Silhouette Promo | Iron-On Fun (and a Giveaway)

The variety of media available from Silhouette for using with my machine has really made me stretch my creativity. Before I got my Silhouette Portrait I did not “do” decorating clothing. Now I am really enjoying it! Iron-ons are the perfect way to jazz up basic boring kids clothes and turn them into something special. The clearance rack at Target is a great place to find good quality basics that will look fabulous with a little something extra. All of these items are from Target and I don’t think any cost more than $3.

I wanted to give this baby onesie some diva attitude, and I found just the text file to do it with from designer Lori Whitlock!

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Review | “Learn Fruit & Vegetable Sculpting” DVD with Chef Ray Duey

Fruit & Vegetable Carving by Chef DueyFruit and vegetable carving has been growing in popularity lately, so I decided to give it a try to see if I could learn this interesting art form.  My first step was to buy the video  ”Learn Fruit & Vegetable Sculpting” by Chef Ray Duey, C.E.C.  I wanted a video that allowed me to learn some basics without investing in a bunch of expensive equipment. This particular video has quite a few projects that I could do with just a simple paring knife by adjusting the techniques taught a little. Continue Reading →


Books | Crochet Stitch Dictionary by Sarah Hazell

Crochet-Stitch-Dictionary-coverI started crocheting about eighteen months ago. Despite the fact I armed myself with a bunch of “Let’s Get Started With Crochet” and “Crochet for Absolute Beginners!”-style books before I even got started, the first thing I realized is that I was not going to learn the basics of crochet by looking at the photographs and diagrams in the books.

After three days of frustration (as well as a series of really odd knots that sprang from my crochet hook) I finally gave in and headed to YouTube. Within a few minutes, I had crocheted my first row of foundation chains, and then moved on to a second row of single crochet stitches. I made a simple (but wonky) blanket. For my next project, I wanted to try double crochet, so I returned to YouTube and learned it in a snap. Continue Reading →


Review | First Baby Shoes Kit

When Karolina at First Baby Shoes asked if I would be interested in a reviewing a kit to make your own leather baby shoes, the timing could not have been more perfect! With a baby boy on the way, the kit arrived just in time for me to get started.First Baby Shoes - Keepsake BoxThe kit arrived in a very nice keepsake box, that you can use if you plan to make these shoes and present them as a gift. I selected the “Nina” style bootie in brown leather, but there are other styles and colors available.  Continue Reading →


Sponsor | The Original ScrapBox WorkBox

The Original ScrapBox LogoWe could tell you how great our products are at The Original ScrapBox, but it’s even better to show you! So we decided to share a review with pictures from one of our happy customers, Yvonne Hubert:

“Seven years ago my family of six, including four teenagers, moved into a new home. Our lives were busy so I put most of my craft and sewing projects on hold. I stored all of my stuff in the laundry room closet, kitchen cupboards, bathroom cupboards, and even in my bedroom dresser. Last year a miracle happened. I got an amazing Workbox!! I became organized and got everything in one place.

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Review | Westcott Titanium Non-Stick 5″ Microtip Scissors

Let’s face it, all crafters want when we go to cut is a good pair of scissors that work. That’s what I get when I use my Titanium-bonded non-stick scissors by Westcott.

t390_91fee57bfa808f0d2d86df09891b5899I’ve had a chance to use these petite scissors recently and am pleased with their cutting ability. I’ve laid them out in classes as well so students could give them a try and the feedback I’ve heard from the students has been favorable too. Continue Reading →