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Happy New Year My Basted Friends!

4 Jan

New year! New ambitions, aye?

Well let me be that typical lazy blogger and say for one:

(or at least I say I will…)

I am going to try to make some changes. I didn’t do too bad off last year. I lost weight, which I gained back. Oops. I did blog a little bit more, but not enough for my liking. I created my new etsy shop!


On Viva La Stitches, I have 4 items for sale.

4X4 custom

Kinda silly, but hey! They are there! I have plans of what to add onto the store. Some original pieces will be fun! I know I need to add so many things on there. However holiday hours at my work kicked my ass. Not enough alcohol could make up for 4am wake up calls!

With that, I promise to post more tutorials! Since my wedding was mostly DIY I will be making posts relating to those. I have the mini-veil tutorial one, but my wedding based tutes are seriously lackin’! I’m also sure I still have a 3rd installment of knitting gauge waiting to be written. Oops. Okay, that’s it! I am seriously putting some focus on this blog!

I also plan to be more organized. That includes tearing out and re-doing my closet! That should be fun. My whole life needs organization. I have all the apps and planners to do that. I have the resources..and some money to help with my physical things. And I have all the supplies in the world to make millions of product for Viva La Stitches! Now time to just do it!

I would like to thank everyone for their everlasting support! I truly appreciate it! All the follows, likes and comments I’ve gotten brighten up my days immensely!

Now to drink more coffee and Bailey’s while I make a way too long To-Do list!




|Tutorial Tuesday: Decoupaged Trays|

16 Aug

Richard’s sister has a cute little tray she put on the chaise part of her couch to hold the clickers, cups, snacks for little Morgan and more and I adore it! So I decided I wanted to make one or more of my own.

We went to the flea market and I picked up two darling little trays for .50! They had a pretty horrendous image already decoupaged on them, but thats the amazing thing about decoupage… you can cover anything up, just about.

I also have extra music sheets from the origami flowers I made for Breana’s wedding and since Richard and I love to play music, I thought that would be perfect to cover up those ugly beach images on the trays.

Im going to tell you the process to make your own, which really doesn’t require much. It was a very quick craft!


  • Tray{s} of any size and color
  • Pictures, paper, music sheets – anything paper that you want to cover the trays with
  • Modge Podge
  • Paint or sponge brush
  • Scissors
  • Cut your paper to size.
  • Make sure you wipe down the surface of the tray you will be pasting on – any debris might make it harder for the paper to stick. Let the surface dry and then apply a thin coating of the modge podge.
  • Place the paper on the tray and then apply another layer of modge podge on the top of the paper.
  • Wash your brush.
  • Let the tray dry at least 24 hours before use.
  • ENJOY!
See…. SO easy to do and it only took me about 10 minutes total. Go try it out!
Happy Crafting!

|Ashley Hosts Craft Night|

8 Aug

For quite some time now I’ve been wanting to host a craft night at my place. After months of trying and coordinating, finally I was able to have one! Four lovely ladies came over and we got to crafting, laughing, eating, drinking, and havin’ fun.

I set out some things for all us girls to craft and a few things that I wanted to work on personally as well as some snacks I made and wine. Crafting can work up an appetite you know! I had wood pieces, stencils, paints, feathers, suede lace, lace, buttons, elastic, hair clips and more for us to use. We created mostly hair tassels and headbands, but I was able to create a fabric birdie and a recipe board for my kitchen. Two of my girlfriends brought their babies so they were a little consumed with keeping them occupied, but had fun none-the-less.

Here are some of our creations from that night:

Front of recipe board

Back of recipe board

Fabric birdie I created for a customer

I am going to try and make this a once a month thing so us ladies can all get together and get our craft on. All of my friends have since thanked me for letting them share the fun and for meeting new people {none of the girlies that came had ever met before}…. thats a win for me!

Happy Crafting!


Thank You Post Card Tutorial

26 Jul

Since majority of my wedding was do it yourself, I thought the thank you cards should be as well. I wanted something cute and very crafty. If you look for thank you cards, they can become very expensive. Especially if you were spoiled as my husband & I and receive many gifts, those cards add up.  So I decided I’d make my own postcards, so save on paper and postage.

