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this summer’s best beach bag.

fireisland bag

I can’t believe summer is already nipping at our heels. These gray days are a perfect opportunity to sew up a couple of summer necessities.  The bonus pattern included in The Hooded Towel Pattern is this fun and versatile summer bag. Sentimentally named The Fire Island Carry-all.


Pockets, pockets, and more pockets. Divided pockets for easy accessibility. Fully lined. Adjustable straps utilizing overall hardware. And the straps are easily removable to be thrown straight into the washer after a sand filled day at the beach.


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drumroll, please………

I have been working on this project since around May and I am finally ready to put it out into the world!

Introducing the Hooded Towel & Fire Island Carry-All sewing pattern.



I am excited to tell you that I am offering my patterns to be used in small commercial ventures. Here is a little excerpt from the pattern. “When I first started out, I had a sewing machine and a dream. The only thing missing was a product to sell. I wish there had been a pattern that helped me earn a little extra income as I honed my skill. It is my desire to support the community of talented artisans and stay-at-home moms trying to put a piece of themselves out into the world…”

Sounds a bit tacky? I wanted it to be really personal and to be honest, I am a bit tacky! So I guess it works! As a stay-at-home mother of 3 I am just ecstatic!! The fresh off the press patterns are available here and in my Etsy shop. Please feel free to contact me with any questions!

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Forgive me bloggers, for I have sinned. It’s been one month since my last post…

Believe it or not, I having been intending to post many times over the last month. It is shocking to me how time gets away from me. We’ve been busy having a great summer! I have been relishing and relaxing(is that what R&R stands for?) since finishing The Stand Mixer Cover pattern. But alas, I am half way?? thru my next one. So I need to get my head out of the smog and get busy!! These are just a few projects that I have been meaning to show you…



 I absolutely love these old typeset drawers, but I never know exactly how to utilize them. I decided to make a sort of collage out of mine. I painted it using acrylic paints and glued some of my favorite tiny items into the spaces. Now I will have a sweet place to put all of the little things I collect.



I have found my latest toy. Shrinky Dink paper!!! I’ve done some jewelery, my dog’s tag, and now some personalized buttons. These are my diaper and wipes cases that I sell and so many people want them personalized. I usually do embroidery, but this is my latest craze. I love this stuff! It can be a little tricky, but oh so much fun. And isn’t this button so much cuter than a plain old monogram?? I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of this stuff!


My budding artist’s latest work! I transfered her artwork to the canvas and then covered it with a square of painter’s tape. And then I let her loose!! I love the way it turned out! I tried to put a crackle on the surface, but it just gave it a glass like surface with tiny crackles. Much better than I had planned. Love those mistakes… most of the time!!

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Introducing… The Stand Mixer Cover Pattern.

It’s done, it’s finally done!! I am finally ready to debut my very 1st  sewing pattern. This is the pattern for the Stand Mixer Cover. Sweet and simple, but it makes a bold statement in the kitchen. You can find more information from revel designs and they are available in the shop.


It has been quite a journey. It has been an ongoing project since the end of last year. It all started with this one. I had no idea how much goes into writing something like this. I have learned so much from this process and already have my next pattern in utero.

And I must say that I couldn’t have done this alone. I owe huge hugs and kisses to my hubby for doing all of my dirty work! The computer stuff, that is. He’s my graphic designer, my web guy, my IT guy…really, he’s just been the brains of the whole operation. Sure I can dream up a million concoctions in my mind, but he actually put “me” onto a piece of paper and a computer screen. He’s brought everything to life. Amazing! And I am so appreciative for my friend Linda’s support and advice. She has been there for me through it all. Through the test sewing and my neurotic nonsense, but most importantly, she really helps in keeping me focused. Thank you Linda! I am so blessed to have such a cherished friend.

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Kitchenaid Cover Up


I spent last night and tonight perfecting this cover and I can’t take my eyes off of it. When I had decided that I wanted to make a cover for my mixer, I just rushed right into it. I love, love, love how it turned out, but I do regret not making a pattern for it. Who knew I would be happy with it on the first try? I thought about making one, but couldn’t locate my manila folders( which is what I usually cut my patterns from) amongst all of the unpacked boxes. In my mind, we won’t be officially moved in until cars can go in the garage.

I love the silhouette in this print and the celery green. I used a dark brown binding along the bottom and across the top of the pocket. I have never worked with store bought binding before, I usually make my own. I inherited alot from my husband’s granny. This stuff is great!! No ironing? Love it! Although ironing does give me a chance to watch tv while I’m “working”. And there is something to be said about the control you have when you are pressing fabric. I love the hot steam and heat bending and creasing all material at my will. Guess I missed my calling as a dominatrix. oh, well.

I have been wanting to use this Amy Butler fabric for quite some time. But I knew it had to be just the right project. Most of the time I just keep adding to my fabric stash, because I am too particular about how I want to use it. Then it just sits there waiting, and by the time I am ready… I’m sick of looking at it. To heck with the “perfect” project, I am going to start getting busy while I am still excited about it. These are the two that I want to work with next.


I love these two together. It’s Joel Dewberry and Amy Butler. I think the picture is a little distorted because I have no idea how to shrink them before uploading. David!! What, oh what, will it evolve into? For some reason, when I look at this I see pillow case, but I sure don’t need any of those. And that is why I have issues with fabric. The problem is that there are just too many possibilities.  That’s a pretty good problem to have!