Fons And Porter

Blogger Burnout — It’s Real

That day when you wake up and tell yourself you should write a blog post today, but… You realize that you have more drafts waiting for photos than you have actual published posts. You hear an inner voice saying, Ugh! I don’t have the energy to deal with photo editing, HTML, SEO, monetization… I just […]

Bob Ross, the “Painting Man” and Happy Little Trees.

Greeting Artsy Enthusiasts! No sewing today, just art. In previous posts, I mentioned my 3 year old GrandLoveBug, Zelda. This is not only about my 3 y.o.grandchild but also about her “Painting Man” as she calls him, Bob Ross. Join us in seeing an icon through a child’s eyes. A little background, this 3 year […]

Oh, Pho the love of … Pho

Remember that time when you were so broke you lived on noodles and soup? Well, I’ve been reliving that lately and it has nothing to do with the good ol’ college days. Yeah, of course, I’m on a shoestring, but I’ve been eating soup and noodles because I want to. Why would I want to […]

I’ve Got A Feeling, It’s All Too Much.

Greetings fellow sewing enthusiasts, as promised, I’m back to review that 2nd fabric we discussed last week. If you remember, recently I had the opportunity to receive free fabric in exchange for an honest review. The company https://www.lafinchfabrics.com/ sent two yards of two different fabrics. Today’s Review is a Liverpool knit. See last week’s post […]

Fabric Fabric Everywhere and Nary a Stitch to Sew!

Greetings fellow sewing enthusiasts The lovely Miss Marsha has kindly agreed to let me stretch my creative wings by publishing my first ever blog post. First EVER? Right? Wish me luck! Let’s see, where to start? Ah yes, the introduction: My name is Rochelle Freeman and I live in Sunny, Windy, Hot, Cold, Dry, Don’t […]

Paint-a-Pet

Apparently paint and pets do mix. The last time my BFF and I tried to mix them, things went a little awry. We did our best to turn her little fluffy pooch, Watson, into a panda with some black food dye. (Blame Kung-Fu Panda.) Anyway, I saw this book on the Leisure Arts website a while […]

Go Pho Ga Yourself!

Can you cook? Wait! better question: are you an adventurous cook? I’m pretty damned good in the kitchen, even if I have to say it myself. I love to play with my food (and I don’t mean like the cafeteria food fights in high school.) To be honest, one of the reasons I loved my ex […]

Transfer Embellish Stitch

Greetings, Earthlings, We have taken your leader. Fear not. We do not intend to destroy your fabric stash, sergers or craft rooms; we only … What do you mean she’s not your leader? … Ok, we’ll do a few tests and toss her back. In the meantime, enjoy…   Jen Fox and Sarah Case here […]

Dollar Tree? For Gifts? Who Knew?

I have a bad habit of signing up for newsletters out of curiosity, and then getting inbox overwhelm. Today, it’s not such a bad thing. I found something I can pass on to my readers. First surprise of the day, Dollar Tree has an online store. I guess I always assumed that there wasn’t an […]

Fancy Pants & Giveaway — Sis Boom Pattern

“He who fails to plan, plans to fail.” (Alan Lakein, Ben Franklin, Churchill, Bob’s grandmother… I dunno who really said it first, but there it is!) And frankly, I don’t buy it. It’s spontaneity that leads to adventures and discoveries. What exactly does this have to do with sewing, holidays and the Sis Boom pattern company? Hang […]

Class Review — Design & Sew an A-Line Skirt

Deadlines will be the death of me. I set them, and relax knowing I have lots of time to get the task done. Then suddenly out of nowhere, I have mere hours left before my project is due. But it’s all fine because I’ve planned out everything in my head so just a quick execution […]

Maple Skirt — Jacked & Hacked, but Still Gracious

I badly wanted a skirt like this, so I clapped my hands — not so much in glee, but with some trepidation — when I saw Jessica’s post in her Facebook group asking for testers for the adult version of her Maple Skirt. After a couple of disastrous skirt testing experiences the previous few months, I wasn’t sure I […]

How to Not Make a Needle Case

A month ago, I joined/co-hosted a sew-along for the Bionic Needle Organizer Wallet and before I knew what was happening, I was ink deep in toner. This whole thing started with the fact that this needle case, an add-on pattern for the Bionic Gear Bag Notions Tote, requires that I use “freezer paper“. I suspect this thing is […]

Canada Cups Winners Announced & New Giveaway

  **** Edited to add: Marian A. was the charmed winner of the 3-class prize pack provided by Craftsy. Congrats, Marian! Rochelle F. won the black lace, but traded it in for more zippers instead. **** Welcome back! You and I both know that you’re here to find out if you, or someone you know, won a […]

Canada Cups Giveaway 2016

We’re finally at the end of our official Canada Cups tour, but we’re not quite finished yet. We have some exciting prizes to give away — 10 of them, in fact. But before I let you loose with the entries, how about a round of applause for our stupendous bloggers and indulgent sponsors who made this […]

Canada Cups: Meet Linda Sparks of Farthingales

Is she really a corset snob? Two nights ago I watched a movie called “Silk” set in the mid 19th century, while writing for the Canada Cups blog tour. For the first time ever, I looked closely at the costumes of the Victorian Era. And for the first time ever, I cared about what those ladies had […]

Canada Cups — Craftsy Corset Classes

Hey! Come on into my boudoir for a moment. We have to talk about something very intimate. Remember when my friend Gem, the burlesque dancer, posted on Facebook that she just finished making 2 corsets? And I thought she couldn’t have made them from scratch; she probably just added some feathers and bows to personalize it. […]