Wren update

Mostly this is a test to make sure I have the Facebook/Instagram connection correctly connected. But it’s also a fuzzy update on the Carolina Wren babies, since I emptied and refilled the bird bath today and took some blind pictures (this is the best). Their eyes are open, so I’m extra careful about not showing […]

Snap tray variant style

The older snap tray design has pinched corners, which makes it super-easy to snap – just, well, pinch the corners. But for a different look, here’s one I’ve been playing around with. The snaps show on the inside, so if you’re using fancy ones (or rivets) or just very proud of your color-coordination, this is […]

Wren update

The adult wrens weren’t around when I went to refill the bird bath yesterday, but they’d been hauling bugs all morning so I knew there were hatchlings. I risked sneaking up, sticking the phone to the opening and clicking blindly and sure enough, there they were. I’m trying not to let them get too acclimated […]

Color-sorting with Ink/Stitch

When you have a single-color embroidery machine, sometimes you want to sew a bunch of identical items to make the most of your thread changes. But if you just duplicate an item, sometimes your machine wants to stitch each one out in series, defeating the purpose. Pricey embroidery software like Embrilliance will group the colors […]

Take your vitamins

It has been just short of two months since I started using TaskWarrior, and I gotta admit… it’s going well? I’m not sure if it’s TaskWarrior or the vitamin D (you can skip to that if you’re not interested in to-do list stuff). Stephanie over the river at Exit 343 Designs (maker of the sticker […]

Christmas in July?

If you subscribe to my shop announcements you’ll have gotten a sneak peek at those dice. Those particular ones will land in the shop this week, but they’re really just samples for the countdown calendars that I’ll be doing again this November(ish). This time I’m shooting for a little more lead time, obviously, and something […]

Roundup: Practical sewing projects

I gotta admit: I don’t do a lot of practical sewing. When I do, most of it is gifts and I don’t take many pictures of those. But I love to subscribe to blogs about them, and squirrel away ideas for future gifts, so here’s some of them. SewingTimes has videos, which make me feel […]