travel jewelry bag

I made this bag for Sadie's Kindergarten teacher this Christmas-she loves jewelry so I hoped this travel jewelry bag would be a useful gift for her! I kind of want one for myself now, too. So handy! I used this tutorial/free pattern. I love all the small pockets for earrings and rings. So awesome. It was a very simple sew-took about an hour 1/2 … [Read more...]

simple sewing book project: felt and fabric play camera (and a giveaway!)

I am so, so excited today to share with you this fabulous new sewing book and felt and fabric play camera that Sadie and I made together! The author of this book is the fabulous Katie Lewis from The Red Kitchen, and her book is called Simple Sewing-30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners.  (affiliate link) Katie is super awesome. Super sweet, … [Read more...]

pretty easy baby blanket

My sister in law Stephanie is expecting a baby girl this next month-and mentioned the other week that she hadn't had the energy to do any sewing or crafting, but really wanted to....I can totally relate to that last month of pregnancy energy lull-blerg. And even though they have lots of girl stuff from their older daughter, every new baby needs … [Read more...]

vintage bow-tacular valentine

Just as promised, here's what we handed out to the girls at the party! Again, I found it in this flicker set, and then personalized it and added the label on bottom.  I just love the cute little giraffe and monkey!  Ok, the greeting is hopelessly cheesy....but all those vintage ones were dripping with cheese. (and some of them kinda suggestive, for … [Read more...]

vintage airplane valentine

Well ya'll know I went with a vintage Valentine theme for our exchange party this year. (which is probably my all time favorite know....out of the three years I've done it) So I happened upon this amazing flickr set of old fashioned valentines and spotted this adorable little guy in the red airplane. Sheesh, the cuteness!So I searched … [Read more...]

button magnets and a covered button tutorial

First off, Happy Valentines Day!I have more "craft it forward" gifts to share with you today! Cause I just can't stop with one...gotta share the love! Plus they did double duty as Valentines for my "mommy friends" as Sadie calls them (ok as I call them when I'm talking to her). I decided to make some sets of fun fabric covered button magnets-after … [Read more...]

washi tape frame tutorial-craft it forward!

Have you heard that this week is Random Acts of Kindness week? I had no idea there was such a thing, until Michaels (yes the Michaels store Michaels) contacted me about participating in their craft it forward event. They are aiming to inspire creativity and kindness by encouraging us all to "craft it forward"-to create a simple gift that will make … [Read more...]

a hat and an ornament (christmas gifts)

You saw the other part of my handmade gift for my sister and her hubby this year already...but hello. I had to make them more than one! I don't run a crafty blog for nuthin'.....I LIVE for this stuff. The hat was actually kind of an accidental gift. My father in law had requested one after he saw this book (that I have a project in!) around the … [Read more...]

little blue bear hat

Ok, I know I've become a bit of an Oliver and S groupie....I swear I'm not a paid advertiser for them (though I would totally take that gig!)....I just am totally in love with their patterns! I've also rarely sewn things from the sewing books I do have, so the fact that this one has so many patterns I want to try is making me go a little nuts! … [Read more...]

chalkboard countdown sign

My family started doing gifts differently a few years ago...instead of getting everyone a gift (which can get crazy when you have 8 kids, 2 parents, 4 spouses, and now 5 grandkids)....we do drawings. A main big gift, and then you can choose whether or not to put your name into the other drawings. Gag gift (one of my faves!), foodie gift, media … [Read more...]