Saturday, April 9, 2016


Good Morning!

I've been wanting to get the  message out about plastic ever since I saw Jeff Bridges FB video for the Plastic Pollution Coalition.  It's a real eye opener.  So much so that I have posted the video on my personal and Shelly Jack Handade FB pages.  I've even removed my Peek A Boo travel pouch pattern, which called for clear plastic vinyl,  that I offered for sale from my on line stores.  It's a start.  Now that I live just five minutes from the ocean, it hits even closer to home.  Ultimately though, this is about human kind, this stuff ends up in our bodies causing all kinds of health problems.

Make no mistake, this is going to be a real challenge.  As I look around my personal environment, plastic is everywhere.  I can't even type this message without looking through the plastic lenses of my glasses or type it here without the plastic keys on my keyboard.  Right now as I write this my husband is installing "environmental friendly, low carbon footprint flooring" in our home.  While he is carrying in the boxes I see that they are wrapped in plastic.

My mom recently bought this wood sign for me.  I thought it was kind of funny but weird at the same time. Today I make it my mantra to do my very best, in doing my part, to help combat the very serious plastic crisis.  I hope that you will join me in my effort and start by at least watching the video.  Also, check out my free Reusable Reversible Tote Bag pattern to start making and carrying your own market bags.

Once again, as always, thank you for reading and watching.

Monday, March 28, 2016


I'm back!  What a whirl wind life has been!  New move to Florida, new home and a new sewing studio/room!  Which means sewing and a little painting, along with house renovations, mostly a lot of house stuff.  I'm so glad to be back into a normal routine and doing all the things I love.  It feels good.  It is good.  Thanks for reading!  Here's a small sample of what's been going on creatively lately!  =)

I met Amy Butler!!  Such a sweet soul and an amazingly creative lady.  This was back in September at the SHINE conference.  

A little Flora Bowley  Bloom True E-Course Painting going on (I am an affiliate, check it out!).  Only first layers here.   This was something I had been waiting a long while to be able to do.  I have about six or seven canvases going on right now!  The whole process is amazing.  Very therapeutic.  I love it.  You will see more of the progress here in the coming months.

My first attempt at FPP (Foundation Paper Piecing)

 Second attempt at FPP.  Took a Craftsy class this time.

Birthday presents for my Gators fan nephew! 

Baby gifts.  Divided Basket pattern by Noodlehead.

Moo moo on mannequin.  I wanted a night gown, and that's pretty much what I made.  I wear it when I get out of the shower.  Pattern is below, New Look 6889 View D.

Pajama Eater for my niece.  Had fun with that one!

Bunny obsession.  Pattern by Jennifer Jangles, Little Love Bunnies.

Monsters and Bunnies go together right?  Pajama Eater pattern by Sew Fearless.  

Something for me, Zip and Go Bag.  I'm once again obsessed.  Pattern by Dog Under My Desk.

Found a 'Sewing' lady in the window smack in the middle of Bike Week!!  How cool is that!

Took some time to get grounded and energized under the last full moon.  Spectacular show as usual.   Out of a hundred photo shots that I took, this is the best one.  Really need to learn how to use my camera.   Until next time....Good Night =)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Purse Palooza 2015 Entry

October 21already, wow.  It's been three months since I last blogged.  Three months plus since we've moved to Florida.  And three months of absolute craziness.  All that aside, here is my one and only Purse Palooza 2015 entry this year.  

Picked up the leather from a warehouse in NC.  The hardware is from my stash.  Bag design my own.  

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Gypsy Life...

Ahh, the joys of traveling.  Well, we have moved, again, even further south from Tennessee to Florida.  We have been living out of our suitcases for the past month and a half.  Getting lots and lots and LOTS of travel in.  Some work, some vacation.  Zero sewing accomplished but I've got the best natural tan that I have had in decades!  I'm sure we will settle in soon enough, until then, we are enjoying this the best we can.  Hope your summer is going well!

