…. and magical things that resulted thereafter. My daughter Sarah and her Mom-in-law Ellen made these adorable gnomes with yarn, bead and cardboard cylinder (yes, a paper towel roll) with the highest cuteness quotient. The magic of the crafty gnomes is exalted by Brian Campbell’s professional photography. If you live in or near Southern California… Read More Gnomes: Family Christmas Craft by Ellen and Sarah
Or we could dub it “ombré “. It’s December and I’m in the mood for small, scrap busting, holiday-ish projects. I am besotted with patching together small colorful squares to give a painterly effect. This (unfinished) table runner which is used as a kitchen-counter runner (explanation at the end of the post) is such a… Read More “Watercolor” Patchwork Scrap Buster
Every prolific garment maker – you know, the kind who is intent on making her entire wardrobe — should intermittently indulge in sewing small, happy, scrappy, patchworky, projects. My personal take is that it’s advisable to do this, not only for a bit of instant gratification, and a certain euphoric feeling that one gets when… Read More We Occasionally Need to Sew With Abandon
Hi, Readers! Tis the season to be cooking, so I think this non-sewing post is appropriately shared today. I’m not sure if I mentioned it before, but I’m always on the lookout for the oldest sewing books I can find. Occasionally, I run across gems that are not sewing related. This is such a book,… Read More “Cookery From Experience” by Mrs. Sarah T. Paul, published 1875.
—- and we’re all a big happy blend of faiths and beliefs (and non-beliefs). Thanksgiving was celebrated at my home as the 2019 gathering spot. After the last Thanksgiving bite, my friend Ellen Campbell and my daughter Sarah Mirza set out to add cheerful Christmas décor to my living areas. All but the last two… Read More Christmas Décor in a non-Christian Home
Happy Birthday, America! May you have many happy birthdays for eternity. Onward, sewing pilgrim! With not much experience in making head wear, I chose this project as a palate cleanser and a learning experience rolled into one. This project is also a bit of unselfish sewing – for someone who lives in sunny, drought-prone California.… Read More Tipping the Hat on Independence Day
Today, it’s about the comet, a.k.a. the shooting star motif in sparkly embroidery, or incorporated in accessories. Tis the season after all…. (Design credit for gown detail above: Oscar de la Renta as displayed in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston) For a while I’ve been obsessed with images that resemble a comet and the… Read More Tis’ the Season for Sequined Shooting Stars
My Blue Velvet … Read More My Blue Velvet
Merry Christmas, everybody!! I’m sending good wishes for a happy, healthy and safe Holiday Season. I hope Santa brought you exactly what your heart desired. So, what do non-Christians do on Christmas? Anything our collective mind wants to. Some of us join in with a full blown Christmas celebration; others chill out gratefully for the… Read More Merry Christmas, Errrybody!
Hi Readers, I’m back after two weeks of being a no-show on this blog; it’s a case of slacking off on an unpaid job. I hope everyone had as wonderful a Thanksgiving as I did. This week, I’m sharing this photograph on a sewing blog because: a) it’s a great family photo of two generations; … Read More A Family Photo For the (Sewing) Ages