Sunday, April 29, 2012

GinnStitches at ArtFire

Happy Sunday!

A quick note here to let you know that I am now on ArtFire! I have a cute new online shop which you can find at  I am working on some new items, and plan to keep "stocking the shelves", so please stop by and see what's available.

Today is a sewing/entertaining day, as TheSecondChild is having friends over to hang out, hot tub, and eat. Got the taco stuff all set, and can't wait!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Crafty day... but no new sewing!

I have been wanting to try this for awhile; I chose today to experiment.

I am moderately pleased with the outcome, but I know exactly what I want to do now to improve on them! I really like the soap dispenser idea; there are multiple tutorials all over the web. I looked at the one found on


Saturday, January 14, 2012


Today was partially spent on the road, taking our daughter back to the start of her second semester of sophmore year. (sad face) Tomorrow the other daughter goes back to start the second half of junior year. (sad face again) So I had to do some sewing to lighten the mood.

I finished up my Kindle cover. I used a pattern by BirdfulStitches. The pattern was very easy to use, with options for Kindles, Nooks, and iPads, as well as instructions for determining your own sizing. I mixed it up by strip piecing some of my favorite black and white prints, with a touch of red. I love the results! I will definitely be adding these to my Etsy shop. Check out BirdfulStitches on Etsy.

What do you think? 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Pillow day

Yesterday, in spite of very little sleep, I was able to complete a few more projects.
Libbi and I had picked out some fabric for new pillows for the living room. We needed some new color in there! I got three of them done yesterday, before collapsing into sleep!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


I'm wide awake. It is nearly 2 a.m., and I feel no sign of sleepiness. Ah, well.

Since I am home tomorrow, I am taking advantage of this time, and am finishing up some projects. I completed another bag today. I was planning to list it in my shop, but I think I am going to keep it. I just love the black and white.

With some of the leftover fabric, I am making a sleeve for my Kindle. I strip pieced my fabric, and I like the results. I will finish this before I go to bed. I wanted to give the pattern a trial before I started making more to sell.

During this awake and alone time, the snow has begun. This has been a very odd winter so far, but we are under a "winter weather advisory" from midnight until Friday morning. Predictions are for a possible 7 inches of snow. I have always loved seeing the new-fallen snow, and it is nice to be able to see this snowfall in the peace of the night.

Here are some shots of the swing bag I finished today... still using the Sonoma Swing pattern by Pink Sand Beach Designs. It really is a great little bag.

Kindle cover pictures tomorrow....

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Cancun Clutch!

Friday, I had a fun package in the mail. I won a Cancun Clutch, premade, from Nancy at Pink Sand Beach Designs.  I've been using some of the delightful bag patterns she designs, and they are wonderful. The directions are clear, and the patterns are very cute and make functional and clever bags.
I've not made a Cancun Clutch (yet), but I may need to add it to my repertoire.  It is a zippered clutch with an outside pocket and two pockets inside.  It measures about 13" wide at the top, and is about 7" tall. There is sweet pleating detailing on the outer front pocket; a very nice design elementThe one I received is done in bright, summery pink and orange. (I can definitely picture it in use in Cancun!)
I could also see this done in my current favorite, jewel toned batiks, or in subdued and elegant black or midnight blue and gold for evening.

If you haven't seen Nancy's designs, be sure to visit her website, or her Facebook page. I am also featuring some of her bag designs in my Etsy shop, GinnStitches. Please stop by and visit!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Great day. Shopping, new item posted to Etsy shop, and loads of energy! Projects galore.

I listed a "Little Glam Bag" today, made from upcycled denim in two shades. I think it is adorable! I trimmed it in red, and lined it in red... how cute is this?

 I hope to have some more bags and table runners listed soon!

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday time. I did, and I am ready to get on with the new year. I feel hopeful and excited about the year ahead. New beginnings, and all that. But I do always feel energized and optimistic and full of plans (and yes, resolutions) this time of year.

The week between Christmas and New Year's Day found me happily hanging out at home most days. I did some sewing, and more relaxing!

I head back to work tomorrow, and then have another bunch of days off. This week I have some personal sewing planned, and more items for the lonely Etsy shop! I have some neat fabrics for some new bags I'm itching to make. Stay tuned! I hope to have lots more inventory coming soon.

I am also going to be experimenting with Kindle, Nook, and iPad covers. I love my gadgets, and want them to have beautiful protective covers. What would you like to see in a cover for your favorite electronic? I plan to dress mine in some multi-toned batiks...

Happy New Year!