This is just my pile lol.  I am getting much better at it though!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Peek A Boo......Traveler Bag with Super Cute Bling!

Made up a few of my Peek A Boo Traveler bags with super cute bling.  These are great for tossing into a beach/pool bag.  Happy Friday and hope you enjoy a long weekend sewing! =)  If you are interested you can find the pattern over here:

Peek A Boo Traveler Bag Pattern

Peek A Boo Traveler Bag Pattern

Here's what they look like!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Beltane and Bags

Spring has sprung around these parts.  Today is May 1 and Beltane, who knew.   Not something I can say I have previously recognized, but it seems to be popping up all over the social media sites I've been visiting.  And, it is fitting.  It has been a long winter.  It has also been a good long run of bag making and blogging for me.  I started making bags about five years ago and really kicked it up when we moved here to Nashville.  Doing a little Spring cleaning here and getting ready for what the future will bring.  Change.  It feels good.

Here are a couple of bags I just finished.  Love them both.  The white leather bag was made from the Lekala #3015 pdf pattern.  I really love how I managed to salvage this thing and am currently using this bag on a daily basis.  I can not however, recommend this pattern to a normal, non crazy person to attempt!  First off, half of the pieces downloaded in Polish.  Yes Polish.  Now I knew that this was a Swedish based company, but c'mon.  Even Google translator couldn't produce understandable words for me to decipher on the pieces.  Luckily, I happen to be an experienced bag making queen ;) but, this sucker took me four days to complete.  There was one sheet of instructions numbered #1 - #13.  Yep, that's it.  No photos, etc.  Guess I'm spoiled by all the really great bag pattern designers and patterns like Swoon Patterns.

Here it is.

I also made a messenger bag.  Something I have been wanting to do for a while.  Love this one.  It makes me happy.  The pattern I used was the HippieGirl Messenger Bag by Redlabel on Craftsy.  It was pretty easy to follow the instructions, there are no pattern pieces included, just measurements, so I just made my own.  I omitted the ruffle on the flap and knotted handle.   Most of the fabric I used is Amy Butler and Michael Miller.  It calls for 15 different fabrics!  I think I will try this in canvas using maybe only two different colors, or one color with some leather trim.

Well, there you have it.  Happy Beltane,  Happy Spring,  Happy Colors =)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sew Sporadic!

Looks like my blogging is down to about once a month here lately.  Well, that's pretty much my life any, sporadic.  I love it.  I hate it (the sporadicalness part) sometimes too.  Mostly love it =)  Constantly moving around like a gypsy can wear a girl out!  But, I crave the adventure if I sit around idle too long.  So, I stay thankful, and grateful for it.  Over the last month or so I have gotten back into sewing and thankfully my yoga routine.  Note to self-  Never Ever Ever give up yoga!  After a looong bout of sickness, it feels good great to be healthy again and have some energy.  With that being said, here is some photo soup for you of some of the things I've managed to create.  Hope you are doing well, feeling healthy, energized and creating!  Be inspired!

Loving my new pincushion caddy!!  Free tutorial over here at Sewing by Moonlight.

Cosmo Bag Love!  I have had Amy Butler's Style Stitches book for four years and finally made myself a Cosmo Bag!

The bag I'm carrying right now.  Modified the Noodle-head Pool Side tote by printing out the pattern at 75%, left out the cut out and added a zipper closure.  Leather fringe fob embellishment by non other than Shelly Jack Handmade of course :)

Cate shoulder bag by Swoon.  Have I mentioned how much I adore Swoon Sewing Patterns and Alicia?  Seriously, the Facebook group is awesome.  Simply one of the best if I do say so myself :)  this is my version, quilted Cate, love her!  Fabric panel is Sea Spirits by Laurel Burch for Clothworks.

That's it for now.  Hope you are inspired.  Next up a couple of nice beach hats to keep me cool and protected for all that paddle boarding in my warm future!  See you then!