Friday, March 28, 2014

Dare I say that I think the season for snow is over?

I am going to tempt the fates and work on something "summery".

I have had my thoughts on a summer bag with Lucy's Crab Shack by Sweetwater.



Mother Nature surely cannot continue with the snowflakes if I am working on a summer bag, right?

And maybe fire up the grill?    

Happy Friday Friends!

~Pam


Monday, February 10, 2014

A Beautiful Wool Winter Coat ...

I have always wanted to make a wool coat!  I have been searching and searching for a pattern; however, I am extremely intimidated at the thought of making one.  I have convinced myself that I will have bulky seams that rival the marshmallow man in Ghostbusters, wobbly fabric pattern lines that do not line up, and crooked collar issues.  But the thought of making a wool coat - heaven!!!!

I found a blog post, complete with a detailed explanation, many photos, and specifically - instructions on how to not have FAT bulky seams.

I am so excited!!!  The website is http://grainlinestudio.com and the creator is Jen Beeman, a designer and patternmaker.  A little excerpt from her blog post:

"I know that sewing a full on winter coat can seem a bit intimidating but they really are a most rewarding project, and one of my favorite things to sew! In this post we are going to talk about choosing the right fabric as well as construction tips to get a professional and long lasting coat. The pattern used in this tutorial is my Birchwood Toggle Coat pattern, which will be available in my shop shortly ... ".

Woo Hoo!  A pattern will be available soon.  

Check out Jen's website - read all of her blog posts.  They are really informative and she is so talented. Visit her shop as well.  There is a lovely pattern for a pair of shorts and summer top that I will be purchasing and working on ... just something to keep me busy while I am waiting on the arrival of her wool coat pattern.

Enjoy!

Pam


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Mission of Flats Studio ... Inspiring!

READ THIS from Flats Studio:

FLATS STUDIO IS OUR WAY OF USING EMPTY STOREFRONTS AND VACANT COMMERCIAL SPACES IN FLATS BUILDINGS TO SUPPORT, ENGAGE AND ENCOURAGE THE ARTISTIC SPIRITS OF OUR NEIGHBORS. AT FLATS, WE BELIEVE THAT ANY OPEN SPACE CAN BECOME A BLANK CANVAS FOR THE ARTS.

AND THEN VISIT HERE:  http://flatsstudio.com .  Be sure to visit every section of the site.

Savor every word and let the message sink in.

Enjoy!

Pam

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Adore Home Magazine ... Chock Full of Creative Design Ideas! 8)

In my never ending search for creative decor and design ideas, I found a delicious digital magazine, website and blog, complete with Pinterest boards!  Woo Hoo!

Loni Parker's Adore Home Magazine ... her website:  http://www.adoremagazine.com
and her blog: http://www.adoremagazine.com/blog .



Ms. Parker "invites you into inspirational homes, looks at the latest products on the market and whisks you away to gorgeous holiday destinations. Adore Home's mission is to bring you beautiful homes from across the globe, tips and design advice from interior experts, as well as easy online access to the latest home treasures."

She has done a beautiful job in searching and arranging the most beautiful, colorful, and inspirational layout of decorative items - all available via online shopping.

Thank you Loni Parker and Adore Home Magazine!  I will be a regular visitor!  8)

~Pam



Thursday, January 30, 2014


I'm in love ...


Pottery Barn


Loving the Oranges ... Home Goods


Burlap ... my new obsession!

Check out http://eyefordesignlfd.blogspot.com.  Great article on decorating with burlap!

Enjoy ...

Pam

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Quick Blog Shout Out About An Amazing Blog Hop Going On This Week ...

I didn't want you to miss it!  

If you are a fan of FreeSpirit Fabrics, Anna Maria HornerHeather BaileyJenean Morrison and Joel Dewberry, be sure to stop by Sew For Home (www.sewforhome.com) to see the amazing fabric blog hop that is going on right now!    

The new True Colors Collection by FreeSpirit Fabrics is showcased in the hop.  The fabrics are absolutely delicious!  




Ahhhhhhh!  Absolutely gorgeous!


Here are the participating blogs.  Not only do they offer you the opportunity to win great prizes, you get the awesome opportunity to get to know each and every artist!  Very, very exciting :)


It's a snowy day here ... perfect for sewing/quilting and hopping.

Enjoy!

Pam

Sunday, January 19, 2014

January Thoughts ...

January is my month to rest!  

It's my time to recuperate after the holidays and begin thinking about my plans for the upcoming year.  This year has been a little overwhelming with so much to think about.  I regularly jot down what I want to maintain, what I want to learn, what I want to understand, what I want to change.  And then I rip the page out of my spiral notebook, scrunch it up in a ball, and throw it away.  

What I do know for sure:

:  My family will continue to be first and foremost.  

:  I will continue to operate my home-based business.  This is my 25th year!  I may try new avenues; however will do my best to remain self-employed.  I am very grateful for that!

:  Intentional living!  Intentional living!!  Intentional living!!!

:  Truth, delivered with kindness.  

:  Refusing drama from everyone! 

:  Reading everything I can get my hands on to learn as much as I can about intentional, sustainable living (such a vast topic - excited about the amazing potential and overwhelmed at the same time), new sewing techniques, creative opportunities, Alzheimer's disease, bringing old ways of life back into present day, healthy eating, homesteading, homemaking, caring for family members, financial stability, spirituality.  That is a good start.  

I would love to hear from you.  How do you feel about intentional living?  What does it mean to you?   

Good grief!  January is not a resting month.  What was I thinking?   :) 

~Pam



Remember, these are my own thoughts. No need to point out my grammatical mistakes.  Thanks!