Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sewing Books Sew Awesome

Sewing Books
Award Winning Sewing Books 

Sew Awesome....

Well  here's something. I always wanted to know how to sew, but I didn't have the time of patience to learn. Now give me a needle and thread and I'll "mend" something but full fledge sewing is out of my category. My old neighbor Sandy has been determined to teach herself, and so she got out her old sewing machine and wiped the dust off. She first started taking in seams on her mom's clothing so she could alter them for herself.

Jackets for Real People!

Then she started copying patterns of purses and making tote bags. Every time I stopped by the old neighborhood for coffee, Sandy had a new creations. Her latest was making a nightgown for her sister and even sewing a gift box cover. I wondered how she advanced from the "I don't know how to sew" to the "advanced class." I thought maybe youtube tutorials, but no, she's not more of a book reader. Then I figured it out, quite simply, she is reading sewing books.

Sewing Books

In fact this website, Palmerpletsch.com has been teaching people how to sew for over 30 years. They features all kinds of sewing books, including award-winning sewing books and easy to read things for people who are starting or advanced. In case you are wondering, Pati Palmer has been teaching sewing for 37 years. She held many roles such as educator for Armo Interfacing Co and a department store buyer , as well as a home economist. Pati conducting seminars throughout North America and Austrailia for almost two decades traveling 26 weeks per year before establishing the Palmer/Pletsch International School of Sewing in Portland Oregon. Now trains consumers and sewing educators. Books are just a small portion of what you will find on the site!

From sewing costume designs to jackets, there is something for everyone there!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Bulk Colored Sand Creative Sands Sand Art Projects


Old Glory Sand Art
Source: Creative Sands: Patriotic Projects for Kids 


Bulk Colored Sand 

Here's a cute project to keep your kids busy, at birthday parties or to make holiday gift stocking stuffers.  Remember the old time sand art bottles ?  Well, this is a cute and colorful project for adults to do with their kids!


Today people are still making paperweights, bottles, charms, and necklaces with different colored sand.  They are even using it in the fish tanks and reptile tanks for colorful displays.  Did you ever wonder where to get all that sand?

It's sold by Creative Sands.   They offer 12 colors of non-toxic sand that is made in the USA.  This sand is safe for your kids, it won't stain or bleed, and it's perfect for many types of arts and crafts applications.  They offer the empty bottles and necklaces too that are plastic and safe for kids.

different color sand

Purple Sand $2.00 by Creative Sands, get it here. 


Find all the sand you need at Creative Sands Bulk Sand .   Top trending items on Etsy prove that sand art is here to stay.  Here are a few ideas what you can do with your kids and other items you can make with sand:
Sand Art Paperweight
Sand Art Paperweight, Source: Etsy 

rainbow sand art charm

Get your kids some sand and have them make cute charms like this Source: Etsy


Did you make some great sand art? Tweet me @iramency

Disclaimer: My blog sometimes contains paid links but the ideas and suggestions are all my own...great creating, it's fun!


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