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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My Craft Room on: August 04, 2008 07:58:41 AM
I spent much of the weekend reorganizing my favorite room, my craft studio! And now that I've finished, I wanted to take a few moments to share. The photos aren't great- one of the rooms best features are the huge windows & sliding doors, which are great for crafting, but horrible lighting for photos!

This is the main wall- my sewing machine & cutting table.



A couple of spare chickens, a poppet "Lilith" and my mason jars of buttons... all color-coordinated.



My Janome Sew-Precise... since she's pretty much the most important thing in the room, I figure she deserve's her own photo!



You can see here that I have a huge "Inspiration Board" behind my machine, just a bunch of printed photos of projects I've seen and loved... some of my own, but mostly things I found online.



The room was originally an office/library- so there is no shortage of floor to ceiling bookshelves. This one is home to my craft books, patterns & magazines. I also have some ikea shelves, decoupaged with Amy Butler scrapbook paper.



A couple close-up shots of my craft library...





This is my attempt at some serious organization- separate plastic tubs for my bias tapes, notions, ribbons, elastics, scissors, clay, beads, stick-ball thingies, foam ball thingies, glues, magnets, beads, embroidery floss, doll parts, soap-making supplies, yarns, stamps, popsicle sticks... you get the idea.



And the second most important thing in my craft room- my stash!! (Or at least a large portion of it). I recently found out that cardboard comic book boards make excellent "mini-bolts" so I can keep my fabric folded and displayed neatly!



This is a recent addition- I went through my THREE huge laundry baskets of "scrap fabric" and sorted it out. I ironed the larger pieces and put them in plastic tubs by color... the smaller scraps went into ziplock baggies, also by color. It took forever, but I think it might actually encourage me to USE some of this great fabric for smaller or patchwork projects.



12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My first embroidery- a dragonfly! on: July 27, 2008 03:11:36 PM
Technically I drew it myself... but I did get the idea & design from "Colorful Stitchery" by Kristin Nicholas.

I know its not perfect- a little crooked, uneven.. and the stitches aren't exactly right... but I think it turned out well, and I found a completely unknown love of embroidery along the way.

How can someone who hates hand-sewing (finishing those little bits of projects that have to be done with a needle instead of a machine) love a craft that essentially nothing but hand-sewing?
Its a mystery!  Grin

Anyway- here is my little guy!



I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet... any suggestions?
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / The Most Beautiful Thing I've Ever Created on: July 15, 2008 03:37:08 PM
I started this quilt when I was having a really tough time with life in general, alot of bad stuff was going on... one day, when I'd had enough, I started pulling out all the fabrics I'd been hoarding and loved too much to cut into- and I compiled them together into this quilt. I feel like it almost took on a life of its own- becoming more beautiful with each square... and it makes me ever so happy to look at.

Things in my life are improving, and this quilt really emphasizes the joy I can have in my life when I take the time to find it. I can't wait to finish it off and move it to my couch.
I hope you enjoy it too!

Its a disappearing nines pattern. Love it!!



14  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Crazy Craft Store Idea- please weigh in? on: July 09, 2008 12:29:03 PM
So I have this crazy thought in my head- that is SO far from being a real business plan that I can't even tell you.. but I'd love to hear what some fellow crafters think...

I've been reading about these things over in Europe called Sewing Cafes... where you can go in and buy your fabric & notions, and then they have sewing machines set up right there so that you can work on your project in the store, with other people around, and with experts available to help you out. Realize you need a matching button? Its right there!

I just think this sounds like the greatest thing ever!

But take it one step further- what if I had a large space, say, a converted 2-3 story house rezoned for business... and what if I had different rooms sort of dedicated to different crafts... sewing, knitting & crochet, scrapbooking, jewelrymaking... and a huge library of books and magazines to look through... and I had chairs, tables, sewing machines, ironing boards, etc and people could come in, work on a craft, buy materials on site, and just hang out with other creative folks? We could do classes too!

What do you think? Would you spend a significant amount of time in a place like this? How about money? What sorts of realistic roadblocks am I not thinking of?

For the record- this isn't going to happen anytime soon.. just an idea I've been mulling over.
15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Adapting a doll to be safe for a very young child - specifically a poppet? on: June 08, 2008 05:09:37 PM
Hey guys- quick question... has anyone made a poppet for a very young child? I've been asked to make one for a one-year-old's birthday... and I want to make sure its baby-proof. Any thoughts?
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Amy Butler's Sophia Carry-All Bag on: June 08, 2008 06:52:34 AM
So after much procrastinating, much contemplation, and much research- I finally attempted Amy Butlers Sophia Carry-All pattern.






17  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Awesome new quilting machine! on: April 01, 2008 01:28:29 PM
Has anyone see this yet?

http://www.quilterswarehouse.com/itemdesc.asp?ic=AFE2008

short-arm QUILTER

 
 
Can't afford a long arm quilting machine? Want that hand quilted look with out spending all the time? The short-arm QUILTER is for you. This machine can hand quilt a king size quilt in minutes at over 3.5 sps (stitches per second).

Adjustable built in stitch regulator determines the stitch length between each stitch. Choose from these 5 settings:
Import . . . 2 stitches per inch
10ft test . . 6 stitches per inch
Grandma. . 8 stitches per inch
Amish . . . 12 stitches per inch
Husband . . Inconsistant

365 templates are built in the short-arm to choose from, one for every day of the year. For the feminine look there are diamonds, hearts, scallops and more. For the masculine look there are golf clubs, beer cans, NASCAR and bass boats. There are even some designs with a youthful look including Guitar Hero, and iPod

This machine can operate by treddle, battery, electricity or solar and will work best in a dark & damp climate. Only weighting 427 oz, the short-arm QUILTER has built in wheels so it can go wherever you want to show your hand quilting expertise.

Supplies are limited and so is this offer. Get your short-arm QUILTER today (only if your lucky!).
 
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Bags/wallets with 8x8 remnents? on: March 31, 2008 01:07:41 PM
I recently found a posting for FREE upholstery swatches- and gave the nice people a call. I am now the proud owner of a full large cardboard box of 8x8inch fabric swatches of all colors & fabrics (probably 200 or so). Some of them come in groups of 4-6 different swatches, all the same pattern but in different coordinating colors. Others are just singles. Some are beautiful enough to frame, some so ugly I can't even stand it.

Im sure there are some amazing things I could do with these- my first thought is wallet/checkbook holders. What else can I do with 8x8 remnants of heavy upholstery fabric?
19  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / An amazing upholstery fabric find! on: March 31, 2008 01:05:36 PM
I love Craigslist!!

I recently found a posting for FREE upholstery swatches- and gave the nice people a call. I am now the proud owner of a full large cardboard box of 8x8inch fabric swatches of all colors & fabrics (probably 200 or so). Some of them come in groups of 4-6 different swatches, all the same pattern but in different coordinating colors. Others are just singles. Some are beautiful enough to frame, some so ugly I can't even stand it.

Im sure there are some amazing things I could do with these- my first thought is wallet/checkbook holders. What else can I do with 8x8 remnants?
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The Perfect Tote Bag on: March 27, 2008 08:16:55 AM
I think I finally did it! I finally (after many years) perfected my tote bag pattern! Yay!
This one I call Springtime. The fabrics are inspired by a bag I saw online but the REALLY cool stuff is on the inside- my two new secret weapons.

First off, the bag will never sag, flap or flop- because its been interlined with soft plastic canvas (wrapped in thin batting for that extra-soft feel).
Secondly, the handles will never bunch, scrunch or munch (munch?) because theyre filled with upholstery cording.

Im so excited!! Its my most favorite bag EVER!






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