Monday, September 29, 2008

Remember this song?

I logged into youtube and this was under my recommended videos.. aaww memories..

Friday, September 26, 2008


I bought my husband this awesome Hawaiian shirt can/bottle cozy... Jealous?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

DIYscene September Swap!!

I got my swap items in the mail a few days ago. Here is what I got from shellydelight.
A cute skull necklace, some mini envelopes, some beads, and starbursts! YaY!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

10 quilting tips...

from someone who just made their first mini quilt aka baby blanket.
So it can go with out saying that I'm not an expert.. but I just wanted to share some things I figured out in the process.

1. Measuring and cutting squares is a lot easier with a rotary cutter and a cutting mat..

2. Cutting goes a lot faster when you cut through multiple layers..

3. Preplanning your layout on paper helps a lot. I gave each different fabric a letter and drew the layout on paper. Then I just put a letter into each box to represent the fabric. When sewing everything together.. it helps keep things in order.

4. When you get excited that you finished cutting your squares and you layout the design on the floor and then you realize it’s 1:00am and you should probably go to bed soon… but you don’t want to pick up everything you just layed out and re-do it tomorrow… Tape can be your friend.. I taped all of the mini squares together and then just picked everything up in order and kept it in a little pile.

5. Label at least one of each fabric square. ( see tip #3) Just tape a piece of paper with the corresponding letter to it. This will help keep track of which squares go where..

6. Sew two squares together.. Continuing sewing a couple more stitches.. Sew two more squares together.. And so on and so on.. You end up with a super long chain of squares but it saves a TON of time.. Plus it keeps everything in order especially if you made a handy little pile of fabric squares already in order to begin with…

7. If you want everything to square up and be equal.. You need to sew everything at the same measurement.
I sewed my squares at ¼ inch. I started with 3 inch squares and sewed at ¼ inch on each and ended up with 2.5.

8. Make your big squares equal to the size your little squares will end up being. NOT the pre-sewed size.. You’ll end up recutting them or sewing them at ½ inch on the big and ¼ on the small..

9. If you are lazy and don’t feel like pinning EVERYTHING.. Don’t! You may luck out and if you cut everything the same size and sewed at the same measurement.. They just might line up.. Might. I was lucky and they pretty much did.

10. Sometimes pins DO help.. I used pins on the edging..
(It looks a lot better in real-life.. the colors are really dull here)

That is all..

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Hey everyone!
I haven't posted in awhile.. my bad. I just wanted to give a quick update about what I've been doing. Nothing too exciting. I started my new job at the fabric store this past friday. The first day was super busy. Even the manager said it was abnormally busy. So basically I got broken in pretty well my first day and I can cut a straight line like it's nobody's business... haha.. Not really but I am getting better at it. The cutting tables don't have any nifty grooves in it.. so we have to just eye ball it. Of course now I don't work for a week and a half and I'll have to get used to it again. Oh well.. It is fun to hear what people are making. I also find myself mentally shopping a lot while I'm putting fabric away. I'm trying really hard to not blow everything I make there.. because the goal is to buy a new car and I'm trying to save up for the down payment. Anywho.. That's what I've been doing. Oh! I made my first quilt. I'll be blogging about everything I learned about making my first quilt sometime tomorrow or the next day..or maybe after that.. haha..

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

DIYscene August Swap!!

Every month DIYscene has an organized swap amongst some of its members. We usually don't know who we are getting items from and that is part of the fun. This month I got some great stuff from Daddysgirl or Grenade on etsy. The theme for the month was mismatched colors.
I got this awesome shirt!!

This great little bag..

and some fun little goodies..

Monday, September 1, 2008

My first alchemy request!

I logged into etsy the other day and I had a new convo. Convos are always fun, but I was extra excited to see that it was a special request. I'm not going to give out the details.. but it was a request for a custom magazine wall hanging like this one.

I'm starting to collect the pages for it and sortting them out. We agreed on Dec 13th for it to be done.. but I'd really like to finish before then. It's awesome to know that someone likes my stuff enough to ask for something special! OK that is all for now. Hope everyone is having a great day.