Thursday, February 4, 2016

February Mug Rug Pattern of the Month - Hearts and Swishes

February's mug rug tutorial is ready! This cute heart and swishes mug rug would make a cute wedding or valentine gift too. You'll find everything you need to get started on yours at So Sew Easy by clicking HERE. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Paige Bag Pattern - Thank You to My Pattern Testers!

When I put a call out for pattern testers, I got an overwhelming response. Not only were there a lot of them, it seems as though I got the best of the best! They were asked to make this purse, or wristlet, or both. They gave me great advice and found all my typos and boo boos. The pattern they were testing is for my Paige Crossbody Hipster Bag and matching Paige Wristlet or Cellphone Case. They certainly didn't disappoint!

Maxine used two different nurse themed fabrics to create her purse and wristlet. Love this theme, in fact, I can think of several people who would love these bags!

Sally chose this cute purse themed fabric. She also added a cute little purse charm on the front zipper. Be sure to stop by her blog and shop

Jen's purse is made up of this bright and colorful animal print. I'm loving the colors she chose for her zippers. She is going to be in full purse fashion when she's on various outings with the family!

Rose chose this soft print fabric in greens and golds. Love the way the purse matches the wristlet. It makes me think of spring!

Janet used this bright and cheerful deep pink, green, gold, and white fabric. Another fun color combination!

Lorraine went with this very sophisticated print. I just love the contrast of the lining fabric with the exterior of the bag.

Alex created her bag from this awesome big leaf fabric. The contrast of the browns and tans against the white background is stunning!

Trish went completely fun and colorful with the fishies on the purse (I say fishies because it's my two year old granddaughter's favorite thing), and the LOVE themed wristlet. Be sure to follow her on instagram where you can see all her great projects.

Celia's purse is full of pretty wildflowers. I love the pink and blue accents, and those sunglasses too! I notice she uses decorative stitches for her top stitching. I really need to try that on some of my bags. So creative and clever! You can visit her facebook page at and see all the fun bags she makes.

Donna completed both bags from this super hero fabric. Who doesn't love and appreciate Wonder Woman? I love the use of the black hardware. It's a perfect match for these bags!

Shanna used this pretty floral print on both of her bags. Great colors and the lining is perfect! Definitely makes me think of spring! Stop by her facebook page and look at all the bags she's been busy making

Thanks again to all my talented testers. Your time is so much appreciated. If any of my readers would be interested in becoming a pattern tester for future patterns, stop by my website for information.

If you'd like to make these bags for yourself, you can find them at my Craftsy Shop and my Etsy Shop.

For the first 48 hours, they can be purchased for a special introductory price. On Thursday night (Feb 4th, 2016, Chicago timezone) they will go up to their everyday price.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

January Mug Rug of the Month Blog Tutorial is Ready!

January's mug rug tutorial is ready! This cute little snowman is waiting to be stitched up. You find everything you need to get started on yours at So Sew Easy by clicking HERE. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Sewing Essentials - My Favorite Studio Supplies

As many of you already know, a few months ago I joined forces with So Sew Easy, and it's been a fun and educational experience. Before that I would stop by the site now and then, but now that I've become a part of it (actually a contributor), I've had many opportunities to really look it over. There so many free tutorials, tips, and a crazy amount of sewing information! 

Today I'm sharing a list of my favorite sewing essentials. Some of them you may already have, and some, you may not know yet that you really need. Stop by So Sew Easy and take a look. I gotta warn you, you might just be sitting at the computer all day looking through all the fun stuff!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Christmas Baking - Free Mug Rug Tutorial

December's mug rug tutorial is ready! I do believe it is one of my favorites as well. You find everything you need to get started on yours at So Sew Easy by clicking HERE. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Handmade Holiday!

Many of my blogging friends know how special a handmade holiday can be. I've been guest writing over at So Sew Easy and my most recent article is about just that. Be sure stop by and get some great ideas. Click HERE to find out how you can add more handmade to your holiday!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Autumn Harvest - November Mug Rug of the Month Tutorial

My November mug rug tutorial is up at So Sew Easy! Hope you join us on all twelve. You can find Autumn Harvest right HERE.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Share Your Talents for a Cause

Every year I like to participate in some type of sewing for a cause, and I'm looking forward to doing it again! I did some research so I could find something for this year. I've found a ton of them. I got such joy last year knowing that the little monster pillow toys I stitched up would make a couple children smile.

I've been so blessed in my life in so many ways, and I really want to give back. It's been a rough year for our family and I'm now moving in more of a positive direction, and trying to become a better version of myself. Donating and helping others is a win/win. Not only are you helping someone who needs it, it makes you feel really good!

Here are a few that I've found and I'm just trying to decide which one I'm going to do this year.

Make a fun and colorful pillowcase for a child fighting cancer:

Make a snuggly blanket for an animal who needs a little comfort:

More animal snuggle love:

Sew or crochet a blanket for a child who needs one:

There are just so many great charities out there. You are just going to have to find one that works well for you and your talents. Whatever charity you choose, just be sure to check it out carefully. You want to make sure the money or items are going where they should. It really does make your heart feel good!

Don't forget, you can share the love all year long, not just at Christmas.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

October Mug Rug Tutorial is Ready!

Here it is! The first monthly mug rug tutorial. You can find the tutorial over at So Sew Easy by clicking HERE.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

A Week in the Smokies

We just returned home from spending a week in a cabin in the Smoky Mountains. Our family has had such a rough year that it was so nice to kick back and enjoy our surroundings. No work, no bills, no television, no daily humdrum. Of course our cabin had a TV, free WiFi, and cell service, but we really didn't use much of it. The only TV shows we had on were Mickey Mouse for my granddaughter, but even then, it was just a couple times. We spent the days doing touristy things, then we returned home to our cabin for quick and easy dinners, relaxation, hot tub fun, and lots of laughs. We even went for a celebration anniversary dinner on the last night there. There were a total of eight adults and my two year old granddaughter. What fun!
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