I am finding at the store that purple is the new pink.  In fact, in recent color survey conducted at the store, purple was favored 3 to 1 over pink.  Yup, we do things like have color surveys regularly with our customers.  Anyway……   This girl picked out a delicious combination of May Arts ribbon, felt and fabric to make our Mini Messenger bag.  Combo is pretty darn fantastic!



I know, I know.  There are a gazillion fabric flower variations out there.  The thing is that I never get tired of them.  Together with bows it is the quickest and easiest way to satisfy a craft itch.  What is great is that you can do so much with a finished flower…….  Headband, hairclip, decorate a present, a little belt for a dress, a pin, glam up a stuffed animal etc…

This time in an attempt to copy an african violet, I added a bit of embroidery floss to one of the blooms.

Dressed to a Tee!

What could be more simple than taking an old (or new tank) and pairing it with your favorite fabric for a pretty little dress.  I had tired this project before earlier this year but was unhappy with the finishing of the waist.  So with a new crew of girls I gave it a second go and tweaked the pattern a bit.  The result was a dress that was relatively easy to sew and even easier to wear.  True got my sample dress.  We did it with a tank but why not do with a long sleeve tee for fall.


Beauty and the Bow

One of our local gals saw our recent bow blog post and came in to make her own…

This Connecticut beauty is beyond creative. One small example of her talents? She gave her tee a personal punch by cutting the sides and sewing in bold graphic black panels.  When she attended one of our camps, I was thrilled to see the little things that she did daily with her outfits.  Future stylist, designer or other creative?  We will see….

After seeing a great tutorial about stamping on fabric to make a bow necklace from Gray Fox, I was inspired to try a necklace of my own using some of our upholstery weight fabric.  I suggested it to a couple of girls and they were all game to give it a try.  We  made ours a little smaller and added a bit of beading with simple bugle beads and they all turned out pretty fab.

I think I need to make a mini one for a little  babe that I know.  Oh and maybe a tiny felt one for me for winter. oh la la.

Tech Crush

Our local beauty shows her college state some love with her choice of custom designs for iphones.

Bright.  Fresh.  Good.

Sew & Twirl

For our third week of camp, I decided to use a pattern from Jennifer Paganelli’s book Girls World.  She is a fabric diva and it’s one of my favorite books so the choice was a no brainer.

We were lucky enough to have a Jennifer herself come in and sign books for the girls.

Jen, we love you!

All the girls finished their dresses with flying colors.  Let the twirling begin!

In order to walk the girls through the pattern I made my own. It’s such a great book because with the patterns you can make a version for a little 2  year old up to an oldie like me.

Beach Chicas!

From one our recent camps, the last project was a bright beach bag to house all the projects of the week.  I asked the girls to go bold with their color combination and as you can see they came through.  Each combination is better than  the next.  Crush city.


This is one of the new fabrics that we got from Sisboom.  The girls have been vibing on it big time and whole bunch of cute projects have been popping up in the store from this bohemian print.  The latest was this pretty lap top sleeve for a new college freshman.  One Boston dorm will be that much prettier this fall.  Thanks Jennifer for spreading the pretty.

The pattern was a simple calculation of adding two inches to the sides and top and bottom.  This one measured 9×13 so we cut two rectangles that were 11×15.  With the batting it was a perfect snug fit.


Show your notes some style

Our local TV star came in to get some fabric and trim for a cute project that she had in mind. The result was a pretty awesome dry erase board.  The board gets punched up with some of our bright chalk markers. Easy. Peasy. Good.