Archive | June, 2011

|Breana & Calebs D.I.Y. Crafty Wedding|

30 Jun

June 25th 2011 was an amazing day… co-blogger Breana got hitched! A lot of prep went into pulling the day together and I am super proud of all us girls that helped – even Breana created the most amazing accessories for herself. I love when a bride gets totally D.I.Y. for the big day. It saves money, vendor hassles, can potentially be more eco-friendly, and brings you and your wedding party closer together – you feel more connected and involved on your big day.

I was asked to make origami flowers and oh I did. I even recruited a friend to help out. I ordered some music sheets from Love To Fly on Etsy, cut them to size, looked at the tutorial, and created beautiful paper flowers. My friend got silver origami sheets and did the same thing. Oh, man, let me tell you – glue dots… best friend in origami!

Aside from the gazillion origami flowers the D.I.Y. process resulted in handmade cd ‘mixtape’ covers, cupcake sleeves & toppers, centerpieces, garter, headpiece, veil, bouquet, and more. With a music wedding theme based around the colors white, black, red, and silver the outcome was seriously jammin. Heres a looksie at what a group of people pulled together for the girl {and guy} we all love – Breana & Caleb Whittington! {As well as some lovely photos from the wedding itself}


Gorgeous bride, handsome groom, and yes thats Elvis – the officiant. He was funny!

What a beautiful, handmade veil! Handmade by the bride herself. Crafty & clever.



One of the awesome cupcake toppers that mimics the wedding invites!

Carrot cake cupcake – delicious

Ok, I literally looked at this photo just now and am getting teary eyed. Our whole table was a crying mess about this time. First dance.

Handmade headpiece by Breana for the reception

Cupcake sleeves and clever wristbands for the guests. I got silver – 21 and over baby, bring on the beer! Red were for the little ‘uns who couldn’t drink – boohoo!

Beautiful handmade origami flower bouquet by the bride herself!

Close up of one of the flowers on the bouquet

‘Mixtape’ with handcrafted case and adorned with guitar pics imprinted with the bride & grooms name & date of ceremony. So clever & cute. And, by the way, I put this mixtape in and no – there isn’t sad music on it – but I sure cried like a baby! I’m so happy for them.

The bride, Breana, fellow co-blogger, & I! Eeeep!

I am so happy for Breana & Caleb and though I miss them dearly, I hope Portland treats them well and they start their new married life {sheesh, tears are rolling now} together in a perfect place.

Also, ahem, Bre… now you must blog your personal D.I.Y. crafty wedding experience as soon as you get back from HAWAII!

Congratulations Breana & Caleb Whittington {tears, still rolling}!

Happy Wedding Crafting!



|Craft Time: Earring Holder Tutorial|

29 Jun

We decided to move my little ‘sewing area’ into the spare room and completely turn that into our office. Richard will now edit photos entirely in there as well as use one wall as a small studio space and I will now sew, cut, craft, and brainstorm entirely in there as well; though I am blogging this from the couch sitting next to him while we watch Stan Lee’s Super Human show on Nettflix.

In moving all my sewing supplies, table, machine, etc. I decided that I would reorganize everything once again. I came across some picture frames that I scored at the Goodwill for super cheap that I plan on using for a current art project. I don’t plan on doing much with this project so I took one of the frames and got an idea after looking at a fabric scrap left over from a canvas artist roll up brush case – make an earring holder. It’s really simple to make if you have the right stuff. Here I’ll give you the jist of it all and how to make one for yourself.

Materials Used:

{1} 5x5in frame, but you can use any size frame you want to fit your needs

{1} piece of scrap fabric, lace, or any other pierceable material cut to size – make sure the fabric shows only in the frame

{1} staple gun

{1} hammer


Take the glass insert out of the frame and detach the back {the part that allows you to stand the frame up on a table or mantle} so you just have the frame itself.

Place the fabric across the back of the frame making sure the right side of the fabric is showing in the front of the frame.

Staple the four corners of the fabric to the frame, stretching the fabric at each corner before you staple.

Next place several more staples in, stretching the fabric as you go along.

Hammer the staples in all the way so theyre flush with the frame and dont stick out.

Trim any fabric that shows if necessary and trim fabric around the hanger hardware so you can hang it on the wall.

Put your earrings in, hang it in your bathroom, bedroom, hallway, or wherever, step back, and admire!

See, super easy! And it really only took me 5 minutes, including the idea popping into my head!

{Thanks Richard for letting me use the staple gun and hammer, even though you had a questioning concern in your voice when I asked you where they were}

Happy Crafting!


|Work in Progress Wednesday|

29 Jun



So for this installment of Work in Progress Wednesday I will be telling you about a three week project.

Recently Ive been trying to find a use for some adorable fabric I picked up from the Japanese import collection of Magumi Sakikibara at Birch a while ago that I had an abundance of. The pattern was sporadic and wouldn’t make sense for the type of product I create so I decided to make an accent pillow out of it.

