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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…

Sewing Basics: How to Sew a Button

Sewing Basics: How to Sew a Button

This is one of those basic sewing tasks that everyone should be able to do.  Seriously.  Everyone has had a button fall off at some point in their life and it only takes a minute or two to sew it back on, and no stellar sewing skills are required. Materials needle thread that is close…

My First Knitted Sweater! In Progress.

I am extremely blessed to have a wonderful second family.  My husband’s parents are almost as near and dear to me as my own, and we enjoy doing so many of the same things!  This week-end, my mother-in-law helped me start my very first knitted sweater.  Up to this point my knitting has consisted primarily…

Animal Hospital: How to Restore Lost Limbs

Animal Hospital: How to Restore Lost Limbs

Did you ever have a stuffed animal or plush toy who lost a limb?  We are big stuffie lovers at this house, and sometimes a precious stuffed friend just gets loved too much. But never fear!  A quick trip to the animal hospital (or sewing room) can have him all fixed up in no time!…

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