Friday, November 15, 2013

Bake, Craft, & Sew-along!

I am over at Skip to my Lou guest posting today for the Holiday Bake Craft Sew Along. homemade holiday
 I get to treat you to a SEW Amazing giveaway as part of our crafty series.
This is one AMAZING giveaway!
We are giving away a fabulous Prize Package worth more than $1000!
sew amazing giveawayOne lucky winner will receive...
$600 JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores This will get your sewing room stocked and ready to create! Can you imagine?
This singer professional serger will bring your sewing to a whole new level. True to SINGER you will enjoy...
  • 2-3-4-5 stitch capability-provides more stitch variety
  • 1,300 stitches per minute-professional speed for faster results
  • Fully automatic self-adjusting tension system-keeps stitches balanced and even
  • Easy threading diagram-easy threading saves time
  • Stitch width adjustment-keep seams strong and prevent bunching on any type of fabric.
Simplicity Deluxe Felting Machine Simplicity 12 Needle Deluxe Felting Machine creates felting with ease. Removable needles & foot pedal allow felting with greater speed and precision. Includes: power supply w/ foot pedal, 2 allen wenches, needle shaft with 12 needles inserted (sz 38 needles), 3 replacement needles, tweezers, lint brush, needle guard, instruction book. So cool!
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Be sure to check out all the fabulous sewing projects shared this month for this Holiday Bake Craft Sew series going on all month long!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Wanna come sew with me?

Tap tap this thing on? I know I have been a SUPREMELY terrible blogger in recent months. It's not that I'm not sewing/knitting/crocheting. It's that Instagram makes it SO DAMN EASY to share and interact with other crafty folks. I also started a new job, and am trying to wrap up my dissertation, yada yada yada. But enough with the excuses. I'm really here to tell you about the

First Annual #OHcraft Sew-In!!


(Here's a button for your old bloggy blog if you have one.)
If you're in or around Ohio (or not - we've got people coming all the way from California!), join us November 8-10 at Hueston Woods Lodge
If you can't make it the whole weekend, that's fine! There's a Saturday-only option as well (this is what I'm doing). Kara, the organizer, is basically one of the kindest, sweetest souls on the planet, and we've already got a bunch of awesome folks coming, so please join us! You can find more information on her blog.
Questions? Shoot me an email.

p.s. It occurs to me that I should explain the #OHcraft thing. A while back, a bunch of Ohio crafty blogger types (April from Sew to Speak, Julie from Sewn Studio, Heather from Olive and Ollie (check out her new stuff on Creativebug!), Jessica from A Little Gray, Kara from Me and Elna, Ali from PhD Stitchery, Amanda from Sasikirana Handmade and Rachael from Imagine Gnatsgot together for a little fabric shopping extravaganza. 

(I'm taking this picture, and Jessica freaking KILLS me with her photo poses.)

At that meet-up, we gave ourselves a hashtag so we could easily share of crafty goodness with each other on instagram - hence, the #OHcraft was born. Feel free to hash it up and join us!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Ruby Star Wrap-Along - Fabric Take-Out Box and Gift Card Truck Softie

Happy Thursday! I'm excited to be participating in Sew to Speak's Ruby Star Wrap-Along today! In case you're not familiar, Ruby Star Wrapping is the new book by Melody Miller and Allison Tannery. The book is all about making reusable wrapping for gifts, so it comes along at the PERFECT time for wrapping up all those holiday gifts. I made two projects from the book: The Gift Card Truck Softie, and the Ruby Star's Takeout Box. LOVED THEM BOTH. 

First, the Takeout Box.

Not gonna lie, I'm a little obsessed with this project. It's ADORABLE, and super quick to make, and entirely no sew. YUP. No sew. I'm usually a sewing snob and don't bother with fabric projects that require a glue gun, but this one is fantastic. This projects is perfect to make en masse for holiday gifts, and I'm planning to  do just that. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I picked up YARDS of ribbon at Sew To Speak yesterday for making an army of Takeout Boxes for all my small holiday gifts.

