happy halloween


Halloween has come and is almost gone! I was able to do a few little projects, but I still have things that will have to wait for next year. Oh well.

Here’s what I made:



Some little softies, because why not?


A scrappy mini fall quilt.



Costumes! I felt really compelled to have bear versions of my costume this year. I bought Duffy’s costume and made Shellie May’s Alice ensemble. I adapted McCalls M6233 to accommodate her extra fluff.


My boyfriend and I were also the Mad Hatter and Alice, but the only sewing I ended up doing for our costumes was my apron. My sewing machine is in dire need of a tune-up, and isn’t really up to the task of Β apparel sewing. Once I get it repaired though, I’d like to make more ruffly aprons!

We had a bit of a rainy Halloween. Only two trick-or-treaters made it to my house 😦 But it was a cozy and quiet evening, and those are my favorite.

Happy Halloween!


axes femme for fall

It’s been a busy month so far. Lots of fun little trips for concerts and ballets. Lots of housekeeping too…

So I haven’t had as much time for sewing as I’d like. Perhaps I’m taking a rest before the holidays begin and I go into serious sewing, knitting, and baking mode.

In the meantime, I’ve become quite fond of the Japanese brand called Axes Femme. Their clothes feature romantic details and old-fashioned charm. Layers of ruffles and lace can keep you cozy (and pretty) this fall.

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There were some nice images in this month’s Steady magazine.


All the Axes Femme pieces I’ve been wearing this fall.


Some of my favorite Axes Femme items… these silky pouches with tiny little ballet slippers!


In other news, I’ve been making pink witch hats, of course!


Just a bit of sewing– making some fabric baskets to organize my never-ending collection of bows.


At least my Line Play avatar is hard at work sewing.

Oh well! See you soon with more fall and halloween projects!

hello october


Wow. I can’t believe it is already October! This time of year flies by so quickly and there is always just one project after another. But fall is also my favorite season, so I try to savor the coziness. IΒ have been working on some autumn sewing projects, but I’ve found it a little challenging to mesh the harvest color palette of fall with the rest of my world.

I did, however, make up a new banner of burlap and lace using a bit of spiced pumpkin colored trim. I tried a few other projects, but was still uninspired until I read an article in Romantic Homes magazine about decorating for fall with pastels. It had been my original goal to incorporate some lighter colors, but I was unsure about how to go about it until I saw some of the ideas in the article.

Firstly: Pink Pumpkins! Yes, I have a bit of a reputation for painting everything in my house either pink or white. So it should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I spent the first day of October in my backyard spray painting and glittering pumpkins.


As per the article’s suggestion, I tried painting a few leaves, and rather liked how they turned out. So I’ll probably do a few more after I get some mini pumpkins and gourds at the pumpkin patch to glitter and paint.



The inspiration photo. Adding a teacup candelabra to my wishlist!

My other little project is one I like to do for all holidays: Mini Wreaths. I have a weakness for small things and love anything miniature. These tiny grapevine wreaths can be purchased for less than a dollar at the craft store and can be embellished with just a few scraps of silk flowers or ribbon. I always like to include a little message as well. Birthday wreaths make a personal gift-topper and make nice mementos.




Hope to be back soon with more fall projects! Have a lovely day!