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” …

travel (or not) sewing kit

My next Zakka Style project is this wonderful little sewing kit — so wonderful, in fact, that it is the featured project on the book’s cover: The project is simply labeled “sewing kit,” and it got me thinking. For me, this would be for my on-the-go tools. I’d throw it in my bag with some …

about bibliostyles

Not too long ago, I mentioned that Dixie and I had started a local sewing book club. She just put up a post in which she interviews me about the club, and we even talk about when and why I started sewing. Pop over and take a look! While you’re there, have a stroll around …

practice techniques potholder

If there is something that I sew as often as bags, it’s potholders. I love them, they make great gifts, and they manage to combine the best of my main creative loves: sewing and baking. (Though I have to say, blogging is a rising superstar in this category!) One of the things I love most …

egg and avocado salad & more owls

Last year about this time, my parents started a small chicken operation (9 hens + 1 rooster at last count). Consequently, they keep me flush with the best eggs I’ve ever tasted. Plus my veggie peels and scraps go to a very good cause! I pinned this a couple of weeks ago, and I still …

fabric covered box

It seems that my blog is unintentionally becoming a love letter to Rashida Coleman-Hale. I didn’t set out to do that, but her projects and fabric are so appealing to me that it isn’t much of a surprise. I ♥ Patchwork is full of squeal-worthy, gratifying projects. Many of them can be whipped up with materials …