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How to Turn a Thrift-Store Shirt Into Useful Fabric

How to Turn a Thrift-Store Shirt Into Useful Fabric

I love thrift store shopping. I love the great prices and the thrill of finding something unusual or unique. I also love that my purchases are not only easier on the planet, but often in support of worthwhile causes. And thrift stores can be a great place to find fabric for sewing projects. Blankets, quilts,…

Everything You Need for a Handmade Christmas

Everything You Need for a Handmade Christmas

The Christmas season is quickly approaching. For those of us who long for a holiday filled with homemade decorations and handmade gifts, it’s time to get crafting! I was one of those kids who started listening to Christmas music in July and had my Christmas cards finished before the first snowflake fell. Years later I…

My First Sewing Pattern

My First Sewing Pattern

For the past two years I have had an item on my to-do list that never gets checked off.  That item is: create a PDF sewing pattern. As of today, that item is now checked off!  After months (er…okay…years) of percolating I finally took the plunge and just did it!  It was perhaps just a…

Everything’s Coming Up Roses – Summer Garden Blooms

Everything’s Coming Up Roses – Summer Garden Blooms

One of the fun things about moving to a new house is that you get the surprise of finding out what the previous owners planted in their gardens!  Each new bloom and emerging plant has been like a wonderful gift. Now that summer is fully upon is, everything seems to be bursting into bloom.  Not…

Crafting Together, and a Quilt with a Story

Crafting Together, and a Quilt with a Story

One of the drawbacks of last summer’s move was moving further away from my husband’s family.  Being a plane-ride away from my own family, and being blessed with such wonderful in-laws, it was definitely  a draw-back to move an additional half-hour away.  However, I think we have seen them more this winter than last and…

The End of an Era – My Last Rainbow Pencil Rolls

Today marks the end of an era.  It has been 5 years since I decided to turn my love of all things handmade into more than just a hobby.   4 years ago I opened my first Etsy shop (now replaced by artisaninthewoods), filled it will all manner of sewn and quilted things, and waited…

Sewing Basics: How to Sew a Button by Machine

Sewing Basics: How to Sew a Button by Machine

  Sewing a button by hand is quick and easy.  But sewing buttons by machine is even quicker and easier, especially if you are already familiar with a sewing machine.  I don’t often use the machine when I’m just sewing on an odd button here and there.  But I always used the machine if I…

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