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get inspired: free coloring page!

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I try to find something to get inspired about (or get excited about!) every day, and it’s always been my goal for this blog to do the same for you: to offer a little bit of inspiration (or maybe even education). Last week, I found inspiration in many places, and actually had a pretty amazing […]

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the de-stash shop is open!

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In the process of redesigning Holland Cox products, I’ve found that some of my stash is no longer what it needs to be. So I’m getting rid of some of it! My Etsy shop is eventually going to be 100% sewing supplies, but for now it’s a mix of clearance and de-stash items. Click here […]

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my favorite ways to customize fabric

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I’ve been in love with fabric for so long that designing my own has always been inevitable! Digital design and ink drawing have both been preoccupations of mine lately, but they aren’t the only techniques I use in my quest for customized fabric… Here are my top three favorites right now: topstitching on fabric Anything […]

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in bloom year round

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Fabric flowers are so great – they are fun to make, easy to wear, and add color and interest to your outfit. I’ve used them on several handbags from my main collections, including the zaria envelope clutch, the oasis wristlet, and the idyllic envelope clutch: They are also, of course, awesome to wear on your […]

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diy fabric envelopes for valentine’s day

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Yes, it’s an utterly made up holiday. But what’s wrong with making up a reason to tell people around you that you care? Nothing. Especially if you do it with something handmade! These fabric envelopes are an all-purpose gift. Whether you are celebrating February 14 with friends, family, or your sweetheart, you can do it […]

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summer skirt refashioned from old dress shirts

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It seemed like last week was dress shirt refashion week on Pinterest…I came across several really cute ones, including this one inspired by Grosgrain. They got me thinking about all the dress shirts sitting in my closet left over from my office job days. I should really do something with those, I thought. Here’s the […]

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tutorial: fabric chandelier earrings

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UPDATE: You can now purchase a kit to make these lovely earrings! Click here to check it out! I don’t make jewelry. Partly because I love buying handmade jewelry (my #1 vice when attending craft shows), and partly because the materials don’t intrigue me enough to want to make things out of them. I’m more […]

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make something everyday

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Last year around this time, I decided I was going to try to make something everyday in 2010. My theory was that creativity is a muscle that needs loving care and exercise for it to flourish, and I still believe that. I figured now would be a good time to evaluate my success regarding that […]

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tutorial: mini pocketbook

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I’m sure that many of you, like me, are on an eternal quest for organization. I know I’m not alone in finding the Container Store’s promise of a perfect, organized life utterly seductive. But here’s the thing…I don’t really like purging, I love my stuff. Therefore I also love pretty things in which to stash […]

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book review: Design Your Own Tees

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I spent part of my Saturday in Adams Morgan at the seventh annual Crafty Bastards art & craft fair. This year was the first time in years that I’ve been in town and not vending at another craft fair, so I was excited to hang out and absorb the craftiness. There were a number of […]

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