New Year, New Products!

I’ve been feverishly working on all sorts of stuff for you guys, but a couple of the things I’m most proud of are to add to my now EIGHT year old eTextiles business and a new Sewing Skull item.

First off, there’s so much added to the eTextile (that’s the light-up stuff I sell) line that you need to just go over to the shop and check it out. I’ve added SENSORS!  YAY!!  These are fun and easy to do, and really super fun if you have some younger folks who want to light up a sewing project.

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Check them all out HERE!

Lastly, I have added a new vinyl sticker to the mix in BLACK. A friend who had a white vehicle wanted one on her car, so I have a few in black for you to try out.  Plus, get the last of the color shirts for a while, as I’m discontinuing the colors! Check out the sewing skull shop here! 
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Boost your Art Business with My Webinars!

Boost your Art Business with My Webinars!

If you own an art business, then I would love for you to take a look a the art business webinars I have available from The Quilting Company!

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The first one is Better Social Media in 15 Minutes a Day!  This is the same seminar I gave at Quilt Market for many years.  It’s how you too can tackle all of your Social Media Marketing in only 15 minutes a day.  Trust me when I say that this is how I get all of my Social Media done, developed when I had a full time career.

ONLY $19.99 and you can get it here!

 

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If you are looking to rebrand, or establish a new brand identity in 2018, then my Building up Your Branding Webinar is for you!  Learn how I established my brand, and how you can develop one for yourself too.  Learn to leverage your brand across all of your Social Media platforms.  This is how major brands do it, and you can too, no matter how big or small your organization!

Only $19.99 and you can get it here!

 

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Lastly, learning to get your art business off the ground can be a daunting task.  Learn a ton of revenue stream ideas, how your business should be formed, and how to make your customers love you!  If you’re just starting out, this is a great option!

Only $19.99 and you can get it here! 

A gift that was a BIG surprise…

A gift that was a BIG surprise…

On Christmas, my dad gave me a rather large shirt box that was pretty heavy for it’s size. Inside, he tricked me, as the gift was a gift card to the book store. But the thing that made the box heavy?

Dad found this hooked rug in the garage and used it to make the box heavy. But I had to ask where he got it? “Oh”, he says, “I made that.” WAIT WHAT?

Yup. Apparently Dad was into rug hooking in the 70s! It’s a kit he said he made with my mom.

Because it lived in the garage I had to give it a good wash, but it came out great! Now I just need to figure out where to hang it. Who knew? Dad was a fiber artist!

Facebook videos and other silly stuff

I have finally set the video studio right after the big clean up and the massive messes left behind from Houston Quilt Market. That feels like a million years ago. (It was late October.)

Anyway I cleaned up and also put the lights back together and realized I never opened my swag bag from the show. So I did that tonight on the Facebook live video. Click here for my Facebook page to see it.

My friend Amy watched it and blogged about it here!

I’m waiting for something cool to dry before I show it to you but I promise it’s awesome. Well, it’s awesome to me…

Slouchy Couch Makeover!

Slouchy Couch Makeover!

slouchy couchI like my couch, but I hate, hate, hate the back cushions.  They were so floppy, and sitting there for any amount of time meant refluffing the back cushion so that it wasn’t basically pushing you onto the floor.   The couch used to have more structure, and while I could restuff the pillows, I knew it was just a matter of months before the pillows would be droopy again.  My cat loves to lay across the droopy part, so even though I fluff up the couch each day, by the end of the day it looked like a terrible mess.

IMG_9588I had considered tufting the pillows with buttons, but in the end, my desperation came to fix the cushions with only cotton crochet thread and a giant embroidery needle.   Want to know how?  It’s easy, and here are the steps.

IMG_95821. Pull all the stuffing out of your cushion.  It will be a mess.  I put each cushion stuffing into a separate garbage bag to keep the wispy cushion guts from getting all over everything else. You will need this later and you want each cushion to get the same stuffing back in it.

 

IMG_95872. Mark lightly with chalk (Or here I used snippets of thread) to mark where you want your tufts.   I tried to make them even across and down.  I used 2 rows because I was afraid that only one row would  just make a similar floppy pillow that would fold in half.  The second row creates more structure.  Mark all of your cushions at the same time, so you can check that they are even.

 

IMG_95903. Working from the back of the cushion, I sewed so that I made an X shape on the front.  My stitches are about 3/4 inch long, and I used a double length.  Once I had the X on the front I tied a big and strong knot on the back and snipped the threads.   If you wanted to, at this point you could sew on a button to cover your threads on the front and back.  The crochet thread is doing the hard work of keeping the pillow shape, so your buttons should not pop off.

 

IMG_95854. Now the hard part comes in putting ALL of the stuffing back into the pillow.  If your stuffing is as lumpy as mine from being matted down, then take time to pull it apart before restuffing.  You want to push it into the crevices and between the tufts.   Be gentle, if your fabric is weak from age or your crochet thread not tied strong enough, you can pop those stitches or rip your fabric from overzealous stuffing.

 

IMG_95915.  Enjoy your new cushions!  The boss, who always mashed down my couch cushions, approves!

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