boro stitching


It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I needed to take a break from my creative work. Funny though, I found that I missed cataloging my adventures. So, here I am with my newest crafting adventure, boro stitching. Google it. The images are so yummy!

I’ve been wanting to take this class with Jody Alexander for some time, but my schedule never matched. Jody is an artist, bookbinder, librarian, and teacher who lives and works here in my home town of Santa Cruz, California. Here is her current listing of classes.

I’ve taken her book binding class and fell in love with book binding all over again. Recently, she published a book with Blurb Books, The Boro Aesthetic: Books, Bags, Zakka and Zokin. Well, I couldn’t resist and it has been AWEsome! Here are some of my pages from the book I did following her easy step by step instructions.


I’m going to try a boro bag next. Drop me a line and let me know what have you been up to this week. I’m super interested in your crafting and adventures.


softies, buppies, lovies, teething swatches

My daughter is expecting twins before the end of the year, a boy and a girl. I had fun making them some buppies as my family calls them. Others call them softies, bubbies, lovies or teething blankets. Here is the soft fabric and ribbon I used.

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Here are my piecing pictures.

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Here I am sewing.


And here are the final buppies; they are super soft.

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What have you been up to this week?



bias tape

I’ve been learning how to make my own bias tape this week. It’s been really hard and I have to admit, I’ve gone back to the store to by premade tape. I’ve been using the bias tape on pockets of a dress. (A blog post to come.) Here are some pics of the bias tape fiasco.

Here was the beginning. I was so excited it came through the bias tape maker rather easily. I then began to iron. Well, I didn’t know that linen isn’t the easiest material to keep a crease and to iron neatly. ;(

Bias Tape

Here I am trying to attach the bias tape to the pocket. It wasn’t staying creased. I began pinning myself. I started to hate sewing.


Finally, after an hour or so, here are two pockets with bias tape. This took a lot of patience on my part. I was pleased once they were pinned. Little did I know that this wasn’t the hardest part.

2 Pockets

I then tried to sew the pockets on the front of the dress. I tried four times, four different ways. I finally cheated and will show you what happened in a later post. YES, I did go back to Harts Fabrics and buy black bias tape for the neck and arms. I am determined to not go through this fiasco on the top part of the dress.

What have you been up to this week?


rainy, sewing day

It’s been raining here in Happy Valley. So, I took advantage of the house time by sewing up a cover for my sewing machine. I found some really cute coated cloth and headed to Pinterest where I found this easy to follow, sewing machine cover tutorial.

Here is my fabric.

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Here is the lovely machine that my mom handed down to me. Love it!

Sewing Machine Cover

And here is the machine with the cover. I really like how it turned out.

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What have you been up to this week?


crushing on dottie angel and color

I LOVE me some color!

Here are some new colors I’m crushing on at the moment and want to use in my next crafty art project or pattern. The dresses are from dottie angel.  I whole heartedly admit that I have a HUGE crush on her. Love her blog, her style and her sense of ease. Sadly, she no longer blogs and has temporarily shut down her etsy site, where she sold these gorgeous smocks. Maybe some day, I’ll get to meet her in person.

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I just bought the smock pattern and am going to attempt to sew my first smock. You can buy the pattern here. What I love most about dottie’s smocks the upcycled fabrics and of course the inspiration for this post, the COLOR.

Simplicity Pattern

What have you been up to this week?


santa cruz trucker hats

I recently had some friends move to Bend, so I wanted to get them some Santa Cruz memorabilia. I looked for a trucker hat with the famous santa cruz dot patch and discovered they didn’t exist. All of the trucker hats had heat placed decals. So, I went about creating my own trucker for them. Here is what the process looked like. It was super fun.

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Love how they turned out. Hope my friends do too. What have you been up to this week?


put a bird on it

I just completed my first sewing project, a pin cushion and I am extremely pleased with it. To start with, I choose three different, coordinated fabrics.  I also knew that I wanted to try drawing with thread. Here is the fabric I picked.

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The first thing I did was cut out the shape of a bird from the material I was going to use for the back and sewed it on the front of the pin cushion. I then ran around the outline several times using black thread. I added some legs and of course a limb for her to stand on. Love how she looks standing on her limb. I was surprised that it was super easy and I didn’t need a special foot or anything. This is really fun and I want to do a lot more of drawing with a sewing machine.

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I then took two pieces of fabric and sewed them together for the front. I added some rick rack for a little accent and to cover the seam. This wasn’t necessary, but made it look even cuter. Love me some rick rack, reminds me of dresses my Nan and mom sewed when I was little.

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Next, I sewed the front and back together, flipped it right side out, and stuffed it. Here it is a pin cushion with a bird on it.

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And here it is with pins. I LOVE it!

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What have you been up to this week?