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Reluctantly Crafting with My Sisters

Hi everyone!  It has been awhile since I have done a takeover of Stephanie’s blog but life got a little crazy in there. I graduated from my bachelors degree and I have the summer off (not counting two jobs) and thought with the sewing summit coming up, what a perfect time to do a takeover. 

So somehow I got roped into not one, but two videos for the sewing summit. One with each of my sisters. Don’t get me wrong, I love my sisters, but crafting is more their thing than mine. I don’t really have a hobby even. So, I got to hop into a hobby of each of theirs. One sewing and one using epoxy. Both were interesting projects and I got to create some pretty cool things (keeping it clean for the summit here).

With Stephanie I did a tutorial with how to sew the Roxy Wristlet and show it from a beginner’s point of view. Mostly you get to see how dummy proof it is. I even managed to actually make a purse. Wristlet…whatever. Thankfully she walked me through it and I wasn’t required to learn how to read a pattern. I only needed to learn one thing at a time. After all, I just finished school I have earned a break here.

I’m sure Stephanie got irritated with my lack of desire to even choose fabric for the project. Thankfully she picked out some great liners and saved the day. Now she just had to get me to commit to the filming. I, of course,  was available whenever she needed me (how does one type with sarcasm?).  Anywhos… 

I admit the end project coming together was really cool. You do a fliparoo and there is a Wristlet. Pretty snazzy. 

Now, I also got to do a video with out other sister, Vicki!  She, like Stephanie, does a bunch of different crafts. (Pretty sure they got all the crafty genes between the two of them).  Vicki and I did a really cool epoxy video. Definitely check out her blog and see what we did. It was really cool. I got to make my own tumbler!!!  And guess what?!  I used the same fabric as my Roxy. If you didn’t already figure it out, I do love bacon. 

It was a lot of fun to do a video with each of my sisters. Especially since Vicki lives like 1000 miles away. Thank goodness for graduation celebrations (or what consists of one during this thing called a pandemic) that bring family for a visit. 

Hope you guys enjoy BOTH of my Sewing Summit videos. They were a lot of fun to make. And since I am a super duper novice for both videos you know you can make both yourselves, easy peasy.

Virginia

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Tucker Brewing Craft Market

Holy shit, y’all! I’m doing a craft market!! I’m equal parts excited and nervous, but I could not be happier to be diving in at Tucker Brewing! They have such a fun beer garden, great beer, and I love how important supporting local is to them. Because they are a local, family based business!

This has definitely been a process! Less than a month ago, Virginia sent me the info and I decided to jump in to see how it goes. I made a list of things I wanted to sew, approximate quantities, and how I wanted to display stuff on my table.

Of course, as soon as I signed up, I got sick. Was down for a damn week. That definitely put a hitch in my sewing schedule. But, with a few long nights, and Virginia jumping in to help at the last minute, I have inventory!!!

I so enjoyed the entire process of picking fabric and matching outers to linings to zippers. I love each of the pieces I made and hope Tucker does too!

I also love that I was able to use some of my favorite patterns!! I knew I needed to make up some of the Rebecca Page Zoe Zip Pouches because everyone needs those. They’re so versatile and make great gifts!

Then I added in some of the key fobs I shared a while back. These are one of my favorite things, so I’m hoping Tucker thinks so too! I also made just a couple lanyards to go with them. These were surprisingly fun to make and I need to remember to blog how I make them for you!

5 Out of 4 released their scrunchie pattern while I was prepping so I made up a handful of those! They were fun and I was able to do the hand sewn finishing on my lunch break! So convenient!!

I made a few items I can’t share just yet! So enjoy the stickers on a few pics and keep and eye out for when I can share the fun!

I definitely wanted one type of larger item on my table. Something that draws the eye and is a little luxurious. Immediately the Rebecca Page Cora popped in my head. Probably because I was wearing one of mine! It is my favorite cardigan. So comfy and easy to wear. It feels like jim jams!! But every time I wear mine, I get tons of compliments! That’s a win!

