Archive | February, 2013

Button, Button Who’s Got the Button

28 Feb

These are such pretty buttons made from polymer clay.  Love the lace detail.  Check out the tutorial by Viktoria Slutsky (not sure how washable these are)claybutton
Very Purple Person has the instructions for making these cute fabric button necklaces.  button necklaceButtons made from jacks?  That is what Michl in LA did and they are wonderful.button jacks There are a lot of things you can do with buttons. Put on the end of a bobby pin, hair clip or loop a pony tail band through the shank and wear in your hair. Add to the end of a large paperclip and use as a bookmark. Glue a magnet on the back.  Accent a greeting card, artwork or purse. Possibilities abound.


DIY Hypertufa Pots

27 Feb

This time of year we start dreaming about our gardens.  Can’t do much more than that as we are still getting snow and frost, but a girl can dream.  I have been thinking about making my own planters and Martha Stewart has the directions.  This looks pretty easy and the materials are not that expensive.  It would cost more to go out and buy the bowls.  Hmmm….maybe I can start this in my garage and have ready for planting when the warm weather actually gets here.mld105405_0310_bowls_007_fin_vert mld105405_0310_smsquare_021_fin_vert


26 Feb

I have been trying to figure out how to make a buttonhole on my machine.  The machine came with very basic instructions and did not cover the buttonhole attachment.  Thanks to  See Kate Sew I know have it figured out.  She explains everything very well and has great pictures.  If this is a problem you have or just haven’t been brave enough to tackle a buttonhole check out the tutorial, it will help.buttonholesSee Kate Sew has some other tutorials and patterns on her site.  Lots of things to explore, check it out. trianglequilt5

Sewing Tip and Bean Bags

25 Feb

Here is a great tutorial on how to put a recessed zipper in purse.  I like the look of an open purse, but hate it when you accidentally tip it over and things fall out.  I have tried this on my own and it didn’t work, but following the tutorial  I now know what I did wrong.  Thanks Sewing Novice.sewing novice
Seven Alive came up with a no-sew bean bag.  Bean bags are nice to have around for different indoor games when the weather is crummy outside.No Sew Bean Bags blog
And if you need some bean bag game ideas check out A Childhood List.  These are all great for indoor games. beanbag

e-reader covers

21 Feb

For Christmas I received a e-reader.  It is fantastic.  I can carry around ten books wherever I go and our library lets you borrow e-books.  Pretty wonderful. So now I have been looking at projects for my e-reader.  Here are a few I found on the internet and the one I made.

This first one is by Come Together Kids.  She used a hard back book, took out the insides and made a cloth pocket and holder on the inside for her holder collage
Not into sewing?  How about duct tape and plywood?  Here is a cool idea found at Instructablesducttapecover
This leather pouch has a nice polished look to it, check it out at Leafy Treetop Spot.kindlecover11
Mine is made very similar to Sharlzdollz cover.  Love the embroidered piece she uses.ebook case completed 1
I used an old pair of jeans, using the leg for the body of the cover.  I cut a rectangle the width plus an inch and twice the length plus 1 inch of my Kindle.  I cut out the back pocket about 1/4″ around the outside edge and sewed it onto the jean rectangle.  I cut a rectangle of batting and  then one of the lining material an inch longer so a little would show around the top. I sewed the batting and jean material together around the outside edge. Then sewed the sides of the lining material.  I made a fabric tab about 1 1/2″ across and 4″ long, sandwiched everything together at the top with tab in place, and sewed them together.  I left the bottom of the lining material open so I could turn it right side out and then machined sewed it closed.  It’s on the inside so no one sees it.  Made a button-hole and sewed on a button and it is done.kindlecover

The One Lovely Blog Award/the Very Inspiring Blogger Award

20 Feb

Hey hey,

My first nomination!:

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the rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.

2. Add The One Lovely Blog Award / The Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post. (already did)

3. Share 7 things about yourself.

4. Pass the award on to 10 nominees.

5. Include this set of rules. Done!

6. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs.

1. THANK YOU Tailor Fairy! I am really honored! :)


  • I am the mom of twin boys, now wonderful young men.
  • I am a Christian.
  • I have been married for 19 years and fall more in love with my husband each year.
  • I love chocolate, coffee, warm fire and a good book.
  • I lived in Alaska for 8 years and really miss the summers.
  • I watch Downton Abbey and wish there were more shows like it.
  • I love trying new techniques with sewing a crafts.

4. my nominees, based on the last 10 blog posts I liked:

  1. The Crafty Crow
  2. Alisa Burke
  3. Dollar Store Crafts
  4. Tatertots and Jello
  5. Think Liz
  6. Flamingo Toes
  7. Sew With Nancy
  8. Sew Mama Sew
  9. Tip Junkie
  10. Seams Happy

6. I will notify my nominees within the next minutes. ;)


19 Feb

I love Batiks!  And I really admire the art work at Dishfunctional Design.  With a few tools and a lot of patience you can achieve beautiful results. The technique is well explained on their website. I am nowhere near the artist that these people are, but I have done some batik work.  I have even done a simpler version with my young students using gel school glue instead of the wax.  No worry of burnt fingers. You can check that method out at Our Creative Day.il_570xN.235672831From Dishfunctional Design

 batik & ice cream 073From Our Creative Day

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