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Give peace a chance

I finally got some sewing done that had nothing to do with our new house, and it felt really good.

A new tote!

The fabric store had a yummy display of new corduroy, and I just couldn’t resist. Hello Autumn.

This will go in my Atomic Holiday Bazaar stockpile, because the big, bad craft fair will be here before I know it. I can’t wait, but I have a lot of work to do. A lot. I don’t want to think about it.

In the meantime, this tote is for sale in The Boutique here.


September 14, 2009 at 8:26 pm 4 comments

Guestroom after and…after

I’ve been working on decorating our guestroom, and while I would normally show a “before” photograph, the room was basically just a small white box. So picture an empty room with white walls, and you’ve pretty much got it.

Since the room was a blank canvas and all we had to go in there was the bed, that meant I got to start from scratch and do whatever I wanted in the there.

Our guestroom is small — about 9 feet by 10 feet — and the queen bed is about 5 feet by 7 feet, so we really only had room for the bed and side tables.

I love how this room turned out. It came together very organically, one piece at a time, each piece chosen based on the piece before. When I decided to paint the side tables that minty shade of green, I thought that red would be a good accent color. But when I tried it, the red was just too harsh for the room, so I decided to go with a soft peach instead.

We still need a few more things for the room, specifically lamps for the side tables. But I don’t want to rush it and buy something we don’t love, so the lamps will happen when they happen. 

I found the side tables at the Salvation Army and painted them “Cool Aloe.” I made the curtains and the throw pillows — the green and blue flowered fabric is Amy Butler. I’ve had the two small shelves for years. They were white, and we painted them with the leftover pale aqua paint from our dining room and guest bath. The white duvet cover is from Ikea.

September 7, 2009 at 4:26 pm 2 comments


Nola had a moment with a lizard today.

It’s all the way over to the right, perched on the edge of the deck. She’s eyeing it up, but she’s too fat and slow to ever catch it.

I finished a new market tote, which I’ve posted to The Boutique.

I usually work with bold, contrasting colors, and I wanted to try something more monochromatic and subtle (at least on the outside). 

I stacked three appliqued circles and finished each one off with a single stitch of shimmery gold thread.

I decided not to go subtle on the inside, mostly because I love how well red, black and white work together.

Check it out here.

July 14, 2009 at 7:35 pm 2 comments

I want my Barbie back

Well, apparently, I’m like a small child. A toddler, if you will.

What do I have to do to make myself want to sew again? Pack up all my sewing supplies into boxes and then stack several heavy boxes on top of them. I’m like a kid who ignores and doesn’t want to play with my Barbie until my sister picks it up and starts playing with it. Then, suddenly, I want to play with my Barbie BAD. And NOW. Like, RIGHT NOW.

The day after my fabric was packed up, I suddenly had the urge to start sewing again. Instead of denying myself, I dug out the fabric box, opened it, and rummaged through it to find the fabrics I needed. And then I sewed.

(By the way, I worked to Mandy Moore’s new album called Amanda Leigh, which I think is fabulous.)

My favorite part of this bag is the inside.

I mounted my label to a green patch of fabric in order to give it a little more prominence and make it part of the design.

Or maybe it was because I nicked a tiny little hole in the fabric with my seamripper after I had already sewn the pockets on and didn’t have enough of the pink polka-dot fabric to start over again, so I securely covered the tiny hole with a patch of fabric. Yeah…maybe that’s why. But sometimes small mistakes end up being a blessing, because I love how the label and patch look, and I never would have thought to do this unless I was forced to come up with a creative solution to a stupid little problem.

The two pockets are lined in the hot pink fabric and finished with a decorative strip of ric-rac.

For sale here in The Boutique. Check it out!

PS — Twenty days until we move into our new house!!!!

July 5, 2009 at 3:53 pm 4 comments

New market tote

Bonjour my blogging friends! Although I’ve already packed up much of my fabric for our impending move, I was in the mood to sew the other night, and I realized I already had a market tote in pieces, just waiting to be sewn together. So I finished it up and posted it in The Boutique.

It’s my standard market tote design, but I used a thick cotton fabric instead of corduroy, which I think is more suitable for summer.

The applique design on the front of the tote is chocolate brown and white polka dots. The whole bag is lined in a gorgeous red and cream toile, which is yummy enough to eat and makes me want to decorate my entire house in it.

Oh, and a pocket! An internal pocket! I used to struggle with pockets, but now that I’ve figured it all out, I’m going to start including at least one in every bag.

The new bag is for sale here. (Edit: Sold!)

July 1, 2009 at 4:37 pm 2 comments


Wow. More than two months since my last post. Thanks for hanging in there with me, folks. I’ve been a very bad blogger.

One thing I’ve learned about myself over the years is that if I love doing something but go through a spell where I’m not feeling inspired to do it, then I shouldn’t force myself, or I’ll end up not enjoying it anymore.

It’s been like that with sewing lately.  I’m not sure why. I can’t explain it. But I just haven’t had any desire to buy new fabric. Or measure and cut and pin. Or turn on the sewing machine and spend hours sewing away and creating new stuff. I just have to wait it out and get back into it when I feel it’s right.

One thing that I think will help immensely is the fact that Alex and I are moving into a much bigger place at the end of July. Right now, we live in a small one-bedroom apartment in which my “craft room” takes up half the bedroom. Bless my husband’s heart for putting up with me.

However, we’re moving to a three-bedroom house with a living room and a separate den. And by den, I mean The New Official Fat Orange Cat Craft and Sewing Room. My own room! My own space! A place to spread out and decorate however I want and not be in Alex’s way! It’s going to be glorious.

Speaking of glorious… 

The new Tampa Ikea opened up a couple of weeks ago just a few miles from our place. Until last night, we’d put off going there to avoid the insane crowds. But things have calmed down, and we decided to go last night to get ideas and inspiration for our new house.

After walking through almost the entire wonderful, amazing, perfectly decorated showroom, we found the textile section. More importantly, the fabric section.

The fabrics were colorful, graphic, beautiful and high quality. I’m holding off on buying any until we move into the new place, but I’ll probably come back here for some curtain and pillow material. I might even make a duvet cover for the guest room.

If a new house, new craft room, new Ikea and all that yummy fabric doesn’t inspire me, then I don’t know what will.

June 23, 2009 at 5:39 pm 7 comments

Pockets don’t scare me anymore

I got some sewing done last night. Made a new tote bag.

The shape of it is a slight variation of a standard square tote. Just a few extra curves. I’m digging it.


I lined the bag in aqua polka dots. Because red and aqua is the most cheerful and wonderful color combination in the whole entire world. Seriously.

Oh, and guess what? I added a pocket inside!!! And not a cheater pocket either. A REAL pocket. A big girl pocket.

Turns out, it wasn’t so difficult. I’m no longer scared of pockets.

The new tote is for sale in The Boutique here.

March 14, 2009 at 7:44 pm Leave a comment

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