The Beginning of a List

Last night I was looking around on my Nook Color, ever so hopeful that I got my “invite” to join Pinterest. First off I feel like a child on the school ground waiting to be picked so I can play with the others. I am not so sure I understand the needing to be invited part yet. However, I so want to jump on there. There are some great things on there. Oh, the digital world!

I started to write a list of sites, projects, food, books, blah, blah that I have been obsessing over lately. So far I have come up with:

Websites/Blogs I check daily or quite often (stalkerish?):

Sewmamasew(sewing and fabrics)

Howdoesshe (a great creative site for things that moms are interested in with a very cool spin)

Sweetopia (not everyday on this one) yet she makes awesome cookies and has great recipes

tatertots and jello (a great site like Howdoesshe)

chickabug (great paper craft ideas) She also has an etsy shop worth looking into as well.

Sewdaily (great patterns and instructions and tips for better sewing)

Soap Queen and Brambleberry (great soap making tutorials and supplies for really competitive pricing)

Books I have and want:

The Haves:

Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Projects Using Cottons, Knits, Voiles, Corduroy, Fleece, Flannel, Home Dec, Oilcloth, Wool, and Beyond [Hardcover-spiral] by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins. Great projects. My son will be a Knight for Halloween this year!

Sewing Basics: All You Need to Know About Machine and Hand Sewing by Sandra Bardwell. This is a great reference book to have around in order to learn or polish a newly acquired skill. Always good to have a “bible” of some sort around for things we are beginning to get into.

Sewing Machine Basics: A Step-by-step Course for First-time Stichers, Includes 7 Full-size Pull-out Patterns by Jane Bolsover. I love this book! I have made a couple of the projects so far. I am really loving the Lined tote and hope to make a few (with my own adjustments to the interiors and fabric choices) and possibly sell them on my etsy shop later this month or the beginning of March.

Quilting 101: Master Basic Skills and Techniques Easily through Step-by-Step Instruction [Spiral-bound]. It comes with a great DVD to explain the book. It makes me want to make a quilt. I plan to do a heart theme quilt for my neice for August. She had a full heart transplant at the age of two and it is coming up on the fourth birthday for the new heart. AMAZING! She is a firecracker and loves pink so it will be perfect!

The Wants:

1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects  by Ellen Luckett Baker. My birthday is tomorrow (the 11th) and my mother in law asked me if I wanted anything. This is what I told her I wanted! Fingers crossed. Of course she was  and is not obligated to get me anything! So nice of her!

Shape Shape: Sewing Clothing Patterns to Wear Multiple Ways by Natsuno Hiraiwa. I just saw this one in my email from Sewdaily. The pants really caught my eye. Not to mention the fact that I just visited a local fabric store DENVER FABRICS yesterday because they were having a HUGE sale on their sample cut fabrics (sale prices usually are $2.97 to $3.97 a yard and they were 50% off!) and got a bunch of lovely dark denim and great cotton floral prints!

Modern Mix: 16 Sewing Projects that Combine Designer Prints & Solid Fabrics, 7 Quilts + Pillows, Bags & More by Jessica Levitt. This would be a great reference for color combinations and a modern spin on an old art.




My other want right now or at least before my son’s fifth birthday:

A CRICUT Expressions machine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the capabilities and the possibilities of this machine! Check out the site for Cricut machines, it is fun to watch the videos.




Local vendors I love to go to:

I go to my local Joann’s at least three times a week. They have excellent sales time to time. Just last week they had the Cricut Expression for $149! It is normally $249! AMAZING. I couldn’t justify the purchase right now. Plus, I have gotten back into InDesign and Photoshop a lot lately, and have some great digital elements to use so I can create my own “Cricut-like” projects. I just don’t have the automatic cutter, wait that would be ME! :p

Denver Fabrics. They sold their website years ago (still called Denver Fabrics), so I cannot link to them. I am on the emailing list and thank goodness I am. They have a HUGE selection of fabrics ranging from Home Decor to wedding to fancy fashion to good ol’ cotton prints. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Fabric Bliss. Oh my! A new local store in what we call the “Art District” here in Denver. It is on Santa Fe Drive (I think). She is a sewing enthusiast, young, upbeat, and super friendly. I am taking her beginners sewing class on the 25th. Even though I have been sewing, I still think continuing to learn is a great thing and I will get some great and useful tips and one on one help. She has a great selection of contemporary fabrics too!