After more than two years of working on back-to-back books, I’ve been a little burned out on sewing because I have to. Nothing takes the enjoyment out of something for me quite like the feeling that it’s work. And, while I do have some things to sew for Hack That Tote!, I am pretty giddy about having little sewing-by-obligation on my plate for the near future. It’s rather liberating, but also a little intimidating. I am far more productive when… Read more »

A year ago, I was eagerly awaiting the release of my second book, Modern Style for Girls. A year ago, I was wrapping up my third book, Hack that Tote! Only a handful of people knew I was writing another book, each of them sworn to secrecy. I wanted my second book to have time to build an audience, without the distraction that comes with another book. So here I am, less than a month until my third book launches… Read more »

Oops!

There’s a reason this blog is called “Confessions of a Craft Addict.” Yes, I’m quite the crafty babe but I’m also the first person to confess my less-than-stellar moments. Like this one: I typically use my weekday off from work to catch up on household chores and errands. Today, that meant a trip to Home Depot (among other locations) to pick up a rain spout extension. Exciting stuff, right? On my way to the store, I decided I’d pick up… Read more »

I had no intention of doing handwork. Heck, I had no intention of ever quilting but you can see where that’s led. Handwork, though. That’s another animal entirely. It’s slow. It seems crazily meticulous. It’s slow. These are not things most would associate with me. And yet … It’s a little different for me, working in a quilt shop. Being immersed in a world of fabric and sewing and quilting and a variety of techniques that lead to these beautiful… Read more »

Last year, I chose a word for the year: evolve. I used it throughout the year to remind myself to be more, try new things, stretch myself. In many ways, I think I did. I took part in a handful of online mini quilt swaps, took some classes and learned new skills (free motion and hand quilting, English paper piecing and hand piecing). I used tools I have in new ways. And I initiated a couple of business related things… Read more »

  I have been planning a sewing tattoo for a very, very long time. I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to inspiration. But this one, this is completely me. I sent the artist a sketch of what I wanted and she tweaked it a little and I asked for a little tweaking and re-sizing — and this is the result. It’s small and simple, on the inside of my left forearm, and I love it.

There’s a gentle breeze coming in from the windows at my house. I can see the leaves dancing in the afternoon light as I sit at my dining room table with Miss L, helping her with today’s homework. Fall might be my favorite time of year. I love the crisply cool mornings, the leaves changing colors, football games. For me, summer is about going with the flow but fall is projects and new beginnings. I’m in the midst of preparations… Read more »

In April 2014, I was finishing up a book proposal I’d started maybe 18 months prior. By the end of that month, it was in the hands of C&T Publishing’s acquisitions editor and less than two weeks* later received the exciting news that my proposal was officially going to be my second book: Modern Style for Girls: Sew a Boutique Wardrobe Stash Books, an imprint of C&T Publishing October 2015 Give your favorite girls the gift of endless wardrobe options! Best-selling… Read more »