Christmas is for collecting

I am *not* a pack rat. In fact, I tend to let the pendulum swing completely the other way, and I get rid of things too quickly. Then I end up feeling regretful. But, when it comes to certain things, I’ve been known to be a hoarder. Stamps for one. Can’t get enough of them. Recipes are another, even though I seem to make the same things for dinner over and over and over again. But my most favorite thing to hoard, er, collect are nutcrackers.

 

The whole family

 

 

My newest additions. The hula girl is *awesome*.

 

The classic...

 

...and the not so classic.

Weird, I know. But I got my first one years ago, and I can’t seem to get enough. My husband was tolerating at first, but now has been infected by this crazy need to collect nutcrackers. We both scour the stores come the holidays to see what cool new addition we can add to the family. We’ve even passed this craze on to our children for a Christmas inheritance. It’s pathetic, really.

 

I know I’m not alone, though, in the holiday hoarding. What do you collect?  Snowmen? Santas? Snowglobes? Fruitcakes? Anything goes, right? Merry Christmas and happy collecting!

p.s. I’m announcing a new giveaway from Third Eye Artisans on Monday! Be sure to check back and enter to win some goodness!

December 3, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . All About Me, Family, Hands Full Creations, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Better late than never

So, today is Friday. We’re going to ignore that, and the fact that I missed last week’s Color Thursday and  forge ahead with a new color combination. That’s what you really want anyway, right?

Aqua and Orange

I really should have saved this pair for warmer weather, but I couldn’t resist sharing. I *love* this combination. It’s one of those color pairs that makes me squeal out loud and clap my hands really, really fast. You think I’m joking, don’t you? Enjoy!

 

Sun and Sea Earrings

 

Goldfish Mug Rug

 

Tidal Tangerine Vegan Soap

 

Crocheted Neckwarmer

 

Do you feel like clapping you’re hands really, really fast yet?

 

Little Goldfish Giclee Print

 

Oh So Chic Coasters

 

Fiona Ribbon Necklace

 

The Goldie Bag

 

Ah. I do love those colors. They make me smile.

 

So, now that I’ve caught up on our color date, I’m going to give myself a bit of shameless promotion. Be sure to enter my giveaway here. Seriously, enter. You just might win. And then, you could do the selfless thing and give the purse away as a Christmas gift, or do what I would and keep it for yourself. Either way, you come out a winner.

November 19, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . All About Me, Hands Full Creations, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

These aren’t your momma’s colors

Color Thursday again, and this time, I’m debunking a myth. A myth that rust is a color that should stay in the 70’s. A myth that a rust/brown combo is a thing of the past. I know what you’re thinking. And no, I’m not crazy. This color duo is quite trendy and up to date. I’ll prove it to you.

 

See Exhibit A

 

Simply Sweet Elastic Headband

 

November Earrings

 

 

Recycled T-shirt Rug

 

Custom Made Tableware

 

And now for Exhibit B

 

Two Tone Chunky Cowl

 

Slimline Journal

 

Retro Coffee Set

 

Vintage Cuff Bracelet

 

Gorgeous together, yes? I tend to think so. Let’s give rust the attention it deserves. No longer will it be associated with polyester and leisure suits. Gone are the days of this color being confined to 30 year old appliances. Embrace rust! It will love you back.

October 28, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . All About Me, Hands Full Creations, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Oilcloth, My Latest Obsession – Part 2 (finally)

Okay, so I want to thank all of you who have been waiting patiently for me to reveal my tips on working with oilcloth. It has been a crazy week of soccer, school and mayhem here at my house, but I think I found a quiet moment to type this all out. So,without further ado, my oilcloth tips!

Tip #1 – Trace your pattern on the back of the oilcloth.

This is a must when working with oilcloth. You can’t pin your pattern down to the oilcloth (I’ll cover that in a moment), and holding your pattern as you cut will just make your piece all wonky. I suggest drafting your pattern pieces (or tracing a pre-exsisting pattern) onto a lightweight cardboard, such as a cereal box. That way it won’t wrinkle or tear after a few uses.

Once you’ve made your pattern, use a ball point pen to trace your pattern on to the back of the oilcloth.

My traced pattern, on the back of the oilcloth.

My traced pattern, on the back of the oilcloth.

 Tip #2 – Never use pins on your oilcloth.

Oilcloth is just like leather, vinyl, etc… Inserting a pin will leave a permanent hole. When you want to sew two pieces of material together, I suggest using paper clips or, my personal favorite, good ol’ clothespins. These will keep your pieces together, without moving, and they won’t leave any personal marks on your oilcloth. *NOTE* There is one time when using pins is okay. If you decide to cut out your pattern using a lot of extra room, like in the photo below, you can always pin your oilcloth together on the excess material. Make sense? Probably not, so be sure to study the photo to see what I mean.

My beloved clothespins, and the one exception to the 'no pin' rule.

