The Zen of Ironing

Summer in France quilt

 Twinkie chillin' with the quilt ...more

Sewing Idea! DIY Nylon Strap Bag

Origionally posted on thegypsywife.comSo I’m new to this whole sewing thing and I’m always on the look-out for sewing ideas that are simple and practical. This nylon strap bag can be made in whaMy fabrics came from the clearance bin at Wal-Mart. I check regularly and scored these for id="mce_marker" per yard. Also, the nylon straps can be purchased at Wal-Mart or whatever fabric store you use. tever size you need. I made mine to use as a children’s gift bag, buy you can make a larger one to take to the pool or whatever.You will need:...more

Floral Maxi Skirt

In almost every store I've noticed an array of maxi skirts and dresses in every color. The best part is you can change it not only from a skirt to a dress, but can dress it up or down depending on your accessories. Frankly, I haven't been able to find one that I fell head-over-heels for. Don't settle for any old maxi skirt, make one instead!...more

Red Poppies for Memorial Day Heroes

The red poppy is the official flower of the American Legion and meant as a sign of remembrance for fallen soldiers. The symbol of the poppy for remembrance was adopted by many of the allied Countries- America, Britain, France, Canada, Australia and New Zealand during WWI. The British and Canadians wear red poppies on November 11th—known as Remembrance Day or Poppy Day. In this country, we celebrate all those who have served honorably on Veteran’s Day and we honor those who have died in active duty on Memorial Day, so red poppies are distributed on Memorial Day in America....more
Huh. I had no idea Americans adopted the poppy. (I'm Canadian.)more

My Adventures in Sewing

A Giraffe Story A little while ago, not long after I got my sewing machine, I brought some awesome giraffe print fabric. I immediately thought about making myself a dress, without a pattern. I didn't really know about darts, lining or anything else. And today, I can tell you that it SHOWS. I still love my dress. Still proud of my dress. Now I can see where I was wrong... 1 - Wrong fabric. This is a upholstery fabric. For outside. Not really perfect, but the result is a little rough and it looks good with heels and more feminine accessories. 2 - Should have make a vent....more

May Day Basket: Pansies

Putting a May Day basket on a neighbor’s doors is a fun way to ring in spring. Traditionally, children would hang the baskets, ring the door bell and run!I have done May Day Baskets with tissue paper flowers and I have done them with cut flowers. This year, I planted pansies in a flat backed container and attached a hand-made pansy ribbon flower. I chose pansies because they mean…you occupy my thoughts.May Day is May 1st, so put together a small basket of flowers for your neighbors. Share some good wishes…some planted wishes! ...more

March! Or, my daughter is two already.

This time last year I started feeling old because it occurred to me that I had a child old enough to have a birthday.  Now birthdays are going to have to be part of my existence because not only do I have one child having a birthday this year, I have two!  (The other thing on my mind this time last year--realizing I'd have two kids!)  As previously mentioned, I am trying to do a low-budget DIY Madeline birthday party.  Nothing too elaborate, just an attempt to try to tie things together around a theme....more

Fun Puppet and Theatre Project! Fun for Kids and Adults

 I have three, beautiful nieces, as of right now they are 5, 4 and about to be 1. Having two boys myself I always get excited for their birthdays and holidays so I can buy girl presents. Well this year I bought a sewing machine and I was super excited to get to make something for them. So for my niece Kendall's first birthday I made hand puppets, and my mom and dad made a theatre....more

Simple Pillow Case Dress Tutorial

Today I am going to try my hand at a Pillow Case Dress Tutorial. The pillow case dress is a very simple sewing project, and it doesn't take long to complete. For my pillow case dresses I use fabric cut straight from the bolt instead of using an actual pillow case, I personally think that there are more options available when buying fabric....more
Super cute fabric for a little girl! I love it!more