Sunday, November 29, 2015

Preparing to prepare

Advent.  A season of . . . 


I'm not very good at the first two, and certainly not the last one.  But introspection -- I take that to a whole 'nother plane of excellence!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Reclaimed sewing: sewing with skirts for fabric

Recently, I shared my tips on sewing with shirts as a great source of fabric, and then how to deconstruct them to get the biggest bang for your buck.  Today, we're going to look at my favorite thing to shop for and repurpose -- SKIRTS!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Reclaimed sewing: make a plethora of pillows

I went on a pillow-making binge several weeks ago.  The bobbin case on heavy-duty sewing machine had broke again, and while I waited for the back-ordered replacement part, I decided to do some sewing on my light-duty machine... for myself!  *gasp!*  I rarely sew for myself, or just for fun.  (I think almost all sewing is fun, but that's not quite the same thing.)  So I decided to sew a slew of autumn-themed pillows!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

I let go for a happy Halloween

Every year, my Halloween duties get lighter and lighter.  As my children age, they like to plan and make their own costumes. . .  and I like to let them.  When my children were all very young, I stressed for daaayyyys, sometimes weeks, making elaborate costumes for each child.  It was insane.  I was crabby.  And it was all about me.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Reclaimed sewing: sewing with shirts for fabric: deconstruction

Yesterday, I posted on what to look for in a thrifted shirt, for the purposes of general sewing.  Today, we'll talk about my favorite part:  DECONSTRUCTION.


Did I mention that this is my favorite part?

When you're an expert like me, you can rip it all up, taking out all KINDS of frustrations on your sewing.  But baby steps. . . today we'll start with scissors.  :)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

10 DIY Halloween trick or treat bags

Every year at Halloween, we go on the hunt. . . for the cheap plastic pumpkins that I'd purchased (AGAIN) the year before.  If any are found, they're most assuredly cracked, missing its handle, or cemented with those those gross orange and black mystery goo candies that no one ever eats.  So then I'll typically rush to the store to pay another dollar for another crummy pumpkin bucket that won't survive the year.  Or I might just hand the kid a plastic bag and send them on their way.  Depends on the day I'm having.

But this year will be different!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tutorial: autumn acorn pillow

I went on a wild pillow-making binge recently.  I made so many pillows, too many pillows, but that didn't stop me!  Because I HAD to make an acorn pillow. . . .

So I wrote a little tutorial while I was making this one, just in case you get all crazy and want to make one, too.