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Change of (Blog) Address

I’m trying a new site for 2009. Although I certainly don’t NEED a paid service, and I have absolutely no complaints about wordpress- I love how easy it has been to use- what can I say? I wanted to try something new. I’ve moved to squarespace which seems to be tailored toward crafters, and I’m giving it a go for 2009. I maybe back here at wordpress in 2010- we’ll see!
If you are interested stop by here: Never Yawn at squarespace
To learn more about why I got the urge to move: Purl Beehive

Honestly, learning to use squarespace was more difficult than learning to use wordpress, but I feel like I have much more control of the layout options, and am interesting in the “crafting network” possibilities the beehive is hoping to accomplish!

Adios amigas.

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Tropical Coasters

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I was thinking of making these Quilted Coasters, from Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts, as Christmas gifts this year. So I made them for myself to see how they’d turn out using cotton flannel for the stuffing, rather than cotton batting as the pattern in the book uses. I don’t have any cotton batting on hand, and I’m pretty limited in Puerto Rico for sewing supplies.

I’m happy that I made these, they will come in handy to manage the condensation on my drink glasses. I think they actually turned out looking a bit more my style, more modern, even though the version in the book are a bit country. But I think I’m going to keep searching for another pattern to use for gifts. I’m a bit too sloppy on my squares, and they are a bit too flat without the batting.
But I think with the right batting, and when I have a bit more concentration, I will eventually make more of these as gifts.

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Simply Green Giving is one of my new favorite books. I’ve finally started to realize that crafting and being green (mostly through re-using) go hand in hand. I always brought old stuff to Goodwill or the Salvation Army if I didn’t use it anymore, but now I try to find ways to reuse myself first. Old clothes that don’t fit? I can use the fabric for small sewing projects or even to practice!

I highly recommend this book. Not only is it beautiful and a nice small size, but I think I will actually use the ideas. The book is full of simple ideas to make your gifts look nicer. I’m sure kids would love to receive vintage jewelry tucked inside an old candy box, or even just money secretly hidden inside a hollowed out book.

After reading this book, I check out Daily Danny at least each week for more great ideas.

I also bought his other book, Simply Green Parties, which I love as well.

I also think that reading Apartment Therapy and their first book has been a good influence on me becoming more environmentally aware….

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I’ve been on a “green” kick lately, mostly because I’m trying to be more frugal. (Although you may notice that I buy A LOT of books- my biggest splurge).
I read about Re-Creative in the possibly-now-defunct Adorn (which I will miss dearly).

This book has lots of great projects using everyday items. Some of them are a little too recycled looking for my taste (a photo frame made out of gray packing foam isn’t very decorative to me). My favorite projects are the tea tin clock on the cover, and the license plate box. I’m starting to amass quite a collection of license plates in my moves over the years, and I’d love to be able to put them on display.
This book will make you think twice before trashing anything.

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I browsed this book in Border’s one day, and for some reason didn’t buy it. I kept kicking myself ever since, until I bought a used one on Amazon Marketplace. There are a few project instructions, but mostly I just like to scan the photos for inspiration. This book is perfect for those that have a huge fabric stash because of the ingeniously simple projects like scanning fabric to make wrapping paper, or wrapping match books. A few trickier projects are highlighted as well, such as an office chair upholstered in rockets, and my favorite, an RV covered in flowers. Many of the projects and fabric will be familiar to those who get her catalog.

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I love this book, and have read it over about 3 times since I bought it this summer. Although opening a craft business is going to have to wait until I move back to the mainland, I certainly feel I learned enough to get started.

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The best part of the book is the interviews with all the successful craft business owners. Their stories are so inspiring, and it is a very diverse group of businesses – they give you a great perspective of all the possibilities! One of my favorite interviews was with Lovely Design, which shows that all it takes is a simple product idea for your business to start growing. (You can also check out Lovely Design’s studio tour with Apartment Therapy
here
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Although there are going to be some areas you need to research more thoroughly, especially checking your local laws, you will definitely be better prepared to get started after reading this book.

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Oops!

Here’s a preview of my next crafting project. For some reason I tend to screw up the transfer patterns for my embroidery projects. I often try sooo hard to make sure the patterns transfer completely that I end up burning my fabric. But this mistake below is new for me. Hopefully I won’t iron a hula girl into my clothes next time I iron!

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