inevitably forget to do so or enough time passes that I forget what I intended to write about. And yes, I have been sewing. Probably not as much as previous months but certainly enough to keep me in my happy place for a little bit each day.
Every once in while, I create a pattern or project I get really excited about. This past month, it’s been the shrunken hockey gear bag. I call it the shrunken hockey gear bag because I designed it to resemble a life size hockey gear bag.

The purpose of this little bag is to store hockey stick tape, scissors, skate laces and all the littles hockey players generally need in their equipment bags. My boy keep losing his tape and stuff at the bottom of his big hockey bag so I thought to make a pouch which he would use only for the hockey accessories. It was definitely a hit and many other players on the team requested a pouch for their player.
I love when function meets practicality. I don’t usually sew ‘useless’ items. In other words, I like my creations to have a solid purpose so when the notion of creating a bag for hockey stuff surfaced, I fell right into it. Of course, it took about four pattern tries to get it right but in the end, I think the little gear bag resembles the actual hockey bag. Mission accomplished.
I have a few listed in my Etsy shop and plan on making a few more generic versions.
Here are a few more ‘custom’ orders:

Hoping it’s warm and sunny, wherever you are!
Thanks for visiting my little spot on the world wide web!



August 2016



When your favourite niece requests a pencil case…

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…you create one just for her.
Throughout August, I received many requests for the three-ring binder pencil case. Being the crazy summer it has been, there were weeks, yes weeks, when I simply did not have time to enter my studio. I checked in once in a while but did not even think about heating up the iron or turning on the sewing machine. When life is functioning at normal capacity, my machines are turned on every single day. It felt a bit weird not being in the studio every day but it is what it is. Life is slowing returning to the pace I prefer. When my sister asked me if I could create a pencil case for my all-time favourite niece, I made the time to get into the studio.
Of course, if I was going to create one pencil case, I would create ten.
Three Ring Binder Pencil Case
My niece loves the colour purple. If I picture her, I see purple as she is usually wearing some shade of purple. She also requested an additional pocket to hold special erasers and usb sticks.
Three Ring Binder Pencil Case
I made a few more adding the extra pocket.
Three Ring Binder Pencil Case

Three Ring Binder Pencil Case
Although it obviously takes more time to make a case than to run to the Dollar Store to purchase a very inexpensive one. We did the ‘pencil case test’ over the last school year and my daughters case, after a school year of constant use, remained perfectly intact, albeit a bit dirty. I posted the post school year pic of the case here.
Three Ring Binder Pencil Case
Our test this year will be to see if the pencil case can make it through a second school year.
All ‘ready to ship’ pencil cases are listed in my shop. If you would prefer a custom fabric for the case, send me a message. Most times, I have the preferred fabrics available.
Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous day!



February 2016



The Wristlet…A Travel Essential

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I don’t like to be bagged down (no pun intended) with bags and purses when I travel. I love ‘hands free’ options. I wear a cross-body bag and back packs before I will ever consider a hand bag or shoulder bag.
And that is why I love wristlets. To me, the wristlet is a travel or vacation necessity.
You can keep all your essentials, including your phone, in one handy little pouch. Easy peasy.

Of course, fun patterned fabrics make these wristlets even better 🙂

These and more are available in my shop.
If you are living in the cold like we are, stay warm! If you are traveling to a warmer place, safe travels and hope you have a fabulous vacation.
Thanks for stoppin’ by!!



February 2016



A Different Version of a Scrap Bash

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I’m pretty sure the same goes for all sewists but we all end up with scraps of fabric which ‘we will find a project’ for later. Depending upon the project, I either end of with a lot of scraps or a little, but nevertheless, I end up adding to the assortment in my scrap bin. Eventually, at least for me, the scrap bin becomes overwhelming and the thought of having to sort and iron of the wee bits of fabric doesn’t appeal to me. Perhaps I just need to organize it better. Instead, I go to my neatly folded and organized fabric collection and make new bits 🙂 This year, I decided to take a different approach to creating and working with scraps.
The first thing I did was empty my scrap bin.

Next, I select coordinating fabrics to create something, anything.
Stella by Lotta Jansdotter for Wyndham Fabrics
The next step is creating projects which will ensure the use of every inch of the selected fabrics.

I began with either fat quarters or 1/2 yards of each fabric.
The result.
Well, I did end up using all of the fabrics with motifs but what remained were the accent or coordinating pieces.
So my theory or plan didn’t go as well as I had thought for a number of reasons. One, obviously, the accent pieces will be used more than the coordinating fabrics. And two, I really got bored of working with the same fabrics and seemed to want to push myself to make more with these fabrics when really, I wanted to move onto playing other fabrics which were staring at me the whole time 🙂 This isn’t to say I didn’t love working with the Stella Collection by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics. but after the third or forth project, I wanted to play with other fabrics. So really, the drawbacks aren’t too bad. I didn’t add much to my scrap bin and made some cute little pouches and bags.

I am still on a mission to reduce the amount of scraps I accumulate but may have to find an approach where I won’t tire of working with the fabrics. And yes, I know, in the big scheme of things this issue is pretty trivial. Scraps or no scraps, I still and always will love playing with fabric. It’s just a matter of finding out how to reduce the waste parts.
All these little cuties are listed in my Etsy shop.
Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous day!

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