Yarn ~ Bomb Your Kitchen

Hello my lovely friends   💕 I don’t know about you, but with all the dreary weather outside my window, I’m in desperate need of something, anything, everything colorful inside! 🌷🌈💐

Let’s start in the kitchen!

~~~This Flower Power Valance makes looking out the window so much more pleasant

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~~~Did someone say Cupcakes? 😁 These towels are adorable, and an absolutely guilt-free treat!

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~~~More Cupcakes! Doing dishes will be a little more fun with these delicious Cupcake Dishcloths

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~~~Or how about these Tunesian Circle Potholders/Dishcloths
I’ve made a few of these. They stitch up quick, and hold up very well – even with daily use 😊

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~~~This ‘Granny-go-round Toaster Cover is so cute, it made it to the top of my ‘future projects’ list 😍

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~~~Got tea? Well, than you definitely need a Teapot Cozy – preferably one sporting a cute Vintage Camper 🏕

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~~~A Rag Rug  brightens up any room, and makes great use for otherwise ‘useless’ garments 😎

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Now…watch out…smooth segue way ahead 😆

With all this awesome new stuff in your kitchen you wanna make something for yourself, right?!

Vintage Pattern Wiki recently released over 83.000 free vintage patterns. 😃

With just one click you can admire fashions dating back to the 1920s  😍 Even if you don’t sew, it’s worth a peek. It is a fascinating look at the history of fashion.

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I hope you enjoyed this little collection! Now let’s wield the hook, and/or dust off the sewing machine. Have fun! 😘

Thanks for stopping in! 💕 Let me know you were here 😊

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Fiber ~Art Moment 💜

Hello and ‘Happy Weekend’ my lovely friends 💕 Thanks for peeking in today! 

We’re finally basking in the sunshine today!☀️ It’s a perfect Saturday here in eastern Kansas😍 I hope you need a lot of sunscreen and your shades today 😁 Or is it cloudy and rainy? ☔️

For today’s ‘Fiber~Art Moment’ I’d like to show you a lovely ‘Sock Quilt’ I came across this morning. 😀

 Sadly the artist/creator of this piece was not mentioned. 

Look – isn’t it pretty….and genius I might add 🤓


Isn’t that awesome, and a great project to use up all the poor lonely socks you find in the dryer. 😝

What do you think? Is this a project for you? 

I hope you will join me tomorrow for ‘New Stitch Sunday’ 🤗

Until then 

~ Tina xoxo 

If you are – or know – the artist behind this, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due! 😍

DIY Wallhanging ~ fast and easy (and beautiful!)

This was a very spontaneous project! After rearranging a few things in my living-room (I got tired of looking at the same pictures  😊 ) I needed something pretty and unique for an empty spot on one of the walls. Now, I’ve done a few weavings, created an oversized ‘Tree-0f-life’, and a dreamcatcher. All wonderful, and I enjoy them every day – but also very time consuming. And I wanted something NOW!
Lightbulb moment!   🤗   Needle felting on a handy, right there surface! An old sweater I had felted for a project (that never happened ☺️ ) came to mind.
I gathered everything  – it’s not that much …let me show you 


A felted sweater (the pretty border  is a bonus, but not necessary), a rotary cutter (fabric scissors work too), needle felting tool and -mat, and wool fluff.

Later on (after this picture was taken) I realized you’ll need a sewing needle and thread for the hanging sleeve.
But that really is it.

Let’s get started….
Cut the sweater into an even rectangle, or a square. Since the felting tangles the fiber there is no need to hem the edges  🤗    How cool is that?
Now lay out the wool fluff and start punching with your felting tool. It’s also a great stress release!

I love all the bright colors – but I’m already planning on making another one in green and red – Poppies!
If you’re new to needle felting, here’s a tip: Remember – nothing is permanent! Isn’t that a relief. If you punch each ‘cloud’ only 2, 3 times, and decide later on that you don’t like the arrangement, you can pull off the piece and start over.
Once you love your creation, punch every ‘cloud’ a few more times, and you’re set!

Alrighty – felting is done!
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Pretty nifty, huh? And it really only took a little over an hour!

All you need now to hang your beauty is a sleeve on the back. I cut a 2″ strip from one of the sweater leftover pieces, and pinned it to the back.
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You can (hand) sew it in place now, creating a sleeve for a curtain rod. Since the piece is not very heavy, a simple running stitch (1/4″) will do.
I used a purse handle I had laying around (also from a project that never happened  😋   )

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Now she’s ready to adorn your wall …

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…unless you’d like to embellish ~
Pearls or colorful beads would look great

Or you can use it to show off Grandma’s pins…
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I decided to combine this project with my love of jewelry making, and added a row of Amethysts and Crystals at the bottom

If you like this idea, and need help – let me know! I’ll be happy to walk you through!

