Tim Holtz ASSEMBLAGE…
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i am so excited to finally share the details of
Sew-a-Thon: One Million Pillow Case Challenge
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Mark your calendars for the upcoming One Million Pillow Case Challenge Sew-a-Thon coming up on September 16th and 17th, 2016. For the third year, our friends at American Patchwork & Quilting are hosting this fun event, and inviting sewists from around the world to participate. The post Sew-a-Thon: One Million Pillow Case Challenge appeared first on Quilting Gallery.
Scrappy Quilt Sew Along
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Hello and happy Friday! I'm super excited to say that I've got everything ready to start the scrappy patchwork quilt sew along I mentioned on Monday's post about a couple of my grandmother's quilts!I'm glad I looked more closely at my grandmother's quilt and found the pattern! Read more »
Tips for laying out a sewing pattern to get the most from your fabric
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When I’m laying out a sewing pattern on my fabric I always take a little time to find the best layout.  It’s kind of a personal challenge to me to lay the pattern out so I end up with the … Read More...
I'm in Mary Jane's Farm Magazine!
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I was thrilled to discover that my Happy House favor box kits were featured in the April/May 2015 of Mary Janes Farm Magazine in their Farmgirl Expression section!
Favorite Watercolor Projects for Kids
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Disclosure: I’m sharing #Tide in my life as part of a Tide sponsored series for Socialstars™. All opinions are my own. These watercolor projects for kids are great for rainy days, or anytime you need a bit of colorful fun! They are simple to set up, and use common household items you probably already have […]
mentor makers event!
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I am mentoring at the Maker Mentors conference next month!When I was first asked to be a mentor for this event I was thrilled. But then fear and doubt started to settle in. Just between you and me I am currently looking for full time work for the first time in my 14 years as a freelance artist/illustrator. I thought, "who am I to tell someone else how to make it, when I'm possibly going back to a regular job?"
Sea Breeze Sailboats Craft Tutorial
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Father’s Day is coming up in a few weeks, and I thought this craft would be the perfect accent for any celebration having to do with Dad. These cute boats could be used on the front of a greeting card, as a mini sculpture or even as hanging home decor. Materials you will need: – […]
Polymer Clay and Weddings on Etsy
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Polymer clay being such a flexible medium it probably isn’t a surprise it’s the go-to for a lot of wedding crafts. Cake toppers and jewellery elements are big ones but tags, votive holders, napkin rings, cake slicing tools… you name … Read More...
Butterscotch candy bees made with wiggle eyes
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When I spotted these little butterscotch candy bees I smiled because they brought back memories of my grandmother who always had these candies in her purse. Hers didn’t have wiggle eyes glued on them and little black stripes to look … Read More...
Activated Charcoal Face Scrub
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This DIY bath and body recipe shows you how to make your own soothing detox face scrub using Activated Charcoal and oats.
DIY Pillow
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Karen from I Always Pick the Thimble is here today making waves with her DIY pillow tutorial. I love the wave effect! As a fabric store owner, I was thrilled when Amy Butler reissued one of her older fabric collections “Belle”.   My store was relatively new when Amy […]
Perfect Pairings :: McEnroe Moments + Pebble Dreams + Scorched Earth
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Michelle of McEnroe moments is back at it again with some multi-layered earrings in deep gemstone shades of amethyst, aqua and plum. I like the use of the dark black findings that bring in a depth just like in our painting inspiration by Odilon Redon. These look like earrings that the stately woman in the painting might wear!
Make a Summer Doodle Book for the Kids (or Yourself)
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It seems like summer has an excess of time spent waiting. Maybe that’s because vacations lead to more eating at restaurants and going to events and busy tourist attractions where being in line is necessary. Give your kids a little … Read More...
Yarnspirations Shares Knitting Patterns to Celebrate Canada150
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July 1 is Canada’s 150th birthday, so it makes sense that Canadian people and companies are celebrating in a big way. Yarnspirations, which is based in Canada, released a lookbook of Canada150 patterns that’s sure to inspire you to knit … Read More...
thread catchers and more
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Welcome to finish it up Friday! This week I decided that I needed to make a half-dozen thread catchers (pattern is available here)
6 DIYs to Try This Weekend
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This weekend, Jeff and I are heading to Lumpkin to check out Providence Canyon for the first time. And I can’t wait…people call it the little Grand Canyon and I really, REALLY want to visit the Grand Canyon. So, this seems like a good compromise for now. What are you up to this weekend? Any DIY […] The post 6 DIYs to Try This Weekend appeared first on Paper and Stitch.
Book review: Art Journey - Abstract Painting
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North Light Books has a beautiful new volume out that was edited by Jamie Markle.
Illustrated wallpapers for Apple devices
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Lagom, a company that creates contemporary paper products and gifts, makes some of their art available as wallpapers for iPads and iPhones. Find a selection of illustrated goodies free for the downloading right here!
