I had plans to sew yesterday. I was going to work on an outfit for Miss L using that green chicken fabric. I ordered pizza and was getting ready to go when .. One Frisbee, two teenage boys and a three-hour trip to the ER later… My poor baby girl. She’s still asleep and I am dreading what her eye looks like this morning. Thankfully, no stitches were required and the eye itself is OK. But the eyelid looked just… Read more »

I stumbled upon the manual for my sewing machine a couple of weeks ago while looking for … something. I can’t recall exactly what. Anyway, I’d never read it. Not one page. Does that make me a bad person? Good, I didn’t think so. 🙂 It was nice to finally know what all those accessories that came with my machine are for. (It’s a lovely Brother that I bought for maybe $72 at that big store everyone — including me… Read more »

I worry sometimes that I am losing my way around my camera. I’ve gone through a period lately where I have barely picked it up except for work — shooting static objects like crafts or food for the magazine — and I know that’s not good. I need to pick up my camera and use it, train my eye, improve my technical skills. Things that only happen with practice. Today I spontaneously grabbed my camera and photographed my favorite subject,… Read more »

I finally took my own advice and just did it. I’ve spent most of this evening working on a top for my daughter, using the most beautiful Fresh Cut fabric. I had sketched an outfit for her months ago and when I saw the fabric, I knew it was a perfect match. I sketched the pattern idea that I had after measuring L. Measure, draw, measure again, re-draw. I finally had something I thought would work, drew it onto some… Read more »

I have a list of projects as long — or longer — than my arm, but I can’t seem to get going. After my big trace-and-cut fest the other day, I’ve done not much more than look at my stash and stack and think, “I really should do something about that.” I did receive in the mail today two yards of a lovely Chez Ami polka dot to go with my chicken fabric. The only thing holding me back on… Read more »

I took this photo of DD back in February, when we were visiting her grandparents. It’s taken me until now to download it from my camera, edit it an upload it. She was standing on a chair, staring out the window as her cousins — older, bigger — were playing outside. That look of wistful longing had to be saved. It was dark in the house and I was challenged to expose the shot without losing any detail. I think… Read more »

 I bailed on hubby and the kids yesterday to hit up the Atlanta Sewing Expo. OK, “bailed” is probably the wrong word, since I took my oldest to his ham radio exam (he passed!) at 8:30 a.m., then went home and picked up child 2 of 3 to take him to Shabbat School and Temple by 10 before driving up to the civic center. A mom’s work is never done! Anyway, I’ve never been to a sewing expo before but… Read more »

Katie stopped by my blog recently (be sure to check hers out!) and I spotted some too cute patchwork quilted purses she’s made. (She recently went to a taping of the Martha show — color me jealous!) The discovery led me to Google for tutorials and I found a bunch of great sites for making purses — just what I need, since I’ve been winging it with mine. Sure, they look cute but I know the construction could be better…. Read more »