birthday gift

birthday gift

I made this as a birthday gift for one of Saya’s friends. I was planning to post more details about how I made it, but the photos didn’t turn out. 

Basically I just cut out five panels. One of the panels l I cut in half, then sewed it back together a few inches. (That’s the front panel.)

I sewed four of the seams together. At that point I hemmed the top and bottom. 

birthday gift 2

Finally, I sewed the fifth seam to close it up. Easy peasy. 

I wanted to do more decorations, but I ran out of time. The little deer is something I made a while back.

stitching by hand


I love stitching by hand. It takes a lot of time and I always wish I had more time. I am finishing a quilt I started a long time ago, and I am making bracelets for a new shop that is opening. I also have bracelets in my etsy shop. You can use the coupon code newhouse15 for 15% off.


handmade gift idea – etched wooden spoons




I made a lot of these spoons to give to family for Christmas. I found the idea on design mom. I thought it was great because it is something useful and I like the way they turned out. The wood burning tool was inexpensive and fun to use. I also made some hand-stitched linen napkins to go with them.

handmade gift idea – tiny mouse house




I made this little mouse house for Saya. The small case is from Target–it was plain and I decorated it. (I didn’t make the mouse. I splurged on a Maileg mouse. I love their toys so much.) I made a little quilt, pillow and blanket. Finally I bought another small paper box for $1 and painted the top to look like a table. Inside the box can store little foods and accessories for the mouse.

craft supplies

I am just a little bit obsessed with craft supplies. I found these at Target the other day…

markersNeon sharpie markers and Kraft stickers. The stickers were in the $1 bins.

surpriseI had to play with the markers right away, so I made this note for Saya. Today is her last day of kindergarten. Tomorrow there is a family picnic at school, and then we’re done! I am going to take her to Dave and Busters after school today for her surprise. She will be thrilled. She loves surprises.