Learning to Sew: The Desire

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“I want to learn how to sew.”, “Someday I’ll learn to sew”, “there is no way I could learn how” or “I want to sew but I don’t have time”.  Have those words ever come out of your mouth or swirled around in your mind? If so stay tuned because I have been working on some blog post just for you!

I’ll give you a little background that will leave you saying if she can learn I can learn! I grew up with a mother that sewed and encouraged me to learn too. I would sit and watch her sew and on occasion I would make things for my dolls but it was usually with fabric scraps and tape. I had very little interest in using a sewing machine or hand needles. Fast forward a good bit and here I am with three kids one of which is a daughter that wants to learn to sew. I knew some basics but the thought of creating something from a pattern scared me. I called my mom up and asked her for help. I can just imagine the joy that gave her. She always told me one day you’ll wish you had sewed with me and paid attention! Ok, mom you were right. I wish I had paid attention but I didn’t. She brought over an old sewing machine that she was no longer using, some fabric, pins and thread. She then gave me a crash course in threading the machine and basic pattern reading and said have fun and practice. What??? You think I am kidding but no. My mom adores us but she knows I am a hands on person and do best figuring stuff out.

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At the time I thought ‘I’ll never get this” but I had to, my daughter was counting on me to help her make a dress and I was pretty certain a fairy godmother wasn’t going to pop out and do it for me.  Funny what we can do when our kids are counting on us. Somehow after reading a few sewing books we got the dress made. Keep in mind this was at least 17 years ago so there really weren’t that many, if any, blogs on sewing, Pinterest wasn’t around and Youtube sewing videos were nonexistent.  The dress was pretty sad looking but Sydney wore it and  because of that I was determined to get better. I started finding time to sew and within a few months I was making things that I wasn’t ashamed to be seen in public wearing.
Bib ApronAfter a few years of sewing on my moms 20 year old machine I got a new one and a serger. I started venturing out into home decor, more complicated clothing patterns and even started making my own patterns. Slowly I began having friends ask me to make thing for them and offering to pay me. Eventually I listed a few things on E-Bay and then set up the Hearts & Home website. I have also managed a Husqvarna Viking Sewing Center where I  taught customers how to use their machines, quilt and sew. I currently teach the adult and children’s sewing a quilting classes at a local Joann Fabrics store.

I tell you all of this simply so you know the biggest thing you need to have in order to learn to sew is a desire or a need. So, if you want to learn to sew, improve your sewing or pick up some tips to make your sewing time more productive while creating professional looking items stay tuned.



DIY Hair Accessory Round Up

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I have medium to long hair and although I like the length I  don’t like to have it touching my face, especially when I sewing. Yesterday I was digging around in the drawer I keep hair stuff in and realized I am in desperate need of some new ways to keep my hair back but still looking nice. I decided I would look around online for some ideas to make myself since I have an abundance of “stuff” that I am pretty sure I could make “something” with, here is what I found.

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Head Scarf

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DIY Jeweled Headband

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Leather Hair Tie

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 Bejewelled flower headband / diy project

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 Chanel Pearl Hairpins

 

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After watching this video for a DIY Braided Leather Tassel Bracelet I am determined to braid some leather and make a headband out of it. Maybe something like this one only with leather.

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DIY pearl hair piece 

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 Bobby pins and old buttons 

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TWISTED PONY HOLDER TUTORIAL

If you are looking for more inspiration be sure to follow me on Pinterest and like me on  Facebook.

Replacing the Snaps on a Leather Vest

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For the last month or so my husband has been having a problem with the snaps on the leather vest he wears while riding his motorcycle. In windy conditions the vest was often forced open because the inner spring inside the snap was no longer secure. Can you imagine riding down the road with a piece of leather flapping behind you, not enjoyable.

