Cards · Crafting · sewing

Craft Room Re-do

I had grand plans for this past weekend. My goal was to re-organize my craft room to make it more functional. However, my body’s plans were much different. I got a fever Saturday morning. It got worse as I got about half way through the re-do. But I mustered up enough energy to get it half done. 

It seemed like a cluttered, jumbled mess and I didn’t like the way it was laid out. It seemed like I had a lot of wasted spaces. I had so many shelves but I couldn’t reach half of them without a struggle, and there were some that were hidden underneath that I never used. 

That picture was taken after I had already moved a lot of stuff out of the room. The easiest was for me to organize is to start with a blank canvas. So, I commandeered Garret’s man cave as a temporary holding space for all of my stuff. 

I wanted a space where I could set up both my sewing and my card making. There’s really only one source of good light in my craft room, from the window. But I wanted two separate spaces for sewing and card making. How can I use one light source for two work areas with the furniture I already had?

I decided to move my shelf and desk combo out from the wall and line the desk up in front of the window. This would allow me to have two sides to the same desk, and easily access all of my shelves. I’m using half for cards and half for sewing. 

I was able to get everything back in my room, and out of Garret’s (thanks sweetie!) but I still don’t have it all organized yet. As soon as I do I’ll let you know how I like it. Hopefully it will work well because I really don’t want to scoot that huge shelf around again.

patterns · sewing

Sewing Again

I dusted off the sewing machine and fixed the tension. Decided it was time to pick up some old hobbies. 

Made this adorable checkbook cover from Michelle Patterns. I believe the fabric is from Carla Miller, purchased years ago.

Michelle’s patterns are great. I have probably ten or so of her earlier patterns, most can still be found at her website. 

They are easy to follow and have several photos of the process for each item. 

My skills seemed a bit rusty at first, but I soon found my tools and my sewing brain (had to dust those off too!)  

Though I did mean to put the main print on the outside, but I went with this outcome because I fused the interfacing to the wrong piece. >_< Next one will be better. 

Have to practice my whip stitch and sewing straight over the bulky parts, but all in all it turned out well. 

I’m going to try to sew more often. We’ll see how it goes. 



Ditty Bag and Business Card Wallets

I have been busy trying to get some more items sewn for my Etsy shop. I have been very fond of patterns from Michelle at Keyka Lou Patterns. She has a great shop at Keyka Lou Patterns as well as her Etsy shop Keyka Lou Etsy. Here are some of the latest items that I have sewn from her patterns.











It’s been very busy, as you may have been able to tell from my lack of posting the last month! I have been feeling an itch to change-up the site again, but haven’t had the time. I’m still working 40 hours a week and am loving it. It is a challenge to work full-time, go to school, work a second job, do household chores, and find the time for myself! I haven’t even been able to knit for a while!

In the knitting queue I currently have a sweater made from Dream in Color in a fabulous green. I have two sewing projects in the works, the Mischievous Gnome Messenger Bag made with an owl print, and a quilt from Flora & Fauna in bright lime green and screeching hot pink! I still have lots of Vintage Patterns to post, and I would like to get back to my Etsy shop for some much-needed TLC! 

Matt and I just got back from camping and boy did we have a good time! We went to a beach along the Oregon Coast called Sunset Beach. The rock formations there are gorgeous! Here’s a quick pic to show you what I mean. 


Hopefully some more exciting pictures will be posted soon. As soon as I have some time to breathe, I would like to post samples of my wedding invitations that I have made, along with other things. ^_^

Clothing · patterns · Quilting · sewing

I’ve been sewing again!

Finally I have been getting some projects done! It feels great to sew and accomplish something. ^_^ First up we have yet another Amy Butler High Street Messenger Bag. This is the thrid one that I have made. I really like the end product, but sewing it together can be a bear. This one was a gift for my cousin Olivia, who turned 16 in March.

Here’s a picture of the outside front. I chose to put the tab on, using velcro, incase she decides to use this for a laptop bag. The tab really doesn’t serve too much of a purpose, so I would recommend leaving it off, unless you like the way it looks. The fabric is called Odyssey from MoMo for Moda.

With the flap out-of-the-way, you can see the outer pleated pockets, though the pleats aren’t showing up very well. These outer pockets get quite a bit of use, so make sure when you are stitching the dividing line between the pockets, you do a very good job stitching it down at the top of the pockets.

The inside of the bag. You can see the zippered hanging pocket and the tool pocket. This is also a very useful part of the bag. I use the zippered pocket inside all the time for loose items, personal effects, and anything that I want to keep contained. The panel pockets are great for pens, notepads, ID cards, just about anything you want to keep on the inside of the bag, but easily accessable.

Finally the back of the bag. This zippered pocket has not gotten much use from my experience, but is handy to have. The pattern does call for an additional zippered pocket on the inside of the flap, but I found that I never used this because it is hard to get to, if you open it while wearing the bag, the contents will spill out of the pocket, and the zipper pull scratched my hand every time I reached into the bag without lifting the flap. I would recommend leaving the zipper off the flap unless you know what you would use it for.

All in all, I really enjoyed making these bags and think the pattern is well done. Number one tip if you are thinking about making this pattern. . . LABEL EVERY PIECE WITH MASKING TAPE. DO NOT USE A DIRECTIONAL PRINT. MAKE SURE YOUR MACHINE CAN HANDLE HEAVY-DUTY FABRIC/LAYERS OF FABRIC. These are the most important tips that I can give you! If you have any questions, feel free to let me know! ^_^ I’m always glad to help.

I also whipped up this table runner for Matt’s mom’s birthday gift. I wanted to do a much bigger gift, but didn’t have the time. I am going to try to get it done for Christmas though. Don’t see how that should be a problem. . . I still have a few months. ^_^

I’m working on a simple pattern for this. Once I have perfected the pattern, I will put it up on my patterns page. I had this fabric in my stash left over from quite a while ago. I was planning on making a set of pillow cases for a friend, but never got around to that. Matt’s mom enjoys cats, so I thought I would put it to good use for her birthday gift. I just hope I’m not overdoing it with the cat thing. ^_^

Please excuse the white balance. . . the lighting in my apartment is horrible. This is the Favorite Things Uptown Coat that I have had forever. It’s a store sample that should have been done last year. . . oops. I did the jacket version after realizing I didn’t have enough fabric to make the coat. I was going to keep this one until I found out that the size I thought I needed was way too large for me. . . (better to be too big than too small I guess.) All it needs are some buttons and it’s done! Hooray!

This shot has a little better lighting. You can see the color of the exterior better. I used a maroon/burgundy corduroy for the exterior and a silk/cotton blend teal for the lining. You can also see the markings for the button holes and buttons. I will make the button holes as soon as I find some fab buttons. This was my first coat, and basically only my second or third garment. I think it came out pretty well considering I haven’t done much clothing and I don’t have a dress form to fit to.

This photo shows off the lining. It looks a bit crinkly, but I ironed out as much as I could. I am pretty proud of the end result, even if it is too big for me. I’m just glad to get it out of my to-do pile. I have a lot more projects waiting and hopefully I will be able to get to them soon! Thanks for listening! ^_^