Make it Simple, Make it Fun, Make it Matter

Make it Simple, Make it Fun, Make it Matter

Imagine August

The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.

- Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

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inJoy Friday: inCider Secrets

inJoy Friday: inCider Secrets

Fall Surprises

If you make handmade gifts, you’re already planning and creating autumn projects. What surprises will you make for teachers, friends, and family? Do you have favorite fall colors, images, tools, and techniques you love to use year after year? I do. As the hot sunshine days of July wind down, my table is set with:

My favorite fall fabric collection, Flourish

Appliqué linen, hoops, floss, and Lori Holt’s Nifty Needles

Look closely. What inCider Secrets to new fall products can you find in today’s post?

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inCourage Me Monday: Watercolor

inCourage Me Monday: Watercolor

Create with Flourish

April is in bloom. As the last patches of snow melt, I’m thinking about how to plant ideas and create conditions to help them flourish. I’m envisioning paper and fabric florals in my art journal, on wall canvas, and on quilted mug rugs, placemats, and table runners.

If you’re like me, getting started is a challenge. Say hello to….

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Make Way for Wednesday

Make Way for Wednesday

Make Way for Spring

This week in the studio I’ve been splashing color on blank mini canvases, watercolor paper, and art journal pages. Piles of colorful backgrounds made with inks, paints, and colored pencils are spilled across the table.

  • How can I add layers to create story art from these beginnings?

  • How can I make something that will make me smile and think spring as I wait for warm breezes, fresh cut grass, garden blooms, and the farmer’s market?

  • What are my favorite memories and moments of spring?

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How to Sew a Valentine Envelope

How to Sew a Valentine Envelope

Make Valentine’s Day Special with Reusable Fabric Envelopes

Sew a fabric envelope for a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your Husband, partner, or kids. Fabric envelopes are reusable, simple, sturdy and add a little more love to a special day.

Use them for your children’s paper valentines, make a keepsake for notes and letters from your loved one, fill them with candy, or put a wicked fun note into your special someone’s lunch or briefcase. Spread a little love on Valentine’s Day and throughout the year.

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Snow Day: Paper Piecing Patterns

Snow Day: Paper Piecing Patterns

Introducing Snow Day: Paper Piecing Patterns

What do you do on a snow day? Ice skate. Make snow angels. Build snowmen.

Celebrate memories of your favorite Snow Day by sewing paper pieced blocks with our newest PDF package of patterns. With the blocks, create wall hangings, placemats, table runners, trivets, and mug rugs.

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How to Print on Fabric: Freezer Paper Method

How to Print on Fabric: Freezer Paper Method

Tutorial for Printing on Fabric

Most of the time I use fabric paper when I print sentiment panels for mug rugs. Starting with white, I can leave the panel clean and simple or paint and ink it up with color.

For the Winter Song sentiments, I knew I wanted to print them on snowflake fabric.

Want to try it? It’s simple with the right tools and supplies.

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Snow Buddies: Grateful for Mentors

Snow Buddies: Grateful for Mentors

inSpired by Kristina Werner

It’s another day in the studio for me so I’m popping in with a bit of inspiration for you. It’s a video from Kristina Werner from her new holiday card series.

On my craft table…

Freezer paper, fabric, Creative Grid rulers, rotary cutters, and an iron. Can you guess what I’m doing?

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Introducing Winter Song

Introducing Winter Song

Winter Song

Autumn is winding down and winter is coming. It’s time for snowflake fabric, hot chocolate, wool sweaters, and a joy-filled playlist in the studio. To welcome in a warm and wonderful season of crafting, we’re releasing a new collection called Winter Song.

Lyrics that evoke the magic and memories of snow days were the inspiration for Winter Song, available now in the shop.

You’ll have plenty of time to make handmade gifts for holiday celebrations using new sentiment panels, Print & Quilts, and paper piecing patterns. Stay inspired with a blizzard of Winter Song projects we’ll be showcasing on the blog all month.

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