A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That.

I wrote two blog post for The Good Life Blog this month. One was on getting items to use at a craft show and the other is how to alter a garment to fit your body type.

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Crafty Feast: This was my first year selling (as Sebastian Harper) at CF and it was a blast. I learned what people liked (and are willing to spend…or not), how to set up your area to make it look welcoming, and overall the vibe of all the creativity in the air is a great feeling. I’m so happy I had Chris of Hippy Do Da Creations sharing a booth with me. It made my first go around less stressful/scary.

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The outfit in the photo above is completely handmade by me. The kimono was made by cutting and sewing different rectangular shapes. The top is loosely based off the Natty Top from Addie K. And I traced another pair of leggings I had to make the gold leggings. The leggings were a hit. Quite possible they got me a sale. I had this fabric forever and originally I had planned to make some wide leg pants, then a skirt. In the end I made the leggings and cut a pattern to make a top. I might go back and get more of the fabric.


Skincare has always been an obsession of mine. A couple of weeks ago I revisited two items which helped catapult me into my obsession: Noxzema and Queen Helene Green Clay Mask. Sometimes we just need to keep it simple. That is until your just as skincare obsessed buddy hits you with a right hook of new products to try!

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I just got them this week so I’ve only used the sponge and the serum. The sponge can be used solo or with your face wash. It’s great both ways. ?The serum can be used alone or mixed with your moisturizer. I prefer to mix it. I’m hoping to get to the rest of the items tonight.

I picked up some soaps from a local company, Carolina Soap Works. They use all-natural ingredients in their soaps. I don’t like soap smells that are too overwhelming so the two I picked are perfect for me. I also got some Fair Trade Black Soap from them. Black Soap is my jam. I use it from hair to toe. I like to break off a tiny piece, add it to a plastic (unused) color applicator bottle, add water, shake it up, and now you have yourself some shampoo. I like to use an applicator bottle because when I wash. my hair I only wash the scalp. Shampoo is for the scalp, conditioner is for your hair. Also, they’re?now selling on Amazon.

These stamped bracelets from Hippy Do Da Creations are a new fave. Each of them describe how I have felt this past year.

Top one says “Wake up. Kick Ass. Sleep. Repeat.”

My oldest son says I look like Wonder Woman with them on. I’ll take it!


Two of my former knitting students made gifts to give this year. One created a scarf for her husband using the moss stitch. And one learned circular needles to make a beanie for her boyfriend. It makes me so happy to see those I’ve taught continue practicing! If you’re interested in learning a new skill, shoot me an email:

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Nana by Sally is a local purse designer who has been killing it with the leather. Here she is modeling one of the bags she created as well as a Sebastian Harper Scarf!


Living in Columbia, South Carolina and using this blog as my space to share a little insight into my life in what I'm making on the sewing machine, knitting needles, crochet hooks, in the kitchen, and elsewhere.


  • Tinuke

    I love the outfit you made, especially those leggings! My aunt used to have me and my cousins over for sleep overs and create entire outfits from scratch for us all rather than have us bring a change of clothes. I’ve always been envious of people who can create their own clothes.
    My mum has bought me and my daughter sewing machines for Christmas so I’m now scouring around for great inspiration (such as your blog!) and tips so that I can sew too. Love your blog. xx

    • Shanika

      Whoa, your aunt has some major skills. And what a special memory! Hope my blog can be an inspiration. I love being able to make my own clothes and have a wardrobe that is about 50% handmade (rest is saved for thrifting!:-)). I’ll try to explain more of the process of the items I make. Especially since I tend to be more a rule breaker!

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