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Doodle Stitching

I was recently given a book called Doodle Stitching by Aimee Ray.  It’s a book full of embroidery patterns from easy to elaborate, with basic stitching instructions included.  All the patterns are on transfer paper which makes it really easy.


The second I pulled the book out of the box, Kaed, my eight year old asked if he could embroider one of the designs.  He ended up doing two which he later turned into a lavender sachet and a small heat bag filled with flax seed.



My favorite part about this book is how easy it is.  If my eight year old can do it with very little help, I’m happy.  We have plans to get a few new patterns prepped and into hoops for him for our next road trip.  I also love that it’s got designs that are a mixture of easy and hard.  I’ve already picked out which design I’m going to do if I ever finish the cross-stitch I started well over a year ago!



Calgary’s Made in Canada Day Vendor List!

Ready to find out who all the Vendors will be at the Calgary Made in Canada Day?  The full list is below with links to each Vendors shop on Etsy so you can check them out in advance!  Additionally you can click on each photo to get to the coordinating Etsy shop.

 MIC beckywarren  bubblegumsass chikaando cosmikgoo craftedbylindy creationzbycatherine  follyatet glimpseglass gregoireprint harmonygrace hekkalandhyde  jenneafriskecuriouscatvintage jewelnotes joyoflittle kiwitini knitatude logeephotography lovespurelight magpiequilts mammothbeard medicineriversoap natureofcraftythings oldwolfs pictorialromance quadrophoic quirefy RainyGator handmadetherapykidssidonieyang sleepyhollowleather thebleacedtee tickledcherub tinged tribessoceity twistedlinks urbanglassglowart  weethingmee handmadetherapy

Logee Photography https://www.etsy.com/shop/LogeePhotography
Handmade Therapy http://www.etsy.com/shop/handmadetherapy , https://www.etsy.com/shop/handmadetherapykids
Tinged https://www.etsy.com/shop/tinged
Maple and Oak Designs https://www.etsy.com/shop/MapleAndOakDesigns
Crafted by Lindy https://www.etsy.com/shop/craftedbylindy
Quirefly quirefly.etsy.com
Jennea Frischke Jewelry https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JenneaFrischke
Twisted Links Jewelry https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/twistedlinksjewelry
Salt Water Tea www.saltwatertea.etsy.com
Bubblegum Sass https://www.etsy.com/shop/BubblegumSass
Harmony Grace Designs https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/HarmonyGraceDesigns
Sleepy Holow Leather http://www.etsy.com/shop/SleepyHolowLeather
Sidonie Yang https://sidonieyang.etsy.com/shop/
Folly a Tet https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/FollyaTet
Hekkal and Hyde hekkalandhyde.etsy.com
Magpie Quilts https://www.etsy.com/shop/MagpieQuilts
Glimpse Glass glimpseglass.etsy.com
Urban Glow Art Glass https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/UrbanGlowArtGlass
Gregoire Photography https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/gregoireprint
Quadrophonic Image https://www.etsy.com/shop/QuadroImage
Knitatude https://www.etsy.com/shop/Knitatude
Wee Thing Mee https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/WeeThingMee
Bashful Belles https://www.etsy.com/shop/BashfulBelles
Cosmikgoo https://www.etsy.com/shop/Cosmikgoo
Chika Ando https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/ChikaAndo
Kiwi Tini Creations https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/KiwiTiniCreations
Pictorial Romance etsy.com/shop/pictorialromance
Becky Warren Design www.etsy.com/shop/BeckyWarrenDesign
Curious Cat Vintage www.etsy.com/shop/curiouscatvintage
Joy of Little Creations www.JoyofLittleCreations.etsy.com
The Tickled Cherub https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheTickledCherub
Medicine River Soap Co. https://www.etsy.com/shop/MedicineRiverSoapCo
Loves Pure Light https://www.etsy.com/shop/LOVESPURELIGHT
The Bleached Tee www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TheBleachedTee
Mammoth Beard Co. https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/MammothBeardCo?ref=si_shop
Old Wolfs Wood Shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/OldWolfsWoodShop
Creationz by Catherine www.CreationzbyCatherine.etsy.comhttp://www.Creationzmini.etsy.com
Nature of Crafty Things https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/natureofcraftythings
Rainy Gator www.rainygator.etsy.com
Jewel Notes https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/jewelnotes
Tribes Society www.tribessociety.etsy.com

As you can see it’s a pretty amazing Vendor Lineup!  We can’t wait to see you there!  Don’t forget that the first 50 shoppers through the Made In Canada doors at Symons Valley Ranch receive a Swag Bag full of amazing swag from all the Vendors!  Doors open at 10am!


