Threads Magazine wrote me :)

Threads Magazine wrote me :)

I just want to share a little enthusiasm. Maybe it will give your flagging momentum a boost. Threads Magazine wrote me. Out of the blue. In the middle of a mediocre work week. Here’s the scenario…

You’re a Crafter. You craft. Not (just) because you like to, but because it is like breathing to do it. And we all know it’s best to keep breathing. So you keep at it. Some days more than others. Your clothes have dangling threads from sewing, your fingers are tinted from tie-dye or paints. You spend money equally on food and craft supplies.

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From an auction… Part 2

From an auction… Part 2

 

 

 

 

From an auction Part 2   

Part 1 can be read here: http://www.blog.oodlesofpincushions.com/?p=406

This is the second half of the auction day post :)

 

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This little heart-shaped leaf was on the path between our furniture and the truck. I passed it while taking the first few chairs down the path. It was a bright Spring green color and stood out against the brown dirt background. I tucked it into my pocket to show Rick later when I caught up to him :) By the time we had unloaded the truck twice and had a chance to sit down, the leaf was looking rather wilted and off-color (sort of how Rick and I felt !).

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From an auction…

From an auction…

From an auction, Part 1

We never know what we’re going to end up bringing home from an auction :) There’s always such a great variety of items. Of course we attend auctions based on the listings in the auction bill the week prior, but there’s so many items we discover “the day of” that we didn’t KNOW we wanted to bid on ! Example: I’m a sucker for sad and lonely objects; the doll someone has outgrown, that scratched but still usable little table, a lovely pressed-back chair with the blown-out wicker seat… They neeeed a new home. And they usually need cleaned up, refinished, repaired, restitched before getting re-homed. Sometimes items from an auction have quite a story to tell. It’s best to look them over well so you don’t miss anything.

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On Pins and Needles; Hand Quilting and Tools

On Pins and Needles; Hand Quilting and Tools

Hand Quilting the pieced top of a quilt is my favorite part of the process :) I often use helpful tools commonly found in your kitchen junk drawer. Hand Quilting and Tools that help you can make a better finished project.

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Beginner Sewing Projects & Blogs, Learn to Sew – 10 Awesome Resources !

Beginner Sewing Projects & Blogs, Learn to Sew – 10 Awesome Resources !

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Here is a list of 10 Awesome Resources for Beginner Sewing Projects and Blogs. There’s something for everybody, so take a look and see what inspires you.

New to Sewing ? Want to learn how to sew ? Believe it or not, I envy you ! You have a huge new world of adventure before you :) So many choices, fun new styles, great online resources, wonderful books and magazines… I would love to take you to the fabric store and watch your eyes light up !

I have taught beginning sewing to small groups. It is a pleasure to guide someone through their initial sewing project as they use their shiny, new seam ripper and fun colored thimble. How awesome to be part of the first finished project and see that satisfied smile :)

When you get into town, look me up and we’ll sit down at the sewing table together~ But for now, I have found a batch of inspiring beginner sewing projects and blogs for you. These are not boring, Jr. High School items. They are fresh ideas and can be made from a variety of fabrics; either new from the fabric store or upcycled from the back of your closet. Free patterns and Instructions !

I picked ones I enjoyed reading; most have detailed instructions with helpful photos showing you the way  step-by-step. I would love to hear from you what ones you like in particular. Please feel free to add to this list ! Let’s share good resources and pass the love of sewing on~

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A Smile a Day… Is there humor in sewing ?

A Smile a Day… Is there humor in sewing ?

Sometimes there is humor in sewing. And sometimes it’s just a bad day to sew.

There are days of sewing that run seamlessly (~pun sort of intended).  And then there are moments in a sewing project that just implode and one must STOP to avoid injury. The wise person learns to recognize when that moment arises. I’m still learning..

