Free Tutorial – Mala Gift & Storage Pouches

I am getting close to my trip up north to see my sister and nieces for my sister’s birthday!  I am so excited because I haven’t seen them since Christmas time, and I have made so much for them in the meantime.

A few weeks ago, I made them each a mala and bracelet.    But I didn’t want to just hand it to them and say “here you go”.  I wanted to present it in a  beautiful package — ideally one that could also serve a utilitarian purpose.

This is a tutorial for the pouch that I came up with.  It’s very simple.  All straight line sewing, nothing fancy!   And the best part is that it only takes about 1/2 hour to make!

I’ll admit that I wanted a few of these myself so, when it comes time to put them away, I will have a special place for my mala collection as well.

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The Fickle Muse

Sadly, another Christmas vacation is now behind me, but what a time I had!    I had two weeks of glorious freedom!  While it did take a little while for me to get my muse focused, it did actually happen — eventually.

For the first week, I spent a good amount of time trying to figure out what I felt like doing.  It was cold and snowy (I got my wish for a White Christmas!).  I didn’t feel much like making lotion or soap — I just couldn’t get into washing all those dishes and getting wet when it was so cold out.   So I decided to start out with sewing and see if that was what my muse wanted to do.

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Tutorial – Coin Purse / Gift Card Wallet

I was missing in action last weekend because I took the weekend off — well — almost!  I didn’t blog, but I did sew.

With Christmas right around the corner, I decided to use up some fabric scraps and make little gift card / coin purses for my giftees.

I had a bunch of them to make up, but luckily, they don’t use much fabric and they take less than an hour each (even less time if you assembly line them, like I did). Continue reading “Tutorial – Coin Purse / Gift Card Wallet”

Christmas Stockings

This weekend was a good opportunity to get some sewing done.  It is getting cold outside, and while it didn’t snow yet, it was at least cloudy and rainy.  I love sewing on snowy days, but rainy days are my second favorite.

My niece had asked me to make a Christmas stocking for her and her husband since last year I made them for all the kids.    While I was at it, I picked up a couple more fabrics so I could make some for my other niece and her son (wouldn’t want to leave them out).

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A little of this…a little of that

I wasn’t feeling terribly motivated or organized this weekend, so I just kind of made it up as I went along .  I started out with no plan at all, but ended up making a few cute things to share today.

Friday night I thought I would start out with something very simple so I opted for some melt and pour soaps — but not just “any” melt and pour soaps.  These are for the kids for Halloween.

Then Saturday, I felt like sewing. I recently bought some new makeup and found that my makeup is all over the place, floating around in my bathroom drawer.  So I sewed myself some cosmetic bags to organize them.

Today, despite my pitifully inadequate bathtub — I felt like taking a soaking bath.  Since I have no bath bombs of my own, I made some just for me.

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Menagerie – Vacation Round-Up

Hi all!  I have been away for a couple of weeks.  I needed a break from work and from book writing, and maybe a little bit from creating too.   I took 2 weeks to do just “whatever” instead of having a plan.  Sometimes that is good for the soul!

My plans were somewhat interrupted due to the recent hurricanes and preparations for the next ones.  This made me have a “working vacation” since it caused some extra work at work.  At least I got to enjoy some free time in between “on call” events.

I started out  last weekend with a quick visit “up north” to see my sister, nieces, and deliver all the goodies I have been making them.    It was a nice trip, a beautiful day, and very enjoyable.  Needless to say everything I gifted them was well-received.  Especially the bath bombs — always the bath bombs! Continue reading “Menagerie – Vacation Round-Up”