Monday, January 29, 2007

Stupid Sock Creatures!

Okay so I'm in love! Move over sock monkeys, stupid sock creatures are creeping their way into our hearts. People are selling these cute little guys online for $28-$40 a piece for a sock! I was shocked. It seemed like something we could just make ourselves so I found a kit, we just got it in the store last Friday. I took the kit home and got started. Now keep in mind I am by no means an expert sewer, as long as it will stay together then it is good enough for me. The kit has everything you need to make 1 or 2 creatures (2 pairs of socks, buttons, ribbon and stuffing). The book takes you step by step through making 8 different creatures to get you used to all the different methods so you can experiment on your own and get creative. I am not really a stuffed animal person so I figured I would just make the cute little guy for the store but the longer I worked on him the more I got attached! He has his own little personality and actually looked great just sitting in our house. I might need to make one for myself now! I thought I should share a pic with you of little Pierre hanging out in the office with us before he makes his way out onto the floor. Next time you are in the store make sure to say hi to him, he might get lonely out there by himself!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Knit for a Cause

Hi there, I just wanted to give everybody an update on Knit for a Cause. If you have been on the website or in the store you might have seen signs, we were collecting scarves to send to the Orphan Foundation of America, who will be sending them out in care packages for Valentine's Day. The cut off was this last Sunday, we collected 107 scarves! We were very suprised with the outcome and just wanted to give a big thanks out there to everyone who took the time to help out. We sent them off yesterday. We will be looking for more charities that we can get our customers involved in so if you have ideas please let us know!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Origami Album

Just had to share some pics with you of the super cute album that Stacy is going to be teaching a class on. It is on the 22nd of this month at 6pm, it is a Monday. It is such a fun little Valentine album, it is a 6X6 and it opens up "origami style" into 3 12x12 sheets. It is a cute present or even to keep for yourself! You can sign up at Customer Service or you can just give us a call at 320.654.0907


Organize your ideas

A new year, a fresh start to get all those projects checked off your list. But the first step is to get a list. I've tried many ways to organize my supplies but never took much time organizing my ideas. When I finally realized I should probably work on that, I went out and bought a daily planner. At first it worked great, I was able to organize my gifts I had to be working on for upcoming events, journal in any information for a day I knew I would be Scrapbooking, but I still needed more room. I decided to make a personalized planner for all my projects. Using a blank spiral book I divided it out into my crafts: Scrapbooking, Cards, Gifts, Home Decor and a calendar. I use my project planner all the time. I have found that it is so convenient to have all my craft ideas in one spot. It gives me everything that I liked about the daily planner and more. I am able to have samples of materials that I am working with so when I am matching fabric I know just what to get. I am also able to sketch layouts that I plan on doing in my Scrapbook. With the New Year many people have the resolution to get more organized. I recommend finding a way not only to organize your supplies but your ideas as well. It really worked for me!

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Fashionable Flour Sack Towels

So we have all either grown up with our mothers hand embroidered, days of the week flour sack towels or possibly received some of our own. The fun patterns and days of the week are still a favorite of mine but I think they could use a bit of an update. I have never embroidered until now so if you haven't either no worries! It is not only inexpensive but also easy to put your own creativity and personal style into. All you have to learn is a few basic stitches and you are set to go with your iron-on patterns! Instead of using the basic white flour sack towels we now have them in fun bright colors to coordinate with your kitchen decor. Now you will need to pick out a pattern. Some fun alternatives to the days of the week are some of the more modern floral design kits like Savvy Stitches and beginners books with cheeky patterns like Sublime Stitching (this is the book I learned from, super cute!). If you are more adventurous you can try your own designs with tracing paper and funky sayings or designs.
Have fun gettin' crafty!