Confessions of a Craftaholic

Tag: sewing

Canvas Zippered Pouch

I just finished sewing up a quick little project for a sewing class. We’re going to be making zippered pouches, like for storing makeup or paint brushes, etc.

Afterward, we will be embellishing them with some of my lino blocks. Here’s a quick sample I made:

Admittedly, I should have ironed it before I photographed it. But you don’t mind, do you?

Hmmm. Oh yes, and I’m making red velvet cookies tonite. They serve them at starbucks, and are so good. I can’t wait.


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A Hand Sewn Tote, Made Just for ME

So this year I decided I am also going to be making more items JUST FOR ME and not for swaps as much. This is mostly because at least I know how I want something to turn out, you know? In swaps you can sometimes be sadly dissapointed. Anyway, here’s a totebag I made with vintage fabrics.

Granted, I should have probably ironed the fabric before taking the picture. But have I told you lately how much I can’t stand ironing?

Here’s the inside:

I lined it and added a pocket for my cell phone.

You like it?

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Another Handmade Tote/Purse

I’m in a swap. Actually, I’m in a lot of swaps. But here’s a tote bag I made for a handmade purse swap.

You like it? I got the fabric from a good friend of mine, named Sheena. I added a pocket in the front, for keys, a wallet, and things like that. I really like this purse a lot. I may have to make one for myself.

Oh, and my computer is acting very nutty. I don’t know how lucky I will be to be able to blog this week. Hopefully, this thursday I will post my inspirational tidbit.

But I think my computer has a virus. It really sucks. My computer is SO slow. I hate it. It used to be nice and fast. But no. Now I’m lucky if the page loads at all.

I think I can blog from my phone, but I’m not sure how to do it, so we’ll see.

What else? Oh, how was your Valentine’s day?

Mine was good. My darling bought me roses and chocolates, of course. He also bought me two Count Basie records. I LOVE old jazz. Nothing new. I’ve said before, most of the music I listen to is written by people who are either old or dead. I think the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Jack White are the youngest I listen to. Oh, and Lady Gaga. Can’t forget her. And of course, being a music fan and ex-groupie, you can’t forget the millions of friends of mine that I have on FB that are musicians.

And of course, let’s not forget my darling husband. How could I forget that?

That’s all for now.

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Floral Totebag

Here’s a Christmas gift that I made for my friend, Miyoshi.


I wanted to make her something she can’t make herself, and that left crocheting and sewing. I crocheted a floral scarf that I forgot to photograph, and this purse which I designed.

You like it?


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A Cosmetic Bag for Christmas

This morning I just finished up part 1 of my christmas presents. Thanks to a friend on facebook, I got the idea to make a little cosmetic bag, with some handmade jewelry inside of it, for the ladies in my family.

What do you think?

The fabric is just beautiful. I love it.

I will have to make one for myself, of course. I have extra fabric, so that’s a good thing. What else?

Oh! I forgot to mention, that I have a shop online! You should check it out! Bookmark it, because my rubber stamps will be making their debut in my shop pretty soon!

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Day 349: A Busy Mom’s Totebag


“We need to develop patience, but impatience can also be conducive for such activities as cleaning and walking.”

-The Dalai Lama

Haha, the one thing I need to develop impatience is for cleaning. I can’t stand washing dishes! My husband though, is quite different. He loves things nice and neat. My workspace doesn’t stay clean very long.

Patience is a good thing, especially living in New York City. There are so many crazy people! And people, in general. Patience. I guess it’s about taking time. Taking time to not be upset over things that do not matter. Life is too short to not be patient.

Today, I made a tote bag for a swap I’m in. She’s a mom, so it’s a nice sized tote bag, so she can throw stuff in, and get out the door.

So that’s that. I’m going to Jamaica, Queens today, to teach a workshop at the King Manor Museum, on embroidery.  After that, I’m going to join my fellow knitters in Brooklyn. I can’t wait! It’s been so long. I will most likely go quite quickly, just for a bit.

Anyway, that’s that. I’ll bring my camera, and try to post pics.

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Day 325: Felt Embroidered Hair Clippies


“Human happiness and human satisfaction must ultimately come from within oneself.”

-The Dalai Lama

I can

make me happy




so all that is good in the world

comes from me

and all that is happy in the world

comes from within


within my

mind, my

body, my


and spirit




inside me

Today, I worked on some embroidery work. I made a pair of hair clippies, and a hair pin.

These are simple, and kind of plain, because I made them to match most of my daughter’s outfits.

Nice, right? This one is pour moi, my friends.

That’s all for now. I have to catch up on emails, write an article, and clean the house.

