About Me

I have a passion for making pretty things and putting good food on the table. This blog helps keep me accountable to that motivation, so thanks for reading. I am a journalist turned editor from a few different places, namely Kansas and Seattle, and moved to New York City three years ago to pursue a dream to be a magazine editor. I wound up at a trade publication that wasn’t me and sucked the creativity from my very fingers. After some soul searching, me and my husband picked up and moved back to Seattle, where we both continue to live happily ever after (or something close to that). You can email me at daciaray at yahoo dot com.


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  • 1. Dacia  |  May 23rd, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Hey There,

    My name is Dacia Rae… How do you pronounce yours?


  • 2. Gwen  |  June 28th, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Dacia, Just to thank you so very much for your instructions on hemming jeans. I can’t sew well or use a sewing machine and have to pay $15-20 to have my jeans shortened. Then I found YOU! I took ages reading your instructions and then followed them to the letter, not really expecting it to work. But it did!!! I’m a slow hand stitcher but it only took me an hour and I’m delighted to say they look amazing. The second pair I altered looked even better and took less time. This is one of those hints that doesn’t come along often and it has already saved me a fortune. If I can do it, anyone can. Thank you for being kind enough to share this with us. Keep up the good work Dacia – you are truly appreciated. Kind regards, Gwen xxx

  • 3. Victoria  |  July 9th, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Hi Dacia,

    I found your blog the other day, and I have to say I love it! It has inspired me to create my own this afternoon…watch this space for progress!
    Keep up the good work and I shall enjoy reading your new posts

    Victoria (Hove, England) xxx

  • 4. Dorian  |  July 31st, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Hi Dacia!
    I really love your blog, but when I google it, I get the tagline for it…”reminding girls how to be girls”. Wow. I was so astounded at the girl-on-girl chauvinism there.
    Is a woman less of a woman if she doesn’t sew or cook, but prefers to fix her water heater and paint houses instead? Or if she doesn’t want to bake cookies, but she’ll go to bat for you down at the house of reps? Hm. I don’t know if I will be back now, however great I think your taste is, or how wonderful your crafts are.

  • 5. melissa  |  August 24th, 2008 at 12:24 am

    That, above, is retarded.

  • 6. Jennifer Coleman  |  September 21st, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Hi Dacia…! Your blog is great, and so “you.” I hope life in Seattle, etc. is terrific. Where do you work? Jon and I got married last spring and now live in New Orleans, where he’s put his urban planning degree to good use. I very much identify with your “sucked the creativity from my very fingers” statement. Me, too. Check out my food blog, SlicesofMe.Blogspot.com. Take care, Jennifer Coleman

  • 7. Marla  |  September 22nd, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Hi Dacia! I’ve been reading your blog for a couple months now and I always look forward to your new posts! Thank you for sharing the beauty of the simple things which we seem to over look in the fast pace life we live today. You’ve really inspired me to use my creative side which always fulfills and makes me proud with the outcome and result. I live in Washington as well and would like to know where you get your bird fabrics? I’ve searched the big fabric stores and small and can’t seem to find any. Thank you and please keep creating, you are wonderfully gifted! :)

  • 8. Heather  |  October 2nd, 2008 at 9:17 am

    Hi Dacia, just found your blog today and i really love it. i can relate to all of your interests and something about your site reminded me of mine (food, ethics, sewing, crafting, gardening etc.). i like the mix. i’ll be stopping back~Cheers~

  • 9. Daniella  |  November 11th, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Hi Girl, i just discovered your blog and i already LOVE IT. love your style and your recipes! Im going to put your link on my blog in the blogs i like the most section. Keep up with the good work!


  • 10. Lauren  |  November 18th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Dacia- I love your site!! I originally found it after doing a search for hemming jean! Yours even had pictures… so fabulous! Can’t wait to read more and get some of your great ideas! Thanks, and happy holidays!


  • 11. Jamie  |  November 26th, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Hi Dacia! I am from Seattle too! Further north up by Everett. I love your blog! I hemmed my jeans this weekend and it worked like a charm! I plan on trying out your bag tutorial for a Christmas gift. Thanks again!

  • 12. Carolann  |  December 14th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Hi, just like the others I found your site searching for a clever way to hem jeans for a friend. Your posting has saved both of us from ruining pricey jeans!!! Anywho, thank you in the most cordial way.

  • 13. Nissa  |  December 22nd, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Dacia! I too found your blog looking for a good way to hem jeans, but I have learned so much more from reading the rest of the posts. Your style is just adorable and perfectly suits my taste. I also really appreciate your how-to’s. Thanks so much!


  • 14. Dacia  |  December 23rd, 2008 at 12:46 am

    Hey Dacia! I found your site by googling myself! LoL My name is also Dacia! Anyway, I absolutely love your style and, like everyone else, am super appreciative for the jeans hem tutorial! I’m really short and hate the way hemmed jeans look without the original seam, so most of my jeans are too long and I’ve had to cuff some. Eww, so middle school! lol Anyway, I can’t wait to try it! Happy Holidays!

