Last make for 2022…

…not that I’ve posted anything I made in 2022 but what better place to start than the end of the year! My last make of the year was my second Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet patterns. I love her patterns, they fit a curvy body great and are well drafted with excellent comprehensive instructions. This version was in a completely yummy fleece which I think came from Stylemaker Fabrics. I made the long version with an extra wide front band so the two sides of the garment will overlap in front for extra coziness! The Blackwood is a super quick make, 1-2 hours once it’s cut and marked. My serger had trouble with the super thick fleece but since there is no fraying, I used my sewing machine for the bits that the serger couldn’t manage. My only issue with the pattern is that the arms are very very tight… and I have average sized arms. The first version had this issue and I thought it was related to the fabric I used, a herringbone french terry with not much stretch, but evidently it’s related to the drafting so I will need to address this the next time I make this pattern.

Is this the most awkward selfie ever?!! Also could have cropped the photo but it was take the photo and write the post or wait another year!

Now, of course, as soon as I finished this, the temperature here outside of Boston went up to almost 60 (!) making it too hot to actually wear this because it is warm and snuggly (and in need of a press still). All in all, I love this pattern and look forward to making it again at some point … with more generous arms!

What’s on your sewing table this month? Over Christmas break I cut out 6 garments to and tidied up some of my in-process project organization… more on that another time!

Happy Crafting friends!!

Happy 2023! 🎉🎉

Happy 2023 friends!! We had a great football watch/ NY Eve neighborhood party last night. So much football yay!!

One thing I try to do the first day of the New Year is to sew/knit/craft something, even if it’s just for a few minutes. I feel like it sets the making tone for the year. Yesterday I managed to cut out three tops from stash fabric. Today I am hoping to cut out two more tops and a pair of joggers. I do not have a very deep garment fabric stash. This year I’d like to sew down most of the stash (which in truth has been completely randomly purchased.) and going forward purchase fabric a bit more seasonally.

Happy New Year sewing!

So here is to a new Georgian calendar year 😆 and more making in 2023!

What are your creative plans for this year??

I am determined to post again before the end of 2022…

Hello friends! Hello poor neglected blog… I was determined to post again before the end of 2022. I was also determined to finish this particular layout before the end of the year… I have done very little memory keeping this year… something that I have on my plan to remedy in 2023! So without further ado… my one digital layout from 2022:

How cute is this little chick!! Such a brave little thing, I can’t imagine how giant we must seem to a little tiny chick!

Happy Crafting my friends!

Because it felt right to wait 406 days before blogging again…

Hello 2022… now that it’s almost MARCH here in New England, of course we are having a snowstorm. But it’s comforting to know that we still have snow here even though the planet is warming to alarming degrees. Hello friends, how did 2021 treat you? As we head into YEAR 3 of a global pandemic I have to say that 2021 was on the whole far better than 2020 but still not fabulous. Anyone else feel like they are the very definition of “languishing”? And who ever thought that would actually be a thing?! Well onward and upward for 2022. Fingers crossed we all survive pandemic and war to ring in 2023.

2021 had girls back at college, a tiny bit of travel, Homecoming at SU after missing a year, a big trip to Ireland, client work, more getting together with friends, and not as much crafting as I would have liked but more than I thought I had done at the end of the day.

The one constant in 2021??? Dogs and Sticks…

photo of black lab walking down sidewalk with big stick in her mouth

More posts to come on various projects and goings-ons…who says wrap up posts can only be posted in the first week of January! Off to go shovel snow… stay cozy my friends !

Happy 2021 🎉🥂😱


It’s halfway through January and in some very awful ways, it still feels like 2020. Happy New Year friends and let’s hope 2021 is a whole lot better than 2020 was…we have passed the 7 day return window so no sending it back

Everything and nothing going on at the same time but my triumph for today is finishing my December Daily 2020 album. This time I used a Heidi Swapp Storyline Chapters book and Elle’s Studio Christmas kit plus some stash thrown in for good measure. When the glue on the binding finishes drying 😂 I’ll film an incredibly amateur video. Until then, I’m working on some wrap up posts and plans for this year.

Be careful, stay safe, wear a mask and wash your hands