Blending Episode #101

Hey hobbyists and crafters! We’re back with a new episode sharing our thoughts of blending multiple crafts to complete a project. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below or on our Instagram!

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Hello, Crobbies #99

Hello 2019!
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Katie’s Word for 2019

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Dori’s Word for 2019

We’ve got a question for you: Is the blog going the way of the dodo bird? We’ve been using our blog less and less and we are debating whether it’s an efficient use of our social media time. Do you still blog? Are blogs still relevant? Let us know in the comments below!

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When To Ditch A Project

It’s never easy to admit when a craft is no longer working for you.

What? You say that’s NEVER happened to you? Lies!

Every crafter has had that moment when a project or a style or a craft no longer brings you joy and you need to make a decision about what to do. Should you power through and finish? Well, most of us would because that’s what we do! We finish!

(or we quietly stuff it away in a cupboard and forget about it until years later when we decide to declutter and find the abandoned project buried deep within the recesses of a dark drawer….but that’s a whole other blog post…)

But there is another path we can choose…

This week I had to make the decision about my newest cross stitch project. It was a kit passed on to me from my mom. She received it from a friend that didn’t stitch and wanted to find a good, crafty home for it to go to. So my mom adopted it but soon realized it wasn’t her style so she kindly passed it on to me so that I could sink my teeth into cross stitching with a simple project.

But not long after starting did the real struggle begin. My stitches looked clumpy and I couldn’t clearly see where my next stitch was supposed to go. The fabric I was stitching onto was separating funny and my thread snapped when I had to remove a few stitches.

Now I’ve stitched in the past so I’m not completely newbie at this so I was starting to get frustrated. My memory of stitching was not this daunting! I’d never had my floss snap! And my stitches had never started out fine and then begin to turn straight. I had to undo stitch after stitch to try to figure out what I was doing wrong.

Then I saw my mom and explain my situation. And she just looked and me as say “Then don’t do it.”

WHAT?! Stop a project and not push through!?! INSANE!

But she’s right. Crafting shouldn’t be a chore. It should be fun and satisfying with a little side of challenging. And not SO challenging that you want to pull your hair out!

I did I what she suggested. I pulled my project out of the hoop (because let’s be real, I can always use a good hoop) and ditched this cross stitch project. I’m going to move on to bigger and better things that bring me joy!

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Multi-Craftual Episode #91

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Hello all our craft friends. Welcome to Hobbies Up To Here! My mom and I got the chance to sit down and chat about some crafts we’ve got our EYES on. Yup! Things we’d like to do in the future, things we wished we were trying out as we speak but we’re holding back due to a million little reasons (mostly because we already do so much).

Don’t forget to pop over to our YouTube channel (link below) and check out our first FlossTube video!

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Adventures In 3D Sewing: The Paris Purse

There are soooo many wonderful bag and purse patterns available today. While at the Orange Quilt Bee a couple of years ago, I saw one I just had to have, and instantly had someone in mind to gift it to.

My daughter Jennifer’s birthday was coming up, and I didn’t want to give her the normal card with a check as a gift. This Susan Rooney Patterns Versatile Wave Interchangeable Purse by Ruthann Stilwell pattern was perfect!


I also wanted to look for fabric that was reflective of her, and if I could, something that would bring to mind a memory that she and I shared exclusively. She and I spent two weeks in Paris a few years ago, so that’s where my mind went. Now to find a fabric that reflected that!

Luckily, I had no problem in that regard. What I really liked about this pattern, was that it was actually two bags in one; a quilted faux leather clutch alone, or add the reversible outer shell, and it became a shoulder bag.

I did a simple straight line quilting pattern on the faux leather.  Easy peasy!

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I added pockets to the lining of the purse with the faux leather.  I looove that print fabric!

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This is a view of the finished “clutch” part of the purse.  I could have stopped there, but nope! Onto the outer, reversible shell!

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Here’s the finished purse. I love the scalloped edge! The button helps to attach the shell, and adds interest.  The straps are detachable, so the clutch can be used independently.
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This final photograph shows all three views;  the clutch, the reversible shell with the neutral fabric showing, and then that lovely Paris fabric!  And yes, that’s a photo of Jennifer and me when she was itsybitsy!
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This was a fun project to make. It had been a long time since I’d inserted a zipper;  sewing with faux leather was a new experience, as well as adding the hardware;  I’m glad I tackled it. Jennifer was tickled with her custom birthday gift! Yay!

