Monthly Archives: June 2016

Sewing, Day 2

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Last week, I wrote about the easy-to-do mat I made for my new sewing machine. The day after my success (?) with that project, I tackled a dust cover for my machine. I used an easy tutorial from My Decoupaged Life (http://www.mydecoupagedlife.com/2012/08/easy-sewing-machine-cover-tutorial.html). (Are you noticing how often I’m using the word “easy”?  Don’t believe it!) Read the rest of this entry

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Sewing Machine Mat

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I bought a new beginners sewing machine a few months ago. I haven’t really sewed since college, and sewing isn’t a good craft for this crapswoman.  It requires too much precision for my style and generally frustrates me beyond measure.  But having arms and legs the length of most eight year olds, I have often regretted not having a machine to easily shorten hems.  And when I saw this Singer machine on Amazon for less than $60, I pulled the trigger.  When it arrived, I unpacked it, set it up on the desk in the grandkids’ bedroom, and let it sit gathering dust until yesterday. Read the rest of this entry

Decoupaged Bracelets, Part II

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13459509_10209541029433006_1550319988_nYes, I’m obsessed.  I made another bracelet this morning.  This time, I painted the bracelet purple and stuck on some pansy stickers I had in my craft collection. The stickers were designed for scrapbooking.  I had to finagle the flowers a little to get them to remain flat, but once that was accomplished, I gave the whole bracelet three coats of gloss ModPodge.  I love it! Read the rest of this entry

Salted Cherries

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CherriesToday I made an old family recipe that brings back the flavors and smells of my Grandma’s kitchen. She used to pickle bing cherries in a recipe she called Salted Cherries. They’re one of those you-either-love-’em-or-you-hate-’em relishes, and my dad and I used to go nuts over them. They’re easy to do when cherries are at their peak. Read the rest of this entry