New Dress! Retro Butterick 5880!

Woohoo! I’ve got a new dress, and it’s gorgeous! In a continuation of my life being photographed in vintage and vintage-style dresses, here are the results of about 8 hours of sewing fun! As I’ve said, I love working with fun cotton fabric, because it tends to be less expensive and so easy to work…

Toothy Jewelry – Beautifully Macabre

Happy New Year!!! So far, my 2014 has involved rad partying, and dental surgery. Obviously, I am a classy lady, and a bit of an opportunist, therefore, I fully intend to create a gorgeous necklace out of this, (hopefully) the only tooth I will have forcibly removed from my head. The results of a quick…

Gift Wrapping, Here’s What’s Up

It’s down to brass tacks here, people! Christmas is closing in – TWO days, omg. So, if you’re anything like me, you spent the weekend partying, wrapping gifts, and running some errands.  (Like a boss!) In case all your wrapping isn’t finished, there are SO many guides to help you win this battle against pretty…

Host the BEST Christmas Gathering!

We are down to the wire, people! If you are hosting a holiday party this year, now is the time to get going with the party planning! Unless you’re a lonely butler, chances are you know some people, and those people are likely to invade your house at some point during the month of December….

Gift Guides & DIY Inspiration!

Christmas is officially ONE WEEK AWAY! *Cue hysterical jingle bells* That means that if you haven’t put together a holiday ambiance at your home/desk/car, you should GET ON IT! Also, if you haven’t purchased (or made) gifts for everyone you know (and a few more, just in case), you can refer to any number of…

Vintage Sewing Pattern Extravaganza!

So, I was casually scrolling on the Facebook yesterday, and saw a post by We Sew Retro about a version of Simplicity 1795 done by Miss Allie Mass. Well, her version looked so nice, and the pattern seemed pretty simple/straightforward, so I immediately sought out a copy via Etsy. As some of you may know, vintage patterns…

Re-purposing A China Cabinet for Jewelry Display!

Happy Friday!!! Among my many crafty projects is one I’ve recently undertaken to become more efficient, as well as more fabulous! I re-purposed my grandmother’s China cabinet from its latest incarnation (basically a liquor cabinet, sorry MeeMaw), into a lovely display case for (most of) my jewelry, and some other pretty things! My maternal grandmother…

Random Fun Wednesday! Beauty, Decor & Inspiration!

Today’s collection of things is pretty amazing! I’ve got a couple of Houzz articles to share about holiday decorating, some INCREDIBLE up-close shots of snowflakes, and a super inspiring project that involves mannequins! Yay, mannequins! Ok, so for those of you who haven’t thrown up the Christmas decorations just yet, Houzz has some simple ways…

#MakerMonday

Happy #MakerMonday and #CyberMonday everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday (those of us fortunate enough not to be working retail, and to everyone else, good Lord, I’m sorry), and hope you got enough buttery foods to eat! I certainly had a delicious day with the family, made mashed potatoes, and two…

Let’s All Appreciate Quilting!

Several weeks ago (right before the madness of Halloween), I attended Houston’s International Quilt Festival. It is an event I have been familiar with my whole life, partially because of my mother (she owns a “quilt cabinet”), and partially because we are just a nice, Southern family and so we have about a million quilts,…

Fall Centerpiece Follow Up!

As promised, I have pictures of the centerpiece I created last night for said United Way Craft Day auction! It turned out to be quite the masterpiece! I have never made a similar Fall centerpiece (or any centerpiece, for that matter), so I am quite proud of my first attempt! Especially considering all the elements…