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Things I have made this year

12 Dec

A last minute decision, I was able to sew this bag up for Kate and her new baby, just before the shower. I now have a decent stash, so I can make cool bags last minute without having to go buy material. This one had two open pockets inside. I love pockets. I was tempted to keep it myself.

IMG_2694 IMG_2695Speaking of bags, I have spent the last year (from August 2012-August 2013) making birthday bags for the family. I’ve finally made the rounds (with one last person this Saturday), so I can share pics now. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Now I know how to make a bag, that’s for sure. Oh, and the cards too. I made the cards.Birthday Bags

Did you know you can make your own ketchup? Well, you can. It’s mostly easy. This is a fermented version, so you’re slowly cooking it on the counter, over the course of 3-5 days, instead of cooking it on the stove. Then you get tasty probiotics, instead of Heinz’s corn syrup. My toddler loves it, on everything. IMG_2434IMG_2438I also cooked some pumpkin y’all. I think this was the last batch I did. I collect them for a while, and then chop ’em up all at once. I think I did two big batches this year, maybe 11 pumpkins in all. I now understand why people buy puree in a can. EASY. Our pumpkin pie tasted awesome though, and so did the soup. I’ll be making a double batch of soup this weekend, for a potluck. YUM. IMG_2708 Sue, Ross, and I made this little family book, over the course of many months. There is velcro on the back, so Sue can move the people around… it’s not quite as popular as I had hoped. I envisioned a big felt board with different backgrounds, to place laminated family pictures in, play stories with family members, move them around, etc., but this is what evolved instead. It was fun to color in the book. I want to make a similar project in the future. IMG_2315 IMG_2316There are other things I have made this year, but I have not taken pictures of everything. You know how it is.


Overdressed, the book

9 Jun

I recently read “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion” by Elizabeth Cline.


I am happy to say that I do not fit the “average American” profile when it comes to buying clothes. I do not buy new clothing every week, nor do I buy new clothing every month. I could actually be accused of not buying enough clothing. I believe in signature outfits, like Jackie O. This just means I wear the same piece of clothing over and over for years, if I really like it.  I still wear dresses that I had in high school! Okay, just one item lasted from high school, a long leopard slip I wore as a skirt that is now short with new elastic, and worn as a slip only.

After finishing this book, I am inspired to mend and take in more of my clothing, and to start re-fashioning thrifted clothes. I am inspired to make more of my clothes too although I have been inspired to do this for a while, and have not found the time yet. Elizabeth Cline talks about the idea of buying quality pieces of clothing that can be mixed/matched for different looks, rather than buying a lot of new (cheap) clothes all the time. I am down with this mode of fashion, as I actually hate clothing shopping, mainly because what I want to buy often costs too much. I am not going to spend $30 dollars on a shirt. Then again, Cline talks about spending more for quality clothing. As I am not going to do this any day soon, I have opted for the re-fashioning of thrifted items. Cline mentioned Jillian Owens of Refashionista.net, who will be my new guide for ripping into awesome, natty thrift dresses. She doesn’t have tutorials on her techniques, but quite enough info to get me started. The great thing about sewing is that you are always learning something new! I let you know when I get something re-fashioned.

I grabbed this list from her website. Rent a dress?! Sweet.

“Ten Simple Tips For a More Ethical & Sustainable Wardrobe

1. How you shop is just as important as where you shop – Wherever you buy your clothes, buy things you really love and are going to wear. Americans buy 68 garments and 7 pairs of shoes annually. One of the easiest changes you can make is to buy fewer items of clothing and get the most out of what you own!

2. Avoid Disposable Purchases – In the U.S., 68 lbs of textiles per person go into the landfill every year. Help fashion’s waste problem by buying clothes that are made to last.

3. Shop Secondhand – Recycled, upcycled, refashioned, secondhand, vintage–it all means giving clothes a second lease on life and reducing demand for new products. Find gently-used, on-trend fashion online at eBay, Etsy, Threadflip, and Dresm, and at your local charity shop, consignment shop, or thrift store like Buffalo Exchange, Salvation Army, or Goodwill.

4. Share and Rent Clothes – Instead of buying new, organize a clothing swap, rent a dress online (RentTheRunway.com is one option), or shop a friend’s closet. This is a great option for weddings, holiday parties, and other special occasions.

5. Try D.I.Y. – Refashion thrift-store finds or what’s already in your closet with scissors, a sewing-machine, or fabric dye. Refer to YouTube for endless online DIY tutorials.

6. Shop your closet – Do you really need that new dress? A large percentage of the clothing own goes unworn. Get creative with what you already own by recombining pieces and accessorizing.

7. Maintain Your Clothes & Shoes – Textile waste is a growing problem. Extend the life of your clothes by sewing buttons back on, cleaning stains, mending tears, and resoling shoes. For clothes going to a charity shop, this is just as important. Otherwise, they might get trashed.

8. Donate Unwanted Clothes – Textiles are almost 100% recyclable, so never throw them away. More info here.

10. Support Ethical and Sustainable Brands – When buying new, vote with your dollars and support clothing designers and brands that are eco-friendly and support good jobs for the folks making their products–this can include American-made and fair labor brands. Check out the Shopping Directory below for affordable alternatives.”

Black & White Cookies

9 Aug

I made these for Hana for her birthday this year. They’re a little wonky, but I designed them myself, and that’s a first. Design is such a big word, these were pretty easy to conceive, although I wish I had been able to find better plush fabric. It’s all good though. As you can see, one is happy, and one is sad.

Sheep twill

6 Aug

I just ordered some fabrics from Superbuzzy. People are having babies, and I’m going to make them gifties! I didn’t get the sheep fabric pictured here because it’s twill, and I’m not sure why I didn’t get it, I should have anyway, it’s so damn cute.

I made this little turtle buddy for Piper’s 1st birthday as well as a habitat (box with yellow & green paper grass). I had a lot of fun on the habitat, maybe more fun than sewing the turtle, but neglected to get a picture. My first stuffed animal, and it’s a lot of fun. I’m doing another plush toy today…

here’s Piper enjoying the turtle and the habitat.

Here’s a clutch I made for Bobbi. It’s been sitting on my desk for a week now, and the letter that goes with it, for about 3 weeks. It would be good if I ever got it in the actual mailbox.


27 Jul

I’ve been sewing lately, and now I have all these plans on tons of things to sew.. here’s what I’ve made so far:

3 little piggies in seersucker for 4th of July

I love this animal print so much and just realized it would make great bedsheets but I only had 1/2 yard anyway.



Harlequin pants





Coasters! I tend to loathe coasters, but wanted to sew something and there they were, so easy, and the husband loves them, so there you go.


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