A new little life

Just this morning, we saw the first signs of new life….

Then some tentative progress …

And finally, after significant effort…… 

Dalton was born!  ( thanks Shiny Happy World for this fun dog pattern)

Dalton will be officially adopted Christmas morning by a special friend who loves dogs and softies 

All’s well that ends well 🐾

My latest project

I always have at least a few projects on the go… but generally they are things for other people and my personal pleasures get pushed to the end of the line.

This is my newest one…. A pretty nice duffle if I do say so. And no, I didn’t make this one up, but followed a pattern instead.

Carry -on Duffle

The back of the bag showing the sleeve


a nice big red zip and tabs to hold onto

A nice big red zip and tabs to hold onto

It was so satisfying to finally to find the time for this bag, that is just for me and which will get lots of use. I bought the pattern last year as I wanted something better for use as a carry-on bag for plane travel. Now after all the travelling for 2015 is done, I finally got around to it

I bought the pattern at Craftsy from Studio Cherie at this link

The fabric is so gorgeous …From Connecting Threads, though I see they are sold out. I can search for the name if you like, just message me. I quilted it and bound each piece before assembling, basically following the pattern, though I made a monogrammed pocket for the front. No easy feat since my laptop has been annoyingly temperamental and required some major techy adjustments ( don’t ask, as I don’t really know what I’m doing, but it did work better in the end)


The side pocket is pleated…  The picture here is not the best, but trust me, it’s nice 🙂


But the best part… And the main reason for creating this,  is the sleeve on the back that will allow this bag to slide over the long handle on my big suitcase…. And stay there! Hooray! I’m gonna love it.


If you look carefully you’ll see the the sleeve. I’d show you, but my suitcase is has been off on a trip with my daughter and isn’t home yet. ✈️

There…a nice new post. Whew

Come back and see me sometime🤓

Recipe for Summer Salad with Turkey, Noodles and Pineapple

This recipe is an old one, but a favourite still. I found it in one of those little books you pick up at the grocery check outyears and years ago. I’ve since lost the book, so this is from memory and quantities are approximate…. but you really can’t make a mistake anywhere 😀

Salad ingredients 

  •  2 cups cold cubed turkey
  • 3 cups cooked pasta… any shape you like….. I used bow ties today
  • 4 chopped green onions
  • 2 chopped celery stalks
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks (reserve 2 tablespoons of juice)
  • 1 can mandarin oranges (drained)
  • A couple handfuls of walnut halves


  • 1 cup  or so Mayonnaise 
  • 1/2 cup or so sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons of pineapple juice
  • Salt and pepper

Toss it all together. Serve very cold on a very hot day and everyone will love you!

I think you could even leave out the turkey and your vegetarian friends would be happy too🍴

A little book cover

I’ve come to realize that paper and pencils still have great value in my life, and no more so than for my sewing plans and orders.

For the past year or so I’ve  been using a notebook I found somewhere… Plastic lime green cover… and every time so looked at it  I cringed.

So finally, I put together this little cover made from selvedges I’ve been collecting for ages.

It’s my first project made from these little bits and I love it! It’s lined with fusible fleece to give it body.  Cringing is over! 😀 Let the note-taking begin in style! 


Late. Late. I am so late

I have been so completely remiss in posting here; not certain why but I will blame my old and so slow Mac. And yes, I have other devices, like my beautiful iPhone 6+ that I am using in this moment but it’s not the same as the giant screen and my installed Photoshop

But this will have to do.

The other reason for my neglect here is quite simply that my most favourite toy is my fancy sewing machine and with it the creation of fun objects. Sometimes I head over to one of my computer-type devices but find my body veering in the direction of my sewing area instead. I am hopeless. My hands are a terrible mess and I would prove this with s photo but this would have you running screaming into the woods, so I won’t.

There is some travel I am doing this spring so will be away from all my toys for many days…. Perhaps I will feel like posting then? This remains to be seen.😄

Hooray! I’ve discovered the ever so easy to use WordPress app for my iPhone so  no excuses now

I’ve even added a new page for totes since the old ones were getting buried on the Bags page

Check it out the Personalized Totes page in the Bags section

But meanwhile, gaze upon this sweet guy made from a pattern from While She Naps, Ferdinand the frog. In this pic he is celebrating his birth. And why not? He is adorable, I think.

The guy up above? We are not sure who he is. If you recognize him, do let me know.

A special pillow

Those who know me are aware I had surgery this year to fix a tendon tear in my shoulder.

I had a wonderful doc and an awesome PT….. Lisa McClusky.  This in no way diminishes my wonderful massage therapist, Stephanie Kruuk who got me through the past several years!

As a thank you to Lisa, I made her this rather giant pillow …a take-off from her business card. It’s pouffy, puffy and blue and I so enjoyed making it for her. It’s all cotton, but for the appliqué which is cut from felt to give somewhat of a 3-D effect.

Here is it for  you to see.

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Lisa McClusky S.P.O.R.T..S.   PT

Lisa McClusky
S.P.O.R.T..S. PT

Market Bag Tutorial

This looks like a great idea for boxed corners! I’ll try it!

Mom's Sewing Room

Here is a tutorial for the market bags that I made.  It is not an original pattern; I copied it from a bag that I saw in a store.  The only thing special about it is the way the square bottom is made.  The measurements given are for a nice-sized grocery bag, but it could easily be adjusted to other sizes.  I think it would make a great lunch sack in a smaller size.  Maybe I’ll make some for back-to-school in the fall.

Fabric requirements:  1/2 yd of a medium to heavy weight fabric like twill or denim

Fold in half with wrong sides together.  Cut three inches off of the selvage edge (not the fold).

Measure 2 inches from the folded edge.

Fold the upper half of the fabric along the 2 inch line.  I do this at the ironing board.  Place ruler along the fold, fold the fabric…

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This is fun; to see my things on another site

I had a notice earlier this month that something I had made would be featured on Embroidery Library’s showcase and low and behold, I checked and there it was! I did have fun making these pillows. See the post here. Embroidery library is a great site for machine embroidery designs; I have purchased many over the years and can attest to their extensive collection, reasonable prices and  quality stitch-outs. Thanks for the showcase, EL!

special pillow for my dear friend Jell

special pillow for my dear friend Jell

Taylor pillow with design from EL

Taylor pillow with design from EL