Thursday, September 11, 2014

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Deborah @ Three Dawg Lady Designs gave yet another reason to love zucchini.
Zucchini and yellow squash fritters!






We both agree that all girls are superheroes so why not check out this adorable costume tute from Vintage Violet Style to make sure they are appropriately dressed.


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Calling all Howl-oween Crafters!


It's that time of year again that we look to you, the amazing crafting community, to volunteer to be a part of our annual
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We are looking for a few good crafters to guest post for our 4th year of the craftathon.  You can do anything from scary snacks and creepy costumes, to trick-or-treating trinkets and disturbing d├ęcor.  Simple to complex, anything goes.  We just ask that it’s a you-original creation or at least a fresh take on an old favorite.

So if you're passionate about Halloween like we are, or if you just have a spectacularly spooky idea you want to share, here’s what you do. 

  • Send a quick email to rhinestonebeagle@gmail.com letting us know you want to participate before September 27th with your name, a brief description of your craft and your blog url.  
  • Then get started on your tute.  We will need you to have the finished post emailed to us by Sept 30th.  That way we have time to work out any kinks that may arise.
  • Don't forget to take lots of pictures detailing your process and in true RB fashion if you have a dog please try to include them in one of your pics along the way.  We will also take any other animal friends in the pics if you have them, be they furry, scaley, feathery, or of the smooth hide variety.
 We will also be doing a special giveaway, just for the crafters that participate.  Who doesn't love freebies?!

Thanks so much and don’t forget to stop by for our weekly linky party, Doggone Dirty Craftin, every Thursday!

Craft on!


 Anita and Kelly



Saturday, September 6, 2014

Glam pressing board tutorial


I've been watching a lot of sewing shows and online classes recently and have been coveting the table top pressing boards all the while. It was time to make my own and join the ranks of serious sewers around the interweb.  I've seen a bunch of tutes on how make simple pressing boards and they all do a good job outlining the steps but I added a couple special features to mine to bring this board into the luxury category.  Plus this board is doing double duty as the top surface of a drawer unit so I needed it to be able to be up to the task. It only took about an hour from start to finish.  Let's get started.

Supplies
2' X 2' piece of 1/2 inch plywood - They had this precut at my Home Depot but if you want yours a different size go ahead and cut whatever size you want.  I didn't want to have to break out the saw for this one and the size was just right for my needs.   I also didn't bother sanding the edges but you could if you want. This tute is done with the board right off the shelf. 
100% cotton canvas - 1 yard is plenty
100% cotton batting - bought mine off the bolt and only needed 1 yard total, get the really wide stuff for this measurement
Gripper fabric - a piece the same size as your board so for mine it is 2' x 2' square.   See step 7 for a picture if you've never used this before. 
Decorative nail heads - these are in the upholstery section
Staple gun with staples
Hammer
Glue gun
Scissors 

1. Cut two pieces of batting about 4" larger than the board. 

2. We are going to attach the batting to the first two sides. Start stapling the batting about 3/4 inch from the edge to the back of the board, working from the center outward on two parallel sides.

Every time you staple on one side your next staple should be in the same place on the opposite side of the board.  Tug on the batting each time to keep it taut.  You can also use your hammer to sink the staples so they are snug.  
Staple to both ends on your first two sides following an alternating pattern.

3.  Next trim your batting at the corners at a slight angle. This will help with bulk when we cover the board. You'll also want to trim the batting about 3/4 inch from the staples to clean it up.

4.  Now repeat the stapling in step 2 on the other two sides and overlap at the corners like below.  Make sure to trim your batting so its nice and neat. 

5.  Now you're basically going to repeat the stapling with the canvas to cover the whole thing with one slight difference. Before you get too close to the corner fold it in so you overlap and create a mitered corner.  Your canvas should overlap the edge of the batting.  I actually used it as a guide for my staple gun to but up against cuz you can feel it through the canvas.  This means your canvas staples will be slightly deeper toward the middle of the board. 

Trim your canvas so its nice and neat.

6. Now cut two more pieces of batting that fit the uncovered portion of the underside of the board and staple them in place. (Feel free to use scraps.) This is just to fill the void and make it more flush with outside layered edge.  

