Red Leather Bundle Bag

With a Little Help From My Friends, Part 2: THANK YOU

Hey friends! Guess who won second place in the Pattern Review Handbag Contest?? Thank you SO MUCH for helping me out with your votes. I am very grateful and very happy! And I’m loving my new bag. I’ve been busy lately, including work on the next episode of the Clothes Making Mavens podcast which will be released soon, so things have been a bit quiet here … Continue reading With a Little Help From My Friends, Part 2: THANK YOU

Thanks, Mom, for Teaching Me to Love Sewing

My mother sewed my prom dress for me. It’s a MASTERPIECE. It was 1988 and we were big on, well, BIG. Big hair, big flounces, and lots of taffeta. Look at that sweetheart neckline and that flattering drop waist. And there’s boning in that bodice — boning! But wait, there’s more icing on the back: Look at those layers, and that BOW! Points to anyone … Continue reading Thanks, Mom, for Teaching Me to Love Sewing

Saturated Fat & Saturated Colour

I have way too many shared aesthetic tastes with my 13-year-old niece, and as a 40-something-year-old woman I probably should be worried about that. But I’m not worried about our most recent shared interest: we’re both delighted with the colouring books we got for Christmas! In addition to subsisting on nothing but saturated fats for the last few days, I have been spending all of … Continue reading Saturated Fat & Saturated Colour

2014: A Year of Living Creatively

Was 2014 a creative year for you? A handful of years ago I remember making a list of what I thought were the primary areas in life that were important for happiness & well being. Something like this: Relationship/Marriage Family Friends/Social Life Health Career Creativity Learning Spirituality (although I’m not a religious person, I still consider spirituality to be an important factor) … There were … Continue reading 2014: A Year of Living Creatively

Suzanne Somers Likes My Dress

Who remembers watching endless reruns of Three’s Company?? (Go on, admit it. You can’t lie about your age forever.) Today I met Suzanne Somers (pictured on the left, in her role as Chrissy) at an event for work at which her husband was being honoured with an award. Anyway, I was introduced to her, and she said, “I love your dress!” I was wearing this … Continue reading Suzanne Somers Likes My Dress