We considered a few different options including just replacing the vest but finally settled on replacing the snaps. I wasn’t sure how hard it would be to remove the old snaps but considering a dry cleaner charges $25 per snap I figured we should give it shot! Not to mention the fact that Scott’s vest is full of patches and most have meaning behind them. We knew we could remove the patches but once you do they don’t look right when placed on another item. The other reason was his vest is worn in and comfortable, something that doesn’t happen overnight with leather.

buffaloThe first thing we had to do was locate the buttons. He has buffalo nickel buttons and he wanted to keep the same style. I found several places online to order them from including one that is local, Tandy Leather. We gave them a call and found out they keep those particular ones in stock, score! We also had to purchase a  punch set tool and anvil.

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Supplies and Tools Needed:

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Snap Tool and Anvil
3M Rubber Tape
Rubber Mallet
Drill with a metal drill bit

The video will  show you how to to remove the old snap and then how to replace it with new ones.  The steps are the same regardless of the snap style or what you are putting them on. If you are replacing them on light weight fabric you may find it easier to use the Dritz Heavy Duty Snap Fastener Plier Kit.

If you are unable to view the embedded video, you can click here to watch >> Replacing the Snaps on a Leather Vest << on YouTube.

Was replacing them the right choice? Well, the buttons were $3 each, we needed 4 and the punch tool and anvil was $6. For $18 dollars plus tax we were able to purchase everything needed, compare that to around $120-$200 for a new vest. It only took about 20 minutes for all 4 snaps and we learned something new. Oh, and Scott got to keep his broken in vest so yeah I would say it was worth it.

National Quilt Month Giveaway

QuiltsGivaway1March is national quilting month and while I haven’t shared much on my blog about it I have on Facebook and Pinterest. I had planned to kick March off with this giveaway and then Craftsy contacted me about hosting a class giveaway that doesn’t end until March 31. I was afraid that hosting two giveaways at one time would be too much and that readers may be turned off.

Of course I kept looking at the bag of goodies and like a kid with money in their pocket I became antsy and asked on Facebook if it seemed like overkill, the consensus was to go for it! So here we go!

The giveaway will run until April 2 and include: ( I am including links in case you want more information about each product)

Books/Magazines:
The Spring copy of Quilter’s World
Quick & Easy Quilts for kids by Connie Ewbank
Spring/Summer copy of Fresh Quilts
Issue four (current) Patchwork & Quilting magazine
Quilting From Little Things by Sarah Fielke

Tools:
Olfa Splash Rotary cutter
Olfa rotary blade
Dritz 1/2″ Bias Tape Maker
Clover 1/4″ Bias Tape Maker
Clover Mini Iron 2
Dritz Point Turner and Presser
Jaybird Quilts Hex N More

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Wedding Wows!

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Did you get engaged over Valentine’s Day? Congratulations! You simply have to go take a look at the unique wedding styles available at ModCloth. They have everything from fun wedding accessories and white dresses to something blue, the choices are endless. Check out some of my favorites:

1. Intricately Exquisite Tights from ModCloth - perfect for that bachelorette party
2. Wrapped in Romance Hair Chain from ModCloth - a dazzler for the rehearsal dinner
3. Aisle Be There Dress in Lily from ModCloth - vintage inspired GORGEOUS!
4. Sparkle an Interest Heel from ModCloth - beautiful, sparkly and affordable!

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Are you planning to make your own bouquet? ModCloth has an elegant yet simple bouquet picture tutorial on their blog.

Let me know what your favorites are and don’t forget to check out the ModCloth wedding style book for other cute ideas!

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

Save Up to 50% on All Craftsy Classes

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Don’t miss out on Craftsy‘s Endless Creativity Sale! Get ALL online classes at up to 50% off for a limited time only. You won’t see hundreds of classes with prices this low again. Hurry, Craftsy’s Endless Creativity Sale offer expires March 17 at midnight MT.

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Did you know that Hearts & Home is currently hosting a giveaway for a FREE Craftsy class of your choice?

Entering is easy simply click the text below!

 Enter to win a Craftsy class!

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Craftsy Class Giveaway

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It’s no secret that I like Craftsy, a lot! I have taken  a number of classes and find myself going back to them regularly. I like to have them running on my pc when I’m in the sewing room, working on my projects. I frequently post about them here and on my Facebook page. When my sewing students ask me where to go for more sewing help my first suggestion is always Craftsy! So when Craftsy contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I would like to host a giveaway on my blog I was more than thrilled because I am sure my blogging friends would love the opportunity to enter to win a Craftsy class of their choosing (to the value of $59.99).

