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Toddler Apron

This is my first little sewing project for Christmas completed!  It’s a little apron for my goddaughter to wear in her play kitchen.  It’s been a while since I’ve had fun pairing fabrics in the sewing room so this was a lot of fun!

It was also a lot of fun embellishing the picture above.  But maybe it’s a bit busy.  For those who prefer a less-busy version, here ya go.

Happy Christmas sewing to all of you, my fellow sewists!

Cricut Maker

I’ve always wanted a Cricut but never had the motivation to get one until now.  I’ll tell you what made me want one – it was my sister.  She sent me cute little pictures of different labels that she had seen and it made me want to make cute labels too!  So far all I’ve been doing is cutting vinyl labels for my cleaning products.  But my sense is that this is just the beginning!

I started making my own cleaning products last year when I started having symptoms of environmental illness.  I found these cute glass amber spray bottles on Amazon and now my cleaning products are going to be beautifully bottled too!

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I’m learning a lot about the Cricut.  The Maker is the only model I’ve ever owned so I can’t compare it to the other models.  The Maker is supposed to be able to cut fabric as well  with a mini rotary blade but I don’t imagine I’ll be using that feature for a couple of reasons.  Firstly, I don’t mind cutting fabric – I actually enjoy it.  Secondly, the fabric must be adhered to a sticky cutting mat which means it must be pealed off after the cut is made.  When pealing it off, the edges fray.  Not a huge problem but not worth it to me.

Do you cricut?  I’d love to see your stuff!  Feel free to leave a link in the comments!

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Rubber Ducky You’re the ONE.

I always try to incorporate photography into things that I’m working on because, well, I like photography. So I was planning a baby shower and discovered how very photogenic these rubber duckies were. I ask my son to spray a gentle shower on the ducky with the hose and I immediately felt like he wasn’t doing it right, aiming the water right at the duck’s head so hard that it almost knocked the duck over. *sigh* But then I was scrolling through the shots and realized just how cool this shot was.

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No, that isn’t a gentle shower.  Yes, he’s being hit hard by the water squirting out of the hose – and it’s awesome. It was a humbling lesson in learning to take pictures and an even more humbling lesson in parenting.

I printed off the pictures and used them to decorate around the house.

We had Jello.


We had a photo wall with a raindrop garland backdrop.


And of course the party favor was handmade bath bombs packaged with a little ducky.

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I personally don’t use bath bombs because I’m a shower gal, but these were fun to make after I got the recipe down.  The failed bath bombs ended up fizzing up in the kitchen sink, then, because I have all boys, they also ended up fizzing up in the toilet. Presently I’m trying to think up another excuse to make them – they were that fun.

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Oil Lady

As my sister was setting up her new website for her essential oils business it reminded me of the excitement of starting my own business 10 years ago. I had just one pattern at the beginning but the thrill of selling a pattern – it was exhilarating!

I wanted to do something special for her as she was getting all her stuff together and what would be better than a bag with your new company logo on it?

Oils bag

Isn’t it the cutest logo?  Thanks to custom digital printed fabric, she has a one-of-a-kind bag to carry what she needs to teach classes or meet with buyers.  The leather straps don’t hurt either.

Congratulations, Joanna!  Much success to you!

A Lesson In Leather Strap Placement

I’ve been putting a lot of leather straps on bags lately and here is a sample. At first glance, these bags probably look about the same.  Sure, one is bigger, but they use the same fabric and they both have leather straps. The leather really elevates the bag, in my opinion.

The bag below is the first one I made.  Nothing glaringly wrong with it. Except that the straps look funky.  I had momentarily forgotten about my 6-inches-between-the-straps rule.   The leather is bending and warping near where it attaches to the fabric and eventually this bag is going to become misshapen between the straps. Oops.

Jessie leather 1

Lucky for me I had enough fabric for another one!  Made the bag a bit bigger and more importantly, remembered the strap rule and am so happy with it!

Jessie leather 2

Can you see it?  Left = bad.  Right = good!

Jessie leather 3

Gray + lemons + limes + tangerines + leather = very good.





Two Quilts. (Yep, TWO!!!)

It all started with me wanting to design my own baby boy quilt.  It was going to have mushrooms growing all over it, and it was going to be SO CUTE.  I drew it up in Publisher and colored it in.  I was determined to applique without adhesives.  After determining that I could cut the applique in half by not having mushroom stems, what I ended up with was a quilt with little mushroom caps on it.  Isn’t it funny how things work out? The caps look more like little hills but I’m happy with how it turned out.  This little boy is due any day and his quilt is ready for him!

Even though the mushrooms didn’t look the way I expected, I really liked the patchwork background and went to work on a mushroom-less girl quilt.

I love a cute ruffle quilt.  And this one was backed with a double gauze receiving blanket.

The ruffle is a Mona Luna print.  I am gradually hoping to use up my traditional fabric and replacing it with organic.  My chemical sensitivities have gotten more severe and I’ve been cleaning up my life.  No more adhesives melting under my iron and putting fumes in the air.  No more fabric with dye fixers that I shouldn’t be around.  Did you know that there is a certification process for organic fabrics that can ensure that the chemicals used in processing meet certain toxicity and environmental standards?  GOTS certification – that’s what it’s called. MonaLuna, Birch, and Cloud 9 fabrics all have this certification, thankfully, so while my fabric choices are somewhat limited, there is still a lot to choose from.

A post with 2 quilts!  I’m so proud of myself.  🙂


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My friend Jessie is, by all accounts, a cat lady.  She has several cats and would save more off the streets if she could, so it surprised me when we were out shopping that she found some bulldog fabric and asked if I could make her some cushions.  “I like bulldogs,” she said and  I was so surprised.  How did I not know this?  What kind of friend am I?


Won’t her kitties be jealous?


Yes, yes, they will.  Because these cushions are so cute!


A little peak at the ties in back.  I always want the backs of cushions to be as cute as the fronts.  And in this case the jealous cats will be messing the cushions up on her couch and they won’t stay facing forward.

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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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