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Princess Addie’s Dressmaking Adventure


“I like pretty things.”

               princess Addie

I think I’m a teacher at heart. I really like the idea of introducing children to new experiences outside of their everyday lives and with that in mind, my Sewing Adventures has come into being.   The Adventure provides a child with the opportunity to experience the various steps in the process of dressmaking.  We begin by searching pattern books for the perfect dress, followed by measurements and size selection.  Then we peruse the array of beautiful fabrics narrowing down our choices to of favorites. Then it’s off to visit the notion department for necessary threads and zippers, etc.

It is wonderfully creative for the kiddo and a whole lot of fun for me.  I have found that children are refreshingly free of preconceived rules about color and design and go in all sorts of directions that I might never think of.  It’s always a delight to set my fashion sense aside and let the princess take the lead.

I knew I was in for a good time when we first arrived at the fabric store; Addie looked around at the huge display of color we were surrounded by and then looked up at me with her sparkling eyes and said, “I like pretty things!”  I smiled and answered, “Hey, me too!”  And so began Addie’s Dressmaking Adventure.

tea tray

Jewelry – handcrafted necklace and earrings


Fabric Art Beads

Fabric art beads are made from left over remnants from my various sewing and fabric mosaics projects. With sustainable practices becoming so much a part of how we think today, I found myself wanting to come up with a practical use for what might otherwise have been discarded and out of that came my idea for Fabric Art Beads. Through repurposing of remnant materials, fabric art beads are created and incorporated into fashion jewelry.


Arenaria necklace is made with luscious shades of gold and cream hand-dyed batik fabric-art-beads accented with metallic gold Gutterman thread. Fabric-art-beads are paired with a variety of vintage and new decorative beads for a truly unique, one-of-kind, accessory. Wear alone or as a set with Arenaria companion pierced earrings by RemnantWorks .

necklace and coordinating earrings

necklace with embroidered silk blouse

Handcrafted Jewelry – Summer Accoutrements


I decided I really needed a little something to go with my new dress.

With that in mind, I took a quick spin through my bead drawer and found a few odds and ends to work with.

So, what do you think of my necklace and matching set of earrings?  Too bad I don’t have pierced ears.  Oh well…