Friday, September 18, 2009

Use your Stash! (oh, and contest winner!)

And the winner is.....
Anonymous Jamie Lovell said...

Dress forms have been around since the time of the pharaoh and have kept peasants and royals busy designing or mimicking the latest ‘envogue’ designs for ages. I have considered Egyptian names, and names like Florence, and Marie Antoinette all of whom used dress forms, but couldn’t get them to fit. I also considered naming her Threads or Silk, but those both seem to trendy, but Poly as in polyester. That is a name that has staying power. Although most of us would admit to having a love/hate relationship with polyester, this little synthetic fiber really is amazing. Since 1941 this tacky, heavy duty fabric has been repelling stains, keeping us iron free and covering everything from kid’s knees to floors. Did you know that polyester can be worn for 68 days straight without needing to be ironed? So with that verbose bit of commentary added to your lives, I think that you should lovingly call your vintage dress form “Poly”. Happy Name Hunting.

September 7, 2009 9:23 PM

I have to say that I Love the name Poly Ester. And I didn't even vote! And it was fun to finally read the comments and learn a little bit about dress forms along the way. Thanks, Jamie. Send me an email at with your mailing address and I'll get that apron to you asap.

Sally, you were neck and neck with Brown Sugar the whole time. I am coming up with a small 2nd place prize so, leave me your mailing address at and I will mail it to you as well.

Now, on to my post.... Here is a great way to use your stash and some super cute gift wrap. DVD cases (cd's, wii games, etc.) are the perfect size to be wrapped in a 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper. I have a lot of papers that are still cute, but I've already used them enough or I don't LOVE them anymore. They are great for gift wrap. Add a little tulle and you're set!!!


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Appliqué Revisited

There's just a little more time to vote for your favorite name here --------->

Who knew that the simple techniques of appliqué would bring such smiles my way?

For my little girl's first day of school, I purchased a shirt and skirt for her to wear. I had forgotten about them until I asked her what she wanted to wear for her big day the next morning. She showed me the clothes, but they now seemed so plain.

I needed something quick so after she was in bed for the night I cut 3 hearts out of felt and sewed them on with a zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine. I added three buttons and when she woke up on the morning of her first day, she was delighted with my little surprise. I was too and liked that I didn't have to buy something new to accomplisht. My oldest son wanted his brother and him to have matching super-hero capes. He designed the back of the capes. Free-hand cutting the lightning bolts was about as difficult this simple technique got and they were so pleased with the results.
Maybe what the world needs is just a few more embellishments.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Halloween Wood Craft Workshops

I've added a St. George, Utah Class..... Saturday, Oct. 3rd 9:00-11:00 a.m. Location to be determined... please contact me if you are interested.
I'm feeling ambitious and I've got my crafts already to go for Halloween!!! I hope you like what I came up with this time.
Mummy Yard Stake- $18 (this would also be cute just sitting on a shelf. Let me know if you'd like to do that and I could cut a base to put him on).
Vampire- $15 (if you're not a Twilight fan:), you could put different text on it like trick or treat or happy halloween)
Ghost Trio- $6 for all 3... if you still need stands they are $3 for all 3.

Wednesday, Sept. 23 6-9pm
Tuesday, Sept. 29th 6-9pm
Thursday, Oct. 1st 6-9pm

***Please let me know what you would like to make and what date you will be attending by Friday, Sept. 18th so I have time to get prepared... although I probably won't turn away any last minute requests.

*** If you haven't been to my classes before, here's how it works. First, I live in South Jordan, Utah and the classes are taught in my home. I provide the wood and all the supplies. You come one of the nights and make your craft. You don't need to be there exactly at 6:00... most of the crafts go pretty quickly. If you are not able to make any of the dates, I am pretty flexible and could have you come some other time or you're welcome to do the crafts on your own at home. I also custom cut wood, so if you have anything you need cut, just let me know. I am willing to ship the wood, so please email me if you're interested.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me.