My sewing must-haves.

In light of Tutorial Tuesday tomorrow, I wanted to list a few of my essentials for sewing.


Right now I’m into the “Heart” Radio. There’s nothing like sewing while listening to Aerosmith, Kansas, Heart, Pat Benatar, and Journey!

Oh yeah, and things like…

Good scissors
Straight Pens
a little container for holding pins (or a pin cushion)
a fabric marking pen
measuring tape and a ruler



My new project!

Are you like me and like going through all the crafty blogs?

Places like…
Make It and Love It
Dana Made It
Made By Rae
…and others?

Well I do.  I love them. They have all these fabulous tutorials that I always think about doing.

Now, I’m not a great seamstress. I get impatient and I make a lot of mistakes.  I’m also just learning.  I know that I do diaper bags, burp cloths, and stuff, but the bags were taught to me by my grandma (who is AMAZING) and the other stuff is just a straight stitch. I want to learn how to become a great seamstress, though.

Why do I think sewing is important?

Well, I want my little girl to proudly say (or in a few years, groan) that “Mama made this.”
I think sewing is a lost art. Don’t believe me? Go look for fabric.
It gets me focused on something other than baking. Sewing is way less fattening.
… and I like being crafty.
(She’s crafty! And she’s just my type! Sorry. Beastie boys reference.)

So, I am going to tackle these tutorials and I will call it
Tutorial Tuesday.

Every Tuesday, I will display a tutorial I have attempted to tackle.  You’ll get to see me in all my messed up glory.  I’ll let you know if you can tackle it too. This way, I’ll learn what I like and I can perfect the ones I really loved to do.

Preview: This Tuesday, I will tackle “the Market Skirt”!

I can’t wait to show you! (Well, I can wait. Until Tuesday.)

And the winner is…

I almost forgot to announce it today! I better get cable and internet set up soon or I will go crazy!
 I went to to get my number and the results are below!
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So the winner is…
  textbookleftovers March 2, 2011 at 10:10 pm Edit #

Congrats on the views. Can I enter for a diaper bag and then put it on hold until… the right time…

Congrats, Jamie!  I’ll be emailing you soon!

(Ignore the horrible formatting. My text box is acting wonky.)

10,000 Views. Wow.

I can’t believe that I have 10,000 site views!

Honestly, I know that’s a modest amount compared to some, but I can’t believe people want to read what I have to write. Thank you!

As a gift to you, I want to give you a little something. As you already know, I like to sew and be crafty.  I make diaper bags, although they could be used as a large tote.  I can also make Birthday Banners, bows, and more!

Option #1 – Diaper Bag/tote – you can let me know the kind of colors you like!*

Option #2 – Surprise Option/you choose! – So what if you don’t want a bag? What if you want a birthday banner or some bows? Maybe you’re a guy and you want something else?  Option #2 allows you and I to talk and figure something out! 😉

To enter – all you have to do is leave a message telling me what you would like – give me details!  (colors, theme, etc) If you post the giveaway on twitter or facebook, leave a separate post for each. (So, if you comment, mention on facebook and mention on twitter… that’s 3 posts in my comments area.)

Again- you don’t have to be a mama to win this! You can win it for someone else, you can use the bag as a tote for your stuff or your computer (I know people who use it for this!) or whatever you want.

*Keep in mind, colors are subjective to fabric availability.  If you don’t know exactly what you want, I can make you whatever I think is cool or I can let you know what I have to choose from!

I will choose a winner March 9.

(I WILL be in the middle of a move, though, so give me a wee bit of grace!)

Good luck!

Spaghetti. is. Good.


I want to give you something.

Okay, I’m getting close to 10,000 views on this thing!

When I get there, I want to give you a little present!

I’m going to do a giveaway.  It’s an opportunity to win a bag that sells for $60! Or, you can choose to get something else.

Yep. I want to do this for you.


faith. thoughts. ramblings.

Just some thoughts on my faith I want to put down.

* My relationship with God is radically different now than it was two years ago.  I want to say that God has changed, but that’s not what I know to be true.  I have changed. The God that my brain could conceive has changed.

* The older I get, the less I know anything about God.

* Christianity as a whole scares me.  It’s the impact of individuals that affect me in a positive light toward the church, not the assembly as a whole. There’s so much hate.

* I can’t judge.

* I’ve learned that I am very scarred and sensitive. I know that there are a lot of people at my last place that would consider it to be weakness. The last place damaged me. It did.  I don’t care if I’m considered weak.  I still walk into churches that remind me of a “show” and I still cry. Is that bad? Or does it mean that I still feel?

* I have to believe that God gave me that sensitivity for a reason. I am not the most empathetic/sympathetic person I know, but I know that I like to listen and I pass no judgment. Isn’t that what we’re “supposed” to do? Use what God gave you?

* I’m glad God is patient.  I have a heck of a long way to go.

* I don’t know why God allows bad things to happen to people.  I can’t hear a story of struggle and not feel it deep in my bones.

* I feel like I’m somewhere in the middle.  Where am I supposed to belong?

* I have less answers now than ever.