My Grungy Old Iron

An important part of crafting, or any kind of work, is keeping your tools in good working condition. My old iron is in such condition that it may need to be replaced, soon. But for now, with a good cleaning, it’s still trucking. In this video, I’ve had to clean off some pretty serious burned on fabric from the sole plate. Watch below if you’ve ever encountered a dirty iron!

Random Acts of Poetry Day

Did you know today is Random Acts of Poetry Day? I admit, I’ve never heard of that until I looked at a website,, to see what interesting days are coming up. I had my first poem published in my school newspaper when I was 9 years old and have considered myself a poet since then. LOL I’ve had a couple published elsewhere since then, but don’t even know where anymore it’s been so long ago. I miss writing and wish I would do more of it.

So, I have indulged in a Random Act of Poetry. I hope you will join me and enjoy.

Fear and Hope
I fear tomorrow may yet come
I fear that it may not.
I hope my children will be known
For who they are, not what they’ve got.
I fear the coming storms and wars
I’m not equipped to fight.
I hope that when the waters rise
The sandy shores are in my sight.
I fear the mystery of death,
The final endless sleep.
I hope those who remember me
Will smile as often as they weep.
I fear being forgotten
In time’s endless parade.
I hope I have committed
But one act of good that will not fade.
I fear we are becoming
So afraid we cannot act.
I hope the future human kind
Will have the courage this one lacked.
~Cassandra Hall

Thursday 10-5


I felt like I had a full day of sewing yesterday. I managed to make a pillow for our dog, Tesla, out of a big pile of fabric scraps. I don’t want to brag (LOL), but I’m pretty sure he loves it. He’s got it all furred up already.

I hope to make some similar items for our local shelter dogs, but wanted to give it a good test-run at home before beginning any field trials. 

I made a video showing some of my crumb sewing process. This is a great scrap buster!

What’s up today?

It’s early Wednesday morning and I’ve just finished uploading a couple of videos which are schedule to release over the next couple of days. A Tag video in which I answer the question “Would you rather…” about a variety of topics will post in a few hours. The other video shows me struggling to make a zipper pouch! That one will publish on Thursday morning.

I’ve recently posted a video showing the unboxing and installation of a new Brother sewing machine walking foot.

I did end up making a night gown from some of my thrift store fabric, but didn’t manage to get a video. I still have enough fabric for one more. Before I make it, I think I need to make another few yards of biased binding. Fingers crossed I get to that soon!

Welcome to October!

Hey, Internet, welcome to October! I just realized I have quite a few projects lined up for myself and I want to get started on all of them right now! First I have to clean off my work table so I will have some room to work and record.

My younger son has a formal dance coming up at school, so I need to hem his dress pants for that. I may not make a video of that since I’ve done hemming jeans so recently. Hemming these pants shouldn’t be nearly so tedious.

I found a couple of scraps of fabric from a St. Andrews Thrift Store haul that are so perfect together I have to use them to make a zipper pouch. I’ve gotten a few zippers, but never sewn one before. This could be awesome or possibly a disaster. I’m a little excited about it!

I cut that big piece of grandma fabric from a different haul in half so I would have a couple of 2 yard pieces to work with. I’m going to make a nightgown out of one piece. Depending on how it goes, I may make a nightgown out of both pieces. That way, I might end up with two gowns, or one gown and one hard learned lesson. The fabric is much sheerer than any I’ve worked with so far. I think I will have to unbox my walking foot finally.

All of this is on deck for tonight after everyone goes to bed. And possibly after I’ve watched a new movie I’ve been wanting to see. I’ve got Rough Night queued up to see. It looks like for sure a chick flick. And since I’m the only chick in this house, I’ll probably be watching it alone. I’ll let you know how it goes.