Apron · handmade · Sewing

Apron for my Sis

I finished my sister’s birthday gift. I made an apron for her. She loves to cook and when I saw this fabric and apron pattern I thought she would like it.

It all went smooth with one exception…the bias tape. The pattern calls for 2 packs. Wrong!! I had to run out and get another pack to finish it. Whether it was a shortage in the pack or miscalculation in the pattern, I’m not sure.

Anyway…it’s done and lesson learned. Buy extra no matter what!


Also, my daughter-in-law loved her gifts. She sent a picture of her recipe book displayed on her kitchen counter. I’m so glad she liked it.

I sure hope this post inspired you to get creative whether you sew, knit, quilt or draw.

I enjoy reading your comments, so let me know what your working on today. 


Apron · Sewing

Sew fun!

Today I took time out to sew up this sweet little apron made from an apron panel.img_20160919_200651.jpg




It’s a birthday gift to go along with this recipe book that I made for my daughter in law. img_20160919_200523.jpg


I made a recipe book.

I followed a youtube video by “MayMay made it”. It’s in 3 parts and shows how to make this cute recipe book using a composition notebook and a 12×12 pack of paper and stickers from Carta Bella called Homemade with Love.
Here’s the cover.


The pages have pockets to tuck in recipe cards or notes.


This is the back cover.

I made this one for my daughter-in-law as a birthday gift. It isn’t perfect, but it’s truely made with love. I ordered various packs so I’ll get practice making more of these sweet little notebooks.


crochet · Knitting

As the bobbin turns…

Or doesn’t in my case!!

I want to learn to spin yarn, however I don’t want to spend money on a new spinning wheel yet. I have an old one that my DH ‘s granddad made years ago. The youtube videos I watched helped me to understand the basics of the wheel. 

After feeling a bit confident, I jumped in and gave it a “whorl” lol. Anyway, my bobbin won’t spin unless the wheel is going counter-clockwise. Hmmm. Not sure what that’s all about, but I may need to take it apart and clean it. It’s been sitting in a dusty old workshop for at least 35 years. ​

As you can see in the pictures, it’s weathered and could use some refurbishing. I tied some commercial yarn to the lead but the bobbin wouldn’t spin. Are there any seasoned spinners out there?  I sure would appreciate any comments or suggestions you could give. Thanks!  ​

art quilts · craft room · crochet · Knitting · organization · quilting · Sewing

Fabric Stash Under Control

Hello again!

Well, I’ve finally got my fabric and yarn stash under control. Whew! I had accumulated so much over the years that I had several totes full. Yep. Not those pretty little clear totes either. Those big industrialized-looking gray totes! They were all stacked and lined up against my wall covered with a large tablecloth. (ugh!) I had to dig and hunt for my fabric or yarn whenever I wanted to do a project!

My yarn is now stored in smaller totes and neatly stacked in the area between my desk and the wall. (I’m holding a rolling tote filled with yarn to give to my sister on her next visit)

After I went through my fabric, I narrowed it down to keep three totes. I happily gave the rest to family and friends. I also gave a huge bag to donation. I sorted the remainder of my fabric and put it on mini-bolts, and finally into the book-case where I actually could see it. (yay!)

I rolled 1/2 yd or less fabrics into tight bundles and stored them in small clear plastic totes in my drawers. I also ended up with one medium tote size bag of scraps that I couldn’t part with.

Honestly, I thought it would be so hard to part with my fabrics, trims, and craft supplies. Instead, I felt a sense of relief in knowing my room is organized and that I’m able to work in an uncluttered space. I still have a few pieces of apparel fabric to organize as well as finding a spot for my  batting, wonder-under, trims, ribbons etc.

I’ll be back with more updates.

What ideas or tips do you have for storing your craft or sewing items?

I’d love to hear them!

​I’ll post my projects and tutorials on my new pages. If your interested, please follow them.

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Fall is in the air. 

As I worked in the yard yesterday, I welcomed the strong breeze as it cooled the beads of sweat on my face. Yellow and green leaves swirled in the air and landed at my feet. As I stared at the leaves, I tried to figure out where summer went! Well, I suppose there’s no sense in fighting the season. Instead, I grabbed my glue gun, silk flowers and a grapevine wreath and put together this Fall wreath.


Knitting for Baby


Hat and Boots



camlyn'sbootieandbonnet by C. Anne
Booties and Bonnet

I loved knitting Erika Knight’s baby boy boots and hat pattern. The baby  girl Booties and Bonnet pattern is a bit more advanced. Not to fear, because if you look on youtube.com you’ll find Erika’s helpful videos to get you through it. 

 Her book Natural Nursery Knits has patterns that are adorable and easy to follow.

Art · craft room · Knitting · organization · quilting · Sewing

It’s that time…

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Today I’ve decided to discuss organization in the craft room. For weeks I’ve poured over ideas and pinned pages of tips and tricks.


Organizing is not an easy task for me. I have too many interests that I try to shove into a 10’x 12’room!

Can anyone out there relate to this?

I set specific areas for each of my hobbies. A section of my room is for sewing, a section for knitting and one for painting. Trouble is, after one of my  creative marathons…well, ugh. Last year I made six quilts, knitted scarves and boot cuffs and paintings for Christmas gifts. When the whirlwind of December passed I was left looking at a mound of mess in January. In addition to that, those precious items that I  would buy here and there began to accumulate and before I knew it I was completely out of room.

So yeah, it’s time.

How do I purge? Very carefully! I’m cautious and take one drawer or shelf at a time. I make a decision as to whether or not I’ll use it or part with it. If I decide to part with it, I’ll think of my family or friends first. What doesn’t go to them, I’ll donate. For example, I’ve put together a large stash of yarn and crochet needles neatly in a rolling tote for my sister. She’s just learning to crochet. The fabric that no one else wanted, I’ve already donated. Senior centers, thrift stores, knitting or quilting groups are some great options.

Now I’m left with the things I do want, and it’s time to organize. My fabric was stored in totes ( many totes ) and so I’ve decided to wrap them on to mini bolts and store them in a book-case. The wrapping took quite a while, but was worth it. Now my fabric is visible to me. Same goes for my thread. I purchased a few spool holders for my wall.thumbnail_20140522_132220_resized

To control the clutter on my desk I purchased a spinning caddie. I still have more to do, but I’m making progress. I’ll keep you updated as I go. Do you have a storage idea? How do you keep your craft room organized?

I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to post your comments.

I’ve framed these precious paintings done by my little artist granddaughter.