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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mini Tea Party Set on: January 04, 2011 09:10:25 AM

This little dollar store tea set was turned into a gift for my grand daughter to share with her American Girl dolls.  It was a fast gift, easy to make, inexpensive but very loved.

1 dollar store toy tea set
1/3 yard fabric
2 yard trim
scissors, sewing machine with thread
about 20 minutes

The tin "trunk" was also a dollar store find.  I used the plastic the tea set was sold in, trimmed to fit, to display and gift this little girls toy!

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Patchwork Christmas star decoration on: December 17, 2010 06:15:28 PM
What a delightful ornament with a fun story behind it.  This is something I want to try.  Maybe I will save scraps from dresses I make for the grand girls to give them grandma memories!

Thanks so much for posting! Smiley
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion as Christmas Ornament on: December 17, 2010 11:33:49 AM
I saw a bowl of these in December 2010 Better Homes and Garden Magazine, but no instructions.  I did a little research so I could make these with poinsettia as my inspiration.

Merry Christmas
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: $11 dollar store Silver/White 18" Wreath on: November 28, 2010 08:33:44 PM
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5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / $11 dollar store Silver/White 18" Wreath on: November 28, 2010 08:23:59 PM
I am posting this early, before the dollar stores run out of supplies Smiley

These are the supplies needed:  1 18" wreath, 10 stems (flowers and leaves), wire cutters, craft glue

Last years wreaths made the same way:

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Wreath to honor our troops using Dollar Tree stuff on: November 28, 2010 08:13:10 PM
What a lovely and creative idea!  Such a nice way to celebrate the holiday and those you love!
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mad Men Style Vintage Dress for Halloween Party on: October 31, 2010 05:06:46 PM

This dress is made from a vintage pattern for Halloween.  The pattern, purchased from ebay, was originally sold via a weekly newspaper insert that advertised a sewing pattern one could send away to obtain.  The postage to mail this pattern was 1 cent!  This dress was made from "vintage" fabric (well about 30 year old fabric) and actually had a vintage zipper and buttons used.  The Cording on the pocket, neck and sleeves was an enhancement and the placket down the front was added to enhance button placement.  The look was a party winner!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / For a girl who loves horses! on: October 13, 2010 10:35:27 PM
This is a little project I made for my 7 year old grand daughter who loves horses!  

The Tee shirt was purchased but I machine embroidered the horse head/horse shoe with colors found in the skirt fabric.  The skirt was so easy, made with a yoga style comfy waist band for a little girl.  

See the "how to" on my sewing blog.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: After you buy the machine... (Needles, Feet, and Thread, oh my!) on: October 11, 2010 10:33:07 AM
Needles...on of THE most important questions you could ask!

Be sure to buy quality needles
Match the needle SIZE and TYPE to your fabric  (Hint:  the larger the number the bigger the needle)
Put a new needle into use about every 4-6 hours of sewing machine time.  (Especially do this if you have a big investment in fabric!)

Ebay or dealers are a good place to buy machine specific feet.  (FYI the new KENMORE machines are made by Janome and the presser feet are less expensive http://www.sears.com/shc/s/search_10153_12605?vName=Appliances&cName=Sewing+%26+Garment+Care&keyword=sewing+machine&pageNum=1&sortOption=ORIGINAL_SORT_ORDER&filter=storeOrigin%7CSears%5EBrand%7CKenmore&lastFilter=Brand&skwcid=TC%7C20045%7Ckenmore%20sewing%20machine%7C%7CS%7Cb%7C6444573345&sid=ISx20070515x00001a&psid=17x11674)
Make sure to always ONLY buy bobbins designed for your sewing machine. http://www.sewingwithkathleen.com/?cat=16
Avoid cheap or old thread.
Avoid lint build up, use a brush and keep your bobbin case lint free!  Do not use a high pressure forced air, but brush out and vacuum.
Yes, you can break your needle with the use of the wrong foot.

Thread, stay away from "off brands" and old thread. 
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: C20 Bobbin Issues: Knots and Nests on: October 11, 2010 10:17:33 AM
Make sure you are using the bobbin made for your specific machine.http://www.sewingwithkathleen.com/?p=51

Is your spool holder sticky, or thread catching on the spool?

Just some ideas to think about.

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