Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Reversible Pouch Tutorial

This simple reversible purse is a wonderful project for beginning and advanced sewers alike. From Martha.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Handmade Stokings

From handkerchiefs to quilts to sweaters to baby socks, there are plenty of creative and beautiful handmade stocking ideas over on Martha.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


MARERI just join 1000MARKETS Handmade haven.

1000markets are more than just collections of products;
they are full of people and stories. They have voices and

The merchants are small, independent, artisan businesses
built by people who love their craft. They make and sell
unique products, based on their own vision, personality and
story. Working together, these artisans create marketplace
communities - gathering places where merchants can
exchange ideas, and customers can browse and talk.

There are many awesome markets which include different items with a common theme. I am part of the HANDMADE HAVEN market, which is really awesome and has a great holiday gift guide!


Sunday, November 30, 2008

Feathers in Her Hair

Kenley isn't necessarily my favorite Project Runway designer, but there is one bit of her style that I really like. I love her feather look most. Watching Project Runway kept noticing how cute the feathers looked in her hair. I think a chic little hair feather might be fun and so I thought of making and hopefully sell some at my etsy shop.

$ 18 each at http://mareri.etsy.com/

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Black Friday madness

My sister has been sewing up a storm. Home accessories and stuff. I encourged her to sell her handmades in Etsy.com. It's just a matter of time and she'll be an etsian soon.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Amy Butler Sewing Free Pattern

click here to download the "Nigella Yoga Bag" patternThis pattern includes instructions, pattern pieces and measurements.Example shown in the cover photo is made with Amy's Nigella fabrics.

click here to download the "Message in a Bag" patternThis pattern includes instructions and measurements.Example shown in the cover photo is made with Amy's Lotus paper collection.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Cozy Knitting Neck Scarf

Here's a new and trendy way to wear your scarf this winter
a PDF pattern available to buy at http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17867385

Whit's Knits: Cashmere Fingerless Gloves

These fingerless gloves would make a great present. They are way too cozy to take off, let alone give away.

What makes these so special is Jade Sapphire's 100% mongolian cashmere. Nothing is softer, and no one dyes better colors. The employees at Purl are always talking about what Jade Sapphire color is our favorite (at least for that day!), what color looks good on whom, what shade of gray (or pink or green) is the most perfect. Someone's always pulling out a skein, saying, look at this one! Each skein is really a little piece of heaven.
So, be warned, you may need a back up present if you think you're making these for your sister! Ready to test your generosity? Visit my
Cashmere Fingerless Gloves Project Journal. Thanks! - Whitney

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

"Must have" Sewing Book

"Must have" Book Anna Maria Horner's fabrics

If you couldn't make it to Quilt Market but need a quilty fix, download some desktop wallpaper made with Anna Maria Horner's fabrics. She has a new book coming out, Seams to Me: 24 New Reasons to Love Sewing. If you want to win a free copy, a sewing machine, some fabric, and other goodies, click here to register. You can enter once a day until Nov. 14 when the sweepstakes closes.

Amy Butler's little stitches for little ones20 keepsake sewing projects for baby and momIn my new lavishly illustrated sewing projects book, you'll find all new charming and contemporary projects for the nursery, baby wear, soft toys, and many more surprises! The projects are designed for babies 0-12 months and their mothers, featuring beautiful photos of the finished designs by our friend Colin McGuire. It was fun to produce these little treasures, and I think you'll find many projects in here for all the wee ones in your world.Retail $24.95176 pages, 7 pattern sheets, wire binding (same format as In Stitches).

Winter Project

Nick and Norah Paper Flower CD Case
By lilybee

In honour of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, (which b.t.w is awesome and adorable) here's an uber-cute and COMPLETELY simple way to wrap mix-tapes (sigh... remember tapes?) for your best girl (or guy)

Hers e are more DIYs

Retro paper straw wreath at Styrofoam Crafts, pictured left

Snow Mum pillow from Amy Butler, pictured right

Fabric storage cubes at Crazy Mom Quilts

Paper patchwork notebook cover by iHanna

54 free apron patterns at TipNut

A prize ribbon pin at Craft Stylish

Folded paper flower CD sleeve from Curbly

Fall berry wreath at Martha Stewart

Wall stencil headboard from Good Housekeeping

Some things you can make for little ones:
Fifties-style bib at Living Creatively
Slip cover for a Boppy pillow from Walter+Veronica
Diaper bag by A Mingled Yarn
Roll-up travel baby chair at Canadian Living
No-sew fleece blanket at A Chelsea Morning
Felt play landscapes at PlumPudding
Custom paper silhouettes at DesignSponge
Beanbag chair from Michael Miller
Felt food at Design Mom
Felt bears at Canadian Living (pictured above)(Image from Canadian Living)

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Recycle Rice Bags

These Vibrant Recycled Rice Bags are beautifully handcrafted in Cambodia. It has straps that made it easy to carry over a shoulder. Each bag is a unique in style. Whether traveling, or shopping for groceries, you will be glad to be sporting this unbelievably cool and trendy recycled rice tote bag. Designs will vary, but all will feature indigenous designs and language.

Let’s go “GREEN”.

"Featured Pick" - In Style Gift Guide

"Handcrafted... long lasting" - TreeHugger.com

"Look chic at the farmers' market" - Self

Find and buy this bag: (click link below)

Sunday, April 6, 2008


Get ready for your next trip to the beach or just shopping around with these beautiful totes. These sturdy totes are perfect for carrying your books, supplies, or for a quick trip to the store.
Each bag is a unique in style. Accentuate your ourfit and you will be glad to be sporting this unbelievably cool and trendy tote bags.