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October 6, 2017

I have been in a bit of a productivity funk. Slowly chipping away at some things, but occasionally I hit a wall and need the boost of finishing a project. Does anyone else get jazzed by finishing things? Oh man, I LOVE it.

So right now here are the projects I have on-the-go. Perhaps chronicling them will create a creative super-charged vortex of finishing. We can only hope.

1. New Product Line Development

Journal Cover

I am working out the final details, well actually I think I worked them all out today, for some fabric journal covers for composition books. These will be ready in time for holiday shopping.

Next Steps: Get to cracking on assembly line production. Which isn’t nearly as fun as research and development. But still pretty fun.

2. Large Hexagon Quilt

Large Hexigon Quilt

I started this one earlier this summer. I have a number of quilt tops that need to be turned into quilts, but somehow I just keep starting new tops. Because that is the funnest. This one is made from huge hexagons and constructed from vintage sheets. Sewing together another row is my reward for finishing a specific task.

Next Steps: Keep piecing in-between other projects.

3. Small Hexagon Quilt

Small Hexagon Quilt

This one I started YEARS ago to use in my bedroom at our old house. It was a great hand-piecing project that I would pick up from time to time and work on. This summer I decided to call it good, put some borders on it, and voila! Another finished top. (I may have a finished top problem.)  

Next Steps: Try out a quilting design on the sample I finished today. Then get that baby quilted!

4. Sock Knitting Pattern

Sock Pattern

This project sat dormant for a bit after I worked out my color choices and colorwork charts. Now I am working up two sample socks to double check the pattern instructions. I REALLY have to be in the mood to work on this because I have to take notes and count and stuff. I am sure I will get back to it when the weather cools down.

Next Steps: Finish up sock #2. Fill in pattern details as needed and get a charting software.

5. Other Knitting Patterns

I have two other patterns that are pretty nearly complete.

Next Steps: Work on graphic layout options. Call for test knitters.

I think that is enough to focus on for now. Let’s see if motivation strikes now that it is all formalized in writing… I will keep you posted!

Site-wide Sale on ETSY – August 31 – September 4

August 31, 2017

Had your eye on something special from an Etsy seller? Many sellers are participating in a sale from August 31 – September 4. Discounts vary from seller to seller.

I am having a 15% off sale on many of my products, including small, medium, and large zipper pouches as well as coasters, felted bowls, wristlet bags and even quilts!

Check out the photos below for a quick idea of what is included. Stop by my shop for more detailed information on each item.

Even the brand new Liberty of London zipper pouches are included!

Etsy Labor Day Sale 2017

Etsy Labor Day Sale 2017

Etsy Labor Day Sale 2017

Upcycled Denim Keychains on ETSY

August 29, 2017

Can there be even more new items in the shop? The answer is YES!

This time I am sharing with you my keychains!

Upcycled Denim Keychain on ETSY

I have been making these for a number of years, for my own use, as gifts, and to sell in some local shops and at in-person shows. I finally decided to list them on Etsy as well.  I love that they are so sturdy and hold up to lots of use.

Upcycled Denim Keychain on ETSY

Upcycled Denim Keychain on ETSY

The denim strap functions as a wristlet so you can keep your keys handy when you hands are full. And I love using the lobster clasp to clip them to my bag so they don’t get stuck in the bottom!

Upcycled Denim Keychain on ETSY

Upcycled Denim Keychain on ETSY

I have pieced the strap from multiple colors of upcycled denim jeans, reinforced them with strong interfacing, and then lined them with fun, colorful prints.

Check out the listings for more information, but please note I am currently offering these with FREE SHIPPING IN THE USA! 

Upcycled Denim Change Purse on ETSY

August 22, 2017

Back with another fun addition to the shop! This time I put together a handy multi-purpose zipper pouch.  

Change Purse on Etsy

First of all they are so small and cute! And since I have been using one I have found many uses for it, beyond the traditional change purse.

