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As a new owner of a Silhouette Cameo, I am interested in all things Cameo at the moment.  So, when I ran across this amazing offer, I had to go for it immediately.  What am I talking about you ask?  It’s a fantastic offer where you can get Silhouette products, including mats, blades, vinyl and the Designer Edition Software for 40% off .

Yes, you can get $50.00 worth of Silhouette merchandise  from Silhouette America for only $30.00 (this offer excludes the Cameo machine, download cards & shipping/handling).  There’s more good news, if you use this link, you will get an additional $5.00 discount, called Plum Dollars.  And if that isn’t great enough, if you also use the promo code   FABULOUS  you will get an additional discount.  After all of the discounts, you get $50.00 worth of products from Silhouette for $22.00 or 56%% off the regular price.  Now how is that for a fantastic deal?

I used my discount to purchase the Silhouette Designer Edition Software.

Sign up for the Plum District free account.  No strings attached nor cost to sign up, just use the link to sign up and receive a $5.00 discount called “Plum Dollars”.

PLUS, add the word    FABULOUS   to the promo code section when making a purchase and receive a 10% discount in addition to the $5.00 Plum Dollar Discount. (I don’t know when the “Fabulous” coupon code expires)

***The Silhouette offer is only good until 1/25/12.
***I don’t know when the promo code “fabulous” expires, but it was valid today, 1/24/12.

That’s it for sharing today.

Have a Blessed Day!!!

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Last week was amazing, I received 2 packages in the mail from contests I entered online.  What makes it so amazing is the fact that I even won a contest since I’ve never won a blog contest before, and then ended up winning 2 contests in a row.

The first contest I won was from Eclectic Paperie Blog, a blog for an online store by the same name.  I recently discovered EP while looking to purchase the Glue Gun Helpers from Plaid and just by good luck discovered Eclectic Paperie.  I immediately perused the store offerings and found many of my favorite product lines including the Imaginesce Cordless Glue Gun which I wrote about in an earlier post.

When I discovered that I had won the contest I thought I would receive one bottle of Alcohol Ink which would have been terrific, so you can imagine my surprise when I opened the box and discovered all of the amazing goodies included in the package.  There were 12 bottles of Alcohol Inks, a Blending Tool, Alcohol Ink Refillable Pen, 3 spools of Heidi Swapp ribbon, buttons from Basic Grey, Inkssentials Artist Trading Cards, and a package of Really Big Chips from Bazzill.  I was just giddy with excitement.  If that wasn’t enough, there was another special bonus from Daisy, a gorgeous handmade tag made especially for me.  I don’t know how she knew about my love for birds and nature, just coincidence I’m sure, but nonetheless there was a beautiful image of a bird on the tag she made.  Thank you so, so much Daisy for this incredible gift.  I can’t wait to make some beautiful projects with all of these great products!!!

Now onto my second incredible win from the very popular and amazing blog  called “The DIY Dish”.  I won a set of 15 fat quarters from the Riley Blake Collection called “Sugar and Spice” courtesy of the new and unique quilt shop called “My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shoppe” run by twin sisters Kim & Kris.  In addition to the fat quarters, I also won 2 inspirational quilt books by Abbey Lane Quilts.  The first book is entitled “Blooming Possibilities” and the second “Fab Five” Fun, Fast & Flirty.  Each book offers a variety of quilt projects that look to be very easy to put together.  The projects, along with the fat quarters I won will be fun to work with to make some quilted goodness.  My granddaughter, Morgan, has already taken claim to one of the fabrics and wants to make a skirt for Trea, her American Girl.  I must say these fabrics are so incredibly beautiful, the colors are vibrant, and the combination of the colors are drop dead gorgeous.  I only wish Kim and Kris lived in my area so their quilt shop would in my neck of the woods.  If you haven’t seen all of the fantastic tutorials, websites and talents that Kim and Kris offer, hop on over to The DIY Dish and share in some of their creativity.  And as they say at the close of each of their shows, “I hope that creativity has been served!”  So from me to Kim and Kris I offer you both a heartfelt thank you for this fabulous gift and wish you every success with your new quilt shop.

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The excitement is building and I am so excited to be passing along information about a brand new online Craft TV Channel called appropriately “My Craft Channel“.  As I’ve talked about before, there is a fabulous duo, actually twins, that have taken the world of crafting and sewing by storm with all of their crafty endeavors including The DIY Dish, their new quilt shop called “My Girlsfriends Quilt Shoppe”, You Can Make This” and SWAK Embroidery.  In addition, The DIY Dish will be continuing with their programs as Season 4 unfolds this Fall on the new “My Craft Channel“.  If all of that news wasn’t enough, they are having the giveaway of a lifetime called the “20 Cricuts in 20 Days“.  I, for one, have always wanted one of these fantastic machines, and it would be a dream come true to win one and be able to create amazing craft projects using the plethora of designs that Cricut offer.  So, without further ado, hop on over to the new “My Craft Channel” and add a comment for a chance to win the Cricut.

