Acorns and Leaves

| November 30, 2008

Where we live there are literally thousands of acorns falling off the oak trees!  Somebody told us last year that if there are tons of acorns, it means we’ll have a bad winter, and that the squirrels will be storing them as fast as they can to make it through the long cold winter.  Well, […]

Clothing Company Creates Civil War Era Garments

| November 28, 2008

Gerald Durbin is an avid Civil War re-enactor and former truck driver.  During a downturn in his trucking business in 1990, Durbin’s life changed forever when he decided to make a replica shirt for himself because his wife was too busy to sew it for him.  He found the pattern he wanted in a book, […]

Sidewinder Bobbin Winder

| November 26, 2008

I have mixed feelings about the Sidewinder bobbin winder.The cost is about $35.00 and can be purchased from many brick & mortar stores, as well as online mail order catalog companies.On the positive side, the unit is small, lightweight and compact, making it easy to move around.  The other good thing about it is that […]

American Sewing Guild’s 2009 Creativity Contest

| November 25, 2008

The American Sewing Guild and Simplicity Patterns invite you to enter the 2009 ASG Creativity Contest.  There are six award categories and lots of terrific prizes, plus its free to enter if you are a member of the American Sewing Guild!To enter the competition, you will need to select one or more of the following […]

More Decorating With Scraps

| November 23, 2008

After doing the post yesterday about decorating with scraps, I decided to do a little more research on using scraps for Christmas decorations.  I found some really cute decorations, AND tutorials on how to make them.  WOW!  This is your lucky day — so dig back into those scraps and start making some decorations.  (Bet […]

Childhood Fantasies Inspire Home Based Business

| November 21, 2008

Sam Schoeler and her husband Chuck ran a distribution business together from their home for 15 years.  When Chuck died unexpectedly two years ago from an aneurysm, Sam says her life changed in more ways than she could imagine.  “The beauty of our relationship was that we had talents that interconnected,” Schoeler said. “He was very good […]

Singer to Sponsor 2009 Independent Handbag Designer Awards

| November 20, 2008

Singer Sewing Company has announced that it will sponsor the “Best Handmade Handbag Category”, one of the most popular categories in the competition for the 2009 Independent Handbag Designer Awards (IHDA). Gary Jones, President of the US Singer Sewing Company says that “downloadable patterns for totes and handbags are one of the most visited categories at  Our […]

Xyron 510 Label Maker

| November 19, 2008

About a month ago my daughter bought a Xyron 510 label maker off Ebay and promptly started making refrigerator magnets, labels and name tag buttons for each of us to wear to the Honey festivals that we were participating in.There are a couple models to choose from – the Xyron 510 and the Xyron 900.  […]

Doll Artist Finds Niche Creating Life Size Santas

| November 18, 2008

Teri Doggett has been in the business of creating original Santas, ranging from a few inches to life-size, for many years.  Her enormously popular Santas have carried price tags of up to $10,000, for vintage look Santas designed for Neiman-Marcus window displays (see photo at left).  Unfortunately, Doggett says that the stress of meeting ever increasing product demand took away […]

Handmade Gifts for Children

| November 16, 2008

As I was surfing the internet for cool things to make, I was amazed at the wonderful gifts and toys that were for children.  The tutorials looked like they were quick and easy to make, so I figured I could give you some neat pictures and some information about them, then send you on to […]