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in bloom year round

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Fabric flowers are so great – they are fun to make, easy to wear, and add color and interest to your outfit. I’ve used them on several handbags from my main collections, including the zaria envelope clutch, the oasis wristlet, and the idyllic envelope clutch: They are also, of course, awesome to wear on your […]

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diy fabric envelopes for valentine’s day

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Yes, it’s an utterly made up holiday. But what’s wrong with making up a reason to tell people around you that you care? Nothing. Especially if you do it with something handmade! These fabric envelopes are an all-purpose gift. Whether you are celebrating February 14 with friends, family, or your sweetheart, you can do it […]

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summer skirt refashioned from old dress shirts

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It seemed like last week was dress shirt refashion week on Pinterest…I came across several really cute ones, including this one inspired by Grosgrain. They got me thinking about all the dress shirts sitting in my closet left over from my office job days. I should really do something with those, I thought. Here’s the […]

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tutorial: fabric chandelier earrings

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UPDATE: You can now purchase a kit to make these lovely earrings! Click here to check it out! I don’t make jewelry. Partly because I love buying handmade jewelry (my #1 vice when attending craft shows), and partly because the materials don’t intrigue me enough to want to make things out of them. I’m more […]

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make something everyday

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Last year around this time, I decided I was going to try to make something everyday in 2010. My theory was that creativity is a muscle that needs loving care and exercise for it to flourish, and I still believe that. I figured now would be a good time to evaluate my success regarding that […]

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tutorial: mini pocketbook

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I’m sure that many of you, like me, are on an eternal quest for organization. I know I’m not alone in finding the Container Store’s promise of a perfect, organized life utterly seductive. But here’s the thing…I don’t really like purging, I love my stuff. Therefore I also love pretty things in which to stash […]

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book review: Design Your Own Tees

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I spent part of my Saturday in Adams Morgan at the seventh annual Crafty Bastards art & craft fair. This year was the first time in years that I’ve been in town and not vending at another craft fair, so I was excited to hang out and absorb the craftiness. There were a number of […]

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tutorial: beach reads book cover

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Even though it has been ridiculously, hellishly hot lately, I find myself wishing I was going to the beach. A friend of mine is going to the Cayman Islands this weekend, and I am insane with jealousy. I just know that the weather there is going to be normal-for-summer sunny and hot, the way you […]

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tutorial: the 19th street wallet

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A few weeks ago, I went to Dallas for the wedding of a friend of mine from college, and unsurprisingly, the reception ended up doubling as a mini college reunion. Some of those people I literally hadn’t seen since graduation day. Naturally, the experience got me thinking about the thing I am always thinking about: […]

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tutorial: keepsake fabric gift bag

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I came up with this pattern back in February when I made the gift bags for the VIP ticket holders for the Vagina Monologues. Yeah, I could have bought paper bags from the party store or Hallmark or whatever, but I really wanted to make them myself, and I wanted them to be fabric bags […]

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