Thankful Book

The girls over at eighteen25 are doing an awesome month-long Instagram project in November. Here's the scoop:

Everyday in November, snap a photo of something you are thankful for, then at the end of the month head to Blurb to make an Instagram book out of the pics. If you want to participate, use the hashtag #novemberthankful so everyone can follow along.

Read the original post about this awesome project here.

The eighteen25 girls are even providing a super cute cover for the books. Download the "Today I am Thankful" image here.

I am going to participate, will you?


Work In Progress

Ever heard of International Quilt Market and International Quilt Festival? Combined, it is the world's largest quilt show. Market is for people in the industry (fabric designers, machine companies, retailers, etc.), and Festival is for consumers. And, since I work for a company that sells sewing machines, sewing furniture and notions, I get to go to Festival next week! I am beyond excited, and I have a feeling that I will come home with an unhealthy amount of fabric for my stash. 

Festival events start on Halloween, so I started thinking about what I should wear. Obviously, since I am working, I am not going to wear a full on costume, but I still wanted to show some Halloween spirit. Luckily, I stumbled across this tutorial for a candy corn skirt!

The tutorial from Nike of Thrive is for her elementary-aged daughter, so I am in the process of making size adjustments. And, I don't have a ruffling or gathering foot, so I am doing the old-school way. Ya know, baste each piece and pull the bobbin threads, which TAKES FOREVER. Disclaimer: it doesn't take THAT long I guess, but too long for my taste.

Look for a post about my completed project in the next few days. Until then, happy DIYing!


Zig Zag Bag Pattern Review

The Riley Blake Zig Zag Bag kit came home with me from Sewing Summit a couple of weeks ago, and I finally had time to sit down and work on the project. I LOVE how it turned out, especially the Black and Gold-ness of it. I will be headed back to Mizzou for Homecoming this weekend, and my Zig Zag Bag will be making an appearance also!

The kit included all of the fabric, interfacing and hardware I needed to complete the bag. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. I made a couple tweaks to the pattern, and I am proud to say that no seams had to be ripped or redone!

Read my full pattern review here on Totally Stitchin'.


More About Me Mondays #6

This isn't a typical MAMM post, but more of an insight into how I feel sometimes...

Today feels like a typical gloomy Monday. The weather isn't gloomy, but I am waaaay tired from a busy weekend. All I want to do is cuddle under the covers and nap all day. BUT, duty calls and so does my pesky final that is coming up on Wednesday.

Besides my accounting test, I am going to the first night of Saint Louis Fashion Week Tuesday and leaving for the Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City on Thursday. I am in for one busy, and hopefully, exciting week. 

And, for your viewing pleasure: a video of a surprise homecoming. Grab the kleenex...


Halloween Wreath

Yarn wrapped wreaths are all over Pinterest right now, and I just couldn't resist testing my hand at it. I got all of my supplies at Hobby Lobby and was able to complete this project in under 2 hours.

Peace, love and Halloween!
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