Friday, August 30, 2013

Farmer's Market

Something new I noticed this summer.... our local farmer's market has become extremely popular.  Partly due to more publicity, some fun tasting events, and many of us no longer have home gardens.  I'm seeing a "Back to basics, natural, and organic" trend in our area.  The young families are also consignment and thrift store shopping like I have never seen before!  I love that some of old ways are becoming popular again and am waiting to see how it impacts the sewing industry.


Monday, August 26, 2013

Free Smocked Pumpkins For A Straight Yoke

Little smocked pumpkins suitable for a straight yoke.  If you are  new to Picture Smocking or a little out of practice, this is a great design to start with!  Click here for the free down loadable design.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Smocked Pumpkins For The Boys


#137 and #139

A couple of ideas for "Little Smocked Pumpkins" for the boys.  Watch the next blog for the down loadable design suited for straight yokes.


Monday, August 19, 2013

Free "Little Smocked Pumpkins" Smocking Design

Here it is, "Little Smocked Pumpkins" in time for Fall.  The design is suitable for a bishop style dress or a straight yoke.  Click here for the free down loadable design!


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Little Smocked Pumpkins

A Bishop style dress made from lavender gingham, smocked with little pumpkins.  Watch the next blog for the free "Little Pumpkins" smocking design.


Monday, August 12, 2013


One of the most overlooked, taken for granted, but terribly important item in our sewing baskets are good quality straight pins.  I am spoilt to my extra fine glass head pins.  The pins are great for fine fabric and I don't have to worry about a hot iron melting the head of the pin.


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Smocked Wagons

It is time to get busy on Fall sewing.  I love navy blue gingham and with smocked red wagons, even daddy was okay with the outfit!  The smocking design is easy for those new to Picture Smocking and can be found in the "Beginning Smocking Book." 

And what is the boy doing?  Closing his eyes so that he can fully experience the breeze.  Maybe we should consider doing the same. :)


Monday, August 5, 2013

Diaper Shirt And Cover

A diaper shirt and cover is still one of my very favorite outfits for the new baby.  Could that be because I made a similar outfit to bring my first born home from the hospital in 35 years ago?  I would think so!


Thursday, August 1, 2013

A Bit Unplugged

As readership for the blog increases so do Facebook friend requests.  I just wanted to let you know that although I do want to be your friend, I do not Facebook, so it is not personal. :)  Yes, I do have a Facebook presence, but I have not posted pictures or information in about 2 years.  I have found that the blog is as much personal information as I care to share and you can always contact me through the blog or website if needed.

So, now you are not surprised that I also do not Tweet or have a smart phone, although I love Pinterest and can spend a bit too much time there.  I find that if I am too "plugged in" that it cuts down on the creativity that I would like to think is going on in my mind.  And when I am around others I want to give them full attention and not be tempted to check on the status of the rest of the world.  Sounds a bit old fashioned, but I raised my family when there were 4 channels on TV and the internet was still new.  I find that being a little less connected is still a comfortable place for me.



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