Etsy: Made In Canada Day!

Made-In-Canada_1200x627_EN_grayIn two short weeks, all across Canada markets will be popping up in select cities!  Calgary’s location will take place at Symons Valley Ranch and includes some really fantastic vendors.  Not only will you be able to shop from 40+ different locally based Etsy sellers, you’ll also be able to shop the Farmer’s Market!

Below are some of the Etsy Vendors participating in Calgary’s Etsy Made in Canada Day

 MICbeckywarren  bubblegumsass chikaando cosmikgoo craftedbylindy creationzbycatherine  follyatet glimpseglass gregoireprint harmonygrace hekkalandhyde  jenneafriskecuriouscatvintage jewelnotes joyoflittle kiwitini knitatude logeephotography lovespurelight magpiequilts mammothbeard medicineriversoap natureofcraftythings oldwolfs pictorialromance quadrophoic quirefy RainyGator handmadetherapykidssidonieyang sleepyhollowleather thebleacedtee tickledcherub tinged tribessoceity twistedlinks urbanglassglowart  weethingmee handmadetherapy


In addition to all the great shopping we will have a photo booth set up so come prepared to dress up a little, take some pics, and share!

The first 50 customers to make it through the Etsy doors (located in the bottom level of the market, through the marked doors) will receive a pretty amazing Swag Bag!  I’ve been collecting swag from all the vendors over the past few weeks and I have to say I’m sincerely disappointed I can’t get a Swag Bag for myself!

We have a couple of other exciting things in the work for the Market as well and will keep everyone updated through our Facebook Event Page.

You can also find the Calgary event on twitter: @EtsyCalgaryMIC and see what else is happening with the other markets across the country with the hashtag #etsymadeincanada

Want to learn more about Etsy Made In Canada?  Watch the video below or go to the Etsy Made In Canada homepage to find a market near you.




The Market will take place from 10:00am – 5:00pm at Symons Valley Ranch 1455 Symons Valley Road Northwest Calgary,AB


The Satchel Bag

Satchel Bag

This Spring’s Sew Fab Sale includes my own pattern, The Satchel Bag!  The Satchel Bag is one of my best selling patterns.  It’s an easy pattern, no zippers, no fancy stitching, and it has a nice simple look that can be changed up easily with different fabrics.

Satchel Bag

I love a good canvas bag, which is pretty obvious by my choices in fabrics.  A nice organic cotton canvas is actually pretty easy to find, which makes me love using it even more.

Satchel Bag

Satchel Bag
HT 008 Satchel Bag

I get most of my organic cotton canvas from Fabric.com and all my purse hardware from a great shop called Tantalizing Stitches.

Today is your last chance to purchase The Satchel Bag through the Sew Fab Bundle!  The sale ends tonight!

Read more about the Sew Fab Bundle below!

For one week only, you can have nineteen patterns (plus a fun bonus pattern), chosen specifically for this sale, for only $29.95!  That’s over 80% off the retail value of the bundle!  Plus you can enter to win one of two amazing sewing themed giveaways!

For less than $30 you get a library of sewing resources that you can use over and over again.

Buy It Now

If you’ve never sewn with a PDF pattern before, let me tell you how great it is!  After downloading your pattern, you will print out the pattern itself, creating pattern tiles, if you will.  Simply tape the tiles together to create the full pattern!  At that point you can cut out the size that you need and pin the paper pattern directly to your fabric, or you can trace the pattern size that you need onto sewing paper or tracing paper and cut it out, saving the paper pattern for later when you need to sew another size.  PDF patterns are so convenient because you can print them out as many times as you need!

Now for the part you’ve been waiting for… the patterns!

A collection of 19 PDF Patterns from 19 well-known and up and coming designers are instantly accessible to you by PDF download upon purchase of the Sew Fab Pattern Bundle.  Imagine all of the combinations that you can put together with this bundle of patterns, with many transitioning to fall and winter as well!  Here are the patterns that you will receive (click on the links below the collage for more  information about each pattern.):

