Archive | April, 2011

Spring Fling!

29 Apr

Spring Fling Boutique!

When: Thursday, May 5th 6:00-9:00pm

Where: Mix It Up Kitchen Stuio

710 Fiero Lane Suite #23, SLO

What: Mexican inspired apps in celebration of Cinco de Mayo; handmade items like clutches, beanies, jewelry, candles, tees; skincare and makeup; gourmet pickled products; cookware and many more goodies!

Questions? springflingboutique {at} gmail {dot} com

Preview: http://www.mixitupslo.com/lizblog/

Come on out to see amazing goodies, eat amazing food, and have a good time. To learn more about what MixIt Up Kitchen Studio is all about, visit their website!

Check it out

Gonna be a good time!

~Ashley & Breana

Beverly’s Fabrics May Classes

23 Apr

Every month Beverly’s has a line up of different kinds of classes you can take at different levels. Here is a list for May classes offered by the San Luis Obispo store only. Please check your local store for classes offered.

Sewing 

  • Sewing basics: Learn your machine | May 4 6:00-8:30 | Instructor – Ellen | $25.00 {bring your machine & manual}
  • Sewing basics: Fabric & pattern | May 5 6:00-8:30 | Instructor – Ellen | $25.00
  • Sewing basics: Origami bag | May 14 6:00-8:30 | Instructor – Ellen | $25.00 {or $60.00 for all 3 basic classes}
  • Next step sewing: Buttons & zippers | May 18 & 19 6:00-8:30 | Instructor – Ellen | $40.00 for both classes
  • Children’s sewing: Beginning | 1st & 3rd Sunday 4:00-5:30 | Instructor – Laurie | $20.00 {ages 7-10}
  • Children’s sewing: Level 2 | 2nd & 4th Sunday 4:00-5:30 | Instructor – Laurie | $20.00 {ages 7-10}
Jewelry 
  • Beginning jewelry | May 10 & 19 6:30-8:30 | Instructor – Kristen | $22.00
  • Intermediate jewelry | May 12 & 24 6:30-8:30 | Instructor – Kristen | $30.00
  • Advanced jewelry: Wire wrapping | May 17 & 31 6:00-9:00 | Instructor – Kristen | $36.00
  • Advanced jewelry: Earrings | May 26 6:00-8:30 | Instructor – Kristen | $32.00
Misc. 
  • Beginning Knitting/Knitted Loom Hat | Every Wednesday 3:30-4:30 | Instructor – Alicia | $12.00
  • Tri-shutter card & album | May 6 & 20 2:00-4:00 | Instructor – Sharon | $22.00
  • Needlecrafter’s clinic | Every Saturday 1:30-2:30 | Instructor – Sharon | Free
Be sure to check back each month for alist of classes they will offer. Also, please stop by the links in this post to check out other local areas that offer classes for you to take.
Happy Crafting!
~Ashley & Breana

Drunk Knitting Tips!

20 Apr

We find ourselves, a bit over buzzed, and suddenly ready to conquer that  venomous knitting project that previously seems so difficult.

WALK AWAY FROM THE NEEDLES SLOWLY.

If you are sewing, I highly suggest the same. It’s like playing poker drunk, you really shouldn’t do it. Sure, sounds like a good idea..but think about it. How many things sounds amazing after a few beers. Okay, some of those thoughts are quite amazing.

As one of the co-bloggers of Sew Basted I Wanna Purl, I want to give my advice about when you sipped a bit too much alcohol and wanna craft.

1. If you see double, there will become double stitches. No good.

2. DON’T SPILL WINE ON YOUR PROJECT!

3. Craft something simple you don’t expect to mess up too much on, or don’t mind messing up.

There are mainly 2 things that can go wrong when you get a bit too tipsy while crafting, other than possibly hurting yourself. It’s hurting your project. You can either mess up the directions or miss the stitch pattern. The other, well, that’s forgetting where you left off. Trust me, I’m one to forget what row I’m on all the time. I turn into Ms. Counting Stitches Every Row just knitting sober. Couldn’t imagine if I had a few shots in me.

I hope you take this advice wisely. Anyone have a “oopsie, no more tequila and needle-point” stories for us?

Happy Buzzed Crafting!

Bre

P.S. As a good ol’ PSA: DO NOT DRINK & DRIVE EITHER! 😀

The Stitch Market’s Spring Boutique is Here!

14 Apr

If you don’t have any plans Thursday April 28th between the hours of 6-9pm or Friday April 29th 9-12am, then I suggest you check out The Stitch Market’s Spring Boutique.

The market festivities will include ‘fresh designs for spring birthdays, Monther’s Day, and graduation.’ Products showing will be crocheted hats, purses, flower brooches, hair accessories, girl’s dresses, paper goods, jewelry, and a lot of other handmade goodies. Friend and kiddo friendly, too!

Stop by 1624 Phillips Lane in San Luis Obispo and get your Spring on!

Questions? Email thestitchmarket@gmail.com

Or check out their blog for a preview.

The Stitch Market

Gonna be tons of fun so I hope you guys will go check it out!

~Ashley & Breana

|Snack/Wet Bag Adventure|

11 Apr

I am so very proud to announce that all the snack bags are finished and finally listed on Etsy!

So very stoked on these, not just because they look amazing and adorable, but because they were made with love & a purpose.

I am so tired of all these ziplocs being used – they get thrown away and fill up the landfills and are terrible for our Earth! I wanted to be able to create something that anyone could use to eliminate that problem and what a better way then to start with kids snack bags? I absolutely love them!

Please visit my Etsy shop to take a look at more photos and to purchase. I can make customizable ones and can do them in singles or in sets – the sky is the limit!

Thank you to my wonderful boyfriend Richard for all the photos! He’s pretty awesomesauce.

Shameless Promotion

10 Apr

Great News!

You can now go directly to our blog from our now working url: http://www.sewbastediwannapurl.com. We are so excited to make your lives a little easier by not having to type wordpress.com. We really enjoy wordpress, so we are still using it’s services as normal, but now the new link will forward you to the blog.

One great thing about my apartment is the fact that many people walk in front of our windows everyday. I thought I’d take advantage of this, by shamelessly promoting the website:

We hope to get more forms of advertisement going, but everyone knows word of mouth is best. I would LOVE to post more tutorials..once I can finish getting settled and create a sew/knit space for myself.

Happy Crafting!

Bre

Moving in & how to travel knit.

9 Apr

Hey there! Finally got moved into our cute Portland apartment, and loving the city so far. I can’t wait to do some reviews on the shops around here. It’ll be hard though not to focus on all the pubs right at the corner of my new home. Hehe.

Well of course I grabbed some knitting for the road. This is always a really difficult decision to pick what to take with me to work on. I almost feel as I am picking favorites and leaving the other half empty skeins of yarn all alone in their drawer. I thought I’d give some tips on what to pick to take, and what supplies should go along.

First off, make it an easy pattern you have memorized, or one with just a page or 2 of instructions. You really don’t want to lug around a book! Next, pick something that isn’t always slipping off your needles. Nothing is more annoying than realizing half of the stitches fell off, and 4 of those are unraveling down. Ugh! And of course, make sure you actually enjoy it and doesn’t take too much concentration.

This trip I took a blanket that I’ve been working on for about a year. It’s pretty sad, I’m knitting 10″ squares in Stockinette stitch. I’m 3 squares in. Yeah. Pretty ashamed. I also snagged my sweater I coined as the PDX sweater that I’m making purely for Portland winters. It’s a boat neck Raglan top-down sweater made out of doubled up Lion Brand Fisherman wool.  This was the one I actually knitted on. Unfortunately, the skein ran out after a few body rows 😦

Along came the mystery of..why is the end in a loop? That’s right, it wasn’t 2 loose ends. I guess I may have just..umm..yeah I can’t really think of any reason for this. It may have been good though since the Fiance was driving a 16′ truck with his car towing behind up and down curvy mountains. Eep. Anyways, this was a great trip knit cause it qualifies under all 3 rules: I freestyled this with the help of a simple tutorial on raglan sweaters. The bamboo needs make it perfect for the stitches NOT to slip off, and since it’s all Stockinette stitch, and just a few decreases, it’s pretty easy to keep track of what’s going on.

Now when taking along your knitting don’t forget the vital supplies:

  • Extra skein of yarn – or you’ll end up like me.
  • Threading Needle – You may finish, and when you do, you’ll want to weave in everything!
  • Scissors – Keys do not cut yarn well…trust me.
  • Put it all in it’s own bag
  • 1 more small project, so if you get bored with one, you can switch it up.
  • Extra stitch markers. I’ve had many casualties knitting in the car.
  • Measuring divise for when you need to “knit 5in then proceed to next instruction” patterns.

Well now were are almost fully settled in our little apartment, but of course there’s still 849323890432 things going on in my life. Gotta explore Portland, then find a damn job in Portland. Plus still get some details down on the wedding..like, send invitations. Whee! Alright, I will return!

Happy Knitting!

Bre