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

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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.



Friday, April 25, 2014

How To Sell Your Patterns on Craftsy

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I have really enjoyed working with Craftsy the last couple of months.  This is just one of the many reasons I love the platform though.  Any of us can upload our patterns and sell them through their indie pattern section.  There are no fees and it is fairly simple to do.  

1. Make sure you have a Paypal account. All pattern transactions happen through Paypal, and Craftsy requires that you have a Student, Premier, or Business account in order to sell patterns.
2. Put your pattern in .pdf format. You can’t upload any patterns to the online pattern store unless they’re a .pdf file format, so if they’re currently saved as a Word doc, .jpg, or other file format, you must convert it to a .pdf before you upload it to Craftsy.
3. Include a photo. All patterns must have at least one photo to accompany them, but you can add up to five photos. Colorful, interesting photos tend to work the best for catching our members’ eyes!
4. Fill out the pattern description. We will ask you some basic questions around your pattern making it easier for Craftsy folk to find your pattern and know what your pattern is for. Make sure you have info about your pattern handy for this step.

If you don't know how to do step two just send me a message I'd be happy to help you.  That's it!  You can start earning some money from your hard work.  I know making a pattern isn't easy and there is no reason why you shouldn't earn something for all your hard work.

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