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Tuesday Reviews-Day: Totes Amaze! by Amanda McKittrick

Tuesday Reviews-Day: Totes Amaze! by Amanda McKittrick

It’s no surprise to anyone who’s been reading here for a while that I like to make things. While making stuff just for fun is all well and good, I especially love it when my hands-on time is spent making something useful as well as nice to look at. And even though a lot of my handmade projects are intended for others, every now and then I will make something for myself, too. Which is why I was more than happy to take a look at Totes Amaze! 25 bags to make for every occasion by Amanda McKittrick. A tote[Read More...]

by 05/20/2014 0 comments Tuesday Revews-Day
37 Home Decor | Crazy For You: Crazy-Quilted Pillow Covers are Tops for Upcycling Fabric

37 Home Decor | Crazy For You: Crazy-Quilted Pillow Covers are Tops for Upcycling Fabric

Quilting is an age-old tradition of making lovely textiles from bits and pieces of fabrics. While many times these fabrics are purchased with a certain project in mind, quilting can be a fabulous way to use up leftover scraps or rescue fabric from clothes that are headed to a rag bin just because a portion is worn or stained. But a lot of quilting patterns require cutting certain shapes, which can make using those scraps a little tougher. Enter the Crazy Quilt. Not quite a scary as it sounds, a crazy quilt is simply one without a set pattern. You[Read More...]

by 03/12/2013 2 comments 64 Arts, Projects
Make or Buy Decision: The Dress

Make or Buy Decision: The Dress

An unlimited budget is something many of us can only dream of. Dream of and drool. Ever hear of champagne tastes and a beer pocketbook? That’s us. Actually, some days it feels more like a bottled-water budget. But this post isn’t *strictly* about budget issues. Back when I was in Culinary School I learned many things (obviously). One of the major points that stuck with me, though, (besides how easily one can burn off one’s eyebrows seasoning saute pans–NOT me, by the way) was the concept of the Make or Buy Decision. Yes, I think it deserves capitalizing. It’s really[Read More...]

by 07/11/2012 0 comments Third Time Wife, Wedding Planning
Craft of Opportunity

Craft of Opportunity

I don’t generally come up with projects that can easily be accomplished in one night. Case in point? Something I dreamed up for the book launch, this Saturday, that required an hour and a half in Lowes as part of date night (not that Todd minded, of course), and a few hours on Sunday with power tools (Todd, again, he didn’t mind) and still has 2 more nights of work ahead before it’s finished. Even when it’s not a wood and tools sort of thing, there’s almost always a need for a trip to this store or that for the[Read More...]

by 06/05/2012 9 comments Projects

Darn, Darn, Darn!

No, I haven’t pricked myself with a needle (again). It’s not that kind of darning. This is the type of darning you do to socks. When there’s a hole in one, not when you can’t find the match. Anyway, with store-bought socks fairly inexpensive, darning has fallen out of common usage for most of us. But if you’ve ever worn a hole in a pair of hand-knit socks or found a moth-hole in your favorite sweater, darning might just be the skill that keeps those items from the rag pile. It’s a visual process, and this video from Greenfibres shows[Read More...]

by 12/27/2011 1 comment 64 Arts
X Marks the Spot

X Marks the Spot

Needlework doesn’t have to be just about serviceable sewing, there’s a lot to be said for the decorative side of things, too. Embroidery is, in many circles, a lost art. I think a lot of that has to do with people not sitting still long enough (myself included) to finish a project. Add to that the number of stitch variations and a beginner can get a tad overwhelmed. That said, I think there’s one embroidery style that fits the beginner bill quite well. It’s simple, the materials are easy to work with and it’s easy to make your own patterns[Read More...]

by 12/20/2011 0 comments 64 Arts
Basted Together

Basted Together

It’s finished! Well, not fully. In fact it’s a far cry from done but it is a perfectly serviceable muslin and so, as far as that goes, it’s finished. Back to the title. If you hear the word baste and only think of a turkey, this is your opportunity to learn something new. A basting stitch, also known as a running stitch, is a simple stitch that’s perfect for keeping items in place that may not need to be permanently held in place. You just take your needle up and down through the fabric at regular intervals with no back-tracking. This makes[Read More...]

by 12/06/2011 0 comments 64 Arts
The Clothes Make the Woman

The Clothes Make the Woman

Or, rather, the woman makes the clothes! Last time we talked about measurements, now it’s time to get to the fit. I love the scene in Monster In Law where Jennifer Lopez’ character says, “Well, I’m making the dress to fit me,” talking about her wedding dress and the fact that she’s not starving herself into one. Bravo for the sentiment, certainly, and that goes for any clothes! So! (Or, well, Sew…) Presuming you’ve bought the pattern closest to your size it’s time to compare the base measurements to yours and see what, if anything, needs to be adjusted. In[Read More...]

by 11/29/2011 8 comments 64 Arts
Needlework-It!

Needlework-It!

Moving along from the culinary and beverage arts, we’re heading back into the artsy-craftsy bits for a little while and I couldn’t be happier. Next on the list? 25 Needlework This comprises sewing together, weaving, manufacturing clothes, bodices, and costumes, and darning. This art comes at a particularly good time for me, as I’ve got a not-so-minor sewing project in mind to kick it off. Todd and I are planning to have some engagement photos done in the near future and I have a very specific sort of outfit in mind for one of the locations. So specific that it’s[Read More...]

by 11/22/2011 2 comments 64 Arts

A Stitch in Time…

… saves a costly repair fee! Woman has relied heretofore too entirely for her support on the needle – that one-eyed demon of destruction that slays thousands annually; that evil genius of our sex, which, in spite of all our devotion, will never make us healthy, wealthy, or wise. –Elizabeth Cady Stanton She may have been instrumental in securing women the right to vote, but I’ll bet even she knew how important it was to look presentable–clothes are our first bit of armor in polite society and a missing button is a target for many things. Sewing, mending and basic[Read More...]

by 10/07/2010 6 comments 64 Arts