serger thread hack

I recently participated in a charity sewing event, and I brought my serger to use for the day. I was so amused by my fellow sewists’ reactions to my conebobbinspools of thread that I had to create a tutorial. Let me back up… As many of you know, when you first purchase a serger, one of …

do your pins: does this count?

chewy cherry almond bars

I’m really playing fast and loose with the phrase do your pins in this post. The recipe wasn’t one that I pinned, but I did save it to my Pocket briefly before making it. And regarding the other pin… well, you’ll see. I love to bake for other people. It’s always appreciated, and it gives me …

feasting on liebster

A few weeks ago, I e-met another blogger, Kim (11:59 Studio), with whom I felt an instant connection — I love her blog, the style of her projects, and her writing. She even began blogging during the same month as I did. So I was tickled when she notified me that she was awarding me …

rock the tote: with all the trimmings (part 2)

Last week, I posted a tutorial showing how to trim the top of your tote with corded piping. Today, we’ll follow a similar process to install rickrack. Is it possible for a project containing rickrack to have a modern, un-vintage feel? My hunch is yesmaybe, but I know that’s not when I tend to reach for …

pretty patchwork pencil case

I feel like if I use the word “adorable” about Zakka Style one more time, the writing police are going to come after me. But I’ve consulted my thesaurus and no other word fits quite as well. Darling, precious, charming — it’s all those things but somehow they feel sarcastic coming from my fingers. Ooh, here’s a …

rock the tote: with all the trimmings (part 1)

I did not hit the sewing ground running when it comes to adorning my creations. I think I was intimidated for a long time — I didn’t know what to use where. I called myself liking a clean, uncomplicated style, which I now realize isn’t necessarily a conflict with trims when they’re used correctly. (“Correctly” …