Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Does anyone remember that old commercial for 1-800 Collect? It's maybe one of my favorites ever. Anyway, it's true. We had a baby and it is indeed a boy. Sweet baby Felix was born back in mid January and we love him super a lot. 

We're all doing well and adjusting to another human being in the house, but I think it's safe to say that we like him enough to keep him.  

Now, some pictures.

Uhh... that's all I got. I bought a new iPod about a week ago (yay!), but forgot to get the 1000+ pictures off my old iPod before I traded it in (not yay), so if you want to see more pictures you'll have to follow me on Instagram @theredkitchenkatie and see the pictures there.

Ok, Polly, I blogged. The end.

* This post brought to you by my sister telling me to write it. I guess there are worse reasons to do things. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Peace out, pregnancy

Hey friends. It's been a long while. Let's chat.

First off, I always go back and forth (in my head) about whether or not to tell you why I take breaks from blogging from time to time, but this time I'm gonna. I got worn out. Having my book come out in November and then hosting the epic blog tour for it meant so much to me, but it was also a lot of work and by the time it was over I was ready to not blog for a little while. I still plan to do a real blog tour recap post where I'll round up links to all the fab reviews and projects from all of my wonderful blogging friends who participated, but I've come to terms with the fact that it may be weeks, even a month or two before that actually happens. I'm officially taking it off my mental "to do before baby comes" list and putting it on my "to do when I feel like it" list. Just think of it as a nice little surprise you can look forward to... sometime.

I think another reason I've been taking a break from blogging is something I didn't think about until I got on to start writing this, but here it is. This blog (much like my life right now) is very much in a transitional phase. I think most craft and sewing bloggers are more steady about how they use their blogs, but the only thing I've been consistent about with blogging over the past 5 years is the blog identity crisis I periodically go through. I've waffled back and forth over and over again about whether I want this to be a personal, ramble-y space where I can talk or if I'm going to treat it as my professional (ha!) project portfolio. The truth is, I don't think I'll ever be ready to make it strictly one or other other. I need to get over it and just let it be what it is. And while I do certainly hope to continue to share more tutorials in the coming months and years, right now I'm feeling totally worn out and the idea of publishing a tutorial (let alone just making something) sounds so exhausting to me right now. Because, can I tell you a secret?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Get Ready for Christmas by Giving to Charity: DIY Family Giving Spree on Nestle

Hi Friends! Only 13 days until Christmas! Is your home ready for the influx of fun new things? Get ready for Christmas this year by gathering up used toys and other items around the house in good condition and give them to a charity or local family in need. Get the whole family involved and start a fun new tradition--a Family Giving Spree! Use the free printable and how-to over on the Nestle site to make your giving easy and fun.

Head on over to check it out!

Disclaimer: I was hired by Nestle to share ideas for using their line of holiday candies this year. And it was such a fun opportunity! I'd let people pay me and give me free chocolate to write crafty posts for them again in a heartbeat.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

5 Minute Craft: DIY Grand Neighbor Gifts on Nestle

Hi Friends! Looking for a fast, easy, and super charming little gift to give to your  neighbors this year? I'm over on Nestle sharing this fun idea for DIY Grand Neighbor Gifts. They literally take about 5 minutes to prep. If you can operate a printer to print off your tags and cut string, you can handle this. :)

Head on over to check it out!

Disclaimer: I was hired by Nestle to share ideas for using their line of holiday candies this year. And it was such a fun opportunity! I'd let people pay me and give me free chocolate to write crafty posts for them again in a heartbeat.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Book Signing! Simple Sewing at Sew to Speak this Saturday!

  • What: Katie Lewis, author of Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners will be signing copies of her new book! 
  • Where: Sew to Speak -- 4610 N High Street, Columbus, OH (See their website HERE)
  • Date: This Saturday, Dec. 14th
  • Time: noon-3pm

Hi friends! I'm delighted to invite you all to a cozy little book signing at my favorite fabric store of all time: Sew to Speak! If you've never been to Sew to Speak, you are in for a real treat! It's one of my favorite shops to visit in all of Columbus. It has a great variety of awesome fabric and notions and the friendliest staff. I'll be there with my trusty Sharpie marker signing copies of my book and chatting it up with all of you! New sewing books + a fun cut of fabric or two is sure to win the heart of any sewing enthusiast on your list this Christmas. So come on in and find some goodies! 

I hope to see you there on Saturday!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Mary from Molly Flanders

Good evening friends and welcome to our LAST STOP EVER on the blog tour for my new book, Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners!! Woot woooooot! I couldn't be more pleased that our very last stop is with Mary from her wonderful blog Molly Flanders Makerie. Mary is a local here in Columbus, Ohio and since she works at my favorite little local fabric store, Sew to Speak, I've had the pleasure of running into Mary several times.

Aside from being one of the sweetest people I've ever met in real life, her quilting (and sewing skills in general) are amazing. I love her style and sense of color. And the top stitching. Oh the top stitching! Mary's famous around here for her gorgeous hand stitching on her quilts and other projects and for good reason. I was so excited when I saw the projects she made from my book and saw that she had included her signature hand stitching on her projects. Head on over to Mary's post to see the wonderful journal and book covers she made and--bonus!--a pencil pouch too!

And while you're there be sure to enter to for a chance to win a free copy of the book! This is the last giveaway on the blog tour!

Thanks so much to everyone for following along throughout the Simple Sewing blog tour! I'll be doing an official re-cap soon with links to all of the wonderful projects featured in the tour, but in the mean time, feel free to browse the Simple Sewing tag on my blog for all the posts.

Happy Friday! And happy sewing!

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Rachel from Family Ever After

Hi friends! Guess what?! Today is the very last day of the blog tour for my new book, Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners! We have two stops on the tour today and it's especially fun for me because they are both amazing local girls! First up is Rachel from Family Ever After. I got to meet Rachel for the first time a few months ago and it was so fun. For the blog tour today she made this adorable Memory Game from the book with a couple small changes. Head on over to her post to check it all out!