The pillow part was easy. Heck, the whole thing would have been easy. Except…. All I had was cotton batting. And that doesn’t really work well when you’re stuffing a pillow. And I should know that, but I tried it anyway, cutting up the batting into little, unusable pieces which now I have no use for. What a waste of $3.99. So when I had a quick minute, I headed into Beverlys and bought some actual polyfill – you know, the kind of material you’re supposed to use to stuff a pillow with.

All I need to do now is stitch up the part where I stuffed it and tah dah! Accent pillow three weeks in the making! Not sure what to do with this one. Maybe Freebie Friday, maybe a contest, maybe sell it on Etsy? Who knows? Tell me, what do you want me to do with it?

Beverly’s Fabrics July Classes

27 Jun

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


  • Tiered Skirt | July 9 10:00-3:00 | Instructor – Ellen | $40
  • Next Step Sewing: Buttons & Zippers | July 6 & July 13 6:00-8:30 | Instructor – Ellen | $40 for both classes
  • Beginning Knitting: Knitted Loom Hat | Every Wednesday 3:30-4:30 | Instructor – Alicia | $12
  • Lace Knitting | July 5 6:00-8:00 & July 6 5:00-7:00 | Instructor – Malia | $22
  • Turtle Keychain | July 12 6:00-8:30 & July 13 5:00-7:30 | Instructor – Malia | $27
  • Knitted Socks | July 19 5:30-8:30 & July 20 5:00-7:00 | Instructor – Malia | $30
  • Cables & Bobbles | July 26 6:00-8:00 & July 27 5:00-7:00 | Instructor – Malia | $22
Be sure to check back each month for alist of classes they will offer. Class sign-ups must be made 24 hours in advance. 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

|I’ve Never Folded so Much Paper in My Life|

20 Jun

With Breana’s wedding nearing, finishing these origami flowers are imperative, so I sat down to get the last few petals attached. After completing several, folding more paper for the few mini ones, and gluing – I ran out of glue dots. {Which, by the way, are amazing and completely worth purchasing over using regular old craft glue in this situation!} I won’t be able to finish the rest till Wednesday {I’d do them tomorrow, but its Breana’s bachelorette party, wooooooo!} so I put them down and started on another origami project.

I’ve been wanting to try and master a few things I failed on at the origami party we had at Breana’s house a few months ago. I purchased this origami paper pack at San Luis Art Supply last month and to my surprise, when I opened the pack, there were instructions on how to make some of the things I couldn’t master that first time.

I decided to start in the back {advanced} and work my way to the front {beginner}. I started with a box, then on to a wishing star, next a fortune cookie, then a swan, and last an airplane. For some reason, I pretty much got them all, even the advanced and intermediate ones, on the first try!

After seeing how neat they looked, I got out my fancy origami paper and did my favorite ones one more time.

Now, I am incredibly addicted and am going to look up how to make the owl I made before, but came out so crappy I wasn’t even proud. Who wants to have an origami craft night? I’m serious. That owl will be made.

Happy Crafting!


|Featured Etsy Seller of the Month: May|

16 Jun

This month I decided to feature a rad shop that consists of one of my long time ago friends Jasmine and her friend Danielle – JazzyDans Diapers. I chose this shop because these girls do really rad work, do custom orders, and are very sweet – plus, sometime in the near future I might actually need to make use of this shop….

I haven’t actually purchased anything from them and normally I don’t listen to feedback given, whether positive or negative, on Etsy because I feel it’s all too personalized and overly opinionated, but I trust that when we need to purchase some ultra rad cloth diapers from them we will get the quality and customer service expected. Plus, Jasmines one of my good friends…. That’s why I feel confident featuring this shop.

These two ladies will pretty much make you any cloth diaper design they can get their hands on. They have listings already in their shop, but you can make a special request and as soon as you do, the excitement of creating these cute little masterpieces to be adorned on the butt of your baby sets in and the girls get to work right away. If it’s a custom order you’re asking for, you will not be disappointed!

I had the pleasure of swinging by their booth at the Birth & Baby Fair in SLO last month and I am glad I did because I had been wanting to check out these awesome products that my eyes have only glanced upon in pictures online. Seeing them in person is much more satisfying than photos and the quality of work in impeccable. Their fun designs complete the product – who wouldn’t wanna put one of these on the bottom of their baby? I know we will.

Plus, really, these ladies are awesome. They’re resourceful and kind so it’s no wonder they’ve had 71 sales in only eight months with 100% feedback!

Aside from all that amazingness, another reason why I chose to feature this shop with these items is because I am very big on being green, eco-friendly, and supporting handmade. Imagine how much waste you can eliminate just by purchasing ONE cloth diaper from them?

Way to go ladies! Keep up the good work and soon enough I’ll be placing our first order. Can’t wait!

To check out more info on this shop and their policies, go here.


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JazzyDans Diapers get 5 baby bottoms up from me!

Happy Crafting and all things handmade!


|Wait, what does ‘overlock’ mean??|

13 Jun

I literally have only been sewing since Octoberish of last year. In such a small amount of time, I feel, I have accomplished a lot. I have created some pretty awesome product, have made some good money from it, and am only getting better.

