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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

Poodle and paint

This bag is another one of the totes I made for last year’s Atomic Holiday Bazaar, and then forgot about. 

I haven’t made anything with an animal on it for a while, so once my craft room — which I have decided to call my studio because it sounds so much cooler — is all set up in the new house, I’ll make a couple of new antelope and poodle bags and aprons.

In the meantime, this one is available here.

We spent this past weekend painting a couple of rooms in the new place, which included removing the hideous, 1990s country wallpaper from the guest bathroom so we could paint it as well. Our two good friends helped us and got a really good start on the bathroom on Saturday, but Alex and I were on our own Sunday, and we spent about eight hours spackling, taping, priming and painting.

To give you an idea, this is what it looked like when we got there Sunday morning. You can see the old wallpaper in the medicine cabinet nook.

We finished painting the bathroom but still have to rehang the mirror and medicine cabinet and pull the tape. I’ll post more pictures once we’ve moved in, because right now it just looks like a big aqua (“Adriatic Mist”) box.

We haven’t moved in yet, and we already feel like this home is ours. Even though we’re renting, our new landlord is very laid-back and has encouraged us to do things like paint to make the house our own. This weekend is the big move. Which means….back to packing.

July 20, 2009 at 7:18 pm Leave a comment


I made a couple of bags for last year’s Atomic Holiday Bazaar (in December) that — I just realized this evening — I never took photos of or posted to The Boutique. I guess I just forgot. For seven months.

This is one of the bags, which I’ve listed here (edit: SOLD!). I love this bag! I can’t believe I forgot about it.

Lined in Alexander Henry.

Alex and I got the keys to our new house last night, and, after getting official approval from our landlord on our paint choices, immediately purchased paint, brushes, rollers, etc. We’re getting in there tomorrow to paint a couple of rooms.

We have two friends helping us, who we’ve bribed with pizza and beer (the traditional “help a friend move or paint” bribe), so it should go pretty quickly. I’m hoping to post before and after pictures once we’re settled and decorated.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

July 17, 2009 at 7:48 pm Leave a comment


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

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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