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Lessons I Learned From My Mother-In-Law

My mother-in-law recently passed away and it has been a sad time for my husband’s family.¬† ¬†A long life spanning 95 years, a marriage of 50+ years and 13 children.¬† She was a strong woman to say the least (how can you NOT be after raising 13 children??)¬† I happen to be married to the […]


London: Summer Travel Wardrobe

The Packing Challenges: As the London departure date was fast approaching, I had to pack something for my trip…. for thirteen days…in the summer…and in a carry on. ¬†Okay, so London is typically rainy. ¬†Even in the summer. ¬†Easy. Just pack what should be London-wear. Guess what? No rain and sweltering heat instead. ¬†Actually, any […]


Jewelry For Travel

The topic of this post is simple jewelry designs to help pull your looks together while travelling. ¬† Of course, these can be worn at any time and necklaces add a little interest while coordinating with basic clothing pieces. ¬† These are me-made, and more inspiration can be found on Pinterest. ¬† ¬†The post I […]


Simply Pink New Look 6340

There is nothing like triple digit temperatures to make you grab some fabric and a pattern and run to your sewing machine! ¬†If you are looking for a quick, simple sundress to make for your summer wardrobe, look no further than New Look 6340. ¬† Let me back up and say that I haven’t posted […]


Easy Self Drafted Maxi Gore Skirt And More

I’ve been under the weather, so I’m bringing you this post of a self-drafted skirt as well as a jacket and tank made to go with it. ¬†I hope the content still is helpful to you and that you can be inspired to draft your own simple pattern for a maxi skirt. The inspiration for […]


Reshaping Lives Through Recycling

Have you ever cleaned out your undies drawer and wondered what to do with your unwanted-but-perfectly-good bras?? ¬†Donating bras, like I did with other clothing items, was never the conclusion I reached until I recently read a blog post that shed light on The Bra Recyclers¬†and ¬†Both of these¬†organizations have related goals to decrease […]


Pantone Spring 2017 DIY Necklace

I love a happy accident. Without even planning it, I managed to make a DIY beaded necklace using all of the warm shades of the Pantone Spring 2017 colors. ¬†Truth be told, I made this before I knew about the upcoming colors. ¬†Sewing my own clothes and making my own jewelry keeps me both on […]


Butterick 5526 Coral Shirt & Loes Hinse Gore Skirt

This is a three part post containing a me-made shirt, skirt and necklace. ¬†To start, coral is one of my favorite colors because it can be worn in the southwest year round. ¬† Since i am heavily motivated to create by seeing color, when I saw this light weight fabric, I knew it would be […]


Rhonda’s Creative Life Is Sharing Blog Love….

Returning A Favor It is a little early for Valentine’s Day, but I am feeling the love from Rhonda. ¬†Blog love, that is. ¬†I was grateful to find my blog featured on Rhonda’s Creative Life Wednesday Showcase! ¬† Rhonda wrote a thoughtful post summarizing my love for sewing, making jewelry and offering tutorials. ¬†It is […]


Denim Urban Tunic or Dress?

Yes, it looks like I am on a cowl neck dress tunic streak. ¬† A recent post featured a McCalls 7020 cowl neck top turned dress that would make you think I have no imagination. ¬†Really? ¬†Another cowl neck dress? ¬†But this one is slightly different. ¬† It is a great jumper for grownups. ¬†Pair […]


Blogger Recognition Award!

A BIG Thank You goes out to Rachel of¬†Sew Red-y for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award! ¬†Little did I know that having Rachel in my Joann’s class years ago would result in this! ¬†I never thought that my love for sewing would bring me into the online world of great people who share […]


McCalls 7020 Cowl Top Turned Dress

As I move into 2017 and take inventory of my lengthy list of sewing projects, I am reminded of the bloggers who took great time to review their versions of sewing ‘Hits and Misses’ of 2016. ¬† There seemed to be a plan from the start of the year to execute specific garments for their […]