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    Craft Fair, Here I Come!

    At the top of the year, I made a goal for myself:  Get accepted to a juried market and sell my makes at least once before December 31.  Well, I accomplished half the goal and am going to sell at an artisan’s market on November 14.  As it gets closer to the date, I’ll share […]

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School of Moxie

Craft Fair, Here I Come!

At the top of the year, I made a goal for myself:  Get accepted to a juried market and sell my makes at least once before December 31.  Well, I accomplished half the goal and am going to sell at an artisan’s market on November 14.  As it gets closer to the date, I’ll share […]

crochet rag rugs by School of Moxie

Every Last Scrap

One of my UFOs that has been long outstanding was to make as many rag rugs as possible from a massive ball of scrap fabric strips.  I made one and finally finished last November, but still had a massive ball of fabric left over.  It was so hot and humid here last weekend from a […]

Simplicity 2258

$3 Shorts: Simplicity 2258

Remember my $3 pants?  Well, I finally finished my $3 shorts!  I picked up the pattern in a 99 cent sale a while ago and the fabric was on the red tag sale shelf at JoAnn Fabrics.  Top that with an additional 50% off sale and my total purchase came to about $3 per pair […]

Colette Patterns Laurel blouse School of Moxie

A handmade Mother’s Day

When my folks were visiting me (can’t believe it’s already been a whole month!), my mom fell in love with my Laurel blouses.  I said to myself, “Aha!  Perfect Mother’s Day gift.” So, I chose some Japanese cotton out of my fabric stash and matched it to some left over custom bias tape.  A couple […]

prickly pear cactus in bloom

Gardening Report

My worms arrived!  I’ll admit, I was afraid they would jump out at me from the box in which they were mailed.  But I was pleasantly surprised to find them packaged tightly inside a cloth bag, nestled in some rather comfortable looking peat moss. Into the compost pile they went!  And I’m happy to report, […]

maternity t-shirts by School of Moxie

Hands Off!

My dear friend Madelyn is having a baby and while catching up with one another, she told me about how random people insist on putting their hands on her growing belly.  Without asking.  To which I said, “*&%@!!!!???!!!”  I joked that I would make her a couple t-shirts telling people to bugger off.  And then […]

McCall's M6844 peplum cardigan jacket

McCall’s M6844

I love a good cardigan and the cardigans in my wardrobe need a major overhaul!  I took a bit longer than I intended to finish this project… and now it’s rather warm in Texas for long sleeves.  That will teach me to sew faster or purposely lapse into UFO territory.  Thankfully my office at work […]

School of Moxie sewing studio

Quick Change

It was a hot and humid weekend here in the Hill Country of central Texas, so I finished some interior work on my house (all hail air conditioning!) that I had been avoiding… in my sewing studio.  The reason I was avoiding this room is because it required me to unload my bookshelves and move […]

President LBJ ranch Texas White House

Deep in the Heart of Texas

I’ll wrap up the week with some pictures I took while touring around with my mom and dad last week.  We’re an academic family and we sure do love our history!  President Lydon B. Johnson was from the central Texas region and his Presidential Library is in Austin on the University of Texas campus. The […]

How to start a compost pile

Mmmmmm Compost!

I grew up with a giant compost pile at the bottom of the back yard.  It has always seemed to be a natural thing to do and only in recent years with tips published for how to be more environmentally responsible (or simply be a more authentic hipster), composting has become a “thing.”  In my […]