Tag Archives: handmade

Mail Surprises

I love snail mail, especially small packages. This is a gift I put together for a friend’s birthday. Hopefully it will give you some fun ideas and inspire you to surprise someone.

I recycled Birchbox packaging by gluing a card on top of the box; the tissue paper and shipping carton it came with also came in handy.

You can put glitter or confetti into a greeting card before sealing it in an envelope (place it with the card’s spine facing down). The recipient will get an unexpected glitter shower when they open it.

I filled the bottom of the box with tissue paper and flowers I cut out of felt.

For a heartfelt gift of a wish – wrap a birthday candle in a small box (I decorated this one with origami paper).

Some other fun items you can include: stickers, costume jewelry, balloons, key chains, notebooks, and candy. If you make sure that the items weigh under 13 0z, you can just drop the package into a mail box instead of going to the post office.

Most importantly – have fun with it. Happy Mail Day.


Thesis Progress

Some of the steps involved in making a tote bag. I love watching as a quick sketch becomes a functional three-dimensional object. No matter how many bags I make, I always feel a bit surprised by this.

Sewing Break

I’ve been busy working on my thesis. I designed four handbags and am in the process of sewing them and creating accompanying artwork. Can’t wait to finish and share the results with all of you.

This is a bag I made a year ago (you can see it mentioned here and here on the blog). The photo was taken by a good friend, A Vee Photo who is also a part of the duo at Ian and Inna Photography; you should go see her wonderful work.

Christmas Morning

I’m sure Santa Came to my house last night; he ate some cookies and drank all the milk. I know most people would say that I’m way too old for this, but my cookie plate is getting more sophisticated as I get older – Santa got Godiva cookies this year.

My stocking is always filled with fruit.

I love making ornaments for my Christmas tree. You can see a tutorial for this Finnish Star at Craft Ideas.

Shoes at Home

Is anyone else making shoes in their bathroom or is it just me?

This is just a mockup, but I have made fully functional shoes with close to zero equipment before. Sorry that the image quality isn’t ideal, I just thought this was funny and had to share. Treating myself to a new camera for Christmas, really excited.


Felt is a fun and forgiving material to work with. This is Dino, a felt toy with rotating arms and legs that I designed and made.

Now you can make one too! The patterns below are my original design and are for personal use only. Click on the image to get full size and print on a half sheet of 8.5 x 11″ paper.

Felt (two contrasting colors)
Matching thread (embroidery floss recommended, use one strand for sewing)
Two black seed beads (optional)
Polyester or cotton stuffing
Sewing Instructions:
Print patterns and cut all fabric
Embroider eyebrows on Body as marked
Sew seed beads on Body, as marked (or embroider eyes with a french knot, especially if making toy for small children)
Blanket stitch the center of Belly together on reverse side
Blanket stitch Spikes to Body on dash-line matching tail ends
Blanket stitch Tail to the bottom of Body matching tail ends
Stuff tail
Blanket stitch Belly to Body and Tail
Stuff toy and blanket stitch face of Body closed
Blanket stitch and stuff Arms and Legs
Pin both arms to toy where desired and secure them by making a small stitch all the way through the body several times in the same place
Repeat with legs

Work in Progress

Some work in progress sneak peaks of the fold-over tote and millinery, which will be complete in two weeks. The juxtaposition of the handbag and millinery photographs really look like a collection because of my color choices. I’ve been using a lot of green and black lately, trying to stay away from the extremely bright colors I usually go for to mix things up a bit and challenge myself.