with my hands – Dream
  • The first day crowd at Ommel 2019 festival.
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    Ommel 2019 – The first day

    Today was finally the long expected opening of the Ommel 2019 sewing festival here in my home city of Espoo. Together with over 50 volunteers, I spend a big part of Thursday building the festival: carrying stuff, threading sewing machines, hanging signs, whatever was needed to welcome the thousands of visitors that are expected to attend. However, the biggest work was already done by the wonderful board of the Ommel ry (registered association), lead by Jenni Salminen. So many workshops My family attended with three generations of enthusiastic sewists: me, my daughter and my mother, who joined us a bit later in the afternoon. Today’s main goal for us was…

  • Make nine 2019 challenge.
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    My #makenine2019

    January is the time to make plans and the sewing plans are no exception. I am generally very careful what comes to sewing challenges. I tend to take things a little too seriously and forget to just have fun. However, nowadays I sew so much that a year-long sewing challenge, such as the popular #makenine should be no problem for me! And well, if I don’t get to make all of them, so be it! I think that these 9 patterns will patch some holes in my wardrobe and challenge myself to learn a few new things. 1. Saraste top by Named clothing I basically love all the three Saraste…

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    Craftiness inherited

    I love the fact that my kids are now of the age that they are starting to learn how to sew and craft by themselves. I try to offer them proper tools to practice with and my kids often surprise me with their skills. K made this hand puppet a year ago in preschool. This year at the afternoon club at his school, he has learned how to make rubber band bracelets. He also made a tunic for the puppet in a bout of creativity. One day I was fixing my wooden flower boxes that were destroyed by some heavy wind. K saw the tools and left-over pieces of wood and…