Blooming Eyes!

I came across a marvelous tutorial for a Halloween wreath that I just had to make. Jen over at Epbot shared it at the end of September. I managed to procure the supplies and make it the same day. This project didn’t lie around for a year (like my Halloween pillow fabric)!


The most fun was gluing the eyeballs into the flowers. They really kinda creep me out. I used E6000 to secure the plastic eyes into the flowers. As well as glue the skeleton into the wreath. The skeleton took a little time to get just right. I would glue and he would wiggle and move and I’d need more glue. Finally, he settled into the nooks of the grapevine wreath and I was able to get the glue to hold him securely.

To attach the flowers to the wreath, I used wire cutters to trim the stems from the flower bundle. Then I bent the stem so the flower faced out. The stem then got wedged into the wreath. The black flowers and beads had little glittery spiders included in the bunches, so I added those to the wreath as well.











Jen has a marvelous tutorial on how she created the  wreath. I didn’t think to take photos of the process, so I highly recommend checking out her post if you want to make your own.




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Pattern Club

My crafting is still on hold while I’m out enjoying my family in Arizona, so I thought I would take a moment to share a new pattern club I just joined. It is brand new, as in the first pattern will be sent out Wednesday. I can’t wait! I think I already have my fabric chosen for the pattern. I’m waiting on more details before committing to the decision.

The Sew What Club is being formed by Kelly Crawford from Sewing in No Man’s Land. If you haven’t heard of her or her blog, you should check it out. She has a beautiful family, makes them marvelous clothing, and lives all over the world. I’m a little envious.

July’s Pattern, I can’t wait!

The club has two options, women’s patterns or children’s patterns. I joined the women’s pattern club. On the 15th of every month, I’ll have a new pattern to use. The children’s membership includes 2 monthly patterns.  The line-up of designers are ladies I already own patterns from or have their patterns on my wish-list. You have the option to sign-up for an entire year, or monthly. Upon signing up, you are given a bonus pattern.

Bonus Pattern; Taking Notes Skirt

The only drawback is that these are digital patterns, so I’m going to have to spend a few hours cutting and taping the pieces together.

Photos are borrowed from Kelly Crawford. Also, I’m not being paid to promote the Sew What Club, I’m just really excited and wanted to share it.


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Making Lemonade

Sometimes, life sends you in a direction you weren’t quite expecting. That happened this week. I was going about my normal crafty-summer week, (I had some great things planned.), when I decided a trip to visit my Gramma was necessary. This meant travelling across the country to Arizona.

We may have bent the rules a little towards the end.


Today, we played Scrabble. My Gramma, who can’t remember 5 minutes ago, is a wiz at the game. I think she would have won had we kept score.

Pondering her next move.


I used to think she would outlive us all. I know better now. I’m going to enjoy this time I get to spend with her now.

She’s a sneaky one.

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Pink Ava Dress

At some point last year, I stumbled across a project called Perfect Pattern Parcel. They were offering a themed groups of patterns from independent designers. There were 5 patterns in the bundle. The awesome premise was that you could name your own price for the parcel. There was also a bonus 6th pattern of you paid over a certain amount. The proceeds were then donated to various projects on Donors Choose (which I appreciated being a teacher). There were a handful of parcels offered throughout the year, but I only snagged one. The theme I bought was women’s clothing.

The first dress I’m sharing is the Ava by Victory Patterns. I did make this dress almost immediately after purchasing the pattern last summer and have had opportunity to wear this dress many times. For the most part with success. There was one morning I managed to put the dress on backwards and had a very uncomfortable day thinking something was wrong with the dress. Please pay attention when getting dressed in the morning so this doesn’t happen to you!

Since taking these photos, I have added a belt to help break up the continuous pink of the dress. When I make this dress again, I’m going to lengthen the bodice. It hits just a little to high for my comfort. I think I’ll also change out the skirt to a dirndl skirt rather than the almost circle skirt of the pattern. Though I may have to just make a top for the next go.

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Summer Sewing Flashback

I really wanted to title this “Summer Dress Covered in Tits,” but I wasn’t sure I wanted to deal with the traffic that would come with such wording. The fabric I used to make this dress is covered in bicycle wheels (or wagon wheels) and little birds that my husband deemed tits (Google search). He likes nature things like birds, bugs, and spiders, so I’m going to trust him on this. I just like the colours in the fabric.

For this fabric, I turned to my trusted Simplicity 2587. Have I mentioned that I like this pattern? It’s a simple, unlined top or dress with bias trim to finish the edges. The previous times I used this pattern, I made the sleeveless. I love these, but they don’t provide enough coverage to wear to work.


Since I live in Florida, there was no way I wanted to make a long-sleeved dress. I decided to make the sleeved version without the sleeves. I would just use bias strips to finish the edges of the arm holes.


