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I’ve been making these fabric-wrapped necklaces for about a year now. They’re nice to have on the table at art markets, and a great way to use up strips of pretty fabrics.

beaded necklace rainbow! beaded necklace rainbow!

These are all made from silks, and the two-tone necklaces are made from chiffon. I use different beads inside them, but they’re mostly recycled Mardi Gras beads.

pink beaded necklace teal beaded necklace chartreuse beaded necklace

I don’t have any of these in my Etsy shop right now, but you can find them at Kiki Designs in Venice and Adorn & Conquer in New Orleans. Also I’m thinking about making a tutorial if there’s any interest in that…




Inspired one evening by The Zero Waste Home, the pile of projects all over the apartment, and a glass of Cotes du Rhone, I decided to make myself a set of napkins to keep in my bag. They are separate from our home napkins (which incidentally, Jason hates) and intended to replace paper napkins on the go.

napkins napkins

The cottons were all pre-cut into 10×10 squares, donated by my coworker Elle. I decided to make the napkins double sided to showcase the variety of prints, and I thought the cute pairs would be more of an incentive to use them.

silverware case

Last week I also made a zipper pouch for my silverware set, using some tiny scraps of quilting cotton that I couldn’t bear to part with. It’s got chopsticks, a fork, and a spoon. I try to remember to include the soy sauce packets from Thai takeout for my usual avocado sushi lunch. I’m already good at keeping this in my bag, so the napkin set shouldn’t be a problem.

I wound up with 11 napkins, enough to throw the dirties in the laundry basket and still have clean ones in my bag.

serged corner serging corners

This project was also a great opportunity for me to practice corners on my serger. I used the method from Sewing With Sergers, which works pretty well. I wonder if there are any other techniques for serging corners?




In addition to every else I’ve been trying to take care of for Burning Man, I’ve been making these zippered masks like crazy. I actually really love it: the fabric is mostly scraps from bigger projects, it’s the perfect use for small bits of elastic, and the hand-stitching is a form of meditation in my otherwise hectic life. Plus, honestly, the sales make me euphoric!

Danielle in a pink zipper mask Hannah in a diamond mask retro glam mask blue mask Danielle in a velvet mask copper mask Hannah as an acid frog Danielle in a gold mask gold tooth zipper mask

They are all trimmed in fold-over elastic, and have adjustable elastic straps to keep them securely on. The zippers, like I mentioned, are sewn by hand with some bright embroidery thread. Lately I’ve been mixing up the zippers by cutting the head off one and putting it on the teeth of another, so that both parts are different colors. And now I can’t stop doing it!

acid frog mask green zipper mask Hannah as a star gold zipper mask Hannah in a yellow mask purple zipper mask Hannah models a mask velvet mask Hannah in a neon mask

Trust me, I know, it’s A LOT of masks!

Delightfully, most of these have sold already but I am constantly making more. If you’d like a particular color combo feel free to send me an email about it, and you can see what I do have available in my Etsy shop!

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