The Forty Bags Challenge & The Magical Art Of Tidying Up


If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!This Lent I’ve decided to do a few things to “get my house” in order . A sort of major spring cleaning for my body, my house, and my soul. So needless to say, I haven’t been sewing a whole […]

Draft your own simple dolman sleeve top


A dolman sleeve top designed for knits is maybe one of the simplest types of tops to draft for beginners. There are no armholes to fiddle around with, and it’s basically just a simple box to draw, with a few added curves. I made this top with a bit bigger neckline than I’m using in […]

A 1970 Nightie story


I thought I was one of the lucky ones. I thought I would get away with not having to make my 5 year old anything from the film Frozen. Well, here we are a year after the movie came out, and I’m finally using this Frozen cotton flannel to make her some jammies with that […]

A vintage tennis dress pattern from 1974

Vintage tennis dress sewing pattern

McCall’s 4370 tennis dress from 1974. Last week I started playing tennis again. I forgot how fun it is, and also a lot harder now that I’m a bit older. What a great workout!  I was excited to make myself something cute to wear on the courts.  Enter my 1974 sewing dress pattern- made a […]

Paleo Breakfast: Nopales (cactus) and scrambled eggs.

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I live in a farming community in Southern California just inland from Ventura Beach. There are many local markets which sell a beautiful assortment of typical Mexican food staples. My favorite is Tresierras Market in Santa Paula. Nopales, or cactus, is a common and very healthy ingredient used in Mexican cooking. It’s an excellent source […]

DIY workout wear

DIY workout wear

February 1st I joined an eight week fat loss contest at my gym. I’ve been gaining about a pound a year since my late thirties, and I wanted to do something about it. Sometimes I need a contest to get me motivated and it’s working! I’ve cleaned up my diet and am trying to get […]

Chunky grey wool knit hooded sweater coat


I wanted to try sewing with a thick sweater knit. Voila my chunky, wool knit hooded sweater coat! I wanted to make a long, grey, hooded sweater coat, a trendy look this winter. However, I didn’t buy enough of this chunky, wool sweater knit from Mood to make it long enough and to also make […]

My lifelong love of leopard & cougar prints


Do you have a certain type of fabric print or style that you have always loved? For me, it’s always been leopard print. Or maybe it’s cougar print? Today my dad sent me an old photo of myself at age 14. It suddenly struck me that I’ve been wearing leopard prints almost for my entire […]

Simplicity 1461 with Indian Fabric


Today is a good day. I finished my Indian Fabric tunic and last night we finally heard from Oliver, who’s been rock climbing through Patagonia on an epic four month long trip. The type of trip you take when you’re a twenty one year old eager to see the world, and unencumbered by responsibilities.. It […]

Sleeveless Chambray Military Shirt: McCall’s 6436


  I finished another button down shirt and am I over sewing these for awhile! This was actually supposed to have long sleeves. I read some other reviews that complained about the ease on the sleeves to this pattern, McCall’s 6436 so I set upon removing the 3 inches of ease from the sleeve. The […]