Crafting · Giveaways · Holiday

Holiday Felt Ornament Giveaway

I’ve been working on a new holiday decor pattern set featuring an embroidery design of holly leaves and berries. The design itself comes from an 1820’s dinner dress at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I previously released this design on my historical costuming website, but felt it had a lot more potential than just as a… Continue reading Holiday Felt Ornament Giveaway

Canada · Restaurants · Travel

An Anniversary Getaway to Vancouver, Canada

My partner and I took a road trip across the border into Canada this weekend, for an early anniversary getaway to Vancouver. Next to Paris, it’s one of my favorite cities in the world, and I was thrilled to experience it together.  We stayed at the Worldmark, The Club resort, the Canadian, on Hornby Street,… Continue reading An Anniversary Getaway to Vancouver, Canada

Crafting · Paper Crafts

Sewing Vector Icons – Small and Large Sets

As any creative knows, the right image can make or break a project. I love having the perfect pieces that reflect my personal style and color palette. Often, I can’t find exactly what I’m looking for, so I make them myself. That’s how these two sets of sewing vector icons came into being – I… Continue reading Sewing Vector Icons – Small and Large Sets

Inspiration · Travel

Finding Strength in Failure – An Unexpected Journey

There’s a difference between knowledge and experience, and sometimes you run smack into the divider between the two. Confusing them can lead to failure, but if you push past the discomfort, you may find that there is also strength in failure. My recent solo trip to England and Paris really tested the limits of what… Continue reading Finding Strength in Failure – An Unexpected Journey

Crafting · Patterns · Sewing

Good Mews Cat Appliqué PDF Pattern

I originally created this elegant cat appliqué pattern when I wanted something special for a quick “poodle” skirt to wear to a sock hop. Dogs aren’t really my thing, but cats are! “Good Mews” – this appliqué design can add style and personality to your next project, as well.I kept the design simple, with the… Continue reading Good Mews Cat Appliqué PDF Pattern

Paris · Restaurants · Travel

Seeking the Best Croissants in Paris – 2017

I have a little tradition when I’m in Paris. Every morning, I seek out a different bakery and buy a croissant (or two). With just 10 days to spend in Paris, I knew that at most I could only sample a baker’s dozen of croissants. This time I wanted to take notes in case I… Continue reading Seeking the Best Croissants in Paris – 2017