Apr 29

Follow up to this thing called blogging

Tissue Cover

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try…Beverly Sills

It looks easy, it seems easy and however really isn’t easy.  Ok, maybe it is to those that have thousands of wondrous words floating around their head and they can easily and quickly write and people love what they write.  This is a learning process and I will not be discouraged…yet. :) It isn’t my words so much that I want to pass along but rather to share my skills and maybe inspire someone to make something.

I haven’t even ventured to figure out how to appear on search engines.  No one would know I’m here other than maybe through Pinterest.  I worked hard on creating a very usable list of Jewelry Tutorials that anyone could do and that would cost little to no money to make.  Not only would any of the items be great for starting up in crafts but  would make great Mother Day gifts.  70+ different things and all low-cost and super-duper cute.  4 days and not one single Pin.  Not one.  Could be the label that is on Pinterest.  I created the label in Microsoft Publisher because that is what is on this computer. Obviously Publisher doesn’t cut it. Probably more user error and Debbie isn’t cutting it. However, I’m not giving up. I am going to create a couple of other labels and see if they do any better. I’ll post my progress to help anyone else who is trying to start a blog too.

Blah blah blah……no more whining here. Anyway, this week I made a tissue box cover with pockets. I was needing a gift for someone in a nursing home and I thought this would be perfect. I put a little tablet and pen in one pocket, chap stick in another, Tic Tac mints in the third and I left the last one empty. I didn’t give it yet but I love it and I hope it will be well received. Could someone make me one if I go to the hospital or nursing home? I will write a tutorial on how I did this. This was just my test.

I am very sorry, looking at my photo of the tissue box, I have to work on my picture-taking skills too.  Gosh I thought I was near perfect (other than my 1000 imperfections which I ignore).  Oh this ever growing list of imperfections.

See you next time.



Apr 25

70+ DIY Jewelry for Craft Shows or Gifts

DIctionary necklace

Dictionary Necklace @ Happy Hour Projects





Leather Printed Jewelry @ Lana Red Studio


Soda Can Necklace @ Better Homes & Gardens

Silhouette  Necklaces

Silhouette Necklaces @ Less Than Perfect Life Of Bliss

Chatty Charms

Chatty Charms @ Polymer Clay Web

Glass Tile Pendant How to at House of Joyful Noise

How to make Glass Tile Pendants @ House of Joyful Noise

Clothes Pin Jewelry

Turn Clothes Pins into Wirework Jewelry – No Tools Needed – Tutorial @ michlinla.com

