Japanese Sewing Supplies

Japanese Sewing Supplies

I have to share something Mom got me for Christmas! She was in Tokyo visiting my stepbrother and his family over Thanksgiving, and she brought back some really neat little gifts, including an assortment of sewing goodies. The tiny sewing kit is adorable. I’m going to keep it with my embroidery/cross stitch supplies, since it … Continue reading

Dollhouse Update #4: It’s Done!

Dollhouse Update #4: It’s Done!

I did not think I would finish this in time for Christmas, but I did it! And I only cried once. Before and after: Here’s a close-up of the chimney. I originally planned to paint the bricks on it, but I found brick-patterned scrapbook paper instead. The interior view: Here’s a closer view of the … Continue reading

Dollhouse Update #3: Tiny Crafts

Dollhouse Update #3: Tiny Crafts

I planned to write about the base of the dollhouse, but it was extremely frustrating (and not all that interesting), so I didn’t take any photos of the process. Instead, here are some miscellaneous projects: Here are the curtains I sewed. The one on the top right features some vintage lace from my grandmother’s stash. … Continue reading

Dollhouse Update #2

Dollhouse Update #2

I wish I had found this dollhouse over the summer! I’m grateful to have found it at all after searching for so long, but I’m cutting it way too close to Christmas. Last week, I started working on the interior. I wallpapered four rooms and painted the hallway (the pale blue area in the middle … Continue reading

Dollhouse Update

Dollhouse Update

Finally, I was able to get some work done on the dollhouse this weekend! Being sick with a sinus infection since Thanksgiving significantly delayed my progress on this project. I tested blue and yellow paint for the exterior, and I think I’m leaning heavily towards yellow. I plan to paint the roof grey to look … Continue reading

Homespun Halloween 2016: Trial Run

Homespun Halloween 2016: Trial Run

A couple of years ago, I bought supplies for a Medusa costume. Halloween didn’t happen for me that year for a variety of reasons, but I am ready for it this time! I began with the headpiece. I bought a bag of rubber snakes on Amazon, thinking that I would hot glue them to a … Continue reading

Simplicity 1062

Simplicity 1062

I love this pattern! The top is cute, but perhaps even more importantly, this pattern did not make me cry. That seems to be the standard by which I measure sewing patterns. The neck band took me a minute to figure out, but that’s the norm for me. As you may recall, I treated myself … Continue reading

Quick Saturday Afternoon Pillows

Quick Saturday Afternoon Pillows

Since it’s still about 95 degrees in the shade here in Jacksonville, I’m spending as much time indoors as possible this weekend. This afternoon’s quick and easy (indoor) project was making pillows for the futon in our living room. I hope to replace the futon with a lovely sectional one of these days, but until … Continue reading

Robot Baby Blanket

Robot Baby Blanket

No, I did not make a quilt! I’m off quilts for a while, remember? This was a very simple baby blanket. I bought this robot print flannel the day after Thanksgiving when flannel was around $1.25 a yard at Jo-Ann Fabrics. I didn’t know what I would do with it at the time, but it was … Continue reading