Amidst some not-so-great times, this past year 2019 yielded more time for me to craft. I finished my last homeschooling duties in June (bittersweet), one of my kids moved out (very bittersweet), my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary (yay), my father died (sad), and two friends died (sad). Actually, right after our… Continue reading 2019, Joy, Grief, Handwork, Production
I renovated our master bedroom during the summer! We have lived in this nearly fifty-year-old house for fifteen years, and this is the first chance we’ve had to do work like this. The carpeting was I-don’t-know-how-many-years old (dusty pink and gross), some of the wall corners had mold from before we had the roof replaced,… Continue reading Master Bedroom Renovation
I keep scrolling on the internet, reading stories about how one of my favourite bloggers/writers touched people’s lives. She had a far bigger impact than I realized. I sure will miss her blogs, books, and snarky comments online when challenged by power-hungry leaders who probably felt threatened by her bravery and intellect. All that reading today makes me think,… Continue reading Fun Decor and Fabrics
You might remember all my adventures in making mittens from fulled wool sweaters. I’ve pared down my wool collections to just cashmere (and some other wools to use under the suede palms) and come up with a few more pairs of cashmere mittens for this year’s craft shows. These mittens are made with suede palms… Continue reading More Cashmere Mittens!
I’ve been working on these new cross-body bags for months among the other parts of my life. I had the idea of creating textural crazy-patchwork bag flaps and then decorating on top of the patchwork. Remember the glass beads and embroidery thread I posted about? I happily put those to use. Each bag flap is… Continue reading Newest Cross-Body Bags!
Remember this post where I showed you my embroidery-on-floral-sheet project? Five months later, I am finished making this boho tote bag! I had used that project to have some more fun with doing latticework embroidery, where you laid threads in a criss-cross pattern and then stitch x‘s over each crossing. I aimed to cover many… Continue reading Embroidery, Sequin, and Bead Boho Bag Creations!
I love to adorn fabrics with embroidery and other things. And if you’ve followed enough of my work, you also realize that I love bright colours. This photo below shows my embroidery thread stash. I actually culled some skeins out of it a few weeks ago because I knew I wouldn’t be drawn to them… Continue reading Adorning Fabrics; More Vintage Sheet Finds!!