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I had a large project spread out on our large and lovely farmhouse style dining room table (don’t judge, there’s still room to eat). Using a fresh needle in the sewing machine, I was stitching along, gaining momentum on said project. Without warning, the bobbin runs out of thread. Okay, this is a pet peeve of mine. Can we please have a blinking light when the bobbin is running low ? Is that too much to ask ? Whatever. I stop to refill the bobbin.   Read the rest of this entry

Gifts for Quilters…a whole website full ! Gift idea resource for You.

Gifts for Quilters…a whole website full ! Gift idea resource for You.

Recently while recovering from a boring illness, I actually  blew a ton of time, wasted days, aimlessly wandered the internet ..spent some time researching new sewing and quilting resources. I am compiling lists to share with you soon :)

But this one site, I will happily share now ! “The Quilting Rose” has gathered a collection of goodies that would make awesome gifts for any Quilter or Sewing Fiend. There are sections for: Classes, Home Decor, Jewelry, Supplies, Clothing… Not a ton of items, I imagine it’s a growing list in progress :) What an awesome excuse motivation for developing the website !  Gift ideas for Quilters and those who Sew :) I fully approve.

This is a perfect way to answer the well-meaning question: “What do you want for your birthday/Christmas/having survived that root canal ?” Refer your hubby and friends to this site, letting them know your preferences..
You will have fun reading through the gifts for quilters. There is a photo for each gift idea plus a brief but good description. At the bottom of the description, there is a long green button marked, “Click to Shop”. clicking the button will take you directly to the seller and source of the item. No ads, sign-ups or extra steps.
*** Imagine my excitement to find my sewing book listed among the sewing gifts list :)  ~posted on July 24, 2015

Have Fun browsing through this site:

 THE QUILTING ROSE
Gifts for Quilters Who Never Cut Corners.
http://thequiltingrose.com/

 

*** I was featured in a Blog :)

*** I was featured in a Blog :)
I was featured in a blog !!

I was featured in a blog !!

Greetings, Lovely Blog Readers~

  I am excited to report that I was featured on another Blog !  The Blogger is Margeux, and her blog is “miscellany”. She is a gifted writer who enjoys travel, food and DIY projects :) I will be featuring her in a future post, but for now, I invite you to visit her blog and read about me, over there !  What fun to connect to other bloggers who enjoy the same things you do~

https://miscellany14.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/handmade-monday-oodles-of-whimsy/

 

 

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Bread & Sewing. Making Dough on a Sewing Blog ?

Bread & Sewing. Making Dough on a Sewing Blog ?

 

So…making dough on a Sewing Blog, you mean money ?

No.

Bread & Sewing, what do they have to do with one another ?

Well, I’ll tell you. It all started with a hole in the ground…

Last night for dinner, we had grilled chicken tenderloins cooked on the new grill our kids built in the backyard. The grill is set in a fire pit of bricks and it swivels for ease of placement and removal of foods. The installation was 3 days ago, we’ve used it twice now and love it ! Here’s a couple in-progress photos:

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Sewing and Kids ~Library How-To Fair

Sewing and Kids ~Library How-To Fair

I spent a hectic but rewarding afternoon at the Library’s “How To Fair”. Various business folk participated with booths of information and make-n-take crafts in the Library children’s department. Ages ranged from K to 5th grade, plus their younger toddler siblings. There was a puppet show, friendship bracelets, pet care info, planting seedlings, cake decorating, etc. I set up a table with a sewing display and assisted older kids sewing buttons onto a cloth quilted bookmark. Younger ones glued together (their fingers and-) a paper patchwork quilt onto a bed illustration my son made. A fun time was had by all. It was slightly organized chaos. ~And unusually loud for a Library !
I love working with kids. I enjoy sewing and kids learning to sew.  It’s fun to see them master a task. Their accomplishment brings such a satisfied smile of confidence and new discovery ! They also love to talk. Sewing Bees always inspire good conversations.

Let me share some of the priceless queries of the day:

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