Today I’m revisiting a tutorial from September 2010. It was featured a while back so it continues to be the #1 viewed tutorial on the blog. This clutch/wristlet is the perfect size for a quick trip to the store or a night out to dinner. You can fit your phone, lipstick & money inside with a little room to spare. Let’s get started! Read Entire Post …
A little while back my friend Elizabeth posted a tutorial for what she did to make her store-bought purse have a little bit of flair. At the SNAP Conference last week I asked her to guest post on my blog once we got home. Today I’m super excited to have Elizabeth from Sew Chatty sharing her tutorial with us. I went right through her tutorial and made this:
Philippians 4:19 “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”

It never ceases to amaze me the way that God gives me exactly what I need at any given time. I have been blessed with a growing business that has kept me busy since I went full time as a WAHM. In fact, the weeks have come to the point where I’m working every day during Little E’s naptime to keep caught up (and I am so grateful for that). Until this week. Sales have really slowed, and I have no doubt that God gave me this downtime to renew and refresh and remember creativity FOR MYSELF.

It’s been so long since I’ve just created for me. Not to post a tutorial. Not to sell. Not to give to someone else. Just creating freely without taking pictures every step along the way. I have been so annoyed at myself lately for feeling like every craft I do I have to photograph instead of just enjoying the process.

So that’s what I did a few days this week. Sure, there was some creative time where I made OOAK pieces for the website, but yesterday was entirely about being creative to bless my family and myself. I woke up and made the family cranberry-orange scones. While Little E was napping I made a bag for myself from vintage fabric that my grandma gave me.

I made banana bread and a skirt. It was an absolutely wonderful, relaxing, creative, somewhat selfish day. And I think that’s exactly what I needed.

I’m refreshed and ready to create beautiful pieces again for friends & strangers to enjoy. I’m ready to bless others with the gift God has given me through creativity. I’m so grateful for the lack of business God gave me the past few days. But now I’m ready to work (and I’m going to TODAY)!

A few items of business:
~ I’ve posted a ton of new items this week, you can see them all here
~ I have sponsor spots left for September – sign up now and you’ll get the last week of August for free!
~ I would LOVE to have some guest posters again on the blog – if you have a craft you’d like to share please contact me for a possible guest spot.
~ In order to make room for new items, I’ve clearanced out a bunch of stamped items. Some have just one left in stock so be sure to check on your favorites!

While in the airplane flying to New Hampshire I had LOTS of time to sew bloomies! I have seven new ones to show you and these are great because UPick what you want them to be: a pin or a headband!

Side note: I do have a fabulous new “line” of items for next week. It’s not a Fall line, just a compilation of many new ideas going around in my head that all came to be at the same time. They don’t all fit together, but they are all new and are all FABULOUS. I can’t wait to show them to you! Three were photographed today and the others have to be made this weekend. I hope you’re having a great week!!