Thursday, August 16, 2018

Thankful Thursday - Decide

Bundles of pretty vintage sheets worked as the background for this beautiful quote - it all came together using PicMonkey!

I am a believer in the power of words - what we say and what we think.  Perhaps that is why I love to continually collect quotes that give me pause in my day-to-day living, and lift my thoughts. I jot these quotes down on any available scrap of paper when they cross my path.

 Months ago, I started adding some gratitude quotes to some of my photos, as gentle reminders to myself.  The simple act of being grateful keeps me focused on all the good, all the blessings and all the abundance of life.

Knowing that a positive attitude can make a world of difference, especially when we face challenges in life (which apparently is what life is about! ... hello, personal growth! ;o), I decided that perhaps it's time to share some of these wonderful quotes here on my blog, with you.    My hope is that you will find that they give you a little boost as well.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Monday Makings

 Treated myself to a little stitching to kick off the week!

I'm using my scraps from my Tilda fabric stash paired with a variation of my Terrific Tulip Block pattern for a new project.  I'm excited to see this come together as the idea just popped into my head as I was working on some pattern writing using this block.  One idea leads to another and it can be so much fun to see where inspiration takes us!

Thursday, August 2, 2018


July just zipped by and August is promising to do the same.  Somehow the stack of sewing works-in-progress, doesn't seem to be keeping pace with how fast the days fly by!  Might have something to do with all the distractions of summer. 😉

Using my terrific tulip block, I'm working on a new design - this time in some lovely Tilda fabrics!

One of the projects in the teetering stack, is a pattern I'm writing using my Terrific Tulip block. I'm playing with a second prototype using some Tilda fabrics that I've been stashing.

Keeping it real... designing and sewing with pretty fabrics is my favourite part of the process! I have to work harder at the pattern writing aspect - it's where my perfectionistic tendencies can slow me down. It also seems that I always come up with more ideas and more variations of ideas to try and better methods to use, once I'm in the midst of things.  That also slows me down.  Anyways, I'm determined to keep plugging away at the techie end of things and get some patterns together for pattern testing.  I want this to be a month of finishes! Fingers crossed.

How about your plans for this month?

Just in time for the long weekend, Craftsy is having a sale! 
Save up to 70% on Supplies (8/3-8/6/18)!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Vintage Style Worth Repeating

Last summer, I decided that it might be fun to sew a summer nightie using a vintage pattern I found at a thrift store, from some of my stashed vintage sheets.  I paired two of my lightest weight, all cotton sheets and even added a touch of vintage ric rac to the yoke to make the perfect summer sleepwear!

Summer nightie made using vintage pattern Style #1721.

Temperatures have heated up again, calling for something light and comfortable. Time to make another vintage nightie!  

Vintage sleepwear patterns - a new obsession! ;o)

 Thankfully, I brought a few patterns along for our summer stay on the mountain, and my vintage nightie pattern was included (along with 2 others that I bought since last summer!) so now I have to decide which vintage pattern to use along with the pretty vintage sheet I scored last week. 

Sewing something pretty and practical, while giving new life to vintage materials always makes me happy!  I particularly enjoy sewing items from vintage sheets -  from quilts (here and here), lounge pants (here and here) and even shopping bags (here)!

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