April 8th, 2011

Spring is trying to arrive – last week we had to wonder!  We really could use some good old April showers to bring in the May flowers.  We have all sorts of little green sprouts beginning to emerge from the pods of dirt in our window sill green houses.  They really like the sun!  Since Kyle helped to plant them, he checks on them everyday after school to see how they are doing.

 

Last week I finished the cutest Easter basket, but it doesn’t have to be just for Easter.  Think of all the wonderful fabrics out there!  It would be great for all holidays, birthdays as well as goodie baskets for co workers or secret pals.  This basket features Texture Magic.  If you haven’t used it yet, you need to check it out.  It is so much fun almost “magical”.  Texture Magic is placed on the backside of your fabric, then you stitch the two together using either free motion sewing or marking a grid and sewing on the lines.  After you are done stitching, it goes to the ironing board and you let the iron do the work.  The heat and the steam of the iron shrinks the Texture Magic and makes your fabric puffy and bubbly.  Once shrunk the effect is permanent – it can be washed, dried, or dry cleaned.

I LOVE bags and I don’t think you can ever have enough of them.  They are easy to make and it seems that we are always hauling stuff around with us.  Here is a picture of a bag I just finished this morning.  This bag can be used for a diaper bag and includes instructions for making a matching changing pad.  There are six pockets on the inside and optional bottle pockets if using it for a diaper bag.  I felt it would make a great beach bag so I choose this fun flip flop print.  There is lots of room for the towels and whatever else is needed.

Who likes baked potatoes?  Raise your hands high so we can count.  OK you can put your hands down now.  You have probably heard of potato bags that go in the microwave and cook your baked potato without drying it out.  Not only do we have the potato fabric for these bags we also have the organic cotton batting that goes in them also.  Check out this newly design of a microwave potato sack.

This potato bag will hold one large or two medium sized potatoes.  Wash them, put them in the sack,  tie up the top and microwave until done.  Top with your favorite toppings.  Here are some suggestions:  broccoli, mixed California blend mixed veggies, butter, bacon, cheese, sour cream – you get the picture.  Feeling a little adventurous try salsa, cheese and sour cream or chilli and cheese.   YUM!

The Spring Open House is coming soon – Saturday, April 30th from 10am – 6pm.  We will be doing demos on all our favorite tools, gadgets and patterns.  Plus, we will  continue celebrating our 25th year in business as there are lots of awesome giveaways.  Mark the calendar, gather your friends and we will see you then.

Till next time – happy crafting!

Lisa 🙂

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