So. I went to the grocery store last week to grab a few things. Among the items on my list was a packet of classic yellow marshmallow Peeps - the kind of Peeps that I put in my children's Easter baskets every year.
Every now and then a blog post is extra special. This is one of them. Oliver Rabbit and I had a busy summer full of craft fairs, custom orders and pattern development. Halfway through the heat of it all, I received an email from one of my readers. It wasn't an ordinary email; it was Karen's story about learning to sew:
I love participating in craft fairs. Despite the work involved - prepare, pack, travel, set up and break down, I find them truly rewarding. They provide an opportunity to get out of my studio, meet my customers face-to-face, network with other vendors, showcase my creative work and garner valuable feedback. I'm a "people person" and enjoy the art of selling. Craft fairs are fun! Until something goes terribly wrong.
The cozy days of winter are here - hot tea and new sewing projects. Hmm. Wisteria and wine! With Valentine's Day around the corner, I put together this tutorial to make a simple wool felt centerpiece with appliqued hearts.
To bestow a gift that you make yourself can bring immeasurable joy to both you, the creator, as well as the recipient; the value is two-fold and encapsulates emotional elements of life that satisfy our human condition.
The DIY movement brought about a desire to up-cycle used clothing for our creative sewing projects. Notably, we all began to scour thrift shops and rummage sales for wool leftovers to toss into our washers and dryers and turn into felt, myself included.
It seems only fitting I take a trip down memory lane to introduce my new Santa Doll Pattern. When I was eight years old, my grandmother traveled from Louisiana to the northeast for a summer visit. We took a trip to John Wanamaker's Department Store in Philadelphia.
SewMamaSew, a blog about the history, craft and artistry of sewing, recently ran a comprehensive series on their site entitled, "6 Weeks of LOVE for Softies." Throughout this awesome collective the term, "softie," encompassed stuffed animals, cloth dolls, soft sculpture and fabric toys.
Here is Peter CottonTail - hoppin' on over to bring you a delightful basket full of sewing fun! What's more adorable than little plush rabbits! Easter is on its way - make something special to tuck alongside the colored eggs and jellybeans.