My experience with Konmari-ing my fabric stash and studio – Work in Progress Wednesday no. 27

The prospect of Konmari-ing the studio made me nervous, because it’s expensive to replace supplies, and sometimes impossible. A big part of my process is having a stash to work from, eliminating/minimizing the need to go to fabric stores/art supply shops in the middle of a project, breaking the flow and getting distracted. In The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, it says this brilliant thing about how the right time to read a book is right when it comes to {Read More}

In which I dip my toe into the world of printed photo books…

One of my goals for 2015 is to tame the mess of unprinted digital photos that is currently swimming around in my various devices. It’s…kind of a tall order. And honestly, I’ve been rather slacking on it. So, when the folks at Mosaic offered me one of their photo books to test out, I was happy to give it a go. (In other words: they sent me a free thing. I liked it. I decided to write about it. Here {Read More}

Vintage Button Treasure!

I remember this jar from my childhood, always tucked away near my aunt’s washing machine. (The jar, not me.) I didn’t know that it was first my Nonna’s. It’s one of those things that was always just there- like laundry soap. I haphazardly collect/hoard old buttons, so I likely have many people’s grandmother’s buttons. But these are from my actual family, so they’re special. The jar is an old Laura Scudder’s Old Fashioned Style peanut butter jar. The same brand {Read More}

Work in Progress Wednesday No. 5

You know those blogs, where everything always looks perfect, and organized, and the lady writing it is always getting more done and living more fabulously than you? This is not one of those blogs. The cold that started up last week is still rampaging through the house. I feel so far behind that I may actually lap myself soon. For this week’s Work in Progress Wednesday, all I can share with you is this mess. Brace yourself: To help make {Read More}

Some thoughts on ironing plastic

Don’t iron plastic. You probably shouldn’t iron plastic. Ever. Unless you have a really awesome idea you just need to try out. Use protection! Put something on your ironing surface (like cooking parchment), and something on your iron. Poor put another sheet of cooking parchment on top of the thing you’re ironing. Maybe a mask on your face, while you’re at it. Cooking parchment? Open a window. Open all the windows. Ironing plastic is not conducive to getting rid of {Read More}

Work in Progress Wednesday no. 4

This Wednesday I find myself with a sick toddler, a sick husband, and trying to not get sick myself. So I’ll be keeping this post short and sweet and germ free. I’m working on a new art quilt, and it is soooooo close to done. Seriously. Just a few little details and some hanging pockets on the back, oh and a signature panel, and it’s done. I used a vintage hankie for the background. A generous friend gave me a {Read More}

New team member. Or possibly very heavy decoration.

I’d never seen a bent wood sewing machine case before. I didn’t even know that was a thing. So when I saw one at a thrift store, the word SINGER gleaming under the fluorescent lights, I stopped in my tracks. “Is that…can I see that?” I plugged it in, and oh my goodness. It worked. The light (these things have lights?) lit up. The engine hummed as soon as the pedal was pressed. It was a little battered and had {Read More}

Playing with button mosaics

I love the idea of mosaics made from buttons and beads. Of using everyday materials to create something that could be both art and kitschy hilarity. It started slowly: an art project for Miss Olive. We glommed glue onto a wood piece, and then pressed in rhinestones one by one. Fun! Messy! Bonus, it kind of looks like cake! It looked like so much fun that I wanted to try it: quick and loose and not trying very hard. This {Read More}

Work in Progress Wednesday #3

It’s a quiet week. Really quiet. Like, quiet before the storm quiet. (Which is ironic, as Portland has once again plunged into rain and darkness. Come on, P-land. I thought we were past this! Side note: I am a bad Oregonian.) So naturally you will find me at my desk, sewing. Nothing to do? Sewing. Too much to do? Sewing. Stressed out? Sewing. Happy? You get the idea. I’m putting the finishing touches on a new art quilt, and thinking {Read More}

In praise of the wonky noggin

I am a recovering raging perfectionist. I like things to line up in the way I see fit, all the time. I nit pick. It’s extremely annoying. So why on earth do I let things like this be? Chickenpants in Space 2010 (CP #46) I have a weird exception when it comes to fabric. I like to let mistakes inform the design. I like to let the fabric tell me what to do. In short, I like to let go {Read More}