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Day 272: A Poem & A Video Tute!

Quote: “Never in this world can hatred be stilled by hatred; it will be stilled by non-hatred – this is the law Eternal.” -The Buddha

I didn’t always love you

i only tolerated you

glared at you, seething with anger

and I didn’t always love you I didn’t always care

I thought that the hatred would make you suffer

would make you look at me

but you never did look

But uhmmmm

I don’t think that I’ll hate you


I like to love

I like happy

I like smiles

And I

will try to



even through the crap

So that’s my thoughts for today. Today, I had a workshop with my craft group. And guess what? I made a video.

This is my friend Grace. She loves jewelry almost as much as I do, and also loves owls, almost as much as I do.

A picture of hands working is always meaningful, I think.

And without further ado, here is the video I shot of our meetup today!

I know it’s a little “raw”, but no worries. Practice makes perfect. Right?

Here’s my finished critter:

Here’s the LINK to download the template for this little critter.

That’s all for now, as my daughter is calling for my attention. I hope you like the video, and the template!

The Craftaholic

Day 254: Embellished Canvas Bag


“If you have too much expectation, you may come away disappointed.” -The Dalai Lama

Let’s get this straight: expectations are different than goals. Goals are things you strive for, expectations are the way you want things to go. It’s one thing to plan for the future, and have a 401K, and put some money away. Those are good things. But it is another thing completely to then say, “this boyfriend better buy me flowers, and remember my birthday”. Those, are expectations. Expectations are always sadly forlorn. Truly.

The truth is, what I always say: who cares. Life is so short. Too short. We live such a short life on earth to be preoccupied with ideas that we and the media and our community put on us. You know?  It’s like SARK says in one of her books: when going out some place, instead of saying, “I’m going out, and I’m going to have a GREAT time! Just say, “I’m going out to have a time”. Or something like that. You know what I’m trying to say?

Most of our disappointments in people and things have to do with what we expect from the said people or things. It’s not about raising or lowering your expectations. It’s about not having expectations in the first place.

Today, I worked with Adela, my sewing machine. I named her that because when I work with fiber art, it reminds me of my grandmother, who was an amazing crochet queen, and original domestic goddess. I miss her a lot.

I made this bag, from these AWESOME blank canvas bags from DMC Threads! Very cool.

I love this fabric. I got it from a swap I had recently!

Does this not look awesome as heck? The nice thing about the DMC Canvas bags is that they are quite sturdy, and roomy! I had bought some a while back, and they were not sturdy at all, although they were rather cheap. AND the DMC Canvas bags have the embroidery canvas in the front middle, for those of you who do cross stitch. Cool, right? Enough commercials, though.

Something weird happened the other day. I was on the train, waiting for the eternal A train, to go uptown, when I saw one of my old bosses walking the other way. He had what I call a very “generic white boy” look, which just means blond with blue eyes. So I had to do a double take to be sure it was him. And then, he must have thought I was peeking at his (non exsistent) cuteness! He not only did NOT remember me, but also looked at me like he thought I’m cute! It was a weird moment one because I’ve gained a little weight, and my daughter was with me, also. Normally men don’t look at me so much when she’s with me. I mean, you know. I’m married. You know? But one thing about New York City, is that men here could care less. Wedding ring or no wedding ring, they still love those archaic cat calls.

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Day 239: Old Jeans turned into a Jean Skirt


“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” – The Buddha

Well, what is your world? How do you discover it, and what does that really mean?

The road to self discovery is like the song by the beatles-a “long and winding road”. It’s a life long journey into self discovery that can be quite rewarding.

The point is to actually get on the road to self discovery, to the road of …YOU.  Being aware helps. Being in the moment helps. Just be in the moment. Practice it.

When you’re making art, don’t think about anything else but being there. Be aware of WHY you do things, why you make the choices you do. Think about it.

My husband is off this week, and we are taking the time to spend time as a family since we works so damned much. So the problem is that I have less time to make art, and blog about it because he says I am “always at my desk” and that it gets boring. So there’s less time, sorry.

Today though, I did make a skirt out of a pair of jeans. I couldn’t find my jean skirt and happened to have a pair of tattered jeans, so I just went to work turning them into a skirt. I realize it would have been nice to have a before and after. But I forgot to snap a picture of them before. So you’ll just have to trust that I did indeed, turn my pants into a skirt.

What do you think? I am fortunate that I had my husband around to snap the picture of me, while my daughter crept in there with me.

I’m working on a couple of things. I have to get back to my needlepoint, and then I have some fun buttons to make. I am UBER excited.

The Craftaholic