7.  The gripper fabric has two sides, one flat and one with nubbies which is the right side of the fabric.

Turn the edge under by 1/2 inch and stitch around the perimeter to have a folded nubby edge on all four sides.  It helps if you have a Teflon foot to keep it from sticking on your machine but a regular one works ok too.  Also make sure you are running the fabric over both the feed dogs to get it pulled through the machine evenly. 
Now use your glue gun to adhere it to the bottom of your board.  This covers up all the nasty staples and gives you a non slip bottom to your board. 

8.  Last step is to attach your decorative nail heads to the outside edge of the board.  Just nail them on with the hammer.  Mark each nailhead spot on the fabric so you know they will spaced evenly. I put 17 on each side but you can put more or less if you like.  This may seem like a lot of railheads to hammer in but I got in a rhythm and was done in about 30 minutes. 


Tada!  You've got a glam looking tabletop pressing board.  Here's a pic of the bottom.

I actually use mine as a tabletop to a drawer unit I got at ikea that sits next to my sewing machine.  It's so close I don't have to get up to press a seam anymore.  Hooray!

Gidget says she approves of the newest craft room addition. 

Craft on! 
Anita

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Doggone Dirty Craftin Linky Party

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Lisa @ Miss Alchemist has a quick recipe for yummy spa water.  
This would taste sooo good after a hot day in the sun!

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Humming bird wall hanging


Kelly is having a "celebrate animals art fest" at her office in October and they are taking submissions, so of course I had to give her something to put up. I've had this pattern for a few years.  Actually I bought it before I even knew how to paper piece.  I remember when I bought it I got home and started reading the directions only to feel like I was really reading a foreign language.  Fast forward to last year where I taught myself paper piecing in order to make my mom an adorable mini tree skirt for Christmas. Now it was time to tackle the hummingbird.

I thought it was going to be really hard but I had the bird section of the wall hanging finished in two days.  Once I got in the zone I started rockin through the pattern.  Little did I know the hard part was still coming.  

I pieced two borders around the bird in a medium and dark purple. Then came the quilting. Oh the quilting. A side note- I bought my sewing machine with the intention of learning how to free motion quilt but in the year and a half that I've owned it, it's a technique I have still been intimidated by.  There's no time like the present to learn something new, right?  Well, I had alot of frustrating setbacks including thread breakage almost every 3 or four inches and horrible tension on the back of the quilt.  I really wanted to give up.  Really.  So I stepped away from the project and decided to take a class on craftsy called Start Free-motion Quilting with Elizabeth Dackson.  After the first couple lessons I felt confident enough to try again.  It was still a little rough going but I was doing much better. I figured out, after changing to an appropriate needle, that I was having a problem with evenly matching the pace of the machine with how fast I was moving my hands, causing the thread to fray and break.  Unfortunately that really only gets better with practice. Of course.  
I kinda love the color changing thread I used, even if my stitches are wonky.
After a few more hours, and more ripped out stitches, I was done.  The only step left was the binding.  Piece of cake. I even added a couple triangles of fabric to the back so I could hang the quilt on a dowel. 

Dino was a little upset about being forced to sit still for a picture. Guess I'm not the only one who needs practice at something.  

The quilting still needs work but I'm super proud that my little hummingbird quilt will be hanging in Kelly's office for all to see.  The quilting did get incrementally easier so I really do need to practice but I've decided that I need an extension table first. Doing free motion on a standard machine bed is super hard cuz the fabric gets stuck on the edge of the machine.  Hmmmmm I smell an idea for another project.....  Have you tackled a new skill lately? 

Quilt on! 
Anita

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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This is such an elegant piece made from a simple utensil.  Jorg @ Goldschmiede Plar has some truly forward thinking when it comes to jewelry making.  



A little outside of our normal faves but I couldn't resist.  I LOVE fall so I thoroughly agree to all four of these fall fashion cravings from Random Reviews.  I'm no fashionista but a girl can't help but love knee high boots and a comfy sweater.  

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Wanna see how smart my dog is?

I gave all the dogs a kong with some yummies inside.  Look what Mr. Biscuit did with his.....

Snack on!
Anita