Monday, June 29, 2015

Row By Row H20 2015

Row By Row H2O is underway and a GREAT opportunity for you to meet local shop owners, dive into a new project and share you experience with the world!!  This is a “hop” of a different kind and a QUILTERS challenge.   
Go out and collect at least eight (8) FREE patterns.  Each pattern will be for one row on the quilt.  Create a quilt consisting of eight rows from eight participating shops in your area.  Start visiting your local shops and collect their 2015 Row by Row H2O pattern now!  Then start designing your 2015 Row By Row H2O Quilt.  The theme is water so let your creativity flow.
The challenge started on June 21, 2015 and will run through September 8, 2015.  There are thousands of shops participating in this event so pick a state and get started.  You have until October 31, 2015 to submit a quilt for a PRIZE!! 
There are lots of prizes to be collected along the way so be sure you visit with shop owners to learn about the prizes they are offering this year.  This is going to be a great adventure for many so be sure you share…we want to hear all about your adventure.  You will find lots of FREE patterns and some giveaways I’m sure.  Don’t hesitate to share them with others.  
I hope everyone has a crafty good time!
Keep Creating!!!


Friday, June 12, 2015

Sewing With Friends

A few weeks ago my mother was kind enough to offer a private class to me and a couple of my friends.  We asked her to teach us how to use our sewing machines and notions.
The project of the day was Seamless Pillowcases aka Pillowcases with French Seams.  This is a great project for beginners!  We had a really nice day sharing stories, helping one another and discovering what all the dials and buttons on our machines are really for.  We all got a lot of experience using the ripper too....

My friend Karen B. working on her project
We didn't use a pattern that day - we call that learn as you sew.  Because this is such a simple project my mom had everything memorized.  I was able to find a great pattern at The Cottage Mama.  I'm sure you can find others online.

NOTE:  Fabric widths can range from 42" to 45" so measure your pillow if you want to be precise. 
For the BODY you will need 27" x the width of the fabric; for example 27"x42".  For the CUFF you will need 12" of fabric in a coordinating pattern.  You can use the same fabric as the body if you'd like.  For the BAND you will need 2" x the width of the fabric.  You can use large rick rack for the band also.  

You can choose fabrics in so many designs the possibilities are endless -- just be sure you select 100% cotton fabric.

Here is another example of various fabrics pulled together to create a wonderful set of pillowcases.

Give this project a try, it's easy and the end result is a pair of seamless pillowcases that will make a lovely gift or give any room a fresh look.  Share your color combinations, tips or suggestions with us!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Epic Inspiration Jewelry Design Blog Hop

It's time for the Epic Inspiration Jewelry Design Challenge and Blog Hop hosted by Melissa Trudinger the author and designer behind Beadrecipes who challenged several bead lovers to create a piece of jewelry inspired by a favorite television show.  

The first show that popped in my head was Mad Men, not so much because I'm glued to the tube to catch every episode of the show (which recently came to an end) but mostly because of the costume design team.  Janie Bryant and her team created a vintage fantasy land.  I absolutely love seeing what everyone is wearing -- and I mean every member of the cast.  It's fun!

The 1960's was a time where American women found new opportunities in the business world.  GO Girl Power!!!  The cast includes many strong female characters who dress the part.  The cast includes Joan (Christina Hendricks), Betty (January Jones), Peggy (Elizabeth Moss) and Megan (Jessica Pare).  Each has great fashion sense wearing oversized sunglasses, faux pearls and furs and beautiful statement pieces (many brooches) true to the time.

This show also captured many of the fundamental characteristics of that era.  There were episodes related to the death of President John F. Kennedy, the Woodstock Festival, Man on the Moon and the Vietnam War.  

While I especially like Joan I was drawn to Betty's necklaces.  I created a double strand necklace and earrings.  The earrings were something that Megan would wear and not Betty so much.  Betty mostly wears post earrings.

The vivid color of the beads - orange, red and chartreuse were in fashion at that time.  I knew immediately when I saw the beads that these would work wonderfully for this project.

Please visit the other blogs to see what favorite show inspired their creativity.
Melissa Trudinger    (Hostess)
Karen Mitchell         
Andrea Glick            
Karen Martinez       
Lennis Carrier          
Lindsay Starr            
Mona Arnott            
Lee Koopman          
Shaiha Williams       
Veralynne Malone  
Elisabeth Auld          
Kelly Schermerhorn
Dini Bruinsma          
Jami Shipp                

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Art Jewelry Elements May Component Reveal

Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) is a sisterhood of talented jewelry makers.  They share tips, host giveaways, encourage crafters to participate in fun blog hops and they've created a supportive space to share ideas of all sorts.  This awesome team consists of Jennifer Cameron, Niky Sayers, (I follow Niky SOOO much she probably thinks I’m stalking her), Diana Ptaszynski, Lindsay Starr, Kristen Stevens,  Jennifer Davies-Reazor, Lesley Watt, Melissa Meman, Linda Landig (SUPER TALENTED LADY), Susan Kennedy and Caroline Dewison.  They have great energy and are willing to share their talent with a universal audience.
Let me tell you, these ladies might look like a friendly bunch but they scare the bejeebers out of me.  They are driven, talented, passionate and inspiring.  I am a beginning beader/jewelry maker and these ladies are leading artists at the top of their game.  Regardless I keep signing up for their blog hops and giveaways because the AJE team is a source of encouragement for me. 
This month I won a couple of beautiful Beaded Beads from Sue Beads.  The design came from Debra Schwartz @ Datz Katz.  Sue made several pairs in different color combinations and gave them to three luck winners (ME) who have to create something with the beads and write a blog post revealing their project.  I was a lucky winner a few months ago too!!

The three lucky winners for May are:

Karen Martinez

So when I was chosen the wheels started turning but I am not a seed bead expert.  As the month continued on and time crept up on me I decided to create an eclectic piece.  I love bracelets...wear one everyday.  So this is what I came up with!

Materials used:
2-Beaded beads provided by Sue Beads
16mm Venetian glass disc blue/gold
11mm seed beads
8mm Swarovski rounds
6mm Swarovski pearls - fern, ivory
4mm white cat eye beads
Lampwork discs
Gold findings
Thank you ladies for all you do for our community.  I am honored to have been chosen and my hope was to do your pretty beads justice.