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Hello everyone!  I will make no excuses for the hiatus, instead I am going to give you a lovely tutorial: enjoy!

We’re going to be making a fabric wrapped bracelet.  You only need a few materials to make this awesome project for yourself or as a gift (no selling please!)

Materials needed:  a bracelet of any sort (you can find tons of cheap plastic ones at thrift stores)

a piece of fabric that you like 12 in by 12 in about

and some Aleene’s fabric fusion ( found this to work the best)

You want to cut some slits into your fabric about 1/2 inch to an inch wide. You want just enough to get a tear started.

Tear a few strips, I usually do 4-5 because I wrap tightly and close together.  The longer the strips are the less you’ll need.

You’ll want to start the bracelet by tightly holding one end of the strip to the inside of the bracelet.  Wrap tightly 2-3 times around the same area to get a good hold.

Continue wrapping tightly leaving about 1/2 an inch between the frayed edges.  You want to really get a tight wrap going because you won’t use glue until the end.

Eventually a strip will end.  Make sure it ends on the inside of the bracelet (cut if you need to)

Then start wrapping over top the end piece the way you started the bracelet and continue.

Woohoo!  Wrapping is done.  Once again, make sure it ends on the inside of the bracelet.  Now grab your glue!

Now put a thin line of glue on top of your loose end.  You don’t want too much, we’re going to smear it around anyway.

Now rub the glue onto the edge, making sure that you have every part of the loose end glued down.

You can always add more glue if you need it, but really smear it in there!

Now let dry and wear!!

I’m still new at writing and photographing tutorials so any suggestions or comments on how to improve them or what you like: just let me know!  I’m more than open to your thoughts!

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I don’t know about you, but I think that unexpected presents are the BEST kind of presents!  Coming up this Monday the 24th is our 4 year wedding anniversary!  T surprised me with this vintage cake carrier from a shop in Chicago called Jazze Junque.  I would never think to buy something like this for myself but it would be something that I would look at and swoon over when I saw it.  I always think of different things that I should be spending money on, so it was a very pleasant surprise to get this!  I love it!  I’ve been thinking of all sorts of things that I can bake just so that I can bring my treats places (or just store at home!)  This also got me thinking of other great vintage pieces in baking, so here are some of my favorites I found in my search.  I can’t wait to bake something!  Do you have any really great recipes from your grandmother or mother (or grandfather or father for that matter) that you would like to share?  I feel like something home-y and traditional needs to go under that gorgeous lid!

Vintage Ateco Cake Decorating Set
a vintage cake decorating set from Oldie But Goodie
Vintage Retro Bell Jar
bell jar from the paraders
1966 Betty Crocker Cake and Frosting Mix Cookbook, 1st Ed., 4th Printing
cookbook chock full of ideas and recipes from Victorian Spice
Vintage Plastic Measuring Spoons Set
measuring spoons from Red Eye Vintage
VINTAGE Swan's Down Cake Flour Cake Pan Advertising Prim Rustic MAKES BETTER CAKES
fabulous cake pan from dusty lorraine
Mix and Pour Vintage White Batter Bowl by Federal
I have to have this batter bowl from Jen’s Closet
Happy Baking Everyone!

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For me, it is really hard to decide what I like better: making things or buying the supplies to make the things.  Both are rewarding, enjoyable, and I get a rush out of both!  Who’s with me on this?  Since embroidery is one of my tip top favorite crafts, I love every aspect of it.  That includes hoops!  I have so many different kinds, sizes, colors, etc-I have them coming out my ears it seems.  When I first started doing embroidery I was a little lost about where to find the best hoops at the best deals.  Some places online charge waaay more than they should and I don’t always have a lot of money to spend on supplies.  So here are just a few tips and sites that I buy hoops from.  They are the best prices that I have found so far but if you have another site to contribute by all means leave a comment-I love a deal!

For starters, this may seem like a no-brainer, thrift stores are an excellent place to find hoops.  I most often find interesting colors and shapes at thrift stores that I had no idea I would even want until I find them!  It’s nice sometimes, too, to have a one of a kind hoop for a special project that you can send out into the world.  Besides the colors I have in the photo above, I’ve found yellow and orange ones and I’ve also happened upon the awesome metal ones that I love.  Also, keep your eyes peeled for kits that contain hoops because they won’t be as obvious.  I have found some really nice hoops this way too!

