Archive for August, 2011

Giveaway Winners!

Thanks for checking out my blog (and scraps)!

The winners of the giveaway are as follows:

Prize #1 – Jess

Prize #2 – Anneabell

Congratulations Ladies! I will be in contact with you shortly.


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Are you excited to see what I did with my scraps?

Well, I sorted, tossed, pressed and in some cases cut my scraps.  And here is what I have now…

Now I have to either put them in a drawer, or box, or ??

Want to see some of the fun stuff in there?

Some fun border print –

And fabric to match it.

Some lace edging –

And some really fun retro stuff!

And my personal favourite –

How can you not love that hair??!?!

I also promised you a giveaway!  It’s not much, but if you like little bits and pieces, perhaps there is something here for you.

Prize #1 –  Mixed Strips

Prize #2 – Michael Miller’s Gypsy Caravan -Tiny Squares and Strips

Let me know which prize you would like.  I will ship to anywhere in Canada and the U.S.   Winner will be chosen August 31st.

Tip Junkie handmade projects

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As you probably know, I am moving my sewing space.  This has meant that I have to go through my fabric.  I have a horrible thrifty habit of picking up free fabric that often includes scraps.  I have so many scraps!

I’m going to start going through them more thoroughly and I hope to show you a bit along the way.  It also means that I am going to have a giveaway soon!!!  Don’t worry – I won’t just send you a crumpled pile of scraps.  I’ll be pressing them and cutting them.  Only time will tell which fabrics end up in the giveaway though!

So, stay tuned….

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Taking time off to be with my family is always a great thing.  Spending time at local beaches with my family reminds me about how much I love living here.  It makes the pricey cost of living here not so important.  Because how can you beat this?

We had a great time building a big sandcastle this weekend ~

It even survived the tide coming in!

In other news, I have been moving my sewing space away from the kitchen table and into our basement.  I’m trying to do this with spending little to no money.  I might have to spend a bit on storage containers, but am hoping to not have to buy too many.  Here’s a sneak peek at the start of the move.

I was thinking of getting a new desk.. but in the interest of saving some money, I used this table we had stored from a Christmas dinner we hosted a couple of years ago.

Trying out different ways of storing things.   I will have to keep looking around for more containers though because I have a lot more ribbon than this!

My quilting cottons (stored above the DVDs, video games and controllers – this is in our TV/Family room!).

Bins of other fabrics.

I’m going to need more bins though because I have all of this…

..plus four more boxes and bags to sort through still!!

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Do any of you feel this way?  I’m sure you must.

I’m currently trying to build up a stock of items for selling.  This is taking up all my sewing time.  I am having a great time and gaining a lot of experience sewing the same thing over and over again.   I switch up what I am working on to keep things interesting.  I will sew two of one style of dress, then two of another style, etc..

Then there is the sewing I want to do for myself and my kids… and even my husband!

The list is building constantly (with the help of Pinterest – I’m such an addict!).

I have never been much of a purse-person, but since learning to sew, I am quickly becoming one.  Check out these bags ~

Then there’s the clothes I would love to make for my girls ~

The fun things I could make for the kids ~

(These are ‘Pajama Eaters’.  You unzip their mouth and put your pajamas in them.  So cool!  Found here.)

Clothes for me ~

And the techniques I would love to learn ~

(Binding – and quilt making, for that matter!)

(hand smocking)

What have you all been sewing?  What a you dying to sew?  What techniques are you wanting to learn?

When my husband bought me my machine (he gave it to me one Christmas when we were not supposed to get each other gifts!), he said the only deal was that I had to make him a quilt.  I would *love* to surprise him with one.  Can anyone recommend a good quilt (or a few good ones) that would be simple enough for a beginner?  I don’t know where I will find the time, but I can try!!

I hope you are all having a great summer!  I have been missing blogging so much, but there is only so much time in a day.  I’m looking forward to blogging more regularly once the kids are back in school.

(All pictures are taken from Pinterest, with the exception of the Pajama Eaters.  Most of these projects have free tutorials.  I can not tell you how thankful I am, and how much I appreciate all the free tutorials you can find online.  A huge thank you to all those who put them up.  I hope to ‘repay’ the kindness one day by posting tutorials of my own.)

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