Wednesday, December 4, 2013

New eBay store!

I have finally overloaded my Office/Craft room.  It is time to start getting rid of stuff.  I am going through my sewing patterns and craft items and I'm going to sell them on eBay.  I created a store:  http://stores.ebay.com/craftinisewingandcrafts

I just started today.  I added a few sewing patterns, I have a feeling I will be adding a bunch more.  If anyone is interested in buying multiple patterns, message me and I'm sure we can work out a deal.  :)

Thanks!

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cricut Cartridge Organization Solution

I am determined to get my office/craft room organized!  I have moved on to the Cricut cartridges.  Over the years I have tried several different ways to store/organize my Cricut cartridges.  I have searched across the web and found a few blog posts that looked promising, but nothing that really made them easy to find and keep tidy. I even tried a couple of the ideas, but nothing seemed to be a good overall solution.  I believe I have found a solution….yay!

I found these storage bins at Michaels awhile back, but the price deterred me from buying them.  But, I finally broke down and bought a couple when they were 50% and there was an additional % off coupon.  They came out to be around $10 a piece after all the coupons.  When I got them home I found I did like them and how they stacked.  With Black Friday sales coming up, Michaels might have them even cheaper.  Here is an online link if you just want to check them out.



After I got all the cartridges in the bins, I created an Excel spreadsheet to keep an inventory of them.  I also printed out a sheet for each bin that I will tape to the inside of the lid, so I can easily see which cartridges are in the bin.  Here is a screenshot of the spreadsheet for the bin:


After I printed it out I added some card stock to back and taped it to the bin.



I added them all into a Master spreadsheet, screenshot below:



So far, this is the best solution for me.  ;)

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Sewing Pattern Organization - iPad Inventory App

I admit I have a problem when it comes to sewing patterns…every time JoAnn's has the  $0.99 sale I end up buying at least 10 patterns.  During the past year I have only finished a couple of sewing projects, so I thought I would look through my sewing patterns to find some inspiration. This is when I realized my patterns are stashed everywhere!  I figured I would make an attempt to organize them…this turned out to be a much bigger project than I thought.

Over the years I have tried to come up with a good solution to keep an inventory of my patterns.  I have visited many blogs for ideas, but since I  do not have a dedicated sewing/craft room, most of the wonderful ideas will not work for me.

But, I had to start somewhere, so I began sorting the patterns and this is when I realized I have SEVERAL duplicates of many patterns.  In the past I have tried to organize my patterns using an Excel spreadsheet, but I never kept it current.

While looking for cool, new iPad apps I discovered there is an app to inventory your sewing patterns.  It is a little pricey ($8.99), but I decided to bite the bullet and buy it.  It is called Sewing Kit HD.  You can check it out here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sewing-kit-hd/id503845806?mt=8 

I have started entering some patterns and I found some nice features, but also the app has a few bugs.  I am still working on entering all my patterns and I have found the directions/help is very minimal.  When I am complete I will write a follow up post and maybe even a video on how to use some of the features.

Here is a screen shot for the developers website:


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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Minion Earflap Crochet Hat and Beanie Pattern

I have mainly been working on crochet projects, lately.  Due to my work travel schedule the only down time I have had lately is waiting for flights that seems to always be delayed.  Since carrying my sewing machine or Cricut machine in my carry on bag is a little bulky, I starting carrying yarn to work on some crochet projects.  ;)  I have come to the point that I tried of making infinity scarves :/, so I thought I would take a stab at the ever popular earflap hats.  There are plenty of free patterns and tutorials out on the net, so I tried a few before I came a cross a good base pattern for earflap hats and beanies.  I found my biggest challenge has been to find a pattern that uses a double crochet, which works up very quickly and that the size stated in the pattern is the true size it comes out to be.  I tried a lot of patterns that said they were for adults, but ended up looking more like a child size.  I know we all crochet differently, so I figured I would just work it up a few times with different hook sizes and see how it goes.  

