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I'm in yet another one of those paralyzing I-want-to-knit-ALL-the-things phases.......more

How to Do Awesome Potato Stamping in 7 Easy Steps

This week, I went on a potato stamping bender. I know some people go nuts with illicit drugs; I go crazy with an economy-size sack of spuds and neon craft paint. We all have our own vices … but I digress. I had always thought of potato stamping as a craft for kids, something my daughter would bring home from preschool. Once I got the hang of things, I realized potato stamps have all kinds of fun potential. Lemme tell you what I learned....more
GeekMeetsLittleFeet  You might notice the little hands next to me on the couch.  At my house if ...more

Hard Work & Rewards

10 years ago this March I became self-employed ... it's hard work!Having always sewn for pleasure, 10 years ago I bought Classic Silks, an existing business selling silk fabrics by mail-order.  One of my first orders was from Argentina.  I sold into Italy, Denmark, Gibraltar and all across the UK to bridal and occasion wear makers.  I sold to curtain and soft furnishing makers, private individuals and corporate enterprises.  Life was good and I was working hard.Then the world economic crash hit....more

Blogoversary

Yikes, I missed my blogoversary!  I've been excited about it for weeks, but for some reason thought it was March 7th, not March 5th.  It's been a big year for me, which started with the blog and then really got going on the 7th (yes, actually the 7th) when we found out that I was pregnant.  I wouldn't change a thing about the last year (and change), and I'd like to thank you all for being a part of it!In celebration, I have another project to share....more

How To Make Your Own Sewing Machine Cover

I’ve had my sewing machine for a few years now and decided that it probably would be a good idea if I made a cover for it.  Now, I’ve admitted that I’m not the best of sewers, but I’m learning!  I thought this project would be simple, and it wasn’t too bad, but it’s definitely not for the newbie sewer.  :)  There are quite a few mistakes that I made, but overall I think that it turned our pretty cute!  I had a bunch of scraps that I used for the squares and even some leftover batting that fit almost perfectly!...more
Hehe...I hope you give it a try and have good luck!more

5 NEW Facts About Me

Last year I wrote 15 things about me in response to a challenge on BlogHer and I have recycled snippets from that same article ever since. So, to prove that I am really not that predictable and boring I have rooted around in my brain for 5 other amusing facts about me....more

Cutest Exorcism Ever

V was baptized last weekend.  The deacon explained that it's a type of exorcism (first time hearing that for both of us) and I think it may have worked -- she's ditched the 4 AM wake-ups for the week!  I also got a 40-minute, not-on-me nap today.  Glorious!...more

Can You Make Your Own Curtains? Yes! Here Are 9 Different Ways!

I am bad at curtains. I know they are one of the simplest things you can do to change the mood of a room. We've lived in our house for almost four years and we've slowly been changing wall colors but I've been even slower at window coverings. De-popcorn ceilings? No problem! Painting? Love it. Curtains? Eep!...more
I've made drop cloth curtains. So easy, especially since I didn't paint them. It only requires ...more

How to Make a Living as a Crafter

I have made a living as a crafter for close to 15 years. It has not always been easy. There were times I was poor, and there were times I felt rich. There were times without health insurance, and times when I was staying in hotels in Beverly Hills. The craft industry waxes and wanes like anything else. This, my friends, is why I always live by the motto that you need to have several financial irons in the fire at once. ...more
jenniferperkins It was packed with good info! Thanks for sharing!more