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How I Store my Fabric Stash

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I have been working, rather intensely, on my new Etsy store throughout most of this year.  The store focuses mainly on felt made mini hats, headbands, and my über-adorable PeanutPalz... all of which can be worn in the hair.  I mainly use a ton of felt in my designs, but recently have expanded into many kinds of fabrics, each with their own storage problems.  Most fabric storage articles deal with quilting and small sewing areas... none of which deal with the bulky and random fabrics that I choose to work with, so I decided to write my own article on fabric stashing.  I am positive my learning in fabric storage is not complete, this is how and what I have learned so far. At first I only had sheets of…
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Most Extreme Restoration Challenge! Unicorn

DIY, Incentive, Inspiration, Nailed it
My husband and I were opening windows on our second floor because the air conditioner had gone out, when we found how badly this unicorn suncatcher had faded just hanging in a window.  As he really likes this one, I told him I could restore it for him.  Mind you, I wasn’t totally sure, but I hate to see him upset.  Fortunately, I used to do a lot of faux stained glass painting years ago, and I figured I could do that.  Almost immediately I thought of one of my favorite faux sports tv shows for the title of this one…Most Extreme Elimination Challenge!   [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Up1K0dzwUJY[/youtube]   The first few steps were obvious: I had to remove the old paint and clean the glass.  The moment I started, the black…
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Nailed It! Sharpie Tie-Dying

DIY, Nailed it
  Welcome to "Nailed It!": the article series where I find interesting crafter DIY ideas from the internet and try them out for you.  Then I judge it as either pass (Nailed It!) or fail (Screwed!).           Today’s “Nailed It!” comes from YouTube.  It was recommended to me by the website.  Now they are usually ridiculously off with what they think I like, but this time they got it right.  I am hopelessly addicted to Sharpie markers, and have a fine and ultra fine marker for each and every color they make.  Well, this DIY suggests that Sharpie markers, because of their hydrophobic tendencies, are able to give tie-dye like qualities by replacing the water with simple rubbing alcohol.    [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enISuVlmD6M[/youtube] Just a quick look at…
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Lolita Style: What it is and is it for me?

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Readers, I have been chatting on my Facebook page (which you can find here) about headbands and mini hats I call “Lolita style.”  Many of you have asked me what the heck that means. I have put together a little hodge-podge all about Lolita style and its sub-styles which I hope will elucidate the matter for you.***FOR THE RECORD!*** Lolita style is not connected in any way to the Nabokov book Lolita.  They just share the same name for some reason that I have not been able to find.Lolita style definition: A fashion culture, from Japan, with a  basis in neo-Victorian and Rococo style of dress.  It is one of modesty of dress and quality in apparel.  The “neo” part comes from the dresses themselves, which are generally knee-length with…
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Nailed It!–Nail Polish Pot Painting

Creative, DIY, Inspiration, Nailed it
Welcome to "Nailed It!": the article series where I find interesting crafter DIY ideas from the internet and try them out for you.  Then I judge it as either pass (Nailed It!) or fail (Screwed!).Today’s “Nailed It!” comes from the website Henry Happened Nail Polish Painting, an interesting blog by a former 9-to-5’er turned stay at home Mom with three children.  Her DIY’s are quite cute, matching the overall style of the site.  I happened on the one entitled “Nail Polish Marbled DIY Planters,” and thought I can do that too!  Hence, today’s “Nailed It!”  I read through the post, and there doesn’t seem to be that much to it. So I eagerly went to gather my supplies.*** WARNING!!! ***  I WILL be bashing nail polishes I purchased and hated. …
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The Power of Positive Female Role Models

Arrangement, History, Inspiration, Uncategorized
I have been interested since - well since I was a girl - about role models for children that are women.  Not specifically for women, but that are women.  When I was younger (up even through high school) my personal was not a woman, but Jacques-Yves Cousteau.  In my opinion, he had the coolest job.  But I couldn't think of that many women that I wanted to emulate.  Oh sure, there were lots of ladies that people called role models, but after you strip away the ones that are just famous, how many are really good role models? As I got older, this became more of a burning question for me.  I don't have kids, but lots of my friends and family do, and they are growing up in a world where…
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Nailed It! DIY Horns

Cosplay, Creative, Incentive, Inspiration, Nailed it, Time Management
Today’s Nailed It! comes from YouTube. This awesome idea with Cosplay potential is by KlairedeLysdotcom, and if you visit her YouTube channel you will be impressed with the beauty of her makeup tutorials and high quality of her photography.  This video has been on my to-do list for a long time, because if I could unlock how to make realistic horns that wouldn’t cause massive headaches when attached to a headband, my business would really start to take off during convention season.  So, I decided to take this on with my camera in my hand to see if it is as easy as Klaire makes it look. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9OBzrc0sVs[/youtube]     First off, I had to gather the materials.  On the video, Klaire mentions that she uses “Play-doh” to make the horn…
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Nailed It! DIY Lace Masks

Creative, Inspiration, Time Management
Welcome to my new blog series, where I will try supposedly simple, pretty, and fun DIY tutorials across the internet.  I will show you -  the reader – the fruits of my efforts, and will let you know if they are as they seem to be. My first installment is a DIY that I have been wanting to do for a while now: Lace masks.         These appear to be lightweight – many are attached with mascara glue or other, skin-friendly adhesives – can be customized in many ways, and come in any color you can get your hands on.  After perusing many websites that list this as a DIY, I found the following website: http://truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/post/27673480347/diy-masquerade-mask-tutorial-and-template-from The author has a template on this page that I am…
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Music Writing: Variations on the Pop Song “Blow”

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Everyone I know has a song that they don’t like to admit how much they love.  Me… I have several songs.  One of my most recent addictions is a song by the pop star Ke$ha (yes, that is how she spells it) called “Blow.”  I am posting the song from her VEVO station on YouTube below.  A note of caution: the video has absolutely nothing to do with the song.  I would advise listening to it rather than watching it, really. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFWX0hWCbng[/youtube] How many of you listening to this song actually heard the melody?  Don’t get upset, most people I have shown this song to didn’t really hear the melody, as she hides it expertly underneath all kinds of digital techno-tronics.  But I think the melody is actually pretty good. …
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Music Writing in Sibelius: Tremolo and Rolls

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I adore my Christmas present, and Sibelius 7 is the most professional “toy” I have ever had.  However, the learning curve is higher for me than I am used to.  Back in the day (I think I just dated myself), I would write literally anything I wanted an instrument to do on the paper, and in my mind it would be done.  With Sibelius, anything I write can be heard with amazing realism.  But I can’t write everything I want right off the bat.  Even with the Sibelius 7 Reference Book I bought to learn the ropes, there are some things I want the instruments to do that took me a while to learn. Because this blog is all about saving time, I am going to pass these bits of…
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