Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, blog friends. You rock!!!!

merry christmas

p.s. This snow is so ridiculous. We're still stuck on our street. We had a plow come through--he got our hopes up. But when we looked more closely, he didn't have his plow down. He was just using our circle as a turnaround. HO HO HO!!!! On the upside, our pantry seems to be getting cleaned out all on it's own. Ditto for the fridge.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Treasures of Yore

I can't remember the last time I've had to buy ribbon. I'm usually in a mad rush to wrap something, so I go in my craft room and grab what I have--which is fabric--and rip, rip, rip, there you go...ribbon!!!

These are Christmas presents for my family that, due to the snow storm and my pretty much being stranded in my house on a ridiculously steep hill, will be late. But that's okaaay, because knowing me and my aversion to the post office during this time of year, these would have been late anyway.


I just love sewing on paper. Especially the antiqued kind. Esp. the kind that once turned into envelopes can hold treasures from the past. These are good presents. Sorry Linda and Mom & Dad (and Peter, although I know you don't even bother reading my bloggy), I cannot say more. You'll just have to wait...until after Christmas. :)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Old Man Winter

has finally made his appearance.

jo in snow

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Gift for Gracie

ric rac

dotted binding

I *heart* handmade. If I had the time, I'd make all my Christmas gifts. I'm thinking about gifts for the kids' teachers. One of my friends told me that she read that teachers get tired of all the handmade stuff--that they'd prefer money instead. Is that true??? If it is, that makes me a wee bit sad.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Jo Jo's Space

A couple of clean corners. It's the best I seem to be able to do lately...

fabric stacks

studio snippet

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Matching Game Tutorial

matching game
Just popping in to let you know that my tutorial for a fabric memory game and drawstring pouch are up on the Michael Miller Fabrics website. Enjoy!

Monday, December 01, 2008

Zip top shirt

zip top

The other day I was out window shopping when I saw a long-sleeved knit shirt that had a zipper sewn on the front of it. My first thought: "That's so cool." My second thought: "I could totally make that." So I did.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Repurposed Clothing

This summer skirt of mine got stained in the laundry, so I decided to turn it into a funky apron. Luckily the stained part was all on the bottom, so I cut it off and added a ruffle and some reverse applique embellishments (because I cannot seem to stop myself).

recycled skirt apron

reverse applique
Ruffle: Michael Miller Fabrics' Kiwi Dumb Dot
Applique: Kiwi Garden Tour

I've been weeding my closet and have come across lots of jeans that just aren't fitting me like they used to. I'm thinking about repurposing those as well. I've thought about making one into a skirt, but haven't really seen any that I like all that much. I'm not a fan of the bandana panel in the middle. I'm also not sure how I feel about the curved crotch thing that shows up in the front. Time to do some research, I see if there's anything out there I like that I could actually pull off (in terms of making AND wearing).

Saturday, November 15, 2008



Me: Whaddya think?
Him: It looks nice. What are you going to do with it?
Me: Same thing I'm going to do with the Vespa.
Him: What's that?
Me: I don't know.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I do believe I'm back

The month of October is long gone. Good riddance, I say. I spent lots of it flat on my back, walking around only when necessary and now, I'm ready to have my life back. Recovery wasn't all bad though. A short list of the good things:

*I read three books in as many weeks. Can't remember the last time I did that...probably not since college. All three of these were *great*.

*We ate lots of home cooked meals--the ladies in my church are amazing. The doorbell would ring and there would be dinner. Sigh. I'm going to miss that.

*I had plenty of time to surf the internet--guilt free, as I wasn't good for much else anyway. I'm happy to say I'm all caught up on blogs, flickr, facebook, you name it, and I even snagged a pattern off ebay (thanks for the heads up, Michelle!)
tunic pattern

*I had lots of time to mull over the whirlwind of ideas in my head--oh, there is so much I want to make. I have no clue where I'm going to start, but look at all this fun stuff. I CANNOT wait to dig in.
greens and oranges

blacks and reds

Now I'm off to clean the disaster that is my sewing room. Part of being back, I guess.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

This is...

the post in which she has nothing new to post about, so she looks for old projects that haven't been blogged yet, takes pictures of herself modeling them, then photoshops out her freckles using the clone tool.
blue curly
Ruffles scarf from Scarf Style.


