Tuesday, August 26, 2014

#ALSIceBucketChallenge

I did the ice bucket challenge and in an effort to raise some extra bucks for ALS I'm donating all the money I make from Youtube on this video but you're going to have to share it to get it up in views high enough.  Also any income from the blog for the next two weeks will go to ALS as well.  I can't tell you how to help do that but I'm guessing most of you know what to do.  Please go to alsa.org/donate



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sewing Desk Makeover with a Surprising Twist

I've been working on updating my sewing and craft studio.  I'll be sharing lots of sewing room ideas with you as we go through the room.  The first project was a new sewing desk or table.  I was over sewing on a card table, I needed something more substantial.  I really wanted something I could upcyle or refurbish.  I also wanted to make sure that my sewing room furniture matched my personality.  Thank goodness I have the skills to refurbish furniture because unique furniture is very pricey.  I found the desk I ended up using for $2 at a garage sale.



I think it's a huge transformation don't you?  It was super simple to do.  Let's break it down so you can see what I really did.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Ozeri Green Earth Textured Ceramic Frying Pan Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. For more information you can visit my disclosure tab.

I recently got an Ozeri Green Earth Textured Ceramic frying pan to review.  I'll be the first to admit I was a bit skeptical.  I've never had much luck with non-stick pans.  This one seems to be very different though.  I actually made an omelet that looked like an omelet.


So first off I love the color.  It comes with instructions which was nice.  You have to season the pan before each use.  That boils down to putting about a teaspoon of oil in the pan and wiping it back off.  I've never been able to make an omelet.  Doesn't matter what I do they never flip or fold right.  So that's what I used to test out this pan.  

So how did it do?  AMAZING!  I had a real omelet when I was done.  I was shocked.  It flipped, it didn't stick and the folding well that was my fault.  I can't blame the pan for that one.  It also cleaned up really easy.  Again the instructions tell you how to wash it and you have to follow them.  

In my box I also got a pan protector too.  It fits inside of the pan so that it doesn't get scratched up.  It's held up great.  

I said at the start that I've had bad luck with non stick pans.  It hasn't mattered if I had cheap ones or the more expensive hard anodized ones they all seem to warp on my glass top stove.  This pan has not warped!  I'm really happy about that.  I'm considering getting the other two sizes because of that.

Now, if you would like to purchase your own pan well I've got you covered. ;)  You can purchase them through Amazon and as you know any purchase on Amazon from one of my links gives me a couple of pennies.  I got the 8" pan and it's perfect for omelets or a couple of eggs but a little small for much else.  



Do you have one of these?  What do you think of them?


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Craftsy's BIG Summer Sale

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links

Want to learn a new skill or brush up on an old one? Now is your chance! You can save up to 50% off on ALL online classes at Craftsy's BIG Summer Sale! Cooking, cake decorating, sewing, gardening and so much more... all up to 50% off, with some classes starting at just $9.99! This is a sale not to be missed, so make sure you hurry because it ends at 11:59pm MT on Monday, June 9th.

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This is a great deal!!  Be sure to check it out.  I really have enjoyed the two tailoring classes from Angela Wolf.   

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Summer Sewing Series: Project One - Magnetic Wrist Pin Cushion

It's time to start sewing.  I hope everyone picked up at least what was on the essentials list by now and you are ready to sew along with us.  Today, I did a video.  Since this is the first project I wanted you to actually see how to make it in almost real time.  This is a 30 minute craft.  Even with hand sewing!



I got my magnet at Harbor Freight.  There are two in each package for 69 cents!  They are some of the best craft magnets I have ever bought.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me.  You can leave a question here, on the video on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, or email me at craftingtodo at gmail dot com.

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Extras of Sewing

So the other day we discussed the essential items you need to sew.  Today we are going to discuss some of the extras.  They are things that are helpful but not necessarily needed.  Most of these items I have gone the majority of my sewing life without so you certainly don't NEED them.  Once you've figured out this is for you though you might want to pick up a few of these items.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Sewing Essentials

As the end of the school year comes and I see the end of my commissioned sewing projects I know I'll be doing a lot more projects for the blog.  With that in mind, I wanted to share with you what I consider the essentials for anyone who wants to sew.  I'll provide links if they are available.  I know some of it is kind of spendy but if you pay attention you'll notice most of my essentials have been around for 20 plus years.  You can't beat a ruler that costs you $17 still being around 20 years later.  It makes it less than a dollar a year.  I also scour garage sales and thrift stores.  Look for sewing or quilting in garage sale lists, or "cleaning out grandma's" those are the ones that will more than likely lead you to quality sewing notions for little of nothing.



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