With that said, I still don’t know anything other than pinning and running fabric through a machine. There is still so much for me to learn! Even with terms, like when I’m following a pattern and it tells me about cutting to grain or selvedge. Whatever that means. So I thought it would be useful for me to share some sewing terms with you and learn some myself in the process! All these terms were found in the UK magazine ‘Sew Hip’.

Also, if you have some terms not listed here that you would like to share, please email us and let us know so we can add it to the ever growing {make-shift} dictionary of ours!

Appliqué: Sewing a piece of fabric on top of another piece of fabric for decorative reasons.

Backstitching: Sewing back and forth over the same stitches to lock the end or the beginning of a line of sewing.

Bias: Runs diagonally to the straight grain of fabric. Fabric cut on the bias has more stretch.

Basting: The sewing of a large, temporary stitch, by hand or machine.

Binding: Encasing the raw edges of a blanket or quilt with another piece of fabric.

Blanket Stitch: A hand or machine stitch that is used to neaten the edge of a blanket, buttonhole, or another seam line.

Darn: To repair a hole by using stitches going back and forth that fill the hole.

Dart: A v-shaped, tapered adjustment to a pattern to allow more fullness in the bust area or less fullness in the waist or back.

Embellish: To add special stitching, appliqués, or other decorations to your sewing project.

Facing: Fabric sewn on the raw edge of a garment piece, which is turned under and serves as a finish for the edge as well.

Fat Quarter: A quilting term on fabric. A fat quarter is 1/4 yard of fabric, about 18x22in., as opposed to a regular 1/4 yard, which is 9x45in.

Feed Dog: The ‘teeth’ under the plate on a sewing machine that moves the fabric along.

Finish {an edge}: To turn under 1/4in and stitch or serge the edge so it doesn’t fray or have too much bulk.

Fold Line: Pattern pieces are often placed on the fold of a piece of fabric.

Fuse: The use of a special material that melts to ‘glue’ two layers together. The fusing works by being melted by an iron.

Free Motion: Generally a quilting technique that involves lowering the feed dogs {or covering them} and sewing with total free movement of the fabric.

Gathering: A method of easing a seam to allow insertion of sleeves and other rounded pattern pieces.

Grain: The direction of the fabric that runs parallel to the selvedge.

Hem: An edge that is turned under to the inside of a sewn item, and sewn.

Interfacing: An unseen addition to various parts of a garment, which adds body that the fbric alone would not add.

Inseam: The seam on a trouser leg that runs from the crotch to the hem.

Notion: A term used for any item used for sewing, other than the fabric and the machine.

Notch: A notch is shown on a pattern with a dark diamond. They are commonly cut outward and should be matched on seams.

Overlock: An overcast stitch to prevent the fraying of fabric edges.

Placket: The v-shaped opening at the end of a sleeve that is finished with a bias strip before the cuff is attached.

Pressing: A different process than ironing. Instead of running the iron across the fabric, you gently lift the iron to press a new area as to not distort the fabric grain.

Right Side: The right side of the fabric is the side the design is on. Sometimes a fabric has no discernible right side, so then it is up to the sewer to decide which is the right side.

Rotary Cutter: A cutting tool used in quilting to cut fabric instead of scissors. Shaped like a pizza cutter, it is perfect for cutting long strips of fabric or many layers at once.

Running Stitch: A simple stitch often used for basting or as bias {marking} for another, more decorative stitch.

Satin Stitch: A zig zag stitch with a shortened length that forms a continuous, solid line.

Seam Allowance: The area between the stitching and raw, cut edge of the fabric. Your pattern should say which seam allowance you are to use, often 1/4in, 1/2in, or 5/8in.

Stash: A collection of fabrics, threads tools and more, which you need for sewing.

Stay Stitch: A line of stitching just inside {about 1/8in} the intended permanent stitch line on curved edges that stabilizes the curve.

Selvedge: The edges of the fabric that have the manufacturer’s information.

Stitch in the Ditch: A method of stitching close to a seam allowance or in the seam itself, often used in quilting.

Straight Stitch: The regular stitch that most sewing machines make.

Top Stitch: A decorative or functional stitch that is usually 1/4in from the edge of a seam.

Tension: Your sewing machine has two types of tension – the thread tension and the bobbin tension.

Tack: To sew a few stitches in one spot, by hand or machine, to secure two items.

Walking Foot: An attachment for your sewing machine that enables smoother sewing when quilting several layers of fabric together.

Warp: The threads that run the length of a woven fabric.

Weft: The threads that run at a right angle to the warp – also known as the cross grain.

Wrong Side: The side of the fabric that has no design or that you don’t want facing outwards.

Zig Zag Stitch: Is a stitch that goes one way {zig} and then the other {zag} and provides a nice finish to a seam to prevent fraying. It can also be used as a decorative stitch.

I have definitely done quite a few of these terms with the products I’ve created – I am so glad to know there is an actual word for what I do! Maybe I can study them a little bit more and when I blog I can actually use them in tutorials and such, where they’re important to use!

Happy Sewing!