I’ve been enjoying listening to Podcasts this time of year. It’s especially something I find that keeps my mind busy when I’m doing tasks that don’t require a lot of brain effort. I’m the kind of person that needs silence in order to concentrate or else I tend to make mistakes. But when I’m doing things like quilting, sewing a sample, on a dog walk, folding laundry, packaging leather, cooking or cleaning, I love to tune into a good podcast. Oh and if I’m on a road trip alone, it’s the best. I used to really dislike driving alone for long stretches. The radio was never interesting enough and a book on tape required too much focus – I would end up daydreaming and staring out the window and missing a chapter. It’s actually turned driving alone into something I enjoy and look forward to.
I thought it would be fun to share what podcasts I’ve been into lately. For me, I love it when people share what they’re interested in. I always check out recommendations. And I find that I can always pick up helpful things or bits of knowledge even when the subject isn’t directly applicable to sewing or creativity.
So here’s my list of podcasts, some I’ve listened to for years, while others I’ve just started. Hopefully it’ll inspire you to tune in.
- The Simple Show
- Love to Sew
- Oprah’s Super Soul Sundays
- Food Blogger Pro Podcast (I feel like I could dedicate an entire post to the Devid Lebovitz post, loved it)
- Explore Your Enthusiasm
- Honest Money Conversations
- The Fizzle Show
- Courage + Clarity
- Young House Love (has a podcast)
- Chris Loves Julia Podcast
- The Lively Show
- How I Built This
- Making (new, but formerly the Woolful Podcast)
- Elise Gets Crafty
- While She Naps
The only thing I need to do next is to find a pair of wireless headphones. If you have any recommendations let me know! Also, let me know your favorite podcasts!
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ps. I’m doing a little winter cleaning and I’ve got a giveaway in the works for next week. 🙂
It seemed like the last few months of 2017 where a total whirlwind. Between new patterns (Minimalist Wallet), Black Friday fun, and adding a few new things to the shop, it felt a bit on the hectic side in a good way. With all that going on, I had a few things left to blog about that I’ve made. I used to never make something and not blog about it. Of course it makes sense for the blog, but I’ve always loved having my own blog as a resource for when my brain gets foggy. I used to remember every fabric name and manufacturer and where I bought things from, but as times goes on, I just don’t have that part of my memory to rely on anymore. I think back to before my blog and wish I would have had record of the things I’ve made, I’m sure it’s good in a way (wash cloth duckie baby gift anyone?) but there are a few that I wonder whatever happened to (paintings from high school and college).
So this is one in the long line up of Range Backpacks I’ve made. Believe me when I say there was an entire fleet of them. I don’t mind though, it’s always interesting to me to explore different ideas and try to twists. This Thyme colored backpack was one I never fully shared here, so I figured I need to! For this backpack I tried using this amazing denim herringbone by Robert Kaufman fabrics. It’s 10.5 oz. which is awesome for bag making (believe me that I have more than a few yards stashed away). I love the thickness of the fabric, but it isn’t one I’d actually recommend for the accent parts like I did here. It was worth a shot though! It would however work really amazing as the main part of the bag, it would be so dreamy! It’s also lovely as the lining of the backpack, too.
I think I might actually claim this one for myself, but who knows. Sometimes when I make pattern samples I don’t really let myself get too attached. Well, it’s sunny here today which is really boosting my creativity. I’m still thinking about more tops for myself. I think overall I’m trying to be really conscious of using the fabrics I’ve got and getting organized as much as I can in advance of moving to my new studio space.
Last but not least!!! I’m heading up to Michigan in a few weeks to teach the Range Backpack at my friend Holly’s shop, Bijou Lovely! It’s a fun weekend workshop and I promise there will be lots of fun goodies to be had. I’m very excited to visit because I’ve never been to Holly’s shop. She’s got the whole workshop lined up if you’re interesting in reading about all the details, check it out here, It’s February 16 & 17th. I hope to see you there if you’re nearby (or if you feel like traveling, grab a friend and make a fun trip out of it).
Pattern: Range Backpack
Hardware kits available here, Nickel will be fully restocked early next week!
Fabrics: Thyme and Indigo Linen Waxed Canvas purchased from AL Frances Textiles, Railroad Denim by Robert Kaufman Fabrics (I think I purchased it from Hawthorne Threads but didn’t see it in stock)
Firstly, I’d like to say a huge thanks on my last post. I’m so uplifted by your encouragement and excitement! It means so much to me. Thank you for your kind words.
This is such a happy finish for me! It feels like forever since I’ve made something just for me. And I feel like the more I sew, the more picky I get about fabric choices and patterns when it comes to making clothing for myself. It’s not a bad thing. I’m so glad inspiration finally struck. I’ve been contemplating a new top for a while now. I have a list about a page long of patterns I own that I’d like to sew. I need to get better about pre-washing my garment fabric so that I can have it ready. It wouldn’t hurt to maybe pair it with a pattern, too. One of these days I’ll get a system down, haha, maybe in the next decade.
I’ve seen the Shirt No.1 by Sonja Phillips floating around the internet for a bit and am always impressed by how cute they all look. I think this past fall I got the Creativebug newsletter that announced the Shirt No. 1 class was live. I’ve been a member of Creativebug for a few years now, so I check out their classes quite regularly. I took notes as I quickly scanned through the class and then promptly set it aside for months. Oops. So as I was digging through the paper pile on my desk I found the notes, printed the pattern, and got to work! Also of note, in case you’re wondering, the pattern is included as a PDF doc in the class.
It was such a gratifying sew! I feel ecstatic about it actually! A simple top in gorgeous fabric, you can’t get much better than that! I took my time and it took maybe 45 minutes to sew. Dang, that’s good. I’m already scheming to make more. I highly recommend the class and pattern if you’re at all new to sewing garments.
I thought I’d show a shot with my cardigan on, the shirt is really so lovely layered underneath! yayyy!
Pattern: Shirt No. 1 by Sonja Phillips (or check out the Creativebug class here)
Fabric: Indah Ikat by Me + You, this stuff is amazing!!!
Notes: I made a size Small even though my measurements put me into the Medium sizing,
I’m very happy with the fit. Added 1 3/4″ to the length!