I don't remember the pattern for this, but I used 3 skeins of Gedifra Gigante and some huge knitting needles.

Friday, October 24, 2008


tissue holder

I'm dropping in to say thank you to those who have emailed me notes of support while I've been recovering. For a person like me who always has to be busy with something, it's been hard to sit back and take it easy. I think it's going to be a few weeks before I'm feeling back to normal again. Normal sounds sooooo good right now. Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

My drugged-up post

I had surgery on Tuesday. I knew months ago that it was coming and it filled me with dread. I'm such a worry wart. What if they put me under and I didn't come out of it? What if something were to go wrong? Here I am, finally, on the other side. Apparently, everything went well. I'm so tightly bound that I haven't even seen the end result, yet. I can't breathe deeply, and I can't stand straight. I will say though, that experiences like this have a way of putting everything into perspective very quickly.

I love my kids sooo much I can't even put it into words. I'm home now. My hair is so stinking greasy. I can't take a shower until my drainage tubes are out. The house is messy, but I so don't care. All I can think about is how much I adore my husband who is working so hard to make sure everyone is fed and entertained and keeping life as normal as possible. I'm so in love with my family all I want to do is cry, but crying hurts because I can hardly breathe, so I just let the tears flow down my cheeks. Thank you, God, for blessing me with this awesome family! I so don't deserve it.

p.s. I know, I'm drugged up with vicodin, thus this very uncharacteristic post for me. I really don't care! :)

Friday, October 03, 2008

Iron-on Transfer Pencil

Hey, I bought myself an iron-on transfer pencil. Let's play!!!!

Get your desired image in the desired size. Who cares if you run out of printer paper? Rip a sheet out of the kids' notebook and use that instead. Trace the outline using the transfer pencil.

Flip the paper over and iron using high heat.

Admire the successful transfer. Woo hoo!

Lament not centering the design better on the linen. It's a little too close to the hoop. Quickly forget about lamenting because it's working! It's working, working, working!!!!
almost done

I bought my transfer pencil at Pacific Fabrics--where creative dreams come true. And sometimes they really do. Yes indeedy.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New school, new fabric, new nephew

beesquare fabrics

Alrighty then...things were feeling a little sketchy there with the beginning of a new school year, dealing with a 2 week long teacher's strike, sending my beloved eldest to first grade in a brand new school (last year he went to a private school and this year we decided for various reasons to send him to the local neighborhood school), feeling like I was sending him to wolves and made worse by all the tears (his and mine) at the end of the day. And now that we're into the 3rd week of school the crying has stopped, and I've even noticed a spring in his step as we walk there in the morning. His teacher is awesome (and pretty) and he has made some friends. All good things. Whew!

OK. On to crafty things. I've discovered a really great online shop. What can I say? I'm not a huge fan of shopping online for fabric because I'd much rather see and touch it in person. If I'm working on a project that requires coordinating/color matching fabric, it's so hard to do it over the computer. The lovely thing about Bee Square Fabrics is that if you click on a fabric, it tells you what other fabric it matches with. One of my friends was over yesterday and we just clicked away and clicked away and drooled all over the keyboard...there is such pretty stuff on that website. The fabric above is going to be turned into a quilt for my brand new nephew who came from Portland to visit us this past weekend. Isn't he a doll? This little babe almost makes me want to have another one.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Bean Bag Chair

bean bag chair

With the beginning of the school year, my kiddos seem a wee bit more clingy than usual. I've decided I just need to pare down my extra curricular activities and focus on them right now, so I'm going to cut down on my crafting, facebooking, blogging and other things that keep me up way too late at night. I'll be back when I find a little balance....

