When I teach classes on Heirloom sewing or eTextiles, I always come across the one person who HATES hand sewing because they can’t seem to thread the needle. Even automatic needle threaders have difficulty with thick threads, and don’t work properly. Well, friends, I have the MAGIC TRICK to threading a needle EVERY TIME that I teach in each of my classes. You too can be the “needle whisperer”! Check out my video below!
Now that you have learned my trick, comment below if you have run off to try it! And while you’re marveling at your new found awesomeness, PLEASE VISIT the other tips and tricks in the other blog hoppers! The list is below!
What I love about her book is that there are so so sew many ways to construct your hexies and other shapes (like “kites”, diamonds, and more). The super illustrations show you how to hand piece, machine piece, and EPP (that’s English Paper Piecing). And not just that, there’s even a bunch of different cutting methods, as well as basting methods. I thought I knew all there was to EPP and hexies, and this book is super valuable if you love working with those shapes. Plus, there’s so many awesome quilts in this book.
I had to break down and bring some more hexies with me on my recent business trip, I was so inspired. I basted through my papers, but be sure to check out Emily’s book for a cool trick that allows you to reuse your papers!
SO… to celebrate my friend’s awesome book we are giving away a copy just for you*! If you leave a comment (one per person, please) and tell me how badly you want to win I’ll pick a random winner at 9pm CST on August 6th. Be creative in your comments about how much you’d like to win this book!
Plus, be sure to check out all the blogs on the tour below, including the ones before me! They each have some great giveaways!
Well, everyone! It’s time for us to get our skulls on! Now, anyone who knows me well knows I love skulls, and people send me sugar skulls along with every other kind of skull you can imagine.
As you may also know, Halloween is another important holiday to me. Dia de los Muertos (or the Day of the Dead) starts on Halloween and ends on Nov 2nd. It’s time to remember our loved ones who have passed on. And my sugar skull honors the seamstresses and crafters of my in-laws, the Busch sisters.
I have spoken about the Busch sisters in my lecture Working Weekly, because they were so willing to teach me everything they knew about crafting. Quilting, caning a chair, and canning. Rug hooking, cross stitch, and knitting. They knew everything. And I was willing to learn. They are all gone now, but I wish they could see me now. My skull had to have my eyebrows. ha ha!
I have shared before my income breakdown and where my income comes from… but I don’t think I have ever shared where my business income goes…. So here’s a peek at behind the curtain again at what went on for me in 2016.
While I think that this is mostly self explanatory, one of the biggest categories on here is advertising. I take out FB ads and other promotions for my products as well as do physical mailings for guilds to book me.
Every year I look at the transactions in my Wave program (what I use for my accounting) for each category and see how I can reduce my expenses so I hang on to more income. That may mean changing vendors for a better price on office supplies, or switching banks to lower fees.
Since I have previously shared where the revenue streams were from, this graph shows you how the year stacked up. My expenses were half of what my revenue was, meaning it takes half of my revenue to run the business.
I hope this has been helpful to you to see how this works. The numbers for 2017 will be much different, and I hope to spell that out next year!
I’m super excited to be part of this really cool blog hop all about Sugar Skulls that starts TODAY!! It’s the Fiesta de Azucar, or Sugar Party!
Many of the artists are sharing stories of loved ones who have passed on and have made their blocks in honor of the tradition of Dia de los Muertos (aka the Day of the Dead). The calavera (Spanish for skull) decorate altars decorated for the deceased. I’ve been the recipient of many sugar skull items from my blog readers, and I have bought some in a local bakery each year to put in my haunted parlor. My block honors the sewing ladies. You’ll have to come back here to see it!
Here’s how the blog hop is going to work:
Beginning on July 1st through August 26th 2017 each designer will release their skull design. On September 2nd and September 9th there will be two border designs released. Each hopper is releasing their custom blog for only $3. Don’t want to make the whole quilt? No problem, you can pick and choose what blocks you want and make mini quilts instead! We even have a great Facebook Group you can join to follow along with the fun, with contests if you make the blocks or even the whole quilt!
Here’s the schedule along with the participants and their blogs. GO NOW and check out the first block!!