Sewing Machine Bliss

Well, after LOTS of online research, I bought a new sewing machine! I went to Edwards Sewing Center on N. Clinton here in Fort Wayne; it was actually the first time I’d been in the store and I loved the atmosphere. There were several ladies sewing their quilts and talking about their projects (plus they had snacks, which is all I need to be convinced to come back).

I feel proud to have supported a local business and now I can bring my machine in for free classes or to just sit around and craft with everyone else. If you love crafting and haven’t been to Edwards, make sure you stop in!

Here is my machine (I wasn’t crazy about the pink at first, but it’s growing on me):

Inspired by my new buy, here are a few DIY sewing projects:

1. Makeup Bag from Momtastic. (I’ve made this one before.)
2. Tissue cases from VeryPurplePerson using scrap pieces of fabric.
3. Very chic pleated pillowcase from Presserfoot.
4. Laptop sleeve from Design Sponge.

DIY Ideas for the Weekend

Happy Thursday/almost Friday! This week has absolutely FLOWN by. I’m anxious for the weekend so I can work on some craft projects and visit with family. We’re celebrating my birthday this Saturday with lasagna (my favorite) and cheesecake.

To help everyone get into the crafty mood, here are a few projects for the weekend:

Leaf Covered Candles from MarthaStewart.com

Refashion your drab cardigans with ideas from The New Home Ec

Pixelated Watercolor from All Things Paper

Adorable Paper Lanterns from BustleBlog

Halloween

My family stopped celebrating Halloween when I was little, but I enjoy making Halloween decorations now that I’m an adult. This weekend, I’m going to make Zombie cupcakes to share at work on Monday – that is if I don’t eat them all before then. I’m including the recipe below in case you’d like to join me. (Thank you www.cutefoodforkids.com for the zombie hand recipe and AllRecipes.com for the homemade cupcakes!)

Zombie Cupcakes

INGREDIENTS
– 1 cup white sugar
– 1/2 cup butter
– 2 eggs
– 2 tsp. vanilla extract
– 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1-3/4 tsp. baking powder
– 3/4 cup milk
– Frosting (I’m going for the store bought kind)
– 1/4 bag pink candy melts

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line your cupcake tins with liners (I’m going for black).

Cream sugar and butter in a bowl for several minutes (until light and fluffy), then beat in the eggs (REALLY WELL), one at a time. Stir in vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder with a wire whisk, add half of the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture alternating with the milk and mix well until the batter is smooth. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. For directions on the spooky zombie hands go here. Have fun!

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I also wanted to share a fun template for your front door (download here). I have to mention that I didn’t come up with it on my own. I found the idea online and traced a photo of the design.

Sweater Weather

I am loving this sweater weather! But, I am not loving the rain. Fall is my favorite season, but it always goes by too fast. One thing I love about Fall is the motivation I get to be crafty.

I was at Wal-Mart this weekend with my family and could not stop looking at the yarn and thinking of all of the wonderful things I could make. But, then I think of the quilt sitting in my bedside drawer waiting to be completed. Or, the slipcover that is staring at me every time I pass our chair in the living room, begging to be worked on. I’m very good at starting projects, but unmotivated to finish them. Starting projects is just so much more fun!!

Nonetheless, here are a few things I would like to start:

A Crocodile Patterned Scarf:

Tile Coasters (possible Christmas gifts, maybe?):

Impressive embroidery:

Custom Wax Seal:

And because I’m a crazy cat lady, I will leave you with this (I hope you enjoy it as much as I did).

Easter Embroidery Hoop

Here is my first (and very easy) tutorial! Now, I did this at work and only had the camera on my phone so the pictures aren’t great, but you get the idea.

The end result:



Okay, here are the tools I used for my little Easter rabbit. I used scraps of fabric and a fairly small embroidery hoop. For the bunny template I went to marthastewart.com and then rounded out my tools with scissors, pins, a needle and white quilting thread.



Pin your rabbit silhouette securely in place.



Thread your needle and tie a knot in the end. I started by securing the knot behind the rabbits foot, (so you won’t see it behind the backing fabric). Then, stitch the rabbit to the backing fabric using a common applique stitch called a Fell Stitch.


Happy crafting!

Beautiful Tuesday

Well, I did make some fabric eggs last week and I’m actually perfecting my slip stitch (which desperately needed work) on a few more eggs I made this weekend. I found an awesome tutorial from a cute blog called Retro Mama. Here’s a photo of my beautiful eggs:

I also came across another great blog called Sew Mama Sew. It has all kinds of ideas and tutorials for crafts. These are a few that I would like to try (each picture links to the corresponding tutorial):

A Fabric Letter & Envelope:


A Spring Ruffled Top:


Adorable Notebook Cover:



Scalloped Fabric Garland:



In addition to making cute Easter eggs and browsing craft blogs I have been getting my senior project together for the upcoming Saint Francis student show. I have to have everything in by April 1st, so I have some time, but I still need to send some pieces to the printers this week. I would post those pictures, but I’ve already added so many that I think I’ll wait until tomorrow.

I will leave you with one more happy picture. It’s a picture of our little town’s Post Office – the happy part is that the typeface is Futura!

Upland, Indiana – we’re so hip!