Posts Tagged ‘etsy’

I’m currently quite excited about making my own clothes. It’s funny because as little as one year ago, I would have told you that taking the time and the effort to sew something I can easily buy in the nearest mall is silly. But now, although I do enjoy shopping for clothes, I’m also fascinated about the process of taking a flat piece of fabric  and turning it into something that can be worn.

For every thing there is the right time I guess…

The thrifting gods seem to be playing along nicely. Last week I came back from an estate sale with a small pile of patterns. I chose an easy-to-sew peasant top: 


The pattern, in case you care for such details, is Simplicity 5620, which I believe is out of print by now. I used a light weight cotton shirting fabric, very warm weather friendly.

I think I’m heaving some personality issues, since I choose to make these loose fitting tops, only to decide later on that they are too loose on the back, followed by some cursing and spitting while trying to remedy the situation.


Anyway, after adjusting the back, I added the stem with leaves applique to personalize it a little.

Which in turn got me thinking about a new pillow design for the shop, and so this cushion cover was born.


Now I’m going to find more loose-but-not-too-loose patterns to play with….


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Buying from an Etsy seller who is also a Blogland friend, of course…


Thank you so much Julia, I absolutely love all the wonderful things you sent. It was even worth the complete melt down my little ones experienced when they learned that this package was actually not for them…

I may be persuaded to frame some of the postcards for their room though…


If you haven’t done so by now, visit lineanongrata – she’s so good.


I also wanted to show my latest Japanese fabric, from alittlegoodness:



When am I ever going to get the courage to cut into these lovelies, I honestly can’t tell…

And more rain clouds!

 New rain clouds... by you.

I’m very happy to tell you that my little rain clouds will now also be available at Craftsbury Kids! Many pretty things there, and my page can be found right here.

You can still find them in my shop too…

Have a great weekend!

summer fun by you.


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I bought a patio set, about two week ago.

I must say, I was pretty sure It would rain the next day, just to spoil my plans of having a few meals outside. Instead, there was a very sunny week, with several meals (and morning drawing sessions) outside.

July rain by you.

And then came the rain…

July rain by you.

You can’t blame Vancouver for the lack of opportunities to practice rain photography…

My parents are leaving in a couple of days, which means the end of my extended summer vacation. So it was time to finish some projects that were on my desk for a very long time now. Like new pillows for the shop…

Cushions set by you.

I’m very happy about theses, as they turned out exactly as I imagined them.

Cushions set by you.

I used vintage polyester knits for the applique. I’ve been collecting these fabrics for about a year now. I love the patterns they add to the design, and the fact that they don’t fray when cut.

Squirrel mini  pillow by you.

I even managed to overcome my fear of cutting into my Japanese fabrics!

Pillows can now be found in the shop

And speaking about shops, I decided to have a separate Etsy shop for unloading my overflowing supplies, books patterns etc. It can be found right HERE.

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The fabric I used is a Harris Tweed cloth (which I later learned was hand woven in Lewis, Scotland).


It was purchased in a garage sale last winter, in my normal state of mind: buy first, think-how-to-use later….

So it was waiting patiently at the bottom of my fabric shelf until I ran into it again when moving my sewing room upstairs. And there, with all the mess of fabric scattered on the basement floor, waiting to be refolded and replaced on new shelves, a match was made: heavy, warm, tweed, with bright applique flowers.


I like this combination. I made two versions so far, one of them you can still find here.

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In my shop… Rain clouds

The rain is back today, and i thought I’d share some thoughts behind the making of these…

Beside the obvious inspiration that comes from looking out of the window, how the clouds were made was also inspired by Amy Karol’s book, Bend-the-rules sewing. One of my favorite pages is not about techniques or projects (which are gorgeous, by the way), but about the different “creative personality types”. I think i easily fit in the “perfectionist” category, and while i do like that in my sewing, I also wanted to try something a little different, something more relaxed, or as Amy puts it – more FUN. The clouds, with their curvy shapes and raw edges were the perfect exercise in crafting something that is inherently less then perfect. The materials used were almost exclusively thrifted, the only exception being the white linen fabric. The gray wool was an old wool blanket, the accent prints were from vintage sheets, pillow cases and other old fabric finds. Did i mention fun already?

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