Change Purse on Etsy

It is great as a mini-wallet or loyalty card holder. If you only want to carry your license and a card or two it is great! Or keep those pesky loyalty cards out of your overstuffed wallet and in their own little bag.

Change Purse on Etsy

I have found it to be perfect for knitting notions, especially the square post-it notes or stitch markers. And maybe you will come up with even more!

Change Purse on Etsy

Each bag is constructed with multiple shades of upcycled denim jeans. It is topped with a black nylon zipper and lined with a super cute blue bird print.  

Change Purse on Etsy

So pop over and give the listing a look! These are a great, affordable gift, stocking stuffer, or purse staple! 

Liberty of London Zipper Pouches on ETSY

August 16, 2017

This is a new item I am super excited to share with you! I have long been fascinated with Liberty of London prints on the lovely Tana Lawn base. Well I recently got my hands on some sets of multiple prints and I put them to good use!

Liberty of London Zipper Pouch on ETSY

I made three special one-of-a-kind bags. Each one has a patchwork top with 24 unique prints and a base of upcycled denim. No need to pick one print! Just use them all!

Liberty of London Zipper Pouch on ETSY

Liberty of London Zipper Pouch on ETSY

Liberty of London Zipper Pouch on ETSY


Each bag is topped with a colorful zipper and finished off with quilted stitching on the denim to match the zipper. It was so fun to choose the accents for each one! There is one with fuschia accents, one with turquoise and one with canary yellow. So bright and fresh!

Liberty of London Zipper Pouch on ETSY

I decided to do a special size and shape on these. It is the width of my medium-size zipper pouches, but I made these extra tall because I really like the proportions. I am storing a larger shawl project in one right now and it easily fits three fifty-gram lace weight skeins.

It is also be perfect for socks, especially if you are doing color work and have some extra skeins to carry around.

Liberty of London Zipper Pouch on ETSY


The bags are lining with a natural cotton muslin, clean and simple. I also used a cotton/polyester batting that gives the quilting some nice body.

Really proud of these special bags! I hope you will want to give one a new home! Here’s a link to the shop for the detailed listings. 

Wool Felted Bowls on ETSY

July 3, 2017

Hello! I have been working hard to stock up my shop and have lots of fun new items to share! I specialize in making useful handmade items. We have enough stuff in our lives, so I want the things I sell to have a “job”…  as well as be pretty!

Today’s featured item fits right in. Felted bowls.

Set of 3 Felted Bowls

These came about when I was looking for something to put on top of our technology charging station to hold keys, sunglasses and other random items that tend to gather there. I made a set for myself and enjoyed the process of shaping and molding them so I made some more! There are two sets currently listed; one in heather gray and one in cranberry red.

Set of 3 Felted Bowls

The bowls also would look great on a dining room table, a bookshelf, a desk or nightstand. The soft texture is really pleasant and they don’t jingle when you put in your keys like a ceramic bowl or tray.

Set of 3 Felted Bowls

Come check out the listing in the shop if you are interested! Red bowls here and gray bowls here. There are many other new items, which I will be featuring in the days to come.


Striped Denim Notions Pouch on ETSY

June 10, 2017

Striped Zipper Pouch on Etsy

Recent addition to the Etsy shop. I am SUPER excited about this one. I had the design in my head and was pretty pleased that I was actually able to construct in in three-dimensional real life!

I wanted a continuous stripe of upcyled denim down the front, across the bottom, and up the back. Also, with a flat bottom so the pouch will stand up.

Striped Zipper Pouch on Etsy

This one is great for knitting notions – tape measure, needle gauge, stitch markers, scissors. But I also made sure it was the proper length for holding pens and pencils as an art supplies pouch.

Striped Zipper Pouch on Etsy

The bag is fully lined with one of my favorite fabrics lately, an organic cotton bluebird print. I used this on the back of a twin size denim quilt and have been enjoying the leftovers for many projects lately!

