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Embroidery addiction.

I’ve become a bit addicted to embroidery lately. I’ve been carrying around little projects to have on hand. After finishing my Mollie Makes bear I happened to stumble onto this little beauty on Etsy in Jenny Blair’s shop.


It’s a sampler so just the printed fabric arrived for me to fill it in how I’d like. Which is a great idea. It came packaged very nicely, and the fact that it’s all nice and flat means that shipping was pretty reasonable.


She has a mix of pdf, fabric and kits in her shop. They’re all really quite lovely. I’m swooning over these ones.


PicMonkey Collage

Find her blog online or follow her prettiness on Instagram.

Kiriki Press

I love getting my new Mollie Makes magazines. I diligently travel to the magazine store every few weeks, the only place I can still find the UK imports, and pick up my copy. They set it aside for me. I have to buy the imports because I want the kits. I tried the US editions when they started printing them but I couldn’t bear to miss out on kits and also I found some of the content was recycled and I’d seen it before in the UK editions.

image1 I tend to toss the kits in a drawer and then hope to get to them. Recently I’ve been making it a point to get to them and this kit helped give me the push I needed to do so. It’s also launched me into a stitchy frenzy. I pulled out my previously (read ages ago) purchased Kiriki kit.


It’s from Kingston, Ontario based Kiriki Press. It’s neat to see people grow their businesses. I remmebre meeting her years ago at some Etsy events in Toronto. Now she’s got her Etsy shop and a fancy website.



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Now I’ll have to get going on a few other projects I have lying around, and this lovely came with this month’s issue.

And of course I’ve still got my lovely get well gift from Mollie.


Hey don’t forget to sign up for the pincushion swap!!


Happy, happy mail.

Not only did some great books arrive for me the other day, medicine and my bff showed up with some fun stickers for me but I also got a surprise get well gift from my best yet to be met online friend Mollie.


Look at how fun she is?! She even drew a signature Mollie smiley face on the ankle!


I already have a plan for making something fun based on this project.


Publishing and published!

Well here I am again. Decided to come back to writing on this blog thing I created, back in 2009. Spring is here, things are emerging again, new growth, it’s time for me to join in on all that fun. So let’s start with some fun news I was recently published in a book.


First off I’m in this lovely little book with my friend Mollie. We created a neat little library tote project combining sewing and embroidery.


Book’s with Mollie’s signature cute little faces!


Secondly, I also contributed to this book that was published a little bit ago. My fun little travel car cozy and playmat was included.


It’s so nice to contribute to things that get people creating and making stuff.
Also kind of neat to see your name in print!


I have a line up of things to get stitchy with.

Probably should have gotten to them with this crazy long, cold, dark winter I had the pleasure of hanging out with this year. Buuuuut I didn’t.

Pretty Inspiration

I found this Etsy shop recently and I love the sketchy designs.

I also started following Pam’s blog and other stalkable social media things, she’s a rather creative lady and I love her work.

I picked up a pile of colours that I thought were pretty and while I love the open endedness of the project it’s also a bit daunting to just have to ‘wing it’. Getting it all organized since it’s a good portable craft and then I’ll start madly stitching.

Super hoops

How fun are these?

Made from vintage linens found while thrifting. Some are embellished with some hand stitching. Get Batman and Robin here and the Wonder Woman here.

Cool find

My friend and I spend Friday night hitting the not in Canada stores and then spend Saturday on a thrift fest. We hit about 6 different thrift stores before stopping for dinner and our drive home. We found a Salvation Army and it seemed to be a depot or big drop off one, there was a big garage for all the trucks to pull into and also this “AS IS” building. The big sign said it closed before the store so we headed in there to check it out.

It was soooooo strange. It was just a big warehouse type space, with an open roll up garage door to get in, and the stuff was just piled and piled on the tables. There seemed to be some attempt at organization, like a bunch of crutches piled in one corner, but other than that you just had to dig. It was so crazy and cool at the same time. I tried to nonchalantly snap some phone photos.

I did find this amazing creation.

The price said $3 but when I went to pay she said $1.25, it was all very mysterious. But even for $3 I couldn’t pass up the crafty awesomeness of it, and all that work someone put into it, it’s crazy.

The details are so cool. I have no clue how old it is but here’s a shot of what little info there is on it.

My Friday night.

Well I have to say Friday night was pretty stinking amazing. I was super pumped about heading out to Impresario to see Lucky Jackson’s work in the gallery. It was also the official ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of the store. My clutches, wallets and some other items are available for purchase there and so it was nice to support the store on such an important day.

But the highlights of the night were 1) meeting Lucky Jackson, who actually stopped me as I tried to nonchalantly sneak past her “Hey! Are you SewTara?!” (darn purple hair) 2) seeing some of her amazing pieces in person and 3) meeting Chantilly. It was truly an awesome night.

If you happen to live out that way, or head East out of Toronto you should pop into the shop. Rebecca, the owner and curator, is selling some lovely handmade items. Currently I have almost a whole shelf to myself. I went in a bit early and dropped off a new batch of items for her to carry. Good news is it’s all on display and ready to go home to happy people. Bad news is she took everything I had and now I have to get sewing all over again!

I also created a new product, some fun hair clips and about half of them are living on the check out counter.

I’m crafty

I’ve made myself a little brooch. I’m sure if I’m sitting at a table at a craft show it’s pretty obvious I’m crafty but I still thought this would be fun to wear.

I’m just getting ready for Sunday’s craft show, and hoping for good weather! It’s a rain or shine event and I’m under a big tent but attendance will be terrible if it gets all rainy and stuff.

I was planning on making a run for the border on Saturday, but then I realized I’m still trying to recover from my two NYC trips. But I’m not sure if I can resist, Joann’s, Target . . . it might be too magnetic for me to avoid! I’ll letcha know.