In search of the perfect beginner sewing machine

In search of the perfect beginner sewing machine

One of the questions I get a lot when I’m teaching Sewing Machine Care & Feeding is “What sewing machine do you use?”  Many of my students don’t have a machine of their own yet, and they attend class to learn about how to judge the...

My Geekiest Project Yet

Last GenCon, the husband had an idea.  It’s become a bit of an obsession.  Like many of his cool ideas, it relies on me for execution. He has the green pram his mom used when he was a baby.  We have two little girls, one blond, one auburn.  So, he decided we...

Time to Drop Period Toys!

​The Drop is finally here!  If you have toys to drop ready to go, my hope is that we can coordinate one big, worldwide drop this week (August 11-17).  When you drop a toy, log it anonymously here, and I’ll report back with how many smiles we spread with this...
Toys for Swapping and Dropping

Toys for Swapping and Dropping

The first batch of toys is complete!  I decided to make balls, which are pretty easy to construct, and documentable.  I referenced two great web pages devoted to the subject here and here. Here’s one of my balls for the Toy...

My newest project: the Period Toy Drop

My newest time-suck and smile-inducer is participating in handmade toy swaps.  I belong to a Waldorf-inspired swapping group and have made some fun stuff lately, and the girls enjoy the fruits of my labor. I like it so much, I’m organizing a period-inspired toy...
Tiny Hangerok

Tiny Hangerok

A promise is a promise.  The husband requested this over 2 years ago, along with matching garb for himself.  And I told him if he found me patterns, I would do it. He came through with the now-defunct Histvarld site (see it archived here–it’s pretty...