Easy Dress Repair

I have set a challenge for myself.I am going the repair four dresses before the end of May. Three dresses are vintage and one is modern. Why May you ask? Because then I will go to the West fjords (of Iceland), where the owner of two of the vintage ones loves and I want to bring them to her all finished and pretty.The other two belong to my older daughter.I tackled the first one today. It’s the modern one and it was badly torn at the sleeves:...more

My March Quilt blocks of the month

 These are my blocks for the craftsy BOM.  They are a broken spider web and a string block.  They are super fun and scrappy!http://melaniehamdesigns.blogspot.com/2012/04/march-blocks-of-month.htmlMelanie Hamwww.melaniehamdesigns.com...more

Embroidered Bolster Pillow

 Ever since I received an embroidery sewing machine for Christmas, I have wanted to make a new bolster pillow for my daughter's room....more

Underpants Tutorial

As I was trying to find a project to make a Christmas present for my husband, it dawned to me that I could make him some underpants.The easiest way was to take an old pair of his and use it as a pattern....more

Spliced and Stitched-- Another Little Wall Quilt

My latest mini quilt was such a pleasure to create. If you look closely, you can see that it's composed of 16 squares. Basically, I sliced up solid gray squares at random, re-stitched them with colorful bands between, and trimmed them to the 5 1/2".Easy! And the result is a whimsical, random design. Finished off with some curly cue quilting....more

Red Hot Pillow Talk

It is just over a week until Valentine's Day and there is a definite lack of decorating around my house.  Normally, there isn't much for this holiday anyway, but I was feeling the need for SOMETHING.  Up until now, the only "decoration" was the tablecloth shown here (under all the sewy stuff).  It was made from some leftover fabric that was sitting around doing nothing.  ...more

(all wrapped up) kindle case + tutorial

Last March, my hubby gave me a kindle for my birthday... I was so excited! He even got me the case that had a light in it! There were many nights spent reading to the wee hours with my handy dandy lighted case......more
This is so cool. I have fabric on my sewing table right now and was going to make a cover for my ...more

Imagine . . .

Imagine .   .   .     2012.  This is the year I am dedicating to Becoming Mari.  I do not want to simply move through the notion of rediscovering myself, I truly want to experience the act of living.  Living life, MY life and loving it.  Loving what I do and respecting that it may not all be good all the time, I may not b...more

DIY Doll Beds and Tiny Quilts

My boyfriend's nieces love their American Girl dolls, so I wanted to make them something for Christmas that their dolls could use. Their dolls already have millions of outfits. Why not furniture? I came across lots of ideas including this picnic table, which I'm also dying to make....more

Return to Crafting Basics

I'm spending my free time going through all my crafting supplies recently. While doing so, I found an instruction booklet and kit for bookmaking, some kits for jewelry making and several knitting patterns that I'd set aside for some reason several years ago. In looking at my supplies, however, it struck me that really before I took up any of these activities, I needed to brush up on some basic techniques. ...more

tjstaab, sewmanybooks,

I hear you both on getting back to projects that you have ...more