March 2009

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I am notorious for losing, oh, let’s call it misplacing, things. My son has a Montblanc pen. He’s had it forever. NEVER give me anything of value unless it is screwed to my person. I go through pens and pencils like they were kleenex. I have no idea what IRead More →

Once you get started making barrette covers, you’ll be addicted! You can sew them by hand or machine. In some cases you can applique before you sew fronts and backs together, in other cases you’ll have to wait until the barrettes are attached. Go wild or just leave them plain, theRead More →

Please note: This cell phone holder was made for the LG Lotus. IT WILL NOT FIT MOST PHONES! I’ve included the directions because my grandbabies turned it into a doll’s purse, which will fit any doll 🙂 CAUTION: It you are making this as a doll’s purse for children underRead More →

          Okay… The other day I got this incredibly beautiful cell phone. It’s so pretty. It’s purple and has these cute little flowers on it! (I swear that’s not the only reason I bought it!) But I am so excited. Finally, a keyboard for texting (GodRead More →

A shank is a metal, plastic or thread column used to hold a button away from an item, making the button loose and easier to button. It also strengthens the button making it a great choice for buttons that take a lot of stress, like at a waistline. This isRead More →

In the mid 70s I was in college majoring in Home Economics. No, actually, Michigan State University was on the cutting edge, and it was no longer called Home Economics but rather Human Ecology. They prided themselves on NOT being a college content with simply teaching “stitchin’ and stirrin’” butRead More →

In the realm of “why the heck not?” I’m including a Fried Egg Applique Block, because… you never know when you might need one??? Anyway, since there are eggs all over the place this week, I decided I may as well include one in our FREE Applique Database. If youRead More →

Materials:      eggs           white felt           yellow felt           embroidery floss           stuffing      bacon           brown felt           beige felt           6 1/2″ pipe cleaner           embroidery floss      Pattern Directions: Eggs: 1] Copy pattern and cut out 2 whites and 1 yolk for each egg. (Two different eggsRead More →

It’s egg week. Next up… Fried Eggs and Bacon. What could be more fun than some yummy eggs and bacon in your child’s play kitchen? (Well, maybe toast and jam, but that will be featured in another blog.) These are easy to make and fast. I’m talking nap time fast!Read More →

  This week I have a few “eggstravagant” crafts to share that can be tucked in an Easter basket or added to the play kitchen. We’ll begin with a felted egg. Basically, wrap roving around a form, add warm water, soap and agitation and tah dah, you’ve got yourself aRead More →

Materials: Wool roving – I used Alpaca wool roving Form – real, plastic, styroform, or wooden eggs Dish soap Agitator – wash board, sushi mat, or griddle (optional)   1] Prepare a bowl of hot, soapy water. I use 1/4 cup of dish soap to 2 – 3 cups ofRead More →

(This was originally printed in my old blog, One Generation to Another, on April 2, 2008) When my children were growing up I always kept a mending basket in my room. Sweaters that lost buttons, jackets that needed new zippers and pants that required hemming were layered in the basket.Read More →

  Last week Tiptoe Mom requested an applique of a beehive, so tah dah, here it is. It is my plan to add at least 1 applique a week to the blog, hopefully building an impressive collection for many different crafters. If there is an applique you would like toRead More →

Time flies! Seems we were just rushing to finish a few Christmas stocking stuffers, and now it’s time to get a few “tuck-ins” made for the Easter basket! I have 3 or 4 little gifts I’ll be whipping up. Today I’d like to share a trio of cuties I made for the grandbabies.Read More →

9” x 18” piece of felt Scrap felt for heart Embroidery floss 15” of 3/8” grosgrain ribbon Stuffing – Polyfil or wool Pattern   1] Make copy of pattern.   2] Cut out felt as follows:      2 – full bodies      1 – leg piece (this will be usedRead More →

Over the weekend I finished the second project using a block from The Crooked House Banner. I’m not sure pictures do this justice, but I LOVE IT! This is so me. Green and red are my favorite colors and this tote has such a rich, warm feel to it. Often when I make something,Read More →

  Please Note: Throughout this project you will find many hints. They will help you complete the project.   Important: The pattern pieces DO NOT have a seam allowance included. You MUST add a 1/4” seam allowance BEFORE you cut out the pattern pieces.   Materials: Fabric scraps – 5Read More →

The pattern for turning our 12 1/2" Vine Crooked House Block into a pillow is done and available in FREE Open Patterns. Although I’m using the Vine Crooked House Block to complete this pillow, you could substitute any other block of your design, as long as the finished measurement ofRead More →

This pillow is made using The Vine Crooked House Block, but it can be used with any 12 1/2" center block. This is a pillow cover that is Velcroed together and can be taken off the pillow form for washing purposes. Materials: 1 – 12 1/2" center block (The Vine CrookedRead More →

    Well, it finally happened… I’ve begun to yearn for spring. And, of course, with spring comes flowers! My mind has been meandering through the woods and my gardens. So, after designing the tree stump, I needed to surround it with flowers! While going through various embroidery stitches, IRead More →

Please Note: Throughout this project you will find many hints. They will help you complete the project. Important: The pattern pieces DO NOT have a seam allowance included. You MUST add a 1/4” seam allowance BEFORE you cut out the pattern pieces. Materials: Fabric scraps – 5 colors, light toRead More →