So if you’re in the Tucker area, and want to shop small tomorrow (30 November), stop by Tucker Brewing to support local crafters! Mention this post at my table and I’ll give you a subscriber discount. 😉

Stephanie xx

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Personalized Tea Towels

I love picking out presents for people. Taking the time to find just the right thing that will bring a smile to someone’s face, or a tear to their eye. So, when a friend and her fiance bought a house, I knew I wanted to find just the right housewarming gift, to help them make this new house their home. The problem? I hadn’t been to their apartment, so I had no idea what their style/aesthetic is!!!

Thankfully, they’re planning a wedding and I LOVE weddings. The promise to choose a single person every day for the rest of their lives? It gets me every time. Plus, add in fun decor, gorgeous clothes, and hopefully fun music, hell yes. I’m all in. So, my excitement for weddings, and crafts in general, means I always hope friends share wedding plans as they happen! Seeing choices for flowers and centerpieces, cakes and favors, makes me so happy!! This was also a great way to get an idea for their style. That’s what I call a win/win!

A little more back story, this lovely friend loves shopping at TJ Maxx/Home Goods and completely adores the Rae Dunn line. Super cute and fun! (If we didn’t already collect Fiesta, I’d fall down this rabbit hole so fast!) She found this mug while out shopping and picked it up for me!! I love it! It is a fantastic addition to the craft room!! (Plus, we’ve picked up a few other Rae Dunn pieces since!) And this gives me another clue for what she/they like in their home. Off to Home Goods we go!!!

We found a super cute Rae Dunn dish and a lovely vase, but something stuck with me when she gave me that gorgeous mug. She “had to get it for me because [she’ll] never find one with her name on it”. Not cool. Everyone should be able to find kick ass personalized pieces!! So, I have to make something personalized for her (and her fiance, obvs). What better for a housewarming than a lovely set of tea towels?! Virginia and I picked up some beautiful, subtly striped fabric (which is impossible to photograph without getting a headache!) Gave it a thorough wash, so it doesn’t shrink with the vinyl attached, and got to work!! Virginia tried a bunch of pretty fonts while I cut towels out!

This is a wonderfully simple sewing project. I cut rectangles at 19 inches wide and 29 inches tall. Since my fabric didn’t really shrink, I was able to cut three towels across the width of the fabric!! Then I ironed each side edge in a scant 1/2 inch twice. Then ironed the short ends 5/8 inch twice. This gives a slightly deeper folded edge to the ends, which I think looks really nice. A quick topstitch close to the inside folded edge of the towels, and they are ready for vinyl!

If all my friends could settle down with someone who’s name is a similar length, this would be way easier. Hah! We played with font size, direction of text, angles and just decided to go for the same width, and let her name be larger than his. Then we went for a simple combo of initials for the third towel. Weeding went really quick, a solid press to the towels and they’re done. I think I spent more time doing a pre-press to make sure the towels folded in thirds beautifully before adding the vinyl, than the time I spent actually ironing it on. It was wonderful!

I think these are super cute! I can definitely see some fun snarky ones for my kitchen, and more names for friends and couples. Plus, I can break out the embroidery machine to go even fancier if I want!!

With how fun and quick this project was, I might have to prep some towels and set them aside in case I need a last minute holiday gift. (But, for my friends, I totally planned yours super far in advance.)

Stephanie xx

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Etched Mirrors

Sewing isn’t my only craft. I’ve always loved dabbling in various crafty type things. I took all the art classes in high school, a few in college. I’m not overly good at most of them, but I do thoroughly enjoy the time spent creating something. One of those art classes in high school taught us how to etch mirrors and glass. It is ridiculously easy, so something in our house gets fancied up with some contact paper and etching fluid every few years. (They can also make fun and unique gifts!)

This is the mirror I etched in high school. We got to design our own thing, etch it on the mirror, then solder on some beautiful stained glass. I’ve always loved geometric shapes (probably why I have a Frank Lloyd Wright tattoo!). I find them soothing and beautiful. It is so fascinating to watch basic shapes come together into something that is so much more. This has survived all my moves and hangs in my bedroom now. A great reminder to always enjoy the crafts, because they brighten up my life.

