Monday, December 17, 2012


Step 1::  First find a [copyright free] image you love. 
*TIP* It will print as a mirror image, so if there are words or directional images make sure to adjust it in Photoshop.  (Go to Image - Image Rotation - Flip Canvas)
Step 2:  Print your image on iron on transfer paper

Step 3::  Use a hot iron to press your image into your fabric according to the directions.  You can use an iron, we just happen to have a heat press

Step 4::  Peel the paper backing off your transfer.


Step 5::  Cut down your printed fabric to 2 pieces.
The front should be 10" x 11"
The back should be 14" x 11"
*OR* whatever size makes sense for your sketchbook, ipad, etc...

Step 6:: Sew your zipper to the front piece.
Don't stress out about zippers, take a deep breath and follow the instructions inside the package.

Step 7:: Sew the other side of the zipper to your back piece.

Step 8::  Now is a good time to embellish!

Step 9::  Press a fold into the back piece so it folds over the the front.  The bottom edges of your 2 pieces should line up. 

Step 10::  Stitch the side seams and bottom seam.

Sunday, December 9, 2012


STEP ONE:: Collect nice Ponderosa pine cones.
(Pattee Canyon and Mnt Jumbo are good places to look).

STEP TWO::  Line a baking sheet with tin foil, so you don't make a mess. 

STEP THREE::  Grab some Spray  AdhesiveHolding the pine cone at the bottom spray it liberally with adhesive, get all the nooks and crannies.

STEP FOUR::  Then take a handful of the Epsom Salts and sprinkle it over the pine cone(that is on your baking sheet, we warned you it was messy).

STEP FIVE::  Let them dry overnight, shake off the excess salt in the morning. 
Happy crafting from Margie Belle.
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Friday, December 7, 2012


This felt chicken project was inspired by a birthday girl named Daisy who loves chickens!  It is designed to be made out of felt and the pieces can either be sewn on or glued (depending on your skills, and level of enthusiasm)
Download a PDF of the pattern on our website!
Step 1 :: Cut out the background piece, it is your base that you will sew/glue your chicken parts onto. 

Step 2 ::  Cut out your chicken parts and glue or sew them to your background piece.

PS::  Daisy cut 2 hearts - hand sewed them together with embroidery floss and put in a little stuffing to bring her chicken to "life."  Then, cut a slit in the body piece to give it a place to rest.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012


One for each drawer...
1.  Choose 2 fabrics - remember the looser the weave, the more smells that will come through.  (And if one is sheer, you can see all your beautiful herbs)
  2.  Cut your 2 fabrics into 3 x3 squares
 Sew them RST (right sides together), leaving an opening.
 Clip your corners and turn your sachet right side out.
 Iron flat.
6.  Fill your sachets with your rice and herb mixture.  We recommend scents like: lavender, mint, rose bud, and rosemary.  (We got ours at Meadowsweet Herbs)
Add a little rice or flax to give it weight.  We used a ratio of 1 spoon of scent for 3 spoons of rice, but do what feels (and smells) right.

7.  Sorry, but you'll have to hand sew the opening closed.  Think of it as peaceful.
*TIP: switch up the size (add some ties) and make a microwavable eye pillow, or heating pad.

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Add pizzazz to your dreary old leopard print rainboots - Gwen-style.

Step 1: Measure the circumference of the top of your boot .  Transfer this  measurement to a piece of paper and add 2x the height you want your boot cuff to be.  Add a 1/2" for seam allowance to all 4 sides.

Step 2: Use your custom pattern to cut out the fabric for your cuff and  the lining.

Step 3:  Gwen made her's detachable (just in case she had a more casual occasion), by adding an adhesive velcro to the boot and sewing regular velcro to the cuff.

Step 4:  Next, interface your fabric so it isn't floppy.  Stitch your lining and exterior pieces together (right sides together, stitch all 4 sides but leave a hole to flip it right side out, then flip it right side out, press your seams flat, and top stitch around the cuff to close opening you left). Stitch your velcro on the bottom inside of the cuff. 

