Showing Your Husband Respect

29 Sep

I am taking a different path today.  I have been married for 21 years.  I have a terrific husband, but after 21 years I wonder how much I take for granted.  So I have been working on becoming a better wife.  And it is working.  I am far from perfect but making a few changes has brought harmony to our marriage.  I like this article from Cornerstone Confessions, 99 ways to show your husband respect.  It is worth reading.
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Zippers

26 Sep

Does the thought of sewing in a zipper scare you?  I am surprised by how many people avoid this task.  Here are three different tutorials on how to sew in a basic zipper.  They all approach it in a similar manner, but with a few different touches and points.  See which one you like the best and give it a try.  They all machine baste their seams, I hand baste, makes it easier for me to pull the thread back out.
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From Make It-Love It

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From Nancy Zieman (Sewing With Nancy)

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And from Sew Mama Sew

Woven Potholder

22 Sep

I came across this pin at Pinterest and thought it looked like a fun idea.  I just followed the pictures as this is not a language I speak or read.  It was easy to follow the pictorial.  Took a little time to get everything to lay flat after it was woven together, that is why it is important to match up the middle of both fabrics.  But with a little pressing and fussing it came together.  Took me about an hour from start to finish.
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Here is my potholder
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Spiral Clasp

18 Sep

Isn’t this a pretty clasp, Sweet Bead Studio has a great tutorial on how to make it.  So I guess I am going to play with beads today :-)
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Quilt As You Go

13 Sep

Many years ago I signed up for a class to make a quilt as you go quilt.  I didn’t read the fine print and this quilt took a lot of hand stitching.  I don’t like hand stitching.  It took a very long time to finish.  Fast forward to this week when watching Sewing With Nancy and about half way into the show they showed a quilt as you go method that requires no hand sewing.  So I sat down at my sewing machine and finished this baby quilt in one afternoon.  I am very happy with the results.  Of course you can add more detail to the squares, but I just wanted something quick.  I about got booed out of the house as everyone here are Seahawk fans, but the baby’s family are die-hard Bronco fans, so it works.  I brought the backing fabric around the edges and finished it the same way I put the squares together. I mitered the corners simply by folding and pressing.

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Here is where I got information on how to make this quilt.
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De Beer Designs Video

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You can’t see the quilting in this picture, but about 13.30 minutes into the show there is a quick tutorial on quilt as you go.
Quilt by Donna Fenske on Sewing with Nancy.

Totes and Bags

6 Sep

I love the large blue Ikea bags.  We don’t live very close to Ikea so when I do get there I stock up. I use them the most often when we travel or go camping.  When I saw this fun design and the pretty fabric ….well I guess you could say they had me at hello.  You can find the tutorial for the bag at Miss Make.
I also like these decor tote boxes that Nancy Zieman had on her show this week.  The construction is very similar to the bag construction.  There is a video of the show if you follow this link.

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Watercolor Flowers

3 Sep

Today feels like fall.  It is dark, overcast with a few showers and not reaching 60 degrees yet.  I like the change in seasons, but boy this came on fast.  So today is a craft room day.  I still have a few flowers outside and that’s what spurred today’s post.  I love playing with watercolors.  There are so many ways to approach painting with them.  Here are a few ideas for inspiration.  If you need more information there are a lot of video tutorials on-line you can watch.

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Alisa Burke

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