My Week Staycation and New Patchwork Purse

A staycation is a vacation where you don't go anywhere and this week I have a lot of sewing projects planned (how many I actually finish I will never tell).

Well...surprise! I just finished my first project! A new handbag - a patchwork handbag. The design is pretty free-form (i.e. it's not what I thought it would be when I started it), but I still love it. ;)

Happy Birthday Sister

I just discovered a new-to-me craft and I don't even know the proper title for it...paper embroidery, card stitching, embroidered paper. Personally I like embroidered paper...and stitched up this little card for my sister's birthday - cute cupcake design courtesy of Pimp Stitch.

Here are some other links to embroidered paper fun stuff:
A great how to with lots of patterns from Make and Takes.
Another cool type of fabric stitched card from still dottie.

Ghost in the machine

I realized looking at my new sewing space that I was missing something - okay I'm missing a lot of things, but the one that stood out to me was a sewing machine cover! I hate the cover that came with my machine. It was one of those weird vinyl-y ready-for-the-rain covers and it just would not do.

There are many out there, but was inspired by this one on the Crafty Daisies blog. Thank you Craft Daisies!

(Here's a close up of Michael Miller's fabric complete with skull and scissors!)

Create a place and a space

I was listening to a podcast with Eckhart Tolle and Oprah (ain't no shame!) and Oprah asked him what inspired him to write his book. He answered that everyday he sat with pen in hand ready to write. Some days he would write for hours. Other days he would write absolutely nothing, but he would still sit there ready...

While I haven't yet carved out a time for crafting every day, I finally decided to create a place. My former habit would be: have an idea, dig through a pile for fabric, realize I still had to wash and iron it, need a bunch of stuff from Joann's, and decide to "do it later."

It's sad how later so often becomes never.

Back to my place - I live in a charming one bedroom, so my place is a corner and it used to be the corner where I would pile clothes and mail. Now I have each of the projects I am working on in a tub so that I can grab it and just start where I left off. Small idea, but it's helped. And now I'm ready...

(Desk and cabinet courtesy of IKEA)


It's crafting with a twist! So...what's the twist? Well, I've always dabbled in crafting - sewing, quilting, crochet, painting, elaborate Halloween costumes - but it wasn't until recently while working late at home that I looked over at my dusty sewing machine and and felt the urge to sew something, anything! I missed that feeling...that process that takes you from idea to Joann's to seam ripper to finished project. I realized I needed to take action and not just leave crafting to "when I have free time."

So these are my adventures in creating space and time for experimental crafting.

My goal with my writing here is to keep all of these things out of my head and on paper (or whatever you call this...) because when I announce here my grand crafting schemes - I better follow through!

And what's the twist? Well the twist is that little extra zest of individual that gets sprinkled onto any project. We all have some. Here are mine. Hope you enjoy!