Nap Pillow Case

This soft, luxurious, pink and gray beauty is for a little 3 year-old girl at church.  I brought some soft minky swatches for her to see last week and and she picked the pink and gray chevron.

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I looked through all my ribbon and couldn’t find any gray, then found this frayed band from an old shirt of mine.  You see, most of our old clothes get donated to Goodwill, but I keep a basket in the sewing room of clothes that have potential to be worked into a sewing project.

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I couldn’t have frayed it any better myself.  Actually, I couldn’t have frayed it nicely at all since I don’t have fraying skills.

I wasn’t able to find the 20″ x 14″ pillow form so purchased a standard pillow for $2.50 and cut it down to size.  I can’t say I’m in love with the fiberfill of a $2.50 pillow, but it does make me wonder why buying fiberfill in a bag is $5.

Anyhow, there you have it – my first travel-sized pillowcase.  Small, quick project that can be completed in an evening.  Love projects like that.

The Sunday Dress Up Bag Sewing Pattern

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May I introduce my new sewing pattern?  The Sunday Dress Up Bag.

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This bag has been a long time coming.  But happily, it is out just in time for Christmas!


This bag would make a great gift for a young lady.

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Or make easy-to-sew-up party favor bags.

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The photoshoot was fun.  This beautiful young lady goes to my church.
She is my children’s church class and her dad is one fantastic photographer.

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He shot this one of me trying to get the bag angle just right.  There was a lot of running into the frame, making minor adjustments and running out of the frame before she moved to much.l2 small

I hope you enjoy the pattern as much as I enjoyed writing it.  Happy Sewing!

The Sunday Dress Up Bag pattern can be found in my shop here.

Houston Quilt Market 2015

Three fun days of seeing the latest and greatest in fabric and quilting!  Quilt Market is always inspiring and fun, but this year I went to assist Revel Designs with her booth.


Anna Maria


modern minis

Paper Obsessed








Fruit Dots



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I’ve also started posting pictures on Instagram. Find me: @craftapple

The book that never was.

Believe it or not, I have a new pattern in the works!  It’s been a long time coming.  About 5 years ago I was casually approached about writing a sewing project book.  I declined at the time, because I knew I would go nuts trying to fit it in.  Then, a couple of years ago I got it in my head that I really could write a book.  So I spent a lot of time sewing samples, trying to get projects together and finalized.  I started writing a book proposal.  But you know what?  I was SO wrong.  I can barely put out one pattern at a time.  What made me think I could put out a book?  So I stalled out and felt creatively frozen for a few months.  Oh well.  Live and learn.

So my next pattern is a favorite from my book that never was.  It’s cute.  I’m happy with how it’s coming together.  It should release in the next month.  I’m happy to be feeling that pre-release excitement!

Here is a shot from the photoshoot.  We were all done shooting and I thought my sweet model might enjoy some shots with a bunch of balloons.  Here’s to all of us busy people who manage to do a little something that we love on the side.


Photo credit: John Benitez Photography,



Our last big trip of the summer: England.  A couple of days in the English countryside and the remaining days in and around London.  Our precious goddaughter was christened.


And we were able to get acquainted with all things British.

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Apparently, English bees aren’t aggressive so I was able to get close to them for some fun shots.


I wish I could say that we were in front of our summer home.

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My boys.  What drove this trip is that my oldest is starting high school.  That means that we only have a few more summers with him home.  I’m feeling the time crunch with all the family things we want to do.  Going to England: james park

Seeing an English goose: check.



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covent gardens

Coffee on the Thames with a good friend.

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And, of course, the family had to have Fish ‘n Chips!

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notting hill

It was a fun place to take pictures and a fun place to visit.  To be honest, London was a little much for me.  If (big if) we ever to go again, I think I’d spend most of our time in the countryside.  Maybe take a day or two to learn to drive, then visit some villages and estates.

England, you were beautiful.  Thanks for having us.

Made in Taiwan

I was born in Taiwan.  I was raised in Taiwan.  Now I live in the US, but I still love and miss the place where I grew up.  Every summer I take the family back and now hopefully my kids will love it too.  I heard a travel show once describe Taiwan as a glimpse into what Mainland China might have been like if communism hadn’t swept through.  It’s a lovely place if you love the city and a lovely place if you love the country.  We stay in the capital city – all crowds and business, but just an hour away and we are out in the fresh cool air of the mountains.  So that’s my plug for the beautiful island.  And here are some of my favorite shots from our trip.

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My favoritest shot – some water buffalo grazing on a mountain top.

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And where there are water buffalo, there is…

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These water buffalo followed us up the mountain trail, blocking the only path down.  It was a tight (and scary!) squeeze, but we made it down.  Whew!

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Boats docked on the Danshui river.

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Cat wants into my favorite clothing shop.  The shop cat was relegated to the front porch because a customer with dogs was in the store.

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The food.  Ahhh the food.  It was delicious.


Spring onion pancakes.

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Custard cream puffs.

Fortunately without a car we took public transportation and did a lot of walking to work off the yummy food.

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The lightbulbs on this fishing boat were so unique.  I want some in my house!

Hanging sandals

Grass sandals drying out.

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Door knob.

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Old military fort.

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Old mansion from the 1840s.

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Love this door!

LinAnTai kitchen

Traditional Chinese dining room.

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Traditional Chinese kitchen.



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Silk waterfall.

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The city.

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The family.

Vacation is good.  Vacation in a place you love is even better!  Thanks for making it through my little travel post!

Creating Art When You Have Zero Drawing Ability

I’m such a cheater.

But I feel pretty good about it.

I saw this little flower in a field and loved it’s shape and beauty.  Took the shot and started to wonder it if would be possible to paint it on canvas.  But what do you do when you want to paint something but have no drawing ability?  You tap into your other strengths and figure out a way to cheat.

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First, I loaded the picture onto my tablet.  Then, taped tracing paper to the tablet and traced the flower with a marker.  I did it this way because I’m really not skilled at drawing with a mouse.

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Then, I photocopied the image onto a transparency and made a projector using my cell phone flashlight, glass door and canvas.  It reminds me of the old overhead projectors my teachers used in class.  This is best done in dim light.


After painting my gray background, I traced the image of the flower onto the canvas and filled it in.  I could only be happier if I actually knew how to properly paint, but I haven’t figured out how to fake that yet!


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This weed is apparently called a Smallflower Dessert-Chickory or Texas Dandelion.  So purty.

Craft Apple

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, crafting is my apple. It's what I do to maintain my sanity while taking care of my family. I homeschool my three boys, ages 11, 12, and 13), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and a pattern designer.
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