The pattern comes with pieces that you use to cut the bias strips for the neck, arm, and waist. This lets you choose whatever fabric you would like to finish edges. Or you can use bias tape instead. This is the first time I cut my own strips from coordinating fabric. This little bit of extra time was well worth it.

I like this dress even more now that I’ve switched to the other top. It gives more coverage and the strap are wide enough to wear to work. I do put a tank on when wearing this to work. The only part I don’t like is the zipper. I have a hard time getting it all the way to the top in the back.

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Books Planter

As I’ve alluded to, we used many books in our decorations. Specifically, we use Reader’s Digest condensed books. You know the ones, they are everywhere, until you need them. Through random connections over the year, we managed to collect a fair few. Then the crafting inspiration began. We chose these books specifically for the reason that they are all the same size.

Photo Credit: Candi Holden

I had seen at one point, a succulent planter made from a book. I liked the idea, but didn’t relish the idea of having to use an Exacto knife to cut out the insides of 35-ish books. I brought my husband on board for ideas. He immediately suggested using the drill with a 2-in hole saw. The man is brilliant!

After a couple of test runs, he decided the drill was tearing up the paper too much and the project needed tweaking. While I was crafting some other wedding related item (or watching a movie, I don’t really remember), he created a template. He took a piece of 3/4-inch plywood and cut it down to the size of the book pages. He then drilled two overlapping circles into the middle of the board (You’ll see it in a photo below).

The process went a little something like this:

1. Open book to roughly the middle, so the pages are even on both sides. This helps the book lay flat. Then clamp the template onto the book.

2. Using a drill with a 2 in hole saw, drill out the pages using the template as your guide. You will notice that the drill does not tear up the top most pages. You may need to alternate between the two spaces on thicker books.

3. Remove template. Use clamps to hold pages in place for gluing.

4. Glue to seal pages. We used wood glue. First, squeeze a good amount around the edges and bottom of opening. Second, use your finger to spread the glue around, covering the entire drilled out space. I discovered that wood glue stains your fingers a bit yellow. Since I only used one finger to spread the glue, I cut the fingers off of disposable gloves to make them last longer. Allow the glue to dry before removing the clamps. We usually allowed 30-40 minutes. Due to our limited number of clamps, we worked in groups of 5.

If you’d rather not spend the time to make your own book planters. I will have a few available in my Etsy shop quite soon.


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Marker Challenge

It is week 4 of the Summer Challenge hosted by Punk Projects. This week’s challenge was to use markers or ink of some sort. Imagine all the possibilities. I couldn’t think of any. First off, I’m not a huge fan of markers. I don’t like the lines they leave when you color with them. I’m a crayon kind of girl. To help my inspiration, I checked my saved pins on Pinterest.

The only pin I have involving markers was how to turn old markers into water-colour paint. (Which I may do next week.) Since that wasn’t helpful, I turned to Google’s search engine. That is where I came across this skirt. (Follow Link for photos)

To start my project, I decided to make a circle skirt with a yoga waist band. I didn’t want to sew zippers this week. I have a delightful purple knit fabric that I was able to use for the waist band. I picked up a light purple cotton fabric from the store along with Tulip Fabric Markers.

To make the waist band, I followed this tutorial over at  Then I used this tutorial over at Simple Simon to make the skirt.  I realise they are both tutorials for children, but each piece is easily made into an adult size with your personal measurements. I did find that my knit was stretchier than used in the tutorial.  To test this, I tried on the waist band after sewing it into a tube. I then resewed the seam to make the band smaller.

Center Front Design

Now that the skirt was complete, it was time to start drawing. I was inspired by this colouring page released by a bit ago. I like the idea of a craft supply garden. I did have to add a few other objects to my garden since my skirt is much larger than an average piece of paper.

Thimble, Dress Form, and Pattern

I’m not the best sketcher, so my plan had been to cut out and trace objects onto the skirt before colouring them in with the markers. I quickly scrapped that plan and just used a pencil to lightly draw out the pictures before colouring them in.

Ruler, Cupcake, Paint Brush, Thread Vine

If you could see the continuous design, you would find that for the most part, each object is its own plant. There are a couple of larger object, like the patters, that are wrapped in stems. The spools of thread are a continuous vine that weaves in and out of the other “flowers.”

Cake and Apron

I still can’t say I’m sold on using markers, though I would like to try another project like this only get it closer to my inspiration skirt. The Tulip markers worked well for drawing lines, but they weren’t the best for colouring in spaces. This week I was also reminded of Swoodson Says year challenge for trying something new every month. Since I’ve never used fabric markers to decorate before, I believe this qualifies.

A few extra details.


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