Clear that Clutter, Girl!

As I sat organizing my fabrics and notions this morning, I came to realize that I am the crazy bag lady of fabric collecting. I have more materials to work with than I really do need at this stage of the game… but you know what? Collecting makes me happy and I have just come to this realization. I like to go to the fabric store and score a good deal. I love to get those rad vintage buttons at the consignment shop. If it’s cool and in my price range, it’s mine!
This brings me to my current task at hand… Organizing it all. Sitting in my variations on yoga stances, I am finding myself getting creative juices flowing just from the sheer act of clearing my clutter. Given the time to myself ( yes, chores can sometimes be “me time”), I am given the opportunity to ponder creative direction and just meditate on my goals (past organizing that is). Today, if you asked me what I recommended for peace of mind? I’d say “Clean out a drawer”.
OM is a weekly meet up that promotes living in the moment. Whether funny, sad, ridiculous, or banal, actively looking for and sharing these moments will promote balance in our lives. 
Clear that Clutter, Girl!

Teaching Myself to Embroider

So for Christmas me dear ol’ Mum picked me up a starter embroidery kit from Sublime Stitching and I will be perfectly honest that it was ALL I did whilst snowed in on the day after Christmas. As you can see by my newest handi-worky (below), my mother was so enthralled she will be framing for her sun room and to me that is the highest form of flattery, especially for a beginner like myself. Hey, it’s just another tool to add to my creative toolbox. Also, shout out to Sublime Stitching for awesome “How-to’s” that were super easy to follow and also iron ons that were superb for starters!

I plan to bring my needleworking magic around the crafty house and see where it belongs because I certainly have to entertain it sometimes. Plus, I do love handsewing projects to do while watching Top Chef!

Teaching Myself to Embroider

What I Gifted Handmade this Year!

So to follow up on my vow to give Handmade or make gifts for the people I love (ala my A Crafty Holiday post), I wanted to highlight the treats that made it under the tree from my fave artisans and from my very own creative loins.

Falling Leaves by Pretty Things By Meg (for future sister-in-law)
Custom Knitting Needles from Lai Grai (For knitting sister)

A pair of earrings each from Creative Stash (for the sisters)

A Homemade apron each by ME! (for my Mom and Manfriend’s Mom) Yay!

A bag for my sister’s knitting by ME (for her 21st birthday present; birthday happens to be Christmas Eve)

Now, anyone who knows me, knows I like to shop for myself as well. My one treat this season? The Amarillo Earrings from Pretty Things by Meg which I  LOVE by the by.
Some crafty things I partook in that were gifts for myself? Made with some of my favorite holiday fabrics? This Christmas Tree Skirt was one of my shining achievements of this holiday season because #1 I imagineered it myself and #2 I totally whipped it up on a Saturday.

Anyhoo, I really felt good about my gift giving this year. I did more handmade than ever and I plan to build on that. What did you give handmade this holiday?!

What I Gifted Handmade this Year!

Can Someone Teach Me Macrame?!

Oh, how I would love to be able to knit a sweater (or even on single glove for that matter)… Imagine being able to knit, crochet or even macrame and entire fashion line? Crazy… but awesome. The latest trend I am pulling a little inspirational dreaminess from? Yeah, this isn’t your Grandma’s macrame… and if it is? Your Grandmas is WAY cool.
From Christian Dior

Matthew Williamson

Rag & Bone

Salvatore Ferragamo

Can someone offer to teach me how to macrame at length so that I may construct something magical to wear? Or if you don’t know how to macrame? You can certainly pick me up some Christian Dior 😉

PS. Happy 21st Birthday to my baby sister Lindsey! We are going to party tonight!

PPS. May you have a Merry Christmas Eve full of love and cookies!

Pictures via Style

Can Someone Teach Me Macrame?!

Lindsey’s Bag is Complete

I have been working on Lindsey’s ( my baby sister) birthday present for a few months now. She is a beginner knitter but aboslutely loves to do it. I thought that I would support her craftiness with some new materials to work with. To see past posts about the transformation of this bag, check it. If you were at all wondering what Lindsey’s new knitting bag turned out like…. without any further ado, I give you… a bag. This will make its debut this week (Friday actually) when little Lindsey claims she is turning 21 (I still claim its 11)…

Hey bag, you are full of things to knit with. I have collected a multitude of yarn as well as some customized knitting needles… throw in an issue of Knitting magazine and we are on our way here.

Lindsey’s Bag is Complete

Large Bills, Please

Today I woke up and manfriend was like “do you want me to make you coffee or give you money for coffee?” to which I promptly replied, silly like, that I would take his money any day. Well, I rushed to get ready (as per my usual on most days) fully expecting to have a pot of coffee made…to my surprise when I came downstairs getting ready to leave, manfriend handed me a $20 bill (for coffee!!) and a foreign looking coin. He said happily, “It’s a dollar coin!” Now, I had never seen a dollar coin (I know, weird) so I was like, “What am I supposed to use this for?” to which he replied, ” A soda!”. I gave him a kiss and was on my way. Odd little exchange, I know, but we are a little odd.

As I sat here at work, hours later, I caught myself daydreaming about the guy I have been with for just about 2 years. DAYDREAMING! We have been out of the giddy, new relationship period for a loooooooong time but here I am thinking about giving him a hug as soon as I get home. Now before you go thinking that I am the type of girl who needs coffee money to make me happy, that is by NO means the reason that I am daydreaming about him. He just does little things for me, without a complaint (well sometimes with a complaint).

For instance? Today, he is working from home to brave the post office to mail our family gifts, something I had absolutely NO desire to do. For that I am grateful. This is one of the MANY reasons I love him and should show him I appreciate him more. I might just use some of that twenty and get him a hot chocolate on my way home and treat him to some Celine Dion holiday tunes! 😉

(here is one for you to enjoy! Happy Friday and Happy Holidays!)

Large Bills, Please

An Ode to Create! Sewing Studio

So I just finished my last session of my first real sewing class since half a semester in Home Ec circa 1997… and I have nothing but great things to say about my Wednesday night’s sewing at the local Create! Sewing Studio in Acton, MA.

My previous experiences sewing were always what was right for me in that moment, not always what was right for the project in the long run. Couple that urge to take shortcuts with some impatience and you had some shoddy sewing skills at times. The first step in getting better is admitting you have a problem… Enter classes (and a little positive reinforcement) at Create! with owner Rebecca and instructor Darlene and I am on my way to taking my time and following directions more carefully. The two of them combined have so much experience, it makes my head spin! Being with them and my classmate, Sarah (darling), I got feedback and just good ol’ fashioned “Sewing Circle” time. I can honestly say that I have definitely built on the skills that I had prior and with a dash of Rebecca and Darlene’s tips and tricks (and how to use a Ham!), I am on my way to getting better and really, that is all that I can ask for.

Sarah (my classmate) and Darlene working on a reversable Holiday themed apron. ADORABLE!
I just loved the atmosphere, trading tips and getting recommendations.
Owner and Founder Rebecca (left) and Instructor Darlene (right)
I will surely be going back in the Spring to sink my teeth into some more in depth projects (with scarier aspects that I may not have dared attempt on my own) but in the meantime, I will be keeping up with the team at Create! and their students on Facebook, their bloggie and on Twitter. They teach many classes for kids and it’s just so cool to see some shining, young faces rocking their own creations! All hope is not lost for the future of our crafty nation!

Unforunately, manfriend was at the helm here and I obviously look short buuuuuuuuuuut I did make this skirt!
An Ode to Create! Sewing Studio