Hexagon Love

Have you ever had a desire to create something yet you can’t get motivated to do it? That’s where I am creatively. My mind thinks of so many ideas but I can’t seem to get past the thinking and in to the doing! In hopes that will change if given the right motivation, I have put together a collage of inspiration found through Pinterest for hexagons. Yes, I know they are done over and over and no, I haven’t ever tried them. But…I love the idea of something portable and something new to try. I am planning to try English Paper Piecing method. I have searched for tutorials and there is such a quick tutorial video series done by Texas Freckles that I found to be helpful. Melanie even has printable hexagon sheets to download. So, what do you think? Have you tried EPP hexagons before? 
 
Blueberry Park has one of my favorite large hexagon projects. 
 
Stitches and Scissors has this adorable zippered pouched featuring hexies.
 
How adorable is this wall hanging by Sunflower Seeds?
 
clair101 has a entire file of hexagon flowers. Isn’t this little owl fun?
 
And that is just a hint of what is out there to inspire me!


I still haven’t decided what I will make but the ideas are churning. Now, if only I can get the scissors, needle and thread to cooperate! 🙂

Hope Hearts – My Experience

I want to thank Leslie from Leslie’s Art and Sew for sharing her Hope Hearts yesterday. I first saw Leslie’s blog a few months ago and knew I wanted to make a set of Hope Hearts for a dear friend who has battled breast cancer. She is currently cancer free! But she is facing several more reconstructive surgeries. If I could give Janet Hope on a day that may feel hopeless, that would be a gift that could brighten an otherwise bleak day and encourage her heart to keep believing. 

I ordered Leslie’s Hope Heart kit. The kit is COMPLETELY FREE! I sent an email offering to reimburse her for the kit and the postage. I was graciously turned down and encouraged to just pass on a kindness. Isn’t that wonderful? I received my kit and immediately started planning.

I contacted several mutual friends and we organized a time to get together. We decided 52 hearts would be our number to stitch. Janet will have a new heart each week for an entire year. We are all believers and I decided to incorporate an encouraging Bible promise on each of our hearts. This will point Janet back to the Giver Of All Hope. We also tried to incorporate a touch of pink in each of our hearts.

Connie and I had a prep day before we all got together. We chose our fabrics and cut out our hearts.

The night we stitched was tons of fun. We not only stitched but shared our lives, catching up with one another. A friend that couldn’t be with us provided the basket. 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 

One of my favorite promises. 

I encourage you to head over to Leslie’s site and order your own kit. Most of us know someone who could use a little Hope. 

sharing:
http://www.abowlfulloflemons.net/2012/12/one-project-at-a-time-12412.html
http://sewchatty.blogspot.com/2012/12/made-with-love-monday.html
http://www.sewcando.com/2012/12/craftastic-monday-link-party-trim-tee.html
http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/12/mop-it-up-monday-45-and-give-away.html
http://www.creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com/m-m-m-133/
http://thesoutherninstitute.com/2012/12/creative-me-linky-party-11.html/
http://www.flourmewithlove.com/2012/12/mix-it-up-monday.html
http://www.skiptomylou.org/2012/12/03/made-by-you-monday-130/
http://www.serendipityandspice.com/2012/12/manic-monday-linky-party-123.html
http://www.anoriginalbelle.com/2012/12/make-it-yourself-monday-link-party-56.html
http://diyshowoff.com/2012/12/02/diy-project-parade-54/
http://kraftykat76.blogspot.com/2012/12/gettin-krafty-with-it.html
http://www.504main.com/2012/12/tickled-pink-no-125.html

Leslie Shares Hope Hearts

Hi!  I’m Leslie from Leslie’s Art and Sew.  Pam invited me here today to tell you a little about who I am and what I do, and especially to tell you about the project I started this year called Hope Hearts.

I’m a wife, mother, and craft blogger; I spend time every day making things (usually sewing them) and interacting with other crafters online at Craftster.  I’ve always liked hearts–I like the shape, and what they symbolize–and they show up frequently in my work.  In fact, this year I accepted a challenge from my friend Susan to sew a heart for every day of the year!  It started out slowly, but things have really snowballed in the last couple of months, and I went far beyond the 365 hearts I needed to complete the challenge!  You can read all about it on my other blog, 365 Sewn Hearts. The Hope Hearts project is one of the reasons I exceeded my goal, and it is what brought me to Pam’s attention. I want to share that story with you now.