I also made the Gift Card Truck Softie.

I was originally drawn to this project first, since it's boyish, and I've got a boys running around this place. It's really cute, and also quick and easy to sew. But my favorite thing about this gift card softie is that I can use it for more than just gift cards. In our house, it's going to do double duty as a Tooth Fairy Pillow! And one of the kids already tried to store some Lego Minifigs in that pocket, so I'm sure it will get tons of use.

I'm really excited about this book. You know how sometimes you buy a book for ONE project? Well, this isn't one of them. There are lots of projects in this book that I'm planning on doing. I've also got a few beginner sewists on my Christmas gift list this year, and this book is PERFECT for them, because none of the projects require advanced sewing skills, and lots of them are no-sew.

Wanna catch up with the other posts from the Wrap-Along? 

Wrap-along Blog Tour
Tues, Nov. 27 – Mary Dugan of Molly Flanders
Wed. Nov. 28 – Meg McElwee of Sew Liberated

DON'T FORGET! The Shoppe is giving away some awesome goodies. The winner will be announced TOMORROW on the Sew To Speak blog!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sew Amazing Giveaway!!!!

I am over at Skip to my Lou guest posting today for the Holiday Bake Craft Sew Along.


 I get to treat you to a SEW Amazing giveaway as part of our crafty series.
This is one AMAZING giveaway!
We are giving away a fabulous Prize Package worth more than $700!

One lucky winner will receive...
  • Singer ONE Sewing Machine this is Singer's easiest sewing machine! True to SINGER, it is easy to learn on, simple and has basic stitches for crafts. The perfect machine for stitching home made goods or something fun this holiday season!
  • Simplicity SideWinder Quickly and easily fill bobbins without having to un-thread and re-thread your sewing machine. The SideWinder transfers thread from spool to bobbin effortlessly and quickly; works with most bobbins, metal or plastic. An adjustable tension knob accommodates different thicknesses of thread! So cool!
  • Simplicity Bias Tape Maker This Simplicity Bias Tape Maker will Create customized single fold bias tape with the push of a button!
  • and so you have something beautiful to sew, $100.00 of fabric from Riley Blake!
Simply wait for RaffleCopter to load and enter there! Be sure to check out all the fabulous sewing projects shared this month for this Holiday Bake Craft Sew series going on all month long!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Vacation with littles was almost the death of me.

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you already know that the family and I spent the last few weeks in beautiful Montana/Wyoming/Idaho/Utah. The scenery - gorgeous. Family vacation - NEVER AGAIN. I'm going to show you some pretty pictures, and then I'm going to tell you how the trip REALLY went.

Most of this vacation got documented by my cell phone camera, so the photo quality here isn't super high, so you'll have to forgive me. 

Cliff Lake, Montana

Mama and baby bison parading down the road (and stopping traffic!) in Yellowstone.

Driving up the Beartooth Highway. Could it get more gorgeous? Answer: NO.

 Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. 

Crazy boiling thermal pool in Yellowstone, trying it's hardest to kill this poor tree. 

Buffalo crossing!

Boys ready to hike (aka the ONE moment of the trip when they weren't acting like heathens). 

Kayaking on Quake Lake.

Sawyer exploring our back yard on our first Montana morning. 

Northwest park boundary.

Waiting for Old Faithful to erupt. 

So, the trip highlights were: GORGEOUS scenery, a trip to Cooke City, Montana with Riley and Sawyer, lots of great wildlife spottings (grizzly bear, black bear with cubs, moose, tons of elk and bison, antelope, coyotes, etc.), hanging out with Char.


Most of the trip involved children screaming and fighting, Bryan and I screaming and fight because the children were screaming and fighting, lots of time outs, kids trying to beat the crap out of each other, and tons of time trying to keep children in the midst of a tantrum from destroying the cabin. NOT. FUN.