Since there is "Minion Fever" everywhere, there are tons of free patterns out there to try.  I ended up liking this one the best.  It only took me a couple of hours to complete the base hat.  Maybe an hour more to finish the face and braids.   I used Lion Brand in Radiant Yellow, it is the perfect Minion color and I was able to make both hats with one skein and had a some left over.  I used Loops and Threads in Clear Blue for the bottom half of the hat.  The other features were done in Black, White and left over glitter gray yarn.  They did seem to fit my head, but the pattern said it was written for a child 3-5 years old for a 20 inch head circumference.  Here is the link for the pattern:  http://chucksforchancho.com/2013/08/03/tutorial-crochet-minion-hat/


Here are my first attempt at "Stuart"the Minion hat.  ;)


I used this pattern and did not add the earflaps.  http://allicrafts.blogspot.com/2011/12/free-pattern-earflap-hat-9-12-months.html She has a ton of cute hats for newborns up to toddlers.  They work work up quickly and are very easy to read.  She also has come cute flower patterns as well.  This one was made with a 5.5 hook and it actually fit my head.  It was a little snug, I think would work.  I used Red and White Red Heart Super Saver yarn.



All my friends will probably be getting a hat and an infinity scarf for Christmas.  :D


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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Mickey Mouse and Woodchuck Hard Cider Gift Basket

I know most of you are not sure how Mickey Mouse and Beer would make for a nice gift basket, but I think it turned out very nice.  It is my BFF's birthday and she love all things Mickey and Woodchuck Hard Cider (Beer).  For the Mickey shapes I used the Mickey and Friends cartridge.  For the letters and ears I used the Mickey Font cartridge.  To complete the look, I used BBQ skewers, tape, ribbon, a dollar store pail, Woodchuck Cider and a "Party in a Bottle" flask to complete the basket.  She loved it! She gets to drink the beer and later she can use the Mickey shapes for a centerpiece at another party. :)



Woodchuck Hard Cider



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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Finished Bookmarks

I finally finished the bookmarks for my friend!  It feels good to finish projects again.  :)  I am going to try and finish one my sewing projects before the weekend is over.  Hope your having a good one!



Apron and Sunglasses cut from Suburbia Cricut Cartridge.  The bookmarks are 6" x 2".



Drinks are cut from the Pack Your Bags Cricut Cartridge



Latte and Label are cut from the Love You a Latte Cricut Lite Cartridge




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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Card Making Mojo Returned...

I hope all is well with everyone out in the blogosphere!  I finally felt like sitting down and making some cards.  :)  The post is a bit pic heavy, but I was really going "hard in the paint"...and since I'm not sure when this burst of card making mojo will come back, I figured I better post them all.  lol

I made a few holiday cards for Valentine's Day and Halloween... and a random bookmark.  A friend asked me to make her some bookmarks and I gave her some crappy ones....(bad friend I am...in my Yoda voice).  I just couldn't get the Cricut juices going.  I hope to make a few more for her before all my mojo is gone.  ;)  I used the Create a Critter 2 cartridge for all of them expect the bookmark.  I used the Suburia Cartridge for the apron.

Here they go:

Valentine's Day
Pink Owl Card



Be Mine Bear



Boo



Halloween Tree


I used a lot of Stickles and I love how it came out.



Finally, my bookmark




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Monday, April 22, 2013

Spring Apron Giveaway - Wendy By Design - Ends April 24th

Good morning all!  I just wanted to do a quick post about a friend of my mine that has beautiful Spring Apron that she is giving away.  All you have to do to enter is go HERE https://www.facebook.com/WendyByDesign and "LIKE" the Wendy By Design page and post a comment about what you would like for your "DREAM APRON".   Entry closes April 24th.

Here is a pic of the apron - so cute!! 

Good Luck



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Monday, April 1, 2013

Jeans to Maxi Skirt Tutorial

I hope everyone had a Happy Easter!  I finished this project a couple of months ago and just got around to taking some pics.  They are not the greatest, but I wanted to share the finished project.  I
used Mimi G's DIY TUTORIAL: Reconstructed Jeans to Maxi to make this make this maxi jean skirt.  I went to the Salvation Army Thrift store to find the 2 pair of jeans needed for the project.  Since I didn't know how well it was going to turn out, I wasn't ready to commit to using my own jeans.  ;)  I found 3 pair of jeans that cost me a total of $6.  They were nice jeans from Aeropostale and Levi's.  This is a quick and easy project!  It literally only took me about an hour from start to finish.  I think it turned out cute and will be nice and comfy for the summer.  I will post better pics when I get to wear it.  Here are a few quick ones I took.


