New items in shop! The List Taker

I am slowly getting around to adding the items I had leftover from the craft fair to my Etsy shop. It’s a bit slow going what with trying to get ready for Christmas and make my girls their pjs (ack! I have just a week left!). and I’m super excited about the first batch of items I got listed. I have six list takers (notepad holders, organizers) up in the shop with more coming next month.

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List takers sewn by Lulu & Celeste and available now.

 The above are the six that are currently in stock (for more photos check my Etsy* shop). They each come with a 5″ x 8″ notepad. (When you run out, the writing pads are easy to find on Amazon here*). The pencil is not included with the list taker, only because I didn’t have enough nice ones for each finished list taker, but it’s something I’m looking into including in the future.

List taker, notepad holder, writing pad holder, grocery list taker. Sewn by Lulu & Celeste

There are two styles of closure: either with a hook and loop tab or an elastic band. The first one I made which I personally use had a button on the front and a ribbon that wrapped around but the button soon popped off so I felt that either the hook and loop tab or elastic loop were the best options for heavy use. Although the button option is a possibility for custom made list takers.

And what can you do with these list takers? You can use them to keep track of your shopping lists and coupons; write down your to-do list; take notes on the book you’re currently reading. When I’m reading a smaller sized book I like to keep it inside the list taker to protect the cover. I also keep a small notebook in the second pocket along with a sketch pencil for when I get I urge to draw something. My list taker comes with me in my purse all the time.

The list takers are all made with high quality 100% cotton fabric. They are lined with fusible fleece to give it both a bit of softness and structure. Two of the ones currently in stock and ready to ship are made with Michael Miller fabric (the grey, green and coral floral and the cupcake), two with Art Gallery fabric (the two with coordinating fabric) and the final two are made with Northcott fabrics.

If you would prefer a list taker in different colours get in touch with me through my Etsy shop and I’ll set up a custom listing just for you.

10+ best sewing gifts for cat lovers

Do you have a friend or family member on your list who both loves to sew and loves cats? No? I can’t be the only one out there??

If you happen to know someone like that then this gift guide is for you! (If not, I gladly accept gifts.. joking!)

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Gift guide for your friend who loves cats and loves to sew.

First up are a few of the cutest needle minders. Needle minders come in so handy! They attach to the magnet so there’s less of a risk of them rolling away into the couch you’re sitting on. 

Super cute, fat kitty needle minder by glamasaurus

Pretty, floral kitty needleminder from Flamingo Toes.

Couldn’t resist another needleminder. These nerdy cat needleminders are adorable! From Snarky Crafter Designs

This hilariously cute cat pincushion by The Fat Cat Factory. She has lots of other styles of cat pincushions to check out.

Another pincushion (I love pincushions!) but this time the cushion part is affixed to a vintage cat decoration. So sweet! From Pincushion Palace Shop.

Cat pins (to go with those cat pincushions of course!) from Pincushion Crazy

Pretty, handmade cat needle book. Made from wool felt it’s so sweet.. from Sula’s Gift Shop.

Another cat needle book! I’m a sucker for wool felt anything and cat embroidery. This one is by Crafted by Candlelight

People who love both sewing and cats need cat fabric of course! This kitty fabric is cute! The fabric is by Dear Stella and is sold by Blue Pacific Fabrics.

Sweet kitty fabric designed by Heather Rosas, for Camelot Fabrics and sold by Fresh Modern Fabric.

There are so many cute cat sewing patterns but I’m just showcasing a couple here.

The sweetest little kitty pattern and fabric kit from Gingermelon. You can also buy just the pattern here.

This super squishy looking fat cat sewing pattern from Arttony Toys. The pattern comes in four sizes with finished sizing ranging from 5″ to 18″ tall. I think I *need* to make one!

And there you go! A gift guide for your cat-loving sewing friends! Save on gift wrapping by wrapping a few of these items in a meter of one of those (or other) kitty themed fabric and you’ll have done your part to both reduce waste and make someone very happy! 

big ocean applique

One Thimble Tour, Issue 20: Big Ocean appliques

One Thimble Issue 20 is out! Yay! And I’m happy to be back sharing something sewing related!

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As usual the current issue of One Thimble* magazine is jam-packed with patterns, tutorials and articles. I’ve seen a glimpse of the patterns included and they look like fun projects! I had the chance to try out one of the projects, the Big Ocean appliques* from Swoodson Says.

