Little Photographer’s Camera – Swoodson Says Blog Tour

Please note: This post contains affiliate links as indicated by an asterisk* Stephanie from Swoodson Says has super adorable softie toy patterns. When she started organizing a blog tour, it wasn't hard to decide which one I wanted to sew up. I've always loved the camera pattern, it's such a cute idea. Because I love anything rainbow and anything patchwork, I decided I needed to do that for the front. I love doing patchwork with strips of fabric because there are no seams to match up and so it goes really quickly. Because I did the patchwork, the ... Read More

Book Review – All Points Patchwork

Storey sent me a review copy of this book but I mean every word of this review, I seriously cannot stop raving about this book!    I usually love getting eBooks but every once in awhile there's a gorgeous book that you just have to hold and have a physical copy of. All Points Patchwork*Edit  by Diane Gilleland is that book for me. Diane is directly responsible for my English paper piecing addiction and I couldn't thank her enough for that. She has been there so many times to answer questions and help me trouble shoot ... Read More

CraftersCrate Review and Giveaway 

I don't know about all of you, but I love subscription boxes. Getting packages is already fun and I love adding the surprise element to the mix. Evie is obsessed with the idea of getting mail but since she's only 4, it doesn't happen all that often. So when the CraftersCrate came for us to review, Evie was extremely excited. The first thing you see opening the box is an envelope containing a map, each different area is a kit theme. This particular kit was Safari. There is a storybook, packet with games, activities, and puzzles, a sticker for your map, and then ... Read More

A Local Quilt Shop – Quilter’s Destination

I've had the same sewing machine since college, it's a little Janome that my mother-in-law got me for Christmas. It's always worked great but it is very, very basic. I've been toying with the idea of getting a new machine for awhile and finally pulled the trigger this week and headed to my local Janome dealer. This was the first time I went to Quilter's Destination in Arlington Heights, Illinois and I was very pleasantly surprised, they had a great selection. I went Wednesday night since they're open until 8 and I could go and leave the girls at home. ... Read More

Book Review – A to Z of Embroidery Stitches

I love the simplicity of cross stitch, you make a row of diagonal lines going one way and then you go back the other way. It's easy to get into a rhythm because it's all the same, over and over. But embroidery is a whole different ballgame, there are tons of stitches. Apparently, far more than I even realized because A-Z of Embroidery Stitches* is full of ones I've never even heard of! I had a hard time even getting a photo of the contents pages listing all the stitches, there are so many! I counted and there are 84 different stitches listed, and that doesn't even ... Read More

Book Review – Stitch Love

I have been eagerly awaiting Stitch Love from Mollie Johanson since I first heard about it months ago! Mollie is the amazingly talented lady behind Wild Olive and someone I am pleased to call my friend. The other weekend Mollie and I went out to breakfast and she gave me a copy of her book and it is so unbelievably adorable, I immediately knew I needed to make a project for Evie. Evie picked this super cute whale purse which was perfect, I've been wanting to make her a purse for awhile. Whenever we go on a walk she always picks up treasures that I end up having ... Read More

Board Game Review: Robot Turtles

I wanted to make sure to get this review posted before Christmas in case anyone needs a last minute gift idea. I have been singing this game's praises, I know of at least three lucky children who will be opening their own copy of Robot Turtles on Christmas morning because I won't shut up about it. Robot Turtles is the most backed board game in Kickstarter history, it raised over $630,000. It boasts that it introduces basic coding concepts to preschoolers as young as 3. The basic gameplay is simple and easy to pick up with additional elements that can be ... Read More

Book Review – Present Perfect

I first found out about Betz White from the While She Naps podcast and I began following her blog and her work is amazing. She is so incredibly multitalented and her new book Present Perfect does a great job displaying all her different skills into a series of projects. The projects in Present Perfect 25 Gifts to Sew & Bestow are a bit more complicated so Betz White suggests starting off as a "confident beginner." There are 25 really great and well laid out projects in the book, but don't get it if you're looking for a resource on how to sew. You should definitely ... Read More