Sew Fab Spring 2014 collage

The Laurel Dress or Tunic by Greenstyle Creations, The Satchel Bag by Handmade Therapy, The Lexi Knit Dress and Top by MODKID, The Piko Top by EYMM, The Bowling Shirt from Scientific Seamstress (unisex), The Seraphic Pant by Figgy’s (unisex), The Tulip Pinafore by Too Sweets Patterns, The Big Tote Bag by Things for Boys, The Doll and Carrier by Patchwork Posse, Poppy and Pip Penguins by Betz White, Leather Accent Foldover Pouch by LBG Studio, The Norah Dress and Tunic by Mouse House Creations, Crayon Art Folio by Gingercake, The Tennis Skort (12M-12Y) by Heidi & Finn, The Ruffled Bustle Top by Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Long Beach Board Shorts (unisex) by Terra’s Treasures, The Cupcake Top (unisex) by Sewing Mama RaeAnna, The Saffron Twirl Dress from Paisley Roots Designs, The Sweet Tea Shorties by Molly Blossom Designs.

New this year is the Sew Fab Pattern Tour!  Some of our favorite sewing bloggers will be sharing their versions of the Sew Fab patterns on their blogs this week, so be sure to check in with them throughout the week of the sale to see how versatile these patterns are!  Here are the stops on the pattern tour…

Sew Fab Pattern Tour Graphic

This Sew Fab Pattern Bundle is only available for one week and will never be available again!  You can purchase the bundle from May 5th at 8 a.m. EST through May 13th at 11:59 p.m. EST and there will be no late sales offered.  Due to the nature of the sale there are no refunds. The pattern bundle expires six months from the end of the sale, so please download and save your patterns upon receiving them.

You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to purchase a ready made collection of 20 PDF sewing patterns from 19 of the best designers out there!

Buy It Now

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Long Beach Shorts

Long Beach ShortsA couple of weeks ago I pulled out my older boys’ summer clothes only to realize that ninety percent of their shorts are now too small.  Thankfully shorts are a really quick and easy sew and the Long Beach Shorts from Terra’s Treasures are no exception.

Long Beach Shorts Long Beach ShortsI love the flat front of these and the piping on the back is a really great detail.  Brayer loves them and Kaed is patiently waiting for a pair for himself.


I used some fabric I picked up years ago, literally.  I had always planned to make shorts out of it but never got around to it.  When I saw the Long Beach Shorts pattern I knew it was time to cut into it.IMG_6360 IMG_6356 Long Beach ShortsThe Long Beach Shorts are a part of the Sew Fab Pattern Bundle. You can purchase yours here!

This post contains affiliate links.  When you purchase the Sew Fab Bundle through those links I earn a percentage of the sale.  Thank you so much for supporting the Sew Fab Sale!  We all appreciate your business!


That Time I Sewed a Jacket


You totally can’t tell, by the snow that is currently falling from the sky, but we’ve actually had a few nice spring days in the past couple of weeks.  This prompted me to start thinking about maybe, possibly, sewing myself a spring jacket.IMG_6303


It’s a project I’ve wanted to try for a while but put it off for many reasons.  I was sure I would make a major mistake or finish the project and have it not fit properly, both bad news when the project calls for close to 6 yards of fabric in total.IMG_6300

This was not aided by the fact that I used all organic cotton for the project.  Despite my fears I went ahead and bought a pattern and fabric and did it.  And it turned out great.  It fits great, I made no big mistakes, and I’m really happy with the whole process. IMG_6294

I used Amy Butler’s Rainy Days Runabout Jacket  for the pattern.  The pattern calls for laminated cotton but I was going for more of a dress coat then a rain jacket so I used an organic cotton twill from Fabric.com and a cute polka dot organic cotton for the lining.  The weight turned out perfect and the fabric is so nice.
IMG_6289 JacketI only did a couple things different from the pattern.  I attached the belt a little differently and I used wood buttons instead of making my own covered ones.

If I make this jacket again I’ll do it in a another color and add some pockets to the lining.

My only challenge now is to keep the coat clean!

More Kids Clothes Week Sewing

A few months ago I splurged and bought some Liberty of London Hello Kitty fabric.  Ara is a big Hello Kitty fan and I’ve always wanted to buy some Liberty of London fabric so I figured it was just meant to be.

Hello Kitty DressToday I finally cut into it and sewed up a dress for my girl for this coming Summer.  I might have to find a cardigan and some leggings for her to wear with it though because she has her heart set on wearing it to church this coming Sunday.

Hello Kitty DressI used a simple dress pattern I had and added a strip of ruffled fabric with lace.  I wanted something simple but pretty and I’m happy with the result.  I still have just over one yard left and I’m thinking a tiered skirt for the last of the fabric.

2014 01 31_00152014 01 31_0068_edited-1I also figured it wasn’t Kids Clothes Week without adding another Bimaa to my kids’ collection so Lachlan got himself a new hoodie too.

