The End of January? Already?!

Whaaat?! It’s January 30th? How did that month go by so quickly? One month of winter down, who knows how many to go. It’s been mild enough that we have lost most of the snow that fell earlier on. It got bitterly cold, and then the temperatures shot up well above freezing. I didn’t even get out to skate on the little rink they built here in the village. Now the weather has turned again and winter clearly hasn’t gone away.

But, I have been busy, which is why the time has gone so fast. I’m doing less writing and more making. I recently completed the Burda Sewing Instructors Certification. So that meant sewing, sewing and sewing. I also realized my wardrobe was woefully lacking warm winter clothes. So I stocked up on fleece and made myself warm pajama pants, fleecy leggins and a few fleece tops. My favourite so far has been a hooded tunic from Burda pattern #101C.

burda_teaching_stamp purple

I’ve also been paper crafting a bit. Valentine’s Day is coming and I’ve decorated my Valentine’s twig. I was also asked to make a couple of cards.


This card gave me a chance to try a watercolor technique I saw a long time ago using a simple wash for the background and then layering with vellum. I like the way it turned out although I’d cut the trees in the background differently next time so they don’t look like they’re on a cliff.


This was simple and fun to make and used up a bit of burlap ribbon I had. The picture is a photo I took several years ago and edited to for a sepia look.

On quite another track,  if you’re into planner stickers, here’s are some horse themed ones I came across by a talented maker named Victoria Thatcher. Check out her Horses stickers. She also shares lots of other great themes. I thought the whole planner sticker thing was silly and really resisted trying one out. But, now I’m mildly addicted. I’ve turned into a sticker and gold star kid again.



2018 Starts With Socks

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to 2018. I’ve decided to abandon the news feeds, uninstall Facebook and Twitter apps from my phone, and concentrate on what’s important to me–making stuff. I have several ‘almost done’ sewing projects on the go. All are for the Burda Certified Instructor’s course I am taking.

But, I decided to take a quick break and sew up some socks. It’s winter and my feet are cold. And, because I am taller than average most “knee socks” come up to about mid-calf.  I haven’t mastered making socks on my knitting machine. So the Jalie pattern for stretch fleece socks looked like a sewn alternative.

Socks made with Jalie Pattern
Sammy is amazed at how easy my socks were to make and how nicely they fit, even though they are a poopy colour.

This was an almost instant gratification project–less than an hour to cut and sew. The hardest part was finding the right textile. I was able to find 4-way stretch fabric on sale for $3 a meter–not the colors I’d like, but certainly suitable for my experiment with the Jalie sock pattern I purchased. I know it’s a little strange to become euphoric about socks, but I am over the moon about these. They were so simple to sew, and with a slight alteration of the pattern, I have knee socks that actually come up to my knee. I’m not sure how they’ll feel inside boots, as there are seams around the foot. But around the house, these will be perfect. As soon as my assignments are finished, I’ll be sewing more of these.

Triangle Change Purses

Every Monday for the last while, two adorable egg ladies deliver cartons of fresh brown eggs to my door. I wanted to give them a little something for Christmas, and my husband suggested change purses since they always seem to walk away with the money in their hands. Following this tutorial for triangle bags, I made these two purses up. I may have to make one for myself.



Musical Monday: It’s Time to Say Goodbye (It really Is)

After reading Marie Kondo’s inspiring books about tidying up, I have been hard at work clearing clutter from all the ‘categories’.  The most recent has been the kitchen stuff and horse tack. This song went through my head as I work. I’m ambivalent about Sarah Brightman’s voice. A little sweeter than I like perhaps, said the person with the three-note range. Nevertheless, I like me some Bocelli on a Monday morning.