Striped Zipper Pouch on Etsy

Bags are lightly interfaced for a bit of soft structure. I couldn’t be happier with them! Bags can be found in my Etsy shop HERE.

And for the icing on the cake…

I got a wonderful endorsement from my favorite mixed-media artist, By Bun! I sent her one as gift and she seems to really like it. Just for fun, see if you can spot the pouch in the tour of her studio below.

I love this Wes Anderson-inspired video she recently posted on YouTube. Brilliant!

Modern Vintage Sheet Quilt on ETSY

May 25, 2017

Modern Vintage Sheet Quilt

I have been hard at work making new items for the Etsy shop. It is so fun to work with some different fabrics for a bit and take a break from the denim. Although I am always itching to get back to my denim scraps and come up with something new!

One recently completed item is a quilt from vintage sheets. I love to shop at thrift stores and I have gathered a pretty solid collection. For this throw I focused on prints. They are so fun and funky and retro!

Modern Vintage Sheet Quilt

The sheets make a soft, lightweight quilt that is perfect to pull out in the spring.

Modern Vintage Sheet Qult

For details, please visit my Etsy shop!

Modern Vintage Sheet Quilt

I already have plans for the next quilt, but I have a few tops already finished that need to be quilted first. The quilting is the slowest part, but I am plugging away at it.

Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for many more new items!

Patchwork Notions Pouch on ETSY

March 14, 2017

Upcycled Patchwork Zipper Pouch on Etsy

Just popping in to let you know about some new items I have added to the shop: Notions Pouches!

My shop can be found at

Upcycled Patchwork Zipper Pouch on Etsy

My usual process for creating new products is that I think up something I want for myself or for a gift… and then I make it. Then I give it a good trial run, using it myself to make sure it holds up well and is functional. If so, and if I enjoy the process of making it, I make some for the shop.

This pouch started as a birthday gift idea for my sister. I wanted to give her a pouch, a gift card, and a large bar of gourmet chocolate. And that is what determined the pouch dimensions!

I also knew it would be good for knitting or sewing notions – tape measure, scissors, stitch markers, etc. I have been using mine for quite a while and I love it!

I also think it would be great for organizing your handbag – for cosmetics, tissues, or sunglasses.

Here are the details. There are currently three lining choices available at the time of this writing.

Upcycled Patchwork Zipper Pouch on Etsy

Patchwork Zipper Pouch

Patchwork Zipper Pouch

Patchwork Zipper Notions Pouch

Corral those small items in style! These pouches are the perfect size for sewing/knitting notions, a few cosmetics, or sunglasses.

Each bag exterior is pieced from multiple shades of up-cycled denim jeans. Interior of bag is fully lined with a tiny seafoam tone-on-tone dot quilting cotton and are topped with a sturdy black polyester coil zipper.

Please note that each bag is unique. The photo is a general representation of fabric placement – it may vary slightly from bag to bag. Also, shade of denim may vary from light to dark and may not match photo exactly.

Dimensions (approximate): 8 1/4” wide x 4” high

Created by hand in my smoke-free home.

Care: Spot clean only with cold water and mild detergent. Air dry.

Check them out at!


Yarn Along – 2/8/17

February 8, 2017

Is it Wednesday again already? I can barely keep up!

I started a new pair of socks this week out of some handspun.

Yarn Along - 2/8/17

I found the fiber through someone I follow on Instagram. Her Etsy shop is Treadle Handspun Yarns. She sells bags of multi-colored fiber mini-nests she calls Tiddly Bits. I fell in love with the idea of creating my own color progression, one lovely shade after another.

I spun for a fingering weight for socks, Navaho plying to keep the color repeats clean and distinct. Really happy with how it turned out!

I am using the stitch pattern from the Vanilla Latte Socks, but knitting toe-up as usual. I had to reduce my stitch count because the yarn weight was on the heavy side as a 3-ply. So fun to see each new color appear!

I am in-between books at the moment, but I will fill you in next week as I start something new!

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

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