Why do women collect purses and bags? Maybe it’s the sense of possibility in that empty space: journeys to take, people to meet, memories to carry home. Or maybe it’s that a bag always fits, any season or time of the month. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s simply fun! A special...Read More
Sign of the Dove is a 40 year old New England cooperative composed of over 50 artists and craftspeople who make pottery, blown, stained and fused glass, weaving, jewelry, art clothing, photgraphy, beading, metal sculpture, dolls, leather, prints, paper crafts, and unique holiday ornaments.
We all work shifts at the store and it’s been great fun to get to know the other members and learn about their work. The big challenge will be to keep my purchases in balance with my sales …
Stop by and see me sometime! The store is conveniently located between the Apple Store and Teavana (yeah, this is not going to be good for my budget). I only work a few shifts per month, but I’d love to see you there … drop me a line and I’ll let you know my schedule.Read More
You know you’re going to miss them when they head off to college. But you won’t miss the laundry. And while a nice bag may not make laundry fun, it might entice them to do it on their own … before they come home. At least that was my hope last fall when I sent my daughter off for freshman year! And so far, so good.
As usual, finding the right fabric was key for me. It had to be sturdy, colorful, and with a modern attitude. Waverly cotton home dec from Jo-Ann Fabrics fit the bill perfectly. And since my daughter’s bag has worked so well, I’ve made a number of laundry bags for other students. With the exception of a great cow skin print, I’ve used Waverly home dec fabrics for all of them. Next I’ve got to find something for the guys, I hear they have laundry, too!
I also include a detachable zippered coin purse for ID, keys, and cash. Maybe a cool bag hasn’t made my daughter’s trips to the laundromat fun, but at least she can go in style.
Ah, now I know what it means to be in the “sandwich generation.” Don’t get me wrong, I know I’m lucky to have my family (they are pretty wonderful), but some days it’s been a challenge to avoid getting squished in the panini grill of it all!
So in an effort to make the proverbial lemonade from lemons (and to avoid working for a bit), I went in search of good panini ideas.
There’s a great list at epicurious.com … headlined by the ever so healthy but totally therapeutic Nutella Panini!
Some beautifully photographed entries from Martha Stewart.
And all the basics from the Food Network.
Now if only I could get someone to do the grocery shopping …Read More
Every May our local elementary school has a silent auction fundraiser. Every April I think, “hmmmm, what can I do with t-shirts this year?”
Last year I made a large patchwork throw pillow for lounging about indoors. This year, after a long winter, I was ready to get outside! So I made a picnic blanket using flannel pajama pants and t-shirts.
To provide a little bit of protection from the elements, I backed the quilt/blanket with ripstop nylon … in the winter, maybe it could double as a toboggan? To keep your picnic from drifting away when the spring breezes blow, I added triangular pockets in each backside corner to hold a small rock or other weighty object.
A quilt like this could also do duty as a light windbreak or bleacher cover for those cool spring athletic events. Take it to the beach when the weather heats up. Toss it in the back of the car for whenever! It will machine wash nicely in cool water as needed.
And keeping with the school color of green, slice up some avocados to layer onto your picnic sandwiches. Wonderful! Why has it taken me so long to try this?!Read More
It’s a small world ….
One of the wonderful things about the internet is the way it can bring us together across vast distances. As a child, corresponding with friends in NZ was a long “send and wait” process, today (if you’ve got the time difference right!) it’s a simple click on the keyboard to say hello.
Emily is a Kiwi graphic designer who plays with printable gift boxes, buntings, illustrations and such. I’m especially fond of her little gift/favor boxes.
I think it’s the magic of transforming a flat surface into a 3-dimensional object that appeals to me. (Hmmmm … sounds a bit like sewing?!) And there’s nothing like the instant gratification factor of being able to print your purchase immediately on your own printer and play with it, NOW!
Her products are just plain fun.
To see more of her work, check out Emily Hingston’s etsy shop.
Also, for more “fun with paper” ideas, visit her Paper Craft pinterest page.Read More
I have had a length of Peter Rabbit and Friends home dec fabric in my stash for years. As much as I loved it, I never knew what to do with it.
Until last week when I was wandering around etsy and saw the answer in another shop. Easter baskets! Thank you Anne Schneider of GoodWishesQuilts!
And thank you to whomever it was that gave me this fabric when my children were small. I’m so glad to finally put it to use. This project slightly vindicates the depth and breadth of my fabric stash … well, maybe a little!
Stuff. Lately I feel as though I’m being overrun by stuff. Stuff on my desk. Stuff on the bathroom counter. Stuff in my purse. All those little items like pens, buttons, makeup, shopping cards, and more! And then there’s that entourage of electronic gadgets that seem to multiply overnight … and each gadget has 3 cords or accessories that follow it around.
So before I was buried by the creeping onslaught of stuff, I began sewing some little zippered pouches to help organize.
I like a bag that can sit up on its own, so they had to have a flat bottom … and big enough to hold a fair amount of ‘stuff’ but not so big that they didn’t fit into my briefcase or purse or drawer. And here’s what I came up with … a whole army of little pouches! Some with matching tissue covers, one filled with emergency supplies for my daughter, one for my phone and laptop cords, and some for you!Read More