Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Magnets N' Stuff

School pictures. A new one when school starts, a new one when sports start, a new one taken with a friend..... you really have to keep up with these before that old picture hanging in the hallway doesn't even look like the kid that just walked through the back door. Easy enough- until the frame has to be taken down and dismantled, the picture has to be trimmed.... then trimmed again, the nail in the wall has to be tightened up with a few more smacks... then the argument with getting the frame to hang straight. Wouldn't it just be easier to... Yes! A frame with magnetic backing and magnets to hold the picture in place! Easy switcheroo!

So, I made a couple of these frames with magnetic backing. Accented with different fabrics, these garage-sale frames took on a whole new look. Photo frame concept-makeover! So I whipped up a few magnets using my vintage buttons, beads and other things and wah-lah... matching magnets!

Be sure to check them out on my website:

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Four New Items

I was working on a new project last week and looked up from my sewing machine to find pins laying all over the place. I had pulled each one out of the fabric I was sewing and just sort of "tossed" it to the side- trying to keep the material feeding straight. Quick and easy solution for the moment, but as the fabric began to move behind the sewing machine, pins began to drop on the floor. "I need a pincushion!"

I ran across the cute idea of making a pincushion out of a half-pint mason jar. I gathered some scrap pieces of fabric, batting from my grandma, and plugged in the glue gun. Along with a couple of blisters on my fingers from the hot glue, what I got was a super-cute pincushion with its own storage space for pins not in use. Fantastic! So, I made 4 more!

Tonight, I posted them on Etsy. As I was posting one, the others were getting views already! Exciting! Sounds like small potatoes, but it's a step toward my dream of working for myself; sewing, crafting, wiring, etc.

Check them out at: