Thursday, June 4, 2009

Episode 7 notes - Traveling Crafter

Crafty Chica mentioned me on her blog ! How cool is that?

Here are tips if you want to make an artsy sewing machine:

Use a second-hand machine. I got mine for $15 at Goodwill. It works, but I don’t plan to use it. I could, but for me, it’s all show and no go.

Pick out your favorite embellishments. My machine includes charms, buttons, stickers, beads, jewels, puffy paint and a lip gloss cupcake. Use Tacky glue to attach. You may want to leave some areas (like the Singer logo) uncovered.

Take your time. I had to do it in stages. Lay it down on the table to do the front/back; otherwise, items slide around.

Dimensional paint: If you’re going to use the dimensional paint to outline things, do that as one step, and leave it dry for a day. If not, it messes up. It’s good for filling in any holes.

My Recent Travels

Phoenix, Arizona

35th Avenue sew and Vac

Here are my purchases:

Leesburg, VA

Old Lucketts Store

On the way to Tarara winery

Really Great Finds

Check out these funky chickens!

On a Whim Antiques

Four Shabby Chicks

Leesburg Antique Emporium

The Cottage

Tips for Crafting Road Trips

eQQuilt Professionals

QQuilter's Travel Companion

My recent projects

Crocheted flower pillow - pattern from Rose Hips on Flickr

New dishcloth – cups and saucers

Thrifted Pillowcase with embroidered trim and crocheted border

2 new bucket bags

New Lanyard for my keys – cupcake patchwork

Working on the tossed nine patch with repro fabric, Eleanor Burns pattern

Tip of the Week

Never go to a new city without checking out the local crafting shops. Even on the busiest trips, you can carve out an hour. You’ll find local products you can’t find at home. You’ll add joy to an otherwise boring business trip!


Anonymous said...

Hi Jean
I visited Phoenix for the first time this April and went to 35th Ave Sew and Vac. I had the same reaction as you did. I was initially disappointed to see all the vacuum cleaners, then noticed the door at the back with the sign over it that said "Fabric". When I went through that door - Holy Cow! I was in heaven!

I also checked out Quiltz in Phoenix, which is another great store. Lots of fabric, and very friendly staff!

I'm from Canada where fabric is usually $14.99 - $16.99 / metre (a metre is 39 inches) so I love the American prices!


Ellyn said...

Love your blog & your work! I've been crocheting flowers & grannys lately too, check out my flower pillow on my blog. It's smaller than yours! Yours is lovely!

Ellyn said...

oh, meant to say too, I will have to tell my mom about 35th ave sew & vac, she lives in Phoenix. Next time I go to visit her (& my daughter who goes to college there) I will check that out! I know she loves Quiltz too, referenced above

Sarah Harper said...


I was just listening to your most recent podcast and heard you say you have had no international feedback, I am from London (England) and have been listening for a while now and did comment on the apron episode on the podcast comments. I really enjoy your podcast which I listen to while I am working from home (sewing and making soap) I am looking forward to listening to the rest of episode 7 tomorrow while I am working. As soon as I get time I will be adding a link to your podcast and blog to my website and my blog


Marianne Penner said...

I really love the Rosehip flower cushion you made. I've been thinking of making one too. What type of yarn did you use?

Nicole Blackstock said...

Where did you get your bucket bag pattern? I love it!
I love listening to your stories. Thanks!

Robosew said...

Hi Jean,
I posted a comment on Itunes, also. I love your podcast. Keep up the good work. I especially enjoyed your Singer 201-2 story. I am especially fond of the old Singers. I have 2 Featherweights, 1 301, 1 66, all electric and 1 66 treadle. They all run perfectly and sew a perfect stitch... all straight stitch machines. I love them all and use, clean and oil them regularly. I look forward to future podcasts.
Terry B (aka Robosew)