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Denim Urban Tunic or Dress?

Yes, it looks like I am on a cowl neck dress tunic streak.   A recent post featured a McCalls 7020 cowl neck top turned dress that would make you think I have no imagination.  Really?  Another cowl neck dress?  But this one is slightly different.   It is a great jumper for grownups.  Pair […]

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Blogger Recognition Award!

A BIG Thank You goes out to Rachel of Sew Red-y for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award!  Little did I know that having Rachel in my Joann’s class years ago would result in this!  I never thought that my love for sewing would bring me into the online world of great people who share […]

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McCalls 7020 Cowl Top Turned Dress

As I move into 2017 and take inventory of my lengthy list of sewing projects, I am reminded of the bloggers who took great time to review their versions of sewing ‘Hits and Misses’ of 2016.   There seemed to be a plan from the start of the year to execute specific garments for their […]

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Chiffon, Cotton, Ruffles and Dots

Yes, this post is going out just under the wire before we move in to 2017.   This will conclude another wonderful year of sewing experiences.   I can’t imagine what I would do if I didn’t have this great hobby/skill to rely on for a creative and useful outlet.  I am grateful to my […]

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Santa's thoughts on crafter's rooms

Santa’s Quote for Crafters

Here is a little Christmas humor for the crafters out there….enjoy and pass it along. Twas the night before Christmas, I’m decorating the tree. I’m wondering what Santa will bring just for me. Could it be fat quarters or a pattern or lace? Or a quilt kit, I said, with a smile on my face. […]

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Family Ties turned into a Christmas Tree Skirt

Men’s Ties Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial

Men’s ties make the perfect circle skirt to dress up your tree.   If the male family members in your house despise wearing ties (like my husband), and they are sitting in a drawer, gather them together for this quick project.   I was lucky enough to receive my dad’s and uncle’s discarded ties after […]

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  • Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

    Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

  • Cloisonne enamel and gold from China

    Cloisonne enamel and gold from China

  • Metal work from India

    Metal work from India

  • Wooden thimble from Bali, Indonesia

    Wooden thimble from Bali, Indonesia

  • Engraved thimble from Thailand

    Engraved thimble from Thailand

  • Painted Porcelain thimble form China

    Painted Porcelain thimble form China

  • Seattle skyline thimble

    Seattle skyline thimble

  • San Francisco, CA, 'Golden Gate, Victorians, Cable Cars'

    San Francisco, CA, 'Golden Gate, Victorians, Cable Cars'

  • Porcelain Oregon thimble

    Porcelain Oregon thimble

  • Sterling silver thimble from Japan

    Sterling silver thimble from Japan

  • Yeoman Warder, Tower of London

    Yeoman Warder, Tower of London

  • Inherited & engraved grandmother's aunt 'Edith' thimble

    Inherited & engraved grandmother's aunt 'Edith' thimble

  • San Diego Zoo, CA

    San Diego Zoo, CA

  • Provence & Limoges, France

    Provence & Limoges, France

  • Thimbles from Santa Monica, CA

    Thimbles from Santa Monica, CA

  • Abalone & Mother of Pearl from Hawaii

    Abalone & Mother of Pearl from Hawaii

  • Cloisonne thimble from Granada, Spain

    Cloisonne thimble from Granada, Spain

  • Inherited Pewter thimble, origin unknown

    Inherited Pewter thimble, origin unknown

  • Antique sterling silver & marcasite cherub/stars/clouds

    Antique sterling silver & marcasite cherub/stars/clouds

  • Pewter thimble, Tower of London

    Pewter thimble, Tower of London

  • Coral, enamel & abalone from Puerta Vallarta, Mexico

    Coral, enamel & abalone from Puerta Vallarta, Mexico

  • Native American sterling silver from New Mexico

    Native American sterling silver from New Mexico

  • Pewter/Glass Air Space Museum San Diego, CA

    Pewter/Glass Air Space Museum San Diego, CA

  • Porcelain thimble from Colorado

    Porcelain thimble from Colorado

  • Porcelain thimble from Windsor Castle, England

    Porcelain thimble from Windsor Castle, England

A Sewing Thimble Collection from Around the World

No garment posts today, but I do have a sewing related slideshow for you.  (If you don’t see the slideshow on your phone, click HERE). This post is a quick look at my sewing thimble collection.  You aren’t yawning right now are you? Give it a try. It may not be one of the most […]

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Inside elastic casing with bias tape

Simplicity 2153 Silly Putty Jacket

Am I dating myself if I ask you about the color of Silly Putty?  You know, the dirty, well-loved Silly Putty after it has been used on newsprint a few times.  Looks a little gross, but it provided lots of fun for me when I was a kid….and there is interesting history of the gooey […]

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License plate art

Sew Creative, L’Toffe Fabrics

If your sewing skills drift from garments to quilts to crafts, you will enjoy stepping into Sew Creative in Ashland, Oregon.  Since I have a love for sewing garments, I have chosen to let others perfect the quilting skills while I continue to master fabric manipulation on the human form. That being said, I find […]

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Surface Design With Diane Ericson

Okay, you thought I gave up posting, right? Not exactly. I just took a sabbatical from blog posting.  I have some things to share, so I hope you’ll stay tuned.  I have been busy with a tiring job for the last few months and all my energy went to it.  This blog post is about […]

