Inspirational Sewing Book

Hi Everyone,

Once in a while, I’ll stop by my local library and flip through some books to take home, as well as let my kids pick out their favourites, to promote reading. They enjoy it, though I don’t always have time to look at much as they get bored waiting. I always hope that they will sit nicely at a table and flip through one of their chosen books, but it usually doesn’t last very long. Sigh… oh well, that’s part of being a mom I guess. ;p

Anyhoo, I just wanted to share that I recently read a book, which seems to have mixed reviews, but one that I enjoyed personally. It is called, “Subversive Seamster”, and it showcases many ideas for thrifting different clothing and turning them into your own personalized piece of clothing or home decor.

While some may not agree with the exact fabrics used or styles, what I find refreshing are the ideas presented – taking old stuff and making them new. I am getting the refashioning bug, and am fairly new to sewing so I’m enjoying teaching myself how to make new things. And this book has inspired me to look at the clothes I have and material on my shelf, and to look past what it currently is. I think for anyone learning how to sew creatively, this is a great book to get you thinking. It makes me feel like a kid again, looking at things in a new way; fresh, funky and creative. So I do not agree with half the reviews on Amazon, and as I like to say, I’m always open to trying things for myself, regardless what other people think. It’s a journey of self-discovery, and an exciting one, as I pursue new creative outlets and sewing projects!

And for those who are not looking into refashioning, there are also basic sewing tutorials in this book, great for newbies, along with complete instructions for making your own dressmaker’s dummy – your own body double using duct tape! I totally need to make one of these, with someone’s help of course. 🙂 I can’t wait to get started!

Happy Sewing!



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Talking to the wall… a blog wall that is ;p


So since I have such a bad habit of taking over conversations by talking about my own experiences, and do not wish to do this to anyone anymore, I’ve decided it best to stop talking about myself in reality and start doing it virtually, that way if someone wants to hear about stuff that’s going on in my life they can look it up, otherwise I’ll just assume it’s not worth mentioning. (Really upset at myself right now, my hubby just told me I was doing this all weekend when I thought I had gotten better at just listening to people, but apparently I’ve reverted back to my old ways). Old habits die hard I guess…

So yeah, to start with, I know I’m a total stranger, but even strangers have something interesting to say, (I hope), so here goes: I’m a Christian mother of two children, who is currently a stay-at-home mom, with a hubby who also works from home and who has a passion for helping others and creating stuff. I love to sew, (a self-taught, continuously learning, sewist), craft, garden, bake, draw comics, learn new things, sing, dance, organize stuff, watch movies/shows (Arrested Development on Netflix is a current fave), teach my children, and grow in my faith. There is always something new to work on projectwise, and of course the list keeps growing as I tend to volunteer to make stuff for people, been enjoying making stuff for birthdays and other celebrations instead of just buying stuff, but I have learned over the years that gift-giving is one of my love languages (it’s how I show others I care), and it makes sense that’s why I’ve always enjoyed making things for people since I was a child. It’s something I love to do, and this includes baking cookies for friends and family, as this way I don’t end up eating a whole batch myself and everyone gets a taste too! *grins* But I digress…

Thankfully, there are no hard and fast rules about blogging (that I’m aware), so I be free to express myself without worrying about pleasing anyone (yes, another bad habit I have to stop), and just be myself. So what you read here is the real deal, and I’m happy you can share in my life as a mom. Thanks!

P.S. – I love making homemade smoothies!! Hence the photo above! 🙂 So expect to see some foody links or recipes from time to time!