sewing :: modified glass onion top

IMG_7805_ccLately my favorite way to spend free time has been sewing.  I love making things for our 3.5-year-old to wear, especially when she picks out a particular fabric that she likes at the fabric store.  She has this tendency to obsess over something once she realizes that she likes it, and lately this had been demonstrated by her discovery of Strawberry Shortcake.  Not the cute, little, frumpy hat version you and I had back in the 80’s – rather the modern, hip, taller, and cooler version that is so popular today.  While we were perusing through one of my favorite fabric stores, she insisted that I make her something out of this strawberry-covered fabric.  And the first pattern I immediately thought of?  Why, the Glass Onion Top of course.  It’s my go-to pattern for a simple, casual, and fun top because of the super cute back panels that overlap.  I love how there are no buttons or zippers so she can slip it right over her head.  And I can make one with less than a yard of fabric – bonus!

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one more for 2013

One more craft show, that is!  I know I know, I said the last one would be my last one for the year but this one came up and I couldn’t resist the urge to join in, especially because it is at Gather Here!   So mark your calendar for Sunday, December 8th and stop by to say hello if you’re in the neighborhood.  I’ll be there along with Zooguu, Made in Lowell, Kim O’Brien, and the Orange Owl from 12 to 7 pm.

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Of course with it taking place at a yarn and fabric store, I’ll have some new crafty themed card designs available along with the Christmas-y and holiday-y ones.  Hope to see you there!

40 spools

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I recently learned that a friend had a 40th birthday coming up.  I know this person is passionate about sewing and so I wanted to create something special to give to her as a gift.  I used a Quickutz 2×2 spool die-cut and created these out of 40 different colors of paper and framed it after assembly.  I think it turned out pretty neat even though I didn’t leave quite enough of a border around the edges for framing properly.

Cranking out each spool twice — once for the khaki colored spool pieces and then once for the thread color — was tedious but therapeutic in a weird way.  All worth it in the end.

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cards at gather here

I’m happy to announce that you can now purchase some of my craft themed greeting cards at Gather Here in Cambridge, MA!  Here are just two of the many designs sitting pretty in a red spinning card rack near the register.  Ideal for popping a GH gift card into, the cards vary in size and feature occasions from birthdays to thank yous to new baby.  More cute designs coming soon – and shoot me an email if you have any special requests, ideas or suggestions!

sewing :: simple sundress

I took the “simple sundress” sewing class at Gather Here in Cambridge recently.  It is a two-part class (3 hours each session for a total of 6 hours) and I love the little dress that we made.  I made a little dress for our baby-to-be at the time last July, but it was so much better having guidance and professional help step-by-step this time which ultimately resulted in a much better made dress.

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i learned how to crochet

Yes, I FINALLY learned how to crochet!  After years of fawning over many beautiful creations and wishing I could attempt to make them, I decided to take a class at Gather Here in Cambridge to learn the craft.  And luckily, two of my coworkers were able to take the class with me which made the class much more fun.  To start off, the instructor (who was super patient and nice by the way!) had us pick out a skein of cotton yarn to use during the class.

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gather here stitch lounge (cambridge)

There’s a new yarn and sewing shop in town: Gather Here.  It’s located on Broadway Street in Cambridge and boy, is it full of cool stuff!  A few of my coworkers and I took a lunchtime jaunt over to check it out one afternoon and were just mesmerized by all of the gorgeous fabrics and yummy yarns they carry.  Unfortunately, it’s almost exactly the shop we would want to open ourselves some day so for now that dream of having a yarn shop in the Cambridge/Somerville area will have to be put back on hold.  Sigh.


[Before I go on to show you more photos and to point out things we drooled over, I wanted to mention that they are currently donating 25% of any purchase of Echino, Kokka, Kiyohara, and Heather Ross fabrics to the Red Cross to aid with the recent Japan disaster relief.]

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