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Saturday, 11 November


How to make and attach embroidered patches to velvet So Sew Easy

attach embroidered patchesLast week the embroidered hoodie pattern got many of you guessing how to attach embroidered patches to stretchable velvet.  I'm sure the advanced sewists out there got the clues immediately after looking at the fabric swatches.  For the others, I'm now going to show you how I did it and Continue reading


DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 401 Funky Junk Interiors

  Welcome to DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 401 Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific Hello friends! Mahalo for keeping this party going while I was on my travels over the past while. Im officially back and ready to roll 1000%! I have so many fun new things to share with you about my newest adventures. However Im hungry to []

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Easy DIY Place Card Holders Simple Simon and Company

With holiday gatherings on the horizon we thought it would be fun to put together a bunch of easy DIY place card holders.  And because its the holidaysand you might be short on both time and moneyall of these ideas come together quickly and are inexpensive!

Before we get startedevery name you see as the name card themselves was simply printed out of the family printer onto cardstock using a pretty font.  You can always write these names by hand if you would like.

Now, onto the place card holders!

This first place card holder is a small wreath purchased at a craft store for 99 cents and we simply laid the name card on top.

Next we have something for the Thanksgivng table.  This is a chalkboard clip that can be found at a variety of craft storesand big box stores in their wedding/craft sections.  (Or I found similar ones HERE on Amazonit is a package of 12 for 9.99.)

All we did here was write the name on the chalk board and then slip an index card with a writing prompt i...


Emporia at Kent Quilt Show Emporia Fabric & Crafts

This week we are live at the Kent Quilt Show in Detling! Were currently on stand number 8 on the left handside when you come in and round the corner come and say hello! This year weve brought with us a whole host of lovely fabrics from the shop, including our Kaffe Fasset collections, []


sewing: french terry hatteras hoodie imagine gnats

This post is written by Brooke of Olivers Fancy.

I was so glad when Adrianna released this hoodie pattern because Im always looking for some good unisex sewing patterns that I can use for my boy gang.

I knew I wanted to make view A for Oliver and let him go perusing in the french terry section of the Imagine Gnats shop to see what fabric he wanted. He picked out this olive french terry, and I have to admit, I love how it turned out.

This french terry is the perfect cozy sweatshirt weight. Its got some stretch and recovery but isnt too stretchy.

I sewed up a size 7 for my tall, skinny 6 year old and it fits him perfectly! If you read yesterdays post, you saw that Alli sized up for her boy as well, so I would maybe give a word of warning about possibly sizing up another size if your kid isnt a slim fit.

I used the wrong side of the french terry for some contrast on the kangaroo pocket and cuffs.


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Friday, 10 November


Jumbo Capelet Purl Soho

You can make this little Jumbo Capelet in about the time it takes to say Jumbo Capelet, but its one-of-a-kind impact will linger for much longer!

Jumbo Capelet | Purl Soho

We love this Jumbo Capelet for ourselves and for quick, big-statement gifts, too. Knit one up on the eve of a friends birthday, the friend who has everything except an amazing capelet handknit by you!

Jumbo Capelet | Purl Soho

The key to all this style lies in our new Jumbo Andean Handspun, a gorgeous merino-alpaca blend. Strikingly bold (and incredibly cozy), it knits up in big, graphic, unmistakably handmade stitches. And once this yarn is gone, its gone, so make sure to pick up your Jumbo Andean Handspun before the next cold front rolls in!

Jumbo Capelet | Purl Soho

This pattern designed for Purl Soho by Jamila Modeste.


Jumbo Capelet | Purl Soho

NOTE: We knit used the 32-inch circular needles to cast on and knit up to the neck, then switched to 24-inch needles to finish, but if you prefer, use the magic loop method and 47- or 60-inch circular needles throughout!


3 stitches and 5 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch


38 (42, 47)

Finished circumference around bottom hem: Approximately 38 (42, 47) inches

Finished circumference around cowl opening: Approximately 17 (21, 18, 25) inches

Finished height from bottom edge to bottom of cowl: 12 (14, 15) inches

Finished height from bottom edge to top of cowl: 16 (18, 19) inches

SAMPLE: Size shown here is 38.


Slip all stitches purlwi...


Inspiration For Pineapple Themed Party Decor: Pineapple Graffiti Art! creative jewish mom

Isn't this pineapple graffiti art wonderful? Okay, the fact that it is sprayed on historic brick isn't so wonderful, so don't go doing that, but you can make graffiti art in your own space by painting on stretched or non-stretched...