What’s so wonderful about this project is it can be used for more than just thank you’s. Everyone loves getting a mail, as long as it isn’t a bill. These are great for Birthdays, anniversaries, thinking of you’s, announcements, just because, and so on. You might want to just make up reasons to make these guys!

I made about 50 of these suckers:

Each one became a personal thank you in design. I thought I’d make a little tutorial on the basic of how I made these suckers.

Implements of Post Card Crafting:

  • Blank post cards – I bought some 4.25″x5.5 cards on Amazon. Cost me about $15 (with shipping) for 400 cards! I didn’t realize how many I bought until after. Other options are pictures, cardstock, and index cards. Just make sure they follow the measurement rules for post cards. For USPS this is: Minimum 3.5″x5″ and Maximum 4.25″x6″, with a thickness of .007″- .016″. Other wise, if they are bigger you will be paying more for postage.
  • Rubber Stamps – I bought my from Paper Source in Portland. Such a fun selection!
  • Ink pad – or paint if you’re so talented with it. I also bought this at Paper Source.
  • Decorative paper. I got some wedding scrapbooking card stock from Michaels.
  • Glue. I used 2.5 glue sticks for this project. However I recommend a stronger clear glue.
  • Scissors – I had a pair of decorative edge scissors like these: Kraft Scissors and normal kind.
  • Other: Ribbon, Tulle, Fabric, whatever other cool things that’ll glue. Be creative with this.

Now these are super easy to make, and the idea is to just be really creative:

  1. Get your post card out.
  2. Stamp it! My advice is to stamp on something hard like a table surface. I was using books & the box my postcards were in. I also stamped the “thank you” on the card as well.
  3. Add Decoration. For this one I added first the tulle. I glued the post card itself where the tulle was gonna sit, put the pre-cut tulle over it and used a paper to rub on top to make sure the glue stuck to the tulle.
  4. Glue on decorative paper. I pre-cut this paper with my awesome edging scissors. Put the glue on the back of the decorative paper instead of directly on the tulle. Your tulle will otherwise slide around and not participate.
  5. Tie a little bow, trim excess ribbon. Now glue that sucker on!

This one, I added an extra strip of decoration on top to add a bit more, pizzazz!

There you go! One post card down. I made quite a few, So I guess I’ll show you some of my favorites!

For this one I stamped on a piece of paper first, cut it out, glued it on. Then I cut 2 strips and glued those on, then the ribbon. Many times I cut the pieces a little longer than the post card and cut off the excess.

Why yes, that little thank you does have a mustache! I used the edge scissors to help create the outline of the mustache, and fixed it with my normal scissors.  I first glued on the ribbon, and added the craft paper. For the edges I carefully cute them out with the edge scissors.

And now, for the grand finale, ALL OF THEM! Well, in one picture, spread out:

Click the picture to zoom!

I really enjoyed this craft, and want to look more into making cards also. I’ve seen post card specific rubber stamps to put on the back, and I’m looking into buying a kit for future post cards and make them more authentic.  Also a tip, is I bought my postcard stamps online. It was much easier than going to the local post office, and they came in 2 days.

If you see a specific one that you want me to explain how I made it, feel free to comment, and I’ll dish all the details.  Now to finish filling them out and send them out! Whew.

Happy Paper Crafting!


|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!


f/stop this Blog’s Interview with Sew Basted I Wanna Purl

3 Apr

f/stop this blog with Richard Fusillo & David Rowe are featuring us for the month of April! These two young and amazing photographers asked us if they could feature our blog and what we are doing in all things crafty {at which of course we were stoked and said YES!}, interviewed us, took our photos, and asked us to give them a photography related challenge; which Breana & I are currently working on.

Here are some photos from the shoot and our interview:

1. Tell us what your blog is all about.

A fun blog about crafting in general with a focus on sewing and knitting. 🙂

2. How did you two ladies make the decision to create a blog about crafts?

Breana: I’ve attempted to start a couple blogs before, and one was a focus on my knitting adventures but it never quite panned out.

