“Find it Fas..

DIY purse organizer detail of pockets

Some projects come out of necessity and this was one of them.  I recently purchased a new leather bag on vacation that I loved, but it had only one small zipper pocket on the inside.  I was forever groping around in the bag to find my glasses, keys, phone, lipstick, etc. and as a result, […]

When one door clos..

Basehor Kansas

It’s with mixed emotions that I announce the closing of my store, Urban Arts + Crafts in Kansas City, MO. I have had 12 wonderful years of sewing, knitting, crochet, jewelry making, classes and crafting that I will miss terribly. I will miss the store, the customers, their daily inspiration and the connection to Kansas […]

5 Minute Leather F..

5 minute leather friendship bracelets, love the colors!

These colorful leather friendship bracelets are a snap to make!  Once you get the hang of tying the knots, you’ll be able to crank them out in 5 minutes or so. They’re an inexpensive gift to make so they’re great to give to friends and fun to wear with other bracelets. (If you read all […]

A DIY Painted Leat..

painted leather crossbody bag

Digging around in my closet deciding what to take to a trip to Portugal, I ran across a 1980′s circa leather cross-body bag. It was the perfect small size to carry the necessities – money, phone and keys but kinda drab. Since it was so old and I hadn’t used it in forever I wanted […]

Memory Lane Quilte..

Memory-Lane-Tote-from-ialwayspickthethimble

It’s here!  Introducing the Memory Lane Tote,  my first downloadable sewing pattern for the home sewer or quilter. It’s taken me almost a year of fussing, fretting, planning and design but this quilted tote bag pattern is now available for purchase online through www.Craftsy.com or exclusively at Urban Arts + Crafts in Kansas City, MO. […]

Ombre Beaded Leath..

Beaded Leather Cuff with simple button closure

I’ve really enjoyed making and wearing the oh-so popular Chan Luu look bracelets over this summer. But I also occasionally like to wear a wider style cuff. While digging through my bead box I unearthed some of my favorite beads used in an earlier post titled the Glass Bead Mosaic Ring.  It got me wondering […]