Pretty Ruffled Hair Clips!

Howdy friends! Today I have a fun simple hairbow idea that is also a beginner sewing project. You can use a sewing machine or a needle and thread to make gathers in 1 1/2″ satin ribbon and that is all there is to making a ruffle. I turned my ruffled ribbon into hair clips. These would be great to make for quick gifts or items to sell at a craft fair or hairbow business. See how easy it is in today’s video:

Remember you may use any of the tutorials on my blog to make stuff to sell. If you are crafting to sell you need to get the best price on the best quality materials and that is why I urge you to check out Papermart. I have found that if they sell it then they have the best  price and I have never been disappointed with the quality. I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy project and til next time happy crafting!

Machine Sewing For Dummies!

Let me clarify, I include myself in the “dummy” category here! ūüėÄ I had a lady contact me because her mom had bought her a sewing machine at a yard sale and she¬†desperately¬†wanted to use it but did not have a clue what to do. I have been in that situation myself (a couple of times, I never met a free sewing machine I didn’t like LOL!) so I decided to make a video tutorial¬†explaining¬†all of the basic features every non computerized sewing machine has, what the knobs, buttons, dials and levers do and help you get your machine out of the¬†closet¬†and working beautifully. After the video I will list off some tips and tricks for you and if you have any questions be sure to leave a comment and I will get back to you (and please, if you are an experienced sewer and you read a comment that you know the answer to¬†please¬†go head and reply, we can all share out¬†knowledge¬†here!) On to the video!

So, you think you can sew?

Here is what you should do when you¬†pull that¬†machine out of the box,¬†especially¬†if it has not been used¬†in a¬† while! You will want your¬†manual¬†handy but if you do not have one search the make and model # on the internet, if you cannot find the exact one try similar models from the same manufacturer until you see one that looks¬†like¬†yours. Sewing machines really are not that different…that is until you get to fancy computerized ones, I know NOTHING about those!

  1. Clean it! Use a small soft paintbrush to sweep out any dust and fuzzies that have collected in your machine, especially in the bobbin area and in the door you can open above the needle when the light bulb lives.
  2. Oil it. Your machine might have little holes for you to drop oil in, otherwise put a drop or two of oil on every moving part you can find.
  3. Thread your machine, wind a bobbin if you need to, practice sewing on a scrap of material   Relax and get comfy with your machine!

No machine? No problem.

Maybe you want to get an affordable machine, before you head out to Target to buy that Brother on sale for $89 look through your phone book to see if you have a sewing machine dealer or repair shop in town because often they take trade-ins or fix up old, way better than the plastic junk they sell at department stores, machines and they will sell them for a song. Even better you have a relationship with someone who can fix you machine or adjust things for you later. The department store machines will not last, I got one once and did a lot of sewing on it and a year later it died. Same thing happened to my neighbor about 3 years after she bought hers. I think these machines are designed to last long enough to sew some curtains and maybe a few maternity clothes before they crap-out. By then many people lose interest in sewing but if you are reading my blog I think you are a more hard-core crafter who will want to buy something that lasts for less money, am I right?

Well, that was a long post for me! I hope this helps you get that old sewing machine out of storage and in good working order, let this be the weekend of sewing revival. And yes, your husbands can thank me for getting you fired up about yet another craft that will over take your dining room table. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A video, a sale and a freebie! {oh my!}

****EDIT: 3/25/11**** I have ben asked by several readers where to buy the new blending sets, I have added a list of stockists at the end of my post as well as a list of al the colors in th sets so you can buy them a’la carte too***

Howdy folks! I can’t believe March is almost over! It cam in link a lion and, well, that has not changed LOL! I decided to stay in away from the slushy snow we received yesterday and make a card with my new Sew Much fun digistamp set and my new ProMarker blending kits.

And that set along with everything at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff is 30% off Now through Saturday!

If you want to see how I made this card and learn some coloring tips and tricks watch the video!

That was a fun one to make, I actually talked and talked til I ran out of film {no surprise there ha ha}, here is a look at the brand new Sew Much Fun digistamp set I used:

It goes well with these sets also from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Posh'n Trendy StampsCrafty Tools & Puns StampsSew Pretty StampsSewing Stuff Digital stamp

Now for the freebie, Vintage is so hot right now and I’ve seen a few rubber stamp companies come out with eye charts will, I came across a vintage eye chart and I cleaned it up a bit and made a sheet of them that you can add to your cards and crafts, click here to download. There is a printable sheet of 9 and a single too ūüôā

This card qualifies for the following challenges: ABC Challenge, Crafty Creations, Crafts and Me, Clear It Out!, Digital Tuesday

Digital stamps (sewing machine and tape/ruler)Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Rubber stamp/dies: stampin up, paper: Basic Grey, Crickle Ribbon:

Remember the 30% off sale in on now through Saturday midnight! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Ammended 3/25/11: The Blending sets are arriving in brick and morter store now, they will be available online within weeks. All of the colors in the kits are available open stock (in case you cannot wait LOL!)

Here are the colors in the ProMarker Blending sets:

Pastel set: Vanilla, Satin, Meadow Green, Apple, Pastel Blue, Powder Blue, Lavender, Lilac, Pale Pink, Baby Pink, Putty, Tan
Vivid set: Sunflower, Gold, Pear Green, Olive Green, China Blue, Midnight Blue, Plum, Aubergine, Crimson, Burgundy, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna
Muted set: Buttercup, Tulip Yellow, Tea Green, Soft Green, Cornflour, Blue Pearl, Orchid, Purple, Dusky Rose, Antique Pink, Caramel, Cinnamon

Here is a list of store that sell Promarkers, please support your local art supply shops and check there first. I am not affilated with any of these retailers, I am just passing info along ūüôā

USA-The best price for ProMarkers online is the Carpe Diem Store, they are $1.49 each and cheaper to buy the singles than the sets, here is the link:

Many online art supplies have the basic Promarker sets: Blick Art Materails and Cheap joes are two compaines I order from oftern but do not carry them individually.

I am lucky that my Local Art Shop locatred in Aubachon Hardware in Bangor Maine carries all the ProMarker colors, if you are local check them out¬†{Say “hi” to Fred for me ūüôā¬†}¬†

Aubuchon Hardware Store #174
21 Washington Street
Bangor, ME 04401

Canada Retail Stores

Omer Deserres, 400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Suite1200, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1L4
Tel: 1 800-363-0318
 Above Ground Art Supplies, 74 McCaul Street, Toronto,  Ontario, M5T 3K2,
Tel: 1 416-591-1601
 Art & Hobby, 755 Saint-Jacques St., Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec, J3B 6S4,
Tel: 1 450-347-1517
 Colours Art & Framing, 1340-16th Avenue NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2H 0L1  Tel: 1 403-289-1633   
Opus Framing Art & Supplies, 3445 Cornett Road, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5M 2H3  Tel: 1 604-435-9991
Also available at: The Artstore of Waterloo & Wallacks Art Shop
Anyone can order the markers directly from Letraset too: They are based in England, you can see shipping rates on their website. Most likely you are better off to check with your local art shops, you will save on shipping and keep your money local. If your local art shop does not carry ProMarkers just ask them to, if not they can likely order them for you ūüôā