Back in the day, I'd wake up just shy of 4 a.m. every Christmas morning and (im)patiently wait until 7, when it was officially okay to share with my parents the unbelievably thrilling news of Santa's overnight visit. During these predawn hours I'd sneak out of my bedroom, plug in the Christmas tree lights, and,… Continue reading A Quilty Wish List
Happy belated Thanksgiving! I hope you had a wonderful day with family, friends, yummy food, and lots of gratitude. I know I did! I also hope you've had a successful start to the holiday gifting season! I'm not a big stand-in-line-to-shop-at-midnight kind of girl, but I do appreciate a good sale—so took advantage of a… Continue reading Gift Card Mini Stockings
I'm just going to cut to the chase: blanket scarves are the best fashion invention ever. Hats, gloves, ear muffs, boots, heels, ballet flats, belts, watches, jewelry, etc.—they can all dress up an outfit, and some even serve functional purposes. But nothing compares to blanket scarves. I mean, they're literally portable blankets disguised as attire.… Continue reading Bundle-Up Blanket Scarf
Last weekend, when it looked like I'd be finishing my very first Christmas quilt (the one that started with a trip to the ER!), I told hubby to get ready for a quilty little road trip. I'm constantly blown away by the stunning pictures quilters post online, those that feature their works of art before… Continue reading Quilt Photo Ops—and Flops!
When experimenting with website templates and designs for Thread & Pen a few months ago, I knew I wanted a certain look. Something clean and simple so photos and projects popped off the page, but not so clean and simple that the site felt sterile. I eventually chose the template I did because I liked… Continue reading Gather Round Place Mats by Sharon Holland
Those who know me well know how much I love fabric and all things sewing. Those who know me really well know how often I check out fabric and other sewing-related goodies online. (Like, multiple times a day, every day.) And while all those people appreciate my appreciation, they don't necessarily share it. They'll listen… Continue reading Friday Five
Have you ever had cutter's remorse? Perhaps after holding onto a pretty fabric bundle for years, just waiting for the right project to come along, and finally making that first irreversible slice? I was a bit worried I'd experience such a feeling this week, when I finally—finally!—cut into a layer cake I'd bought forever ago.… Continue reading Pillow Pop & La Fete de Noel—Finally!