Anyway, we saw these hexagonal mirrors in the bullseye section of Target and I knew we needed to etch them!! Hexagons are my favorite shape (what, you don’t have a favorite shape?!) and the white framing is perfect for our style. When I picked them up off the shelf, I KNEW they had to be fancy swears. So ridiculous, yet so fun.

They sat FOREVER. Collecting dust, mocking me with their boring mirror faces. Until we had to break out the Silhouette for another project (for a present, so I can’t share yet! Keep an eye out.) If we’re going to pull it out and sit down with it, we might as well do the mirrors!!! Perfect!!

Now, mostly I ask Virginia to run the software while I prep or do other projects. I don’t know why, I’m not very good at describing what I’m visualizing, so we both usually end up frustrated (sorry, Sister). This was one of those projects. I said fancy, scroll-y font with flowers around it. How vague can I get?! Well, she left for work and I dove in to see if I could create what I was picturing. Sent her a snap of it for approval, since they’re planned to hang in shared space. Got the go and started to cut.

It turns out I do not have the patience to weed contact paper. Hell no. Never again. So, I tossed the first cut and used some permanent vinyl instead. WAY EASIER!!! I highly recommend the more sturdy, easy to transfer vinyl over contact paper. Got them both weeded and placed on the mirrors. Throw some etching fluid on there (safety is recommended here. Use a popsicle stick to spread, in a well ventilated place. Gloves are suggested. Blah, blah.) Let it sit. Wipe it off. Peel the vinyl. Then wash it off. Seriously the easiest process, once you’ve got your design stuck to the glass.

Of course, after I finished, I realized the mirror comes out of the frame and this could have been a way easier project. Oh well, it isn’t perfect, but, I LOVE how it turned out!! Subtle swears are my aesthetic. These now hang fantastically in the living room and I can’t wait to see reactions as visitors notice (for those that don’t know about them already, because I’ve told everyone!! Hah!!)

Next etching project, glassware. For sure.

Stephanie xx

(Y’all, its really hard to take photos of mirrors.)

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February Roundup/TBT

It is the last day of February. Which means it is (kind of) my mom’s birthday!! (Happy Birthday!!!) It also means it is time for my February Roundup, to show you guys what I have been up to this month. What didn’t make it into the blog? But, it turns out, I was hella busy this month. I literally spent minimal time behind a machine and am definitely feeling the extra stress from that.

It has been a crazy month. I’ve been working overtime at the day job, and spending extra time trying to improve myself and my skills for my second job. Plus, a cousin was visiting, we rearranged a few spaces in the house, including part of the sewing studio, and I’ve been having some technical difficulties (basically, we moved the Tivo and now it doesn’t want to connect to the internet. How am I supposed to Netflix and sew without Netflix?!)

What I’m saying (and making excuses for) is that…I didn’t sew anything else last month. My Work It outfit and Double Duty zip up. That’s it. That’s all the sewing I did this month other than some alterations and mending (which are terrible tasks that I hate doing). So, instead of rounding up my non-existent sews, I’m going to do a TBT post along with some plans for next month.

I’m throwing pretty far back this week. This quilt is one I designed and made for two of my very best friends when they had their first kiddo. I so enjoyed picking out beautiful, fun fabrics and designing something unique and very them. Then the whole thing fell apart in the final wash, the week I was flying home to see them. (The fabric literally shredded. Never buying that brand again! Never.)

After pulling stitches from a still wet quilt (didn’t want to risk further damage in the dryer and on a super time crunch), I ended up redesigning the back in order to fix it with the scraps I had left, in the time I had left. Thankfully, I really like the end result. It is fun, the details are beautiful (to me anyway), especially those fun stitches I got to use, and after 3 washes, no further damage was noted.

I have no idea if they actually use this quilt, or the second one using some of their favorite clothes from his first year. But, I still haven’t made a quilt for their second little one and I really need to get on that! (Sorry V!! I swear I designed it before you made an appearance!)

I hope your February was more filled with soothing sews than mine (or whatever your relaxation activity is)! And I’m hoping March holds more stitches for me. I do have a couple days off work and am thinking I can get a sew or two in around hanging with the sister. Here’s to some throw back delight and a happy March!

Stephanie