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Amazing 3D Art Made with Buttons

December 9, 2013
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Not so long ago I stumbled upon this post of amazing 3D art made with buttons! The artist behind this magic is Augusto Esquivel from Miami. He must be one of the most patient people. To check out more from his collection, head to demilked. Pin It…

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What I’ve Gained through Sewing

June 10, 2013
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I recently stumbled upon this article about what can be gained through sewing. I picked up sewing in 2008 as I prepared for my first trip to Burning Man – never dreaming it would become one of my greatest passions. Like most of my interests, I don’t dedicate as much time to it as I would like (between work, my girls & blogging), but it has become a hobby that defines me. Yes, sewing can teach you dexterity and confidence as…

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Sewing for Charity – How to Make Turbans for Cancer Patients

April 4, 2013
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My gal pals and I have built a fantastic sewing community for ourselves. Since early 2012 we’ve hosted Stitch n’ Bitch parties, where a group of us gather to sew, catch up and learn a few new tricks in using our machines. Because the gals who run in the circle are nothing short of incredible, one of our friends suggested we turn our next SNB into a charity sew-along, and so – we did. At our last sewing party, we…

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DIY Tutorial: Craigslist Chair Makeover

October 30, 2012
Kitchen Chairs Before and After

Our dining room is undergoing a major overhaul. It all started this summer when Manfriend knocked down the wall between the living room and the dining room. Since then, I’ve been working on giving the entire room a makeover – peeling ugly wallpaper, putting a coat of fresh paint on the walls, sewing new curtains, making shelves – the works! Needless to say with a newborn in the house, the home projects are taking quite a bit longer these days,…

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Pinterest Inspired Nursery Dresser Makeover

October 7, 2012
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Like many (new) moms, I turned to Pinterest for inspiration as I prepared to welcome baby #2. #2 was quickly starting to feel like Second Fiddle, reusing nearly everything – all clothing, crib, changing table, and the rocking chair. The dresser and wall art would be the only unique element to her room, and I wanted it to be spectacular. So, I compiled all of the ideas and presented them to Manfriend – the real art-eest in the relationship. Naturally, I…

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Easy Sewing Tutorial: How to Make a Reusable Snack Bag

May 31, 2012

Picture this. You see cute, eco, reusable snack bags at the store and think, “$8 is such a reasonable price for getting rid of plastic bags.” Wrong! You can make your own reusable snack or sandwich bag for less than 50 cents each! Velcro strips are inexpensive at any fabric store and you can buy scraps of fabric in the discount bins for $1 – $2 bucks! What you’ll need: Fabric scraps Fusible vinyl (JoAnn Fabrics or online) Velcro Step…

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Sewing Tutorial: Easy Steps to Recover Your Old Pillows

May 12, 2012
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This is my favorite time of year. The weather warms up, and we eat all of our meals outdoors. Cleaning and prepping the patio for the summer season was quite the endeavor, but well worth it! I’ve always loved this old trunk and milk can in our yard, but it’s always been buried or tucked away in a corner. And while the pillows look decent in this image, they are old and incredibly worn. In less than a couple of hours,…

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Upcycle Your Linens – Turn Your Tablecloth into a Skirt!

April 30, 2012
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My latest obsession and guilty pleasure is shopping at Goodwill for fabric. In the linen section (sheets, tablecloths, etc.) you can score 3-5 yards of beautiful fabric for $3.99 – TOTAL! Such a steal! I originally bought this beautiful thick cotton to reupholster a cushion, but when I changed direction on that project an idea was born! Using the Simplicity skirt pattern above, I got to work and for the first time EVER I completed an article of clothing in…

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DIY Craft – How to Make Your Own Bike Basket

April 16, 2012
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If you live in the Reno area and dig crafting and DIY projects you have to connect with Ashley of Girl Made. A few times each month Ashley hosts crafting workshops in her home. Everything from bracelet making class, embroidery projects and the latest – basket making class. I browsed Pinterest for inspiration prior to the class, but ultimately picked out a few materials at the local craft store (ribbon & flowers) and tried to keep the decorations simple. Ashley supplied the cute…

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Stitch n’ Bitch | Hosting Our First Sewing Party

January 27, 2012
Sewing Party with Wine

This past Sunday night, my sister-in-law and pal Ruth hosted our first ever sewing party! The night included 10 gals, 5 sewing machines, lots of wine, good food, and tons of crafty goodness. It was unbelievably fun and inspiring to share a few hours creating together. It was especially fun because this was the first time many of the gals had touched a sewing machine in years! Kudos to Di for sticking it out during the bobbin threading frustration with…

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