Author: Paulette Erato

Lifestyle

Benchmarks are Bullshit

If you Google the title of this post (and my new book) “benchmarks are bullshit,” you won’t find many people arguing against this fact. Yet at some point in our lives, we all seem to forget this simple idea. It leads to unhealthy behaviors like getting stuck “in the rat …
Maker

Black Friday 2020 for Makers

Updated 11/24 @ 2:57 pm PST. Here’s your one-stop shop for the Black Friday 2020 deals that excite makers. This post will be updated as new deals come in. Also not all of them are live yet! Check back regularly! Sewing: Black Friday 2020 5 out of 4 Patterns: 30% …
Sewing

M7206 Color-Blocked for Minerva

Are you still curious about M7206, the McCalls retro bowling shirt? I’ve talked about it many times: In linen In silk without front curved seams In silk with curved seams In cotton shirting Then you’re in luck because I just made another one—and this one is color blocked! I posted …
Sewing

Sew DIY – Sew My Style 2020 Designer Q&A

I learned about Beth and Sew DIY when I was researching companies for Sew My Style 2020 last year. Her product line was recommended by another pattern designer because of the inclusive size range (US size 0-32). Then I learned she lives in the Los Angeles area too and we …
Recipes

Strawberry Fig Chipotle Jam

This all natural, no-pectin strawberry fig chipotle jam is so tasty! It’s smoky, sweet, and spicy all rolled into one. (If spicy isn’t your bag, simply leave the chipotle out. But I recommend you try it!) What is jam and how is it different from jelly, preserves, etc? I used …
Sewing

Helen’s Closet – Sew My Style 2020 Designer Q&A

Helen’s Closet has been a Sew My Style featured pattern company since 2018. Helen has made her Suki robe, Blackwood cardigan, and now, Pona jacket all available for the annual sewing challenge. I had the pleasure of being on Helen’s and partner Caroline’s podcast Love to Sew earlier this year. …
Maker

2020 Amazon Prime Day Deals for Makers

Amazon Prime Day is next week, and is actually a 48-hour event. Beginning at midnight PDT Tuesday, October 13th it runs through the 14th at 11:59 pm in the Pacific time zone. Marketers are considering this the start of the holiday shopping season, 6 weeks earlier than Black Friday. 2020 …
Lifestyle

Thoughts on Noom: Is it Worth It?

After posting what I hoped was an objective review, now it’s time to give you my unfiltered thoughts on Noom. Is it worth it? What is Noom? If you’re not familiar with Noom, go back and read my last post on this diet program. To recap, Noom seeks to help …
Lifestyle

Noom: What to Expect in Your First 30 Days

Noom has been all over the tv ads lately. And with the pandemic practically eliminating gym workouts, maybe you’re wondering if it’s for you. So here’s a Noom review with what to expect in the first 30 days. What is Noom? Noom is an app-based lifestyle program designed to help …
Sewing

Simplicity 1108 Robe Pattern Review

I’ve owned the beginner-friendly sewing pattern Simplicity 1108 for a few years now. In fact, remember the Bat Dress (Simplicity 8091)? I bought them at the same time, way back in 2017! What both of these Simplicity patterns have in common is that they are listed as Misses’ Kimonos. L’sigh. …