About sewing totes and bags no less! Because I need more of those. My copy of Lisa Lam‘s new book arrived and I love it. This Too Cool for School Satchel is amazing, but it looks like an ambitious project.
This one is great too, just a compact little thing to carry a few necessities to a craft show or conference.
Can’t wait for school to end and have those empty days to sneak in some sewing between playing with my kids!
I’ve had a digital subscription to Mollie Makes since the first issue. If you download the Mollie Makes app from the app store and purchase your magazines there they also have this magazine for sale. I was debating purchasing it for a while and wasn’t sure I should.
Then I finally caved and bought it. I was a bit disappointed flipping through it at first, it starts with simple things I knew like making your Facebook page and setting up Twitter. But then I realized if you’re relatively new to social media or have just started a blog it could be useful.
Then as I flipped through it I started to jot notes on a little paper. Blogs I hadn’t heard of, sites to explore, I ended up filling the entire paper and having to flip it over and scrawl on the back.
I still have to make the time to check it all out but thought I’d share that this magazine is worth the few dollars it costs! Oh, so is Mollie Makes!
I’m published again! This book was recently released by Forklore Publishing and one of my cup cozy patterns is included. It’s a DIY book all about Garden Gnomes! There are some really fun projects included and they use a wide variety of materials. There are a bunch of contributors as well. Click this link for a peek at the projects, click here to purchase. There’s a print version that comes with the digital one for free, or you can buy just the digital.
Catching up on the Zakka Style sew along. Here’s my project.
Here’s Ayumi’s creation. You can see more in the Flickr pool.
Well thanks to some help from Outright.com to pay for my part of my Etsy Success Symposium trip, I was able to justify traveling back to NYC this past weekend to be part of The Etsy Show at the Martha Stewart Show. It was a special show with the audience made up of only Etsy sellers. We were invited to attend, many of the people had been at the symposium as well.
I know I still haven’t gotten to writing much about that day yet and here I am forging ahead but at the symposium I sort of stood out, being Canadian, having travelled so far, receiving the Outright scholarship thingie. I was known to Etsy admin and some of the people attending.
It was really neat to bump into many of them on Monday again. In fact, things ran a bit late and I realized it was after 4 and I had a 7:30 flight so I ran down to jump in line in front of Etsy admin Kimm so I could get out quick and run off to the subway. Luckily she remembered me, she had the job of telling all the people who were given corporate gifts at the symposium the good news so we spent some time talking.
The show is going to air tomorrow details here. I’m not even sure we get the channel up here in Canada so someone let me know if you get to see me waving my cup cozies around. I’m the one in the green shirt with a white cardigan. The girl behind me had a giant sparkly M so that might distract you but try to look out for me will ya!
Now in the interest of being totally honest, I have to tell you I’m usually finishing my projects on Thursday nights. Which is ok with me, but usually leaves me scrambling for photos the next day! This week I was done my project on Saturday. Yes Saturday. Probably because it involved cracking open my copy of Zakka Style by this lovely lady and I couldn’t wait to get sewing.
I actually even made 2 kits since I’m involved in a handmade swap right now and I enjoyed the project a lot.
I hope she likes it! Anyone know where you can get awesome pins like those?! I can’t find any fun pins anywhere. These ones were gifts from Amy during the swaps where we happened to get each other, it’s happened twice.
Since I’m so busy this weekend, being away and all, I’m not going to choose a project for next week. I proclaim it a Create Along vacation. I’m allowed, it’s my blog.
If you have a copy of Zakka Style and are interested in a sew along there’s one going on over here. I’ll kinda sorta play along, I’m a free spirit and like to jump around and not follow directions exactly.
Here are the two Tooth Fairy envelopes I made from this tutorial.
Wesley’s already lost 1 tooth and has another that’s super loose. Nate’s still a while from losing teeth but I wasn’t going to leave him out. Plus I love their faces when they wake up to discover I’ve handmade them something.
Next I’m going to try another project from Zakka Style. This time the sewing kit on page 22. It’s also pictured on the cover.
Ok so here’s the tutorial for last week, the little macaroons. I finished mine last night.
It’s pretty cute. It’s also pretty tiny and other than storing or giving rings/earrings I’m not sure what else I could do with it.
I also had a problem, see if you can figure it out.
Yeah, there’s no way I can get the inside pieces in. I might have to get a slightly smaller size. I’m not sure if the fabric I chose for the outside is too thick, it’s a Japanese cotton/linen blend. Or if it’s just all to bulky in there.
But the good news is no one will ever see in there since this is my little macroon and at least it looks great from the outside!
Next up is this charming little brooch. Now this is a great project because it’s hand sewing, uses felt and creates an accessory and that fits with my goal to accessorize more!
I certainly don’t need another craft book, but I’m sure glad I picked this one up.
It’s by Sue Kim and I didn’t even connect that she’s the lady behind I Think Sew, and I certainly didn’t know she lives in Toronto just minutes from me!
See all those cute stickies flagging pages? Yeah, I want to make all those. I’ve got a bag problem . . and a sewing problem . . . *sigh*
I also picked up this one to add to my collection of fabric printing books. Hopefully I’ll get to spend some time reading them someday. I’m dying to get into making my own fabrics.
I mentioned yesterday I got a copy of Zakka Style just before the holidays. So far it has been responsible for intriguing me enough to actually try making hexies (I had an idea for how to use them) and I managed to sneak this project in on Christmas day. You know, between the chaos of presents and packing and leaving for a trip, I had a few minutes to kill.
I wanted to take the book, my idea notebook and some pens with me on the trip. I couldn’t just take them in some silly plain old pencil case, I *had* to make this cute one. Plus that cute piece of fabric has been begging to be turned into something for quite a while.