Crafterhours Reunion: Take Two

Since Adrianna is in the states all summer, and only 2 hours away, Susan decided to take advantage of free grandma babysitting and head down for a visit last week. It was a quick trip, but we still managed to have some fun.  Here’s what we did, instagram syle. First we walked around downtown in… 

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NYC Garment District Shopping: Round 2

Last year I made a trip to NYC with husband and kids with no intention of making fabric shopping a priority, and thus, had done no advance research. When I realized that I’d fallen into the garment district’s lap, I did some quick googling from my phone and visited three shops – Mood, B & J and… 

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Colorblock Skirts

Not a lot to say about these skirts, except they’re swingy and colorblock-y and summery and cute! They’re good for backyard dancing and chalkboarding alike.  They’re just simple elastic-backed, flat-front skirts with a folded panel added at the bottom.  Bonus – no hemming!  The real reason I made these skirts though was to have a… 

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Favorite Tee Pattern + Union Jack

I have a hard time getting excited about patterns. I get annoyed by lengthy instructions and putting all of the pieces together. If the world worked they way I wanted it to, Adrianna would make me all sorts of blank things and I’d embellish them. But Amanda has a Dolman tee pattern that I looooove…. 

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Shabby Apple Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered the Shabby Apple giveaway!  The winner of the $100 gift certificate is: And #47 is: Congratulations Michele!  Hope you love that skirt and whatever else you choose with your moola! For the rest of us, there’s still that 10% discount, using code crafter10off, good for the next month! Thanks Shabby… 

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Christmas In July

Yeah, yeah. Christmas is the farthest thing from this moment, it feels. But this past Christmas is still so fresh in my mind because I was soooo frustrated trying to figure out our gift lists at the last minute and so regretted not starting sooner. So this year I’m planning earlier, making that plan simpler… 

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crafterhours Help Desk

We get random e-mails and Facebook messages with crafty/sew-y questions. They’re so fun to answer! Sometimes they’d make great blog posts, but since people didn’t send them with the idea that we’d make it public, necessarily, it feels kinda TMZ-ish to “reply all” in a big way. But if you have a question and don’t… 

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No Sew Tee to Tank

Last year we worked with Jen from Upcycled Education to post about the original tee to tank. The project is the perfect storm for crafting – it’s quick, uses materials most of us have on-hand, and it’s simple to get great results. We’ve gotten a lot of comments and questions, I thought I’d cover some of… 

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Tiny Freezer Paper Tip

Whether you’ve cut freezer paper by hand or with a digital cutting machine, you’ve probably noticed that on tiny pieces it’s PAINFUL to try to tell the difference between the shiny side that’ll adhere to your fabric and the paper side that needs to face the iron. On my 45,234th project I realized that if… 

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The Breezy Linen Skirt: A Tutorial

Today I’d like to share a fun and easy summer staple, the Breezy Linen Skirt! I made this skirt as part of Simple Simon & Co and Project Run and Play‘s Skirting the Issue Event, where they are collecting skirts to donate to girls living in foster care. I hope you’ll take the time to… 

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Something New: Ink Effects

I looooove playing with a new craft supply. In this case, it’s not only new to me but also new to the market. It’s called Ink Effects by DecoArt, and it’s one of those supplies that you can find endless uses for. I used it to create my own inked fabric design. To do it,… 

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Clean Up Your Desktop: A Tutorial

I haven’t been to your house recently, but at my house organization is a daily challenge. No, hourly. Sometimes just 5 minutes means the difference between order and chaos. While there are innumerable things I have absolutely no control over, I’ll show you how I’ve taken control of my desktop.  My little now-under-control corner of… 

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Reunion 2012

If you’re new-ish to crafterhours, you may not know our co-blogging scenario. In a nutshell, we started in one place together in 2009 and blogged for about a year before Susan moved 7 time zones away and a year later Adrianna moved 5 time zones farther. We’re hoping to be in the same place again… 

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