Archive of ‘Sewing’ category

My Etsy store is now open!

*** I am so excited to announce that I have now opened my Etsy store! ***

I am slowly stocking it with merchandise that I hope my viewers will enjoy as much as I do!

If you know me, you know that I am a crazy crafter and I want to do ALL THE THINGS. You will eventually find my store stocked with a crazy variety of different items made by yours truly!

Here is a peek at two of the purses that I currently have up for sale in my shop. I had a ton of fun making them and the other items you will see.


Pink Paisley  #handmade #tote

I love shiny, happy things!

My carefully laid, pre-strung sequins

My carefully laid, pre-strung sequins

One of my favorite sites to visit is Pinterest because I love seeing all of the crafty, DIY tutorials out there. I became inspired to make a sequin word shirt. Basically, I took a plain tshirt, cut the neckline off, and the plan was to sew on sequins along a hand drawn word.

I wrote the word Love in cursive on the t-shirt and then I placed the string of sequins on the drawn line so I could see how it would look finished.

Sounds easy enough, right?

Except my Plan A involved hand sewing the string of sequins onto the front of the shirt. Two hours and twenty curse words later I gave up.

Plan B? I go to YouTube and look for videos on how to attach the sequins by machine. Lo and behold, I discover that there is such thing as a sequin foot. I go to my Baby Lock site, look for the part number, find it, verify that it IS compatible with my machine, and then I’m off looking for the foot. I find the foot and order it. When it arrives, I open it and… wait… WHAT?! It doesn’t fit? It seems that the presser lever will not lift the presser foot high enough to get the foot under it to snap it in properly. I decide to improvise and lower my feed dogs and I can barely get the foot under it and it is really tight. I decide not to try the foot for fear that I may damage my machine. Instead, I write to the seller and to Baby Lock. The seller just tells me that I can return it if it cannot fit but Baby Lock tells me to go to my dealer. I still have the foot and I’m going to drop by the dealer when I get time to see what the problem is.

In the meantime, my project sits unfinished and abandoned until I can get more information on how to complete the shirt.

I have a feeling that the product, although advertised to be a Baby Look and Brother foot, may not truly be a Baby Lock foot and THAT is why it doesn’t work. I posted a question on a Quilting Forum and someone suggested that it may be a Brother foot or may have been compatible with the older version of my machine.

Anyway, I just want to add that I follow a blog called All Things Schwin and I was excited to see that one of the posts was a DIY tutorial on making a sequin anchor shirt. It reminded me of my unfinished, neglected Love sequin shirt.

I’m going to try to attach my sequins using the All Things Schwin technique and see if that makes a difference.

Wish me luck!

Finally set up my Sewing Space!

Cork board/ white board

Storage unit and boxes from Target; printer on top; rotating spool holder will replace the bag of spools; puzzle magazines and quilt magazines in magazine holder

Lamp will be painted navy blue

Sewing table fully open; cross-stitch picture found at Goodwill; may or may not go on wall at some point

Annette’s Sewing Space

I’ve never had my own sewing space. My sewing table sat and served as a BAR for years in my dining room, with my sewing machine stored safely under it. Yes, it had an ice bucket, cups, wine, soda, dessert plates, and other stuff. It WAS in the dining room after all. When I started sewing again, my entire dining table served as a space. It wasn’t a good experience. BUT NO MORE! I moved my leather futon out of my extra bedroom/office and it is going to my mom’s house along with a desk and a computer! I rolled my sewing table in, bought the cutest storage unit from Target and picked blue, red, and tan fabric boxes for it. Screwed a hook into the side of the table to hang my cutting mats and rulers when not in use! Set my printer on top of my cubbies and once my DH has built my rotating thread holder, it will go right next to it! Hung a corkboard/whiteboard up, organized all my craft books and stored them in the storage under the table. Using my piano seat to sit on. The lamp you see was being tossed away at work so I grabbed it and will paint it blue to match my colors. I originally painted it purple b/c it was going into the kids’ room but they didn’t want it so I took it back! When the table is fully opened I will use the left side to iron on and the right side to cut on. That is the plan but I haven’t done a test run yet and I still need a power strip. The other half of the room you don’t see is my DH’s “side” because it has a tv and his computer. I’m thinking of bringing in my laptop stand in too so I can set up. It is a very tiny room but I love the space so much. My home theme is nautical so I think a lovely nautical wall hanging would make a nice touch! I am SEW excited!

Crafting Sets My Heart Free

Hello readers!

Have you ever sat down to work on something and got so engrossed with what you were doing that you that hours passed by before you knew it?

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That often happens to me when I’m working on my crafts, which is why I choose to work on them at night after the kids have gone to bed. That way, I won’t have to worry about them asking, “Um… mom… are we eating dinner tonight?” Big OOPS! (No worries, my children are well-fed.)

I sometimes have to force myself to unplug the iron or turn off the sewing machine, especially if I fall asleep in mid-stitch which can be quite dangerous.

Anyway, for the past couple of nights I haven’t gone to bed until after midnight. It is so hard to tear myself away from it.

Working on something whether it be crochet, sewing, knitting, paper, etc. gives me such a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction!!

To create something with my hands brings me such joy! Then, as a confirmation, the look on my kids’ faces or the person who I present a gift to is all I need.

I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy in my life.

I think I’ll just sit here and enjoy this feeling for a bit longer.