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August 2017



The ‘Pencil Case’ Season

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About a year ago, I posted this blurb about the Three Ring Binder Pencil Cases.
If you read through the post, I wrote about how the pencil case I had initially designed and created for Rylee had lasted throughout a school year. Yes, one whole school year. Gabe, who prefers the dollar store pencil cases, went through two pencil cases in one school year.
This is what one of the pencil cases I created looks like after enduring Grade 9 and Grade 10:

Yes, the pencil case is quite dirty and it appears she uses the case in place of paper to write on but nevertheless, the case is now about to enter Grade 11.  No rips, tears or otherwise signs of falling apart! We wish the case all the best 🙂
Although I have not created as many new cases as I would have liked by this time of the year, I do have quite a few new Three Ring Binder Pencil Cases listed in my little shop. Our winters here are so long and cold that I take full advantage of all days I can sit by the pool or leave the house without a gazillion layers. Thus, I spend far less time in the studio. Not complaining and no regrets. Our summers are very short and winters are long so there will be plenty enough time to catch up.
Here are the latest creations which are now listed in my little shop:

I think I like the paper airplanes fabric best 🙂
Hope it’s sunny wherever you are and thanks for stoppin’ by!



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!!

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