Enjoy your crafty day!

Hugs,
Dori

Sharing Our Favorites Episode #90

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We’re still in celebration mode! It’s our 3rd anniversary and we’re partyin’ like we don’t have to get up the next day! And this episode is a list of some of our current favorite podcasts, YouTube channels, and books.

Here is a list of our favorite things right now. Check them out and share with us YOUR favorites!

Sewing: Podcasts
Sewing Out Loud – Mallory and Zede
Love To Sew – Helen and Caroline
Sewing: Books
Fit For Real People – Pati Palmer

Quilting: Podcasts
Off Kilter Quilt – Francis O’Roake Dowell
My Creative Corner 3 – Vicki Holloway
Lazy Daisy Quilts – Daisy Fredricks
Quilting: Books
It’s Okay If You Sit On My Quilt Book – Mary Ellen Hopkins
Quilting Made Vintage – Jera Brandvig
Christa Watson Quilting Books – Christa Watson
Quilting: YouTube Channels
Midnight Quilting Show – Angela Walters
Missouri Star Quilt Co – Jenny Doan
Fat Quarter Shop – Kimberly Jolly
The Quilt Codex – Zarkadia

Knitting: Podcasts
Craftish – Vickie Howell
Curious Handmade – Helen Stewart
Knitting: Books
Stitch ‘n Bitch – Debbie Stoller
Cables Untangles – Melissa Leapman
New Knits On The Block – Vickie Howell
Knitting: YouTube
Legacy Knitz – Chelsea and Sue
A Makers Pilgrimage – Aidan

Stitching: YouTube
Twisted Stitcher – Vonna Pfeiffer
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Stitching: Podcast
Fiber Talk – Gary Par and Christine Williams

Katie’s Random Sh*t: Books
Love Her Wild – Atticus
Katie’s Random Sh*t: YouTube
GlamlifeGuru – Tati Westbrook
Rachhloves – Rachel Cooper
BeautyBroadcast – Emily Noel
Katie’s Random Sh*t: Podcasts
LeVar Burton Reads – LeVar Burton
Lore – Aaron Mahnke
Tales – Vanessa Richardson
Haunted Places – Greg Polcyn

 

Quilter’s Confession: Most Disliked! Episode #74

Get ready for a laugh-fest, hobbyists and crafters!
Because this episode is a real doozy!

And you can’t say we didn’t warn ya!!

We have some great shows and podcasts to share with you. These are the things we are listening to and watching while we craft away!

We may not be quilting much these days but it’s still a favorite hobby of ours. Sharing our concerns or frustrations together can really help us know our intentions and also where we need to work a little harder on our interests. That’s what friendship and quilting buddies are for!

I’m In Heaven!

Or should I say Heaven and Earth?  That’s the name of the design company from which I bought my most recent cross stitch chart and spoke so passionately about in episode #71.  Talk about instantaneous gratification too!  I paid for the chart with my PayPal account, then downloaded the PDF file to my GoodReader app on my iPad.  Because this chart is an all-over design, it’s presented in “pages”.  As I stitch each ten-stitch by ten-stitch grid on the page, I have the ability to highlight each stitch completed in a chosen color, and with another color, I can highlight where I’ve “parked” my thread in the next ten-stitch by ten-stitch grid.  My favorite part is the ability to pinch my iPad screen and enlarge as much of the chart as I want.  SCORE!

Here’s an example of both the grids and how the threads are parked:

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The photo below shows my first completed grid! I chose to use a mechanical pencil to lightly mark my grid, instead of stitching it with fine fishing line.  Most of the marks will be covered up by stitching.  The remaining lines will be carefully erased, and the rest will surely disappear with a gentle washing after the stitching is completed.

