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The Button Foot Saved My Morning

I’ve been streaming episodes of Parks & Recreation (thank you Netflix) in my messy craft corner. Yesterday, I finished all but the button on a wrap around coffee cup cozy. I hate sewing buttons. Hate, hate, hate it. In order to force myself to complete the final task in this adorable project, I cleared the desk, and left myself the cozy, a needle, and some thread before I went to bed so I’d have no choice but to get it done when I went in there today.

Then I had a stroke of genius. Why don’t I check the sewing machine manual?

Turns out, there’s an app for that. I mean, there’s a foot for that. I have become quite comfortable with the zipper foot, but the other ones are still un-sampled.

Till today.

The instructions were pretty simple (the button foot is the blue one), and within minutes, my cozy was complete, and I didn’t have to hand sew NUTHIN’.  It was a test-run for the one I plan to make my brother’s girlfriend for Christmas, and I love the way it came out.  The lining is a soft pink flannel with white polka dots.  Tres girly.


Eye Pillow Factory

I’m always a day late and a dollar short. Instead of getting a couple new things listed in my shop, I spent time not at the computer, but here in my favorite corner of the cramped apartment:

Please excuse the mess.

I made a LOT of eye pillows this week.  I used long grain rice, and some lavender essential oil.  All 8 that I made were spoken for as Christmas gifts for the students in my office, my chiropractor, my friend, my boyfriend, AND myself, but I will definitely get those more of those suckers made right quick and up for sale because they are a dream come true at bedtime!  I wrapped up each one in craft paper, and then stitched it closed with a straight stitch set to the longest length I had.  The gift tags I made on my computer and just printed out with some card stock and looped some red cotton yarn through.  Cute, right? 😀 I hope everyone likes them.

Sewing up a storm

I have had the past 3 blissful days off from work, and have been at the sewing table almost the entire time. No, not the kitchen sink, where a pile of dirty dishes awaits, but in my favorite corner of the house, the one with all the ribbon, fabric and yarn.

Will be photographing tonight, and then listing in my Shop by tomorrow!


My Etsy Shop is FINALLY alive!  I have had a chaotic work schedule, but have finally, and I repeat FINALLY found time to photograph at least a few of the items in the stash and get them listed for my first ever jump into the Etsy sellers world.  WOO HOO!

Totally Addicted

little bag

Originally uploaded by DeadliestStash

…to my sewing machine!

My yarn is feeling the neglect. Don’t worry little yarn balls, I’ll be back post haste. Especially since today is the first real day it feels like Fall in New York. Also known as “yarn weather.”

The boyf and I have another hellacious week at work ahead, so today will be spent relaxing as much as possible and probably lots of pizza. He’s doing gadgety things with his computer, and I’m doing sewy things with Buster 🙂

Here’s where all my obsessive craft hoarding is coming in handy. I’ve had that zipper sitting in a drawer for probably about 5 years. Didn’t even know it was there (along with some purse handles). I just went digging in another drawer and found a brand new pack of snap closures. I’m excited (and afraid) for what I’ll find on my next search.

I think next up for me and Buster the wonder machine will be a needle book….then pizza…then an ipod cozy…rounded out by an online game of Super Mario Kart Wii with my brother and my cousin. Laziest day ever? YUP!

**AWESOME tutorial for the little pouch above can be found here at three bears blog.

Finally…a day off!

Crochet has taken a back seat to work and sleep lately…and what’s worse, I got my very first sewing machine last week and have been too pooped to do anything but stare at it. Well, that’s a lie. I fired it up prematurely, promptly got the thread (and fabric) stuck into the bottom (the feed dogs?). Was devastated, but needless to say, I now know how to open my machine, clean it, and put it back together. All is fine now!

I have this gloriously rainy Monday off, and got to play with my new toy today. First on the agenda was making a cozy for Buster (the new machine’s name) out of some dollar store bandanas that have been sitting in my craft box for about 3 years. It’s horrific. I didn’t use a pattern, or any measurements. Just my eyes.

I love it.