Monthly Archives: July 2012

Goodie Bin

While I am not able to craft during the day, my day job is with a publisher of crafting magazines. Like most large offices, we have various treats available on people’s desks. I was able to avoid the yummy looking coconut cake, but the freebie fabric scrap box did me in.


Can’t wait to dive into these goodies!


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Why settle for one, when you can have both?

Avengers lunch bag

The bag is also lined with PUL and insulated with Insul-Brite.

Since my 8 year old couldn’t decide on one fabric for his lunch bag, we decided to use both. He is more than excited and can’t wait to use it tomorrow.

This is the same design that I will be using for the lunch bags that I will be selling in the store. They have plenty room for enough food, but are not so big that they take up a ton of room in a backpack. They are completely washable. Wipe with a damp cloth, or toss in the washer. So much better than the store bought bags that get gross after a few months.

Star Wars lunch bag

Flip side of the Avengers lunch bag.

Now to start working on the sandwich wraps and snack bags.


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School Time!

Fabric for my kids' lunch bags

My 8yo loves these characters.

Two of my three kids go to a year round school, which means their summer break ends today. Don’t feel sad for them though. They get three weeks off in the fall and another three in the spring. It is much nicer to spend your day playing outside when there is not a 112 heat index.

But this shortened schedule means that I have less than 24 hours to finish their lunch bags, sandwich wraps and snack bags. EEK! The little one also wants a bow tie to wear to open house tonight. No pressure.

Fabric for my kids' lunch bags

My 6yo love penguins.

The boys originally wanted store bought lunch boxes, but I just couldn’t stomach dropping more money on things that would be gross in 6 months. Yes, you can wipe them down, but you can’t get a really good clean when there is peanut butter crust after being forgotten over the weekend.

I will post the finished pieces once they are done and I will be using the extra fabric for things to sell in the store. If you have a fondness for any of the fabrics pictured here, let me know and I will try to get more. Below are other fabrics I have available, and can still be worked into any sizes you want. Let me know if you want something custom made.

– MA

Other fabrics I have available

Other fabrics I have available.
Other fabrics I have available.


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Happy Birthday Elias Howe

When I think of sewing machines, I think of Singer. Sure, Bernina, Brother, and even Husqvarna are just as well known, but I am old school and grew up using a Singer. I even covet my mom’s Singer treadle sewing machine.

But today I learned that Isaac Singer did not invent the first sewing machine, as I had always assumed. While his improvements made them easier to use, it was actually Elias Howe who held the first US  patent for a lockstitch design. However, Mr. Howe also was not the first inventor. It is generally accepted that Thomas Saint is the father of the sewing machine.

Read more in this article from the International Sewing Machine Collector’s  Society.

But today, July 9th, is the 193rd birthday of Elias Howe. So Happy Birthday and a big thanks to Mr. Howe, and those who have come before and after him.



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Inside My Machine

My sewing machine lightbulb burnt out for the first time in 7 years. I had to take it apart to change the bulb.


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Hi. Hello. Guten tag. Bonjour. Namaste.

I think the first blog post is always the hardest blog post. Like a baby taking their first steps. So full of promise, but you usually end up on your face.

I will start with baby steps. Hi. How are you? Did you have a good day?

Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am a mom, a wife, and a crafter. I have three kids, two cats and a dog. In general I consider myself a fiber artist, mainly because I can’t decide on one medium to work in. I like working with yarn, felt, cotton, paper and paint.

I just started an Etsy store ( and this website/blog is a companion to that. I will post when new things go into the store, cool tricks I learn along the way, and really just anything that I think people might find interesting.

Now tell me about you.


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