2014 01 31_0048_edited-1The moose knit is from Girl Charlee.  I bought one of their slightly flawed bundles so I have yards and yards of this stuff.  Both my older boys want a shirt just like Lachlan’s though so I’m confident it will all get used.  The brown knit and ribbed knit were both in my stash.

Moose Bimaa2014 01 31_0047_edited-1 2014 01 31_0050_edited-1 2014 01 31_0076_edited-1My little dude is long and skinny so I made his Bimaa in a 2T.  He has lots of room left in the sleeves and it’s nice and long on him which I love.

Moose BimaaAfter attempting to photograph my kiddos all week indoors I’m seriously looking forward to Spring and being able to get back outside to photograph.

Honeycomb Dress + Fancy Pants Leggings

Yesterday I stitched up three new dresses and a pair of leggings.  I let Ara pick which dress she wanted to keep for herself and she went for the honeycomb print.  That’s my girl.

Blog 062I recently bought a few too many gorgeous prints in lovely organic cotton so I knew I had to get some dresses made.

Blog 0791This dress is my favorite for a couple of reasons.  It slips on and off really easily. It looks great with skinny jeans or leggings underneath or a long sleeve tee on cold days.  It’s also just perfect for a breezy dress in the summer.  The last couple of years my girl has grown up but not out so I love it when a dress works as a tunic style with pants when it starts getting too short.

Blog 088 Blog 106I really love this print too.  The birds are just gorgeous and the colors are perfect.  It’s another really great organic cotton, soft and sturdy with a really smooth feel to it.

Blog 045 Blog 054The last dress I stitched up is from a really pretty vintage print I picked up at a thrift store last week.  I’m guessing it’s a cotton/poly blend.  Really light weight.

Blog 091I also sewed up some solid gray Fancy Pants Leggings by Titchy Threads in an organic cotton jersey.  I’m definitely ordering more of this fabric in other colors.  The quality and feel of it is amazing.  I ordered this one from fabric.com as well as the bird and honeycomb fabric but it looks like they are all sold out of all three!

I’ve written about the Fancy Pants Leggings before but I’ll say it again that I love this pattern.  This is my third pair I’ve made and I’ll make many more in the future.

The dress pattern is a very altered version of a pattern by Too Sweets Patterns.  I don’t see the pattern available for sale anymore but the Pockets are Best Dress looks pretty close to what I altered the original Best Bubble Dress to.

Blog 092I think I’m doing pretty good for the Kids Clothes Week so far but I have a few more projects in mind.

Reversible Zippy Hoodie

Blog 035I finally did it.  I sewed a garment with a zipper in it.  It’s one of those things I’ve been putting off for no real reason other than it was learning a new skill.  I’ve sewn with zippers a ton just never in clothes before and let me tell you, it’s NOT that hard.

Blog 027It helps that I picked a pattern with seriously amazing instructions.  I used the Reversible Zippy Hoodie pattern by Kitschy Coo and I was really impressed.  It was one of those rare times when I sewed something brand new and didn’t stop at some point completely confused.

Blog 028My goal was to make Brayer a really warm hoodie.  I picked an extra thick sherpa fleece from Fabricland and lined it with a cotton jersey I think I got at a thrift store.  The result is a warm hoodie that is warm through the body and the sleeves.  I’m I the only one who gets annoyed when hoodies are lined through the body and not the sleeves?

Blog 033Brayer loves it. I loved sewing it and the end result is a high quality sweater that cost me under $10.  I’m happy.

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Sally Dress!!

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My girl got herself another new dress.  When Shannon released her newest dress pattern, The Sally Dress I knew I wanted to make one for Ara.  One of my favorite things about this pattern is the option for longer sleeves.  It gets cold here so wearing any kind of sleeveless dress in the Winter is just not going to happen.  I’m a little suspicious Shannon included longer sleeves because She’s also Canadian and knows a little about cold, even if she does live in a warmer part of the country!

September 2013 184 The Sally Dress came together nice and quick, always a plus with me and it has such cute details.  I love love love the shoulders on it and Ara is obsessed with the pockets.September 2013 198I love that I can pair this dress with tights or leggings and it’s perfect for cool Autumn days.

September 2013 209Ara loves that she can twirl in it!IMG_3062Cute shoulders hey?

IMG_3069 IMG_3072 The Sally Dress is another great pattern that is included in the Sew Fab Sale Get your bundle here and you get this pattern for just over $1.00!

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