Strawberry City Blooms Tote

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This was SUCH a fun swap.  There were no requirements for what we should make, just that it be handmade, strawberry themed, and something that your partner would like (of course!) At first I didn’t know what to do.  There are just so many options for things to make!  And then I had a problem finding strawberry fabrics that I liked (without having to buy lots of yardage).  I had some of the Heather Ross … Continue reading

Nintendo DS Carry Case (a project from the summer)

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Over the summer my friend sent me a tutorial for a Nintendo DS & DSi carrycase from Christine at From an Igloo and asked if I wouldn’t mind whipping one up for her son. Being a Lego enthusiast like my own kiddo, I used yet more of that brilliant Lego fabric I picked up from Spoonflower for C’s birthday party.  The inside and the strap are solid blue cotton and I found in my button … Continue reading

Wedding crafts

My friend, Valerie, got married this weekend on the beautiful grounds of the Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, VA. Helping her devise items for the wedding was quite a treat. This was one of our “concoctions” so to speak. We found this amazing vintage washstand at Chartreuse & Co, a monthly vintage tag sale up in Fredrick, MD. There’ll be a post on that soon too.  Inside the upper bowl are little bottles of bubbles, and in … Continue reading

Holiday gifts: Jewelry Tote

Jewelry Pouches Originally uploaded by alyson_olander Welcome to the first in my series of holiday gift posts! I handed these cute little pouches out last night to our daycare providers during their holiday party.  I wish I could take credit for the design, but I can’t – they came from Quilting Arts Magazine special Gifts issue (2009/2010).  The pattern was designed by Margarete Steinhauer and appears on page 132 of the mag (almost all the way … Continue reading