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Cynthia Shaffer
Orange, Ca
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Does anyone even read blog posts any more? I know this has been the question of the day for a few years now, but to be honest with you, I sort of miss my blogging days ... days of working on tutorials to share and snippets of life around my hood and all. I'm seriouly thinking to start blogging again... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Cynthia Shaffer
Yay ... it seems like forever ago that I was working on Simply Stitched Gifts, a free motion stitching book ... It's finally out in book stores and being sold on Amazon! Here are a few of my very favorite projects in the book and actually as I was thumbing through it I was reminded that there really is something... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Cynthia Shaffer
It's always a thrill to be asked by Stampington & Company to submit art projects ... in fact I'm working on a batch for some upcoming article as I type! Here's the funny thing about the Guest artist post I did for Stampington Place. I was poking around the internet one morning and I came across Stampington & Company's blog!... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Cynthia Shaffer
What a sweet book to be involved with! When Ame Verso first contacted me to see if I was interested in contributing a few projects to this book, I didn't miss a beat ... and responded with a huge YES! What was a bit different about this book is that we were given access to all the wonderful fabric that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Cynthia Shaffer
Look what just arrived from Amazon! Coastal Crafts! I'm so excited to share this book with you! I feel like I gave birth to this book years ago ... seriously, it feels like a lifetime ago that I was stitching fish garland and painting seashells! Here's a few fun facts about this book ... First, it's a multi craft book... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Cynthia Shaffer
How fun to be a part of this amazing blog hop for Stitch, Craft, Create. With these 2 fabulous books coming out soon, 50 Fat Quarters Makes and Retro Mama: Scrap Happy Sewing ... A blog hop is the perfect way to catch up on what's going on out there in the blog world of some of the most talented... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Cynthia Shaffer
This little (8 x 8 inch) book, Fat Quarters; Small Fabrics, More Than 50 Big Ideas, is just packed with wonderful, creative and inspirational stitched projects! Amanda Caretsio and the entire Lark Crafts team did an amzaing job pulling this book together ... Bravo Team! It's a must have and a go to kind of book for those of us... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Cynthia Shaffer
I'm thinking this is the 5th or maybe 6th time I have attended Glitterfest ... and I have to say it never disappoints! The artists that work for months, days, and hour upon hours to bring to the show the best of the best! I am always blown away by the jewelry that Kerri Smith creates for the show ...... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at Cynthia Shaffer
It's been almost a full year now, maybe longer, since I was out and about photographing Coastal crafts. I remember on some days it was all cold and windy and on other days the sun was just perfectly warm and soothing. I was reminded that I loved it all! You see, creating a book full of projects that are inspired... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Cynthia Shaffer
Stitchy, stitchy goodness ...It's all I want to do these days! I love to free motion stitch ... ok, not that perfect type stitching where you have to follow a pattern and all but that freehand type of machine embroidery, where you let down your hair and let loose! About a week ago I joined a friend of mine, Tracy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at Cynthia Shaffer
Turns out that last year at this exact time I was very, very busy ... photographing like 4 books at the same time! This book, Felt-o-ween, was just one of the favorites ... or at least one of the first book that I received this season ... yup it takes about 1 full year for a book to hit the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Cynthia Shaffer
I'm so very excited to share with you my latest book that I co-authored with Jenny Doh ... SERGE IT! Inside these pages you'll find some new and fun projects to make with that serger you bought, that you just knew you had to have! Right? Well, you were right! You need a serger to make these adorable trivets! Ok,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Cynthia Shaffer
It's that time of year isn't it ... you know, gifts are exchanged, sometimes with people that have everything. You know who I'm talking about ... anyways, I had the opportunity to photograph Aimee Ray's Sweet & Simple Jewelry book (Lark Crafts) a while ago and I remember thinking how fun and doable so many of the jewelry pieces were.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2013 at Cynthia Shaffer
A few months ago Judith Norman contacted me and asked if I would be interested in contributing an apron for her new adventure ... I Heart Aprons, an enhanced e-book for her new web site Craft. Chat. Eat. I jumped on the chance and the rest is history! Here's info on Judith's site, the e-book and a closer look at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2013 at Cynthia Shaffer
How fun is this? And how cute is this? My studio is all cleaned up, the laundry is done ... or at least my boxing gear is clean and ready for tomorrow, and the dishes are washed and put away. So, you know what that means ... that means I have a little free time to craft ... and so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at Cynthia Shaffer
With my husband out of town, one kid in Las Vagas and then other at the beach, I found myself with sort of a day to treat myself to whatever I wanted to do! The question was ... South Coast plaza, shopping for a dress to wear to a wedding I'm attending in Pennsylvania, Samy's camera, where I'm sure I'd... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2013 at Cynthia Shaffer
I really didn't forget, Swear, I didn't, Life just got busy And then tonight, With a bunch of people sitting around the dinner table, I printed out the names of everyone that said "Hi" on my blog, In response to the arrow necklace Giveaway! And the winner is ... Kristin! I'll send you an email to get your address! Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2013 at Cynthia Shaffer
I'm so excited to finally get to show everyone these super fun rubber stamps by Roben-Marie Smith and even more honored to be considered part of a design team that includes some super talented artist! So there's a little blog hop going on right now ... come along and check out the art that everyone created using Roben-Marie's rubber stamps.... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2013 at Cynthia Shaffer
In case you haven't figured it out yet ... I LOVE TO FREE MOTION STITCH! I LOVE everything about it ... the imperfections that happen because I was going too fast, or not fast enough. I Love the buttery feeling under my hands as I navigate the sewing machine over simple plain muslin. And then to see the outcome, after... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2013 at Cynthia Shaffer
How fun is this? And this? And guess what? They are the perfect size tote to carry a large laptop! Right around the holidays I found these amazing fabrics ... Printed Burlap ... Oh my! I was in love and right away I knew what I was going to make with them. When I got home from the fabric store,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2013 at Cynthia Shaffer
This year at CHA ... Craft & Hobby Association the floor seemed a bit quiet. And, as you will see I only captured a few photographs of the day! What was I thinking? This funny lady just cracked us up ... Vanessa Johanning truly not a single inch of space on her body to hang or attach another chachkie! Oh,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at Cynthia Shaffer
It was a crafty kind of day at our house a few days ago. My son Corry, home from college, is loving the quiet of the house with just a few friends near by and the warmth pups! He was looking for something to make ... hummm. I reminded him of all the hides of leather we recently acquired ...... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2012 at Cynthia Shaffer
This is the question of the day. As I was rummaging through my stash of yarns today, I came across a few projects that are unfinished. Here's a wrap I stated a few months ago when I needed a mindless project to work on. Well, this is sooo mindless that I'm struggling to finish it. Best I finish it while... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2012 at Cynthia Shaffer
So I'm headed out to the Old Towne Orange area to photograph a sweet family for their Christmas cards. So of course I have to get out my cameras, check the batteries and make sure they all have empty cards ready to be filled up. Then the question is which lens do I use on and on which camera? So... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2012 at Cynthia Shaffer
As you have probably noticed I'm not the type to blog too much about my life, my kids or what's going on around here but thought I would give you a little glimspe of what my fall has looked like. Dropped my oldest son Corry off at college, TCU in Fort Worth Texas ... and yes, that's all he packed!... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2012 at Cynthia Shaffer