Thursday, October 1, 2020

In the beginning....

I've been sewing for many more years than I care to admit. Each Crafting Wizard learns more efficient ways to get things done. I'm a lefty and have had to adapt to a right-handed world. I now use right-handed scissors because when I was growing up, the ones for lefties were extremely expensive, if you could find them! Now they are readily available at places like Amazon. However, I find that the ones for fabric are still better for Right-handers so it leaves me with always buying those. 

Using those scissors though, created some challenges like learning how to cut all over again. The other problem was that I found as I got near the edge of a pattern piece, the fabric would pick up and move away from the piece, leaving a gap. This gap, once laid back down after the piece was cut, would be crooked with much of it in the area that shouldn't have been cut. I learned a more efficient way to cut that not only helps lefties, but also righties.  

Let me give you an example: Normally you would have scissors going next to the inside of the curve. The cutting blade toward the pattern piece. This is where your fabric would pull away and potentially go under the pattern piece. 

Now, imagine a bunch of pins sticking out and you have a disaster waiting to happen. My first attempt resulted in a bloodied piece because I kept getting stuck by those pins! Needless to say, I needed to come up with a different way of doing things. I decided to make a change in the way I was cutting. First, I only use scotch tape on my pattern pieces. I no longer use pins. The pieces lay flat and the pins never get caught in the scissors, or my fingers!

Next, I took my cutting blade (which is the bottom blade of your scissors) and put the outside edge of the blade (rather than the normal inside edge) next to the outside portion of my fabric. Going in a counter-clockwise position, I was able to cut completely around the entire piece and it was cut perfectly! 

The end results were an easier and more efficient way of cutting that ultimately left no bloodied fingers! I hope you found this tutorial to be useful. Stick around and maybe I can pass off my craziness to you!


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

I'm back!

Things have been pretty hectic for the past year. We moved into a new house and I started working feverishly on my business. That meant no time for my true business of sewing/crafting/teaching. But that's over now. I have a lot more time available now that both kids are in high school. So exciting for them but sad for me. One will be going off to college next school year and the other will be extremely busy with ROTC and band.

On the plus side, I picked up doing some admin work for a couple of pages on Facebook. I just wrote a tutorial on how to do Heat Transfer Vinyl on a t-shirt. It's for newbies to using a cutting machine, specifically the Silhouette. I've had mine for many years. In fact, it's the first version and they are now on the 3rd version. I've had it for around 10 years and it works very well so why replace it, right? But don't let that stop you because even Cricut users and US Cutter users can still get in on this tutorial. You just have to adjust your settings for your specific machine.

I'm specifically using a design from Craft Genesis which is what the group shares. All creations from Craft Genesis. If you've never heard of them, they are new but the company behind it isn't. Embroidery Library and Urban Threads are very familiar names to embroidery fans. They are all sibling sites. I like the sound of that better than sister sites. Who says it has to be a girl? Ha ha!

If you're interested in getting your hands on this basic tutorial, come over to our Fans of Craft Genesis group and join. If you're interested in joining the Fans of Embroidery Library or Urban Threads Embroidery Fans groups you can click on the names too. Make sure you answer the questions because we're trying to keep spammers out. If you don't answer, we don't approve.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Digital Scrapbook Page Freebie

It's been awhile since I've done any real scrapbooking. I used to do it a lot more but then school shook it's ugly finger at me and kept me from having any real fun. The good news is that I only have 3 classes to finish my degree. The bad news is that I don't plan on working on it until summer. We are moving around too much. Finally sold our house in Upstate New York and moved south. I'm trading in my snow shovel for flip flops.

Kimberly Stewart is an amazing designer and I just happen to have the pleasure of being on her team. She has a great way of picking out the best colors and still allowing the elements to work for both boys and girls. Since I have one of each, it works out perfectly for me! She has this great new kit out called Little Snow Angels over at Plain Digital Wrapper.

I took a photo last winter when the snow just kept piling up on the back deck. My son decided to make a ramp off of the deck and into the yard. He then would ride the snow disc down the ramp. It had some pretty good speed to it! The activity kept him busy and allowed me to stay indoors instead of being out in that nasty weather. Trust me, Upstate New York in the middle of winter can get pretty cold.

I just love the colors and the elements wrapped together. So I've decided to give this page to you for your books. All you have to do is download it, place a photo behind the page and print! Download HERE or click on the image below.