Consumer Crafts is a great place for hoops.  I have found the best deal so far here.  They have hoops that range in size from 3in to 12 in and they range in price from .50 to $1.17.  Pretty nice price if you ask me!  They have fast shipping and I have never had a problem with missing parts of orders or damaged goods and I’ve gotten an orange reusable consumer crafts tote with my order every time (but don’t quote me on this as the norm….I have no idea if it was a special promo thing or just what they do)!  Anyhoo…they also have oval shapes in two sizes which is nice when you just feel like breaking out of the circle.

Bates Hoop-La™ Embroidery Hoop & Frame 7" Large Image

Create For Less is the other site that I use for hoops.  They are slightly higher in price than Consumer Crafts, but!  look at those colors!  It’s nice to be able to have such a wide array of colors to choose from because the frame is just as important as the work inside of it.  I have also used Create For Less to buy stretcher bars.  They are a great way to display your embroidery in a more traditional “piece of art” kind of way.  They come together really easy by just joining the pieces and hammering with a rubber mallet.  They are ready to stretch any kind of fabric over it and staple.  As a note, though, you need 4 obviously to make a frame and they come in packs of 2 so make sure to order enough for your work!

Boy, this just makes me want to add to my collection of hoops……must….resist…..do you have any sites or places that you go for great deals and steals on hoops?  What about other craft supplies?

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I had a great time up at my mom’s house again this weekend thrift shopping and eating and laughing!  I always have a great time when I go up, and I admit that I have to go to the thrift stores up there when I do.  I always walk away with great finds (pictures to follow in other posts) and one of my finds inspired me to write a tutorial for you lovely folks today!  I found a few of these little wooden plaques that I have some ideas for (to sell) but I also thought of a fun idea for the home.  I like to have a notepad around at all times, and having one by the door or refrigerator is especially helpful for last minute groceries or errand reminders.  So here is a project utilizing one of those wooden plaques and some scraps/leftovers from other projects.

Enjoy!

It was a little difficult photographing the padding compound at work but just put it on the edges and make sure all the pieces are together as it dries.  I use little clips to keep it all together to make sure that the paper attaches to the cardboard properly.  Here is the site that I bought the padding compound from-it is awesome stuff!  You can make notepads to your hearts content!  They have a great little tutorial that has pretty nice pictures explaining the process that I had a hard time photographing for some reason!

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If you live in Minneapolis, or nearby, there is a great store called I Like You that you have to visit.  I just dropped off a few pieces of my embroidery there today, and I love their store.  They sell tons and tons of local crafty folks’ goods and it is run by the two nicest ladies!  Swing on by if you get a chance, you will not be disappointed.  They are at 501 1st Ave NE in Minneapolis……well go on stop reading and check it out!

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One of the things I love about embroidery is that, like painting, the possibilities are endless.  I like the look of a floral/patterned piece of fabric with a line drawing on top.  I also like how thin the line is when you embroider with a piece of thread as opposed to the multiple strands of embroidery floss. 

 

018 Elsa

This is a piece done by 100 Ladies.  Lucy Peterson does a great job capturing a woman’s form and her stitching is delicious.  Her choices of fabrics are great and I love each and every one of her pieces. 
bird study1 - hand embroidery on vintage fabric
Tracy over at raccooncat creations has a great array of things in her shop, most nature/animal inspired.  I have a soft spot for anything nature related in embroidery and raccooncat creations does not disappoint!  Specifically, she has a great collection of these bird studies.  The red work on the vintage floral fabric is beautiful and I can’t wait to see more from this shop.
April Showers
And here we have a great spring piece from Cowboy Bunny.  First, I’m drooling over that fabric…..woah..ok I just got lost in it for a moment…I’m back.  Her illustrations turned into embroideries are sweet and the rest of her shop is just as awesome as this piece.
Tune back next week to see more great pieces of embroidery from some really talented artists!

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So, this is my first tutorial.  Phew….I just had to get that out there, I’m still learning and I hope the explanations are good and the pictures are relevant.  I really like coming up with different projects based on things that I find at the thrift stores.  Remember that other post about those great quilting squares?  Well, here is one way to use a little piece of fabric like that and a napkin ring to make a cutesy lil pincushion.  Enjoy!

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