 Step 5:  Press a fold at the desired height.  

Step 6:  Gwen added elastic across the back to keep the cuff tight around her calf and covered it with an adorable bow.

Go get wet!

Sunday, October 28, 2012




Thursday, October 25, 2012


Angie Lipski (from MMW) is the designer and architect of this beautiful Wilma condo.  Check out her AMAZING use of silk velvet for all the curtains!
Silk velvet (from Selvedge, of course) is a great way to add texture, decadence,
and make your home cozy warm too!

Did someone say luxury?

This room doesn't have any doesn't have velvet curtains, but it makes me hungry just looking at it. 

Sunday, June 3, 2012


For my kitchen! 
Lets the light in, but keeps the peepers at bay.

Cut your fabric to size. 
How to figure out the amount fabric you need for curtains::  A. Measure your window.  B.  Take the length you want your finished curtain to be, and add about 6".  I added 3" for the top rod pocket and 3" for a hem, but do whatever feels and looks right!  C.  Take the width of your window and multiply it by 1.5 - 2.5 depending on how much fullness you want your curtain to have (you are kind of at the mercy of the width of the fabric you've chosen, most fabrics come either 45" wide or 54" wide.   Two panels is always a good option to add fullness for wider windows.)

Press (iron) the raw edges of the top and bottom hems in about 1/2" or so, just to hide the raw edge since we won't be lining these curtains.  Now is a good time to press the side seams (selvages) of your curtain to the back too.
Press your hem up 2 1/2" on the top and bottom (I had left 3" for hem allowance, and already pressed the raw edge up 1/2" in step two.  2 1/2" + 1/2" = 3" of hem allowance.)

**full disclosure, you can see I pressed mine up a full 3" - they're cafe curtains so I had some fudge room, don't stress out...**

First, stitch down your side seams, then stitch your hem on the top and bottom.  Stitch as close to the inside fold as you can get. 
And they're ready to hang!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Boom Swagger 30 Days of Hair

30 Days of Hair! Being on the block I got to see it all this past month, everyone really got creative. I love the themes, Aimee's "Religions of the World" and Miranda's many different ways to pin a box in her hair! And Carly, I am not sure how with such short hair she can get so many looks, and be glamorous in every one! So I thought I would high light my favorite do from all the participants before announcing the winner!

Boom Swagger

I must start with Melinda, my favorite stylist, and stylist to my entire family. My word for Melinda is Elegant, and this is my favorite look:

Sarah, can be so cute and sassy, but mostly cute. I love this look:

Brooke, with such big eyes, who even notices silky locks? She looks so pretty with her hair up

Lee, who already has a rockin' style but manages to mix it up even more. Love the nest

Abby, usually flants those beautiful waves, I love the story in this style...She looks like a British shop girl with a secret life as a DJ in a club

Maren, every style is so sweet! No secret life for her, she is always a beautiful a garden princess

Oh Carly, she has one of those styles that just makes you want to look and look. I love the way she mixes it up and is so convincing every time. It's hard to decide, but I think this is my favorite look, so sexy

Here are all the Boom Swagger photos on facebook

 Betty's Divine!

Little did she know that she was made for this backcombed updo, it works for you Karen

Miranda mostly sports boxes, which are great, but I love the Kitty Hair!

Nanda, I think this look should start a trend. So easy, so quick, so quirky and cute (just like Nanda!)

Aimee is fearless, if you didn't know. I just can't decide which look I like best! Amazingly I think it might be the Italian lass from 1940, running away from home, although Wife #7 is pretty good too, check out all the facebook photos

This has been so entertaining, it is amazingly hard work to get creative with your hair for 30 days. I made it for about 4, and then started repeating. But, because of the challenge I now own a curling iron and use it regularly, as well as about 5,000 bobby pins, which I also use regularly. So everyone take some inspiration from these beauties and take some risks with your look! 

Boom Swagger is my pick for this years winner, with a tip of the hat to Betty's Divine for their creativeness!

Thanks for all the fun!, Mary