Wednesday, September 29, 2010's getting colder

Wow, what a change in weather patterns here in the Midwest. It's definitely fall here. Make sure to click on over to the store and check out the new fall/winter items available! Here's a hint....

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday

My friend Twyla at Sweet as Steel has a really cute tutorial to share this week!

Monster Eye Hair Clip It's a fun thing to make for all the little girls in your world - thank you so much for sharing Twyla!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday Sewing Tip

I've been brushing up on my sewing skills because September is National Sewing Month! Here's the site I've found to be the absolute best when you're unsure of a techniques or need "how to do" help, hopefully it can help you too.

Make sure to look over to the top left, click on Guidelines for Sewing, there is an absolute wealth of information there!

Make sure to check out for some great information too!

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A great time of year for totes!

Don't you find that this time of year is perfect for totes? Busy busy work, play, or school. Make sure to check out the shop for some pretty ones available.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday

I'm always on the hunt for new crafty ideas for my granddaughter. So the day I found this blog post I was looking for ideas on how to help her learn to sew. She's always so delighted when she can watch what I'm making. This is a great idea, I'm so happy that mini-eco shared her talents with all of us!

mini-eco's Printable Sewing Cards

Just too cute! I hope you have fun printing them for your children/grandchildren!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sunday Sewing Tip - How to Make Your Own Piping

Of course now that we've learned how to make our own bias tape, you will want to have matching piping. LOL See what I mean, I tell you - it's a sickness. Again there are tons of U-tube videos and tutorials available but this is the one I used to re-familiarize myself with the technique.

How to make your own piping

I will never purchase ready made piping again, it's just to much fun to make whatever you want from home! The picture here is an example of a project in the store where I used custom made piping. If you like, click over to the store and look in the purse category to see even more details!

Happy sewing,

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Saturday Silliness

Have you ever come across a post on an internet forum that just sent you into hysterical giggling fits? I was reading a forum of small business owners and they were talking about dealing with bridezillas. There were some great one liners I'd like to remember - there were many but some were more personal to individual situations so I'm not including all of them.


A friend's mom used to say this to me all the time when someone would act less than polite: "Dear, no matter how hard you try, you simply can't put polish on a sneaker".


If you can't be a shining example, at least be a dire warning.


(While this was was personal I just couldn't pass up sharing it. LOL)
I used to play the pipe organ for weddings, and had bridezilla be a total b---h during the rehearsal. It went on for 2 hours! Then the best man walked over to me and asked if he could pay me $500 to play "Another One Bites the Dust"! I got laughing so hard I nearly fell off the bench. SOooooo tempting!


Kind of scary, isn't it. LOL You have to wonder how they are to their future husband and families. I think we need to remember what weddings are really supposed to be about.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Once a Month cooking

Once a Month Cooking World is a great site for anyone who would like to learn how to make their life easier in the meal department. I've found it not only guarantees we eat healthier but that we aren't tempted by convenience foods. It may seem difficult to get started, but just take it in small steps if you feel overwhelmed. It helped a lot with my monthly food budget too! Let me know if you try it, or find a favorite recipe. I'll be sharing some of mine in the coming months, one thing I've discovered is how easy it is to convert your favorites into this cooking style!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New Fall and Winter Items added to the Shop!

If you have a minute make to sure to click on over to the shop and check out the new fall/winter cardigans available for the chilly weather fast approaching! Here's a hint...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday

I'm always searching for teacher, friend and sister quick and cute gifts. I love to give gifts just because and this is a great idea from Fireflies and Jellybeans!

Welcome Back to School Teacher Gift

Have fun creating and personalizing your favorite one!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sunday Sewing Tip - Bias Tape

My friend Twyla and I were discussing our love hate relationship with bias tape. She's found a great project, but you guessed it - LOTS of bias tape necessary. And of course we all know how hard it is to find some that actually matches our project. So a few years ago, I went on a quest on the Internet to learn how to make my own. Yes, there are a ton of tutorials and u-tube videos available - but this is my favorite one.

How to make your own bias tape

And to go along with it, if you want an extra little tip that makes this whole process even easier make sure to check out this tutorial from Creative Little Daisy!

DIY Version of a Bias Tape Maker

I can bet you're just as excited as me to get working on your next project that needs bias tape. And DIY bias tape is much easier to work with!

Happy Sewing!

Friday, September 10, 2010

ReDux: Once a Month Cooking

We're almost to that time of year again! YEAH!

Candejo's Creations: Once a Month Cooking: "Thank heavens for sisters. As you can tell by my absence, I've been super busy with special orders and new project..."

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New Fall and Winter Items in the Shop!

If you have a minute make to sure to click on over to the shop and check out the new fall/winter accessories available - I almost dread saying it, but that chilly weather is coming. But I do love to knit and crochet. Here's a hint...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday!

Every Tuesday I'll be sharing an original tutorial or sharing a tutorial for you to link up with from all the talented people out in the www. Today, I'm sharing a really awesome link to a chef's hat that I'll be making for my granddaughter Emma's birthday. Along with this super cute hat I'll be adding a handmade apron and cookbook. Emma and I have spent the summer cooking and baking things together - SO MUCH FUN! I've typed up our recipes and put them in her very own cookbook. I know she'll be excited, because she's asked several times for a chef's hat.

here's the link, hopefully you'll have someone you can make one for to make their day! Chef's Hat Tutorial by CurlyPops I'll be back in mid October to add a picture to this post of the birthday package.

Happy sewing,

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day

Many of us look at it as the last hooray long weekend before cooler weather but it really has an interesting history.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, l883. In l884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in l885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

If you have the time, you should "bing" it and read all about this holiday - it's quite an interesting story about a day of celebration for ALL OF US!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sunday is for Sewing Tips

Yes, you read that right. Every Sunday (but not this one, LOL) I will try and post a sewing tip. You know, those things we suddenly discover after years of doing something the most difficult way possible?! So be sure to tune in next Sunday!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Best Friends

Yippee, it's SATURDAY! My best friend will be here any minute. I'll be picking her up at the airport, having lunch and then she's off to see her grandchildren for the day. She'll be visiting with another friend for the first few days and then she's all mine. LOL I go to her place every summer for a week, and because she loves me...she goes along with me to all the great quilt shops in her area of Florida. She's helped me find some really awesome fabrics and deals - and she never complains. And in exchange, I've been helping her redecorate, I'm not so sure her husband likes me though - hahaha, because of course she spends $$$$ on those ideas. Can't wait to see you Geri!

Friday, September 3, 2010

National Sewing Month

SEPTEMBER is National Sewing Month. If you've always wanted to learn, need to learn some new techniques or already love sewing as much as I do - there is a site just for YOU! Just click the bolded words above and read all about it. They have daily drawings this month, contests you can enter, and projects galore. Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Whew. Back from my summer sabbatical, what?! You mean I forgot to tell you I was taking one? Oops. Three months of enjoying my children and grandchildren. Time to play, plan and create - just awesome. SO,'s back to work. I'm looking forward to sharing some fun new items and also to-do projects!