My latest project

I always have at least a few projects on the go… but generally they are things for other people and my personal pleasures get pushed to the end of the line.

This is my newest one…. A pretty nice duffle if I do say so. And no, I didn’t make this one up, but followed a pattern instead.

Carry -on Duffle

The back of the bag showing the sleeve


a nice big red zip and tabs to hold onto

A nice big red zip and tabs to hold onto

It was so satisfying to finally to find the time for this bag, that is just for me and which will get lots of use. I bought the pattern last year as I wanted something better for use as a carry-on bag for plane travel. Now after all the travelling for 2015 is done, I finally got around to it

I bought the pattern at Craftsy from Studio Cherie at this link

The fabric is so gorgeous …From Connecting Threads, though I see they are sold out. I can search for the name if you like, just message me. I quilted it and bound each piece before assembling, basically following the pattern, though I made a monogrammed pocket for the front. No easy feat since my laptop has been annoyingly temperamental and required some major techy adjustments ( don’t ask, as I don’t really know what I’m doing, but it did work better in the end)


The side pocket is pleated…  The picture here is not the best, but trust me, it’s nice 🙂


But the best part… And the main reason for creating this,  is the sleeve on the back that will allow this bag to slide over the long handle on my big suitcase…. And stay there! Hooray! I’m gonna love it.


If you look carefully you’ll see the the sleeve. I’d show you, but my suitcase is has been off on a trip with my daughter and isn’t home yet. ✈️

There…a nice new post. Whew

Come back and see me sometime🤓


This is fun; to see my things on another site

I had a notice earlier this month that something I had made would be featured on Embroidery Library’s showcase and low and behold, I checked and there it was! I did have fun making these pillows. See the post here. Embroidery library is a great site for machine embroidery designs; I have purchased many over the years and can attest to their extensive collection, reasonable prices and  quality stitch-outs. Thanks for the showcase, EL!

special pillow for my dear friend Jell

special pillow for my dear friend Jell

Taylor pillow with design from EL

Taylor pillow with design from EL


Shark Attack

Well it’s been awhile and with lots of good reasons,  but suffice it to say life has been full lately. Finally some down time today and a chance to dig out the fleece and create something fun for a special little guy who is turning 5. He already has a grey one but this fellow (pattern from Abby Glassenberg) is bigger and better and bluer and comes with its own lunch!

Happy birthday dear Tom!

A beautiful  blue shark with his lunch swimming nearby

A beautiful blue shark with his lunch swimming nearby

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A big shark and dome little fishied

A big shark and some little fishies


Down by the sea again: I can’t help myself… I love the mermaids! And they have some new friends.

I can’t wait to give these to some special friends… so please keep things quiet!! Check out the shiny seahores and fishes… more on that later. The Fish, you see, may become shark food down the road. Ouch for the fish.




Mermaids in the making

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And all in a row, ready for the pool

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Shiny, happy Sea horses

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imageJust hanging out in their basket, waiting for the right conditions.




What does the fox say?

For a few days now, this song has been reverberating in my head. My daughter first showed this to me last year and I didn’t quite “get it” then, but I do now. It’s catchy. Have a listen and a look at the youtube video and you will see why. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE  But be careful! You won’t get this out of your head for a lonnnnng time.

I wanted to make a few foxes for gifts at Christmas and found Stitched by Crystal’s  pattern to be fun and easy.

3 created and another on the operating table, so far.

foxes Stay tuned for the addition of their relatives. And scarves.

Today, the small red fox, named Barrie, (after his home town) went to live with my mom in Haliburton. There are other foxes there nearby, so he won’t be lonely.

And my friend Jenn, who has brilliant ideas, asked me to make a sleeping bag for her son’s toy and  voila, this was created! It looks pretty cozy. This is a keeper idea. Thanks Jenn. I call this bear Better, because when you have one, everything is just suddenly made better. His pattern is from While She Naps, the Charity Bear.

sleeping bag



Down by the sea

I must have a “thing” for the sea lately, as I have been leaning towards creatures of the sea and have had so much fun with patterns from Abby Glassenburg and others.

First the mermaids and the little fishes with patterns from at whileshenaps.com

Here are some pics, but shhhh, don’t tell anyone, as they are mostly Christmas gifts for young and not so young friends!

Banana and friends

Down by my own “sea” in my backyard, with my new friends

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And today I discovered the perfect friend to accompany these, a little seahorse from Lia’s Crafty Journey’s blog.

I used some minky I had left over from a baby blanket and created this little guy. I used safety eyes instead of felt. There will be many more of these to come.

Thanks Lia!


Then along came a sweet friend: I made him out of a listening grey stretchy bit I had in my stash left over from who-knows-what and guess what?  I love him!  He looks like he has just jumped right out of the surf.

Shiny Seahorse

Shiny Seahorse

Then I wondered what would happened if I introduced them to one another. So far so good. They are observant, anyway.

Talking sea horses

Sea horses meeting for the first time


The Bubbles Bag

OK, so a few days have passed and lots going on, including many “makings”, but the Bubbles Bag is next up and is pretty darn cute and very easy to sew. All the info is here at Unfortunately Oh’s blog 

I had the most gorgeous piece of canvas purchased from the Fabric Depot called Larkspur Bright, manufactured by Alexander Henry. I had just a 1/2 yd which was lots to make this bag, though I chose contrasting handles. Because I like an over the shoulder bag, I increased the handles from 22″ to 32″ and like how this feels. I used fusible fleece to add some added structure and a heavier cotton lining with an inside pocket.

What do you think?

The Bubbles Bag, Banana's version

The Bubbles Bag, Banana’s version