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 […]

Canada Cups Launch & Craftsy Giveaway

It’s on! Oh yes, 13 of us took flight this morning to bounce our way back and forth across Canada in our skivvies. Right off the runway, we have a post from our very own Fairy Bra Mother, without whom none of us would be inclined to expose ourselves this way. But fairies exist and […]

DIY-Crush Link Party, Week 45

It’s Thursday! And you know what that means… PARTY TIME! We’ve got a guest host this week: Annalee from The Salt Water Blog has joined us to spread some party cheer. Welcome, Annalee! You can follow her here: facebook // instagram // pinterest Let’s get on with the making (or breaking) of stuff, shall we? […]

DIY-Crush Link Party, Week 44

Oh come on! Another week gone by and I still can’t account for what I’ve done with any of it. Here we are back at Thursday, and ready for the next DIY Crush link party. My tester skirt isn’t done, the messenger bag isn’t done, the patchwork cross-body wallet isn’t done, the curtains for my […]

DIY-Crush Link Party, Week 43

In case you’re wondering what’s going on with all the DIY link parties and none of my usual posts, I’m afraid you must continue to wonder. Co-hosting the weekly link up is not the only pot on my stove, iron in my fire, potato on my plate, etc. I’ve got a crater full of projects […]

DIY-Crush Link Party, Week 42

You know, I had no idea how fast a week can go by until I started co-hosting this DIY party every Thursday. Before I can take a sip of my chilled Pinot Grigio, it’s time to choose my favourite DIY and start a new link party. Hmmm… Now that I’m thinking about it, I guess […]

Do It Yourself Party of the Week — 41

It’s Thursday evening so it must be time for the DIY Crush party. Things were a little touch-and-go about an hour ago when I realized that I still hadn’t written this post and scheduled like I intended to do last night. I was busy packing and removing cats from my suitcase. I arrived at my […]

Do It Yourself Day

Did I ever tell you about my personal resolve to never make myself responsible for keeping a schedule? Contrary to myself, I’ve gone and joined Domenica and Denise from DIY Crush as one of the permanent co-hosts. That means I post weekly, even if you don’t read it. Well, read it, ok? Every Thursday, except if […]

Feature: Camelot Fabrics (or The Road to King Arthur’s Court)

Take a long journey with me. I promise I will eventually get to the point. Or past it — whatever! A Detour or Two Going back a few months… When Reece from Happy Okapi invited me to get involved with this Canada Day 2016 blog hop, the intention was for me to showcase a pattern from […]

Spotlight: The Crafting Fiend Stitch Art

I’m so lucky! Really lucky that Nicky didn’t turn me in to the Mounties 2 years ago when I started stalking* her on FB. She just accepted that we were going to be friends. Phew!! And now she’s relented and agreed to write a guest post on my blog. So, heeeeee-eeee-eeere’s Nicky! I must say, […]

Feature: Fairy Bra Mother

Canada Rocks! Right? Right! And this July 1, we’re celebrating our 149th birthday. (We’re still looking pretty good for our advanced age.) What better way to show off our remarkable country and the impressive talent we have than to showcase a few of our sewing designers, teachers and suppliers in a Canada Day 2016 Blog […]

Do It Yourself Inspiration

Here we go again! I had the best of intentions to write up a nice little pictorial on how to pimp out your ironing board and post it so I could join the DIY Crush link party this week. I got all the pictures I could possibly need. I have all the instructions in my […]

Try Something New for May

Is it nearly the end of May already? Where does the time go?? If it weren’t for the smell of lilacs and fresh green grass, I’d swear it were still February. And you don’t want me to start swearing. Anyway, the Try Something New Every Month (TSNEM) theme for May was hand sewing. It’s a […]

Crushing

Holy Cannoli! Because I didn’t have enough good stuff on my plate, I had to volunteer to host* this week’s DIY craft party of total awesomeness. It’s week #34 and we need to top all the yumminess we dished up during week #33. If you missed it, you can take a trip back in time to […]

Earth Day Denim Upcycle — Part I

It’s earth week! This is the second day of an earth-friendly blog hop. (See the other hop stops at the end of this post.) And we’re paying homage to Mother Earth while we renew our individual efforts to save our home. Mars is not a suitable habitat for humans yet so forget that as an […]

Flash Finish — The Winners Are…

I’ll get straight to the point because I know what you want to know. Who won?? Nah! First, I’ll tell you the answer to the trivia question: The brand that used the advertising slogan, “Only in Canada, you say? Pity!” is Red Rose Tea The winner of the Rowan 3/4 Tote Kit from Craftsy is Heatherly824802. Luckyyyy! The […]

Flash Finale Giveaway — The Great Canadian Craftsy Bag Tour

  Hello again! We’ve just barely made it home after our Craftsy escapade all across Canada. We’re unpacking our luggage and finding some great souvenirs from the trip, but it’s just too much to keep for ourselves. And because you’ve been such perfect road trip companions, we’d like to share them with you. Up for […]