Treble Clef Necklace

Treble Clef Necklace @ Cut Out and Keep

Bead and chain necklace

Bead & Chain Necklace @ Wobisobi.blogspot.com

Button Rings

Button Rings @ Beading Gem

Branch dangles

Branch Dangles @ Crafting Rebellion

Beaded hoop earrings

Beaded Hoop Earrings @ Craft Snob

Anthro Knock Off Party Animals

Anthro Knock Off Party Animals @ Flamingo Toes

Anthro Knock Off Collage Bracelet

Anthro Knock Off – Collage Bracelet @ Flamingo Totes

Anthro knock off book necklace @ Scene of the Grime

Anthro Knock Off Book Necklace @ Scene of the Grime

Caged marble jewelry

Caged Marble Jewelry @ Studio Heath

Chevron beaded necklace

Chevron Beaded Necklace @ Craft Pond

Felt pendant

Felt Pendant @ Hetkabinet.blogspot.com

Game Piece Jewelry

Game Piece Jewelry @ Thrift Town

Geode Rings

Geode Rings @ State of Unique

Gilded animal bracelets

Gilded Animal Bracelets @ Crafts Unleased

Cuff bracelet

Cuff Bracelet @ Artsyvava.blogspot.com

DIY anchor braclet

Anchor Bracelet @ Liz Kantner

DIY Ombre lace jewelry

Ombre Lace Jewelry @ Glamour and Grace

DIY Ring

Wire Ring @ Craft Snob

Easy folded wire ring

Easy Wire Ring @ Jewelry Making Journal

Wooden jewelry

Wooden Jewelry @ See That There

Wooden Tile Jewelry

Wooden Tile jewelry @ Beth Stone Studio

Word pendant

Word Pendant @ Then She Made

Woven Wrap Bracelet

Woven Wrap Bracelet @ Happy Hour Projects

Zipper bracelet

Zipper Bracelet @ Cut Out and Keep

Glass pendant necklace

Glass Pendant Necklace @ Slap Dash Mom

Handcrafted pendants

Handcrafted Pendants @ Lady with the Red Rocker

Plastic Beads

Make Beads for Free @ The Frugal Crafter

Leather bracelet

Leather Bracelet @ By Wilma

Make Me Bracelet

Make Me Bracelet @ Christy’s Cuties

Making molds jewelry

Making Molds Jewelry @ Rings-Things

Marble Jewelry

Marble Jewelry @ Dream It Make It

Memory Wire Bracelet

Memory Wire Bracelet @ Show Tell Share

Metal etching

Metal Etching @ Delia Stone’s Studio

Mini Book Necklaces

Mini Book Necklaces @ My Two Butterflies


Mustache Necklace @ Fashion Diva Design

Nail Polish Jewelry

Nail Polish Jewelry @ Nail Polish Jewelry @ My Awesome Beauty

Old Silverware Rings

Old Silverware Rings @ Kirstenerickson.blogspot.com

Ombre Jewelry

Ombre Jewelry @ Christine and Co Blog

Over bake clay charms

Oven Baked Clay Charms @ Alisa Burke

Painted leather Bracelets

Painted Leather Bracelets @ A Beautiful Mess

Paper beads

Paper Beads @ Creative Jewish Mom

Photo pendant

Photo Pendant @ Live Laugh Rowe

Pom Pom Necklace

Pom Pom Necklace @ Stay at Home Artist

Pop Bottle Earrings

Pop Bottle Earrings @ Free People

Pop Can Resin Pendant

Pop Can Resin Pendant @ Saved By Love Creations

Ribbon Necklace

Ribbon Necklace @ Fashion Diva

River rock jewelry

River Rock Jewelry @ Paper n Stitch Blog

Rock Jewelry

Rock Jewelry @ Live In Art

Ruffle Necklace

Ruffle Necklace @ Fashion Diva Design

Script Necklace

Script Necklace @ His for Handmade

Shrinky bracelet

Shrinky Jewelry @ Rust Sunshine

Shrinky dink rings

Shrinky Dink Rings @ Make it With Me

Sprinkle Jewelry

Sprinkle Jewelry @ Saved by Love Creations

Stamped jewelry

Stamped Jewelry @ Lil Blue Boo

Stamped washers

Stamped Washers @ the 36th Avenue

Tassel necklace

Tassel Necklace @ Oh The Lovely Things

Trompe Loeil Wood Bangles

Trompe Loeil Wood Bangles @ Martha Stewart

T-shirt bead necklace

T-Shirt Bead Necklace @ We Heart It

T-shirt Necklace

Recycled T-Shirt Necklace @ Ette Studios

Twig Necklace

Twig Necklace @ Henry Happened

Vera Bradley Knock Off Necklace

Vera Bradley Knock Off @ Ride or DIY

Vintage collage pendants

Vintage Collage Pendants @ Blu Kat Kraft

Washer bracelet

Washer Bracelets @ Zitzman Fam

Washer Jewelry

Stamped Washer Jewelry @ Not So Idle Hands

Wire love bracelet

Wire Love Bracelet @ Swell Mayde


Fabric Ruffle Necklace

Fabric Ruffled Necklace @ Poppy Chic






Apr 22

Mid Arm Machine – Finished

This is what an old industrial darning machine looks like.  It has about a 2-1/2 inch cylinder base.  Great I suppose for darning socks but not for quilting. My original design was to cut a hole in a table and drop the machine down making it level with the table.  When I did that, I was unable to use the industrial motor and bobbin winder because it was too much to cut out of the table and the table would no longer have been a table, it would have just been a big hole with legs.  I had attached a home sewing machine motor with a regular foot pedal.  If you read here, it didn’t work.

So back went the darn darner on its original table and as it sat it was useless as a quilting machine.  Woe was me.  I thought ok, I can build a table around it but all I had around was plywood.  I didn’t know if I painted it in a gloss paint and maybe waxed it, if it would have enough slip and slide to work but I was going to try my best.  I drew a template around the machine – I used news paper and cut and taped it around the machine and I was almost done when I ran out of tape.  While I was up looking for more tape, I banged against a filing cabinet and a piece of Plexiglas fell out.  When things like that happen, it reaffirms to me that there is definitely a higher power.  Plexiglas was perfect.   I got the Plexiglas cut, screwed pieces of wood on the bottom to raise it to machine level and slip slid it went right in.  I probably could have gone a tad closer to the cylinder but that is hard to figure, I was using the sides as my guide.  Darning machine turned into FMQ machine

As you can see in this picture, it looks as if there is a gap and there is but it is close enough to work, especially when I put my Supreme glider on. Now I have my own mid arm machine. Yeah!

Darning machine turned into FMQ machine.


Happy Quilting




Apr 08

Mid Arm Machine

This is what my homemade mid arm machine looks like. It is not fancy, there are no buttons and the only control is to adjust the tension. What makes this work as a free motion quilting machine is that is has no feed dogs and the fabric floats.

I got this machine for free. The $20.00 I spent was for a bobbin winder since my original idea rotated the machine and wouldn’t allow space for the winder than came with the machine.

My original idea was to rotate the machine replicating the Handi-Quilter Sweet 16 design. I had to cut a hole in an old table because the darning machine has a cylinder base and this needed to sit flat to quilt. That was easy enough to do and it worked great except doing that required replacing the industrial motor with a home sewing machine motor, which did not work great. I burned the motor out within 4 hours. An industrial machine needs an industrial motor. Therefore I had to put the industrial motor back on the machine which required it being on the industrial table and back in normal position. I couldn’t lower this machine because of the motor and belt and as it sat, it was useless as a quilting machine.

Woe was me as I fretted that my repurposing wasn’t working.  I had done some pretty samples in my four hours of working machine time and I finished a new sewing machine cover. It is just so pretty and I was so sure I could do this and do this well if only I had the right equipment. If it didn’t work, I didn’t have an extra $6000.00 sitting around to buy the Sweet 16 machine, my home machine just wasn’t doing it well and was frustrating to use for free-motion quilting, and I was afraid my free motion quilting adventure was already over.

Next time, I’ll show you how something literally fell in front of me as my inspiration and how I am now the happiest little free-motion quilter around.


Apr 07

Making your own mid arm quilting machine

It has happened before, I miss whole movements, eras, and there is probably a decade or two I can’t clearly recall.  I suppose I’m so centered in my own world that stuff passes me by, but not this time.  I didn’t know until recently that there was a free motion quilting movement.  I have stippled things for years and I like free motion sewing but on my home machine with usually an open toe foot. It is quite doable and with lovely results too but it didn’t take my breath away like seeing a long-arm machine for the first time. I knew there were long-arm machines but I thought the designs were all computer generated which is pretty but not awe inspiring.

I saw a long arm machine and I wanted one. I really wanted one but I had two problems…

  1. Not enough space
  2. Not enough money

I bought some lottery tickets and figured I would win a couple million and buy a bigger house and I would have both the money and space. Not really sure what happened but it didn’t work because I didn’t win any money and now I was an extra $20 short on my long-arm quilter down payment.  I would have resorted to Plan B but I didn’t really have a backup plan.

Luckily, as I was trolling around the Internet looking at long-arm machines, I spied a mid arm quilting machine.  Again, I hadn’t even known there was such a machine.  I liked the mid arm better than the long-arm since it reduced the problems down to only one….not enough money.  This is the mid-arm I saw and loved.

Tomorrow I will show you my $20.00 homemade version of the mid-arm machine.