Why do I love Craftsy so much?

  •  Great deals on crafting supplies: organic yarn, fabrics and fat quarters from top designers, high quality needles, etc..
  •  High quality online classes for beginning, intermediate and advanced quilters, knitters, sewers, jewelry makers, cake decorators and other crafters.
  • You can watch the class online anytime.
  • You have the option to interact with the teacher and other students
  • Members can post their projects for other to see and view projects others have posted.

Considering Craftsy currently offers 361 different courses choosing may not be easy, I suggest starting a wishlist after you enter to win a Craftsy class!

Entering is very simple and this giveaway is open internationally.  

Giveaway closes on March 31, 2014 at midnight

CLICK HERE: ENTER TO WIN A CRAFTSY CLASS! 

Irish Country Pot Roast (Bennigans Copycat recipe)

I don’t usually cook meat at home but when my husband exclaimed this is the best pot roast I have ever had at Bennigan’s a few months ago I felt as though I HAD to out do them! I looked around online and found a few variations. I followed one exactly except I added the vegetables, the second go round I  and some herbs. The results “This is even better than Bennigan’s”. Mission accomplished!

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IRISH COUNTRY POT ROAST (Bennigan’s Copycat Recipe)

Serves 4-6

16 ounces Guinness Stout
3 to 4 pound chuck roast
2 tablespoons steak seasoning
2 tablespoons Olive oil
2 large onions, sliced
4 large Carrots quartered
2 stalks of celery quartered
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Bay leaves
2 sprigs of fresh Rosemarry
3-4 sprigs of fresh Thyme
2 cups beef stock
3 tablespoons cold water
2 tablespoons cornstarch

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Pour Guinness into bowl and set aside so beer flattens.

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Rub roast with steak seasoning. In large non- stick pan over medium-high heat, add vegetable oil. Sear roast on each side until browned. Immediately remove meat from pan and set in large roasting pan.

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Slice the onions, carrots and celery then brown them in the same pan you used for browning the roast.

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Add the browned vegetables, herbs and stock to the pan.

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Roast covered in preheated oven 1 hour. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and add Guiness. Liquid level should be at least halfway up side of roast. Roast an additional 2 hours, check liquid level periodically and add water if needed.

After 3 hours, roast should be fork-tender. Transfer roast onto warm platter. Place roasting pan on stove top, on high, stirring juices constantly. Make a slurry by combining water and cornstarch. Gradually add to juice until mixture thickens. Cook 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and serve over meat and vegetables.

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Here are a few more recipes from our Foodelicious St. Patrick’s Day Round Up. Hope you take some time to stop and check out these other recipes! You can follow along with hashtag #Foodelicious.

 

Mooshu Jenne – Lucky Charms Blondies

Pary Moppins – Cabbage

Memories by the Mile – Shamrock Shake 

Captivating Corner – Irish Soda Bread

Little Family Adventure – Shepherd’s Pie

Free online Wilton Cake Baking Class (today only)

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Today only, you can sign up for a free online Wilton Cake Baking Class from Craftsy.

This is a 2-hour online class that you can watch at your convenience. It’s only available for free today, so you’ll want to sign up right now if you’re interested.

Class Description

Make cakes with no crumbs, no crowning and no cracking, so you have a flawless decorating surface — every time! Join pastry chef Beth Somers as she demystifies bakeware, pan preparation and measuring techniques. You’ll learn the proper way to combine your ingredients and avoid over-mixing, so you always end up with a tender cake. Then, you’ll see how to level the top of your cake and cut it into layers to make room for your luscious, homemade filling. Beth also will teach you how to use a spatula to spread smooth, crumb-free icing and another “tip” for achieving a rich, textured look. To top it all off, you’ll pipe an easy, elegant star border and embellish further with wonderful decorations!

Sign up for Craftys special Wilton class bundle and save $40 on all four classes. It’s like buying three Wilton classes and getting the fourth free!