One Thimble Issue 20 Big Ocean Applique sewn by Lulu & Celeste

I’ve been promising Silly Bean a gym bag for two years now, so I decided to use the applique on the bag. Silly Bean was originally not too keen on the applique choices (she’s not a big whale or shark fan) but she loves it now. I’ll have to make something for my nephew with the shark next since Miss V wants a whale on something too. I haven’t decided on what to make her though. 

There’s a giveaway happening so be sure to enter at the bottom of this post!

Continue reading “One Thimble Tour, Issue 20: Big Ocean appliques”

Stack the Shelves #3: July 2018

I kind of lost track of time and never posted for May and June, ah well, the book purchases (and reads) of those months will remain a mystery, ha.

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Books added in July


  • How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature* (Amazon*/Book Outlet*) by Scott D. Sampson
  • Americanah* (Amazon*) by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Husband’s Secret  (Amazon*) by Liane Moriarty
  • Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, the Sleep You’re Missing, the Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You Crazy* (Amazon*/Book Outlet*) by Julie Holland (not pictured)
  • Grandmother’s Secrets: The Ancient Rituals and Healing power of Belly Dancing* (Amazon*) by Rosina-Fawzia Al-Rawi
  • Gone Girl (Amazon*) by Gillian Flynn


None! I haven’t been to the library since sometime in June :/

Books read in July:

(First link is to their Goodreads page, second links are to Amazon and/or Book Outlet)

Books in my Currently Reading Pile

Total books read for Goodreads challenge: 38/45 (you can see my “Read in 2018” shelf on Goodreads here)

It’s pretty much the same ones as back in April… I need to get these done!

Book Reviews Posted

None, unfortunately… I always have grand blog plans for the summer but June and July were so busy for me it didn’t happen. (A family wedding out of town in June, and five family birthdays in July). My last mini IG review was back in May which I’ll link below.

Finished! This was a great read. I remember back when it happened hearing about the end of apartheid in South Africa on the news but as a (pretty sheltered) young teen growing up in Canada I remember not really understanding what all the fuss was about. I would have been 12 when Nelson Mandela was released. I remember everyone being happy but didn’t know why. I’m much more aware of what’s happening in the world nowadays, ha, but even so I still have never read much about the history of South Africa. For that alone, reading a personal perspective of someone living through that time, growing up in that era, made this autobiography so interesting. Always good to read about someone’s life experiences that are different from your own. It’s also a tribute to his amazingly strong mother. A must read for sure. For anyone who’s ears are sensitive to swear words I guess be forewarned there is some swearing though. ⠀ ⠀ #bookphotography #bookstagram #trevornoah #bornacrime #instabooks #instareads #igreads #books #book #bookblogger #booklover #booknerd #bookworm #read #reader #reading #reads #ulasbookshelf #bookaddict #bibliophile #booklover #addictedtoreading #📚 #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookish #readersofinstagram #booksbooksbooks #fiction #librarybook

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Have you heard about Book Outlet?

I have ordered books twice now from Book Outlet and haven’t had any issues so decided it was time to share! If you join through my link here: you will get a 10$ off coupon for your first $25 purchase!!

They are an online Canadian bookseller that sells books that are mainly publisher overstock, most are in brand new condition but sometimes there’s a little wear and tear but it’s mentioned in the listing. They have a storefront in Ste. Catherine’s, Ontario as well. And YES, they do ship to the USA and internationally. Shipping within Canada and to the USA is FREE over $45 (after any discounts or coupons) or a flat rate of $5 under that amount. (Internationally it depends upon weight and destination).

They don’t have as quite an extensive selection as say Amazon or Indigo/Chapters but whenever there’s a book I’m interested in I now check Book Outlet first before buying elsewhere and will generally save anywhere from $5-$15 off the price of the book. They also have a loyalty program where you can earn points for purchases as well as doing things like filling out surveys (and since I’m being honest, for having people sign up through your links!) The points can then be converted to coupons for purchases. If you’re avid reader –or just an avid book purchaser– you should check them out!

Here’s the link again to sign up: 

AND just an FYI if you have an Ebates account you can earn an extra 5% cashback on your purchases! 