About a year ago, when someone at Craftster suggested a heart craft swap, I jumped right in!  We all made different sorts of hearts and exchanged them, with the idea of displaying them in our homes in a jar.  Towards the end of the swap, I learned that one of the participants, Amanda, had some devastating news:  her husband was just diagnosed with advanced cancer.  She comment on a heart in the swap gallery–a heart with the word “hope” on it–she said she liked it because the word “hope” had suddenly taken on special meaning for her.

I decided right away to organize a few of my crafty friends to make similar hearts for her, because I know two things:  one, that hand-made gifts are a very meaningful way to show that you care; and two, that the journey through cancer treatment is long and hard, and people going through it need the emotional support that small acts of kindness can give. (I went on that journey when my husband had cancer.  I know all about it.)

Amanda was deeply touched when she received our hearts, and she wrote a lovely post about it on Craftster that you can read by clicking here. Below are the hearts we sent her:

After that positive experience, I was asked twice, during the next few months, to contribute hearts for people who needed to feel loving support as they went through a difficult illness.  After the second one, I realized that there are a lot of people who are sick and need emotional support, and I wanted to help other crafters provide that support, so I began making a Hope Heart kit available to anyone who asks.  The kit is free. It contains information on how to make the hearts, templates, and three finished hearts. (Just visit my blog if you wish to request a kit.)

 I’ve sent out nearly one hundred kits so far, and Pam is one of the people who requested one.  She will soon be telling you about her experience of making hearts with her friends.

Creating the Hope Hearts kits is the most meaningful thing I’ve done as a crafter and blogger.  I’m so glad I accepted the 365 heart challenge that led me to it! Many thanks to you, Pam, for letting me share my story with your readers, and I can’t wait to hear more about the hearts you and your friends made.

My First Mug Rug & A Month Of Thankfulness – Day 5

I have been admiring and pinning mug rugs for months. I decided to give it a try for a gift. Here are the steps I took to end up with this cute, first mug rug. 

A Month Of Thankfulness – Day 5 – I am thankful for the desire to create. I am not an artist but in my own way, I have an artistic bend that comes out in sewing and embroidery. 

sharing:

http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/uncommonly-yours-link-party-53/
http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2012/11/wow-me-wednesday-76.html
http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/2012/11/wow-us-wednesdays-91.html
http://navywifeypeters.blogspot.com/2012/11/submarine-sunday-5.html
http://www.doodlesandstitches.com/2012/11/fabulous-friday-link-party-20.html
http://www.littlebeckyhomecky.com/2012/11/fantabulous-friday-38/

iPad Quilted Cover

Look at this lovely iPad cover! I love it. It was a Pay It Forward gift that I received from Melinda at Tilda’s Twisted Life. How fortunate am I to receive such a great gift? Here are a couple of other photos to show it off!

Even the back is amazing!

It’s a perfect fit!

Thank you so much, Melinda! 


DIY Scarf

Our daughter, Hanna, came for a visit a few weeks ago. We are both crafty and enjoy doing projects together. We looked on Pinterest, everyone’s go-to for inspiration, and decided we would make no-sew scarves. I had this purple knit shirt that had a couple of tiny holes in it. Unfortunately they were in the front and at the top which made wearing it a no-go. But they made it a perfect top for this project. How easy is it when all you need is a pair of sharp scissors? We used Walk In Love’s easy directions to make Hanna this stylish scarf.
Seriously easy! Hanna is a whiz with a pair of scissors!
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Organizing Thread Cheap and Easy

I have tried many ways to organize my thread and bobbins. I had a wooden sewing box with pegs for thread, a peg hanger for the wall, throwing it all in one large Rubbermaid box and none of those were great. I didn’t like the thread being out in the open on the pegs because of dust. Trying to find the color you need in one large box was no fun either. I found these wonderful craft boxes at Hobby Lobby for only $1.99 each.
I coordinated my thread stash by color and wrote on the end of each box which colors were included.

You may have noticed the bobbins included in the space with some of the threads. After completing a sewing project, if I have thread left on the bobbin, I cover the bobbin with a small terry pony tail holder and place in the same section with the matching thread. I purchase the pony tail holders at Dollar Tree. Target and Walmart also sell them. They make the best bobbin thread cover. They are cheap and easy to use. I have been using this method for years and love that I don’t have to contend with tangled threads.

I store the extra pony tail holder/bobbin covers in a small plastic container with a lid.
I use the same boxes for my embroidery thread and use the same concept of color organizing. I have three boxes of thread. I love pulling those boxes out and opening them up to choose what colors I will use to be crafty and creative.

