A few things for a freezing Friday! iPad cases, facial scrub pH, and bacon pancakes!

Sorry for the last few days – life and work have become insanely busy, and I’m trying to figure out how I can use my new iPad to blog on the go! Don’t you love this case? It’s a pattern by Whistlepig Creek Productions, the e-Cozy Palooza for the iPad mini. It was super easy…...

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Not bath & body products for Christmas – cosmetic bag

I love this cosmetic bag pattern! I made a ton of them for the kids in my group last year, and I’m making some more this year because I love them so much! If you have the time and energy, make a lining for the bag. I take one to the gym every day, and…...

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Tutorial: Sewing a cosmetic bag

I’m really enjoying sewing cosmetic bags! I made a ton of them over the holidays as presents for the older kids in our youth programs who do all the volunteering for us (setting up, cleaning up, enforcing the rules, running games, and so on), so I thought it was apt to share this pattern with…...

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Sewing: Cool ties for summer (updated)

After a lot of rain and cooler days, we’re coming into the heat of summer around here. I start getting uncomfortable around 24˚C (including our high humidity), so I need to find ways of keeping cool when I’m visiting homes without even so much as a fan! Here’s my dishevelled Blondie dog modelling one of…...

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It’s the year of the cupcake (for me, anyway)

I’ve really enjoyed my holiday time away from work, and I thought I’d post a few pictures of the (non-edible) cupcake-y goodness I’ve been working on with my sewing machine. I generally hand sew all my projects – purses, shorts, skirts, coffee cozies, and so on – but I wanted to get my best friend’s…...

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Summer must have products

It really doesn’t feel like we’re only three weeks away from summer here in southwestern B.C. – we’re getting rained on constantly, the temperature is in the mid-teens ˚C, and we’re still waiting for strawberry season – but I can still prepare for the horrible heat…I mean, loveliness…of summer. So I thought I’d put together…...

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Craft group: Headbands

I was going entitle this post “Hair Bands” but Raymond keeps singing Bon Jovi songs around the house (very well, I might add), so I figured I’d call them head bands instead.I hope you’re enjoying your fancy headband, and I’m almost positive you’ll want to make more of them to match every outfit! So here…...

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Dual layer sunglasses case

I love having two pairs of glasses in one case – although my reading glasses will be joining me in craft group for now on because I can’t thread a needle any more!!! – but you could carry an iPod or other important device in the other side. (Oh there’s a surprise, I’ve made a…...

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Craft group: Sunglasses cases

It’s summer – oh, boy is it ever summer around here with a “once in a lifetime” heat wave – so you’ll need a case to store your sunglasses! So here is pattern for making your own sunglasses case (pdf). And here’s a PDF of the instructions. If you’ve sewn before, you might want to…...

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Better sewing through chemistry: Cool ties!

Cold ties are long thin scarves containing polymer crystals that soak up water. You tie them around your neck for the hot months after soaking them in water, and they keep you cool during the day. I couldn’t make it through the summer without them! (I’ve even made a pillow out of them! Summer and…...

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