Don’t have Ebates? You can sign up by clicking here

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Back to School Outfits #1 with Gymboree

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything sewing related so I thought I’d jump in with some back to school outfit ideas with sewing pattern suggestions to achieve those same looks.

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Dress and sweater outfit from Gymboree
Outfit via Gymboree*

First up is this cute outfit from Gymboree*. The pieces can all purchased separately, so switch it up if you’re not liking certain pieces! This a great outfit for those school days where it’s warm in the sun but gets cool in the shade.

The Dress

Coral Watercolor Dress, Gymboree

What I love about the dress is that it’s so flowy and roomy, great to move around in.

Pattern Suggestions:

A similar sewing pattern I found is the All Spice dress* from Paisley Roots. 

All Spice dress pattern by Paisley Roots*

It’s a super cute dress and fairly easy to sew. I made a version that you can see here. Depending on where your child’s measurements fall in the size range it will look looser (like my version) or more fitted like the photo above, if you prefer a looser fit I would size up in the width. The pattern comes with a long sleeve version that you could modify to look more like the inspiration piece from Gymboree. The other major difference is that this dress buttons up in the front but it could be modified to look to have them in back.

Other similar patterns:

The Sweater

Star Sweater from Gymboree*

I love a chunky sweater, and I love the grandpa-ness of a v-neck sweater! Since the Gymboree sweater is knitted it will be difficult to get an exact match by sewing one but a similar look in thick knit fabric is doable.

Pattern Suggestions:

V-Neck Cardigan pattern from Peek-a-Boo Patterns*

The V-neck cardigan is super cute and you can always leave off the buttons and buttonholes to make it a closer match (and quicker sew!) to the Gymboree sweater. I would also suggest doing appliques if you really want something as close to the original sweater.

Other similar patterns:

Complete the back to school outfit:

In the photo of the Gymboree outfit the girl has a cute little purse, I couldn’t find it on their website so I thought I would share my favourite little girl’s purse.

Darling Daisy bag sewn by Lulu & Celeste
Darling Daisy bag I sewed, pattern by Molly and Mama*

It doesn’t look anything like the purse in the photo but this is my favourite one I’ve made so far for my girls and I think would make a cute addition to any outfit.

Gymboree Sale On Now!

I’ll be back next week with another outfit and more sewing pattern suggestions. Until then!

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Stacking the Shelves #2: April 2018 Wrap Up

I’m back with another wrap up post for the books I’ve read and purchased in the past month. I went a little crazy with the book purchases so I’m going to be a lot better this month. On the bright side, a few of them were purchased either second hand or from one of those overstock sellers so the books are super cheap, so money wise it wasn’t too bad. I haven’t purchased any fabric this year so far so the money I’ve saved there has gone into books.

My goal this month is to do a lot of decluttering so I will stop myself from buying more than 2 or 3 books. I’m hoping this summer to purchase a couple bookcases so I can finally unpack the rest of the books but I also need to declutter so that I have room for said bookcases.

I decided (like two days ago!) to create a new Instagram profile just for my book and tarot posts. You can find that new one here: luluandceleste.bookish. I was feeling they didn’t quite mesh with my art and photo posts (which didn’t mesh at all with my sewing posts). On the one hand I feel weird about having so many different profiles but on the other hand I’ve noticed a trend where everytime I would share a non-sewing related post on my main IG profile (luluandceleste) that I would lose lots of followers. I get it, sewing people just want to see sewing stuff. Ha, so I decided that I would just post book and tarot related stuff on one profile (they seem to flow together ok), and keep my art and photo challenge posts (luluceleste.artnstuff) on the second profile. They’re still all me, but I do go through phases where I’m really into art or really into photography or really into books, so I’m not feeling overwhelmed at multiple profiles. I’m just more wondering if people will think I’m crazy, lol.

Completely off topic: Does anyone watch Riverdale?? Who do you think is the Black Hood?!? And more importantly, Cheryl better be ok! Argh… I hate having to wait until next week!!

And now back to the wrap up!

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april books purchased


Clearly I went a little book crazy this month! On the bright side I haven’t bought any fabric this year, so there’s that.






(links to Goodreads)

Total books read for Goodreads challenge: 25/45 …I upped my book goal (you can see my “Read in 2018” shelf on Goodreads here)

Book Reviews posted: