Making Room For My Fabric

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That is my new rule. So, when I go on a shopping spree and bring in 10 items, ten old things have to go.

Where are these books going? To my local library.

They will sell them at their book sales they have several times a year. I am helping them make a little money and at the same time reducing my tax obligation to Uncle Sam.

Some of the books, I hate to part with. But I don’t have any plans to reread them in the next ten years. (Too busy quilting.) And if I do, I can probably find them all on line. Somewhere. In some form. There are 50 of them. Actually there were just 49. I added one more. I like round numbers. Easier to remember.

So…. off they go… today. Hubby already loaded them in my car.

Now I have to rearrange a few other things and donate a few other things. To free up about 4-5 shelves on my bookcases. It will take me dropping “stuff” in the box and saying Bye-Bye. I know I can do it. ūüėÄ

To Make Room For My Fabric.

I want them all nice and neat. Folded and stacked in piles. Color coordinated. I don’t have bolts of fabric. Just yards and Fat Quarters. Lots of FQ’s. And it has gotten to be a chore looking for a particular print or color. I know I have it. I know I didn’t use it. But where is it!!

Time to organize my little Fabric Stash. Then it will be easier for me to create all the craft ideas screaming to get out of my head.

Is your fabric organized? How did you do it? Do tell.

New Quilt Books and Tools

Look at my new quilting books I found on the net.

First one. Just 42 cents!! For real. No joke. Regular price $19.95. And there is not one thing wrong with it. No rips, tears, markings, highlighting, pages missing, notes. None of that. A perfect 9″ by 10 1/2″ softcover book. 256 pages. From Amazon.

Can you say “steal”?

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And another great find. Another steal. Also from Amazon.

This one just $5.20. AND IT IS HARDCOVER!! Only thing I could find wrong was a small water stain on the inside first page. Which is blank. And a small rip on the bottom corner of the spine. You can see it in the photo. For five bucks, I will tape that, no problem.

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This is a gift from my good friend, Lennette. A quilting fanatic. And she wants me to be one too. A one year’s subscription to American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. Many, many tips and projects. Surely to keep me busy all year.

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Got these at Michaels yesterday with my coupons. If you haven’t signed up yet to receive coupons via e-mail, what are you waiting for. Every penny saved means you can buy more stuff!!

50% off.

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40% off.

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And this I found while searching for something else. Forgot I had it. I tried it and it doesn’t hold that long. Could be the tackiness is gone. I bought it about 3 1/2 years ago.

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Well…. that does it for me. What did you do to move the economy along? ūüėÄ

From My New Book: Beaded Pillow Beads

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My new craft books, I told you about, arrived several days ago. I flipped through them looking at the projects. Some seem easy enough. Some will be a challenge.

What did I try first?

Little beaded pillow beads from More Seed Bead Stitching, pages 91-92, by Beth Stone.

To tell you the truth… I didn’t GET it until the 4th try. As usual, I thought the author had made a mistake. So I ignored one of the steps. After the third try, I said, what the heck!! Do as it said. OK!! Ended up with these.

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I used 6/0, 8/0 and 11/0 seed beads per the book.

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They make up tiny. About a half inch. I will try them without the 11/0’s to see how much bigger they make up.

I really like the look of my “mistake” so I tried to duplicate it. The 2nd one kind of looks like the first though it feels different. Not as tight. I remember what I did wrong so I’ll make a couple more. I am thinking earrings. Maybe connect two and dangle them.

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And of course, I went off, way off, on my own. With a little practice, I think I can get these to line up straight. But they need to be larger, much larger.

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So far, this is one idea I have. Using Swarovski crystals. Not sure if I want a necklace with pillow, crystal, pillow, crystal, and so on. Might be too much green.

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What do you think?

New Books Just Ordered From Amazon

Took over an hour of searching various sites but I think I got the best on-line deal. At Amazon. And using their SuperSaver Free Shipping, I saved $7. Being on a fixed income, every penny kept in my pocket is a bonus.

Here’s what I bought.

