Spinning with beads is such jazzy, dazzling fun. All those pretty glass baubles catching the light and making your handspun extra special! I get that you can string beads onto thread or yarn and ply it with handspun to get the effect, but always wondered how you'd accomplish it with singles.
I recently investigated and gave it a trial run. It was ...read more
The weather is getting so nice here in Northern Utah, it only makes sense for Emily and I to put away the sewing machines and play out in the garage for a bit. Emily was inspired by the recent cute growth charts she'd spotted on pinterest, and came up with a modern twist on them to go with her decor. I admired her finished chevron wooden ...read more
We hope you liked Cindee's cute Old Chair redo. It must be the nice weather because Cindee, Carli, and I have all begun furniture redo projects lately.
Repainting furniture with chalk paint has been a big trend on Pinterest. I have heard that chalk paint will stick to everything and that it provides a durable finish. In fact, my neighbor repaints ...read more
Summer is quickly approaching which means the farmer's markets are opening and delicious fruit is hitting the local markets for a much more reasonable price. This fruit salad is to die for!!! It is simple to put together and is sure to please EVERYONE, even the pickiest toddlers.
You will need: fruit, limes or lemons, honey (agave or sugar ...read more
When it comes to spinning - experimentation is the rule for me these days. I've been taking the time to explore different methods and to play with color. I've had some help and inspiration with a new spinning resource: PLY magazine by spinner extraordinaire - Jacey Boggs. This is a compendium of spinning know-how that has sent my little ...read more
It never fails - 9:00 pm and my kids tell me they have run out of ziplock bags for tomorrow's lunch. Same at your house? Enough is enough - I decided to try my hand at making reusable snack bags. Today is the day I free myself from throwaway plastic bags and join the reusable snack bag revolution! <grin>
Materials you need for ...read more
I’m often asked how to finish quilts and mug rugs. There are actually several methods for binding, and it is really up to the seamstress to decide the best method to use for their project. Available methods are:
Machine stitch binding to the front of the quilt/mug rug and then finish by hand stitching it to the back.
Machine stitch ...read more
One of my favorite activities is visiting second-hand stores in search of hidden treasures.
This chair originally looked pretty forlorn, collecting dust in a small thrift store I happened upon during one such expedition. When I asked the price, the storekeeper told me it hadn't been priced yet. I offered to pay $5.00, and to my surprise she ...read more
Sometimes I find that spinning an entire braid of fiber becomes a chore and my bobbins fill up with unfinished singles that I'm tired of spinning. At times like these, it's refreshing to break out my spindles and spin up a small project. A fast little color fix fits my mood this week and I took the opportunity to spin up some yarn for small projects ...read more
Mother's Day is a fun time of year around here. I always have a great time coming up with gift ideas for my Mom. I never have to think too hard - she's just so easy! She loves little pretty things. Useful or not - if it's pretty, she loves it. If it's pretty and handmade, she's over the moon! This Mother's Day - and yes, I'm revealing ...read more