My beloved clothespins, and the 'no pin' exception

 Tip #3 – When sewing oilcloth, lower your presser foot tension.

Whether you’re sewing on the right side or the wrong side of the oilcloth, it’s always helpful to lower your presser foot tension. I usually set mine between1.5 and 3.

Tip #4 – You may want to use a bigger sewing machine needle.

This is not a hard and fast rule. I usually switch my universal needle for something a bit more sturdy, like the leather needle (90/14), but I’ve forgotten at times, and it really doesn’t seem to matter that much. I think it helps your stitches to be a bit more consistent, but it’s not so that you would notice. This one is really up to you. Try it both ways and see what you like.

Tip #5 – When sewing on the right side of oilcloth, use a Teflon foot.

I can’t stress this tip enough. Being a natural born tightwad, I tried to scrimp and save by not purchasing this essential foot. Don’t be penny pinching here! Buy this foot! I think I paid $25 for mine, and it was worth every single penny that I paid.  It glides on your oilcloth beautifully, while your regular machine foot will stick like crazy. Then you will end up fighting your fabric by pulling and pushing it through the machine. All that will get you is sloppy stitches, a messy project and a migraine. Trust me when I say, invest in a Teflon foot. You’ll be glad you did. *NOTE* If you are sewing on the wrong side of the oilcloth, you can use your regular machine foot, but still lower your presser foot tension.

The one, the only, TEFLON FOOT!!!

The one, the only, TEFLON FOOT!!!

The slick backside of the Teflon foot.

The slick backside of the Teflon foot.

Well, that’s about it. Thanks for letting me share what’s worked for me. Hopefully, these little pointers can be helpful to you, too! Oilcloth can be tricky, but if you use these tips and just keep practicing, you’ll be an oilcloth pro in no time!

I’ll be showing off some of my oilcloth projects in my next and final oilcloth post. I’d love to get feedback from you guys and hear what you all are making. Have fun and be creative!

September 25, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , . Hands Full Creations, Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Oilcloth, my latest obsession- Part 1

I love oilcloth. I absolutely adore it. I love the look and feel of it, and now that I’ve figured it out, I love to work with it. No need to finish seams or worry about threads unraveling. I’ll be listing the best tips for working with oilcloth in an upcomng post. Right now, I’m going to share my favorite prints and the best places to find this awesome material.

Just part of my oilcloth stash...

Just part of my oilcloth stash...

 So far, the place with the best selection of oilcloth at the best price is A.H. Mecantile Co. Here is the link: http://www.ahmercantile.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=10_21_132 I have ordered from them for quite a while and have been very impressed by their selection and their super speedy shipping. Shipping prices are a flat rate of $4.80 and usually arrive in about a week. Just check out some of their yummy prints available:

awesome retro goodness...

awesome retro goodness...

If you are looking for larger quantities of oilcloth, be sure to check out Fashion Fabrics Club.  http://www.fashionfabricsclub.com/catalog_items.aspx?TypID=142&Viewby=Types&Page=1&gclid=CKXa6fLM4JUCFQkiagod51v_YQ They sell 12 yard rolls of oilcloth. Their print selection is not quite as extensive as A.H. Mercantile, but it’s a pretty good deal, about $60 for a 12 yard roll.

these are so cute, it hurts!

these are so cute, it hurts!

Mendel’s Far Out Fabrics has the same yardage prices as A.H. Mercantile, and their 12 yard rolls are actually a bit more expensive than Fashion Fabric Club, but they have some killer wood grain oilcloth. They also sell little bundles of remnants, great for small coin purse projects! http://www.mendels.com/fabrics10.shtml

that minty polka dot is my new favorite...

that minty polka dot is my new favorite...

 So, there you have it. Those links should at least point you all in the right direction. Next post, I’ll give you some pointers in sewing with oilcloth. It can be a bit tricky, but with a few little adjustments and tools, you can work with fairly easily. Until then, have fun checking out this funky cool material!

September 16, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , . Hands Full Creations. 3 comments.

Got my creative juices flowing!

I received a request last week for a custom wallet. The customer wanted it for fall, and she really loved the oilcloth. After toying with a few ideas, and figuring out some measurements, this is what I came up with:

my new design, in all of its fall-y glory!

my new design, in all of its fall-y glory!

 

the wallet's backside...

the wallet's backside

 

action shot!

action shot!

I was pretty jazzed with how it turned out. I usually have to make at least 3 prototypes before I come up with anything that looks halfway decent. This one just flowed and everything came out exactly how it was supposed to. It will be years before I get that lucky again! Anyway, I hope the customer likes it.

So, I loved this design so much that I’m planning on putting it in my line of accessories. I have dubbed it the Katherine wallet. I’m still stuck on the pricing, though. Not quite sure yet what to charge for it. What do you all think?

August 26, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Hands Full Creations. 1 comment.