Be Your Own Pin-Up! DIY Swimwear!

It's summertime! And for many of us that means opportunities to get half naked and run around in the sun. I've never liked wearing a regular bathing suit. I have this ginormous RED birthmark covering one entire ass cheek and half my upper thigh and I've always hated it. ...more

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3 Types of Learners

A few days ago I did two things....more

The Modern Crafting Movement and Feminism

Every once in a while, a great article about crafting and feminism creates a lot of discussion. There are definitely the camps that want to bash crafting. Part of it might be a backlash against the word "crafting," as opposed to "craftsmanship" or "art." In fact, I have a friend who wants to bash pretty much all my activities because I label them with the word "crafting," instead of "art" or "drinking too much in bars late at night." I see it as a little like the 1990s -- when the punk rock girls and riotgrrls were taking back the word "slut," making zines, and daring to wear Hello Kitty barrettes. ...more


Wow. Great, thought-provoking post. One of my first posts when I started my blog ...more

The Patience of a Quilt

I’ve made a few quilts now, and each one’s always a long endeavor. Much longer than I originally plan. I’m kind of a get-working-get-it-done mind, so quilts are a true test of my patience. You just can’t rush a quilt. And, to make a good one, you can’t just take a few pieces of material. It has to be made of many pieces, lots of stitches, and lots of love....more

My first

Hello blogging world. I decided to start a blog just because.  I love reading several other blogs on many different subjects, so I thought I'd try my hand at it. It probably won't be anything special, but I'd like to give it a go.  Most likely my topics will be cooking, baking, sewing & quilting, my dogs, my hubby, and whatever else I feel like that day. Thanks for joining me!  :)   ~Jamie    ...more

Voodoo dolls and balsa wood

Sunday afternoon in ex-pat land and we’re still ‘Living the dream’...We’d planned to do a car boot sale today in a desperate attempt to fill the family coffers and allow us to proceed with the next stage of the renovation project from hell. So yesterday saw us loading most of our household contents into the transit. Its amazing what you don’t really need......more

How To Create Today's Embellished Tops

I look at the embellished t-shirts and cardigans at Anthropologie, J. Crew, and even Old Navy -- since last year, these retailers have featured thin, flimsy items with embellishments for $40-$70. I wonder who would buy these items, since looking at them shows that the work involved is quite simple. I'm obviously not the only person thinking these embellishments are easy to do. ...more

Thank you for taking the time to share. You make it sound so easy that I am sure that even ...more

Reflections on blogging

It's my week on  the site and it has been a lot of fun.  I have enjoyed the chance to network in something other than real estate.  In researching sites I am continually amazed at how many talented people are on the internet.  It also is a motivation to use my own talent more often.  It is hard to just pick one item each day.  My goal is to showcase different aspects of sewing.  It's hard when I am thinking baby everything most days.  One feature that had me excited was the mobile tutorial from Sew Mama Sew.  ...more

There's an App for That Crafty Thing You Do

I live with my iTouch near me all day. It's my alarm clock in the morning, my constant reminder of what to do during the day, my note pad, my food and exercise tracker. I SO wish more places I went had wifi, so it could help me be even more productive. I do not own a "smart phone" yet, though as soon as I have the time to stop my cellphone store, I'm picking up a Android phone. Will it replace my iTouch or will both live in my pocket all day? ...more

February Is National Embroidery Month

Along with hearts, groundhogs and dead presidents, February is a month to celebrate embroidery. Here are some pointers to tempt you into picking up needle and thread and making your mark on fabric. ...more

when I was a kid, my aunt taught me how to do embroidery. I used to enjoy doing it but now, ...more