Sewing Hacks & Tips

They say that you learn something new every day. We agree! It's never too late to learn a new sewing shortcut, trick or tip. Let's start 2016 off right by sharing cool tricks to save time.

Here are some of our tips!

  1. Spray hairspray the tip of your thread so it stays straight when threading your needle.
  2. Keep your pins nice and sharp by use steel wool as stuffing when you make your next pin cushion. Happy Camper Pin Cushion Needlecraft Kit
  3. Sharpen dull scissors by cutting tin foil or sandpaper.

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Welcome the 2016 winners of the Pantone Color(s) of the Year — ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY

PANTONE 13-1520 & PANTONE 15-3919

And the winner of the 2016 Pantone Color of the Year is…….wait…two colors?

That’s right; for the very first time Pantone has selected two colors for the esteemed title ‘Pantone Color(s) of the Year’.

The chosen colors; Rose Quartz and Serenity, offer a much softer take than previous year’s winners. This year’s selection has the blending of these two shades in strong contrast to the characteristics that we’ve grown accustomed to often seeing as the winner of this annual title.

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Made by Me, Just for You Tie

We love this time of year. Filled with festivities and the fresh start of a new year upon our horizon — it’s just so energizing!

So while yes, we may be in the thick of the holiday gift giving season at this moment, this idea for this very special project actually came to us during a chance meeting this summer.

When talking with a kind gentleman about his tie, it struck us that while a tie may be a typical gift for a man to receive, how often does someone truly receive a very special, “made by me, just for you” tie?

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Amanda Murphy Modern Elegance Blog Hop

Welcome to the Amanda Murphy Modern Elegance Blog Hop — it’s a colorful contest!

We love Amanda Murphy’s new coloring book, Modern Elegance by C&T Publishing. With more than 45 elegant designs, those pages are just waiting for your colored pencils, fine tip markers, or even watercolors to take hold and create your own masterpiece!

Did you know that coloring for just a few moments a day can help recharge and relax your soul?   Now here’s your chance to have fun and win your very own copy of Amanda’s Modern Elegance.

Just comment below with your vote of either A or B for your favorite page that we’ve colored and tell us about the last time you remember coloring?

Winners will be announced on the Amanda Murphy Design Blog on December 11th 2015.

Winners will receive a hard copy of the book if you reside in the U.S. or an ebook you reside internationally.

Good luck and happy coloring!

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Fashion or Function?

By Margaret Bronsweig

With the holiday season approaching and the endless hours most will spend in the kitchen with cookie baking and feast making, why not gear up with a new fashionable or functional made-by-me apron?

As a kid, I remember being drawn into the kitchen because of the amazing smells of my mom’s cuisine.  You knew she was doing some serious cooking when she had her bib apron on.  The Crossback Reversible Apron by Indygo Junction is a simple pattern that provides just the right amount of coverage needed.  The deep pockets add extra space so as not to leave any important tools behind to ensure speedy and efficient preparation. The Winnie Apron by Rebecca Ruth Designs has that retro look, yearning to bring back memories of yesteryear.

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