Baby Bounty – Baby Shower Gifts

There's something about babies that makes me want to sew. I saw adorable bucket hats over at Goodbye Valentino and couldn't wait for an opportunity to sew one. There is a free pattern from Oliver + S and you can download it here. I learned that the shower was for a...
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New Sunglasses and a Coupon

I recently had an opportunity to review eyeglasses from GlassesShop.com.  My eyes have been changing lately. In the past few years, I've needed to use reading glasses and purchase inexpensive pairs to leave around the house.  I've needed them so much, however, they...
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Memory Totes from Shirts and Air Force Garrison Cap

I had an incredible opportunity to create some unique memory items using clothing from my client's father and brother. She sent me the clothes and we hashed out four bags to make for four different women in her life (including herself!). This first design was for a...
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Quilted Wall Hanging Made from Baby Clothes

I am grateful for the amazing ideas brought to me by my customers. It pushes me to try new things! In this case, my customer had some baby clothes she wanted made into a quilt. But this quilt would be a wall hanging. It was based on wall stickers she had in her baby's...
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Memory Pillows Made from Bridesmaid’s Dresses

I have a customer who asked me to make a pillow from a bridesmaid dress. She was so happy with it, she sent another one. I had not thought about repurposing a bridesmaid's dress before, but what a great idea! Rare is the occasion to which you can wear a bridesmaid...
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Vogue V9227 Top in Rayon Jersey

I was inspired to sew Vogue V9227 when I saw one slide across my Instagram.  I put it down on my Work Flowy list (I have all different kinds of list trackers) where I keep a running list  of things to buy at Joanns. It was approaching my birthday and I decided that I...
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Vote for Anne Cate for FedEx Small Business Grant

Many of my friends and customers have been supportive of my daughter's business, Anne Cate. She is still a college student but has had an exciting stretch growing her business. She has won a number of pitch competitions and reinvested the money into her business.  She...
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Parade Pride Blanket

It's that time of year!  When Clevelander's are going a bit stir crazy from lack of sunshine. According to this website Cleveland is the 5th cloudiest US city!  According to the Weather Channel, we are also one of the dreariest cities. So when we have an opportunity...
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Meet Anne Cate! Skylines. Sweet. Simplicity

I am just a wee bit proud of my daughter, Anne Cate. When she was about 15, she started an Etsy shop, creating handmade accessories. This past year, she re-branded herself and her shop in which she sells sweet, sophisticated and adventurous accessories. She focused on...
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Upcycled Master’s Degree Hood

I upcycled a Master's Degree hood from my customer Amy. I didn't take photos beforehand, but the hood has a very unusual shape and construction. Here is an example: There is a main color edging against a black background and an inside lining of several colors. Amy...
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