Ashley: I have always been big on blogging in my personal life and when I started to get in to sewing I wanted to include everyone in on that as well and share my adventures. It took one post on my personal blog for me to realize I wanted my adventures to be bigger than what my blog could allow. I also wanted someone to share that with me… so I asked Breana and she was all over that!

Breana: One day she called me, saying she wanted to do a crafting blog with me. I was flattered by the offer and on board right then.

3. What is your favorite beer or alcoholic drink to consume while crafting?

Breana: I like to stick with some beer, since ya know, it stains far less than wine. My current crafting favorites is Pete’s Wicked Strawberry Blonde or good ole’ Firestone DBA.

Ashley: Haha (Ashley laughs at Breana), that strawberry beer you gave me from our photoshoot night is still in my fridge waiting to get consumed. Maybe I’ll drink that tonight. Anyway, lately Richard and I have been baking strawberry pies. Yup, good ol’ homemade pies. When I’m sewing, I love to eat pie and when I eat pie I love to drink wine. So wine would be my fave, but I only drink it if I’m eating pie.

4. Are there any current projects happening or future ideas for the blog?

We are always brainstorming for ways to improve the blog. We want to be able to not only share our adventures in crafting and what we find useful, but to step it up and make what our fans, followers, viewers read helpful and entertaining. When we sat down to go over new things for the blog, we pretty much covered all the basis with the installments we introduced and the shop reviews that were already created. I think our goal is to build off of that and make it fun, maybe do more tutorials and give some advice to encourage more to create.

5. If you were a vegetable, how would you be cooked?

Ashley: Don’t cook me! I want to be raw. Everything is better in the raw.

Breana: Steamed! That way people find me delicious and good for them as well.

6. What has been your favorite craft project so far? This applies to both of you. What about the most challenging?

Breana: I call myself a multi-tasked/multi-crafted individual. I’m always hopping from one craft to the next. For the most part, I have a soft spot for knitting. The most challenging would perhaps be sewing. I love it but I get lazy, crooked and can’t sew a straight line.

Ashley: I am the complete opposite. I am a stick to whatcha know kinda girl. Sewing is my cup of tea and knitting is, well, not. This past month (March) was National Craft Month and I made it a point to try new crafts. All of those new crafts, if you read my posts about them, were challenging.

7. How does your blog support the local scene and all the hand-making artisans out there?

Ashley: Right when the blog started, I introduced writing reviews; every month I feature a Etsy shop (supporting hand-made) and review a local craft, knit, or sew store. I am not sure if they know I wrote about them, but I hope that it gives our followers and fans a good insight on what’s out there. I try to keep each review personal and non-biased as far as opinions go. That way, anyone who is reading can get useful information. I’d like to make it bigger and I’m not gonna lie… I’d like to get recognized for it as well eventually.

Breana: Thanks to Ashley keeping an close eye on events on the Central Coast she’s been able to give our readers a heads up on what’s going on. I hope to do the same for Portlanders.

8. Name a craft you want to learn. And if there’s a reason why, explain.

Breana: Hmm. Scrapbooking I would believe. I’ve done so many other crafts but yet never even dabbled in it. I love all the fun supplies that go along with it. I just feel like I don’t have the time or money to invest into it quite yet. One day I hope…

Ashley: Simply put… None. I am not a crafter in any way what-so-ever. However, I would like to broaden the spectrum of products I make and learn how to make clothes, someday, one day…maybe.

9. Where did the name “Sew Basted I Wanna Purl” come from? Cause it’s rad.

Breana: It was really a random thought that popped in my head. I come up with some bad puns and play on words. This time though I was pretty proud of myself. I get so giddy when people actually get it!

Ashley: (shaking her head) I get it and I love it.

10. If you could…would you?!

Ashley: Hell yes I would as long as you do it with me!

Breana: Oh, trust me…I would. But I wouldn’t advise many others to follow.

11. Favorite sewing technique that you swear by?

Breana: Does YouTube count as a technique? (laughs)

Ashley: Yes, Breana it does. Trust me :)

Breana: Anyway, I think my favorite is gathering cause it’s a quick baste & string pull, but adds cute details to projects.

