About Jan

Musician and geek and Juris Doctor; lover of fine art and fine craft; mother and grandmother and significant other and friend. Passionate about sewing.

Geometric Goodies

I was bored early one morning before leaving for France, and started exploring Mood Fabrics’ website while lying in bed, waiting for the Jazzman to wake up. Bad move. I found several things I had to have. This one is called “Bright Multi Geometric Jersey Prints” and is a whole bunch of colors that look good on me. I knew I would use it for one of Marcy Tilton’s or Katherine Tilton’s tops they’ve designed for Vogue Patterns. So I wanted a complementary fabric to bind the neckline. Lookee here! The photo doesn’t do it justice. Look at how look … Continue reading

Vacation Happy – Days 5 & 6

Today I’m grateful for: Having packed a boxy wool cowlneck sweater that I could put two other layers underneath. (However, I’m kicking myself for pulling the cashmere twinset out of the suitcase at the last minute. “It’s spring”, I thought. Yeah, so what? It’s danged cold!) Two pairs of Naot shoes. These ultra comfortable shoes are worth every penny the retailers charge. Getting to see new-to-me cities and attractions. Blown away yesterday by the Chateau de Chantilly. I’m enchanted with the little town of Senlis, near the chateau. We had lunch in an enchanting little underground restaurant, “Les Barbares,” in … Continue reading

Vacation Happy – Days 3 & 4

Today I’m grateful for: Listening to my instincts and inserting batting in the straps of the bag I made to schlep my necessities on the trip. Weather that has belied the weather forecast. A merveilleux tour director with an amazing sense of humor. Goodbye to Dijon. Hello to Reims, after tasting Chardonnays in the City of Chablis. Today’s photo came from an attractive window display in Dijon.

Vacation Happy – Days 1 & 2

Today I’m grateful for, among other things: Beautiful weather in Lyon Having gotten a no-muss-no-fuss haircut for vacation dry and style in 3 minutes! Great traveling companions. Friends at home watching our house so we don’t have to worry. Today’s togs: K. Tilton top, M. Tilton pants, both from M. Tilton fabrics and Vogue patterns. Au revoir to Lyon. Bonjour to Dijon.

A Travel Tote

On the evening before wheels-up to France, I finished the tote bag to keep me sane on this trip! My friend and fellow fiberphile, Mary Lou Alexander, recently destashed and transferred some goodies she no longer needed to my stash. I wanted a new bag for this trip and started digging into her upholstery fabric remnants. Voila! (as they say in France). Marcy Tilton has designed a number of great handbag patterns for Vogue, but Vogue 8590 fit my needs. My small travel purse doesn’t carry enough things to get me through a long plane trip, so I always like … Continue reading