A Visit To LaChine On The Saint Laurence, Montreal creative jewish mom

One thing you'll discover if you visit Montreal is that there is water everywhere, which in my book is a wonderful thing. The city of Montreal is actually on an island, which means water all around, and when the weather...


Adjustable Bracelets, Different Colors, Same Beads Jewelry Making Journal

by Kathy Zee. (Fiddletown, CA) I love making bracelets. I had three strands of the same faceted glass beads in different colors. I used small glass beads for spacers, and silver lead and nickel free beads for accents. I added a few dangles on each one with charms and beads to match. These have lobster []


Crimp Beads or Spacer Beads How Can I Tell Which is Which? Jewelry Making Journal

by Pat. (Tega Cay, SC) I have bags of crimps or spacer beads. The problem is that I now dont know which is which. Any ideas on how I can tell them apart? The bags are not marked. Thanks! Pat


Holiday Necklace and Earrings Jewelry Making Journal

by Kathy Zee. (Fiddletown, CA) This necklace is simple stringing using Czech glass beads, gold spacers, silver bead caps and oval glass crystals. Its very elegant and can be worn with any outfit. It is 20-21 inches long and has a one inch chain on the back with lobster clasp. The earrings are made with []


Handcrafted Jewelry, Cold Porcelain Art Jewelry Making Journal

by Swapna Dinesh. (Kerala, India) I am Swapna Dinesh artist, sculptor, and jewelry designer. I get inspired by different art styles, architecture and nature. I was researching on painting mandalas, when I got an order for a jewelry set. Naturally to me, as I made the pendant from Cold porcelain, the design came out []


Scratches on Wire Jewelry Jewelry Making Journal

by Luana Vinhas. (Brazil) Love your website, learn so much from you. So, Im from Brazil (sorry about the English) and Im starting to make jewelry. Is so difficult to me make jewelry without scratching the wire and lose quality. I send you some pictures of the materials I use. Do you have any suggestions []


Crochet Rose Pendant- new pattern Little Treasures

There is a new pattern in my shops for a sweet rose pendant necklace. The rose is the eye-catching focal point of the pendant having two other flowers and leaves accentuate its attractiveness and charm.
Quite small but head turning.



Glass and Stone Necklaces Jewelry Making Journal

by Mickey Moore. (Vermilion, Alberta, Canada) An experimental, non traditional necklace that made use of left over and odd pieces. Mickey Moore MickRocks


Graffiti And Birdcages In Trendy Mile End, Montreal creative jewish mom

If you are planning a trip to Montreal and love to visit the happening spots around any town, Mile End is the neighborhood you won't want to miss. We were staying in the Outremont neighborhood, just a short walk from...


sewing: herringbone double knit hatteras hoodie imagine gnats

This post was written by Alli of MorePleaseThankYou.

As my boys get older, I have a hard time thinking of things to sew for them, so I was really happy to use Hey June Handmades Hatteras Hoodie pattern to make a double knit hatteras hoodie for my oldest!

This is view C, which is the slim fit, full zip hoodie. I made a size 9 for my eight year-old; hes one of the shortest kids in his class, so I was a little surprised when it ended up fitting him just about perfectly.

In case its helpful, the pattern does have a print guide on page 5 so you can print the pattern pieces just for the view you plan to sew. I actually skimmed right past those instructions and didnt notice them until after I had printed the pattern twice. Oops!

The fabric is a wonderfully beefy herringbone double knit thats unfortunately out of stock (but theres some great french terry in the shop that would also be perfect for this pattern). Its reverse side is a great heathered dark grey, so I used that side for the hem band, sleeve cuffs, and hood lining.

Really, I could have left the hood unlined since the fabric reverse is so nice, but I like the way clean seams look when the hood is down.

A note about the pattern: I think the fabric requirements for view C are for an unlined hood since instructions for an optional lined hood are provided in a separate section (on page 4). I was able to cut everything out of the recommended 1.25 yards, but my scraps were seriously tiny. You may want to get a little extra if you plan to line the hood.

The kangaroo pockets are meant to be turned under and topstitched around three sides, but I added a simple facing to the pockets opening,...

Thursday, 09 November


DIY Gold Toy Animal Place Card Holders Simple Simon and Company

I LOVE these whimsical, golden animal place card holdersfor both children and adults!  They are darling, unexpected, and crazy easy to make. Here is what youll need: *A package of plastic animals (or dinosaurs are fun too) from the dollar store *A small size drill bit *Paper clips *Gold spray paint And then to put []

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