Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Giveaway!

I know this is last minute, but I am doing a Thanksgiving giveaway. I started earlier on my Instagram, and asked people to share a picture of what they are grateful for with hash tags but there aren't many entries. Of course not, because I totally forgot to post what the prizes are going to be. I had the intention to do so right away, but it slipped my mind!

So... let's do this right. Here are the prizes I decided to giveaway.

Pink Eclectic Statement Necklace


Black Bee Keeper Necklace


My Winter Daisy PDF pattern


Here are the rules;

1. Leave a comment here tell us all what you are grateful for.(1st entry)

If you want to enter more than once...

2. Follow me on Instagram (2nd entry)

3. Share what you are grateful for at #tearosehomesoblessed

I will announce the winner on the 29th. Good luck everyone!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Blogging at Ucreate / Star Ornament Tutorial Share


I am blogging over at Ucreate today! I am sharing a fun Star Ornament tutorial using origami style folding. Then get this... this is made out of fabric!

Please hop over to see how I did it and I don't dislike love-notes. ;)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tutorial ~ Liberty of London Fabric Thread on a Spool Ornament

I am going to have a Christmas tree filled with handmade ornaments using Liberty of London fabrics this year. I shared my Framed Fabric Ornament tutorial last time, and I have a new ornament tutorial to share today.

I bought these wooden spools at Hobby Lobby the other day and painted them white...

Here is the list of what you will need to make one ornament:

Wooden spool
1/2" wide fabric strip at least 36" long to 45"
Fabric glue
2 head pins
2 Pearls (need to be larger than the hole in the spool)
1 glass bead(smaller than the pearl)
9" twine
Round-nose pliers
Wire cutter

How to make Fabric Thread on a Spool Ornament


1. Twist the fabric strip to make fabric thread. (I used my sewing machine to hold the tip so I can twist the fabric)

2. Put a small dab of fabric glue on to the tip of the thread and glue it to the spool. Wind the thread around the spool and put some fabric glue to the end and glue the tip between the winded thread.

3. String a pearl to the head pin. Then, string the spool with fabric thread and string another pearl on top.

4. Bend the wire at the pearl and cut off the excess. Shape the wire to create the loop.

5. String the glass bead to the head pin. Using the same method as the pearl, make a loop. Hook that on to the loop with the pearl. String the twine and tie the knots to finish it off.

You are ready to make more! I had fun going through my collection of Liberty of London and trying to decided which fabric will become "thread". I made 6 different spools.




There are several ways to connect the fabric strips, but I sewed them together. If you decided to tie them, that part will be a little bulky and more noticeable when you wind the fabric thread around the spool. It was unexpectedly fun to create my own fabric thread, I might start doing that with my scraps!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. I will see you at the next post. :)


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Just for You Book Giveaway Winner!


OH. MY. GOSH. I went out twice today; first in the morning to meet up with a friend, and second to pick up my kiddos. It was freezing COLD!! I prefer cold more than hot, but still... I can't believe how cold it was today. It seriously became the season where it is nice to just stay home and sew.

So, speaking of sewing... Are you already to find out who the winner is for the fantastic book "Just for You"? This book will give you great ideas of what to sew and the instructions all winter long and keeps you busy! Ok, here is the lucky winner...

Melanie (of Mostly Craft)

Congratulations!!! Please email me your shipping info, so I can pass that along to C&T publisher and they can send you the book.

Thank you every one for participating. I will announce what I am going to giveaway for the Thanksgiving giveaway so come back to check it out! :)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Craft Room Tour / Interview at Cut Out + Keep


I have been away last week to attend a quilt retreat with my friends and it was so much fun! Since it was my very first retreat, I had no idea how many projects I should take and all. I didn't finish any projects, but made really good progress. I was too busy visiting and eating! I will share my projects when I am finished with them someday.

I had fun being interviewed by Cat of Cut Out + Keep. My craft room tour and the interview is on their blog. Please hop over to see more pictures of my sewing room and read all the fun questions and answers.

Happy Monday!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Just for You Blog Hop / Giveaway!

The blog hop for "Just for You" has started this week and I am SO excited to introduce this book to you, if you haven't already heard about it. Caroline and Sarah of Blue Susan Makes put together this amazing book with other sewing bloggers.

...and guess what? My project is also in it. Yeah! What a privilege it was to work with them!

My contribution to this book was the fabric covered beads necklace with corsage. In the book you will see their version of the necklace; I love the color combination and the fabric they chose. Here is my version.

This book contains 24 projects and it was so hard to pick a few of my favorites to share on this blog post. Seriously, if you are thinking about sewing something for yourself, this book is it. Let me name a few... bag, scarf, belts, clothing and much more! What I love about this book is that they used many step by step pictures to explain things. I am a very visual person, and English being my second language, this helps me a lot.

I added this Quilting Bee Dress by Caroline to my "Things to sew" list. The shape of the dress is pretty much what I was looking for!

This unique Painter's Clutch by Sarah is also one of my "must sew" projects. It is a classic fold-over style with handles, but the handles are the actual paint-stirring sticks! How fun is that? I know I have a few in my garage, I was saving them for this project!

Next one is this adorable Pretty Pockets Apron by the ever talented Maureen. Would you have ever guessed this apron was created from only five fat quarters? How did she come up with this?

Then the last one is this Mini Dresden Coin Purse by Amy. I love the design on this purse and I can even think of which fabrics I can use for this project from my scrap bin. What a fun thing to make. :)

Now here is the awesome news! I get to give one of you lucky readers this fabulous book. Just leave a comment on this post and I will announce the winner on November 13th. US winners will receive a book to hold in their hands courtesy of Stash Books, International winners will receive the eBook version. Please don't forget to visit all the stops on this month long celebration to see who else contributed to "Just for You" and their fabulous projects!






Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Stylo ~ Flannel Jacket


It was really hard not to spill the beans for a while. I was invited to contribute to a section of "1 fabric 5 designers" in Stylo magazine. Stylo is the first fashion forward eMagazine centered around children's sewing patterns and style. After I accepted the challenge happily, I received 2 yards of beautiful flannel from Miss Matatabi, from japan. After going back and forth, I decided to use a pattern I found in a Japanese sewing book ‘ほんのり sweet 女の子の服 ‘ by 荒木由紀(Yuki Araki). Here are the results...

I also made a headband to go with the top.

In the sewing book, it was introduced as "cardigan" and it was made with knit. I thought if I made it with flannel, Rachel could wear it more like a shirt or jacket.

I added the belt loops and small pom-pom trim with velvet ribbon to finish it off.

My friend Kristina of Kristina Bills Photography took these beautiful pictures for me. Thanks, Kristina!

After waiting for a while, I was so happy to go through the magazine for the first time. BOY it is AMAZING! Other contributors did such an amazing job... I mean the choice of fabric to sewing to such stylish photos. I was in ooh's and ah's, and inspired by them so much. Head over to check out Stylo right now, you don't wanna miss this issue!!



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