Hi! Ho! Hi! Ho! We are on the road again!

Quilt Squares to keep me occupied while on our latest road trip

Quilt Squares to keep me occupied while on our latest road trip


Dug out these quilt squares to work on as we travel across country. This phase involves hand appliqueing the cream squares to the larger green ones. Each green square has been serged.

Embroidery Hoop Doily Wall Art


This is a wonderful idea. I definitely want to try making this project. Thanks for sharing.

Originally posted on adisoninmadison:

I’m collecting doilies to create table runners for my wedding reception. The big day is still  a year and a half away, and it seems a shame to keep all that lacy goodness boxed up until then. So I’ve found a way to display some of my favorite pieces! It’s very inexpensive, both the doilies and the embroidery hoops can be found easily at thrift stores. I’ve never paid more than a dollar for one. This is so easy that it almost doesn’t warrant a tutorial, but I’ll give you one anyway for those folks who prefer step by step instructions to winging it.



Brightly colored thread or embroidery floss


Wooden embroidery hoops


1. Choose an embroidery hoop and doily that are roughly the same size, the hoop should be a bit smaller. Stretch the doily onto the hoop, although not too tight since your doily may…

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Interim Projects to Keep Busy

As I am in the process of setting up my sewing room, I’m keeping busy with a few knitting projects. Using yarn from my yarn stash, I made a knitted scarf. The selected stitch was a garter stitch. Project took 2.5 skeins of Paton’s Super Chenille. Each skein is 50 grams.

100% cotton chennile

100% cotton chennile

The second project I started is a baby blanket.

Baby blanket

This project is also using yarn from my stash. I’m knitting a caterpillar stitch for this blanket.

Denim and Doilies: A Delightful Dichotomy (And Some Exciting News)


A very fascinating refashioning tip. Thanks Renegade Seamstress for this wonderful idea.

Originally posted on The Renegade Seamstress:

Denim and Doilies: A Delightful Dichotomy

Denim, so rugged and strong.

Doilies, so delicate and fragile.

Create a delightful dichotomy when combining these two completely different textiles by adding doily sleeves to an ordinary denim vest. 

Denim and Doilies: A Delightful Dichotomy

My latest tutorial over at eHow will walk you through the step by step process of adding these beautiful doilies to a denim vest.

Denim and Doilies: A Delightful Dichotomy.

But before you click over to eHow to read the entire process, I want to thank you once again for taking the time to leave comments, tweet and pin to your Pinterest boards. Believe you me, it hasn’t gone unnoticed by the powers that be over at eHow. Because of you, they have now asked me to be the Resident Sewing Expert for Demand Media Studios!

Pinch me!

To thank you and to celebrate, I’m going to give this doily sleeve vest away to one of you on Saturday, August 23rd. Each time you comment, pin, tweet, share my…

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New Sewing Room

Its been about a month and half since we moved into our new home.  Priority focus was in setting up our kitchen, living room, dining room, family room, master bedroom and a guest room.  Now that, that is done, I’ve started in on my sewing room.  A marked improvement from the blank slate posted here.

Cutting table in one corner facing the street to capture some of the natural lighting.cutting table

The full wall on left side adjacent wall is where I decided to set up my sewing station.


This picture was taken during the unpacking stage.  

Then I converted the closet space into a storage space to hold my sewing notions. 

Sewing Notions             IMG_0738  Every thing is labeled.




Here is the room that has been designated as my sewing room. It is about 11 x 11. There is one window that will give me ample lighting.

Looks out onto Kelsford Drive

Looks out onto Kelsford Drive

I’ve decided to set up my sewing station around the perimeter of the room. Along with my cutting table.

The closet
This closet is perfect to hold my staking bins containing my notions and threads.

Hubby will have to install a few shelves on one wall. I will have to put wheels on my dress form to make her mobile. The ironing board set up will be a challenge.

Hope to be posting more showing-the-progress pics of my crafting hideaway.


We are in the third week in our new home. Live thus far gave me the perspective of life as hoarder. We were surrounded my mountains of boxes. We made a large dent in this condition. But, before I post pics of the finished product here is the slate that we started with.

The kitchen …
kitchen full view

Closer look at the kitchen counters …

We love the oak cabinets. We will be refinishing them and adding hardware.

We have a little eating nook … kitchen Nook

The family room …
Family Room & fireplace

The living room and dining room …
dining to living room


Good news! We are now in our Las Vegas home.

approach Curb view

Camping out while waiting for the container with our furniture and belongings.

No crafting yet. Will resume shortly after I unpack my sewing machines.

Take care everyone.

Lantern Tote

Finished Lantern Tote 2

Here is the finished product. It was made with 100% cotton twine. It took 3 spools each of 176 yards. I used a Size D crochet hook. The bottom is made of single crochet stitches in the round. The pattern is a star or margarette pattern. Each star section consist of 4 rows separated by a band of three rows of single crochet.

This tote came out bigger(wider) than I thought.

This is what it look like after the first section of the star pattern Lantern tote side

lantern tote interior

Finished Lantern Tote

I’m think it will make a great bag for my needlework.

Lemon Tank Top

crocheted tank top side view

Finally completed my crocheted tank top. Using crochet thread from my stash, I selected this lemon color knit cro-sheen. This top was done in double strand and is worked from the bottom up.

Crochet tank top

Here is what the process looks like–this picture shows the completed back the the hemline of the front piece.

In progress--back done and front in pgrogress

In progress–back done and front in pgrogress

Here are a few pictures showing the details of the pattern.

Yoke Trim with Shoulder Strap

Yoke Trim with Shoulder Strap

crocheted tank top hem trim

Pastel Top

Wanted to make a summer top for one of my daughters. Since I’m in a crocheting mood, I made another crocheted yoke top. The basic yoke is the same; however, I changed the edging.

yoke close up

The edging contains a three-row fan pattern–wherein the last row of the fan is made with popcorn stitch. The original pattern calls for this pattern to be repeated one more time. Because I worked in knit cro-sheen I worked in double strand. I wanted a richer texture. As I was running low on thread, I altered the yoke pattern by crocheting two rows of sc, ch3, sc. My last row was done in a single strand and consists of 5 dc fan.

varigated pastel yoke

I then altered a simple t-shirt pattern by making narrower shoulder seams. I used a cotton knit for the body. All edges were serged. Armholes and neckline were done in a simple folder over hem. The yoke was attached at the neckline with a row of machine stitching.

finished top

close up--top

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