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January 16, 2021
shapely rope basket from Charm About You


This was a 2020 finish but am just getting round to sharing it now. My hand sewn basket was a learning experience and the result truly has that handmade, rustic look. You are either going to love it or pity me!

There are plenty of tutorials out there for machine sewn and hand sewn rope baskets. I've made many machine versions but really wanted to try sewing one by hand. It has a different look that I really like and honestly I will make one again but here's what I found...

The base is really fun to stitch ...

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January 12, 2021
super tote from Charm About You

I am just so THRILLED with this bag! I searched for a long time for just the right pattern to sew, as this was a Christmas gift for my mum. Like me, she is particular in what she wants in a bag - a good size, big enough to hold A4 documents/files, a zip closure, pockets and long enough handles to be worn over the shoulder. This hit every need and it was a joy to make. I've honestly learnt so very much making it (read on for the specifics), I'm really happy with the combination of prints ...

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December 29, 2020
The Joy of Obsession from Where Art & Life Meet

Often referred to as a negative, I’ve always thought of obsessions as a lifeline to exploration, creativity, joy and boundless energy. Being obsessed with something (rather than someone) results in any number of truly awe-inspiring things, such as these artists who carve thread spools into amazing miniature works of art. Or Andrea Love whose website… Continue reading The Joy of Obsession

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Wee Billow Bag from Charm About You

I have long been a fan of Sweet Cinnamon Roses and her pattern the Wee Billow Bag is utterly fabulous! It was the most fun choosing fabrics and making something for myself with all the brown and florals and leopard - all beautiful Anna Maria Horner prints. Recently I have been USING my favourite fabrics and it's really lovely to be able to see them all around me rather than stored away in a cupboard or basket. Especially for every day items like this bag, it's happy inducing. Mine is a pouch version but you can see Laura's ...

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December 27, 2020
sew a scented sachet from Charm About You

These cute scented sachets are quick and easy to sew, perfect to scatter around your house for an uplifting or comforting burst of fragrance! They are a great way to use up scraps of fabric and make nice gifts. Throw them in drawers or shoes, add a loop to hang one in your wardrobe or anywhere that you want a little scented goodness.

The theme for the Aurifil Artisan challenge this month is Holiday Project and having designed these little sachets, I thought it would be fun to sew some winter themed ones and share a tutorial so you can ...

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December 15, 2020
What I Did Over the Weekend… from Where Art & Life Meet

I spent at least 16 hours this weekend analyzing and stitching examples of the Trellis Stitch. Specifically the spiral trellis stitch, which was one of dozens of stitches that adorned the Plimoth Jacket, a women’s waistcoat, made in the early 1600’s. Another heavily embroidered jacket is in the costume collection at the Metropolitan Museum here… Continue reading What I Did Over the Weekend…

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December 8, 2020
A Commitment to Show Up from Where Art & Life Meet

I’ve been thinking about relationships a lot. Perhaps that’s because I’m coming up on my 20th wedding anniversary with this awesome man. Our relationship has seen its ups and downs, but we are committed to doing the hard work of showing up for each other no matter how painful and difficult that may be. As… Continue reading A Commitment to Show Up

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November 10, 2020
Love Thy... from Charm About You


neighbour X work in progress X cross stitch X Aurifloss

My current cross stitch project for the year is coming along well, there's been a little bit of unpicking but that is most often the result of late night stitching. The pattern is Love Thy Neighbour by Modern Folk Embroidery and I started stitching it as part of Jacob's Summer Stitch A Long. Summer may be nearly over but I am in no rush to finish. The original pattern is stitched in one colour but like my last finished cross stitch I enjoy making it my own and ...

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October 14, 2020
All About Fabric Panels from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi, fabric lovers! 

As you may know, I’ve been having such a kick talking about fabric on the blog lately. Although I can talk about prints all day, there is one type of fabric I’d love to talk about that some of you may not be aware of. It’s all about fabric panels! So, today we are going to answer some questions we get all the time and show you some of the panels that Art Gallery Fabrics has to offer! 


What is a fabric panel?

There are many kinds of panels out there, but AGF creates ...

