iPad Mini Cover

I made this little cover with scrap fabric. It came together as I was cutting out the pieces and trying to use up the fabric. The fabric is Japanese Prints and the button is Bakelite. I love the size of this iPad, 8.5″ sadly they no longer make the mini. There is a rumor Apple […]

summer reading for knitters

Knitters and Audio Books

What I consider to be the perfect summer afternoon past time, sitting outside on a hot summer day sipping a Hendrick’s Gin and Fever Tree Tonic, knitting needles in hand, listening to a favorite audio book. I can also extend this to sewing but I rarely sit outside and sew and the machine noise sometimes […]

Printed Fabric by Liberty of London

Liberty of London – Tana Lawn

History of Liberty of London Fabrics I love Liberty of London fabrics. Whenever I see them at the fabric store I drool over them but have never bought a yard. For some reason the price holds me back. While I was in France a few years ago, there was a village fabric store that I […]


Zippy Pouches

I love making these pouches in quirky fabrics. The more colorful the fabric the cuter the pouch. This is the first time I made the smaller pencil pouch. I think it may be one of my favorites. The larger pouch is oil cloth which was a total learning experience.  If you are interested in making […]

Singer Featherweight 1947

Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine

The Featherweight Was Produced For Over 30 Years I am now the proud owner of a Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine. After going to the quilt show in Santa Clara I became obsessed with having to get one of these machines. Twice Nice Shoppe had a booth with refurbished machines in a rainbow of colors. I […]

Flower Recipe - Peony

Peony Flower Recipe from Sunset Celebration Weekend

I finally had the opportunity to go to the Sunset Magazine Celebration Weekend Event, it is held annually and has moved to Cornerstone in Sonoma.  The theme was outdoor living and had everything from gardening, to food and drink tastings, travel, home decorating and chef demonstrations. Surprisingly my favorite presentation was in the garden barn […]

Annie Sloan Greek Blue Chalk Paint

Painting Outdoor Furniture with Annie Sloan Paints

This was a fun project. First I painted the table by hand. It took me most of one day getting all the slats and legs even. What is nice about the Annie Sloan paints is they are so forgiving. The table took about 2/3 of  on can, the color is Greek Blue. I love how […]

The Vampyre Shawl

The Vampyre Knitted Shawl

This shawl is the Vampyre by Justyna Lorkowska. I used a gradient yarn from Neighborhood Fiber Company, 5 skeins of the Studio DK and I used every last strand.  The yarn is wonderful to knit with and has a nice drape, which adds to the Vampyre-ness of it.  The color palette is aubergine or shades of red. […]

Marconi Conference Center Dining Room

Knitting Retreat in West Marin

We call ourselves the Marconi Knitters and for the past three years we have gathered in West Marin for a knitting retreat. It started in 2014 by a knitter and Marinite, Lisa, who for some reason knows knitters all over the San Francisco bay area. The first year we met we huddled in our separate groups but […]