Friday Roundup

Happy Friday, everyone! I have a bunch of linkadoos and fun pictures for you to wrap up the week.

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the Fat Quarter Shop giveaway last week. We used the random number generator to choose two winners. How lucky: they each preferred a different bundle! Here are the winners:

Ava, who said “Love the Shine. Need to make baby stuff for all the new ones in the family”
Dana, who said “I love your fabrics! I would love to make some purses for my 4-year old and how about some rice warmies! And though I love all of the colors, I would probably choose Pomp. Thank you!”


Indie Sew is a new site dedicated to showcasing independent designers’ patterns, and it has an interface for users to show off the projects they’ve made. Indie Sew now carries all my women’s patterns, and their newly-released Winter Collection features my Josephine blouse! I love how they styled the entire collection.

My friend Andrea over at Knitty Bitties has already blogged about her take on the Indie Sew Winter Collection. Look at her amazing plaid Josephine!

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STYLO MAGAZINE: It was so much fun to see my work in the latest issue of online children’s sewing + style magazine, Stylo Issue 3! I sewed up a lovely collection of Made By Rae patterns out of this season’s Cotton + Steel line and dressed Clementine up for photo shoots at my local public library.  My section is called “Art + Craft,” on pages 99-115.

SEWING WISH LIST: here are a couple of things I want to sew right this minute.

poolsideinsidePoolside Tote by Anna Graham of Noodlehead: I love the oversized design of this carry-all bag; it looks perfect for a weekend overnight bag or a stylish diaper bag.

popover poncho

Popover Poncho by April Rhodes: April just released this poncho and I can’t wait to sew up a cosy version to live in all winter long!


I hate making cake popsthis funny post from my friend Dana. I love when bloggers keep it real.

Floating Babies: My sister Elli sent me this link from Otteroo — a floatie for babies — the other night, and you just have to see it to believe it. I keep wondering, would Hugo (my 7-month-old) enjoy floating by his neck??

Do what you love and the money will follow: I love this post on Sew Mama Sew, and the comment section is just as interesting as the well-thought-out post on making money as an artist.

Small Magazine: lots of style, accessories, and design for little humans in this online magazine. I always enjoy Small!

What fabric designers earn: Abby Glassenberg gets candid about how much money fabric designers actually make.

National Geographic: I don’t even know how many hours I’ve lost lately on the National Geographic website. Was it always so visually impressive? I find the Future of Food project particularly interesting.

For the list-makers: Bullet Journal offers a genius (analog) way to distill all your notes and to-do lists into one simple system within the covers of one notebook. Any notebook you have will do! I’m always trying to figure out a better way to keep track of my to-do lists, so I’m going to give this one a try.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

8 thoughts on “Friday Roundup

  1. Rae, this is all so interesting – about doing what you love. Thanks for sharing the links and mentioning the comment section. I have been thinking a lot about this myself. As I have spent more and more time + blood, sweat and tears on my photography over the last three years, I am feeling less and less comfortable linking to fabrics and fabric companies. There is a fabric company I don’t even like using one of my photos (in something I made) as their main Flickr page photo. Apparently when you submit a photo to the group they can do that. I don’t know- I love to sew, I love the community, but each of my blog posts takes hours to create when you consider photography, editing, writing and sewing. If I was getting paid, it would be weird to have photos of my kids selling things, you know? I don’t like that at all. It just feels so lose-lose. I do feel bloggers are being taken advantage of, especially now that blogging has moved away from the ‘stream of consciousness’/throw your iphone photos up to something that takes so much more time. I just don’t know what the answer is… I will continue to blog because I like the record personally (which is why I continue to write about our family life, even though that seems to be a blogging no-no). But I have set some standards. Like I will not host giveaways on my blog. And I will not write a post for anyone else’s website – if it’s for a tour or something, everything has to stay on my blog. That’s pretty standard now, but not always the case.

    • Hi Rachel!

      So glad you commented. Yes you are a great example of someone who is producing amazing content and not getting paid — but like you said, you are doing it for your own gratification, which definitely means something. As far as the flickr photo, the fabric company absolutely may NOT use your photo without explicit permission — I would recommend sending them an email saying you would prefer not to be featured, they should respond by taking the photo down. And if they don’t, you just let me know 😉

      • Thanks for responding, Rae. I appreciate your thoughts very much! Also I’ve been meaning to tell you I had a stretch thread breakthrough! I’ve been using it in the bobbin only with amazing results! I use polyester thread in my needle, stretch thread in the bobbin and my hems have never looked better and my seams are holding strong. I thought you might like to try it. 🙂

  2. Love the Bullet Journal – thanks! As someone who intends to be organised after the Apocalypse (Zombie or otherwise) I just can’t give up my analogue organisation systems. It drives my husband nuts.
    Besides, it gives me a good reason to buy all those pretty notebooks.

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