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…are so hard to photograph!


Instead of decorating pre-existing curtains, I decided to sew some yesterday.  I mean, I must have been feeling good.

I bought this fabric from Sew, Mama, Sew a couple months ago to put in the kitchen.  Then something horrifying happened that changed my mind: Emily spilled spaghetti sauce.

It was epic.  The sauce got all over the less-attractive-orange-gingham that presently covers the broom closet.  That is precisely where this new, lovely, cream-colored fabric would have been had I felt like sewing in these past months.

Thus the fabric now safely resides in our living room.

It does not match the sofa.

Time to buy a new sofa.

Handmade Christmas Gifts

Handmade Christmas Gifts


As promised, here’s the soldier I made for Jacob.  This was a quick project I found on Ric-Rac, and she’s not kidding when she calls him a One Hour Softie.

I also made Jillian, my sister-in-law, a “Keep Calm” sign.  Someone, somewhere in my life was bound to get one of these as a gift… seeing as how I’ve been obsessed with the mantra and all.  She happens to be a grad student, and we went to England with that part of our family.  So it seemed fitting. 🙂


These are the handmade gifts I made this year: granny square ornaments, a soldier, a WWII sign, and a Tic-Tac-Toe game.  It all feels a bit Cath Kidston to me, but I do love Cath Kidston and am decidedly okay with that. 🙂

Happy New Year, everyone!!!

Last Minute Gifts

Last Minute Gifts

We’re about to celebrate Christmas as a tiny family tonight, but I thought I’d hop on here and share the Tic-Tac-Toe board and pieces I made for Emily.


The board can double as a potholder in her play kitchen.


In fact, I kind of like it for myself and thought about stealing it. 😉


I also made this little soldier for Jacob at the last minute.  So last minute that I wrapped him up about 5 minutes ago.  I’ll have to take pictures later.

Merry Christmas!




Today I made a collage.


A mood board.


Clothing design is on my mind a lot these days.


Which reminds me…

Do any of you have experience with dress forms?  I’m looking for a good (but inexpensive) one.  I tried the duct tape dress form, and, well, DIY doesn’t always work…

[Mood board clippings taken from Domino Magazine (R.I.P.) and an Anthropologie catalog.  And that’s Jenny Gordy from Wikstenmade front and center.]

Mystery Revealed!

Mystery Revealed!


Tah-dah!!!  There you have it.  Appliquéd art.  I’m not sure if I’ll keep it over the bed.  It could be really pretty with the quilt… if I ever finish the quilt…


By the way, I’m considering tying it instead of actually quilting it.  What do you think?  Does anyone have any experience with that?  Aside from it being faster than quilting, I think it will be easier to mend any parts that begin to dry-rot.  Afterall, there are a lot of vintage fabrics worked into this beast.

Living Room Week: XBox 360 Cozy from Linen Pants

Living Room Week: XBox 360 Cozy from Linen Pants

Okay, so this sounds frou-frou, but it’s not!  I promised Evan that I wouldn’t put lace or ruffles or flowers on his beloved XBox.  Just a plain and simple dust jacket, if you will.


There you have it.  So simple that you hardly even see it.  (It’s on the left, in case you’re wondering.) 😉

I refashioned this slipcover from linen pants that my friend Heather gave me when she found out I liked to do this cut-up-old-stuff-and-breathe-new-life-into-it deal.  Thanks, Heather!  Love you, girl.


I kept it simple because… I know Evan will never take the time to tie pretty little ribbons in the back.  If you were a boy, would you?  So it just sits over the front, top, and sides.  Nice and neat. 😀

Planning to make something like these tonight…

Work in Progress

Work in Progress

Just wanted to let y’all know that I’m still here… working on a thing or two… or four.


I might be back this afternoon with a finished something-or-other to share…