DIY: Rainy Days


In Central Florida this year, our April showers leaked over into May. We’ve been getting some much needed rain and the thunderstorms make for good napping (I’ve trained myself, Pavlovian-style, to sleep when I hear the sound of rain and thunder). [Read more...]

Fabric Stash: Hoarding & Busting

What a clever little pie chart; equal parts truth and hilarity. What is it about quilting that makes one start hoarding fabric? I’ve done more non-quilt sewing than quilt sewing, so I find it odd that even though I use my stash for all sorts of non-quilt sewing projects, I didn’t really start building a stash until I took up quilting almost two years ago.
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25 More Headbands

Earlier this year, I did a roundup of 25 awesome headband tutorials. Everyone loved the collection and it was pinned and pinned and pinned some more. Since it was the most popular post I’ve ever done (and I try not to take it personally since none of the tutorials are my own), I thought I’d make a sequel. So, here are 25 more headbands tutorials that deserve our attention and a couple of headband holders to keep us organized.
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DIY Olympics

So apparently, these 2012 Olympics are breaking all the records for television viewership. I think it’s all thanks to Ryan Lochte, but maybe that’s just me ;-) . Either way, it’s a great time to celebrate this historic event with the rest of the world and what better way to celebrate than to do some crafting?
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DIY Picnic Party

Surely there aren’t many things in the world better than a picnic in the park under the shade of a tree. For me, picnics feel wonderfully old fashioned and, being the nostalgic person that I am (for proof, read this post and this post), are a great reason to get together with girlfriends for giggles and deep conversations. In fact, for my birthday a couple of years ago, the girls took me for a picnic and brought all my favorite chocolate desserts. I love my friends.
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DIY 4th of July

DIY 4th of July
So that big summertime (not to mention halfway-to-Christmas) holiday is coming up and I’m feeling the need to get festive. I’ve been looking around and here’s a collection of patriotic tutorials that anyone can do. Whether you’re throwing a party or going to one, there’s something here for you. From adorable shirts for the kids to decorations for the house to the perfect hostess dress, you might as well make them all.

If nothing else, I plan on at least painting my nails all Stars-and-Stripesy so while I’m sewing, I can feel like I’m doing it the good ol’ American way.
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25 Earring Tutorials

Last Christmas, I made earrings as gifts for my friends out of antique lace. Not to toot my own horn, but they went over like gang busters (that’s a good thing, right?). Since then, I’ve been so preoccupied with sewing projects and fabric crafts that I haven’t given earring-making another thought. Well that stops now, friends. I have a pile of earring hooks just begging to have something fantastic dangling from them.

I plan on making one of each so that I have a stash of handmade gifts for any occasion. What’s that? You’re graduating high school? Way to go; have some earrings. Wait, you got promoted? Congratulations and have some earrings. You’re telling me that you’ve discovered a new use for Mod Podge? Sounds to me like you deserve some earrings.

You get the picture.

So here’s a collection of some seriously awesome earring tutorials and a few tutorials on fabulous ways to display them.

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DIY Baby Boy

One of my very good, all-time, bestest friends ever just had her second baby; a beautiful baby boy named Isaiah. I get to meet him for the first time this weekend, so I’m in the mood to make them some useful and beautiful baby items.

I’ve already made him a quilt, and I’ll take some pictures of him using it to share with everyone, but there are so many great tutorials out there for little ones that I can’t resist putting together a collection.

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DIY Beach Day

Beach season is quickly approaching here in Central Florida. In fact, my first beach trip of the year is coming up on Monday; my friends and I are spending the day at the beach to celebrate my birthday (don’t remind me).

So, instead of being bikini-ready and doing crunches, trying the latest fad diets, or working on a base tan, my thoughts are consumed with thinking about all the cool things I could sew that would make a day at the beach even more pleasant.

With that in mind, here is a beach-themed collection of tutorials to make your next beach day perfect. I’m looking forward to putting these to good use.

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25 Shopping Bag Tutorials

It’s bags like these that make saving the planet look good, they also make shopping look good. A few years ago, my little sister bought a set of reusable shopping bags from Envirosax that were so adorable, that I had to buy some for myself. Anytime I use them, I get lots of compliments.

Now that I’m sewing all the time, I want to make my own. I’d rather get all those compliments for something I made, you know? So, here’s a list of majorly cute shopping bags good for groceries, produce, clothes, and what not. Make a few, save the planet, get great compliments. What have you got to lose?

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