Category: Guest Post

Book Review: Sew Red

Anything that is done for a cause – a marathon or a charity – beats hard and fast in my heart. I write about my mom’s losing battle with breast cancer on my I am page and how the experience shaped who I am and how it affects my reaction towards others who are fighting a disease. Cassandra, a representative for Jim Beans Wool, contacted me about a newly released book – Sew Red. It’s the second of the four book series Stitch Red and is dedicated to raising awareness in preventing heart disease – the number one killer of women in the United States. It’s not your average sewing and quilting book as its patterns are fresh and fun and were designed by thirty renowned sewing/quilting masterminds – Ty Pennington, Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Tula Pink and Suede are a few of these designers. And they don’t stop at designing, they also offer commentaries on their experiences with heart disease and tips and tricks to lead heart-healthy lives. Now, you could consider this a sponsored post but it’s for the right reasons. When I read Cassandra’s email, I could hear my mom saying, “Maddie, this is something you want to endorse.” I don’t put anything on my blog that I wouldn’t use, or at least I try not to, and this book is no exception. It’s a great book. My mom did not beat cancer but maybe someone else can win their fight with the help of proceeds raised through Sew Red.

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Interview & Giveaway With Anna Depew

Has my adoration for lingerie oozed out enough? It’s embarrassing to admit but my Google, Etsy, and Pinterest searches have been solely in the realm of “lingerie,” “vintage undies,” “bralettes,” “soft bras,” etc. Did the election occur because I have been oblivious to the world. One lingerie shop that seems to be ubiquitous (I see the sidebar button everywhere) is Mrs. Depew Vintage. Anna, the owner of the shop, is a military wife who currently lives in Norway (way cool!). She is a lover of making her own clothes (she blogs about her creations here), her cat, and most of all, vintage patterns. Stocked within this gem of an online shop are PDF patterns for vintage beachwear, lingerie, dresses, blouses, and hats. If that’s not enough, the silhouettes of said patterns are ones that aren’t seen in today’s world of fast fashion. I asked Anna is she’s be interested in an interview (and a giveaway – continue reading…) and she kindly agreed. When she sent me her responses to my questions, she worried that she was too thorough. I told her no,no,no… long answers are the sign of a blogger and shop owner her cares. So without further adieu, take it way Anna… Q: Can you briefly describe you and your shop, Mrs. Depew Vintage? A: I’m a military wife who followed my husband to an assignment in Norway. A series of very unfortunate events left me at home all day with nothing to do but sew. I started designing my own patterns almost by accident and suddenly realized how much fun it was! My shop is basically a fusion of the things that I love most – vintage clothing, sewing, lingerie and all things French. When I start a new pattern, I usually start with a look or an era that…

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I’m Guest Posting!

You thought it Matchy Matchy was over and done with. Finite. Well, you thunk wrong (no, I am not grammatically incorrect). She has one last horrah and it’s on a Violet’s blog, Blythe Ponytail Parades. Violet is a wonderful blogger. Seriously. She has a knack for photography that is unparalleled with anyone her age. Our blogs don’t have much in common, mine being a sewing blog and her’s being a lifestyle blog, but that didn’t mean I wasn’t up for a guest post. I can write about anything, that’s for damn sure. So while she’s in Japan photographing a wedding (cue drooling in jealousy), I’m writing about Matchy Matchy and the struggles I faced, and OVERCAME while working on her. She was a bitch in all sense of the word.

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