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Sew Darn Crafty Party...Week 28

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Hi everyone!! It's Sew Darn Crafty Party time again. I'm actually writing this post Thursday night, because my family and I are leaving for a weekend trip to New Hampshire Friday morning. By the time this post goes up on Sunday morning, we should be spending the last few hours there and then driving home. I'm hoping to have visited a few quilt shops while I was up there too, but they don't know that yet. Lol !!


Let's see what all of you have been up to lately...

If you're new to Sew Darn Crafty (every Sunday at Sew Many Ways), then grab a cup of something tasty, sit back and join in on the fun.
"Sew" for anything to do with sewing,
"Darn" for anything to do with knitting. I always think of darning to do with knitting, but in my case "darn" usually is similar to the word I say when I mess up crafting!!
Let's not forget the word "crafty"...that can mean just about anything we do to create.

So now we all know what Sew Darn…

Fabric Twist Tie...

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Do you have pipe cleaners or should I say chenille stems hidden away from an old craft project. Well, get them out...we're going to pretty them up!!
Scrap fabric and a  quick stitch will make this great fabric twist tie for any gift bag. You can also make it to match the gift or the gift bag!

These are called Fuzzy Stems...there must be so many names for them now.

You can use any color, because we are covering them with fabric. We just need the wire part to act as the twist tie.


Dig through your scrap basket...these 1 1/2 inch strips worked great!


Cut the strip an inch or so longer on each side of the stem


Fold fabric in half the length of strip, wrong side together.


Iron flat...


Start on one of the short ends and stitch to a 1/4 inch from the long edge. Pivot and then stitch down the length of the strip with a 1/4 inch seam.

I used black thread so you can see it in the pictures. Have your thread match the fabric.


Leave the other short end open to insert the pipe cleaner.


After pipe cleaner…

New Venture in Advertising...

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"Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean" ~Christopher Reeve~



I've decide to venture out in the ocean...

I've thought long and hard about the decision to ad advertising to my blog...taking baby steps though. I would love it if you would click over to my advertising page (also located at the top of my blog) and see what's new here at Sew Many Ways. Click here to go to that page.

My life has grown and changed so much because of this blog and I love it! Just wanted to take a swim out in the ocean!! Wish me luck!

Always Thankful,
~Karen~

Thoughts on Thursday...

This was in my fortune cookie...

"No matter what your past has been, you have a spotless future."

Hmmm...makes you think, huh?

I like this one!

Have a great Thursday,
~Karen~

Tool Time Tuesday...Photo Album Recipe Organizer

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Recipes...we all have them. Some we use ALL the time, some we have committed to memory and some we only use once in a while. Where do we keep them? In a box, in a drawer, in a folder, in a book...messy or organized. 
I keep mine in a photo box organized by category. They are a mixture of my recipe cards, my mom's cards and cut outs from magazines. However, I probably only use a quarter of them. I keep going to the same recipes over and over...and those are just thrown on top of the file in a big mess.
Why not take just your FAVORITES and put them in a special place. I found this photo album in a thrift store...50 cents.

It has three hanging booklets stored in the wooden box.


Each booklet has 12 double sided pages for 4" x 6" photos. That's 72 pages.


I don't print too many pictures any more. The pictures I do print go in frames or on the refrigerator. The rest are stored on memory sticks or on the computer.


So why not use this for all my favorite recipes. You can use …

Sew Darn Crafty Party...Week 27

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Welcome to another Sunday party...a Sew Darn Crafty Party. If you're new to Sew Darn Crafty (every Sunday at Sew Many Ways), then grab a cup of something tasty, sit back and join in on the fun.
"Sew" for anything to do with sewing,
"Darn" for anything to do with knitting. I always think of darning to do with knitting, but in my case "darn" usually is similar to the word I say when I mess up crafting!!
Let's not forget the word "crafty"...that can mean just about anything we do to create.

So now we all know what Sew Darn Crafty means, let's explain a linking party again. I subscribe to a linking service, which provides the ability to link thumbnail pictures on my blog. The picture is a link that other bloggers provide to share their projects.

Two things can happen at a linking party...looking and/or linking
you can be greatly inspired by wonderful projects, ideas or vacation pictures (looking) and/or
you can share what you've been up…