1890′s Costu..

Simplicity 2207 & Butterick 5970

I am done with The Seagull! It was a lot of work and now I am taking a little rest from my sewing machine. Today I’m sharing photos of the costumes I actually sewed. There were many others that I took in , dyed, and styled for the play. I want to thank my dad […]

Costume Designers ..

Costume Design Tips

Hello readers! Today is the LAST day I’m working on the costumes for The Seagull, the 1890′s play I have been making costumes for. Tonight is the photo shoot so I will have photos to post next week. I thought I would share some of the things I have learned over the last couple of […]

Striped Sneakers W..

Srtiepd sneaker with #RitDye

I have been experimenting with dye this week, and made these fun striped sneakers. I painted the dye onto the shoes straight out of the bottle. I like the effect of the watercolor like stripes. You probably have noticed the I LOVE anything with stripes on it!I bought some white sneakers. They are about seven […]

Sew & Tell Sa..


Hi everyone! Welcome back to Sew & Tell Saturday! I’d love to have a chat about your opinions of linky parties in general. A lot of bloggers have stopped doing them and some people think that with the advent of Instagram and other social media, they are not as “happening” as they used to be. […]

Create Radiant Orc..

Create Radiant Orchid Dye

You’ve probably heard that Radiant Orchid is the Pantone color of the year for 2014. I have yet to find Radiant Orchid available in clothing dye. So I mixed my own. Here is how to do it: 4 teaspoons RIT Rose Pink dye 1/4 teaspoon RIT Purple dye You can add more or less water […]

Leather and fake f..

Leather & fake flower headband

  My daughter wanted a flower crown headband. I tried to tell her I already made one back in September when they first came out, and that she should just wear that one. Plus, it took me a long time to make. But she wanted it to look like the kind she sees in the […]

The Return Of Sew ..


Over a year ago, I quit doing my link up party. I got busy with other things and I decided to let it go. But the truth is, I really miss the sense of community doing it engendered. I made lots of blog friends when I was doing it. I’d try to stop by each […]

Fabric Blooms By M..

Muslin Daisy Tutorial from Fabric Blooms

Today I have something special: A giveaway of Fabric Blooms by Megan Hunt and a free tutorial from the book! I have been making so many labor intensive sewing projects lately, and am itching to just do something FUN and EASY. One more week until my play opens, I have some mens vests to make, […]

Ojai Wrap Debut at..

Ojai Wrap Pattern Justine Marie Patterns

  After a lot of fiddling and adjusting, I think I have achieved the right fit for my Ojai wrap. This pattern was based on a popular tutorial I wrote. But I felt the wrap from the tutorial was a bit boxy, and not as flattering  as it could be, to be honest, so I […]

Jasmine Braids �..


  Spring is such a lovely time here on the farm. The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and we enjoy the intoxicating scent of the Jasmine blooming on the back porch. The girls decided to decorate their braids on honor of Dad’s birthday. And a family party where everyone helped cook was the […]