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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!




So you wanna make a blanket?

22 Aug

There are certain milestones in sewing, knitting and crocheting. There’s the first scarf that took way too long. The socks, or atleast, sock for those who lost momentum. There’s the sweater we all know and love. Then, there’s the blanket, or for fancy yarn kids, afghan.

I can say with pride, I made a quilt! Yep, with my own bare hands. Well my hands, and a sewing machine, I made an adorable lap quilt for my grandma. When I made it, I didn’t use a pattern, and I cheated and used some flat sheets (you know, for beds) as my solid fabric. Pretty sure the most time consuming item on the quilt agenda wasn’t the squares, or even the actual quilting. Oh no, that bias tape I made specialty was quite the task! Mostly because I used all the print fabrics alternating to vamp up all that blue. For some silly reason, I’ve seem to not take a picture of the finished product. Who does that? haha.

Anywho, I also started to knit a blanket. I’m pretty sure I’ve made 3 full squares now? Maybe? After it boring me (that stockinette stitch apparently does not keep my interest) I’ve finally decided I’m going to frog it and start again. Since I’ve been looking for something quick and easy, I thought I’d share some patterns you too could attempt at creating your crafting milestone! For quilts, some of my favorite blocks and patterns was from Oh Fransson!

Picture Credit to Elizabeth Hartman from Oh Fransson!

Charm Squares Baby Quilts Pattern

Picture Credit to Elizabeth Hartman from Oh Fransson!

Nine Patch Lattice Quilt Pattern

I used the “wonky” version to make these squares for my squares.

This is 4 of my wonky squares sewn together.

Look at those beauties. My Grandma loved how unique this end up looking. I got the idea to use bed sheets from the next pattern. However I got some very low grade sheets at that, haha. I’m sure that quilt won’t stay together forever, but I’m still oh so proud. Anywho:

Picture Credit to Elizabeth Hartman from Oh Fransson!

12 + 2 = Q Quilt Pattern

Now on to the Knitting!

Picture credit to chemknits.com

10 Hour Afghan

You can make this smaller of course for less time. It’s basically large needles (or hook for crochet), bulky or multiple strands held together. This one she used 8 Strands. As you can tell there are 2 strips sewn together. I’ve been meaning to find some discount yarn and large needles to do this for a small throw. could make it up during a marathon!

Picture credit to verypink.com

Log Cabin BlanketRavelry

This guy is really neat since it has a very quilt like look. And it’s super easy! There is even a video to help out! I plan to use my many scraps for one of these. Well, this and some mug cozies.

Picture credit to verypink.com

Mitered Squares

now that bright yarn you saw earlier where I was talking about using to make a afghan. Those are going be turning into mitered squares. I have an idea with the black as a base color, but we’ll see how that goes. What’s great is this is pretty mindless knitting and can be altered rather easily.

Now go get ’em tiger! Make some awesome blankets for this winter.

Let me know if you have any awesomely easy patterns that you know of!

Happy Crafting!


|Tutorial Tuesday: Half Apron & Napkins|

26 Jul

Finally, I am offering this tutorial plus one! Half apron vintage inspired and coordinating dinner napkins. Both are very easy to make and don’t require a lot of photos so I apologize for the lack of photo demonstration.



  • {1} 24×15 piece of main fabric for skirting
  • {1} 55×8 piece of coordinating fabric for belting
  • {2} 4×4 pieces of same coordinating fabric for pockets
  • {2} buttons
  • Baste 1 inch from top of main fabric leaving thread length on both ends
  • Pull lightly on the top thread of each end, manipulating fabric along thread
  • Once you have it gathered how you like, press the gathers
  • You can either round the bottom corners for a more vintage look or keep squared for a café look
  • Fold the bottom and two sides in 1/4″ and press
  • Stitch around edges to finish then set aside
  • Take your belting piece and fold it in half, right sides together
  • Sew along the edge 1/4″ in
  • Turn right side out and press where seam is in the middle
  • Turn each open end in 1/4″ and top stitch to finish
  • Sew the skirting and belting together by placing the right side of the skirting along the long edge of the right side of the belting and make 1/4″ stitch across
  • Unfold and press
  • Fold in and press all four edges of your pocket; repeat for second pocket {you can round the bottom corners to coordinate with the skirting if you wish, before you fold in and press the edges}
  • Top stitch the top of the pocket
  • Sew the pockets to the skirting in your desired spots
  • Hand sew one button on each pocket
  • Adorn with your label and tah dah
Your very own apron!
  • {1} 18×18 piece of fabric of your choice
  • Fold in all four edges 1/4 ” and press
  • Snip each top fold in each corner for a more finished look
  • Top stitch
And yeah, that is pretty much it. So easy! Repeat four times for a set if desired!
Check back next Tuesday for the tutorial on the pot holders that go with this set!
Happy Sewing!

