Author: Paulette Erato

Sewing

Top 5 Sewing Patterns of 2021

2021 was the year I embraced slow sewing, not on purpose. I just didn’t want to make a lot of stuff. I wasn’t going anywhere, so making clothes to just sit on the couch wasn’t appealing. When I would make time to sew, I had to put in a lot …
Drink Recipes

Creating a Family Coquito Recipe

Originally published Dec 2020, updated for 2021. Being Puerto Rican on my father’s side, the one thing I know Puerto Ricans love at Christmas time is coquito. Everyone has an opinion on it, and everyone has a family recipe. Except me! When I asked around no one actually had a …
Sewing

The Definitive Guide to a Sewing Starter Kit: Pressing Tools

So what are pressing tools and what does pressing have to do with sewing? Oh, just about EVERYTHING!! Want to know a secret? Sewing is only 10% sitting in front of your machine. The rest of the time you’re adjusting, cutting, unsewing, and most of all: pressing (aka ironing). Most …
Sewing

The Definitive Guide to a Sewing Starter Kit: Marking Tools

Marking tools can be used on paper or fabric, and I’ve separated them on this list. They’re all also pretty inexpensive which is a great bonus! When you’re cutting your fabric, you sometimes have to add certain markings to it to guide your sewing later. These markings require specialty tools so …
Sewing

The Definitive Guide to a Sewing Starter Kit: Measuring Tools

When I first started sewing, I had NO IDEA how much math goes into it. There’s a TON of math. Like algebra and geometry level math. And you know what you need for geometry? Rulers! AKA measuring tools! Measurements are EVERYWHERE in sewing. You need to know your own body …
Sewing

The Definitive Guide to a Sewing Starter Kit: Cutting Tools

Now that you’ve settled on your sewing machine, and all its necessary accessories, what cutting tools do you ACTUALLY need. Cutting tools? So…like scissors? Yup! But in this case, there are specialty scissors for just about every single type of cutting you can think of. And THE MOST IMPORTANT thing to …
Sewing

4 Cute Summer Blouses You Can Make Yourself

With the possibility of finally going back outside (if the world doesn’t melt) cute summer blouses that are also easy to make are top of mind. This isn’t an exhaustive list of sewing patterns, by any means! But it’s a great starter list that includes some of the more popular …
Lifestyle Issues

What Everyone Gets Wrong About Art & Creativity

This post is a modified version of a video from my series Daily Dose of Creativity on IGTV. Check out Episode 1: What is “art”? for more. Let’s talk about art and creativity: what it means what it doesn’t mean what we don’t think of as creative (and can maybe …
Food Recipes

Oh, You Thought Vegan Cheese Was Total Crap?

I’m a big fan of cheese—the kind that comes from animals. Vegan cheese? Ugh. Not so much. What even is that??? But I try to be open minded. So I looked into it. I didn’t realize there are so many different varieties. It piqued my interest. Because this is, after …