Ripple Effect

Years ago, when I used to watch TV, I used to watch a lot of This Old House, and one of the episodes they had advice on how to survive when you’re living in your home while renovating. The biggest tip was, “Make sure you have a Switzerland and a Germany,” meaning: make sure you have at least one room that “doesn’t get involved” (stays unaffected by the chaos, a retreat or sanctuary from the mess) and one that is super organized to hold all of your tools and equipment for your projects. We knew instantly that this was brilliant, genius advice ....more

Birthday Goodness

Last week was my birthday. I love this time of year. Not just because it’s my birthday, of course, but also because everything seems to be bursting forth outside ....more

The Moulding Saga, Part 1

Those of you who’ve been around awhile might remember that four years ago (FOUR!!!) I worked really hard to put new moulding into my daughter’s room. Today? Today, I ripped all of it out ....more

The Pillows that Just Happened

Last fall I made some pillow covers for my little loveseat in the front room (where I sew), and I never really loved them. I had been seduced by a bold print at the fabric store. I actually still love the fabric, but I didn’t like how it made my little nest feel ....more

More Squares and Even More Waiting

My blanket is growing, little by little. I love this pattern. Since you work the blanket in strips only 30 stitches wide, you make lots of progress ....more

A New Crochet Project

Tthe last few days I’ve been laid up on the couch with a bad back. Those of you who have been around awhile know that I’m not particularly good at being ill. It’s not that I don’t like to relax on the couch, I do ....more

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Sewing (Pink) – FREE PRINTABLE

Printable Download .PDF File You know I wouldn’t make one of these without making a pink one, too, right? Of course not!! Inspired by the “Keep Calm” posters that are all over the blogosphere, I decided that yes, indeed, there was room for one more ....more

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Sewing (Rainbow) – FREE PRINTABLE

Printable Download .PDF File Well, it took a bit of figuring out on my part, but I was able to finally turn the little graphics I made the other day into actual printables! I hope you enjoy them. Just clicky the linky and download your .PDF file and enjoy! ...more

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Sewing

You can always tell when I am coping with a large amount of stress in my life because my sewing output, like, quadruples or something. It’s not that I spend particularly more or less time sewing, it’s just that when I am sewing I am in Full Production Mode. You know what I mean? ...more

A Pillow Cover for Fall

While spending the summer going through someone else’s things isn’t exactly what I’d call the funnest summer ever, there are sometimes perks. For example, my Dad had bought each of us kids a $100 US Treasury Bond back in the 70’s. I had forgotten all about them, but we found them in the bottom of a box, and voila! ...more