And now you’re really done  😍   Didn’t take that long, did it?
Enjoy your creation – I’d be thrilled to see the pics!

~Tina xoxo

Creative Chicks Meets ~ A Sunday Happening

Hello and”Good morning/day/evening” to all you lovely, creative chickies out there! 🙋

There is a new, fun affair in town!
If you love to create, but get lonely and bored sitting there all by yourself, lack motivation, and/or wanna learn something new ~ come and join us! 👵👰👸👱👯

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Here’s a list of the pretties you can create… I 💟 lists! Hope you do too…
1. Bring your own project! Grab that bag with your knitting, crochet, needlepoint, whatever else you’ve got. We’d love to see it! 😍

2. Knit a trendy ‘Ruffle Scarf’
~ Kit with yarn and needles, instructions and assistance $12

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3. Make some arm-candy~
This is a 3-strand bracelet (leather, chain, and Agate beads)
~Kit with leather strand, chain, beads and everything else you need, instructions and assistance $15

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4. Introduction to weaving
You’ll get a little loom, yarn (your pick…I have a pretty nice selection), and, of course, instructions and assistance
$12

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5. Make a yarn, ribbon, twine flower on the ‘Clover Flower Loom’
~Free

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6. Make this pretty ‘Ribbon & Bead’ Necklace… yes, you can do it! I’ll give you everything you need, and show you how!
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$25
7. Kumihimo Braids
I have the discs and yarn for you to play with
Free
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8. A sewing machine is at the shop. So if you need to sew a few quick seams…come on down!
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We meet every Sunday at noon!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

I hope to see you on Sunday! 🙂

Until then ~ take care, be good, and stay creative! 😘

Love
Tina xoxo

Everyday things that make me smile

As you read my blog – THANKS for that, by the way 🙂 – you’re probably wondering

‘What is she like?’ ‘Who is she?’

Let me try to answer those questions. I think the best way to do this is in pictures!

So, when the idea for this blog came to me, I grabbed my camera, walked around my house and my yard, and snapped a few photos of things that make me happy, that make me smile every day!

1. Of course, my beads! I can never have enough beads. When you walk into my studio, they are everywhere. Either still in their little package, in containers, in drawers – I’m using ‘nuts ‘n bolts’ storage receptacles- and in half-finished creations.

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Just last week I received a bead order, and the beads that looked real pretty in the pictures, were amazingly beautiful in person. That made me smile!                              Here they are….

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These are Glass-beads – almost 2″ long – and handpainted in India. They are gorgeous, don’t you agree?

I just started using them in my creations…here are the first two pieces. A long necklace, and a hair barrette

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2. My fabric stash                                                                                                                          I always had my sewing machine within reach – but never used it much. Until recently when the ‘Fabric Bug’ bit me, and I saw beautiful textures and patterns everywhere.  My favorite right now is the blush pink/black cotton print on the right.

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Together with the black and white on the left, and a complimentary color (yet to be found!), it will be a Springtime Infinity-Scarf – kinda like the ones I have in my store.

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3. My favorite coffee cup… a gift from my lovely daughter 🙂

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4. Books – I read mostly fiction ~ ‘who-dune-it’s’ with an amateur sleuth, à la ‘Jessica Fletcher’ 🙂  But these here are two of my all-time-favorites non-fiction books…

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5. My loom – recently acquired. I had mentioned it in an earlier blog – a children’s loom, quite small, made of wood. Perfect for me – since I like to weave ‘motif-wall-hangings’. Right now there’s a new project in the making – a ‘brick wall’ (marble beads) which will be topped by green ‘ivy’ and flowers.

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6. My favorite sweatshirt – I love the colors, the design, and the hood!

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7. My Angel collection (pictured here are just a few of my favorite ones)

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8. My dogs – Lorelai ( the Westie) and Eddie (the ‘we don’t really know’) in the background, racing to get into the picture. I would have waited for him, but Lorelai is a little camera shy – usually, as soon as she see’s the camera she averts her eyes. Might be a bit attitude-y!

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9. My yard – all things Nature, really – but in my yard I get to enjoy it all day, every day.

Our Birch-Tree                             Maple

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This ^ beautiful russian Olive tree is in the neighbors yard                                                    Here’s a picture from last fall – when a mushroom grew in the hollow

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The first Rosebud 🙂

The Rhododendron – which according to our ‘Yard Pro’ does not grow in our climate.   Ha – showed him!

10. …and last but not least…. Marble Cake (no further explanation necessary, right?!)

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