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Pencil Cases and Puppets

Lip pencil that is. This pretty bag is for my niece Erica. It seems she has lip pencils that just don’t fit the standard cosmetic bags I usually make for her. So a couple of days ago I decided to whip up a new longer bag. Already gave it to her and she loves it. It’s super simple but will try to do a tutorial, soon.


On Sunday I got a request from my great niece Alexa for finger puppets. She asked if I could make them while she was at school on Monday and then get them to her in the afternoon. I managed to negotiate a couple of extra days. She drives a hard bargain – did I tell you she is 5 years old?? Anyway she is cute as a button, so can’t say no to her. She is always so excited when I make stuff for her. And I get lots of hugs, so it’s well worth it. So here are the three that I made. I spent more time thinking about them than making them.


If I can squeeze some time in the next few days, I will try and get a little pattern done for the three. I have lots to do, the embroidery club the hoop along to name just a couple of things on the go. Anyway, loving doing all of it.


It’s another beautiful day here in Toronto. Hope the weather keeps up.


Join me for a Hoop Along?

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What's a Hoop Along you ask? Well, simply put it's an ongoing, online embroidery class. Over a span of several months we will stitch, discuss and demonstrate a wide variety of embroidery techniques, such as applique, cutwork, in-the-hoop patchwork, endless or continuous embroidery, etc. Each time we present a new embroidery topic or technique you will be able to purchase the embroidery design or designs used in the demonstration, so you can embroider with me. And when you have a question, just email me for a quick answer.

Regardless of whether you own a starter or a top-of-the-line embroidery machine you will be able to participate. I am planning to include embroidery designs for most of the popular hoop sizes including the 4"x4" (100x100mm) Standard hoop. Join me and my Hoop Along anytime, and participate as much as you like.

I am planning to start the Hoop Along the last week of September. I know that seems like a long time away, but I promise it will go by real fast. I'll be posting more information as we get closer to the start.

I am really looking forward to the Hoop Along, and I hope that you decide to join me! Oh, and the little snippets at the top and lower part of this post are small clips of the applique design that I have planned.

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Fun Hoop Along Coming!

Just a quick note to let you know that I am planning a Hoop Along to start real soon. I am just in the middle of stitching and writing and will give you more information next week. Have a great long weekend.

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New in my Etsy store

It’s such a gorgeous day here in Toronto. I hate coming inside. But had to take a couple of minutes to jot down this quick reminder about the new stuff in my Etsy store. Just click on the pictures to go to the Etsy store page for the project.




A cosmetic bag for Alexa

Alexa, my great niece, who is all of 5 years old, loves anything and everything girlie; jewelry, tutus, dresses, shoes and of course bags. Two days ago as I was showing my sister (Alexa’s grandmother) a bag that I was working on for one of the projects for next year, Alexa asked if I could make her a smaller version of the bag – for her cosmetics. And the bag had to have some jewels. Anyway, I took a an hour or so today to make her the cosmetic bag that she asked for. Here it is – all pink of course.

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Hope she likes it.