I run, I craft, I write, and I make your favorite clothes.

I have written books about sewing for children and adults and I'm the indie designer’s patternmaking secret weapon. I've taught video and in-person classes to anyone who would listen since 2008. I believe that sewing clothes is a radical act of self-love that increases your sense of self-worth. I'm basically your sewing fairy godmother.

I’m ready for December…are you?

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Nothing signifies the beginning of the Holiday Season more to me than the Detroit Urban Craft Fair.  I have enjoyed being a vendor, but I simply love volunteering for the event.  Every year I meet new shoppers and crafters, enjoy the tunes, and bask in the glow of crafty community and the Handmade Spirit.

Click on the poster image to get to the first of the DUCF vendor preview posts.  I already want everything. I hope, if you’re anywhere near the City this weekend, you’ll head down to the Masonic Temple to do some handmade holiday shopping, then stay downtown for the 40th annual Noel Night on Saturday. Or, stop by to see me on Sunday giving hugs, smiles, and retail services in the Handmade Detroit Merchandise Booth.

As if that weren’t enough; next weekend my husband is launching his software.  Anyone who has lived through a start-up knows that this is a time of great relief, and then the real work begins…

But then, most magical of all this month – my birthday! I am like a child when it comes to my birthday.  Even my Kindergartners are baffled when they ask my favorite holiday and I reply “My Birthday!” This year is no exception.  I will delight in turning 41 and feeling 21 (or 11)!

The December SEMi Crafty Meetup will be held on Thursday, December 13 at Maker Works in Ann Arbor.  You can get more details and reserve a spot here. This time, we’ll be offering up some materials and instructions for making items to donate to local hospitals, and then we’ll take care of the donating bit for you as well.

December just keeps rolling forward with it’s activity and joy: circus|wear will be participating in a pretty spectacular holiday shopping event on Saturday December 15th in Royal Oak, MI.



“All Wrapped Up” Royal Oak, MI-

What better way to welcome the holidays than to spend an evening at a fun-filled event that not only includes unique shopping opportunities and entertainment, but also helps improve the quality of lives of young women in Detroit. Fashion Designer Matthew Richmond of “Paper Dolls” fame, and Angela Venditti, Miss Michigan 2012, are “wrapping up” fashion and art in a special gift package, as they co-host a unique and exciting charity event to benefit the Alternative for Girls, on Saturday, December 15 from 6-10 pm at the Aveda Institute in Royal Oak.

Shoppers will be able to spend an evening browsing through artists’ booths filled with gorgeous handmade gifts, stroll through artwork, have a complementary massage, receive mini makeovers, and enjoy listening to live music by The Wall Clocks — all for a small donation at the door or gift cards in $5 increments, which will be donated directly to the charity for girls.

Miss Michigan will be modeling one of Richmond’s stunning “Paper Doll” dresses, fashioned from holiday wrapping paper, and will pose for photos with shoppers. Patrons will also enjoy an exhibit of fashion photography, and a fascinating display of collector Dwane Adle’s Barbie and Ken dolls from the 1960’s to the present.
Gift booths will include items for sale by such local artists as: Paper, Ink & Earth stationery; Lilacpop jewelry by Janna Bissett; Always the Forest clothing; Marie Rachelle fascinators; Green Daffodil Candles; One Girl Circus children’s clothing; Cheryl Oz Illustrations, Detroit GT, and more; complimentary massages by Aveda, mini makeovers and tips by makeup artist Paige Sheatzley; refreshments by Noodles and Company as well as delectable dessert selections from Rock City Pies and delicious drinks from Great Lakes Coffee. Complementary gift wrap will be available for all purchases made that evening.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Alternatives for Girls, a non-profit organization that focuses on helping homeless and high-risk young women access valuable resources and acquire support needed to ensure their personal safety and to make positive choices in their lives.

December 15th 6pm-10pm
Douglas J Aveda Institute
409 South Center Street, Royal Oak, MI 48067



It just gets better and better, I tell you…my dear, sweet friend Jennifer gifted me a spot in Holiday Joy UP.  I’m looking forward to directing intention, attention, and gratitude both inward and outward this month.

I have glitter at the ready for my art students, and my wrists already hurt from the obsessive bit of sewing, knitting and crocheting I initiated over Thanksgiving. I’m fighting hard for a REAL tree this year, and dreaming of vegan gluten-free holiday treats.

So much more is in the works in the circus that is my life. On top of everything going on, I look forward to the time I get to spend with my friends during these events, and with my family afterward.


Are you ready for December?

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