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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Oh My - I've been busy!

Despite my desire and longing to sew, life is still getting the best of me.  For those interested in seeing what, tune into Jennylouraya.com.


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Intro- Who I am.

I'm back! Thank you for inspiring me Dana Made It! and WhipStitch!

video

Monday, July 4, 2011

Quilting clueless?

I've heard of ladies sewing for cash, but has anyone tried quilting for cash? Below is a beginner video on quilting.  Here is a link on a quilting for cash quilting program.



Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hello Kitty Ring

I have been intrugued and renewed my childhood interest in Hello Kitty. I came across this on Modcloth. It is not officially called a Hello Kitty ring, but can we think of anything but? You decide =)

Ring

Ring (see more bow jewelry)

Source: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2TitZ3/www.polyvore.com/my_top_favourite_rings/collection?id=670517

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Classic Hello Kitty!


Hello Kitty's Paradise Hello Kitty's Paradise - Pretty Kitty (Vol. 1)

Shannon Makes Stuff: Adding Straps to Your Tube Top

Shannon Makes Stuff: Adding Straps to Your Tube Top: "I picked up this dress for $3.00 at Old Navy. You can't beat that. The problem is that I have not been blessed in the northern region. There..."

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Art of Selling Art via Success Magazine July 2011

I just finished up reading an article on Timothy Adams. Very talented.
To check out his site click here.
Or copy and past his Etsy Store URL http://www.etsy.com/shop/TimothyAdamDesigns.


 Hubby liking belt by Timothy Adams =)

Friday, March 11, 2011

All-in-One Organizer Give Away

simply got to Raya31.com and enter by telling me which one you would like to win.

9 prints to choose from!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

March is National Craft Month and the Jo-Ann Crafts Ad Coupons

I am only aware of March as National Craft Month only because I got my latest Jo-Ann flier in the mail. I always look through these with amazement and thinking of all the things I could do if I just had this and had that. Then I get to the end of the pages... and sigh... because I know that I already have way too much supplies and to justify another trip with the babies in tow. I do want and have so many things as it is and no time to even do and use what I already have. I have repeated this same exact scenario a dozen times before. The only difference now is that I don't go to the store and come out with a bunch of stuff for projects I want to do but will never get around to doing it.

About the ad... lots of new things.... Spring prints, etc. I'm loving the shopping cart cover featured on page 4 (Simplicity 4225). It is made of fleece and so I am assuming that there is less sewing involved as fleece just does not fray or require as much stitching as cotton blends do.

The lamps are all 40% off with the lowest price one featured at $29.99. I would love to recommend a lamp I found at Costco for under $20. It is black and tabletop size. It is magnificent, looks great, and it a life saver to the eyes. I can only do crafting late nights when I am done with everything and kids asleep and with this lamp, it is like sunshine right over my table. I can't find it anywhere onine. The closest thing is this one but what I got was much nicer:



Coupons. I have always wondered why there are so many coupons on one page when in fine print it says that they cannot be combined with any other coupons. I asked about that and it turns out that I can use several coupons in one sale transaction. If you have 5 items, you can use 5 coupons as long as they are not expired and given that they correlate with the items being purchased at that time. You can use "40% off regular-priced notions item" and "40% off regular-priced item" in one sales transaction if you have those two things there. But can one use more than one "40% off any one regular-priced item"? Yes and No. Yes, but only if the bar code numbers are different from each other on the two coupons. Yes, even if the coupon have the same offers, you can use it in one sales transaction as long as the bar code numbers are different. So I asked, "You don't need me to come back 10 times or do 9 separate transactions just so I can use my coupons?" And she confirmed, "Just make sure the bar codes differ." Got it!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I am on a sewing brake because...

1) i have too much on my plate. even allowing my domain name expire as I am not able to put all my attention to it at the moment.

2) i need to put my efforts on my Thirty-One Gifts venture. What is it? Check it out here: http://www.mythirtyone.com/mompreneur/

3) blogging in regards to Thirty-One http://raya31.com takes time too.

4) planning birthday parties for my kids is a lot of work

5) attending baby showers and birthday parties of friends' kids keeps me from the computer.

6) learning how to make, post, and edit videos on YouTube before I turn 30 in less than a month is a big project for a dinosaur like me.

Hope to sew with you all sew soon!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Stitch by Stitch is an awesome book!




I have yet to do the projects as I just got it yesterday but while going through while sitting around with my kids, I was very impressed with the simplicity, creativity, pictures, and tone of her writing. I will do a more thorough review when I have the chance to get into it. My intent is that this be the first sewing from I do from cover to cover.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

'Care from the bolt' tip from getsewing.com

When you purchase fabric, take note of the care instructions printed on the end of the fabric bolt; (printed care labels used to be available at the cutting tables). Before laying out the pattern pieces, you need to preshrink the fabric and straighten the grain. These two simple steps ensure easy-care garments with straight hanging seams and hems. Preshrink linings & interlinings too.

Sewing lessons give student confidence to make pillows, tablecloths and dresses

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/04/AR2011010405013.html?sid=ST2011010504032

Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Sewing Books: Stitch by Stitch and Martha Stewart's Sewing....

Hubby has been such an amazing support of my new year's resolution of everything sewing.  We are totally revamping the whole living room and turning it into a sewing studio where I can sew away and teach others the art of sewing as well.  He took me to B&N today to pick up sewing magazines but after looking through them was not too impressed at $6.99-$9.99 an issue, I headed to the sewing books.  I thought I hit the jackpot but was just too overwhelmed with the selection.  It hasn't been too long since looking out for a good sewing book and was surprised to see so many new ones.  I knew that I had just hold off, log online, read reviews and decide on the one I want.  After doing just that, I came up with 2 books that I will be adding to my sewing library.  They are Stitch by Stitch: Learning to Sew, One Project at a Time and Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts: Basic Techniques for Sewing, Applique, Embroidery, Quilting, Dyeing, and Printing, plus 150 Inspired Projects from A to Z.  I chose them both for their reviews and both come with CDs that have the patterns and templates ready for print out.

There were other books that I was interested in store but after seeing that their patterns required extra steps, if I wanted to preserve them for future use, I backed out.  I hate it when they have 10 things or patterns on one big sheet and I am required to trace them with trace paper blah blah blah... I know that is poor excuse to not buy a sewing book, but at this point, I find it gives me a headache to see all that print and lines jumbled together and a bigger headache figuring out which line I should or should not trace and transfer... ugh! I really could my time better, like, cutting, or something.  Anyway, so I await these books.

I ordered from Barnes & Noble.  I had a gift card and with 25% off with the code E4A4D3W along with the use of my MasterCard (debit, of course), my only out of pocket was $10.83.  Sweet Sewing!

Purchased Singer SF150G (Dress Form) in Small

It's not top of the line or the most beautiful or anything but something that is closest to my size and has decent reviews and decently priced combined.  I went with Amazon despite it being a few bucks more expensive than Joann.com because the return policy is just so much better if there was a problem with it, and according to reviews, there are problems more times than one would expect.  So here she is... expected arrival is Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Reviews of the dress form: Amazon and Joann's

I just noticed that it is $229.99 right now at Joann's.  It was $99 when I was thinking of buying from them on New Year's eve.  But no worries for those who would like to buy, Amazon still has it for $119.  Had you gone after the $99, you would have had to pay shipping anyway, making it close to AZ's $119.  See the exact one here:


And though Singer DF150 (red version) is so much prettier, the reviews were a lot lower on that one, leading me to believe that color isn't the only difference between the two.