Are You a Crafter or a Baker?

I have this whole theory about why I am a better cook than a baker. Baking involves following instructions and being exact. Cooking, much like crafting, can bend the rules. You can add a little of this and a little of that, and it might just make things better. Do that with baking, and your soufflé won't rise. I am a crafter. I love to cook and craft—baking, not so much. ...more
I feel like a Brafter. Baker + Crafter.more

Can't Make Your Own Curtains? Hack Them

While curtains are easy to make, for someone like me who is not great with a sewing machine, sewing my own seems a little intimidating. While I'm sure whatever I made would look fine, I would forever see any teeny-tiny imperfections I made on the seams. Perfectionist? Me? Sadly, yes. Then I started thinking -- if I can't make them, maybe I can hack them? I found some easy modifications that can take curtains from drab to fab. Change Tab Top Curtains to Pocket Curtains...more
we don't have many curtains.more

Get the Look for Less: Crate-and-Barrel-Inspired Coral Floral Pillow

I crave colors when spring starts, which is why I love the Julian Orange Pillow from Crate and Barrel: A punch of orange and hot pink, it's perfect for a girl wanting to add a splash of color. Here's my take on an easy, homemade pillow inspired by this look! ...more

Happy Easter from the Easter Puppies!

The whole gang wanted to wish you a very happy Easter... ...more

Modifying a Sweater, Part II - Fiddling with Ease

Back to my adjustments on the Fifty Fifty tank. We left off with a discussion of swatches. Here are the two that I did. They were machine washed and laid flat to dry.  ...more

Apple Dress – Simplicity 2176

Who would have guessed though that fruity apparel is all the rage right now. I’m also sporting this trend in my new Apple dress.View Post...more

Fabric Cowl - Quick Sewing Project

I've been on a sewing kick lately and have been finding more and more great tutorials to build my skills. After a pair of pajama pants that came out great, I couldn't wait to try something else. A quick look at my horde of scarves and cowls was all it took. I can't say no to a decorated neck. ...more

Pleated dress: Free pattern and tutorial

alt="Pleated dress tutorial and pattern" width="641" height="641"> This is the pleated dress.  This is one of the most popular and most downloaded pattern from the whole collection!  I think it is because of its simplicity, yet complexity that makes it different from the other pleated patterns around. I also love the contrasting colors on it. Instructions: ...more

Blog Silence

It's been a week and a half since my last post.  I don't like to go that long between posts because I know you are very likely checking every hour or so to see if there is a new post and I don't like to do that to you.  But things got busy.  In that time:There were several days of working at and filling in at the yarn shop....more

Come alone

I can honesty tell you that at the ripe age of____ it is time to start it all over again. I’ve worked full time for over sixteen years, built a house from the ground up, and raised two kids. I’ve lost the job, house is getting filled with stuff I can’t fine when I need it and the baby is going off to college in four months....more