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Hot glue guns are so helpful in the craft room yet can be so unliked at the same time. Why? The very name “hot glue” and the possibility of burns is the biggest pitfall. The second problem is the cord. Cords have been a necessity to the glue gun yet a negative aspect as well since they always seem to get in the way. In addition, many times cords make it difficult to craft where you want because there isn’t a convenient outlet.

Cathy Filian and Steve Piacenza of “Creative Juice” fame must have had the same issues with hot glue, so they set out to remedy the problem. They invented a 5 tool set called the Hot Glue Gun Helpers (aptly named) from Plaid. This tool set addresses all of my hot glue issues and then some. This amazing set of tools offers a non-stick mat (measuring 14 1/2″ x 11 1/2″), coated tweezers, 3 finger caps, a press wand & paddle. Genius is the word that comes to mind when talking about this set of tools. I saw the set critiqued by Christine over at the Scraptime podcast and knew it was something I needed, not wanted mind you, needed.

The finger caps are a dream come true, no burns even when putting your finger directly on the hot glue. The Press Wand is a real selling point for me as it allows the user to press or smear the glue into a thin strip without sticking or getting burned. How many times have you wanted a thin layer of glue rather than a glob but didn’t have a way to go about that task? The mat is very practical and saves the tabletop from those infamous glue strings sticking to its surface. The tweezers & paddle are icing on the cake in my opinion. I was so sold on the tool set that I immediately and set out to find where to purchase one. Bingo, while doing a search I found a fabulous online craft source called Eclectic Paperie that not only offered the Hot Glue Gun Helpers that I wanted but also has a plethora of other craft products that interested me.

That brings me to my second hot glue gun issue, the cord. I researched the I Bond fron Imaginisce and found all positive reviews from crafters on You Tube and blogs so I knew that was the glue gun I wanted. You guessed it, Eclectic Paperie stocks that product too.

Let’s talk about the I Bond and its selling points for a minute. The I Bond uses 4 AA batteries which makes it portable, the user can carry and use it anywhere with no cord to get in the way. I feel the most cost-effective way to go is to use rechargeable batteries. It also uses standard mini glue sticks that can be purchased at most craft stores. Imaginisce offers their own brand of white glue sticks, but they also offer glitter and colored glue sticks for those unique types of projects.   The I Bond has a built-in kick stand and all of the reviewers said it didn’t drip when sitting on the kick stand.

Now it’s time to talk about my new-found favorite craft resource called Eclectic Paperie. This is a company that is run by Daisy and her family and offers over 2,000 products at very attractive prices. Once I discovered this fabulous shop I was so excited to order both the I Bond and Hot Glue Gun Helpers. Daisy has a huge variety of products from many of my favorite companies including stamps from Crafty Secrets.  I love the Claudine Hellmuth  line of paints and mediums and Eclectic Paperie offers all of those products.  Who doesn’t love Tim Holtz products?  Yep, they have those too.  They also have papers from a large variety of companies including Authentique, Basic Grey & Graphic 45 . You get the idea here, Eclectic Paperie is quite a find and I’m so happy to have run across this fabulous shop.  If you’re in the mood to find some great new crafty goodness to help you and your creativity, hop on over to Eclectic Paperie and see all of the wonderful products they have to tempt you.  I must also say they ship very quickly; my order came in a matter of days and I couldn’t be happier.

As always, I’m in no way paid to say anything either negative or positive about any of the companies or products I talk about, I just like to pass along tidbits of information about my favorite finds as they come to my attention.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a blessed day!!!

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The DIY Dish

As many of you know, and probably agree with, I enjoy learning about new ideas in crafting and especially enjoy video tutorials. Last month I happily ran across a podcast on I-Tunes called “The DIY Dish” which is simply fabulous. Kim and Kris offer so many great ideas for those of us who love to craft. (I immediately felt a kinship to them as my oldest are twins as well) After watching all of their podcasts, I made a list of projects I want to make, but I did manage during the holidays to make their extremely easy and cute cake pincushion. In addition to these fantastic podcasts, I discovered they have quite a few You Tube Tutorials which can be found using the search term ycmttv (which I believe means you can make this tv).