This was the first time we've ever taken all three of the kiddos on vacation at once. So, where did we go wrong? Are all family vacations like that? Is two weeks too long? Did we go too far from home? How do you manage littles on a vacation  and still maintain your sanity?

Or, is the key just to leave them at home?


Monday, June 4, 2012

My very own hand quilting lesson!

*Whoa - you guys have some awesome laundry suggestions! I'm still trying to figure out what is going to work best for us, but if you're interested in the topic, I STRONGLY suggest checking out the comments on this post. So many amazing, detailed comments on how you guys make laundry work in your homes! I'm so appreciative of the time everyone took to help me figure out a solution!*

A few weekends ago, I got my very own hand quilting lesson from the AMAZING Mary Dugan. If you ready quilty blogs, you might know her from Molly Flanders. Her quilts are absolutely DROOL WORTHY. She is really, truly an artist - from her fabric choices, to her piecing, and her AMAZING hand quilting, basically everything she does makes me want to be a quilter, and that's really saying something, because have you ever seen a quilt on this blog? (Hint: NO. Although I have finished exactly one, and have a few others in various stages of unfinishedness -and yes I did just make that word up - and two quilt patterns in progress.)

I am positively DROOLING over this Point Me quilt she did. I mean, AMAZING. She also has a great tutorial over on her blog with an alternative (read: easier and better) way of piecing the triangles. I have (delusional) fantasies of making a king size version of this baby for my bedroom, but Mary informed that that might be a little bit insane. :)

My cell phone photos totally don't do her work justice - head over her her blog for better images!

Anywho, my favorite fabric store held a lovely little event a few weekends ago (the same day I ended up jousting in a dress) to share quilt market photos, and Mary was in the shop giving hand quilting lessons! 

Fabric Heaven. 

Mary gave us a demonstration of her quilting, and then gave me a chance to try it. I've read about hand quilting on other blogs, and they all describe using a "rocking motion" to do the stitches, but honestly in my head I was just picturing a running stitch. Turns out, it's not at all like a running stitch! I don't think I would have ever understood how to do the stitch without someone showing me in person. 

These are my sample stitches. Mary swears that, with some practice, and in the context of a quilt, no one will notice that my stitches are a little wonky. :)

Do you do any quilting? I'm working on one right now inspired by this quilt, and am working on a couple of quilting designs of my own. 

Thank you Mary, for the fantastic quilting lesson!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Confession: I have a laundry problem.

So. Confession time. I have a SERIOUS laundry problem.

I probably need to go to Laundry Haters Anonymous or something. I mean, it's bad. Like, BAD BAD.

It's so bad that a few months ago, my saint-like mother-in-law went to the laundromat with me and helped me do approximately FORTY loads of laundry at once. 

Yes, you read that right. 


I know, I'm disgusted with me too. Part of the problem, obviously, is that we have too many clothes. There was a time in my life when, rather than do laundry, I would simply go buy something new. Yes, really. I was that frivolous and ridiculous and lazy. So, to tackle my problem, step one is to get rid of some clothes.

I also am not very good at switching out clothes for the seasons. So, for example, right now there are sweaters laying around my house, despite the fact that it is 90 degrees outside. Step two, then, should be to box up off-season clothes, right?

And, the third thing that I know I can improve on is boxing up too-small clothing, rather than letting it linger in drawers, where it inevitably gets tried on, deemed to small, thrown on the floor, and eventually makes it back to the laundry pile. 

Something tells me that these three things still won't totally alleviate my problem, so I'm asking for help. 

Do you have a system to keep your laundry under control?

How many towels per person should a family have?

 How many loads of laundry do you do per week?

I don't mind washing and drying it, but do you know of a magic robot to fold and put away my clean laundry? 

Should I just throw away all of my clothes and make my family go naked to avoid this dreaded task?

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