Open Wide Zipper Pouches

(alternately titled: Open Wide Zipper Pouches, and How Much I Suck at Making Open Wide Zipper Pouches) I have 3 good friends all having birthdays within a month, so I went on the hunt for something fun and cute and most importantly EASY to make for all of them and knock all the presents out… 

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Bracelet Strap Tutorial

So there’s this contest… and I’ve entered. Kollabora is a new craft tutorial site and store where anyone can create a step-by-step tutorial. Having just completed my first project, I can say that there’s a bit of a learning curve, but I’m happy with the results. If you’re interested in creating and sharing tutorials without… 

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Styled by Tori – Easy DIY Jewelry

Did you know that Tori Spelling and I are BFF’s? Well, practically. Her dressmaker/celebrity tailor is a long-time friend of my BFF. So we’re practically sisters. And now that Skirt Week has wrapped up it’s finally time to share an instant gratification project I’ve been working on. Waaay faster than sewing prize-winning skirts. Or in… 

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Tools of Motherhood

There are two small tools that have saved me on a number of occasions, and it’s been in the back of my mind for a while. I depend on them so often that I should really share them. The first mom tool is a carabiner on my keys. I didn’t start using it until I… 

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Featured on We All Sew!

Hey, look at that!  We All Sew, a sewing website sponsored by Bernina, is featuring my Military Hat Tutorial this week!  How fun! We All Sew has a long list of free tutorials and patterns if you’re looking for that sort of thing, and a section with items to sew and donate to a good… 

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Military Hat: A Tutorial (Part 2)

Yay, we’re finished with that stuffy boring pattern-making stuff from yesterday and ready to get cutting!  Grab your cutting mat, rotary cutter, pattern pieces and fabric.  I suggest something medium to heavy weight.  I used twill because I had it on hand, but I think a textury, bumpy wool or plaid would be super fun…. 

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Military Hat: A Tutorial (Part 1)

Last week I mentioned that my daughter needed a bunch of things for her new preschool.  Well, one of the required items was a hat.  This country has weird rules.  But as we’re often yelled at by other moms at the playground for not wearing hats, it wasn’t totally unexpected.  I’d never made a real… 

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Goodies in my mailbox!

Awhile ago I saw this post from Beverly of Flamingo Toes where she featured her Rebecca bag: Now, I’m not a purse girl.  (I’m an outerwear girl, if you must know.)  I have my brown and black leather purse, and that’s it.  But I love the styling, size, and exposed metal zipper of the Rebecca… 

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Farmers Market Farewell Bags

We live a transient life right now, so Susan isn’t the only person I had to say goodbye to recently.  Christy is another great friend who also really helped me adjust to life here, prepared me for the experience of giving birth here, and let my daughter crash her in-home preschool a few times.  She… 

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Pocket Locket: A Tutorial

A reasonably quick, fun gift for a little girl in your life. Especially the Curious George type. Instead of opening and closing with a hinge, this locket has a pocket. A little background on the idea. I thought about getting K a locket. Well, in fact, she has one, but I will not let her… 

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