Do you have a sewing or organizing tip? Please share in the comments. Thank you in advance to all who leave comments. I love reading each and every one.

sharing:

http://www.houseofhepworths.com/2012/09/19/hookin-up-with-hoh-117/
http://delightfulorder.blogspot.com/2012/09/delightfully-inspiring-thursday-party_19.html
http://www.52mantels.com/2012/09/thursdays-are-your-days-creative.html
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/2012/09/time-travel-thursday-115-talented-time.html
http://www.katiesnestingspot.com/2012/09/a-crafty-soiree-108-with-sur-la-table.html
http://www.thecraftyblogstalker.com/2012/09/blog-stalking-thursday-59.html
http://www.happyhourprojects.com/2012/09/happy-hour-friday-0921.html
http://www.littlebeckyhomecky.com/2012/09/fantabulous-friday-31/
http://www.craftionary.net/2012/09/friday-fun-party-and-features-209.html
http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/2012/09/linky_party_106/

Fall Felt Leaves Wreath

I completed my first project with the new wool blend felt. I had this smaller Styrofoam wreath that I wrapped in a variegated yarn. I used Lime Riot’s felt leaf tutorial that she shared on Leslie’s Art and Sew. I used all the colors for Crafty Sheep’s September Color Challenge. This little Fall wreath will find it’s home on the shelf above my sewing machine. I will show the complete shelf next week.

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Making Those Best Laid Plans

Redwork Embroidered Monthly Snowmen

I haven’t felt too crafty the last few weeks. We have been busy painting kitchen cabinets and walls. The house seems to be in chaos and I am one of those rare individuals who cannot focus on anything creative unless all the house is in order. Crazy, I know. Most artsy people thrive on chaos but not me. I sort of shut down creatively. But…I did see on the calendar that September is National Sewing Month. That has put me to thinking and planning. What do I need or want to sew, machine or hand, in the month of September? My list, I am sure, is incomplete but I am hoping it will spur me in to action. 

Piece the embroidered monthly snowmen quilt.
Embroider quilt pieces for Christmas gift.
Sew daughter’s tiger print dress using this tutorial pattern.
Sew floor cushions for daughter.
Embroider bacon kitchen piece for son. (Bacon is his favorite food)
Sew wonder wallets that are cut out.
Embroider my monthly sew alongs.
Christmas stockings for my family.
Work on yo-yo stash.
Sew a few mug rugs for gift stash.
Cover for ironing board.
Hoop projects for wall in sewing room.

This list should keep me busy for a couple of months! What about you? Do you have a sewing list for September? Share it here! I love to get inspired by projects made by you!

Second half of monthly redwork snowmen.

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The Saga of Our First Reupholster

My daughter, Hanna, was given, from my mom, a sofa, loveseat and recliner that was gently used. Hanna and many friends heavily used the furniture during Hanna’s college years. At one time, she lived in a very large house with 6 other people, two dogs and a cat. Well, you get the picture. The furniture base was still in good shape but the upholstery was in need of some help. Hanna and I went to Ikea and found this stripe fabric on sale for 3.99 a yard. It is a heavy-duty canvas and very contemporary. We had initially decided to make slip-covers. Hanna decided we should try and reupholster! I have NEVER reupholstered anything, nor has Hanna. But hey, I can read a blog! I searched around through Pinterest and my blog roll and found several sites that were helpful and we gave it a try. We recovered the loveseat pictured below and the sofa, which I failed to take a photo. The sofa is a bit better, as we learned a few tricks in covering the smaller loveseat. It took us about 9 hours to just get the old fabric off because there were thousands of staples to be removed. We spent an additional day covering the loveseat and about a third of the sofa before falling over from exhaustion. Hanna had to work the third day so I tackled all the sewing for the sofa and we finished it up the third night. I sewed the last stitch at 9:00 PM and by 9:15 I was in the truck to drive my 2 1/2 hour drive home. It was a fun experience because I shared it with my sweet daughter. It was also easier in some ways and much harder in others than I thought. I didn’t imagine the difficulty of removing the fabric and staples. Both of our hands were swollen the following day from griping needle nose pliers to pull staples. One thing that was helpful, each step of removing the fabric, we snapped a photo on my iPhone. We were able to refer back when we had a question of “What next?”  The sofas are contemporary and fits Hanna’s personality and gives her tons of colors to coordinate the rest of the apartment. 

After
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Before
Hanna hard at work.

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