Cousin Skirts

I went to the craft store seeking out fabric for a completely different project.  But there was an unavoidably cheerful end cap of all Hello Kitty fabric and accessories and I was immediately sucked in.  My 3-year-old niece loves Hello Kitty, and my daughter is a pretty big fan, too.  It wasn't long before a yard … Continue reading Cousin Skirts

Holiday Sewing : Simple Cocktail Napkin Recipe

In years past I have been bitten by the holiday knitting bug.  I felt inspired and excited to knit gifts for family, teachers, child care providers, and friends.  This year, that feeling isn't there.  I'm pretty focused on knitting for baby and will soon be starting on G's birthday sweater. What I have been inspired … Continue reading Holiday Sewing : Simple Cocktail Napkin Recipe


The past 4 days have been full of delicious food, time with family and friends, time spent with my knitting and sewing, time selling yarn to excited knitters, and time getting into that holiday spirit.  Before these days came around, I was worried that it would all be too much, but somehow it all felt … Continue reading Gratitude.

Spring Pillow Makeover

I've only followed one or two sewing patterns before, instead leaning toward the experimental approach I like to call intuitive sewing.  This has yielded mixed results, as you may have guessed.  One night, a few weeks back, I excitedly hauled out my sewing machine, set it up at the kitchen table, and tried to make … Continue reading Spring Pillow Makeover

Home Sewn

One of my favorite pit stops on the journey to Home is decorating.  I love rearranging furniture, hanging artwork, creating soft goods, and moving accessories in and out of a room until everything feels right.  Finishing a room is an intangible moment, and only I know when it has arrived; and really, it's never finished, … Continue reading Home Sewn

The Gift of Handmade

It has been a little overwhelming around here, what with all the baby gifts that keep showing up on our doorstep.  A very high percentage of them have been handmade; knit, crochet, or sewn, people's talent is astounding.  I am impressed and inspired by the time and thought that has gone into each item. The … Continue reading The Gift of Handmade

Flanneling the Nest

In the past couple of weeks I have fully entered into the "Show your baby some love by making things" phase.  You've seen the knit sweater and hat.  Now I'll show you some sewing. I am a novice sewer.  I remember first wielding a sewing machine in high school when I took (gasp) Home Economics … Continue reading Flanneling the Nest