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Rust and Navy Knit Tunic

In the spirit of early fall and pumpkin season, I whipped up this Butterick 5925, a Katherine Tilton tunic.  Have I mentioned how I love it when the end of October rolls around and brings a little chill to the air?   This is the consistent time of year in Tucson when sweaters and coats […]

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Earthtone Beaded Ombre Necklace

Follow my blog with Bloglovin If you have been perusing my About blog page, you have seen a glimpse of my extensive fabric collection, an now I’m confessing to you that I have the same problem with beads.  This is why I will not allow myself to start any more hobbies.  I HAVE NO MORE […]

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Gray and Beige Equals Greige

Is there a neutral color that gets your attention every time?  It may be certain shades of gray, tan or camel or a interesting combination of shades you can’t even describe.  Well this is mine.  I love this boring and funky color of brown/gray/beige.  I bet many of you would call it something entirely different. […]

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Dressing Your Truth Type 2 Accessories

My Dressing Your Truth Experience

Right after I explained in my last post how I would be making an effort to post more often and regularly, I promptly discovered Dressing Your Truth by Carol Tuttle and disappeared again.   The information was fascinating to me because it was such a different approach to one’s style and how we present ourselves […]

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Jacket in a pocket

Jacket in a Pocket

Preparing for my trip to Seattle meant considering some potential rain fall during the time of my visit. My daughter recommended a hood of some sort and that would be adequate. I have lots of jackets but few have hoods. I came across this cute jacket at my local Hancock’s fabrics while checking out at […]

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  • Necklace from Stein Mart, Black D Orsay flats from Target, Nine West Bag

    Necklace from Stein Mart, Black D Orsay flats from Target, Nine West Bag

  • Cuff Bracelets, Bangles, wide and narrow

    Cuff Bracelets, Bangles, wide and narrow

  • Target sueded flats with gold studs, Jessica Simpson handbag with gold trim

    Target sueded flats with gold studs, Jessica Simpson handbag with gold trim

  • Sandals from Kenneth Cole, Bag from Nine West, Necklace from Coldwater Creek

    Sandals from Kenneth Cole, Bag from Nine West, Necklace from Coldwater Creek

  • Pearls and Crystal Bead Necklace-Self Made, Shoes from Sole Society, Bag from Nine West, Long pearl strand-Self Made

    Pearls and Crystal Bead Necklace-Self Made, Shoes from Sole Society, Bag from Nine West, Long pearl strand-Self Made

  • Scarves and Jet Black 72

    Scarves and Jet Black 72" Faceted Bead Necklace

  • Beaded Shawl, Stretch Pearl Bracelet, Hand knotted Pearl and Silk Cord Necklace(Gift!), Strappy Sandals

    Beaded Shawl, Stretch Pearl Bracelet, Hand knotted Pearl and Silk Cord Necklace(Gift!), Strappy Sandals

Accessories: Black, White, Gold, Silver

*Slideshow will change or you can click on the arrows to the left/right to advance to next photo. Because I love to sew, fabric purchases are my first and foremost weakness. (My family can attest to that!) Running a close second is a compulsion to purchase RTW accessories, completing the artistic vision I have in […]

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Adding beige, gold, gray, cream to the mix

Small Black Capsule

I know that black is not one of my best colors, or so I’ve been told, but I can’t help myself. It is just too easy to work with and sew into great go-to pieces for reliable, pulled-together looks. With my fascination with capsule wardrobes, I have a Pinterest board filled with many variations of […]

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Please Note: New Email Subscription Platform

I have changed my email subscription service as of 05/4/15.   If you interested in receiving the most recent post notifications and are reading this from tablet, PC or laptop, simply click on this post and you will find the Email Sign Up in the right hand column under my photo. If you are reading […]

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Green Apples and Green Peas

Before I get started, I feel I have some explaining to do regarding my “break” from posting. It is due to many reasons, none of which may interest you, but I have been doing home remodeling to one room in the house, which leads to much upheaval in the rest of the house. I am […]

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Winter 2014 Pattern Peek

I wish my local Joann’s store was a little quicker on putting the latest pattern catalogs and pattern magazines out on display.  I get all excited only to find the store hasn’t gotten around to putting any of the patterns in the drawers.  What to do?   Visit Hancock’s instead!!   Pour over these pages […]

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Fall Brings Olive and Orange

Although this will post in November, I worked on this jacket for a good part of October. This time of year brings about the prolific use of orange everywhere-mostly for Halloween, but also for fall decorations.   The above picture is a bright geranium from my yard, blooming like it is the prime season for […]

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Change of Scenery

This non-sewing post is just a little commercial for the weekend getaway and the importance of a scenery change. I’m sharing with you a few shots of a quiet, peaceful little town in Alpine, Arizona, and according to the 2011 census, the population is 466! It isn’t really because this little town has rolling meadows, […]

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Rectangle Zipper Bag

Look at these zipped up beauties!  Imagine the endless possibilities combining fabrics, zippers, ribbons, tabs, buttons and stitches!  She is not just any ordinary zipper bag.  She has flair and personality due to her embellishment options.  Take a quick look around Pinterest or the Google searches for zippered pouches and you will see a plethora […]

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DeedleandThread in Boston Part 2

The short story is that my daughter is living in Boston now, working for a social media marketing firm. However, she was living in Phoenix, AZ., where she owned a house and car. After spending LOTS of money on transportation, she decided to coordinate a master plan to drive her car across the country with […]

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