Monday, May 30, 2016

My blogging Inspirations!!!

My online Inspirations, a few blogs that really stand out.  I hope you'll check them out too, and share some of your favorite blogs with me below. 

Happy Okapi 

My Iris bag, I made using her sew along.
As I was making my foray into girls dresses and homegoods, my good friend Reece, was becoming bag obsessed.  She was turning out some fantastic bags, I was so impressed with them.   She has a lot of beautiful items, some for sale even.  If you're interested in making a bag, check out some of her sew-alongs as well.   In fact I made my Blue Calla, 'Iris' bag, using Reece's sew along, it really made it fun and easy.  I'm a very visual learner.

And it gave me the boost I needed to give it a try myself.  And wow bags are so fun to make.  They are much more involved then they look, so many pieces, that all need to have interfacing and batting.  Lovely hardware makes the bags for sure, but also ads up.  It is not a cheap hobby ahhaha.  It makes girls dresses look easy ahahaha.  Check out her bags, and blog

Carla's Creations 

My Hexi Tree
Carla, of Carla's creations, impressed me with her precision, and stunning fabric choices.  Once I saw all her adorable hexi's I had to give them a try.  Now I'm hooked, I find it relaxing, and something I can do while watching the kids play, or on road trips.

Her patchwork is always spot on, I'm always amazed at how prolific she is as well, she is a machine and really whips those lovely items out. 

Check out her blog  and Half Dozen Daily (aka Carla's Creations) and her FIRST ever PDF pattern.  Here's my affiliate link to her Ruffled Wristlet PDF


Thread Riding Hood 

rocking her super hero cape
I started reading Sherri's blog when I was first starting out.  She had a few simple and cute tutorials, one for a fat quarter skirt, and a cape!!! Ohh how my daughter loved her superhero cape.  She made sewing seem so fun, and easy.  It was always enjoyable to see her love for sewing, and outfits her daughters.

She has lots of great freebies and tutorials for fun projects.  I made these as teacher gifts last year, she even includes the printables.

I finally got to meet her at the Creativ Festival when she was presenting, for Janome.  I was surprised when she went through her trunk show, and I saw how many of her tutorials I had tried myself over the years.  Ohh and she's just as fun in person as she is online! 

Noodle Head

Thanks to the tutorial from Noodlehead, I learned how to do zippers, and have a lovely lined zipper pouch.  These were my frist ever zipper pouches.  I always check out her site, to see what patterns are available.  Open Wide Zippered Pouch Tutorial.


Her Gathered Clutch tutorial is very well written and easy to follow.  It leaves you with a lovely little clutch, or you can add a wrist-strap.  I made a few of these for teacher gifts as well.


My mystery box

I'm also working on my own version of her Fabric Berry basket  
Mine is larger and specifically designed to hold something.....but I'll blog about that once I'm finished.  

Fairy Bra Maker

Beverly of Bra Maker's supply is a world renowned instructor and pattern designer for bra's, and other lingerie.  I have read through her blog, and learned so very much. I decided to give bra making a try after struggling for years to find affordable, comfortable supportive bras.  Her Craftsy classes are amazing, she has a great selection of fabrics and findings as well.  If you're lucky enough to live near Hamilton Ontario, go check out her store in person. If you're super lucky Beverly will be in the shop and fit you herself, so you get the perfect fit.  She even fits the wires to you....I was amazed.
So if you're interested in giving bra making a go, check out her blog, and website.  Then head on over and check out her Craftsy class.  Here's my affiliate link Craftsy Bra Making, sewing and construction.

Please take the time to check out these blogs, you can also follow these ladies on FB and IG.  Please leave me a comment and let me know about the blogs you follow, that inspire you.


  1. Thanks for the love!! <3 Great inspirational women!!

  2. The gathered clutch, how did I miss that?? It's cute!!