Sewing with Leather

Monday, November 17, 2014

This might be my favorite thing I've made for myself recently. I was offered an opportunity to choose a piece of leather from the Leather Hide Store to use however I please. I chose three possible contenders on-line first, received three samples and was able to choose what I wanted. I knew exactly what I wanted, I wanted to attempt the Senna Tote with a leather bottom. (There is an awesome giveaway at the end of the post, so if you don't want to read through my ramblings, scroll down to the end)











I am a bit particular about my purses. I don't like faux leather purses, the texture bothers me. They are usually cheaply made, crack and come apart after a few wears. Supple leather, perfect topstitching, interesting shapes and details - I can get behind that. The piece I received from the Leather Hide Store was perfect, it was so soft and rich looking. I love it.





Take One Dress, Guest Post

Monday, November 10, 2014

I am over at As it Seams for the Take One Dress series. I would love if you pay a visit. Check out what I have chosen as an inspiration dress for Victoria. :)



Everyday Tank Blog Tour

Thursday, November 6, 2014

When Irene of Serger Pepper emailed me inviting me to participate in the tour, I wasn't sure if I would have the time. I already had a few sewing obligations and a mini vacation planned around the same time. But then I looked at the pattern and agreed immediately. It was simple and versatile, something that can be made into basic wardrobe staples or re-imagined/reconfigured into something more fancy. It also had a dress option. Perfect.



Liola Designs Pattern Testing

Monday, November 3, 2014

A while ago I had a privilege to test a new pattern  - Zoe raglan shirt by Liola Designs. I love the design of the top, it's simple and comfortable, yet has subtle sleeve designs to make it stand out.






Healthy and Delicious Chicken Fingers Recipe

Monday, October 20, 2014

I hardly ever post recipes, well this is the second one. Even though my cooking concoctions often get complimented, I dont' necessarily enjoy cooking. I do cook because I believe in healthy living, so good nutritious meals are a must. The recipes I usually make have to be quick (the less time I spend in the kitchen the better), healthy and approved by my kids, at least by the majority of my children. I came across this particular recipe while waiting in the doctor's office and leafing through a variety of parenting magazines. I contemplated stealing the magazine (can't remember what it was) for a moment, but then felt ashamed by my thoughts and tried to memorize the recipe instead. I couldn't remember all the details, but enough to make something yummy and loved by my children. It's one of my favorite recipes - it's not labor intensive, quick to make and not only delicious straight out of the oven, but also very good the next day eaten cold. Most importantly, it's good for you and my children love it. I present you with Yummy Chicken Fingers.


A Dress in Denim for Project Run and Play Sew Along

Monday, September 29, 2014

It seems I can't stay away from Project Run and Play. I wasn't planning to sew along this round, and here I am presenting my second project. It's the denim week, and who can resist that. :)



Men's Shirt Upcylce

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I decided to upcycle another men's shirt for Project Run and Play. My husband only wears button down shirts to work, so I always have a fresh bunch to reimagine into something new. I love upcycling men's shirts, I have done a few in the past (here, here, here). My favorite part is the fabric - if you use a nice shirt, it feels great and often doesn't wrinkle much.