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.
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.
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Mollie makes. Am I right!? Every time I read this magazine I flag a ton of things to make, try, look up or inspiration hits with a big BWONG!
So I’m going to park myself on the couch and actually do something about all these flagged items I have lying around.
Last night I caught up on my Gathered by Mollie Makes issues. I found this in last week’s edition.
Sadly, it seems kinda silly to shout it from the roof tops now that today’s issue is out. Which, by the way, I read this morning with a tea lazing on the couch.
Also, I know I’ve said it before, but Gathered and Mollie Makes are ridiculously awesome publications. You MUST subscribe. Yes, must.
As if Mollie Makes wasn’t already such a beautiful magazine. I’d love to own an actual paper one some day but since I renewed my digital subscription before I could find it for purchase near me I can’t bring myself to pay money for a paper copy when I already have one. Although sometimes the freebie gifts do tempt me. Now they’ve got Gathered and it’s weekly and I’m already issues behind!
I think it’s still offering 5 issues for free if you subscribe in some way, if you’re part of the iCrowd. They don’t charge your account until the 5 free issues are over.
I think I have a problem.
Literally, *every* Michelle Patterns pattern. Every single one.
I mean most people today have too much stuff. We’ve been trying at home to keep our ‘stuff’ minimal. We’ve banned knick knacks unless they come from our travels or really *mean* something to us. With our kids, while we are careful with how much we buy them, it’s hard with an October birthday and a December birthday and then Christmas 2 days after that . . . it gets a bit crazy. Honestly, it’s usually the reason I advocate for us to travel at Christmas, thinking we’ll skip the gifts mountain but it doesn’t work.
When you’re a crafter of course you acumulate stuff. Before getting into sewing I did papercrafts, cards and scrapbooks mostly. Then after starting my blog and getting into fabric now I have yardage, then a fat quarter collection and then I keep a scrap bin. THEN I have smaller scraps for 1 inch magnet making and then I keep the smallest scraps ever for hair clips and such. It’s insane.
Mollie Makes digital subscription. Now add Gathered to that. Honestly, both amazing, amazing magazines but yeah, adding to my collection.
Now add to that the things I’ve started to accumulate on my iPad and Macbook.
Folder and folders of things to look at later and get inspired or ideas to make. As if I need to add to my to do list or ‘things I want to make’.
Then there’s the business research and books and things to read I have as well. Classes to take, things to learn. It’s tough to balance it all when what you love to do, drives you to do it more and makes you happy but is hard to fit into your ‘normal’ life.
Someone please tell me you have this going on too!
Here’s my cute little door stop from this tutorial over on Mollie Makes!
I filled it with rice we had lying around, which from what I know about making bean bags, is fine unless the rice gets cooked somehow. It can even get wet but will be fine once it dries.
Annnnd now I’m not choosing another project for next week since I have to finish planning and run my school’s Community Day next week. Usually our Community Day is a big fundraiser for our school and the money goes to help pay for things like graduation, the next year’s Community Day, etc. This year my school is the lucky recipient of a national award from Let Them Be Kids. On Saturday, June 9th our staff, students, parents and community will be pulling together and working hard all day to erect 2 play structures in our school yard. Current our school yard has nothing but pavement and a small patch of grass, this will be such a big amazing change for us. If you’re local and want to help, or are feeling generous and can make a donation, you can follow the links for more info.
Here are my fat quarter produce bags from the Sew Mama Sew tutorial.
I couldn’t find utility mesh, as the pattern called for, but the nice lady at Fabricland helped me out and what I ended up using is a meshy drapery fabric. Hey it works.
I’m not sure yet how these will work being weighed at the grocery store, or if they’re see thru enough to be used, but we hit the farmers market all summer and these would be great to separate our fruits and veggies instead of tossing them all into the same sack. I promised my hubby I’d make some manly ones.
Next up is this this fun door stops from Mollie Makes. With warmer weather coming some of our doors like to slam shut with the ‘down by the lake’ breeze we get moving through our upstairs. This outta fix that!
Have you seen/read/held/drooled over an issue of Mollie Makes yet? I can’t even begin to tell you how great this magazine is! I have a digital subscription and the instant it arrives I plunge in. Sometimes I wish I had a physical copy to cut up and fill my space with inspiration, and then I think I couldn’t bear to cut it up. Great articles, fantastic photos and I always leave with a list of things to see/do. Here’s the little keyring from issue 11 I made. Once again, I changed things up a bit, but I assure you it started with their pattern. You can find the templates for each issue at their site.
Secondly, my favourite pattern maker has created a new camera pouch pattern and it’s really neat. It’s a super padded camera pouch in 4 different sizes that you can make following her quick and easy sewing pattern.