Be My Goth Sewing Patterns

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Any seamstress with a taste for the out-of-the-ordinary has likely been disappointed by the offerings of most pattern companies, which tend to cater to the mainstream.  If you’re hankering for something a little bit on the dark side, then look no further than Be My Goth Patterns!

I had the pleasure of reviewing the Lucinda top and Lucinda skirt patterns, seen below:

Both pieces are stunning and are the types of garments that people will stop you on the street to ask, WHERE DID YOU GET THAT? I can’t wait for a spare moment to sit down and make myself the Lucinda skirt- I love the fitted high waist and the pleated pockets.Read more…


Floral Arrangement with Sequin Details

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Tulips are one of my all-time favorite flowers. I’ve never been a rose girl myself, I’ll take a bouquet of spring tulips and daffodils anyday!

Tulips just scream Spring, which is why I always make sure to buy some cut tulips when it’s still snowy and dreary out. A little reminder of what’s coming in a month or two! You can find them almost anywhere this time of year- the grocery store, flower shop, or garden center.

Here’s a cute little way to show off your tulips with a wee centerpiece. They’re small, easy to DIY, and you can adapt them to fit anything color/theme.


I think these would make really cute wedding centerpieces- think white tulips with silver sequins!Read more…


Craft Book Review – Folklore Crafts: Garden Gnomes and Matryoshka

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It is my craftastic pleasure to be reviewing (and giving away- see the entry instructions below!) two craft books that are chock full of totally cute projects. Folklore Crafts: Garden Gnomes and Folklore Crafts: Matryoshka.

Both books have a bakers dozen of how-tos, and what I love is that the projects are simple and quick. If you’re a beginner, the projects aren’t too intimidating. I’ve never tried needle felting, but these adorable little dolls make me want to try it out:

Project From Folklore Crafts: Matryoshka


Likewise, for the crafts I’m more comfortable with, I’m inspired to add my own little twists. For instance, I’m just itching to stitch up a batch of these little cuties, and maybe throw in a lady friend or two:

Project From Folklore Crafts: Garden Gnomes

Better make it 3 so there aren’t any gnome fights!

One of my personal favorites is the Dr. Who nesting dolls project. I love the idea of a non-traditional set of nesting dolls, because it would make the perfect personalized gift for almost anyone… just take some of their favorite things, and paint the dolls to fit!

Project From Folklore Crafts: Matryoshka

So now that I’ve got you whipped into a frenzy over these books, here’s how you can enter to win a copy of your choice!

This is a LIGHTNING ROUND GIVEAWAY… which means it’s a quick one.

Comment here to let me know what FB pages you’ve liked- each page counts as a separate entry, so you can do one, two or all three.
Please included your facebook name in your comment!

The giveaway will close at midnight EST.

Ways to Enter


Follow the FolkloreCrafts book tour – check out tomorrow’s review at WeeklyEnthusiast!



How to Sew Fabric Appliques

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Here’s my video tutorial for fabric appliques / patches. Appliques are a great way to embellish or customize a project. You can add them to bags, clothes, Xmas stockings, and more. Appliqued handmade goods make great gifts because you can tailor each one for the recipient!

If you scroll down, there’s also a photo tutorial version so you can go at your own pace, or go to a specific step.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel!  There are lots more tutorials on the way!

And if you have any tutorial requests, leave me a comment!


This tutorial was filmed using a Creative Labs Vado HD Digital Video Camera, a Canon Rebel (for still shots), and edited in Sony Vegas Movie Studio.


Here’s the photo + text version of the tutorial:

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