Do It Yourself Wedding Tutorials

15 Jul

by Richard Fusillo

Well hello there crafties.

After a lot of planning, decorating, stressing, and help from friends and family, I am married to such an amazing man. Now I can put Mrs. before my name, and flaunt my ring.

by Richard Fusillo

Lucky for you guys, majority of my wedding was D.I.Y. So now you get to benefit from the multiple tutorials I will be revealing through out the next weeks. Here’s a list of things that I (or someone else who helped) made for my wedding.

  • Mason Jar Decorations
  • Origami Flowers
  • Candle set-ups
  • Boutonnieres
  • Veil
  • Feather Hair Accessory
  • Mixed CD’s & Cases
  • Garters (future Guest post)

Now I’m not sure what everyone wants to read about first. If anyone has a suggestion of what they want to see, feel free to comment and I’ll do my best to move it first in line! Now for me, I better get my married butt moving crafting and taking pictures.



*pictures features were taken by Richard Fusillo. Which some of you know as Ashley’s beau.*

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

World Wide Knit in Public Day!

9 Jun

Here Here! I was reading some knitting daily (on my handy iPhone app) and came across this lovely article about WWKIP! Yes, World Wide Knit in Public Day. (Note: thanks to Ron White whenever I read “public” I pronounce it as “pub-bliCK”. Extra kudos to those who get this reference.) Now the name of this event is a bit deceiving as you see, it is actually a week long even. Well, I think I would love to participate in this somehow someway. I think I shall hop over to one of the local coffee shops around here and knit a bit. For those of you who are hermits like myself, you should go get some sunshine and do the same!

This starts June 11th to the 19th. On the site: http://www.wwkipday.com/, you can look up where there will be meet-ups! For you Portlanders there will be one in Hillsboro at the Farmer’s Market Civic Center on June 18th. It starts at 9am, so you’ll rise and knit pretty much. For more information click me!

Now for you California Knitters on the Central Coast, we have one hosted at the Cambria Historical Museum on June 19th at 10:30am. For more information feel free to click here!

You can also host an event if you like as well! Hope you all get some fun sun knit going! A great inspiration for those summer knits. Hope to see some cotton yarn being put to use!

Happy Summer Knitting!


Michael’s Celebrates National Craft Month

14 Mar

Here is what’s happening at Michael’s Craft stores around the nation for National Craft Month:

March 19 – The Knack Family Event {While supplies last} – ages 3 and up

  • Make it and take it – clay pot and saucer {with purchase of materials}. Turn a clay pot into a giant decorative cupcake. 10am-Noon

March 20 – Bead Event {While supplies last} – for adults

  • Make it and take it – a ‘sea breeze necklace’… starts at 1pm {with purchase of pendant}
  • Free demo – ‘pearl cluster earrings’… starts at 2pm
  • Make it and take it – ‘bracelet’… starts at 3pm
  • Free demo – ‘twist tie flower ring’… starts at 4pm

March 26 – FREE Scrapbook Page & FREE Shadowbox Demo {While supplies last} – adults only

  • Make the most of your memories with a stylish make it and take it scrapbook shadowbox. 10am-Noon

March 27 – The Knack FREE Family Event {While supplies last} – ages 3 and up

  • Make it and take it bottle caps. Design your own creation! 1-3pm

All month long Michael’s is offering a complete acrylic painting class for 40% off! See store associate for class date & times.

All month long Michael’s is offering scrapbooking classes for 40% off! See store associate for class date & times.

You can visit Michael’s to view more event details and see photos of the crafting events listed.