This type of cross stitching blew me away.  The designs are stunning, intense and so gratifying to stitch up.  But….I had to let go of some of my died-in-the-wool cross stitching rules.  I’ve always stitched as though the back was just as important as the front.  I wanted it to look neat.  Stitching by grid and parking my threads, meant that a neat back was impossible.  In the linked video below, Carolyn Mazzeo gives an excellent tutorial on how she parks her threads.  When she mentions that she doesn’t carry her threads more that twenty-five stitches on the back of her work, my eyes bugged outta my head lol!  I was uncomfortable carrying my thread more than THREE stitches!  I’ve actually been freed….whether I complete each stitch individually or stitch multiple stitches in a row of a particular color (cross country stitching), it all works!

Here is Carolyn Mazzeo’s video on her parking technique from her YouTube channel.  Thanks to her excellent tutorials and inspiring works of art, here’s the design I bought and am stitching now.   She’s a mini chart-225 stitches by 337 stitches, called Mini Andromeda.

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I’d loooove to hear what you think.  Would you like to give an all-over crossed stitch design a try?  I’ll keep you apprised of my progress.  Wish me luck!

Hugs and happy stitching,

Dori

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Makers Hacks Episode #66

Do you have any crafting hacks you live by? Well sit down and join us as we chat about all the little things we do to make life a little easier when we are gettin’ creative!

Feel free to comment below on any hacks or tips you have!

Check out this cool Zelda quilt! It’s available for purchase through Awwww Berry on etsy!

I’m running a Pinterest: Pass or Fail YouTube series over the spring break. My first video is live and it’s a makeup tutorial using just the pin below.

Tomorrow I’ll share my thoughts on the Crayon melting art project, whether it’s a pass or a fail!

Dori is close to finishing the curved log cabin and she’s really cranking out her cross stitching!

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We share some of the crafting and sewing hacks that can be used when you need a little help making life easier or when you find you don’t have a tool on hand that you need.

We checked out this article from eBay about the 20 most useful crafts.

And then we read through this list on 25 sewing hacks!

Both had some interesting tips and a few we hadn’t heard of yet. There were a few we were excited and willing to try out! Definitely pop over to our Instagram page some of our fellow creative minds shared their maker hacks!

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Meal Prep Monday: Instant Pot Magic

Instant pots cropped up in my world around Christmas time. Many friends were gifted the magical pot that cooked instantly and can cook just about everything.

Having a kitchen full of items, I wasn’t really jumping at the idea of adding another one to my arsenal. While all the food cooked in it looked great and seemed like this incredible, too good to be true item, I just couldn’t bring myself to buy one.

Luckily for me, my mom has one. She’s had it for a while now. Except she always referred to it as her pressure cooker. She even suggested it give it a go at some point because she felt that I would like it.

As my media feeds were food with pictures and posts of this cooking revolution, I asked my mom if her cooker was the same and she told me that yes, the one she had been using for some time is the same one that everyone was in love with now.

So, I borrowed it. And this weekend I made a few meals to help me make it through the week with healthy options.

Our first attempt was simple. Steaming some green beans coated in a little oil and salt and pepper.

These didn’t last long once they came out because my husband started eating them like candy. So I’d say they were a success.

My next recipe was a whole meal with honey teriyaki chicken and carrots. I got to use the sauté function and brown the chicken then pressure cooked the whole thing together. It came out great! So good that AGAIN I had to hide it from my husband. Within minutes of it being out of the cooker (while I was making the sauce thicken up a bit) he had devoured a whole chicken breast.

See?! I’m not lying. He totally nommed on a whole breast while I was busy stirring.

My last effort to play with the instant pot was cooking a whole spaghetti squash.  Now I’ve never had a spaghetti squash before but I’ve aways heard great things about it working well as a low calorie option for pasta.

Initially it took 15 minutes to soften but it didn’t feel completely cooked through so I put it back in for another 5 minutes. After that second round it was perfect. I carefully took it out and cut it open to pull apart the meat.

For lunch I made a spaghetti squash, green bean, and chicken sausage bowl and it was good. Not great, but good. I’d have to say that the spaghetti squash was definitely something I’ll have to get used to but it’s nice to have some different options for healthy eating.

So far my first foray into the instant pot has been successful. I’m fascinated by the process and I think my husband is too. He’s been very hands on with helping me cook and test out new recipes, although his favorite job in my kitchen is taste testing. I can’t wait to try it again, maybe with a meat sauce to go with my spaghetti squash.

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