Monday, July 17, 2017

New blog!

Hello!  It's been awhile hasn't it.... Well the last few years have been full of so many changes.  Lots of moving, little crafting/sewing space, and very little time.  Fortunately things seemed to have settled down (somewhat!) and I am so excited to be able to spend more time sewing these days!  I decided to start a new blog "Stitch Sense" for my future sewing posts, and plan on updating often.  Be sure to check it out at

I'll check back with this website too, and may post other crafty things from time to time, but we'll see.  Be sure to head over to Stitch Sense for my latest sewing adventures!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Summer Stitch Fix! June 2016

It's here!  My summer stitch fix.  I ended up keeping 2 out of the 5 items which is cool, but I just keep hoping for a 5 out of 5 (I really want that discount! lol)

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MIA - Albina Leather Slide Sandals

MIA - Albina Leather Slide Sandals

Loved the color, fit well, but just not my style:  RETURNED.

Dear John - Finnegan Roll Cuff Short

Dear John - Finnegan Roll Cuff Short
I'm always looking for a nice pair of more modestly cut shorts, which is why these were picked out by my stylist.  They were a little large in the waist, and the length was a bit long for me (rolling the cuff once more would have been just right).  Being into sewing, I would have made those alterations but.... I just wasn't a fan of the color.  I was hoping for either a fun bright color, or something more timeless (navy or khaki): RETURNED.

Skies are Blue - Nielsen Henley Top

Skies are Blue - Nielsen Henley Top

I have a lot of plaids on my Stitch Fix pinterest board which may be why this was picked out for me.  I don't usually even wear plaid but I like the idea of it and am on the lookout for a cute long-sleeved shirt that looks out-doorsy for camping etc.  This top fit more loosely than I like, and I just wasn't feeling a sleeveless in this pattern: RETURNED.

 Papermoon - Biscayne Lace Panel Knit Top

Papermoon - Biscayne Lace Panel Knit Top

When I pulled this out of the box I wasn't feeling it.  Then I looked at it closer and really liked the detailing (which is something I include in my style requests).  I always try everything on that is sent even if I am not at first interested.  Glad I did, because this time I was pleasantly surprised at how well it fit, and how much more I liked it when I tried it on: KEPT.

Papermoon - Biscayne Lace Panel Knit Top

Hailey 23 - Tonita Knit Maxi Dress

Hailey 23 - Tonita Knit Maxi Dress

I liked this dress right away but didn't get my hopes up.  I've been on the lookout for a summer maxi dress and had 2 sent to me in previous fixes.  In my 4th Stitch Fix the dress was a print that just wasn't me (I then noted in my style comments I prefer a solid bodice when having a patterned bottom to the dress), and in my 3rd Stitch Fix the dress was amazing, and fit great, EXCEPT it was too short, ugh.  Also a bit pricey not getting the keep 5 discount, but if it were longer, I probably would have kept it.

Anyways, when I tried this dress on it fit well, and was a nice length.  PLUS, the back had a cool and unique cut to it, which is another thing I always request in the stylist comments :)  This one was a KEEPER

Hailey 23 - Tonita Knit Maxi Dress

Hailey 23 - Tonita Knit Maxi Dress - back view

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mermaid Tail Blankets

I've been able to squeeze a little more sewing in lately, and here's what I've been up to:

Fleece Mermaid Tail Blankets!  They are so much fun to make.  I've been shopping sales since fleece can be pricey.  My favorite is when JoAnn's has extra-wide fleece on 50% off, you get a lot more bang for your buck that way.  Better yet if you have an additional coupon to top it all off.

The dark green mermaid tail blanket pictured above is an adult size, and the others are smaller.  I've been experimenting with patterned fleece too, which I think is a fun twist.

I've been crocheting a bit too, but will probably switch over to making jewelry again soon.  Need to stock up on necklaces to sell at our booth.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Spring! & updates

It's finally starting to feel like spring!  Love it.  I've had a little more time lately to enjoy the weather and think about crafting (my schedule will pick up big time again soon so I'm loving it while it lasts!).  Last weekend I caught a 50% off sale at JoAnns on fleece so I stocked up for blankets and other sewing projects for our booth. 

I'm trying to brainstorm ideas for new booth items that are fresh for spring and summer.  I have a few ideas to try but am still on the lookout for a few more things to make.

Speaking of our booth, we've been at it for almost a year!  It's gone by pretty fast.  I'm still on the wait list for a 2nd booth, which I plan to do completely different things with, but I'm guessing won't come to the top of the list for quite some time yet.  Still thinking ahead though since I'd need to make a lot of product to fill up a new booth.

I've got another Stitch Fix scheduled to come in June & will be posting about that then.  I'm also working on making an ebook of refashioned t-shirt tutorials.  I'll keep you posted when I'm finished.

Also, still working on my other blog Sunset Scribbles where I share travel stories, pictures, and tips about different destinations as well as articles etc. about places that look fun :)

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Stitch Fix #4 - April 2016

My 4th Stitch Fix arrived!!  If you haven't tried it yet and want to give it a go, please use my referral link

Opening it up, and first thing I noticed was this cute bag on the left... what was inside??

SHOES!  Stitch Fix just started including shoes as a possible item in fixes. 

Franco Sarto - Grip Thong Sandal

These are pretty cute, and look comfortable.  The side strap is a metallic color rather than black, which I thought was a neat detail.  Although they are cute, I already have something similar in my closet so these will be returned.

Here is a look at the clothing...

Papermoon - Caliti Crochet Detail Knit Top

From the front it looks like a simple striped shirt, which I liked, and the fabric was different than I usually wear, which I also liked.  But, I figured this would be something I returned when I first grabbed it... and then.... I saw the back!

I LOVE the crochet detail on the back.  It's a unique, unexpected surprise which is what I keep my eye out for and always request things with different details when I write my fix request info.  This is totally me, LOVE IT, keeping it for sure!

Skies are Blue - Quigley Tie Waist Blouse

I am always in need of cute tops that can be dressed up or down.  I thought it was pretty when I first took it out of the box, but then really liked how it fit and decided this one was a keeper too!  I thought it would be cute to wear to work (business casual) possibly paired with the navy blue sweater I got in my 2nd stitch fix 

Loveappella - Jesse Maxi Dress

It was a windy day out!  But you get the idea :)  I had requested a specific maxi dress I'd seen others get in their boxes but my stylist said that she couldn't find that exact dress, so she picked something similar.  Though this is cute, I didn't really love it and didn't think I'd wear it enough so I am returning it.

Level 99 - Andy Cargo Skirt

I had also requested a pair of olive skinny jeans for this fix which they didn't have this time so I am wondering if that was the inspiration for this skirt?  It fit really well and seemed high quality, but it just isn't "me" so it will be returned as well.

Can't wait to schedule another fix in the future!

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2nd Stitch Fix
3rd Stitch Fix