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Mother's Day is Around the Corner!

Wednesday April 23, 2014
My oh my, how these holidays sneak up on us! Mother's Day is May 11th this year... so you still have time to make a special gift that you know Mom will love because you made it for her!

Buyer Beware - A Heads Up

Wednesday April 23, 2014

If you've been around this site for a while, you may remember an article I wrote about how wonderful woven Heat Away Stabilizer is for machine embroidering tee shirts in my article Debbie's Method of Machine Embroidering Tee Shirts and Sweat Shirts - Smooth Comfortable Embroidered Tee Shirts and Sweat Shirts. I have bad news. I had not ordered Heat Away Brush Off Stabilizer in a long time because I had an entire bolt to work through. When I went to order it I discovered that it is no longer made. I did find a few sources on the Internet that had a bit of left over stock but I want every one to be aware that many companies are sending Heat- Away Clear Film - Heat Removable Topper or Stabilizer even if the image on the selling site is for the Brush Off stabilizer. The Clear Film Stabilizer will vanish with heat but it is not the same as the woven Brush Off Stabilizer. In one case it looks like I am even going to be stuck paying the return shipping even though they sent the wrong item. Buyer Beware! If you are in doubt send an email or pick up the phone and call before you place an order.

Earth Day

Tuesday April 22, 2014

I was at the dentist this morning when I heard someone ask if they were going to recycle for Earth Day... that kind of left me scratching my head wondering if they thought recycling should only be done on Earth Day? I think every day is Earth Day and the actual day is a way to spread the word and have more people think about how much they throw away that should be reused in one way or another. People who sew are masters at using every bit of fabric and are probably the most UN-wasteful people on the planet.... maybe that's why I thought asking about recycling was a little strange.

The Holiday Dinner Table

Thursday April 17, 2014

Are you having everyone over for Easter Dinner? Do you have everything you want to make it a fancy dinner? There's always room for something else when it comes to making things fancy! Making your kitchen an inviting and comfortable place can be done in so many ways... and many small projects can make a huge difference.

Almost Had Spring...

Thursday April 17, 2014

This past week we actually hit a very welcomed eighty degrees... to go back to snow and freezing overnight temperatures.  That's OK though...it gave us a taste of what is ahead. I didn't hear one person complain about the warm temperatures... and I saw a lot more smiles that you see when it's cold out. I'm thinking that Welcome Spring flags are called for after this loooooooooooong winter that we are finally emerging from!

Last Minute Basket Stuffers

Wednesday April 16, 2014

You still have time to make something special to fill those Easter baskets!  Free patterns and your scrap bin... along with other economical fabric resources, make the perfect combinations to fill the basket or just make something special for a special child in your life... maybe just to help out a parent who you know is having a tough time making ends meet.

Getting Organized

Tuesday April 15, 2014

This winter seemed to last forever, making Spring cleaning a much needed task. After loving the way the cookbook cover turned out as a birthday gift, I made myself a notebook cover to organize my internet recipe printouts... and have even started the daunting task of organizing all the recipes.  As I was sorting through the pile on my printer to take the recipes, I discovered many pattern printouts that also needed a home. As I stuffed recipes into the page protectors, I decided to purchase another large notebook and page protectors to give those free pattern printouts a new home. The page protectors will be prefect for holding all of the pattern pieces even after they are all cut out.

Times Almost Up!

Friday April 11, 2014

Easter is almost here but you still have a week to get basket goodies made. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have something special that was handmade in each and every Easter basket? It would be even better if the homemade goodie is the special thing that gets showered with love and is never let go of! Find a free pattern and hit your fabric scraps to fill a basket with wonderful homemade toys!

Sewing Undies?

Thursday April 10, 2014
Have you ever attempted sewing your own undergarments? It may seem like a scarey project but it's not and if you stop and think about it for a few minutes... compared with most sewing projects, you're not going to be wasting much fabric even if your creation is a total flop. As long as you find the fabric you want, you can have any color or texture you want without depending on a manufacturer to make what you're thinking of. Undies are also a great excuse to experiment with all those stretch stitches that are built into your sewing machine.

I Made a Birthday Gift

Wednesday April 9, 2014

cookbook binder coverThis week a very good friend had a birthday.  She and I love to exchange homemade goodies. She does stained glass and I have some beautiful pieces. I wanted something special that she would use year round, so I remembered a conversation we had about finding a recipe that she had print out but then couldn't find it... my kitchen cabinet has a PILE of recipe print outs that I can't find anything  in so I totally understood her issue.  I decided her birthday present would make her work. I made a cookbook binder cover and included subject divers and page protector sleeves so she now has no excuse to not organize those recipes... in fact she says I gave her the perfect gift and she is going to finally get those recipes organized.  This binder cover probably has the most embroidery on one project that I have ever done.  Have a look at the Cookbook Binder Cover to see the embroidery on the front, spine and back of the cover. If your collection of recipe printouts is anything like ours, you'll want to make a binder cover for your collection.

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