Saturday, April 23, 2016

Saturday Night Special

Happy Saturday!

The following Etsy shops are running specials tonight!  Here's a list of the shop name, the special each is running, and a shop link.  They're broken into categories for easier shopping. Unless it's indicated otherwise, the coupon code is SNS0423, to be entered at checkout.

Please check the shop announcements of the individual shop for start times. Shop owners are open to questions, so please don't hesitate to contact them if you have questions.

Thank you for supporting handmade!

Home D├ęcor

            Visions of Valor

            20% off

            Hummingbird Goods 

Rebels Place


Heartfelt by Donna

10% off

Timeless Rustics Shop

Lucky Bee Designs

20% off

Code: SN0430


            Crate Falls Designs

            20% off purchases over $10


Uniquely More

20% off $2 or more


            Crocheting Diva

            10% off


            By Mother Daughter    

20% off


            Purple Katz Crochet    

10% off



10% off



10% off $10 or more


            Nifty Creations 4 You  

20% off

            Wolford Crochet Shop 

25% off


            Market 327

            10% off


            A Party in a Bag        

15% off $20 minimum


            Jerkey Outlet

            Free Shipping


            Custom Cookies by Gigi

            10% off entire purchase

Kids’ Stuff

            Maybe Baby Couture

            20% off



            Rustic Rabbott

15% off


            Glam Shop Beads        

15% off $10 or more

            Madybelle Boutique    

15% off

            MNBeach Boutique

25% off

Adult Clothing

            Warm Winter Designs

            10% off


            Created by MK

            Free Shipping



            Chic Badges

            20% off



            Ellie’s Baby Co.          

Free Shipping



            Small House Handcrafts

20% off purchase


20% off

            Love of Coaster Designs          

15% off

            Bling Scarves  

15% off

            Pieces of my Heart 2015          

20% off

            Moore Couture 4 U      

15% off

            Little Sara Sews           

Free shipping on $20 or more

Bath & Beauty

            Andrea’s Organic Market

            25% off entire shop

            Friendly Body Product          

20% off and free shipping

            Nature’s Whimsey 1    

10% off


            Candle Flare

            10% over $10


            Iron Ridge Designs

            10% off 4/23 and 4/24, with free shipping

            On the Shady Side

            20% off


            The Beady Little Eye

            15% off


            BrynnAJewelry Designs

            25% off


            Gulf Coast Treasure

            20% off $20 or more


            Gray Sun Gifts

15% off


            Handcrafted Creations 

20% off $20 or more


            Malyn’s Handmade     

20% off $20 or more


            MRS Original Designs 

15% off $20 or more


            Celtic Mink Handmade Jewelry

10% off

            Tatt2edRoZeTatt2edRoZe Tatt2edRoZe Tatt2edRoZe   

20% off



20% off


            Ocean Dreams Reiki    

20% off $20

            HBA Store

10% off $10


            Kingsfield Inn 

10% off


            Paintings by Lizzz

            20% off shop

            Pretty Little Print Shop 

30% off $20 or more


            Flower Floozy Designs

20% off

            AB Studio 62  

25% off



            His Hers Woodworking

15% off $20 or more



            Jen’s Quilted Dreams

15% off


Everything Else

            Effie’s Designs

20% off $30 or more

            Painted Gator

            15% off



15% off


            Crafts by Mrs. Wireman

            15% off $10 or more


            Bunnypop Designs      

15% off $20 or more


            BAV Designs 15         

20% off over $20

            Frankie Jo’s

            10% off



            Morgan’s Corner Shop

10% off


15% off $10 or more


            Crafty Gazebo 

10% off $5 or more


15% off

            Jennie’s World Designs

30% off

            Crafty Wolford Girls   

25% off

            O Baby Diaper Cakes  

10% off


            2 Little Bostons

15% off $10 or more


Paper Products

            Made for You Scrapbooks        

15% off

            Crafty Hooah Mommy 

20% off

            Print to Win     

10% off



            Cricket Capers

15% off



Saturday, December 13, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Holiday Blogger Challenge Voting

Here is the link to see all of the projects in the Sew McCool Twelve Days of Holiday Bloggers Challenge.  If you'd like to head over and vote for one of the projects (maybe my Gratitude Journal Cover?), that would be awesome! Click on the first image below and it will take you to the voting site.

Merry Christmas!

My entry:

Monday, December 8, 2014

Tutorial: Gratitude Journal Cover

I love objects that multi-task, and this one is no exception.  Is it a personalized journal cover for a budding elementary school student?  A fancy cover for a wedding guest book? A gratitude journal for a holiday gathering?

How about all of the above?

I was searching for a simple pattern for my daughter's composition book cover this year.  I didn't need anything ornate or complicated; in fact, I was specifically looking for something without bells and whistles, something we could remove from one notebook when it got full and put onto another inexpensive composition book.  I was surprised when I couldn't find what I needed anywhere in the realm of the entire Internet. I found passport covers, covers for recipe books, ornate covers for Bibles, covers to fit trade paperbacks so no one could see what you were reading in the airport...but nothing for a simple composition book.  Being that I'm proud and lucky mother to an aspiring writer, I knew I'd have to come up with a pattern for one on my own.  So I did.

As is the case with many things, the project took on a life of its own, and shortly, besides having the journal cover I envisioned, I also had a cover for the Christmas Gratitude Book we use for our family each year.  Sometime during the holiday season, we take the time to write a list of things for which we are grateful. That deserves a special book.  A special book that's simple to make.  This one fits the bill.


1. Two pieces of fabric (for front and inside), each measuring 16" by 10 3/4"
2. Two pieces of fabric (for pockets to hold cover flaps), each measuring 10 3/4" by 9", folded and ironed to measure 10 3/4" by 4 1/2"
3. Standard composition notebook

Simple Steps:

1. Optional: sew an edge stitch down the folded edge of each 10 3/4" by 4 1/2" piece, just because it looks nice :)

2. Stack your fabric as follows: inside piece (right side up), two pockets (right side up, pressed and finished edges toward the inside so all of the raw edges line up on the outside), outside fabric (right side DOWN).  Pin all of your edges, making sure to catch all of the layers of fabric, and making sure to leave a 2"-3" opening at the very bottom (indicated by the vertical pins in the picture below) to turn your piece.

3.  Sew all the way around, making sure to leave that 2"-3" gap at the bottom and being sure you catch all three layers in your stitching.
4. Turn right side out through the opening, making sure your outer fabric ends up on one side and your inner fabric and pockets are on the other side.
5. Press the whole piece.
6. Slip stitch your small opening closed.
7. Put in your notebook, securing the front and the back cover in between the inside fabric and the pockets.
8. Write. Reflect. Be grateful

The options for personalization are endless.  Sew a small pocket on the front to hold a pen.  Sandwich lace between the edges before you sew to make a fancy wedding guest book.  Use machine embroidery to personalize or write an inspirational message.

But always write.

This tutorial can be found with several other holiday-themed tutorials over at Sew McCool. Happy holiday sewing!

12 Days of Christmas Holiday Blogger Challenge with large
Don't forget to visit all of the bloggers who are creating tutorials for the Sew McCool 12 Days of Christmas challenge! Voting will begin on on December 13 and go through 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time on December 20. The blogger with the most votes will win $100 - just in time for Christmas!
December 1
Ren @ The Inspired Wren  * Stephanie @ Swoodson Says  * Alicia @ Felt With Love Designs
December 2
Natalie @ Sew Outnumbered  *Deby @ So-Sew-Easy  * Ajaire @ Call Ajaire
December 3
Amy @ Friends Stitched Together  * Maris @ Sew Maris  * Gemia @ Phat Quarters
December 4
Amy @ How I Make Stuff  * Michelle @ Falafel and the Bee
December 5
Beth @ Beth Jarrett  * Jen @ Just Joshin
December 6
Lauren @ Molly and Mama  * Krista @ Bee Quilted Beauties
December 7
December 8
Addie @ Addie K  * Michelle @ Not My Tree
December 9
Ula @ Lulu & Celeste  * Sara @ Made By Sara * Chelsea @ GYCT Designs
December 10
Nichole @ Bluebird & the Boy  * Darcy @ Ginger House Designs  * Shelly @ Coral & Co.
December 11
December 12
Maegen @ Mae and K  * Jess @ Gracious Threads  * Jone @ Knot Sew Normal