Sunday, October 13, 2013

On Friday afternoon I wrote down a list of all the sewing, knitting, and pottery projects I’ve had piling up in my head. It’s a LONG list, and it is a long weekend here in Canada. At the top of the list was my second Datura top from Deer & Doe patterns. I already had the fabric cut, with my alteration to lower the bust dart and I was able to sew it all up on Friday evening.  I bought the fabric from my new favourite online source, mostly because it is Canadian and shipping is cheap.  If you look closely the dots are actually little crowns.


I don’t know about you but, any time my buttons don’t need to be functional I skip the button holes altogether and just sew the buttons into place.   I’ve done this with both of my Datura tops and on many other projects.

On Saturday, I headed out to the west coast of the island to go mushroom picking with friends.  Which is pretty comical as I don’t particularly like eating mushrooms.  But, it was a good excuse to spend a couple hours amongst the trees.  Don’t worry I didn’t actually wear my new top and heels tromping through the forest.  I thought the coast would be a great location for a photo shoot and I made a quick wardrobe change as Benny was digging up ferns at the side of a logging road in a clearcut forest.  And, instead of using the gorgeous coast line as a backdrop for the photographs, we found a stump for me to perch on.




And, here I am swinging from a rope down at Mystic Beach in clothing not made by me.


Happy Thanksgiving!  And, thank you to my good friend Benny for taking these photos for me.  If you are interested, she has a fabulous cooking blog of her own over at Being Bethany Jane.  The Amazing Grain Free Pad Thai is truly amazing!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Yes, I said winners.  I decided to pick two names to send a random assortment of my buttons to.  And, wouldn’t you believe it, but my brother’s number was the first to appear.  I quickly clicked generate again, but Stephen knows what he’ll be getting for his birthday.


First up, Rachel of The So-So Sewer Secondly, Miriana
number11 Number4

Rachel and Miriana, I will be in touch to ask for your mailing addresses.

I will be back tomorrow with another post, I finished up another Datura top this week. Just reviewing the photographs now and I think I could win an award for the most awkward model. Luckily you don’t see the majority of the photos!

Friday, October 11, 2013



I’m finally back in the pottery studio after taking the spring and summer off.  Here is my first mug out of the kiln.

Reminder, if you are interested in winning some of my buttons go to my giveaway post and enter by the end of today.  I’ll be doing the draw sometime over the weekend.


Monday, September 30, 2013

This past weekend was WET here on the west coast.


And, because of the rain I was able to putter away in my sewing studio for much of the weekend without any guilt.  I was a little unsure of the shape when Deer & Doe first released this pattern, but after seeing many beautiful versions I decided to give it a try.  I am so happy I did,  I love it and it is so comfortable to wear.


I had a little trouble with the horizontal pleats. You see, I marked them on the fabric using wax tracing paper.  It was only afterwards that I realized that these marks were going to be forever visible if they remained on the outside.  So, I put some basting stitches along each line and used the opposite side of the fabric as the right side.

I made two changes to the pattern. First, since the darts on my Datura top were a little too high I lowered the bust darts by about an inch using Megan Nielsen’s tutorial.  This worked perfectly and they are exactly where they should be.  The second alteration I made was to use the full length for the skirt lining and the lining length on the outer skirt.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013


I was running out of buttons in my etsy shop, so tonight I took the time to photograph and list a few more.  I am a little astonished at how many I have accumulated over the years.  I tend to make my buttons with bits of leftover clay at the end of each session in the studio.

I regularly use my buttons in my own sewing and knitting projects and I thought I’d host a little giveaway if anyone is interested in a random assortment of handmade ceramic buttons.  Just leave a comment on this post by Friday October 11th if you are interested and I’ll pick someone at random.  I’m happy to post my buttons anywhere around the globe.

Now, to see if anyone other than my big brother reads my blog!