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 […]

Laced Leather Cuff..

DIY Laced Leather Cuff

I thought a Girls Weekend in Colorado was the perfect opportunity to pull out my cowboy boots, cowboy hat and wear this leather cuff I had just finished.  (And get in a little horse back riding as well. More on how that turned out later.)  While punching all the holes for the leather lacing took a […]

Vintage Lace Tank ..

vintage lace tank - just sew on the lace

I found this beautiful lace at an estate sale about 12 years ago and I’ve been holding onto it every since. I’m not sure if it’s technically vintage, but since I won’t ever know when it was originally purchased I’m just going with that. It’s so pretty and delicate – I thought it might make […]