High School Sweatshirt Tote for an 8th Grade Grad

High School Sweatshirt Tote for an 8th Grade Grad

This is the “n”th variation of my sweatshirt tote. (Original tutorial here.) I think this is my favorite design yet. I shaped the bag a bit by narrowing the top and rounding the bottom.  I lined the bag with a small floral print, added a few pockets inside...
Cut a Watermelon in Ten Minutes

Cut a Watermelon in Ten Minutes

Tis the season! Summer, that is. Which means lots of picnics. Here at Maiden Jane you know I am all about “practical and pretty.” Sometimes practical wins out more so than pretty. I have cut watermelon in many different ways over the years, but I have to...
Memorial Day – A Letter from a Brother

Memorial Day – A Letter from a Brother

My daughter is applying for a scholarship and needed a copy of my dad’s discharge papers. My mom was surprised to find this letter from my uncle to my dad. It was written at anchor from Tokyo Bay where Japan’s surrender was signed. (More information here.)...
Boyz II Men

Boyz II Men

No, I’m not talking about Boyz II Men, the boy group. They were a little after my time. (I was into the original boy band – the BeeGees!) I’m talking about my little boy. Where did he go? As we approach his graduation from 8th grade, I can’t...