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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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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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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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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Easy Halloween Treat: Eyeball Cake Pops

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Nothing screams Halloween like something super sweet on a stick.  I immediately thought about making cake pops for an office treat. The traditional cake pop recipe uses icing to keep the crumbled cake together in that little ball.  That just sounds like too many calories for such a small sucker.  Two bites and it is gone, to live forever on your hips.  I scoured the internet for a better cake pop recipe.. and I found it.  Mixing the cake crumbs with peanut butter will give the same sticky effect with a little less calories.  It is still a little high in calorie, but the peanut butter makes up for it with health benefits.  If you want, you could just as easily exchange the peanut butter with other nut butters.  I…
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(Late) New Year’s Resolutions: Crafting with What you Have

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I know it has been quite a long… long time since I have written a blog post.  Well, let’s just say that the title of my blog is no joke.  Jobs change, priorities change, and suddenly it is a new year.  And, as usual, I am already behind.  I finally got around to making my New Year’s resolutions, and there is one in particular I want to post to the public via my blog: I hereby resolve to: not spend any money on crafting supplies during 2013. Oh my goodness, I can’t believe I just read it out loud.  As someone just 13 cats away from hoarder status, that is saying something.  Ask anyone who I have lived with (good luck, that is a short list) and they will tell…
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Halloween Cupcakes: How to Decorate

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Hey there!  I know that everyone loves the gross food traditionally offered on Halloween.  No?  Okay, maybe it is just me.  But not everyone wants to take the time to ugly up the food they work so hard on, to the point that no one will eat it.  So, how about just making the food cute and theme appropriate?  Yeah, I thought you might like that better.   Today’s blog will be a comparison of two simple decorative themes on cupcakes.  One is a store bought decorating kit, and the other is homemade. To start, we need cupcakes.  My time was much shorter than I had planned, so I went to my friendly neighborhood Publix and bought 24 pre-made cupcakes, 12 chocolate and 12 vanilla.  Next, I picked out what decorations…
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No Time for Creativity

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A blog for creatively minded people who have so little time to do anything that they want to scream. I, as the team leader for creative frustration, will bravely find easy and quick crafts for us to do in the genres of scrapbooking, cooking, and music and will post them for one and all to use.
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Card Making: A Creative Halloween

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If you remember, I showed you how to make tons of blank cards from a stack of solid cardstock.  You don’t?  Well, you can find it here.  Anyway, I finally came up with a great and simple Halloween card for this year.  Mind you, it took loads of doodling before I came up with something that looked good.  Not horribly ugly (a little is fine), not to scary (a little is fine), and a card I can give to adults or children alike.  And here it is: I know.  This is the most brilliant. Template. Ever! It is a very simple template, and very easy to make with anything you already have.  For Halloween, my favorite items are the super cheapy $1 items from scrapbook stores, dollar stores, and Wal-Mart.  You…
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