BusyHands

Etobicoke, ON, CA
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Stay at home Mom with two preschool kids

craft interests: holidays, knitting, paper crafts, sewing, cross stiching

Member Since: 12/19/2008

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Little boy easy pull-on jeans

Since my seven year old son put his knees through five pairs of pants in one week, I decided to make him some new pants.  Got a meter of lightweight denim at Fabricland for $9 and a darker...


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Re: Book Giveaway: "Flirt Skirts"

Sounds great! Just what I need to be inspired for Christmas gifts!

Re: How to Crochet a Bead and Wire Bracelet

I made this bracelet in less than 30 minutes and I am a basic level crocheter, I have basic beading skills and I have never worked with crocheted wire before. I'll be making more of these for Christmas gifts!
My 5 year old daughter said "It's so pretty! Can I wear it all day?" And I haven't gotten it back yet.

Re: Book Giveaway: Fearless Fair Isle Knitting

Would love this book. I've always wanted to try Fair Isle but thought it too difficult. My Mom many umpteen sweaters with it.

Re: Book Giveaway: Susan Beal's Modern Log Cabin Quilting

Would love to share this with my quilting friends at Craft Corner.

Re: What sewing mistake has taught you the most?

Best mistake - would have to be the mistake I made most often would be sewing too fast - put the pedal to the metal - and then ripping out. Or not changing the pattern before cutting to fit my short waisted, large bust and hip body. Or not following instructions and having floppy facings. Now I sew much slower and while I don't follow instructions slavishly, I do realize that they are printed for a reason! And yes I have learned how to shorten the back waist.

Another mistake that I made was being too afraid of my serger to learn how to use it. I had it for over 5 years before I took a lesson on how to use it! Now I love it.

Re: What's your favorite fabric to sew?

the fabric I choose depends on 1) what garment I'm sewing and thus what kind of drape I'm looking for 2) who the recipient is 3) what's on sale at the fabric store and 4)what I have in my stash!

Nothing makes a garment look worse than trying to use the wrong fabric for a style - denim and chiffon are not interchangeable!

Re: Pink Puppies PJ set

Fantastic! Congratulations being first runner up!

Re: What are you sewing for fall?

My five year old son is going to Grade One ( or First Grade for you Americans) so I'm sewing him some pants with extra reinforced knee patches. This spring he put his knee through FIVE pairs of pants in one week!
As long as the pants are are roughly the same colour, I won't have to change the serger threads :-)

Re: How to Make a Magazine Reed Box

Neat-o! I used to make beads from magazine pages using a similar technique but starting with a long isosceles triangle and rolling from the bottom of the triangle using a toothpick. In fact, I did this in the '70s when I was a small child. Just goes to show you that good craft ideas come around again and again.

Re: Book Giveaway - Backcountry Betty: Roughing It in Style

As a Girl Guide Leader almost 100% of the crafts that we do are nature themed or nature inspired, even though we meet in a very urban setting. My fave nature craft with the Guides has been making bookmarker while we were on a bike hike along a city-bound waterway. While I do have a "leave nothing but footprints" policy, I knew that the "weeds" would be mowed down in a few days so I let the girls pick them, press them and turn them into bookmarks. The other leaders were impressed that we did a craft on a bike hike!

I'd love to be able to share the ideas in the book with my Guides! Great inspirations I'm sure.