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Welcome. I’m here to talk about creating an intentional wardrobe that is ethical, affordable, beautiful, and comfortable. I mostly make yarn, knit, sew, thrift, and mend to do it.

SCRAPS BUSTED - Boot Stands (also, I'm a divorcee now)

SCRAPS BUSTED - Boot Stands (also, I'm a divorcee now)

We’re Divorced!

Oh how I’ve missed walks in the forest. She wanted to take a picture with our tongues out and then didn’t stick out her tongue because she had to point at herself.

Oh how I’ve missed walks in the forest. She wanted to take a picture with our tongues out and then didn’t stick out her tongue because she had to point at herself.

It’s done. It’s gone as fast as it could almost totally amicably and relatively pain-free compared to many other divorces. But it still feels like we’ve crawled and clawed our way into separate lives. We both sat and told a judge that we felt our marriage was irretrievably broken. And he went over all our agreements and decreed our divorce final.

The Bad News

Shortly after I got home, a mortgage lender called me and told me there is basically no way any lender will approve a mortgage for me because I haven’t been employed long enough for my salary to matter. And I haven’t been forcing my ex to make childcare payments, so that doesn’t count as income.

Whew! Divorce sucks, y’all! Especially if you trusted someone and gave up your income and independence so that they could follow their dreams and not have to worry about caring for their kids.

The Good News

Things haven’t been all bad though. Spring is slowly creeping in here, and we’ve had a few days approaching 50 degrees (F). The snow, which was over the kids’ heads only a few weeks ago has now given way to bare patches of brown grass.

The girls have been going outside and climbing and generally loving life. AND in preparation for a move (which may or may not be happening now) I have BUSTED through my tiny scraps by making boot stands!

These stands have cleaned up my closet A TON. I don’t consider myself someone with too many shoes, but I do have several pairs of boots flopping around all winter.

Just climbing in the forest in her tutu. No big deal.

Just climbing in the forest in her tutu. No big deal.

Super Easy Boot Stands Sewing Pattern

What you need: -5” x 16” rectangles (4 per pair of boots), -lots of fabric scraps

Step 1: With right sides facing, sew 2 rectangles together on both long sides and one short side. (Leave one short end open for stuffing.)

The rectangles should be no more than 5” wide (I aimed for 4.25”) and can be up to 2 feet long (but 15 inches is just fine).

PRO TIP: Woven fabric holds its shape better when stuff, if you’re using knit scraps for this project, your bags will get distorted.

Step 2: Turn your new bag right side out and start stuffing as full as you can with fabric scraps and threads too small for general sewing. You can sew the bag closed once it is tightly packed 3” from the top. Alternatively, you can tie it closed, or just leave it open for mice to nest in.

Step 3: Place one boot stand in each floppy boot to help them stand up straight.

VOILA! Congratulations on your more organized closet!

You can see the my old worn-out pajamas peeking out of the top of these boots to help them stand up.

You can see the my old worn-out pajamas peeking out of the top of these boots to help them stand up.

End of Winter Handspun Hat - Capucine Pattern

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Circle Skirt Tutorial - Zipper Version

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