Black Friday/Cyber Monday SALE

Black Friday (November 26) through Cyber Monday (November 29), all “ready to ship” items (i.e. those already made in a specific size) will be marked down up to 50% off.

This will include skirts, dresses and tops currently listed in my Etsy store as well as a few newly made items.

Look for the “Ready to Ship SALE” section to find these great deals.

 

Happy Shopping!

Saturday Pattern Sharing 11/20/10

As ashamed as I am to admit it, I just can’t get into the practice of using reusable cloth shopping bags.  I’ve got pattern after pattern after pattern for them bookmarked on my computer, patterns for them in almost every sewing book I own.  I love the idea and functionality but for some reason I just can’t get past leaving them in the car.  Every time I’ve tried to use them I either forget them at home or leave them tucked in the seat pocket behind the driver’s seat when I jump out at the grocery store.

So yes, our home is one that brings homes hoards of plastic shopping bags.  I do use cut down on the waste by using them in all of our small trash cans for liners; I use them as packing material for shipping boxes (not STS stuff though!) to friends/family; and they make great waste receptacles when cleaning up dog “messes” in the yard.  😉  But the storage of them is unsightly.

This project desperately needs to be completed to help hide the embarrassment of my plastic bag usage.

 

Plastic Bag Keeper/Dispenser Pattern

 

My to do list never seems to get any shorter…

Sew Slow

I was watching a video the other night on some sewing techniques and thought to myself, “man she sews pedal to the medal”.  After the presser foot was dropped the seamstress matted the foot pedal to the floor and the machine took off.

Me, I’m a medium type of gal.  I set my machine on the medium speed setting and rarely have the foot pedal completely depressed.  Same goes for when I’m working on the serger.  I find that I get straighter seams if I take my time and don’t go as fast as possible.  It’s probably why it takes me longer to sew items than patterns typically suggest for completion time.

How about you?  What’s your sewing style?

Doing it “Old School”

There are some things that you just can’t replace with technology.  Although there is something to be said about convenience, better efficiency and less elbow grease needed — sometimes you just need to go back to how you grew up and “kick it old school”.

 

 

There’s just something about making applesauce this way — pushing it through the chinois (I learned a new word today — I just always called it a sieve/strainer!) gives it a texture reminiscent of my Grandma’s applesauce recipe and completely removes all those pesky bits of apple peel that happen when you let your child run the apple peeler.

Yesterday we cooked down almost 3 roaster pans full of apples — from the tree in our backyard — and ended up with 10 pint jars of delicious applesauce.  Today we tackle it again in an attempt to finish off the apples in the garage.

Saturday Pattern Sharing 11/6/10

I sit here this morning, sipping my coffee and watching the sun bounce off the frost that blankets the grass in our back yard.  With low temperatures in the 20’s and snow flurries forecasted on Monday and Tuesday I know that the inevitable is coming — winter is on its way.  With it comes the layers upon layers of clothes and the struggle to get my child to keep a hat on her head.

When I came across this tutorial in my blog reader this morning it made me smile.  Perhaps something cute like that would help coerce the (not so) small one into putting something over her ears.  And!  How adorable would a newborn look in one scaled down for him/her?!  (I think my “before the baby arrives to-do” list just groaned at the thought of taking on another task.  Hehehe.)

 

Today’s Pattern — Adjustable Ear Warmers by Elizabeth at Twelve Crafts Till Christmas

 

I made some really cute fleece scarves last year at Christmas time and still have leftover fabric — this tutorial would be the perfect matching accessory!

EtsyKids Universal Children’s Day PROMOTION

Per Wikipedia:

Universal Children’s Day takes place on November 20 annually. First proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954, it was established to encourage all countries to institute a day, firstly to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children and secondly to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world’s children. It was also chosen as the day to celebrate childhood.

 

Select EtsyKids Team Members are running special promotions starting today, November 5th to celebrate this event.  Some promotions run through Universal Children’s Day while others run through the Thanksgiving holiday — this is up to the individual seller. Sometime later today, EtsyKids will post the official announcement on the promotion, providing a list of all participating EK stores.


Stitch To Stitch is offering 20% all items purchased November 5th through Universal Children’s Day (November 20th)!  Upon checkout mention “EK Universal Day” or “EtsyKids” in the notes to seller and I will refund you 20% of the sale via Paypal (sorry, Etsy doesn’t have the ability to calculate discount codes before checkout).

Simply Beautiful

When I think of fall and winter I think of luxe fabrics such as corduroys and velvets.  Something with a bit more weight and warmth to it that envelopes you in its softness and opulence.

This is a new piece that was custom made for a friend.  It is a simple item of beauty, grace and luxury.  All for your favorite little girl!

 

This chic bubble skirt is made using graphite gray, fine-wale corduroy for the outer skirt and brilliant silver satin for the lining. The wide (elastic) waist is complimented with a removable black velvet bow.  This piece is perfect for holidays parties and family pictures!

With her permission, it’s been added as the newest listing in the Stitch To Stitch store!  I just couldn’t pass up something so beautiful.

 

It can also be made in other colors if you are interested.  Just ask about availability!

Time Management

Karissa over at Fave Crafts has some great tips on How to Make Time for Sewing:

  1. Keep your machine set up somewhere at all times. This tip is applicable to any crafting hobby that requires a lot of supplies. I rarely feel like lugging my heavy machine out of my closet, setting it up, and then actually sewing something, all the while knowing I’ll just have to put it all away at the end of the night. If you don’t have a designated craft room, try setting up a card table somewhere in your house (even the basement will do!) and all you’ll have to do is plug it in when you’re ready to sew.
  2. Plan ahead. If you have something specific in mind that you want to sew, make sure you have the pattern purchased (or printed), all of the fabric, thread, and other notions are present, and you have read the instructions so you have an idea of which steps to do in which order.
  3. Don’t try to do too much at once. It’s unrealistic to think you’re going to make an entire project from start to finish in one night, unless it’s a quick and easy project. Maybe designate one night to cut out your pattern and fabric, another night to make all of the big seams, and a third night to hem raw edges and add trim, buttons, and other finishing touches. If you set out to do everything in one night, you’ll just get discouraged when you don’t finish, and you’ll be less likely to pick it back up again.
  4. Schedule time for sewing. You make sure to brush your teeth every day (right?!) and you sleep every day and probably check your email, possibly work out, and do a bunch of other daily activities. And I’m guessing no one has to tell you to make time for Desperate Housewives every Sunday (I sure don’t have to be told twice). Consider sewing something that gets done between 7 and 8 every night, or perhaps you spend every Sunday getting some stitching done while you listen to the radio. If you have a daily, weekly, or even monthly schedule for sewing, you’ll be more likely to stick to it.
  5. Finish one project before you start another. Even if you’re sewing every day, you won’t feel productive if you never finish a single project! I guarantee that the feeling of accomplishment that comes from completing a sewing project will be enough to propel you forward in your sewing ambitions.

 

Perhaps I need to print this off and put it somewhere highly visible as a gentle reminder.