In the meantime, you can find me over at the Michael Miller Fabrics blog. Kathy just posted my bean bag chair tutorial made from the new Dick and Jane fabric recently added to the collection. I hope you make one, and I hope you love it!!!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Furniture Beautification

Remember this?

A few fabric straps and upholstery tacks later, it is now this:


Perfect for hugging, fake sleeping and goofing around in. What more could one want in a chair?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Something from Nothing

You may remember that I removed a whole front yard's worth of ivy a few months back. At the time I had no plans for the space except to get that durned ivy out of there. What I ended up doing was to use it as an incubation area for plants that needed to be rescued from the backyard. Not sure what I'm talking about??? Let me explain. Our backyard is a bit on the wild side. There is a lot of mysterious stuff growing back there and I have yet to figure out what most of it is. In the meantime we had to mow the "grass"--more like clover and what all else. But I felt bad mowing over some of these poor plants so I transplanted them to the front.

Exhibit A: these little guys.

Yes. I am a poor excuse of a lawn.

And now a few months later in good soil look what they turned into! I'm not sure what kind of grass this is called, but at a local gardening center, they were selling little pots for $6. Now in the backyard (no I still haven't done much back there--maybe next summer), the little sprouts are back again, so this is what I'm doing:

Packaged up in origami boxes for some garden-lovin' friends. The tutorial for the boxes is here.

**Whew. That was a long-winded story for "look, I made some origami boxes for my weeds!"

p.s. I'm not sure what is going on with my email. I recently discovered that a lot of it has been landing in my junk mail folder. If you've sent me an email, please be patient for a response as I sort things out. Thanks :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Boxer shorts

When I take my kids with me to the fabric store, they always have opinions on what I should buy. Usually their taste in fabric is much different than mine. Most of the time I can talk them out of whatever oddball thing it is they want, but there are times where I think they should be rewarded for having to put up with wandering the aisles with me. So I buy the various half-yard of fabric to appease them. Well, I finally figured out that it only takes a half-yard to make boxer shorts. So now that fabric won't go to waste, and mama has a way to make her kiddos feel special. Bonus.

Having said that, here are a pair of 2T boxers being modeled by my 7 year old. I made these using fabric I like, and the intended recipient has all of a sudden decided he has opinions on what clothes he will and will not wear. Hmph!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

peek-a-boo pillow

Made using first sight fabric. The little animals were just begging for this!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Life is Beachy

Sigh. My sis and her family and my bro came to visit all at the same time. She left yesterday and he left this morning, and here I am looking through pictures feeling all left behind. For some reason I thought we'd have a chance to do some crafting, but Olympic fever took hold here, and our evening hours were spent watching swimming and gymnastics--and it turned out to be hilarious. It's been so long since we've all been together that I forgot how fun it is to listen to my sibs' ridiculous commentary. Truly funny people.

I also got some insight into my sister's way of blogging. I'd see a plate of muffins and want to take a picture for the blog, and she'd say, "What does that have to do with crafting?" So now I know why her blog is so focused and mine is all over the board. :)

One of the many highlights of their visit (aside from our visit to the Chinese store, Uwajimaya, the Chinese bakery, and the fabric store...) was our trip out to Anderson Island where we rented a cottage on the beach. Here are some vacation pictures to bore you.

As if a beach and a view of Mt. Rainier wasn't enough, there was an orchard with apples, pears, plums and nectarines. The nectarines were the only fruit that were ripe for the picking. YUM! Miss you guys! Come back soon!!!!

Monday, August 04, 2008

On my mind Monday

I love herb gardens. Especially the ones surrounded by willow edging.
I love weeding. Rustic baskets make it even more rewarding.
I love blueberry picking with my boys. Especially when it involves meeting up with a bloggy friend for the first time, and it turns out she's every bit as nice as you'd expect. Thanks for a fun time, Chara!