Oakland, CA, US

craft interests: embroidery, fashion, gifts, home decorating, jewelry making, paper crafts, quilting, restyle, sewing

Member Since: 08/04/2008

recent comments

Re: Restyling

Your fabulous bloggers will be missed! I hope they'll make an occasional guest appearance. I'll be checking out their blogs in the meantime. Hang in there, CraftStylish! We still need you!

Re: How to Add to Your Bottom Line

Thanks for the ideas! I've been trying to think of ways to restyle and update the clothes I have, rather than buying more.

Re: Book Giveaway: Betz White's "Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials"

I would love a copy of this book! I hope the "green" trend keeps getting stronger. We need more environmentally-friendly ideas and supplies in the arts & crafts world. :)

Re: How to Use Buttons to Close a Seam

Thanks for the detailed how-to! I really appreciate the thorough descriptions and tips, and the introduction to a new tool—the Simflex ruler. Gotta get one now.

Re: How to Make Dorset Buttons

Just want to say thanks for such a detailed, well photographed tutorial. And, for making something that I've seen before, but never knew the name of! They are cool.

Re: Crafting Editorial Props: A Case Study

Thank you for such a detailed and honest article! It is very helpful, and inspiring, to me. Please keep sharing!

Re: The Latest Trend in Sewing Machines Is BIG!

I'm a Bernina fan too! I have a Bernina Activa 230 and a Bernina Serger. Once you buy a Bernina, there's no going back! They're such well-built, solid machines. It's like driving a Porsche--it performs so smoothly!

Their machines are definitely expensive, so think of buying one as an investment. Luckily, Bernina has a really good purchase plan. You can usually sign up for a no-money down, pay-in-12 months deal. This is what I did for both of my machines. Just be sure to pay it all off before the 12 months is over, or a really high interest rate will kick in.

If you're serious about sewing, consider a Bernina. And, no, I don't work for them!

Re: How to Restyle a T-Shirt into a Ruffly Shrug

I LOVE this idea! The best part is that it's using one of those clunky unisex t-shirts that often don't look good on women's curvy shapes and transforming it into something very feminine. Creativity + recycling = AWESOME!

Re: Marie Claire Has a Craft Magazine?

I'll second (third? fourth?) this endorsement. I have loved Marie Claire Idees for several years now and look to it for inspiration often. Never mind that it's in French—it's all lovely visual inspiration for moi! If only there was an American equivalent . . .

Re: The Money Man

I recommend Nolo press,, for easy-to-understand books on starting a business and the law.

Re: How to Patch a Hole with Crochet

Totally great idea! This could be used to deliberately alter sweaters in addition to mending.

Thanks for posting.

Re: Make It: Lacy Headband

This is such a sweet idea! I finally have something to do with my scrap lace and trims. Thanks for the inspiration. Good times.

Re: Feed Bags: The Eco-friendly, Reusable Bulk Food or Snack Bags

This is a great idea! I'm going to try to make my own bag to use for buying produce. Thanks for caring about the environment and doing something to save it!

Re: Depth Charge: How to Make a Splash and Get Paid for it.

Your work is incredible! I love it.

Thanks for the pep talk about getting to work on what you love to do. It was encouraging, though I really think you should show a couple photos of your crafting disasters just to prove to us that even super-talented folks like you have their bad days. I'm always interested in hearing about people's mistakes and what they learned, not just their successes.

Maybe CraftStylish could do a series on craft goofs . . .

Anyway, your stuff ROCKS!