Friday, December 21, 2012

More Thimbles, Please!



So bought some more thimbles these past 2 weeks and received the final 17 today! The one of the Cathedral is a duplicate. So if anyone is interest to swap send me a message!


There are more thimbles that I forgot to update in my photo albums. They will be shown on a future blog. With my count and newly framed Civil War Thimbles and Thimble Necklace. Hope to frame them this evening so I can hang them tomorrow.


Onto my next Blog

Hugs and Stitches Joan

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook, CT

Sharing this from my Facebook group page

The Sandy Hook school in Newtown, CT is asking for people to send handmade snowflakes so that they can decorate the new building as a "winter wonderland" for the students. They want them to be unique, symbolic of how all the children are unique: Here is the info if you want to send a blizzard of snowflakes:
Please send all snowflakes to:
Connecticut PTSA
 60 Connolly Parkway
 Building 12, Suite 103
 Hamden, CT 06514

For questions or to reach anyone at Sandy Hook PTA, email

Hugs and Stitches

Monday, December 10, 2012

No Sew Pillows

Getting Ready for the Holidays!
These are the easiest - least expensive way to dress up your pillows.
 Minimum of 1 yard of fabric for a standard couch pillow. I have put together a how to do it.
These are 2 of the pillows I did.

 So let me get started.
so you can do one of 2 things - 1 yard of fabric(18" pillow or smaller). you can take one corner and fold on a diagonal to mark the point of the true square and cut fabric. You can also like i did the fabric would be 36" x 44"
Step 1
Lay fabric on table - better on floor. Place pillow on square on a angle like a diamond.
Step 2
When on a square it will not be so off as this appears. anyway, fold in the one corner as shown.

Step 3
Fold the fabric over to the center of the pillow.
Step 4 - Repeat step 2 and 3. It will look like bottom picture.

Step 5
This will be the envelope fold, like wrapping a package. fold the fabric in one side and the same on the other side. do this to both sides and onto final step. Taking the 2 ends bring to middle and tie a knot. staighten the flaps to look pretty. Decorate with a fake flower.
Here is some other examples:
Using flannel material
does not have to match.

Took the outdoor cushion and created like a envelope and created with 2 fabric strips - bunch the fabric after tucking the fabric for the sides and then tied to chair.
So happy now my rec room is done for the holidays.
hugs and stitches as always!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

"Spread the Warmth" Hats

"Spread the Warmth" Handcrafted hats
for Hurricane Sandy victims
This has been a wonderful - worthwhile project that I don't think that the creator of this project could ever imagine! At last count she was nearing a 100 pieces - between hats, scrafs, and other items to keep those that lost near or all in Hurricane Sandy.
So check out Sarah's blog for all the details - You can still help out - she is accepting hats till December 16th.
Also can follow the hats and stuff being sent out on Facebook!
Here are some of the crochet hats/head wrap I sent along for this worthy cause!
As always
Hugs and Stitches Joan

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Recycled card front cards and other swaps

Recycling card fronts into new cards
These are the latest cards that my partners were sent
 This was for the Christmas card swap, took the card front and embellished the front wwith flocking powder, sequin gems and brads.
 This was the white on white swap. Using my Cricut and embossing folders created these cards for my partner. Of course only needed to send one and those that have swapped with me get more.
This was for a flower card swap using raise flowers.
This bag was for the "Tote bag with a Twist Swap" Using my airbrush gun, Sprayed in selected areas using one stencil and then sprayed with water mist to bleed. Then marked where I did Linea Embroidery. So I hope my partner enjoys her new tote filled with goodies (That was the twist)
This card was an extra want to win it post to this blog and pin to your pinterest to share my card ideas along with other swaps as well. winner will be selected Dec 20th (on or after)
As always Hugs and Stitches

Newest Thimbles

Newest Thimbles
So most of you know I have a passion for collecting thimbles and sewing implements.
These are my most recent additions. Have to do a recount plus update my listing but, I think I am over 880 now.
So with further ado, check them out!

Bought at Joann Fabrics in the Quilting section

This a Mexican Thimble with turquoise stones
 From a swap parnter that recently visted Turkey. The first picture shows kind of a landscape mode of the 4 sides the next one the separate sides.

 2nd and 3rd one she sent me

 For the Queen's Diamond Jubilee 2012
 Parnter sent me 3 thimbles from Thailand, want to swap I have 2 of the first one.

 Chester catheral in UK as well as the following thimbles.

And this one is the newest one that just came yesterday it is a handcrafted glass blown fruit thimble and hope to buy more from this artist - how beautiful is this one.
by artist Colleen Schroll from Colleen Creations - Lamprock Glass.
So I hope you that you enjoy viewing my newest members to my thimble family.
Hugs and Stitches Joan