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If you want something done, ask a busy person.

So I’m thinking of making a scarf.

See the cool and uber-easy pattern here:

Gathered Scarf for your Mother-in-Law (or not)

Now I just need to go through my stash for some fingering-weight…

Win something nice

Little Dandelion Studios is having a holiday gift giveaway! They’re going to give one lucky Facebook fan their choice of any item from their “for the ladies” Etsy section. Go become a fan on Facebook today for your chance to win.

And then please come to my other show!

Mad*Craft Sundays Presents: Mad*Craft Sundays Hollydays Sale!

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2009 and Sunday, December 13, 2009
(I’m only vending here on Sunday)
12:00pm – 4:00pm
The Project Lodge
817 E. Johnson St.
Madison, WI

Visit the Mad*Craft Sundays Hollydays Sale this weekend to learn new holiday crafting techniques, share the holiday crafts you’re making, buy arts and crafts from local and emerging artists, brunch with us AND see what’s in the fireplace for the Fireplace Gallery’s debut opening! So much to see, so much to do! There will also be a $2 raffle to win a hand-made holiday stocking for your very own fireplace mantle, stuffed with holiday sale goodies: holiday cards, hand-crocheted beer cozy and more!!!


So, I finally updated my WordPress version. The CSS has been updated but it’s not the fanciest… a fresher look is in the works.

Edit: Well, it’s updated… everything except the Gallery section.  Probably more general tweaking to come as well!

Tutorial: Three-dimensional Letters

On a trip to a store I hadn’t visited before, filled with all sorts of decorative goodies, I was tempted to buy the letter “K” to put in Kalena’s room. Then I thought, “I can probably do this” and proceeded to figure it out. After a couple of days mulling it over, I decided to do this project.

After I started working on it, I decided to make this tutorial. So, not all of the steps have pictures, but I will try to make it all clear. I would say this is a medium-level project. It took me about ten hours (over two days) to make all 6 letters.

Items you will need:

  • Cereal boxes, cards from shirts, or other lightweight cardboard
  • Various fabrics (quilting cotton is a good weight)
  • Lightweight batting or felt (I used polyester quilt batting)
  • Glue and tape (I used Sobo, methyl cellulose, and Scotch tape)
  • Scissors, box cutter, cutting mat and metal-edged ruler
  • Curved sewing needle and thread

1. Audition your fonts.

You will want a sans serif font, most likely. You will probably not have a good result if you choose something really fancy. Compare the letters below.

The first is a good choice. It has a solid shape, distinct edges, and not a lot of curves. The second has skinny serifs as well as a thin line forming the top diagonal part of the letter. The third has far too many curves, as well as parts that are not connected.

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Welcome Kalena Brynn!

Born May 5th. Already huge!


silver and blue treasury

Thanks for including me in this lovely treasury, KellyBaldwinDesign!