For No Good Reason

Sometimes life happens. It just does. Maybe you get knocked off the horse and decide you need to walk beside it for a while before jumping back on.

The past year has been awesome. Another little boy (is he not the cutest?!). Another summer. Winter. Spring. Some parts have not been great. It has been a hard transition and I am finally able to say that aloud. The great part is I’m finally jumping back on with you all here. The demons of “You Can’t” and “You’re Not” aren’t welcome ’round these parts anymore. It feels so good to get some sewing creativity back in my life.

To celebrate I made something for my youngest, Pierce. It was part of a challenge for a sewing group I joined recently but other than that…it was for no good reason. Just to light a fire. The challenge was to use the Hope Dress/Capri pattern from My Little Plumcake and since I have boys I thought it would be fun to do a boy version. To give myself a little more trouble I decided that I would only use things I already had in my sewing room. No extra trips to the store.

Added some white piping.

Some cute sailboat buttons.

The result was adorable and with the addition of a bow tie my dapper lad was ready for trouble. Which is exactly what he gave me as I tried chasing him all over to grab these shots!

Shop Small Sale

I love shopping handmade. It is personal and allows you to give a unique gift to your loved ones. Shopping handmade also allows you to know you’re money is going somewhere. Maybe to help put food on the table. Maybe it helps someone buy holiday gifts for their loved ones. No matter what you know you’re money makes a difference and doesn’t just line someone’s pocketbook. Sometimes it is a little more costly though so to help you this season I’m offering a Shop Small Sale in the store.

Starting at midnight on 11/24/12 all items in the Nina Shop are 25% off! This special does not include custom items and the discounts are already applied to the items. In addition, with every $25 order you will get my book Make It You: Your Space FREE and with every $75 order you will get my book The Basics & Beyond: Sewing Home Decor, complete with instructional DVD for visual learners, for FREE!


Announcing the newest addition to our family! Thank you for your patience on updates to the blog and shop as I take some time off to spend enjoying this sweet little angel and helping big brother adapt to our family of four status! Everyone is doing great and I hope to be back blogging and sewing within a week or two!

Baby Announcement

Dairy Free Brownie Cookies

I feel like I’ve been cooking more than I’ve been sewing lately! All the beautiful spring produce is coming in our family’s CSAs (Community Support Agriculture) and it is hard to stay out of the kitchen when you have so many beautiful ingredients to work with…and you’re pregnant and nesting! Not to worry though new project posts are coming!

Brownie Cookies Dairy Free (more…)

Quick Applique Lettering

Appliques come in many shapes and sizes and are a very popular form of personalizing projects and gifts today. I’ve been using these steps for quick applique lettering for years now and found it is not only fast with professional results but because I can use any font the options are endless! Layers of Steam A Seam (more…)