Free Pattern and Tutorial: Library Bag

library bag 1

Books have always been very important in our home.  Nighttime ritual included stories before bed.   Our kids spent a fair amount of time in libraries both at school and in the community.  The day care we used was very close to the library and one day a week during the summer break they would […]

Kid’s Clothes Week- The Plan to Upcycle and Destash

It’s Kid’s Clothes Week! I have sat the last couple out, but this week I’ve decided to sew along and try to knock a few lingering projects off of my to do list. For those who haven’t heard heard of KCW it’s a seasonal challenge that encourages you to sew 1 hour a day for […]

Pattern Swap: Lazy Days Lounge Pants


We received this pattern at no cost to us.  The opinions are strictly our own. Today we are happy to be a part of the Aspiring Designer Pattern swap.   Rachel has been eyeing the Lazy Days Lounge Pants by Gracious Threads for sometime.  This is a style that O really enjoys wearing so I […]

Thumbs Up Tee Release!

thumb shirt tester

It’s finally here and we are so excited to be able to offer you this unique pattern especially designed for little boys (but the girls like it too!)  The Thumbs Up Tee!  It is available for the sale price of $5.00 through Sunday,  January 18.  Use the code THUMBSUP.   This shirt,  with thumb holes in […]

Pattern Hack: Stitchwerx Raglan Tee & Tunic

Valentine cat

The Christmas decorations are all put away and the New Year’s resolutions have been made.  It is time to knuckle down into the depths of winter.  At least here in the midwest US.  Temps are in the sub-zero range (fahrenheit) and what better time to sit down at the sewing machine.  Last year for Valentine’s […]

It’s Feedback time! Sewing Survey

Hello lovely readers. We are so glad to have you here, it’s more fun than talking to ourselves. We would like to take a minute to get know each other better. If you could fill out our survey we would be ever so grateful.  

Top 5 Posts of 2014

peasant dress

This is the time of year we like to reflect on the past year and set goals for the upcoming year.  So in that spirit we would like to share the 5 posts that were visited the most often in 2014 and by expressing some of our goals for 2015 in hopes of holding ourselves more accountable. The […]

The Skirt I wore all summer- seriously

syrah skirt pattern

I can’t believe I never blogged this pattern. But here we are! I had the happy opportunity to test this awesome skirt last summer. I made a two versions, one short and one long, and wore them ALL summer long. Depending on what your seasons do, you could rock these most of the year. My […]

Merry Christmas!

donna and jim

From our family to yours, we wish you the most beloved  Christmas.  Rachel and I are busy traveling and spending time with our families and hope that you are able to do the same.  No matter where you live or where your family lives, our wish for you is to love and be loved in […]

Embroidered Christmas Towels

christmas towels

Last year, shortly before I retired, I purchased a new sewing machine, a Janome Memory Craft 9900.  I had wanted a better machine and one that could embroider for years, but the now it seemed the time was right.  Of course it sat in the box in my kitchen for about 6 weeks before I got the […]