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Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time

Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time

I started taking sewing classes at age 11, and when I was in high school I decided to use my mom’s dress patterns from the 50’s and make my own dresses by mixing and matching the bodices and the skirts from different patterns. I loved how they turned out...
I Modify IKEA

I Modify IKEA

Whenever we visit our semi-local IKEA store, we make it a point to check their damaged and discarded area near the check out stands. Over the years, we’ve gathered parts of this and that which we’ve intended to re-configure into end tables and such. When...
Crafting Books From Lark

Crafting Books From Lark

Author Jenny Doh  has gathered together the talents of ten different doll designers in this completely delightful book, We Make Dolls!. They create 23 stuffed dolls and toys in total, each of them unique (and precious!) in their own right. Some of the toys are an...
A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book

A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book

I love looking at old photos, it’s one of my favorite things to do. Nowadays, taking personal photos has seemed to just skyrocket over the last several years, with cell phones making it so easy to take them and social media making it so easy to share them. I...
Review:  The New Crewel

Review: The New Crewel

I was aware (from my grandma) that crewel work is a type of embroidery, but I learned from New Crewel that the definition of crewel is the use of wool thread to create any embroidery stitch on linen fabric. Apparently, it originated in 17th Century England with the...
Painterly Days

Painterly Days

This is a unique coloring experience, printed on thick paper intended for watercolors. The patterns on each page run through a range of modern and ancient designs, each rooted in a standard design, yet rendered with an interpretive twist on each. They’re quite...