Posts Tagged ‘accomplishments’

6th March
written by JAK

tfmMy newest website went live a couple of weeks ago.

Check it out at!

19th September
written by JAK

Screenshot of LREC websiteMy newest website just went live last week. I think it’s pretty.

Check it out at and give me your feedback.

9th July
written by JAK

I helped with a mural for a nursery this past weekend.

The mum-to-be is a high school science teacher. She wanted to feature famous scientists she admired, done in caricature style. The models are based on a variety of sources I found online.

Scientists mural

From left to right: Copernicus (astronomer), Neil deGrasse Tyson (astro-physicist), Ada Byron King (also known as Ada Lovelace) (mathematician and possibly the first computer programmer), Albert Einstein (theoretical physicist), Sir Issac Newton (physicist), Charles Darwin (biologist/naturalist).

It is actually more of a painting than a mural, painted on four foot by five foot canvas (more portable than had we painted on the wall).

26th March
written by JAK

I recently purchased a used Ikea Expedit shelving system off Craigslist. This is in an attempt to organize my work space and conquer the clutter.

I used coordinating home dec weight fabrics to personalize plain cardboard magazine boxes and to jazz up false fronts on bankers boxes fitted with hanging file rails.

I found the cube bins at Target on clearance (Large fabric bins from the itso storage system).

Result: pretty, coordinating organizational products at a fraction of store price. Tutorials coming soon!

Now I just need to sort and fill it!

22nd July
written by JAK

The web site I’ve been working on so hard is now live at It’s for my bro-in-law’s architecture firm. Check it out!

Kaas Wilson web site

9th July
written by JAK

As a gift to me, my dear friend Candace asked her sister Kyrie O’Connor to use my name on air during the taping of NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me here in Minneapolis on June 26. How cool is that?!?!

For those who missed it, here it is:

4th April
written by JAK

Sock bunny and I wish you a happy Easter and a happy spring!

Sock Bunny

19th December
written by JAK

I know I’ve been AWOL lately.

I volunteered to make Christmas stockings for an immigrant family some folks at work adopted for the holidays–two adult women and three-year-old twin girls. And I can do nothing simply.

I had a quantity of red cotton sateen on hand (recognize it from the sling, Jenn B?). And I had plenty of green quilting fabric scraps for the linings. How hard could it be?

I got all kinds of grand ideas and plans in my head…then I realized how much time I had and I panicked. The stockings are batted and lined with contrast cuff, heel, and toe. I didn’t skimp there. But I had hoped to attach sew on the embellishment. When time got tight, I called on the ole fabric glue. (And I was going to embroider the names…yeah, right.)

All Stockings

Here they are


I used different green scraps for the linings


This one was the last one I did. I had planned on poinsettias, but I thought having each of the adult stockings have a bird theme would be nice

Cardinal close-up

Holly leaves are felt and ultra-suede


I think this one is my favorite

Pine Cone close-up

Pine Cone and evergreen embroidery close-up


Candy and Sweets theme

Candy close-up

I love soutache


Snow/Snowman theme

Snow close-up

Could not find silk embroidery ribbon locally so I used common poly satin 3mm

A few credits…the stocking pattern is McCall’s Free Projects: Sew an Easy Stocking ( The chickadee, pine cone, and evergreen branch designs were from Anita Shackleford’s book “Three Dimensional Applique and Embroidery Embellishment”. The cardinal pattern is from Suewis ( The idea for ribbon embroidered snowflakes is from Better Homes and Gardens ( I saw the starlight mint idea somewhere, but can’t find it now. I think it may have been Martha Stewert…my that woman (or her staff) is prolific!
13th November
written by JAK

Happy Birthday to my good friend Alice!

Alice and I met in High School. Senior year we started an Art Club. The club was a failure, but we did complete a mural at the school. I hear it is still there 17 years later.

The picture below was pieced from four photos with some distortion as the mural is at the end of a T-shaped hallway intersection.

7th October
written by JAK

The pattern is Buttercup Bag by Rae.

It’s in sage and brown cotton poplin (Alexander Henry’s Eiffel). The cotton lining is black with sage, brown, and yellow leaves. Small zipper pocket in lining. The body of the purse is about 12 inches across at the widest part and 7 inches tall. I lengthened the strap a bit and attached it to the purse between the outside and the lining.

I think a heavier weight fabric would have worked a little better, like a home dec or brocade (as the designer had pictured on her site). Ooooo, or corduroy…I love corduroy.

I did add some interfacing to the entire upper outer part and the strap but all I had on hand was lightweight.