Kim and Kris have 3 shopping sites that are terrific for crafters, my favorite being SWAK Embroidery which offers a plethora of machine embroidery patterns. Their general crafting site is called “You Can Make This” and they have a quilting site called “You Can Quilt This”. If all of that isn’t enough, they also offer a blog. Whew, I bet they are busy gals, but somehow they are able to come up with the most creative projects you can imagine. So, without further ado, take a few minutes and enjoy their latest podcast/You Tube tutorial on Therm-o-web that I’ve posted below.

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Trick or Treat Bags

I was inspired by a tutorial I saw at The Crafty Crow awhile back to make decorated canvas treat bags. So last Saturday my daughter and two grandchildren decided to take the afternoon and decorate our own bags for the kiddos to carry on Halloween. It was a fun and easy project that started out with 2 canvas bags that we purchased and decorated them with beads, buttons and glitter.

Basic Directions:

My daughter, Jen, found a pumpkin picture on the internet and we printed it out for the general shape. I took a chalk marker and lightly drew the outline on each bag. We decided it would save on a lot of messiness if we were in charge of the glue, so Jen and I dolloped glue around the around the edges while Morgan and Carson chose and added the beads and buttons to use. The kiddos then drew a mouth & nose and eyes and decided what they wanted to use to embellish them. Morgan chose a fine orange glitter while Carson chose a chunky translucent glitter. They both chose rhinestones in the shape of pumpkins for the eyes. Once everything was dry, we added more buttons and beads of various colors to fill in the pumpkin faces. We used foam alphabet stamps along with White Craft Ink to add the word “treats” to the bottom of the bags. I think they turned out really cute. We changed it up a bit from Crafty Crow, but it was a great project and I want to thank them for their inspiration for this Halloween Treat Bag.

Supplies:

Bags & beads from Michael’s
Buttons from JoAnn’s
Aileens Tacky Glue
Orange Glitter – Martha Stewart
Chunky Glitter – Sorry I don’t remember
Pumpkin Rhinestones from Michael’s
Foam Alphabet Stamps – Michael’s
White Craft Glue – Stampin’ Up!

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I’m generally not one to preach, yet feel a strong need to talk about this very subject today. Yes, this does have to do with sewing and crafting in the end, so read on and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Some things take more explanation than others and this seems to be one of those.

Do you get tired of seeing our young people, and sometimes older folks for that matter, dressing with little to be left to the imagination? I’m of the mind that “modesty is the best policy”; my mother told me that and I still believe it. You may be rolling your eyes right now, that’s ok. Some would say I just don’t understand. Well, I’m here to say I do understand, it’s not been so long that I don’t remember trying to fit in and follow the crowd. Afterall I came from the era of “Twiggy”, the Beatles and free this and that. Who is Twiggy you say? She was all the rage in the 60’s. She was pencil thin, I was too back then, painted on lashes, me too and she was British, like the Beatles. It was the era of the mini skirt, hip huggers, neru jackets and beads. I was a teenager and wanted to fit in. Yet I did not buy into the free this and that, and certainly didn’t buy into the culture of the day. So what I did try to do was fit into the dress and makeup of the times. I had a black neru shirt, beads, hip huggers and a few mini skirts (albeit not too mini). I looked silly, but at the time thought I looked “in”. What I never did was comprise what I believed in and always dressed modestly and still do today.

Flash forward to today, in my opinion clothes are way too skimpy and modesty seems to have gone out the window. I’m often shocked by what our young people wear and sometimes wonder if their parents approve. Some parents may yet others may just feel the pressure and give in to their young folks. Whatever the case, there can be a better way. I’m so happy to see that there are other like-minded people who think that modesty is a good thing. With that being said, I ran into a site that offers patterns to make modest, yet fashionable, swimwear, dresses, skirts and tops. I felt the need to pass this link along to you. No, I’m not paid or in any way compensated to write this or pass the link onto anyone, I’m doing it because I want to.

OK, here comes the sewing part…..Check out Gretchen’s site called Fashionably Modest Patterns to see her pattern offerings and find out what I’m talking about.

God must be telling me something because this past Sunday Fr. Martin gave a homily that talked a bit about modesty. Father Martin is a gifted and talented speaker and he is such an inspiration to me. You can hear this particular homily as well as many others by clicking here.

So these are my words of wisdom for today, a little preachy maybe, but given in the spirit of sharing and friendship.

On another note, I’m still working on my new craft space and it’s coming along famously.

Thanks for visiting and until the next time, God Bless and have a great day!!!

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