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They are due to be shipped the 12th and I should have them a few days after that.

Can’t wait!!

New Book: 101 Crochet Squares

Sunday, May 3

Lots of crochet squares in this book. 101 of them. Wonder why 101? Makes you think someone said “bet you can’t make a hundred squares” and they said bet I can!! And topped THAT… ūüėÄ

Well, let’s see what I can do. Bet I can make all of these. Going to try it. Could take years but I figure I will learn lots by attempting them. Already started on one. Square 35. Figured that one would be an easy one to try first.

101 Crochet Squares is by Jean Leinhauser, American School of Needlework, published 1996. I scanned the color photos from the book so you could better see what I am crocheting.

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Go here for pattern instructions.

101 Crochet Squares is by Jean Leinhauser, American School of Needlework, published 1996, ISBN 978-0-88195-715-0.

New Books.. New Ideas..

Thursday, July 24

Got my new books in the mail yesterday.

Don’t remember if I told you but Interweave Press recently had a Hurt Book Sale and offered over 100 craft book titles for 50-75% off. I found two on their list that were on MY list. My To-Buy-List. I got them for under $5 bucks each.

I had my fingers crossed that the books would be usable. I was expecting MAYBE a few dog ears, foggy covers or smeared ink… some reason for them to be considered “hurt”.

But surprise, surprise!! No flaws anywhere. Perfect books, at least to my eyes. I am delighted!! I saved $31.

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Go here for information on next year’s Hurt Book Sale.

These next two books I got from Michael’s. Used a 40% off coupon for each. Don’t you just hate paying full price for books. Had to go two different days though.

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July is Wireworking Month

Tuesday, July 1

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This month should be interesting. I am looking forward to working with wire. I have been buying books for several months and studying the techniques and designs. And flipping through the pages looking for something that will be kind to my hands.

I have struggled with wirewrapping in my short jewelry making past and have avoided it like the plague. But there are so many beautiful pieces that can be created from wire and the only way to learn is by trying it. Experiment with different types and gauges. Hopefully my skills will improve and my hands hold up.

Here are the books I will be using as resources this month. There’s plenty here to get ideas¬†from or to attempt the actually piece.

  • Contemporary Bead & Wire Jewelry by Nathalie Mornu & Suzanne J.E. Tourtillott. Lark Books, 2006.
  • Creating Wire and Beaded Jewelry by Linda Jones. North Light Books, 2004.
  • Beading with Charms by Katherine Duncan Aimone. Lark Books, 2007.
  • Findings & Finishings by Sharon Bateman. Interweave Press, 2003.
  • Creative Metal Clay Jewelry by CeCe Wire. Lark Books, 2007. (Not sure why I bought this one. I won’t be making any metal clay jewelry. But it was a bargain. 50% off. And it has great pictures.)
  • Step by Step Wire Jewelry. Interweave Press, Winter 2008, Vol 3, No 5.
  • Step by Step Wire Jewelry. Interweave Press, Summer 2008, Vol 4, No 2.

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Books: New Arrivals

Thursday, March 20 

I made a quick trip to Border’s Bookstore yesterday. I knew exactly which books I needed and wanted. I had my list in hand. Found everything¬†except one book which was out-of-stock and had to be ordered.

Adding these two books to my Beading Craft Resource library.

Findings & Finishings by Sharon Bateman. A BEADWORK How-To-Book. Published by Interweave Press.  Copyright 2003. Soft cover, 118 pages. Trade secrets and techniques for finishing off beadwork. Lots of beautiful bracelets I want to make.  

          Book Findings n Finishings

The BEAD Directory by Elise Mann. The complete guide to choosing and using more than 600 Beautiful Beads. Published by Interweave Press. Copyright 2006. Hard cover, spiral, 256 pages.  This book covers everything: glass, crystals, semiprecious beads, precious metals, base metals, clay, plastic and wood. It also has chapters on other natural materials and findings. I am sure this book will become my new BFF. Best Friend Forever!!

          Book The Bead Directory