handmade grocery bags

I notice my sister, the talented CraftyTokyoMama, has two Halloween themed grocery bags for sale in her Etsy shop at super-reduced prices–under $10, including shipping straight from Japan! I have several similar bags, and I can attest these hold up for YEARS.  Wash, dry, re-use. The jack-o-lantern pic above is shown with 8 quarts ofContinue reading “handmade grocery bags”

mspt: a mug rug and a mat

I’ve wanted a flag-themed mug rug to put on my desk at work for a **long** time. I’d like to rotate these out to match the holiday or season. Even if it’s just sitting under a plant, it makes the office space feel a little cheerier. I used fabrics from Bonnie & Camille, Handmade, andContinue reading “mspt: a mug rug and a mat”

mspt: make something pretty today – pillowcases

I made two of these, whew, what a lot of work. Still, I was glad of being able to sit around and keep my hands busy. These turned out so pretty. I kept the color palette limited so the design wasn’t too complicated, but with enough variation that the result wasn’t cartoonish. The variegated purpleContinue reading “mspt: make something pretty today – pillowcases”

pretty things: covered journal

Another friend is moving, so I made a second covered journal. This time with a Flying geese pattern. I’ve only sewn Flying Geese one other time, and they are surprisingly quick and easy, for a sophisticated look.   I used an obvious pattern toile, and mixed up the part that “shows” when I was assemblingContinue reading “pretty things: covered journal”