Knit 4: Pick Your Project
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Once you’ve taken Knit 1, 2, and 3 you’ve learned quite a bit about knitting. You know how to: cast on, bind off, knit, purl, knit 2 together, slip slip knit, weave in yarn ends. You’ve used straight needles, circular needles, and double pointed needles. And your list of FO’s (that’s Finished Objects) is growing. […]
maples--day 33
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I love the maples on the fence row--carefully planted in an even row. The rhythm of life and maple syrup. Defining the fields and the road. Each maple different but also the same.Aren't they like the regular pieces of a quilt one after the other until it becomes greater than the parts?maples--quilt--45x17--ann brauer
Dapper Dogs: 8 Sweaters to Make for Your Pup
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Did you know that  June 23 is Bring Your Dog to Work Day?! This provides a great excuse to pull out yarn and hook or needles and get working on a special new outfit for your furry friend. While the opportunity has passed for this year, mark it on your calendars for next year. Of course, it's never really a bad time to add to your pooch's wardrobe. Who doesn't love some new duds? Keep it Casual Sweaters for the laid back pooch. These are the every day styles that your pup will be reaching for. Ci
Dapper Dogs: 8 Sweaters to Make for Your Pup
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Did you know that  June 23 is Bring Your Dog to Work Day?! This provides a great excuse to pull out yarn and hook or needles and get working on a special new outfit for your furry friend. While the opportunity has passed for this year, mark it on your calendars for next year. Of course, it's never really a bad time to add to your pooch's wardrobe. Who doesn't love some new duds? Keep it Casual Sweaters for the laid back pooch. These are the every day styles that your pup will be reaching for. Ci
Our Blog Has Moved!
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After 12 years our blog is moving to our website. Please click here for the latest happenings at Loop!
Little Coffee Bean Cardigan
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Elizabeth Smith’s Little Coffee Bean is an adorable sweater and a great knitting pattern for your first cardigan. We knit ours with Spud & Chloe’s Sweater Yarn, which is a soft machine washable blend of merino wool and organic cotton. Little Coffee Bean is knit from the top down. You cast on and work the […]
Learn Macrame with The Forest Fern
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Sara Banner is the owner and creator of The Forest Fern. She makes beautiful macrame plant hangers, wall hangings, and home goods, and on Saturday, April 29 she’ll be here to show you how to do it! Sara’s beginner-level workshops are open to everyone – no experience required. The class fees include all materials, so […]
Guernsey Wrap Knitalong
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Join us at the end of the month for our Guernsey Wrap Knitalong! We’ll begin on Sunday, February 26 at knitting circle, which runs from 3-5pm, and meet weekly to work on our wraps. There isn’t a firm end date, but we’ll aim to finish in 4-6 weeks. If you’re unable to join us in […]
Betting pool spreadsheet for the 2017 Kentucky Derby
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The running of the Kentucky Derby is the second biggest reason to give a party. We love to give parties, and the first Saturday in May is the perfect time to host a gathering. It’s situated nicely between the Christmas craziness and the July 4th weekend. We’ve hosted a few Derby parties in the past, […]
Loose Watercolor Florals
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I'm back with more flowers!
How I Got Started in Art Licensing + Tips To Get You Going
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Hi guys! This post is for all you artists!Today I want to talk about art licensing, how I got my feet wet in the art licensing world, and give you a few tips on getting started with licensing your own work.
20+ Sewing Memes
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Sewing Memes – yes there is such a thing! They are so fun to have…make them your background for your computer. Print them and hang them on your walls. Share them with friends. There are memes with fabric, sewing machines, needles, threads, notions and more!  They cover topics of humor, the truth, the reality and […] The post 20+ Sewing Memes appeared first on http://www.patchworkposse.com
How to Knit: SSK vs Twisted SSK
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If you’re an avid knitter, you know that there are many ways to decrease stitches. In this blog post, we’re looking at two decreases, SSK and the Twisted SSK, found in the Prairie Hills Shawl from our April Purl Diver Yarn Club. The SSK stitch (or slip, slip, knit) is a familiar decrease for knitters, as... Read more
How to Fix a Dropped Stitch
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None of us are immune to the ever-problematic dropped stitch in a knitting project. Does it feel like an anxiety-inducing, moment or do you feel confident with your fixing capabilities? Most of us panic about this ladder of dropped stitches in our knitting – but fear not, help is on the way! At the shop, we love... Read more
Super Cute Baby Quilts to Make
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Baby Quilts to Make I love making baby quilts.  They are of course on the smaller side of things. Here are my top reasons why baby quilts are awesome: 1- they are small 2- you can try a new technique out without going crazy huge and overwhelming yourself 3- you can typically machine quilt them […] The post Super Cute Baby Quilts to Make appeared first on http://www.patchworkposse.com
Stack and Whack in Black and White
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Karen came in to help celebrate during our Wall To Wall Retirement Sale. For " Show & Tell", which we love....she brought in a pink and black and white Stack & Whack quilt. Karen loves black and white fabrics with an accent color! She recently purchased a long arm quilting machine and is enjoying learning how to use it, by finishing projects and starting new ones.
Red and White
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Dena has made a traditional block in reds and whites. How perfect for the Christmas season.
I'm featured on etsy!
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I am so excited! I am a featured seller on the etsy blog and homepage.
Business News Daily: Etsy Seller Success
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Business News Daily featured me as part of their story on Etsy Business Success! Check out the full article here.
Artist & Makers Magazine feature
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Exciting news! Artist and Makers magazine featured me in an article about creativity and technology. Here are a couple scans from the article in their Winter 2015 issue.