Just Moved

After much frustration with WordPress free blogging, I am moving my blog this way to make life simpler.  I currently have other blogs I help with and write at here, so it made sense to make the move.  Please feel free to check some of my new digs at http://byklow.blogspot.com

When I joined a swap on Swap-Bot to make some of these great little pouches, I fell in love. They are simple, sweet and so adorable! I have already made a couple of them (as seen in photos) and hope to make a number of them for gifts or possibly listing on Etsy.
The fabulous tutorial to make them yourself can be found at Keyka Lou’s Sewing Blog

Sewing for Swap-Bot

I have enjoyed so many swaps lately, but I find myself gravitating toward the wonderful sewing projects that are often linked to fabulous tutorials.  There are some amazing people and projects to find online.

Here is an example of a fun swap I recently did using the Circle Zip Pouch Tutorial from Erin Erickson of Dog Under My Desk.  I love this pattern and the resulting pouch was fun to share.

Many days have been spent busy with life and not the computer.  I am a homeschooling mother of 4 that often finds the days fly by.  I spend my evenings and periodic chances through the day working on projects I enjoy.  So in my absence on the blog, I have completed many things.  Here are a few to share.

Log Cabin Mini-Quilt




One Tiny Ice Cream

 More to come soon!

You may be wondering what those two things have in common. Allow me to share. For a recent swap I made a cute drawstring bag following this excellent tutorial at 7 Layer Studio.  I especially like the way Shelley used ribbon to create the casing for the drawstrings.  The fun fabrics I used are from a favorite fabric company of mine, Marie-Madeline Studio.  Now this is where the quilts come in…

The Long family, of Marie-Madeline Studio, is hosting a large quilting project to benefit Joplin and the families devastated by the recent tornado.  They are asking for fabric scraps, quilters willing to do the quilting, and donations to assist in the project.  I love the idea of this as a handmade quilt has so much to add to a home in warmth and personality.  Please consider assisting this lovely family in any way possible.  For more information regarding this effort refer to their blog, Marie-Madeline Studio Blog.

Photo found through CBS News

May is a favorite time of year for me especially as I celebrate my son’s and my own birthdays! In honor of these special days I am offering free shipping in my Etsy shop for all orders placed within the US and will add a complimentary paper stack of 6X6 designer papers for international orders. Take a moment to stop by and see what you can find. Happy May!

Cupcake Coin Purse

Today’s is my husband’s birthday, and I thought this coin purse I made for a swap on Swap-bot was a fitting cake to share in honor of him.  Happy birthday, Babe!