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Check out these cute new Simplicity clothing patterns from Lisette!

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I saw this braided scarflette project from Little Treasures and I had to try it, especially since it’s a great way to use up small amounts of yarn that might not be enough for an entire knitting project. Plus, it was quick and easy!

Again, I used the remaining yarn from another project, altering the idea a little to fit what I had to work with. I ended up with eighteen, fifty-eight inch yarn strands. I braided the entire bundle in the center and then tied the bundle of yarn in knot. Basically folding the bundle in half, to make a loop, which I would use to pull the other end through it keep it around my neck. I then created four smaller braids, each braid is nine yarn strands, and then tied each braid in a knot at the end.  I then sewed the four braids together, but only in the center, so it would have some structure when it’s around my neck.  I really like the lariat style, and it keeps my neck warm without the bulk of a long knitted scarf.  I will say that if I were to do this project again, I would do a few more braids or possibly larger braids, and maybe in a different color – when I look at the photos it kind of looks like hair – ha, ha.

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Here are some quick and easy last-minute DIY valentine ideas. If you are a procrastinater like me, these ideas may come in handy today. After perusing the stationery store yesterday and feeling like I couldn’t deal with the throngs of people hunting for V-day cards, I decided to head home and make some. I’ve noticed that nice cards, like breakfast cereal, have increased in price exponentially over time, plus there were seriously slim pickings.  I actually made a few versions because I was having fun and couldn’t decide between cute or all out gushing. I will say that my Mr. isn’t the particularly mushy or romantic type, unlike myself, but I feel a card is always nice to give and receive.

One of my favorite Valentine crafts is this felt heart pins project from the Pearl Bee – so simple and lovely.  I actually have felt fabric on hand because my craft closet is overflowing with an abundance of things I don’t necessarily need or use on a regular basis, but it comes in handy when I want to make things. However, if you don’t have copious amounts of craft junk or felt on hand these can be made from other materials besides felt.  You can really use any scraps of fabric, even old clothing and sweaters would work great. And seriously, what says I love you more than a chunk of your favorite worn out sweater crafted into a wearable pin for your sweets?

I actually took it one step further and pinned them to piece of scrap card stock, that just happens to have hearts on the reverse side, (Thank you again craft hoard!), trimmed the edges with a scallop cutter, and used letter stamps for some heartfelt sentiments.

I also made a pop-up heart valentine and all you need are paper and scissors.  I recommend using a heavier card stock for a single one color card, but if you want a layered effect use a thinner paper as the card will be doubled. Fold paper in half and cut heart out half way on the crease of the fold. Open up card and push the heart inwards towards you, to what is the inside of the card.  Slightly pinch the heart on the inside of the card and fold the card closed on the outside crease.  The heart will naturally move inward when pinched. If you want multiple hearts I suggest cutting them and folding/ pinching them one at a time as they interfere with one anothers ability to fold inward. I cut multiple hearts on the how to example shots below so you could see what was going on. You can layer different colors of paper for a background color, using double-sided tape to join the sheets of paper together.  Voila! You now have a pop-up heart card that was easy to make, but not short on love.

Here are the ones that I made:

Happy Valentines Day! XOX

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Fabric Costs


This is an interesting post on Whipstitch, “Why You Should Care That the Cotton Crop Failed in China This Year”, about the cost of cotton fabric in direct correlation to the failed cotton crop in China this past year.  Being a lover of the sewing machine and a fabric horder, I think it’s important to know the implications for both seller and buyer, and another reason to support local businesses.

Photo via Flo Fairweather’s Flickr

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Zakka Sewing

On a run to purchase last minute supplies for our felted acorn project I spotted, and purchased, this Japanese household sewing projects book.  It’s quite lovely, with detailed and well illustrated directions for everything from potholders to pincushions and slippers.  I have yet to try any of the projects within, but I think the squirrel tea cozy is appropriate considering…

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