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October 13, 2020
Design, Exploration & A Finished Piece from Where Art & Life Meet

It all began with the Stem Stitch, a much over-looked stitch. I decided I needed to explore it and see if I could find a little excitement while doing so. I had no idea that this stitch would be the beginning of something wonderful! I pulled out some hand dyed linen that I’d bought and… Continue reading Design, Exploration & A Finished Piece

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October 6, 2020
A New Design, A Stroll & Mischief from Where Art & Life Meet

Let’s kick things off with a new design, shall we?! What? Didn’t she just unveil a new design a couple of weeks ago, you might ask. Yes. Yes, I did. I’ve been very busy! This last one is a companion piece to the Glasses Case. It’s a scissor case! Which, if you’re like me, you… Continue reading A New Design, A Stroll & Mischief

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October 4, 2020
Level up Handmade Baskets with Kraft-texWow, blue sapphire... from Living Water Quilter

Level up Handmade Baskets with Kraft-tex

Wow, blue sapphire Kraft-tex is making a bold statement in a cotton basket and tray set.

Kraft-tex for this project was provided for by CT Publishing. As an affiliate I received a small commission when you click a link on this website and make a purchase.


Pink, blue and yellow variegated pastel thread emphasize texture and pattern against the pre-washed and hand-dyed sapphire Kraft-tex.

Shop Small Business and SAVE

Would you like one of my handmade baskets?  Visit my Amazon Handmade Artisan shop for a beautiful selection.  Amazon Prime members receive a $10 ...

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September 30, 2020
Handmade For the Holidays  Are you looking for unique handmade... from Living Water Quilter

Handmade For the Holidays

  Are you looking for unique handmade gifts or home decor to add warmth and charm to holiday celebrations?   Are you ready to SAVE and support small businesses too?


To celebrate YOU and Handmade by Living Water Quilter AMAZON is offering a special promotion.


Prime members in the US who spend $10 or more on items sold by select small domestic brands and makers in Amazon’s store from now through October 12, 2020, get a $10 credit to use on Prime Day.


Visit my Amazon handmade Artisan shop, purchase a basket ...

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September 1, 2020
Hello September ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

 Well, Hello There! September.....I'm looking forward to a bit of time with no drama....please.  While we are weathering the Covid Storm and the Political Storm,  Hurricane Storm Laura threw us a curve ball.   It's the first time in my memory that hurricane force winds nearly blew us away here in  North Louisiana.  She wasn't pretty.  What a mess we had to clean up inside and out.   After being without electricity for 32 hours, I won't be taking that luxury for granted any time soon.    When it was finally turned back on , we were jubilant ...

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August 27, 2020
My Mother, British Humor, Thread Kits & More from Where Art & Life Meet

As I grow older I am more and more appreciative of my parents and all they did and, in my mother’s case, still does. So I begin this post with a photo of my parents, above. It’s one of my favorites. I think my mother was a little younger than I am now, when this… Continue reading My Mother, British Humor, Thread Kits & More

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August 6, 2020
“Discomfort” & Designing from Where Art & Life Meet

I’m working on something new, which is always exciting and uncomfortable at the same time. *Digression alert* That word -uncomfortable – is also used when you go into a doctor’s office to have a surgical procedure done and they say, “This might pinch a little” or when you go to the dentist to get your… Continue reading “Discomfort” & Designing

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July 29, 2020
an embroiderers cloth [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

an embroiderers cloth

my hand embroidered wrapping cloth is finished. Creating this has been a true labour of love.
To me a wrapping cloth is not functional, it is symbolic of my desire to wrap up and protect my children.
This piece measures approximately 33 x 35 inches.

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July 21, 2020
I've been embellishing more pages in my three inch by three inch hand made artist book....fiddly and then some but I am a big fan of fiddly! [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

I've been embellishing more pages in my three inch by three inch hand made artist book....fiddly and then some but I am a big fan of fiddly!…/tiny-pages-compositions…

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July 4, 2020
Who am I? from Marty's Fiber Musings

Many faces, I wear.  But who am I?  Really?   A vulture!

Yes, that was my name for the day a couple of weeks ago.  Why:  because I took away a quilter's fabric to save it from being dumped curbside.  Yes, I did it then and will do it again.  Because I know that when I take, I also give back.  Of the 24 yards + of fabric, I made 24 pillowcases for community service and the remaining yardage went toward quilt backings for the children in need.  Enough.....

The quilting group finally got to meet last Thursday and what a ...

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July 2, 2020
Memes, Cute Babies & Refusing to Dye from Where Art & Life Meet

As many of you know, my mother sends me little songs, videos, sometimes a cartoon or a meme, like the one below… And here’s another, this time a youtube video, which is still timely for so many in the United States. She also sent me this video. Amazing. Obviously I needed to get my kids… Continue reading Memes, Cute Babies & Refusing to Dye

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