#MMMay2017 week one

Last year I learned about an internet movement called Me Made May.  If you want to learn more about it, click here.  Basically, the "challenge is all about improving your relationship with your handmade wardrobe, and perhaps also learning about yourself and your creativity."  Last year I had a really hard time wearing something everyday because … Continue reading #MMMay2017 week one

Relief Applique

I’m so excited that I recently purchased the Angie’s Falls stencil from Alabama Chanin!  It features prominently in Natalie’s second book, “Alabama Studio Style”.  Buying Studio Style back in 2010 was my first introduction to Alabama Chanin and I have dreamed of Angie’s Falls ever since.  The book features several techniques with the stencil, but … Continue reading Relief Applique

Spoonflower and Beads

During my November visit to the Factory, I found myself completely inspired by the preprinted cotton jersey Alabama Chanin created in collaboration with Spoonflower.  Spoonflower is a custom design print shop located in North Carolina that can print just about any design on any medium. I knew this fabric would make the perfect holiday top … Continue reading Spoonflower and Beads

Weekend Workshop (otherwise known as Happy Birthday to Me!)

That’s right, this year I’ve got one of those big birthday’s coming up so I decided to give myself the gift of doing something I’ve always wanted to do, go to an Alabama Chanin workshop.  I have to say, probably one of the best presents ever.  Three days of celebrating creativity, compassion and courage. Creativity … Continue reading Weekend Workshop (otherwise known as Happy Birthday to Me!)

Showing My Spirit

By now you all know I’m a huge Alabama Chanin fan. One of the first things I learned about Natalie Chanin was how she decided to strike out on her own using quilting/embroidery techniques she learned growing up in Alabama to transform Thrift shop T-shirts into one-of-a-kind corsets.  I’ve used Natalie’s beginning as inspiration for … Continue reading Showing My Spirit

A Bold Bolero

I made a bold move a few months back.  I decided to invest in my first Alabama Chanin stencil.  I chose Anna’s Garden because it’s a very versatile pattern, mostly floral but with a geometric feel to it.  Was it worth it – absolutely!  Do I now want to buy even more stencils – you bet! My … Continue reading A Bold Bolero