August 16, 2016


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August 15, 2016

Polka Dotted Monday

I don't normally work on the weekends but yesterday, Sunday, I had some time to sew up another jewelry roll for my shop. I had so much fun pulling together some polka dotted coordinating materials from my stash. A new addition- little wood tags that in the past, I had used as jewelry tags, but I believe they work even more perfectly on my sewing projects! 

This dotted fabric is from Cotton & Steele, one of my favorite fabric companies. 

The interior is a teal and white dotted fabric, and a mint and white circle fabric. I used another strip of faux leather earring trim in a lighter metallic color. The end zippered pocket is a bit bigger than my other bags have been. 

It's like my domed tin earrings were MEANT for this bag!!  If you order this jewelry roll from my shop, I will include a pair of earrings as a thank you!

Pocket in action!! Stash away your bangles, some rings, or any other travel accessories.

Time to start thinking about other storage rolls for other things like maybe jewelry tools! 
Or smaller rolls that would store JUST bracelets, or JUST necklaces. What would you like to see offered?

August 10, 2016


I created another jewelry roll yesterday as I was waiting for the Bat guy to show up at my house, AGAIN. Every August it seems we have bats that get into our house. This time, it's in the vent, and now currently it's trapped inside my furnace. Not cool. He's coming back this morning to get it out of there, hopefully.

I love how this roll turned out. I used some heavy duty thicker home decor fabric from Joann's and paired with these mustard color and Black and white cotton fabrics from Cotton & Steele. I loved the salvage edge, and decided to keep it visible along one edge. It reads Measure Twice Cut Once, and shows a little black cat, and fox.

I included an antiqued brass zipper in a brown color that can hold lots of different things, bangles, or rings. The leather earring trim is a metallic gold color and I used Tierra Cast snap rivets to attach it to the fabric.

 Pockets below the earring trim allow longer earrings to be protected.

 Twill tape along the top is what bracelets and necklaces are attached to, and large pockets below protect longer pieces.

 Once rolled, it's secured in place with elastic loops on the top and bottom.

The color palette of this one is my favorite of the ones I've made so far! This one is available in my webstore.

August 4, 2016

New Work :: Week of Aug 1

Some new pieces from this week! 
Pretty and simple hammered wire earrings featuring simple stones.
 And a couple of zippered bags to hold all of your essentials.

 The awesome SkinnyLaMinx fabric above was some that I snagged on a recent trip to Burlington VT getaway with my husband. I paired it with this fun colorful bird fabric from Joann's.

 This one features some vintage Strawberry linen and solid natural linen lining- extra squishy and perfect for knitting, crochet projects, or anything you can think of. Throw in your kindle,
a novel, sunglasses and head to the beach.

 A fun design I keep repeating because, well, I just love it!
This one features a Green Girl Studio bird, some vintage lucite, and 
bright yellow Czech glass beads.

July 21, 2016

Jewelry Travel Rolls

I have struggled for years with travelling and not having an adequate storage solution for taking jewelry with me on a trip.  I normally would throw a few pieces into a zippered pouch but once there would be spending time untangling them all in order to wear any of it!

Since I have started sewing, I have tried a few different jewelry roll storage patterns but have not been happy. Either they are too small,  especially for my larger statement necklaces, or they require extra fiddly bits such as bias tape, which I have yet to master.

So I sat down and scoured Pinterest for jewelry rolls and noted each of the elements of certain storage solutions that I really liked. 
Like loops to attach necklaces to, that will allow the neckalces to hang straight down, keep each one separate from another.
 Pockets that the necklace can fit down into to protect the focal.  A place for earrings. And a zippered pouch that would hold rings, bangles or whatever else you had to bring on a trip.  A flap that kind comes down over the necklaces to protect them during the rolling process.

 And elastic loops instead of a ribbon to tie around the roll.  My jewelry roll came out pretty great. This owl roll is the prototype of my pattern. I created it bigger, 14 inches tall by about 20 inches long. But once it's rolled up, it's quite a manageable size.

While shopping for some supplies at Joann's I eyed a spool of this leather type material with holes and thought that might make a great earring solution especially with the wholes- that could accommodate stud style earrings.  I feared that they would poke through the fabric but have since discovered that if you attach the earring up through the hole, back to front , as the fabric rolls up over the earrings, it will protect the each posts, preventing any posts to poke through!!!
In this first roll, I attached that leather to the fabric but hand-sewing it with needle and thread and different intervals. Kinda tedious, I must admit. The pockets, below the earring bar, help protect longer dangly earring styles.

Here is the second Roll.

 Had been smart enough to jot down my fabric dimensions during the first try, but for some reason I guess I measured wrong because this one came out 18 inches long, instead of 20". Woops.

 Style and techniques all the same. I made sure to make the twill tape loops a little bit longer, for easier attachment with chunkier beaded pieces.

 I used an antique brass zipper instead of the first,  which was nylon.  The elastic loops- I actually forgot to attach and realized it after I had assembled and sewed up the whole thing. WOOPS. So I had to finagle them on and it worked out for the best.

 To combat the fiddly sewing of the earring leather, I chose this time to rivet it onto the fabric with Tierra Cast snap rivets. Worked out beautifully!! I love the finished look of this much better than the thread.

The zippered pouch is nice and roomy, even for bangles!  The best part of the roll is that once it's rolled up, nothing moves around inside, everything stays in one spot and nothing gets tangled during travel!

I hope to get a few more of these made up, but this colorful floral roll is available on my website now. I am hoping to have a few made to take with me to the Sharon Springs Harvest Festival that I will be participating at, in September in Sharon Springs, NY.

July 14, 2016

A Tablet Case

 Yesterday I braved the elements and put together this tablet case, loosely after Anna Graham's Tablet case pattern in her book, Handmade Style.

I chose this woven fabric that I used for that long crossbody tote that I made a week ago or two. I really struggle with the bias tape binding. So instead of using it around the whole edge of the bag, I only decided to use it on the pockets. So the construction of the bag happened much like the other project bags I was making where you assemble inside out and then flip it right side out through a hole in the lining.

I styled it with my kindle but it could also be great just as a clutch style purse.

I am happy with the outcome! I like the large pocket on the back, which I used a magnetic snap to close. Turned out great!

I lined the bag with some cotton quilting fabric.

This is available for sale in my webstore!

July 10, 2016

Tenspot Sale

Use coupon code TENSPOT to receive a $10 discount on all orders placed in my webstore or Etsy shops til Tuesday July 12.

Thanks to everyone for your support!

June 29, 2016

Summer Sale

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