Scrapper’s Delight

As you may know, I often offer curated scrap kits over at my Etsy shop, because after 15 years or so of sewing, I have accumulated a whole lotta scrap.  If I am unable to use them (or am just tired of looking at a particular fabric!) I sell them because I know there’s someone […]

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Craft is Back…

[Featured photo: gorgeous entomology/taxidermy work by Jennifer Blundon] I am so very excited to announce that after a two year hiatus, Craftacular will be coming back in September 2018! Craftacular is a little show I started back in 2012; we did it once a year, usually in the fall.  There was no show in 2016 […]

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Ghillies Knitting Pattern: Available Now

The Ghilllies Knitting Pattern is a simple yet lyrical slipper, quick and easy to make, and perfect for dancing or lounging! I really love this little slipper (and should make more for myself!)  It was unavailable for time since I’ve been moving all my content, but is back now and can be purchased in my […]

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Breton / French Sailor Top! (Free Sewing Pattern.)

{This pattern was originally published July 2016 on my now defunct blog, Prairiesque.} I’ve been wanting to make my own striped blouse/Breton top/French sailor shirt for a long time.   I had made the pattern, but it was surprisingly difficult to find just the right fabric.  I finally found a great fabric at Needle Nook Fabrics here […]

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Zine Love

God willing, 2018 will be the year of more ART. Often times, I am torn between my desire to create and my desire to sit on my backside and stare at books (…or the internet…a lot of times, the internet, if I’m being honest…) Anyway.  I mean to work on that.  I want to paint and […]

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My Foray into Natural Dyeing

After owning and ogling the book Wild Color: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes by Jenny Dean for several years now–which, by the way, I highly recommend–I have finally decided to begin my own experiments. I must tell you that I am in no way (for the time being) concerned about precision in […]

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Gypsy Belle Jacket

This is just a little project/prototype I made for myself, and I wanted to share it…it was somewhat inspired by the lovely jacket Belle (Emma Watson) wears in the live action version of Beauty and the Beast.  (#nerdalert) This was my first version of the jacket from the pattern I came up with.  There are quite a […]

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Interview with Jenny of Wichita Woolery

I’m excited today to bring you a fantastic interview with Jenny Brown, the artist behind Wichita Woolery.  I’ve been drooling over her gorgeous creations on her facebook page for some time, and she recently opened an Etsy shop where she offers hand dyed roving and handspun yarn for sale.  Check out the interview, then visit Jenny’s […]

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Book Review: The Lost Art of Dress

 Recently, I finished reading The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish by Linda Przybyszewski; I first learned about the book on Thread Cult (a favorite podcast about sewing and fashion.)  Being a fan of both fashion and history, the topic itself was tempting enough.  I found, though, that beyond simply providing a […]

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Interview with Laura from The Corner of Knit and Tea

Laura is an Overland Park artisan who creates fabulous things from fiber and has them available for purchase at her online shop, The Corner of Knit & Tea.  She spins, knits, and–yes–loves tea!  (She’ll even add some of her favorite teas to your Etsy order!)  When her vibrant, oh-so-squishy-looking yarns first caught my eye, I knew I […]

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The White Peacock: Interview with Tayla Mace, Owner & Artist

  Today I am trilled to bring you an interview with Tayla Mace, artist, entrepreneur, and owner of The White Peacock Tea and Coffee Company in the lovely town of Lindsborg, KS.  I’ve been a fan of Tayla’s work for years and am truly excited about her latest venture.  Read more here, then visit for yourself! […]

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Interview with Cynthia Sutcliffe of Cultivated Dreams & Designs

​I think there’s something truly enchanting about semi-precious jewels skillfully set against silver.  Cynthia Sutcliffe of Cultivated Dreams & Designs creates particularly charming pieces in her Halstead, KS, studio, and she has graciously agreed to do an interview with me!  Take a moment to learn a bit about this talented Kansan and her work…  M&R: […]

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Why Bloomers?

It’s no secret that I like bloomers; I love making them, wearing them, and seeing others discover (or rediscover!) the joy of a comfortable pair of pantaloons. An airy pair of cotton bloomers are cool and breezy in the summer when you’re in the garden, painting on the patio, or just working around the house.  But they’re […]

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Giving Tuesday…and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday…

I’m taking a break from the gift guides for a bit, to shift the focus from commerce to kindness.  After the initial holiday shopping rush comes #GivingTuesday.  While it’s a shame that this day of Giving comes after the shopping days and not before, you and I know that giving is truly something you can do all year round. […]

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