Egg Shell Pendant tutorial


Vendor Apron for Craft shows

I’ve never done a craft show before, and not sure if there’s a certain time of the year they are normally heald (like how Garage/tag sales are normally from april or may til maybe september  (or october)

Do you remember the Upcycled jeans apron I made?

This is what gave me the inspiration for it. (Yeah so I’m a lazy crafter, not sure if it’s because I don’t have the proper room, or a ‘real’ sewing machine (instead of the little plastic crap I seem to find) even though I seem to do a better job hand sewing. Let alone none of my fabrics are organized in any form, Just in this bin under my bed, another in the closet, another in the dining room, and still a big  bag in my room in front of the closet.

Anyway the upcycled jeans may not have all the pockets this does (yet) but it has what I need, plus I can always add on to it, (like I can always add the little pocket for business cards, and it still fastens with the button!

Craft Show Vendor Apron from Crafty Staci - I want to make this for my longarm apron:

Fabric tags

Good idea and at the same time I saw this it made me think, why ‘dress up’ the gift pouch when I could just make one with the fabric itself?

Or at least cover it to make a reusable little pouch.  Not to mention that last part in the instructions having the card stock tag Wrapping: (I forget the name of them) over the fabric to me is a waste of time. If you are going to do that, the tag should not fully cover the fabric it should be 1/4 – 1/2  the size

Instead of making a separate paper tag, I’d just use the fabric I used to make a tag and include the person’s name so they can use it as a bookmark or something else. Or use a different pattern/color of fabric.

My idea for fabric tags is highly different than what is here. Why not make a tag you can maybe even put a few candies in (like how some hang a candy cane from a gift) You can even include a couple of dollars in it or instant lotto tickets. Also why not include the person’s name on the tag which in turn if they have a christmas tree they can hang it on as an ornament, or use as a bookmark, and if you include a magnet in it can be used to find messages on the fridge or on a hook and be used on a daily or weekly calendar they are only limited by their imagination.

Most of my ‘scraps’ are used for my Patchwork, but I have used it to make other things for family or friends like the gift bag I made last year for my friend Alisa… she likes horses  and it had some on there with other western accent designs (she lives in Arizona). She just loved it I told her I made the bag for her gift but so she can reuse it for whatever she would need it for.

I got a whole heap of fabric items from my aunt Mary (I think I might be able to open my own store!!)  it was like I think 4 big shopping bags FULL!!!  but one of them was a Horse with Horseshoe design, maybe I’ll use some of it for a ‘tag’ or envelope or make something else with it when I get an idea.

Another great idea for this is why not make your own Halloween treat bags? (or for the kids you know best in the neighborhood or just use them as prizes for a party etc.)

The trick or treat bags are usually 3×6 inches in size and usually have 2 or more pieces of candy or other items in them, unless they are the birthday party LOOT bag size and therefore

The Party bag size should be bigger, prizes should be larger and have some sort of candy, and other item in them (small toys etc)  Besides, they can reuse them for whatever they want and this way its part of the treat!

Make them with holiday designs or if there’s a birthday use a balloon or happy birthday design. Or find the kid’s favorite cartoon or game design on some fabric. and so on. These work for Host gifts for wine bottles (but you may have to pad it a bit)  It’s like 2 gifts in one! They not only get the gift but can use the gift bag you make for them to throw things in for road trips to keep the kids entertained or can be used for a way to organize a purse, back pack, suit case etc. (Depending on the size you make it)  or reuse for another gift.

Make it as a back back, handled or drawstring  design 


I make the ‘Utility’ tags for $5 for one   (that’s with their name, and are the sort that can be used as a bookmark, magnet, ornament etc)

Standard without Names  is $10 for 20

Bags are $5 per bag.  you can contact me here




2016 Sewing project #1 ~upcycling jeans to an apron

So I was looking through my Fabrics & Sewing Pinboard  for inspiration for something to make> I remembered there were a DSCN6177few things I wanted to make…

apron for craft/tag sales, but when I looked at it, I thought, well I don’t exactly do craft shows so maybe I’ll see what I can do with upcycling a favorite pair of jeans.    I’m going to try to make it in a way that I can use it when it’s not an apron.

tablet ‘bean bag’ and those pyramids things that cost $30 & up to lean your book or tablet against (and had pockets etc. )

The right side I am trying to remove, to use for the pyramid! (its 3 pockets on that side, so one for a stylus, pen, and whatever and then when I find something I can make the pockets (organizer areas) on the other sides.

Between the 2 projects, I’ll only use the waist as seen in the picture, and one of the legs (as so far estimated) I don’t use patterns even when working on something from scratch, (and this is not from scratch as it already had a shape and got used! I mean  when I have ‘fresh’ fabric. I just pin what I need, in the way I need it one step at a time


So I started this the weekend of 8 or 9th of January, not sure if I could have done the whole thing within the weekend but there’s other things we have to do throughout the day, right?!


Step 1:  Cut the legs off  (I think I did so about 2-3 inches from the point of the back pocket.

step 2: we need to de-thread the waist band from the front part of the jeans (where the pockets are)

step 3: now one side along the hip needs to be de-threaded (un-threaded?) but once you get it off, save this for another project you could use pockets on.

Step 4: sew along the line to close off the waist band careful NOT to sew the pocket area back into the waist band… that is supposed to be a hidden pocket/tote.

step 5. I used heat bond for the fold over & where the zipper used to be, as I wanted  ‘hidden’ pockets and tote.

step 6:  sew along the top of folded area and bottom (if there’s enough room & you’d like add some embroidery like your name or your business etc)  I sew this because I don’t know what I’ll be putting in the hidden tote area.

step 7: sew up where the zipper area is

step 8:  I still have to figure out how to close this off so it looks somewhat like a book cover and able to really use it as a 2 (or even 3) in 1.