12. Give our readers and your fans some advice. If they are starting to dive into arts and crafts what should they do first? What approach should they take, and what type of crafts do you recommend for someone that doesn’t have a giant income but really wants to start DIYing?

Breana: First off, the internet is your friend! There’s tons of sites you can learn a new craft without buying anything.

Ashley: There isn’t really any one craft that I can suggest to someone. Except for origami, cause that is the shit! If anything, you will just continue with origami for the sole purpose of trying to perfect that damn crane you can’t seem to get right! But in all seriousness, it is all about what you want to do and how involved you want to get. There are plenty of kits you can buy that are less than $20 that you can find at craft stores or even Walmart.

Breana: Also check your local thift stores for supplies.

Ashley: Research plays another big key…think outside the box for resources. You just might find an unexpected place that can do just what you need to help you in your crafting adventure.

Breana: One pretty cheap and fun craft are postcards too!

Ashley: By the way, DIYing is the shit also! Saves you crap loads of money!

Ashley: Since the question below wasn’t answered before in a previous interview and I was completely intrigued and quite offended that this wasn’t asked for ours, I took it upon myself to answer it for you.

What is your current opinion on the controversial topic of celestial reproduction amongst foreign domains?

First, I broke it down:

Current = Right now. | Opinion = My personal thoughts on any particular topic or subject.

Controversial = A topic that could lead to tension or ill will. | Celestial = Of relation to the sky.

Reproduction = The process of producing babies, which I would like to do.. soon.

Foreign = Not native, outside of your country, does not belong.

Domains = A territory over which rule or control is exercised.

Right now, my thoughts are, yes – I do believe in alien abduction but I am unsure if they can impregnate you and have their little alien babies take over our Earth.

Breana: I was going to go on and on about how I can’t comprehend why this trend is so controversial… but instead decided to go along with Ashley’s answer…

reproduction amongst foreign… yeah….

We feel very honored to be featured by Richard & David and shown recognition for what we do and where we want to be. Thank you guys for the feature and for your rad questions. Oh and the photos. We dig ’em and you guys!

Richard Fusillo

David King Rowe

f/stop this blog

~Breana & Ashley

Freebie Friday!

25 Mar

So in the fun of moving, there’s the greatness of packing. Along with packing, though, does come this nice cleanse. I do enjoy being able to minimize my belongings and get rid of things I no longer need to hold onto. Well, lucky you guys! You get to benefit from my move.

So we’re gonna be giving away some yarn from my stash. The big part is some (4 to 5)  yarn skeins (40 yards per) I bought, and never used. These guys are not the greatest…feeling…yarn. However it would be great to practice, make some household goods, anything that you won’t be wearing I’d recommend, oh and it’s 100% wool. Maybe a small rug? It’s bulky yarn in a sexy shade of…tan.

But don’t worry that’s not all. I’m also including this awesome scrap stash. I know this doesn’t seem too awesome, but there’s actually a decent amount to make a little beanie for a doll, a coaster or 2, and how many patterns have you needed waste yarn or a stitch holder for and can’t find a contrasting color? And one more thing – this snazzy skein of orange yarn. I believe it is a worsted weight Cascade wool. But I can’t guarantee that.

This little bundle will be available to enter immediately.

First, Leave a comment telling us:

What your go to craft is? What is your number one crafting hobby?

I know mine is knitting, and Ashley is absolutely in love with sewing.

But wait! You also have an extra chance to win! If you tweet this lovely little ditty:

Me oh my! Win a prize from the girls at sewbastediwannapurl! @basteandpurl http://bit.ly/ht14nR #craft #giveaway #sew #knit

After you tweet it, just comment again with your twitter name. So you are allowed 2 comments, which makes 2 entries. Pretty exciting!

You know the fine print deal: Only USA residents, no duplicating more than 2 entries or you will be disqualified.

This giveaway will end Monday at 11:59 pm. That’s right, giving you a few more hours to enter! Winners will be chosen with a random number generator announced Tuesday.

Happy Crafting!

Breana & Ashley

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