 Front












Back





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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Crochet Along - Infinity Cowl Finished


I have finished the CAL with  One Dog Woof's pattern.  I think it came out nice.  It was quick to make, but there a couple of spots I got a little confused.  At some point I stopped slip stitching to join the round.  lol ;)  I'm not sure what I did, but it still came out cute.  Another problem I came across was working with two strands of yarn.  They kept twisting and driving me crazy.  I used 2 skeins of Lion Brand Vanna's Choice yarn.  The color is Radiant Orange, I thought it would bring me some cheer while I wait patiently for Spring to get here.  :)  Here is the link to the Crochet Along.

Check out my new cowl!





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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Crochet Along - Infinity Cowl


I am just crafting along with everybody!  ;)  I came across this Crochet Along on One Dog Woof's blog.  It looks like a cute and quick cowl that would be easy to make.  Since I am still in the recovery stage of getting my crafting mojo back, I figured these  "Along's" would keep me pressed to finish a project.  Click Here is the link to the Crochet Along.  She has the supply list and the pattern posted. 

I did get my pattern cut out and my fabric came in the mail for Mimi G's Sew Along, I'll keep you up to date on the progress. 


Here is the cowl we are going to make for the Crochet Along:


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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Free Sew-Along with Mimi G

Happy Sunday everyone!

My sewing mojo left the building a long time ago, but I'm trying to get it back and work on some great additions to my spring and summer wardrobe.  I am currently working on a dress that I cut out about 2 years ago and never finished.  I love checking out all the sewing blog and dream of all the things I'm going to make one day.  ;)  I have been following Mimi's blog for some years now and she makes the greatest clothes!  She has posted some great tutorials in the past year, and one day I am going to make all of them. ;)  Right now she is offering a free 4 week, sewing 101 - Sew Along.  It actually started this past Friday, but I'm going to join and hopefully come away with a completed project.  I just thought would share if anyone else is trying to dust off their sewing machine and join along.

Click HERE for more info on Mimi's site.  Also, check out the flyer below.


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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Wendy By Design Banner - Cricut

Awhile back a made a banner for my friend's booth for the Ladies of Harley charity event.  She creates beautiful couture aprons.  You can go HERE to check out some of her aprons.  I used the  Sophisticated cartridge for the letters, the Ribbons and Rosettes cartridge for the white rosettes and the Elegant Edges cartridge for the background.  Instead of ribbon for the banner, I found this cute pearl string at JoAnn's.  I used red, hot pink, black and white colored card stock.  I used a hole punch, which was exactly the right size :), to create a hold for the string to hang through.  I liked the way it came out.  ;)

Here are some pics:







"HOG Honey" apron made for the event:



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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Crocheted Infinity Scarf - Link to video tutorial

I am finally back to crocheting again.  I found this great video on YouTube on how to make a quick and easy Infinity Scarf.  I used Loops & Threads Impeccable Glitter yarn in Blue Diamond that I found on sale at Michaels.  I think it was $3 a skein.  I used 2 skeins for a 20 row scarf.  I completed it in about 2 afternoons.  It is a great pattern, no counting.  ;)  Special thanks to Wendy By Design for be my photographer.  :D





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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Vogue Pattern 8819

Happy New Year!  A new year and hopefully lots of new projects. :)  Late last year I finally started sewing, Cricuting and crocheting again.  Here is my first sewing project in a few years.  I picked an easy pattern to try and get my sewing skills back up to par.  It is Vogue #8819.

I made this lovely knit cardigan almost exclusively with my serger.  I used my sewing machine to finish up the hems.  I used the bottom part of view C and the sleeves from view B.  My friend Wendy was nice enough to take some pics for me.  Thanks Wendy!!







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