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Stop Staring and Start Sewing!
Improving the world one stitch at a time...
Interests: My family (1 wonderful husband and 5 brilliant kids!), sewing, decorating, craft blogs, thrifting, rain, roses, homeschooling, inspiring and encouraging others.
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We've been adding to our nativity set each year and I know folks have been coming to my site from Pinterest to get the new patterns. Here they are finally! We started with the Holy Family and then added the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2019 at Stop staring and start sewing!
Hi Deborah! That tutorial is in the very next blog post! It's a fun one.:)
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I have a mad crush on this camisole pattern for awhile now and I'm just getting started. The Ogden Cami from True Bias is a wonderful, uncomplicated pattern and I'm finding it to be very versatile. Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2019 at Stop staring and start sewing!
Hi Susan! The pattern is already finished in the book so these adjustments aren't there. It's all ready to go! The book does have the ruffles and so much more. I hope you love it. Please feel free to ask any questions you might run into while making your skirts. Thank you for buying the book!
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Sorry for the long delay in responding! I hope you have loved using the glue sticks. They are one of my absolute favorite sewing tools and have saved me from so many pin pokes!
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You are so welcome! I hope you get lots of use out of this tutorial!
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Yesssss! This makes me so happy! I really love bark cloth. Such a great texture!
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That sounds smart! Thanks for sharing that tip!
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My hubby graciously gave up his office so we could have a guest room instead. He's been carrying his laptop around the house and working where ever he sat and we both realized that he really didn't need a whole... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2019 at Stop staring and start sewing!
I agree completely Taiya! I loved having regular blogs that I could visit and then get on with my day inspired. Now I feel like we waste our times wandering around the internet instead of "visiting" each other in our creative spaces. Let's bring blogging back!
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I've had so much fun this week playing with this sweet fabric designed by Melissa Mora of Melly Sews fame. It's Melissa's first full fabric collection manufactured by Riley Blake and it's absolutely dreamy. She sent me 1/2 yard each... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2019 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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Here is a quick video I recently posted on my YouTube channel. I timed myself (but made it without the cute ribbon tab) and it took me 3 minutes and 21 seconds from start to finish to sew one of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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So.....what's up? I've been busy. Busy with kids. Busy with marriage. Busy with sewing. And busy with teaching (sewing!). What are you busy doing? I've been quiet on my blog I know. When I started in 2007, blogging was such... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Stop staring and start sewing!
It should still work fine. The wise men we did (pictures at the bottom of the post) have the shorter base and they worked out. You could paint the support boards black and the cut outs white for more of a contrast if you want. We are currently getting the shepherds ready and I think I added a longer base this time. Sorry for the inconsistencies. We're just sort of winging it here. Jona
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I hope it worked out well for you! I don't have the animals yet but I just updated the blog post to include the Wise Men so you are welcome to use that pattern if you like. Thanks for the nice note! Jona
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Wonderful! I'm so glad you can put these drawings to good use! Thanks for dropping me a note since it's nice to know this was a useful blog post. Have a great Christmas!
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That makes me so happy to know you made it and liked it! We are currently putting together a plan for shepherds and animals. Soon!
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Thank you Lynn! I just used a regular paint brush for the rest of the painting. And I actually used a small art brush for the gold details that couldn't be removed (I'll update my blog to state that part).
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I found an old hutch and painted it a beautiful pink and gold! Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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I'm going to be interviewed by Pat Sloan! Tune in on Monday October 9th! Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Stop staring and start sewing!
Yes! The end of the seam is far enough away from the end of the zipper so the zipper pull stops where the seams stops and doesn't get close to the cut ends of the zipper. Let me know if you try it! Jona
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Hello! Sorry for the terribly long absence! I've been very very busy with something new and amazing and here is one small portion I can share right now.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at Stop staring and start sewing!
Hi Tonya! It's a long countertop with shelves underneath (it's the full length of the wall). The skirt hides the mess!
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How we did another IKEA hack and built in shelves with a mantle. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at Stop staring and start sewing!
They are sideways bookshelves from IKEA! :)
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