Lots of new things hit the shop this month. Like these clutches, which are some of my personal favorites. I love the details and am always looking to add new little touches. But of course, along with the new things & excitement there's always a few bumps in the road. We've had a crazy couple of months around here, put our house in Cambridge on the market, experienced the wild roller coaster of the real estate world, and then ultimately took it off. A few shattered dreams there along with it. But, ultimately, I had to just be at peace with a dream deferred … so I created the photo below with "It is well with my soul." It's the hymn that gets me through hard times. And of course, sewing. Lots of sewing therapy :)
It's been so beautiful here in the Pacific Northwest and amazingly, my boys, for the first time in their lives (seriously, I'm not just being dramatic...) have begun sleeping in. Which means I have hours of morning - my absolute favorite time of day - to think, work, exercise, sew, pray, dream, watch the sunrise, and sip coffee ... all until they raise their sleepy little summer heads around 8:00. It's been pure bliss.
It inspired me to create the pretty image above along with all of these others happenings:
There's a lot of new things in the mix around here. Both professionally & personally, but one that I'm especially excited for is my little brother's new journey into hand-forged steel shelf brackets! After my endless quest for the perfect metal shelf brackets, I finally turned to Seth - a trained carpenter and all around amazing craftsman, and these are the beauties he created for me:
I immediately knew other folks would love their clean, industrial farmhouse look and so after a few creative sessions and dozens of brackets later, we're launching his new site, Cascade Iron Co.
What can I say? I'm a proud big sister. Seth's not only amazingly talented but he's got such a kind, generous soul. He's more than just my brother, he's one of my best friends.
After many requests, I’ve finally created a pattern for one of my favorite designs; the portfolio organizer! Adding it to my growing lists of available patterns, it’s been one of the most popular items in my shop and has been featured in many places, including The Wall Street Journal, The Small Things Blog, and Simple Living Media. While I created this organizer to be used with notepads, my customers have found new and exciting ways to use them. From simply storing their to-do lists and stationery to keeping Kindles and Mini iPads tucked away.
Finished designs measure about 6” x 9.25” closed with approximate pocket size of 5.25” x 8.5” (a 5” x 8” journal fits perfectly!)
Available as an instant download with the BEGINNING sewer in mind. Includes:
• 10 printable pages with clear photos and precise, step by step instructions • my own tips and tricks for creating a high quality finished clutch • resources and links • ideas for creating different versions and other projects.
Materials needed: •Canvas/ Duck Cloth: 2 pieces 10” x 13” •Cotton Print Fabric: 6” x 13” AND 10” x6” •Muslin or Solid Cotton: 6” x 13” •¼” width Elastic: 10.5” in length •Fusible Interfacing: 2 pieces 10” x 13” each •thread & sewing needle appropriate for fabrics and multiple layers*
NOTE: this sewing pattern and FINISHED item is intended for personal use & not for resale as a sewing tutorial in print or other format.
Like these organizers but would rather purchase one instead? Sure! You can see them in my shop too!
It's been positively spring like here in Oregon over the last week. In addition to an unseasonably radiant trip to the Oregon coast, many of our flowers have come into bloom. Little Luke plucked the top off the ranunculas, but I think I managed to save it long enough in this old spice jar to be admired for a few more days. There's a few other pops of floral color around the house:
Designer of my namesake line of clutches & bags. On the lookout for color, design, and pretty DIY projects. I enjoy early mornings, strawberry shortcake, and chasing my two little boys. Making my own sunshine here in Portland.