Jennie C, BC, CA

Im a Business Systems Analyst, a mother of 3 children, and a wife of 1 husband. Im a packrat; Im a pirate. When I see a good idea, I take it ~ but I always give credit. Im concerned about the amount of stuff we think we need. We dont do a good job of taking care of our world when we pilfer and pollute it to create more stuff that we dont need. We consume a lot and we throw out a lot.

My latest project is Bags for Zaza ( -- an adoption fundraiser. As I use up my own stash of fabric for this project, I do NOT buy new fabric. However, I scavenge second hand stores and solicit donations from other folks basements and I do my best to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

craft interests: crochet, sewing

Gender: Female

Member Since: 03/13/2009

recent comments

Re: Double Stitch: It's Not Your Grandma's Crochet - 3 Panel Scarf

I love the Simmons' work. But the commercial nature of this video made me laugh. Of course Lion Brand LOVES scarves that require you to buy 9 different skeins of yarn. Great stash busting idea, though.

Re: How to Make a One-Pattern-Piece Reversible Sunhat

Is this the same as the reversible tulip hat you're selling on Etsy? I really want to try this. Maybe I can get my teen to make a hat and quit baking her face. She will SO regret it some day.

Re: Twirly Spring - Sewstylish Fashion Contest

This is darling. You did a fabulous job.

Re: Book Giveaway - Dorm Decor: Remake Your Space with More Than 35 Projects

This book looks like it could be helpful for any small space makeovers.

Re: How to Make a Fabric Case for Photo Discs

Very lovely. Great gift idea.

Re: How to Make an Artful Scarf from Scraps

I did it! My mom will love it. I used lace from my Great Grandmother's stash. And it folds up into a little rectangle that will fit in the card! I'm off to the post office....

Thanks again for this great tutorial.

Re: How to Make an Artful Scarf from Scraps

Kayte - this is a great Mother's Day project. I'm frantically calling my local quilt and fabric shops looking for a water soluble stabilizer. Would you mind telling me what you used? Will Sulky® Solvy™ work? It doesn't say anything on their website about being able to iron it. Is that an undocumented feature? Thanks so much.

Re: How to Make a Two-Color A-Line Tee Skirt


Re: Book Giveaway: Backcountry Betty Crafting with Style

I'm in!

Re: How to Make an Artful Scarf from Scraps

Fabulous idea. Love it love it love it.

Re: Book Giveaway - Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Pillowcase

Great idea. So many darling pillow cases at the thrift stores!

Re: And the Winner of Chic & Simple Sewing Is...

Woohoo - thanks SO much!

Re: How to Embellish a T-Shirt with Embroidery and Buttons


Re: Crafts I Want to Punch in the Face

LOL. These are so funny. I don't have anything original to add. But, I was just inspired to think up a semi-solution to the bobbin issue. If I know the project will require more than one, why not wind two or three at the beginning? Doh. At least that saves rethreading the top thread.

And the people who suggest that I should quit my job to sell my work? Riiiiight - that would likely mean cutting my pay to about 1/5th - soooo realistic.

Re: Book Giveaway: Chic & Simple Sewing by Christine Haynes

Looks interesting - wish I could see photos of projects. I guess I'll just have to win it. ;)

Re: How to Make Singleton Buttons

Aaack - I think I've thrown out rings like that because I didn't know what to do with them. I'm always grabbing those grab bags of wonder at the thrift stores, the contents of somebody's Grandma's sewing closet. Anyhow - this is a FABULOUSLY detailed and DELIGHTFUL post.

Re: Grandma and the Beautiful Button Hat

My Grandma taught me to crochet. It took me awhile to get the hang of turning around, too. :)

Re: How to Embellish a Cardigan with Fabric-covered Buttons

SA is my favourite thrift store, too! The cashmere sweaters are usually $4.50 - but sometimes half-price!

Re: How to Make a Beautiful Button Pillow

I have a shoebox full of white buttons. This is fabulous.