Sunday, May 17, 2015

Quickpage Freebie

I'm so excited to be back scrapping. I stopped for awhile. I guess I just lost motivation like with anything else. But now I'm ready to make a book. I decided to start off with a 12x12 page and give you a copy of it for your book too! My daughter is the one that inspired me to get back into scrapping. She decided to make a scrapbook for a science project at school. At the beginning of the school year the teacher assigned a "Scavenger Hunt" to the students. They had to go around and take photos of various "Earth Science" things and put it into some sort of a display. They had to take photos of things like rock formations, erosion, waterfalls, and many other natural states. It was so much fun! We even drove many miles to get photos just to add to the collection. Her book came out great and now we're hoping for an excellent grade. She will even get extra credit for turning it in early!

So in honor of her, I made this layout into a quickpage for you. Just plop your own photo into it. Do some journaling if you desire, and print!

As you can see above, I used the Sweet Pea Kit by Kimberly Stewart. You can find it over at Plain Digital Wrapper. You can get your copy of the Quickpage right HERE.


Friday, May 1, 2015

Blog Hop!

I'm so excited because I haven't done a real layout in a long time. A friend asked me to make graduation announcements for her daughter and I LOVE doing those! I was going to post her layout to show you it but I don't like giving out sensitive information. So I went back and changed it all to show someone else and loved it even more! It became such a versatile layout that in honor of National Digital Scrapbooking Day I made it into a quickpage for you to have and play with.

I used Kimberly Stewart's Maybe Kit. This is what it looks like in all its glory:

If you would like to have this page, just click over here on Box to download it. Make sure you run over to the other blogs and get your freebies too.

Meisie's Doodles 

Kimberly Stewart Designs


Monday, April 27, 2015

The Petty Bag

I'm so excited about this bag! I've had it designed in my mind for awhile. I just wanted something simple to carry groceries and library books. I also needed something to leave in my car but didn't want it to take up too much space. I've had many people ask me about the same thing. The request was that it had to be lined, machine washable, and not overly priced. I've seen many bags like this priced at $50 and higher. I definitely did my homework on this one. The only hardware that I used was a KamSnap for the closure.

It's a really sturdy bag and as you can see, it easily holds 16 cans! I even had room on top that I could have had a loaf of bread lay there with ease. It was super easy to fold up and snap close too. I've got to make a few of these for myself and get rid of the big clunky ones I have in my car that were $50! I have plenty of room in my glove box for these. With it's canvas fabric both inside and out, I decided that I had to price this at $30. It really does hold up to its price. I've had a few people tell me I'm crazy for setting this price. I guess if my next post says I've sold out, then you'll know I was definitely crazy! If you're interested, come over to my Facebook page or contact me here to get one for yourself.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Welcome Back!

I left to move over to Wix and soon figured out that while I loved the ease of changing up my blog, it was very unfriendly to my followers. So I'm back on Blogger. It was a nightmare getting back here though. Thanks to all of the great people over at GoDaddy for their absolute top notch customer service! I love calling that place. Next time I need to host my own site, I'll be going through GoDaddy. Right now I just use Blogger but in the past I have hosted sites through a friend's server. It was great because I didn't have to pay anything but I love having control over my own stuff. So if you're ever in the market for hosting, make sure you check them out.

Over the past few months I've been extremely busy with projects. I've made several things. I'll just show you a few of them. One of my favorite things to do is name my bags. Hey, we name our children right? I spend many hours with these bags and feel they are a part of me. When making them, there is a turning process that you have to do called "birthing." Since I'm birthing these babies, I feel they all deserve a name!

This is my "Hop 'til you drop" bag. I love the frogs and it's such a roomy bag!

I love this bag too! It's called "Owl be seeing you." 

For girls I made a "Frozen Delight" bag. Perfect for all of her little things!

My absolute favorite bag is "Blue Bayou." This one is already sold but I am not opposed to making another. It's just so vibrant! 

And for my son, I made this amazing Dr. Who gym bag. As it turns out, the bag was a lot larger than I expected. We had intended to use it for swim team activities but it was more of a travel bag. So he had a great time with it when we went to St. Louis a couple of weeks ago. I will be making him a smaller one with Daleks on it for swimming!

One last thing to show you! I am getting ready for some upcoming craft shows. So I just had to sit down and make some infinity scarves. 

Make sure you come over to my Facebook page and like it. As soon as I hit 100 likes, I'm going to give one away! Some of these are even more beautiful in person! Others just photograph better than I do! Now that I'm back on Blogger, things should be a lot easier for you to comment. I'd love to hear what you think about my bags and scarves. I have more in the making right now and will share more soon!