Day 20 of My 25 Days of Make & Give: Holiday Dress Journal



Today’s Make & Give goes out to our dear friend, Jean. For those of you makers who are acquainted with the Rag Bag Girls art group, you know how deserving this lady is! Jean started this group and blog to inspire and promote fabric, fiber and other mixed media artists and their work. And she is absolutely devoted to encouraging and sharing the latest works and achievements of each and every RBG. She posts daily. She positively and enthusiastically responds to each and every other post. That’s dedication!

For Jean this year, I made up one of my signature fabric journal covers with this darling Michael Miller cotton printed holiday fabric and tied a luscious black velvet bow around her waist! I use a light weight quilt batting to line these journals so they have a quilty feeling! Other makes pictured include: a holiday cloth gift tag organically dyed with marigolds, hemp from some Shibori bindings and a wooden spool and bead  spray painted with both silver and gold.

Enjoy my dear friend!

What are you doing today to show gratitude to someone who encourages and supports you?


Day 19 of My 25 Days of Make & Give… Red Bird Holiday Journals



Look at these ‘lil cuties:  raw edged canvas mini journals, with holiday-themed fabric scraps sewn together, chain style, and stitched to the spine. I used Jacquard Crimson fabric paint to stamp the birds. Inside there’s a variety of lovely papers. A wide zig zag machine stitch worked well to attach the signature.  Sew festive!  I’m meeting up with some of my sewing sisters and thought these handmades were just perfect for gifting!

Simple and sweet!

What creative makings are you up to?


Day 18 of My 25 Days of Make & Give: Keep those tootsies warm!


Reading the forecast for the next couple days, an arctic plunge is heading our way. Yikes! Better bundle up!

Yes, old man winter is on its way! But back when we were enjoying those warm days of late autumn, I did some indigo dyeing outside and tried my luck at socks! It can be hard, these days, to find socks that have a fiber content of more than 90%. But I scored a whole bunch of 93% cotton, white, textured boot socks at Old Navy. I set a couple dye baths up outside. Some socks I bound with hemp and some not. I am so happy with the results: lovely, rich blue tones! These babies will be heading out to warm up lots of tootsies this holiday season!

Stay warm and B-Inspired!

Day 17 of My 25 Days of Make & Give: Painting Holiday Papers…


Another day of prepping for more Make & Gives! Today I’m painting with acrylic paints and my favorite old sea sponges on some nice, heavy watercolor paper! Once dry, I hole punched and used the worn down eraser end of a pencil to stamp holly berries on the “greenery” tags!

Also made extra painted sheets for holiday notes! Love my painting days whether its on paper or fabric!

What are you creatively up to lately?


Day 16 of My 25 Days of Make & Give- Canvas & Satin Sewing Journals


You all know how I adore making journals and I have to say that these beauties are probably some of my very favorites! They are actually journal covers that hold a composition size notebook, which means when you fill up that notebook, you can replace it and start journaling all over again! Another feature about this particular journal cover is that since it is made from a very sturdy 7 oz unprimed cotton duck fabric, you can paint or stitch on to your hearts content. It will hold up beautifully! Now about that luscious heavy, double faced satin ribbon…its just gorgeous! I picked it up in NYC at a studio closeout sale…each journal used about a 50″ length, in order to make a nice bow. The buttons are vintage.


I added a little hand stamping on the front and the inside back flap.


These lovelies are going out to some of my sewing students and needle art aficionados.


Enjoy my enthusiastic sewists!


Day 15 of My 25 Days of Make & Give: A Star is born!


Tonight our family enjoyed the Downtown Cabaret Theatre’s (Bridgeport, CT)  final performance of  “A Chorus Line”. What made this experience extra special was that a very dear friend of our daughter and family, Cassie, played “Val”. What a brilliant performance! Cassie (pictured above left) sang, danced and acted her heart out! The audience went crazy after her solo!

We have known Cassie since middle school. She and Tess danced together on the high school dance team and acted together in musicals. Cassis has always dreamed of performing in “A Chorus Line”, her favorite Broadway musical. What’s equally amazing is that she works full time as a teacher and then attended rehearsals and shows every night! That’s dedication! So to celebrate this theatrical milestone, I made her nice fluffy fleece blanket for her to cuddle up with and finally relax! And of course that gold sequined Santa hat had her name on it!


Way to go, Cassie! We can’t wait to see what role you will take on next and make magical!


Day 14 of My 25 Days of Make & Give- Making and Baking



“I’ve been baking in the kitchen, all the live long day… sung to the tune of ‘I’ve been working on the railroad’ ” Yes indeed, it’s been a productive day in the kitchen and in my studio (more on that soon!) today. Making and baking. The house smells of cranberry, orange, pecans and cinnamon. Heavenly! Distribution of this baked bounty begins on Monday! And yes, those are Christmas Amaryllis (pictured) that I’m growing for gifts as well!

What are you up to this weekend?


Day 13 of My 25 Days of Make & Give- Kindness Matters


Today I visited my friends at Unity Pharmacy, in downtown Fairfield. Naga, the owner and head pharmacist, is pictured above. Look at that smile…it’s always like that! Back story:  as you all know we lost our very much beloved, 17 year old kitty, Millie, on October 23rd. M was “one in a million”…my fur baby, constant companion and studio muse to name just a few of the roles she held in our family and home. I miss her terribly, all the time. M was on a low dose, “for life” steroid maintenance program for the last couple years and Unity Pharmacy is from where we received our monthly prescription refill. Every single time I walked in to pick up M’s meds, I was met with Naga’s sunshiny smile. She and her staff were rooting for our dear M. They always nodded and said they put extra chicken flavoring in her medicine, so that she would chow it down!

I baked Naga & Company one of my traditional Eggnog cakes as a little thank you for all their kindness to us and M, who she never met. Kindness matters…always.


Day 12 of My 25 Days of Make & Give-Stitch Journals


Today’s M & G goes out to my creative friends who enjoy and inspire me with their embroidery and stitching. Pictured above are just a few of the goodie bags I sent to them.



Inside my Shibori dyed canvas bags, I packed embroidery floss, I dyed in indigo and marigold and a handmade canvas journal for each to embellish.  I bundled up these treats with: pieces of dyed hemp used for binding in my Shibori dye baths, silver and gold spray painted wooden beads and thread spools and marigold dyed canvas tags I lettered with their initials. I can’t wait to see how they stitch up the journals! All these gals are so creative and inspiring!

Enjoy ladies and please send along pics of your stitched journals!!


Day 11 of My 25 Days of Make & Give: Treats for My Student Sewists!


It’s that time of the year when my private sewing students are working hard to finish up current projects and making handmades for their holiday gifting! They are such an enthusiastic and talented bunch!

For these, my younger sewists, I have filled these apple green metal tins with an assortment of buttons, floss, trims and sweets! There will also be some reindeer headbands for them to take home and wear when they are continue their holiday stitching and crafting.

Great year of sewing ladies, well done you!

Thank you for your creative energy…it always leaves me inspired!


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