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I Love to Run Out of Thread ~said no crafter ever.

I Love to Run Out of Thread ~said no crafter ever.

girl sewingHow fun is it to run out of thread ?
If you ask a crafter/quilter/seamstress this question, make sure you’re not within striking distance. And wear your running shoes.

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Sleep Masks ~ The latest addition to our Etsy Shop !

Sleep Masks ~ The latest addition to our Etsy Shop !

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  Our newest creation and latest addition to our Etsy Shop, Bedtime Sleep Masks ! These are fun and addicting to create, easy and addicting to use :) Quality 100% cotton prints are lined with a slim batting for light-blocking properties. These first sleep masks have a plush, soft backing that cushions and pampers. I will be making some with satin backing soon so buyers can have a choice. I’m using soft lingerie elastic for a comfy fit. Read the rest of this entry

More about Pirate and Princess Camps….

More about Pirate and Princess Camps….

Welcome back, me mateys !                            smlpiratefaceblue

I survived my presentation of my Pirate and Princess Camp to the Parks and Rec. folks. Our meeting went well (whew!). The Camp proposals were presented and approved at the next council meeting (yeah !). Then I got word that  I ‘passed muster’ personally (this included references and background check) (so officially I’m not as crazy as my kids may think).

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DIY Sew a Memory or Keepsake Pillow Tutorial

DIY Sew a Memory or Keepsake Pillow Tutorial

Memory or Keepsake Pillow to Sew

 

   Christmas is coming :) Here is a great gift to consider for a family member; a Memory or Keepsake Pillow. Both terms are for the same type of craft but come from different angles. Typically a “Memory Pillow” refers to someone or something from the past. Perhaps a family member has died. This project is a nice way to honor that person by using an article of clothing or other textile they once owned and used. Maybe you have one of Grandpa’s favorite fishing shirts or Great Aunt Bessie’s famous Thanksgiving Apron. It could be you want to save a section of a relative’s antique wedding dress or tattered heirloom quilt.
A “Keepsake Pillow” is a usually a way to preserve something often connected to an event. Items such as a sports jersey, Scout’s uniform, band jacket, beloved baby blankie or epic concert t-shirt can be used to make a pillow. It could also be a combination of pieces or graphics from several items in a patchwork design to accommodate more than one sports jersey or concert t-shirt.
The possibilities are endless. Lots of themes, patterns, designs, color-matching may be involved. Upcycle a garment or several, into a fun accent pillow !

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The Kinship of Crafting

The Kinship of Crafting

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I am drawn to the whimsical, unique, colorful, fuzzy, cuddly, crooked and often messy things in life. I adore handcrafted goodies. It’s fun to see new creations and meet their creators. I am interested in what creative people do and how they do it. I don’t even have to like their finished product to appreciate the obvious effort they put into it. I enjoy seeing new things, hearing new ideas. Maybe you’re like this, too.

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To Wash or not to Wash ? That is the question..

To Wash or not to Wash ? That is the question..

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“Do I need to pre-wash fabric before I sew with it ?”   This is a good question. There is no ONE answer for this. What is the project you are going to make with the fabric? Will the finished project EVER be washed? Let’s say you’re making a costume for your child. It’s for Halloween and will only be worn once; next year this size won’t fit him. Do you need to pre-wash the fabric? If it’s only for a single-use project, you don’t really need to. But consider this, what if a nephew or neighbor could wear it next year? What if junior eats too much candy and “urps” all over himself? Hmmm.. Maybe it’s a large banner for a church program or decorative flag. If it’s not going to be washed later, it’s okay to not pre-wash the fabric. What if it’s an item like a wallhanging or table topper and will be washed only by hand? Fine, don’t pre-wash. If the article will need an occasional freshening up only, you can wash it by hand. BUT, if this article is red fabric next to white fabric and it’s not pre-washed, you may still end up with a fun tie-dye motif that you weren’t expecting. If the item is a gift, be sure and let the receiver know how to clean it (toss in the washer, hand wash only, spot-clean only, etc.). Read the rest of this entry

Where do you go to shop for fabric ?

Where do you go to shop for fabric ?

One of the highlights of our home business is when we start to run low on the basic supplies. A wonderful and perfectly reasonable reason to go fabric shopping ! As you can imagine, ‘my guys’ (Hubby and adult Son) aren’t always terribly excited to go along. Oh, they will; go and be helpful and carry bolts of fabric as I tediously search for the right fabric. Especially if there’s a promise of eating out for lunch/dinner. They do look for fabrics and usually contribute some great finds.  And they are very patient for nearly an hour, which is about the time my eyes start getting tired of intensely inspecting 300 bolts of fabric. So we take our bags to the car and take a break from shopping, enjoying a sit-down meal that someone else cooked. If there is another fabric shop nearby, I’m off for ‘Round 2′ while the guys hang around outside watching grass grow or get another drink and listen to the ice melt. In any case, we all get to enjoy the day, sort of together :)

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Sewing and Crafting Blogs

Sewing and Crafting Blogs

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That’s me, busy filling blog pages…

Today as I was going through the weekend’s worth of emails, perusing what I like and deleting junk, I decided to make a list of some of the fun and informative blogs I enjoy so you can browse them and possibly find a new favorite ! Not all are strictly Sewing but they are creative blogs. I will give a very brief description with each so you know what to expect :)  Read on !

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Sewing Slump.

Sewing Slump.

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Do you ever get stuck ? You’re working on a project and suddenly there is no motivation. The muse of creativity has “left the station” and you’re stumped. It happens to me sometimes. If I push forward anyway, I make a mess of things with uninspired bits and pieces. The ‘flow’ is gone and I can’t force it. What can you do ? How do you get in the mood to sew ? Read the rest of this entry