Category Archives: crafting


A few months ago I made a cushion from a piece of vintage Star Wars bed sheet.  Having never made a cushion cover before, I was pleased with the end result and liked how quickly it came together.  Plus, C3PO, Darth Vader and the Death Star now grace our living room – who wouldn’t be happy with that?


Using the Force...for lumbar support.

Using the Force…for lumbar support.

Since then, I’ve been writing down all kinds of ideas for fun cushion covers and have managed to whip up a few like these bad boys:

Quilted front, zipper back

Quilted front, zipper back

All you need is Love

All you need is Love

Personally, I like a really over stuffed cushion so I use a big insert but because I’ve used a layer of cotton batting and backing fabric for the cushion fronts, a smaller insert would work and still give the cushion good shape.  Plus, the covered zipper makes the back look as good as the front – bonus!

I’ve got a long list of ideas for these and I’m thinking I’ll take custom orders on my Etsy shop.  What do you think?  What would you put on a cushion?



Back in the saddle…

Here I am, finally breaking in the new home of Telltale Thread.  I’m feeling a little sheepish that it has taken me until March to write up my first post (one that hasn’t been imported from my old blog) but I’ll shake that off and dive right in!

Things have been more than a little quiet on the crafting front.  My poor craft room has been frightfully neglected the past few months.  It’s been a combo of life, work and more life that has kept me away from the cutting mat and sewing machine but I think things will begin to slowly change now.

Sadly, last month saw me with very little time to get any crafting done thanks to training at my day job that ate up my flex days.  I’ve been working on the planning stages of some new projects and this months I should be ready to get some things finished.  I’m planning on big changes this year so the more I can work on being organized and laying groundwork now, the better.

Between buying a house, the holidays and daycare, budget concerns have been high on my list of ‘must deal with’.  It’s all just a matter of balance and tweaking and figuring things out but it is spurring me to think more about my business and getting it off the ground, not just from a financial point of view but from a personal ‘doing what I love’ perspective as well.  I’m happiest when I’m playing with fabric and designing and sewing.  One day this will be my day job.  It’s no secret that I get no joy from office work – my five year plan gets me through those long days chained to my desk.

I also find myself in a mind to make some adjustments to my personal relationships as well.  There were a lot of wonderful things to come out of 2013, and I do try to keep those at the forefront of my memories.  However, if last year taught me anything, it was a sometimes not so pleasant lesson in who I can count on – my true friends and dependable family.  I’m not about to tell anyone to take a hike but I will definitely be careful about where I expend my energies.  I feel like I need to be a little more ‘selfish’ this year, for lack of a better word, and it’s always so hard to admit that, isn’t it?

I hope you’ll stick around and see what’s in store for Telltale Thread.  I’d love to have you along for the ride.

That didn’t take long…

Just over a month since my last post and while I have no ‘after’ photos of my craft space for you (it’s still a mess), I can tell you that we found a house!

We have a bit of work to do before we can move in so we probably won’t be living there until some time in September (oh, and I guess we should wait for our closing date at the end of August).  We have lots of plans already for both the inside and the outside spaces – we’re going to have to pace ourselves.

There’s a small sun-room at the back of the house that I think will become my new craft space.  Almost the same as what I’m currently using but slightly bigger.  Right now it’s painted a very bright blue, which I don’t mind, but will probably change so that I can really put my own stamp on it.

Hopefully, you won’t mind if I ramble on about home decor and DIY’s in the coming months.  I’ve been waiting a long time to get the chance to decorate a space that is truly my own – I am beyond excited!

BUT, in equally exciting, yet more rapidly approaching news, my baby girl is going to be ONE on Sunday.  How the hell….where did the time go??  We’re having a small, casual gathering of people – a bbq, some beer and a cake for the Kid to smoosh around as she pleases.  The weather has been great so hopefully it hangs in there for another few days.  Having recently returned to work, I’ve failed miserably in the crafty mum stakes.  I’m going to try to get a couple of things made for Sunday.  If I’m successful, photos will follow.  If not, well…I’ll find some pictures of cats to post instead.

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