From Fabric to Floppy Bag

I thought it would be fun to do a little before and after shot of my last bag.  I might even call it a fabric makeover – from frumpy to fabulous.  😂

floppy bag before

There is just one thing missing from the supply shot.  Any guesses?

floppy bag after

I was so happy to discover that my camera allows me to connect to my phone so in the “after” shot I’m actually holding my phone to take the picture.  As a mom of 3 boys who absolutely do NOT want to model a bag, I am honestly quite thrilled!

I’ve been experimenting with natural leather for the straps and am really liking it. Due to my chemical sensitivities it is really the only one I can tolerate working with.

So there you have it:  Floppy Library Tote with Natural Leather Straps.

Anni Rose Quilt

I’m in love with this patchwork design!  This is the 4th baby quilt I’ve made with it.  Simple rectangles that are large enough to show off some pretty prints.  Anni Rose 2Anni Rose 3Anni Rose 4Anni Rose Quilt

And a lovely ruffle.

Just a little post about how much I enjoy photography and how happy I am that Photoshop can take my normal-looking pictures and make them look better.

A few years ago, in an attempt to take better pictures for this blog, I got my first DSLR camera.  Now, 8 years later, I’m on my 3rd camera and finding photography to be almost as therapeutic as sewing.  I wanted to share this photo that I took for my website and show just how awesome it is to be able to make my shots SO MUCH BETTER in Photoshop.

Here’s the original photo:


Here’s the final:

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And here’s a GIF of the two:


A couple of my favorite photography youtubers:
The Bite Shot – Food photography tips that I find carry over well to craft photography
Peter McKinnon – Fun, entertaining Photoshop tutorials

Find my Photography Instagram @SnapPaperScissors.

Now please feel free to GO MAKE SOMETHING and then take a picture of it!

Quilted Camera Strap Covers

It started with a friend asking me to maker her a camera strap.
“Sure!” I said. It sounded straightforward enough.
She loved it.
Then I realized I needed a new strap so I made one for myself.

camera strapBut who could just stop at 2 straps?
I made a bunch – 12, I think – and these are the ones I have left.


And after all the pink and green, I felt like a blueish one was in order.


Quilts + Cameras = a great combination!

I listed these in my Etsy shop.

Gingham Double-sided Gauze Dress

I don’t have any daughters but after this sweet girl was born I was given a goddaughter which is probably the next best thing.  And let’s be honest – it’s much more fun to sew for girls! This dress is from a Cotton Friend mook (magazine book) made from double-sided gingham gauze.  The gingham on one side is smaller than the gingham on the other.  I love this fabric so much.  It’s deliciously soft and thicker than you’d think.  I got it in a Japanese fabric shop in Taipei.

Gingham dress imogen

I finished off the raw edges rather than fold the seams because they felt too bulky that way.  Plus the pattern pieces didn’t seem big enough to lose the seam allowance.  The instructions were in Japanese so who knows – maybe the seam allowance wasn’t included.

Gingham dress imogen2

I loved this project.  I sewed it deep into the night when I was jetlagging.  I think I finished it before I went to sleep at 5am.  We’ve been back from Taipei for a couple of weeks now and I think I’m finally back on schedule.  It’s good to be home.

Baby Boy Quilt via Ikea

I guess that technically it isn’t cheater fabric, but when I saw this toddler duvet cover at Ikea I figured it would be a quick and easy baby boy quilt.  Well, a quicker and easier quilt since quilting is never quick or easy.

zachary1It had to be quick since baby Zachary was born a few weeks ago.

Honestly, I don’t know about this quilt.  I’m a little embarrassed to say that if I saw it in a Pottery Barn catalog I’d love it, but if I got it handmade for one of my kids I might feel sort of indifferent about it.  I do like it enough to gift it so I’m gifting it in the hope that it gets worn out with good use.


Happy birthday baby Zachary!


Last Minute Etched Glasses

As usual, I forgot to get a little something for some friends of ours.  Etching to the rescue!  We had some little glass cups left over from some Delici desserts purchased at Costco.  A few Cricut stencils later and I was ready to go.

cups 1

Mom + Dad + 4 kids.  My kids had lots of fun picking out funny faces for their friends. Some nice weather meant I could etch outside and in no time we had a sweet, personalized gift.


They opened them early and I think they liked them because the mom went out and bought supplies and is going to give etching a go.

Kookyheads from here.

Merry Christmas, Crafters!

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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 14, 15, and 16), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and pattern designer.  Oh – and I also like taking pictures.

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