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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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2019 – Let’s Try

It is a new year and it has been a rough start so far. Typically, resolutions aren’t my thing, but new years and rough spots are always good times to evaluate and focus on what is important. So, that’s what I’ve been working on during my last few days off work. What do I want to accomplish this year? What priorities need to shift? What can I do to better myself for those around me?

I’m not jumping into all the details, but every goal starts with much better organization than I currently have. Keeping track of all the projects, responsibilities, side hustles, and just stuff in life is an ever present struggle. I think it is for most people.

I’m super lucky in that my family gave me this kick-ass calendar this year. Since it is bang on theme, it also has spots for projects, ideas, fabric swatches, all the good stuff for us sewists!! I splurged on some delightful new pens to go with it (they even match all the pretty colors inside!) and got started documenting my entire life.

Boy, did writing it all down really bring into focus just how much I cram into my days and weeks. (Totally not complaining! I love it!!) Just the act of writing stuff down has always helped me remember my list. And a friend of mine was just telling me about the benefits of writing stuff down, so this seems like the perfect start!

I’ve got my list of tasks for the month. Due dates for tests and strikes. Depositions for the day job. Even books I want to check out from the library written down and ready to go. I just really need to stay motivated throughout the year to build and KEEP these habits.

So, how in the world does this pertain to a sewing blog? Well, I’ve got a super cute sewing calendar and pretty pens, but I clearly need a little pouch to carry the pens with the calendar!! I used the Made for Mermaids Zip Up Pouch freebie, which is just perfect for the handful of pens I want to carry with me. Plus, my sister gave me this gorgeous vintage sewing machine fabric forever ago!

Being indecisive, I used a team of four amazing seamstresses and one very annoyed sister to help me choose a lining fabric (which I didn’t even take a picture of) and the right zipper. Then, halfway through sewing, I realized I really wanted to up the game on the little carry strap the tutorial shows you how to add. So, I added some hardware to a little loop and made myself another key fob to attach to it!!

I figured, they’re so easy, why not quick tell you guys how to make them too?! They are super simple and the only thing you might not have on hand is the hardware (which I ordered on Amazon super cheap). All you need is a bit of fabric, some interfacing, your machine, the hardware, and a hammer! (Yeah, a hammer. You also get to work out a little frustration with this project.)

Cut out a 3×12 inch piece of your fabric. I usually fussy-cut so that a particularly pretty bit is showing. Iron on interfacing to this piece (1). Fold each long edge in 1/2 inch and press (2). Then fold in half, matching folded edges, press, and pin (3a, 3b). Do whatever topstitching you want at this stage (4). I just did 1/8 inch from each long edge. But it is fun to get fancy with it!! Use your crazy stitches or extra pretty threads. Go nuts. Then just fold your fob in half, slide it into the hardware (5), and hammer in place!! Be sure to use a couple layers of your pressing cloth to protect the hardware from damage.

That’s it. You’re done. They’re crazy easy to personalize with embroidery or vinyl, and make wonderful (and fast) gifts! I’ve given away quite a few so far and they’ve always been well received.

So, let’s all be a little more organized and work toward our happiness a little bit more this year. And let’s support each other while doing it.

Thanks for being here. <3

Stephanie