Supplies I used

(via Amazon)

Old pair of jeans
spool of thread that (closely)matches the color previously used on the jeans.(especially if there’s a design on the pockets)

(I think I saw the color in this) Name Your Link
Equinox Tailor’s Scissors – Dressmaking, Upholstery Shears 8 inch – Chrome Handle Lightweight Strong Shears – High Quality Stainless Steel – Best for Cutting Fabric, Carpet, Dresses, Altering, Sewing, Tailoring and Raw Materials (8 inch)

Dritz Quilter’s T Pins, 1-3/4-Inch, 40 Count

Dritz Deluxe Seam Ripper

Clover Leather Coin Thimble

Thermoweb Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive-17″X36″

here’s the semi finished 2 in 1 apron  (I just have to sew certain areas)


So for my first project article of the year please tell me what you think, if I was missing anything and how you would like me to improve upon this.


and for those of you who have a kindle… get the Craftsy app Craftsy Classes (beta)  They have classes of all sorts including ones for free! I have posted some to my wishlist on there so I have them saved for a time I can pay attention to them.

Paint chips /swatches

So what can you do with the free paint chips?

One They can be used for table settings, Make confetti, use them as journal cards (write a quote a day on them, or as a journal themselves write a small summary of something great that happened You’ll have a very colorful journal (or just one color depending on what you prefer) use them for an art project like mixed media like they can be used as skyscrapers etc.

Use them in a presentation (like a bar graph)  and many others you can find here

Make your own Potpurri

Simmer a pot of this natural air freshener to add instant fall to your home.:

Here is what you will need:
– the peel of one orange
– one cut up apple
– 2 large cinnamon sticks
– 1 tablespoon of cloves
– 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
– 1 tablespoon of almond extract
– 1.5 cups of water plus plenty more for refill

Place all ingredients in a cooking pot and simmer throughout the day while adding a bit of water from time to time. Also, you can reuse this mix for three days and store it in the fridge overnight


(click the image for the site it’s from and a few other combinations you might like.Ugh they couldn’t have just made a listing of the other combos.. you have to keep clicking through)


I love this easy gift idea (pic below)  for neighbors etc includes the ‘recipe’

Herbs and Spices Good for Potpourri

  • Allspice
  • Bayleaf
  • Cardamom
  • Caraway Seed
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Coriander
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Mace
  • Marjoram
  • Nutmeg
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme


  • Gardenia
  • Geranium
  • Honeysuckle
  • Hyacinth
  • Jasmine
  • Lavender
  • Lilac
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Marigold
  • Orange Blossom
  • Sweet Pea
  • Violet
  • and, of course . . . Roses


  • Orange peel
  • lemon peel
  • lime peel

Wood Shavings

  • Cedar
  • Cypress
  • Juniper

Fixatives (prevents evaporation of fragrance)

Ambrette, Asafetida, Balsam Peru, Balsam Tolu, Cedarwood, Gum Mastic, Orris Root, Patchouli, Sage, Storax,Sandalwood, Sumbul, Vetiver

Homemade Potpourri Recipes

  • General proportion of ingredients: 1 ½ quart / ½ quart / 1 oz
  • Lemon Verbena, Lavender / Rose Geranium / Clary Sage
  • Honeysuckle / Sandalwood / Balsam Tolu or Gum Mastic
  • Rose / Rose Leaves / Vetiver
  • Lavender / Any scented botanical / Gum Mastic
  • Lavender and Clove / Vanilla / Orris Root
  • Clove / Orange Flower, Lemon Peel, Cassia, Rose Leaves / Orris Root

Tips for Using Homemade Potpourri Recipes and General Instructions

Dry flowers and herbs before use.

Methods of drying:

  • Tie bunches with ordinary string and hang upside down in a warm, dry place. Near a stove or in a closet, works well.
  • Or, drape a length of cheesecloth between two chairs and cover with pedals, adding another layer of cheesecloth on top.
  • This will allow the flowers to get air circulation above and below, helping them to dry more quickly.
  • Or, scatter on a cookie sheet lined with cheesecloth and dry in the oven set on the lowest temperature with door open.

The slower your dry your petals, the more supple they will be: fast drying makes petals brittle. Read here for more information on drying roses

Cleaning herbs – After picking herbs, rinse lightly with water to cleanse. Too much water will drown them.

A note on roses – Damask roses are the most fragrant, but if your blooms aren’t excessively fragrant, add a touch of rose oil.

Don’t use toxic sources. Only use ingredients that have not been treated with insecticide or fungicide. Their toxicity can effect you.

Don’t use metal bowls or utensils for handling potpourri, except for the knife to cut them. Use wood or plastic to stir, baskets, enamel or ceramic to carry and mix.

Mix powder or crushed spice in a separate bowl before adding to mixture. Mix oils separately as well.

Add the spices to the mix, then the oils.

Once mixed, pour mixture into a large glass jar, store sealed in a cool dark place for a couple of months. Occasionally remove the jar and shake to blend.

Collect flowers on a dry day or at least 1-2 days after it has rained. The best time is in the morning after the dew has dried but before the sun is high enough to have dried out the flowers’ oils, about 8-10 am.

Collect 3 times as many flowers as you think you will need because their weight decreases by 2/3.

For roses, cut off the little white area at the base of each petal (if you want the color to be uniform).

For annual flowers, cut to the ground, for perennials, cut half way down. Pick off bad leaves and rinse lightly to remove dirt.