Monthly Archives: December 2011

Making your own piping is really easy and makes things like pillows and bags look professional and well made. Use self fabric for a subtle detail or use a contrasting fabric to make seam lines and design details stand out. I’ll show you how to do it:

You’ll need at least half a meter of fabric (or else you’ll have lots of seams) and figure out how much piping you need before you cut up your fabric. If your fabric is expensive you can make your piping out of a plain cotton that matches. Making your own piping is great because you can choose how thick you want the piping to be. I usually use 1/8″-1/4″ cord bit you can use any thickness.

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I recently bought a lovely coat and every single button fell off, all 12. So if this has happened to you this winter I’ve made an illustrated step-by-step guide on how to sew on a button. Yes, many people lack this skill. You know who you are.

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You can start with the needle in the back of the fabric but I prefer this way because it looks much neater.

Good luck!

knitting 101

My grandma, Gwen, taught me how to knit when I was little but I never learned how to cast on, I always got her to do it for me. It wasn’t until a few years ago I decided to give knitting another go and realized I didn’t know how to start.

So… this is the first thing you need to know. It seems a little confusing at first but once you get the hang of it it’s pretty easy.

Happy knitting!

Upcoming videos: Continental (Long-Tail) cast on, Garter Stitch (plain old knitting), Purl Stitch, Fixing Mistakes, and Casting off.

I hate Tuesdays. Monday gets a bad rap but Tuesdays are definitely the worst. Monday, yah, the weekend is over and you have to go to work but you’re rested and refreshed. Then Tuesday comes and you realize how long the week is and that there’s still four more long days until the weekend. Just hold on until Wednesday, you’re half way there.

So to make Tuesday’s just a little bit better I’ll feature a weekly drink. It might be a cocktail, a wine, or a yummy craft beer.

Today’s drink:

Spiced Rum and Eggnog

How to make a delicious rum and eggnog cocktail:

Fill a highball glass with lots of ice, they taste better when really cold.

Add 1 oz of Sailor Jerry’s spiced rum. Or 1 1/2oz if today has been extra Tuesday-y

Fill remainder of glass with good quality eggnog like Avalon (available at most grocery stores in the Vancouver area). But try to keep a ratio of at least 4 to 1 of eggnog to rum or else it’ll be very sweet.

Stir extra well. The eggnog is pretty heavy and tends to sit at the bottom, so stir away or the first sip will be strooong.

Top with a shake of powdered nutmeg.

Turn on some Bing Crosby and enjoy while knowing Tuesday is all but over now.


Before adding ice rim glass with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon for extra deliciousness

Also, if it’s still too sweet for your liking, add a splash of milk.

I’ve seen a few of these in the stores lately, and I know you’re thinking that I’m thinking: “I could make that”. Well, yes you can, I tried it. It’s super easy.

Skills required:
Basic knitting – casting on, casting off, knit stitch, purl stitch. This pattern is done as a 2×2 rib knit.

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I did it, I started my blog I’ve been talking about forever. My young old lady blog. There’s a certain set of skills lost on my generation and there’s lots of us out there taking new interest in home made, do it yourself, wisdom and know how. Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting some knitting, sewing, and maybe even some baking pojects your grandma would be proud of.

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