From the monthly archives:

March 2010

Triathlon Report: The Race

by This is Carrie on March 31, 2010

It was the first off-road triathlon Todd & I had ever done together so there was a little part of me that hoped I’d come out of the water before him.  I had to count on him having a small panic attack somewhere during the swim, but it was possible. After the swim, there was […]



Heirloom Bloomer Giveaway

by This is Carrie on March 30, 2010

I’m giving away both pairs of the handmade bloomers featured in the Heirloom Bloomer Tutorial I wrote for Ucreate last week! blue bloomer size 3-6 months All you have to do is make a comment on this post telling me if you’d ever be able to cut into a family heirloom (handkerchief, wedding dress, embroidered […]



Triathlon Report Part 1: Training

by This is Carrie on March 29, 2010

I raced my first two off-road triathlons last spring and Todd raced his first one this past fall.  But the Xterra Real Mtn Bike Triathlon 2010 at Folsom Lake was to be the first triathlon we would race together. It was great to be able to do a practice open water swim together And thanks […]



Making Stuff: Embroidered Converse Shoes

by This is Carrie on March 29, 2010

During a recent online search that had nothing to do with embroidered Chucks, I wandered through cyberspace, chasing links, bouncing between blogs and happened upon these inspirational photos.  I immediately knew what I had to make for my girlfriend’s newly adopted daughter. Tips for those that might embark on a shoe embroidery project: Use a […]



Tutorial: Heirloom Handkerchief Bloomers

by This is Carrie on March 26, 2010

(click on HERE to go to tutorial) Originally featured on uCreate.



Making Stuff: Thread Catcher

by This is Carrie on March 25, 2010

This was a Christmas gift project I finished ages ago but held off on posting because I thought maybe I’d get around to creating a tutorial for it, but I’ve finally conceded that it may never happen. I really don’t know how I sewed for so long without a pin cushion/thread catcher I fell so […]



Making Stuff: It’s a Blanket with Sleeves

by This is Carrie on March 24, 2010

Ever since the explosion of the Snuggie at Christmas, my girls have been coveting their own blanket with sleeves.  Having felt the quality of the fabric of the manufactured blankets and finding this tutorial for an adult “Snuglet”, I told them I’d make them their own and it’d be better and softer and cuter. While […]



The LA Marathon

by This is Carrie on March 22, 2010

I hadn’t been to a marathon just to watch since I happened upon the NYC marathon finish over eight years ago.  This weekend, a couple friends and I parked ourselves at mile 3 of the LA marathon to cheer on our Team Sparkle running skirt girls. Honestly, I can’t think of something more motivating and […]



Gifts for the Sewing Enthusiast: The Sewing Bible

by This is Carrie on March 19, 2010

Even though it wasn’t gifted to me (unless I count it as a gift to myself), I must add this last item to my list of great gifts for the sewing enthusiast. Ruth Singer’s Sewing Bible is a wonderful resource full of pictorial sewing techniques for the beginner and “masterclass” tutorials for the pro.  It’s […]



BEFORE: A too-big western shirt of Todd’s destined for the Goodwill but before it got stuffed in the bag, it called out to me, begging to be made into a skirt for Princess. And I knew it had to have a yoke.  It just so happened this western shirt had the perfect yoke on the […]