Make Do and Mend — a New Generation

Someone shared this article in one of my Facebook groups a couple of years ago, and I saved the link because it makes some interesting points: “The art of repairing clothes was being lost, but with half a million taking up sewing in the last year, a whole new generation is picking up the thread…” The […]

UFO Sightings

“Out of sight; out of mind.” … Hardly! My UFOs (Unfinished Objects) have been out of sight, but certainly not out of mind. At least not until I get rid of them somehow. That reminds me of some trivia I have stored in the back of my mental cave. There’s a little thing called the Zeigarnik […]

Jeans Demystified

For the last 4 or 5 years, Craftsy has been my go-to place for learning sewing and crafting. But still, I like to sample someone else’s goodies every now and then. So when I got wind of a new online learning platform, Craft University Online (or CraftU), I had to go there. You know I […]

Canada 150 — In the Bag: Winners

Exclusive Giveaway We have our lucky winner of the cork sample pack from MMCork Supply. Gina (ginals), congratulations! Main Giveaway And we also have our 16 winners from the main giveaway. Take a look to see if you are among the fortunate this time around. If you didn’t win this time, you will have more […]

Canada 150 — In the Bag: It’s a Wrap!

We may be the nice quiet neighbours, but we know how to throw a good party! I’m still half in the bag today, so forgive me if I slur my words as I thank our sponsors, our bloggers, and you, our die-hard party people. Thank you all for coming out and making this a special […]

Canada 150 — In the Bag: Popping the Cork

We’re celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial on July 1, and there’s a lot going on across the country. In fact, if you ever thought of visiting us, 2017 would be the year to do it because you can get free access to all the national parks for the entire year. Bring extra luggage because we are considered the […]

Canada 150 — It’s in the Bag

We’ve just launched a week-long blog tour featuring all-Canadian bag pattern designers and suppliers. It all starts on Emmaline Bags this morning and continues for the next 6 days with 10 bloggers. And there are giveaways everywhere you look, from coast to coast. Join the celebration of Canada in handcrafted bags. Meet our bloggers   […]

Communal Sewing & Crafting

Sometimes a body gets to thinking. Well, most times our brains get to thinking, but you know… How many newbs would love to try sewing but don’t have access to a sewing machine, or two, or three? Why don’t we have more dedicated sewing and craft spaces for folks who can’t do it at home for […]

The Good Shears

I don’t know who the guy in the picture is or what TV show he’s from, but who’s gonna argue with him and his pistol? He and his buddies have been riding around the internet telling people that you can’t cut anything but fabric with your special sewing shears or the world as we know […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Canada Cups — Day 3 Itinerary

Happy Hump Day!! And in the spirit of the day, plus the theme of the tour, let’s all sing a rousing chorus of “My Humps” (Black Eyed Peas): My humps, my humps, my lovely lady lumps. My humps, my humps… I’m not sure this song has any more lyrics, so let’s call it done, shall we? […]

Canada Cups — Day 2 Itinerary & Craftsy Giveaway

Tuesday, that day of the week between Monday Blues and Hump Day. At least we have fun stuff to get your through it. Let’s go tripping across Canada with the Fairy Bra Mother and her gang of step-children. Here is where you will find us today. ♥ Tuesday, September 13 Lisa fits right in as a new […]

Canada Cups — Day 1 Itinerary & Craftsy Giveaway

Happy Monday! It’s the first full day of our tour. On behalf of our flight crew, I bring you today’s itinerary. If you missed the take off, you can still catch up on the introductions by our Pilot, Fairy Bra Mother. Then meet us at the first stopover. See you there! P.S. Be sure to enter the awesome giveaway by […]