Category Archives: crafts

Death (and rebirth) of a sewing machine

At the beginning of last month, I was sewing a friend a purse for her 30th birthday and with literally one inch left to sew, my machine broke. Nothing was caught anywhere but the gears would not turn. I sewed the last strap end to the D ring by hand, but what about my machine? […]


I made this very simple but cute baby dress and a friend convinced me I could be selling more just like it on Etsy. Then we went fabric shopping and I bought too much fabric so I’m in. Right now I only have a few 4th of July prints up (had to rush to get […]


There’s a new website called Spoonflower where you can upload your own designs to print custom fabric. Eventually you’ll be able to sell your designs and buy other people’s as well on the site. I haven’t played with Illustrator in a while but I’ll have to start doing that again. It’s a little steep at […]


I was at the greatest craft store last weekend – Corning Stitch Works. My grandmother had meant to take us to the Crafting Cottage, which is apparently also a really great store, but we ended up finding the Stitch Works first. They mostly had yarn and fabric, although they also had some great vintage stuff […]

crafts / Christmas

This past week I’ve been catching up on some knitting and sewing I’ve been meaning to do for a while. I really haven’t done much of anything in the way of crafting in several months. I travel so much for work that I’m rarely home and then have so much other stuff to get done […]

Fitted Knits

I just got Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel. I want to make pretty much every sweater in the book. You can preview a bunch of the patterns over at KnitPicks.


I have too many unfinished projects. I don’t have time to do much with school, but I don’t let that stop me from getting materials for and starting new things. I’m going to make myself a goal of finishing everything I’ve started within a year of graduating. That may or may not be possible. I […]

<3 Halloween

For the 3rd year in a row, I will be finishing my costume the day I wear it to a party. But that’s because I didn’t start until last night. Oops. I’m almost done, maybe 2 hours left, but I needed a break. I got up early to do my hair in pin curls since […]

I just realized

Halloween is in 2 weeks and I have not made my costume. I have the fabric and most of the notions. I have the shoes and stockings. I just ordered black satin opera gloves, and I just found a 1940s purse I can make. It’s in the bottom left corner of the picture below. I […]


Lisa had her baby early Saturday morning. She is so pretty. :) I was able to finish her baby blanket in time to go visit the hospital. I did not finish my present for the shower on Sunday though. It should only take another day or two if nothing else interferes. Julia didn’t finish hers […]