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Problem Solving Tunisian Crochet w/ a Migraine on Saturday Night...

Designing is always full of it's own ups and downs, at least in the way that I design. I'm thinking that most of us have experienced the excitement of starting a new prototype, getting ten or so rows in and then coming to the conclusion that we must start ripping it back. Ugh! Well, if I'm lucky and that only happens once, then I think nothing of it, but when I've done the Rip'it dance three or more times, I look around to see if "frustration" has shown up with her suitcase for a visit. ...more

Tricia summer dress pattern and tutorial

Karen Ballum  Thanks!  :)  It was my mother's day gift for her.more

Crocheting Market Bags is Easy

 I discovered Ravelry,, a crocheting and knitting, online community for  thousands of free crocheted and knitting patterns.Market bags are easy and creating your own pattern is fun.  I use cotton yarn because it does not stretch as much as some acrylic, worsted yarn....more
katier crocheting inbetween each stitch rather than into the top of the stich worked best ...more

You Won't Believe How Easy It Is To Make These Maxi Dresses

Warm weather has been slow to arrive to my corner of the world but it's finally here and I've started pulling out my warm weather clothes. The first thing I reached for was my maxi dresses. I love how they are even more comfortable than yoga pants (yes, really) but make me feel way fancier. I do sometimes have a hard time finding maxi dresses I really like in my local stores but it's okay. These bloggers have me covered with their tutorials for how to make your own maxi dress. Easiest Maxi Dress Ever...more
sassymonkey Considering!!more

Sewing My Own Maternity Shirt

A few months ago, I took the Pixie with me to the mall. She looked around with wide-eyed wonder at the stores and the lights and the displays and the people and asked me THREE different times, "What is this place???"We learned two things that day: 1) that I don't take the Pixie to the mall very often and 2) that she has the memory span of a fish....more

Blowing the dust off my sewing machine

I decided to pull my sewing machine out of hiding and blow off the dust. Lets see what happened....more

Something New

I'm going back to work next month.  I'm hoping that my schedule will allow me to leave a bit earlier in the day than I used to, spend time with V, and then finish up my work for the day after she's gone to bed.  One serious issue with this plan was lugging my massive laptop back and forth every day.  So not appealing.  Imagine my excitement when I was notified yesterday that I could access firm materials on an iPad!  I ended up buying one today.  I think it will be a big help....more

Sew For Victory Dress – Vintage Simplicity 1649

A complete review of my Sew for Victory dress, made from vintage Simplicity 1649 pattern.View Post...more