  • 15. Jeff Bond  |  March 9th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Dacia: What a great site! I had no idea you were doing this. You probably told me, but, well, I forget.

    I’m emailing you.

    Your old boss,

    Jeff Bond

  • 16. Jill Leng  |  April 16th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    I’ve sewn alot in the past and mostly just mend and alter my clothes now… however I’ve never seen jeans hemmed this way before. I saved your site to my favorites! Thanks for sharing! Jill

  • 17. Vicki  |  September 21st, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Hi Dacia,

    Thanks for teaching me how to hem jeans with the original hem. It’s so easy!

    I live in the rainy city of Vancouver (just north of Seattle) and although I love wearing my jeans a little long, to give the illusion of longer legs, they always get soaked. What length do you recomment for jeans with sneakers?

    Thanks! Vicki

  • 18. Janet  |  December 4th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Dacia, Love your blog and Tutorials… But as a journalist you know it should read “My husband and I moved back to Seattle.” Your log cabin pillow is delightful!

  • 19. murielapodaca  |  December 19th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Dacia, I love the Men’s Tie Quilt on your site! I am 60 years old now and I have never made a Quilt but I have saved tie’s from my Grandfather, Father, Husband and 5 years ago My Son Died at
    26. Please do not feel bad about that He was a strong Christian and I know he is OK. I am the one with not a lot to do now, so I want to make a quilt out of about 100 or more Tie’s from 1920′s to my son’s prom tie ( It is black with white poke dots.) But like I said I do not ever really know how to sew very well! Could you give me a patter or some idea about the next step? I will pay for the patter if I need to but I’m not sure how this works. I have gone into a few stores about quilting and they do not
    seem to know or ever seem one made from mens ties. Thank you for your time and showing me your beautiful quilt.

    A little about me – I owned 5 retail T-Shirt Shops in New Mexico in resort areas and helped
    design silk screen designs in Southwest gooks & in Ski designs. If you would like any T-Shirts to make a quilt I have a lot left any would send you some if you would like. Maybe you just would like to wear them I would just need your size, and all of them are named dropped Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ruidoso New Mexico or Ski Apache. Thanks again and by the way I am just learning to use the computer so hope this note gets to you.

  • 20. Ryan Joseph Blanc  |  December 21st, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    I’d like to get a necktie quilt made from my partner’s late grandfather’s ties. Do you or does someone you know do this? I’d like to tell him on Christmas that I’m going to get it done :)

    Thanks so much for your help. I’ve been searching for a long time and love the pictures I saw here of the necktie quilts.

    Looking forward to hearing back-

  • 21. Celeste  |  February 22nd, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I love your blog! I can”t seem to find a way to follow it…or get emails when you post something new… am I just missing it? :)

  • 22. Nicole Zanella  |  May 15th, 2010 at 5:41 am

    Wow! Great site! I love it! Just found it surfing the net, and it”s very handy! Going to make the “free skirt pattern” looks good! :D

    Thanks for all you tips :)

  • 23. Keith  |  September 9th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Just reading your instructions on hemming jeans but there”s one thing that I don”t quite understand.

    Why would I have to divide the length I want to take up in half?I want to shorten some jeans by two inch, so shouldn”t I simply measure two inch out from the hem?But in the example only one inch out is measured.
    Am I missing something?Go easy I AM a bloke.

  • 24. Keith  |  September 9th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Yes I am missing something.I ve just realised that because the hem is folded, double the length is being cut.

  • 25. Carolyn  |  January 11th, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Hi Dacia! I too just found your blog and it is wonderful. My only daughter is named Dacia too. Pronounced “Day-sha”. Her middle name is Marae. Quite a coincidence huh?

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  • 27. Karen  |  March 18th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Dacia!!!!!!!!!!
    I love the tote make instruction, I will give it a try this weekend, for sure it will be lovely as yours. Thank you so much for sharing all this beatiful ideas with us. God Bless You.

  • 28. Amanda  |  April 23rd, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Can I sign up to receive your blog posts via email? If so, how? I don’t see it on your site, but I’m loving what I’ve seen so far!

  • 29. Kathy  |  June 5th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Absolutely love all of your ideas. BTW…your son is adorable!

  • 30. Ramona Barber  |  December 29th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Needed to know how to do Jeans hem “the new way” since I have done about 100 the other way with jeans thread, etc. Thanks for posting the instructions.
    (signed) arbyark

  • 31. Marilyn Tuttle  |  January 20th, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Hi Dacia, Just came across your blog after you posted a recipe. Your blog is amazing! So much info plus fantastic photos of people I love.
    Keep up the great work.

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