Wednesday, January 13, 2021

What's Coming to Sew Can Do in 2021


Well, it's a new year and I'm ready for new things, how about you?  Besides the pervasive insanity we all experienced in 2020, there were a lot of other things that kept me from crafting & blogging most of the year: a new baby with some health issues (thankfully much better now), 4 other kids stuck in the house 24/7 and my shop cranking up to a whole new level of business as demand for fabric & inspirational items skyrocketed.  It all left precious little free time to create or to even daydream about being creative.  After an entire year of that, I really, really missed the pleasure making things brings. 
 
With this year still being so uncertain, the need to find things that are uplifting and relaxing is high.  I doubt I'm alone in feeling this way, so I've got some plans to foster those positives on Sew Can Do:
 
Trying new-to-me crafts & craft products

There are a number of interesting items out there I've been wanting to try and 2021 is going to be the time for it.  
 
- More Fabrics -
- Crafts & Techniques -
- Supplies & Notions -
- New Gear -
- Organizing Stuff -
 
I'm on the lookout for different things to mess around with - now with a sidekick, my 11 yr old daughter, to really give things a good going over and make it more fun to do as a team.  Time saver ideas and old school techniques that are helpful for sewing & crafting too.  I have a few products I've discovered that I'm currently giving a go and will continue to look for more.  
 
Each is something I purchased for myself and have no agenda or monetary incentive to talk about.  I've really missed reading candid, honest crafter blog posts about trying stuff.  Showing the good, bad & ugly of products and on their own dime has gotten rarer.  So I'm going to do just that.  No sponsored shills or affiliates for products or brands here, just a crafty lady, trying stuff and sharing thoughts about it.  Previous posts like that have the highest views, which tells me they're helpful & needed.



Small Business Support & Tips
 
It's not easy to have a small business these days.  Even before the Covid crazy it was challenging.  Having an online fabric & craft supply shop takes up a lot of time and has been a constant learning curve for me over the past few years.  Prior to that I spent several year running my own handmade shop on Etsy and was a partner in a brick & mortar retail store.  I thought I might start sharing some things I've learned that might help others with a business.  Time savers, mistakes to avoid, things to try/think about.   And, from time to time, highlight some awesome small crafty businesses I buy from to help give them some shout outs too.  
 
Free Patterns & More Patterns
 
I saw a huge surge of interest in my free patterns last year -  especially the apparel ones.  With people spending more time at home & trying to save money, I get it.  So I'm aiming to create more of those & share 'em.     
 
Craft Rooms + Fabric/Craft Supply Hoarding
 
I realize it's been ages since I addressed Fabric (and Craft Supply) Hoarding.  It's a constant up & down issue for many of us and I want to share what I've been doing and not doing since this last post.  Hopefully it'll light a fire under my backside to better balance the volume of stuff, how frequently it gets used and what's worth buying & tossing out. 


 
Reality Based Craft Community Vibe
 
Over a decade ago, when I first started Sew Can Do, social media was in its infancy, so blogs were mainly found while searching for particular things, features or word of mouth.  Communication was literally just comments & emails.  You subscribed to get posts by email or added them to readers to stay updated.  And there was no ranking by another entity under their arbitrary or changeable whims.  No jockeying for search placement, SEO tags, messing with hashtags, or algorithms that decided if you were worthy of being seen or hidden.  It felt so much more connected and personal rather than slick, corporate & controlled.  Over a year ago I walked away from social media and I talked about why here:
 
 
 
With even more negative things coming from social media since then, it's just reaffirmed to me how good it is to make your own community with individual connections, directly on blogs, through comments, email, etc.  Personal blogs acting like real people run them and doing it for fun, rather than trying to be an influencer, internet famous or monetize anything and everything.  That's why I've loved hosting my Craftastic Monday Link Party and plan to keep that going.  Link parties are a great way to promote your blog and discover others without all the strings of social media or getting a few paragraphs in to discover it's really more of an ad rather than a tutorial.
 
 

I'd love to hear what you'd like to see here this year and what your crafty plans for 2021 are.  Sew Can Do has taken a lot of work & time over the years, but the joy it brings to make and share my projects & see others enjoy them too makes it worth it:)



Sunday, January 10, 2021

Enjoy the Crafts at Craftastic Monday Link Party

 
Hello Crafties!  Well, 2021 has started out as more of "2020 Part II: Hold My Beer I Can Top That", hasn't it?  A bit depressing, isn't it?  Especially since didn't take that long....SIGHHHHH.  With the outside world getting more insane by the day, I think many of us are in need of more positive and stress-reducing things to focus on, so it's never been a better time to get crafting!!

I've been working on a number of new things the past couple of weeks (when I've been able to steal a few moments).  It's felt so good making things again & having new goodies to reveal.  I'll be sharing some of my plans & hopes for Sew Can Do in 2021 this week.
 
I'm still updating my Parties I Go To (aka Link Parties) page, so if you host a party & have a button, let me know in the comments so I can add it. 

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Here are this week's Craftastic Picks:
 
Chez Vies shared this gorgeous Kawandi style wall quilt:


 
Simple Joys made this incredible paper chandelier:
  


 
Kippi At Home created this easy no-sew Valentine bunting:
 
Bunting ready to hang
 
A Big Green House gave us this hearty no-sugar honey wheat muffin recipe:

  Honey Wheat Muffins: No Refined Sugar- Big Green House #biggreenhouseblog #honey #wheat #muffins #honeywheatmuffins #norefinedsugar
 
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Sunday, January 3, 2021

First Craftastic Monday Link party of 2021!


Happy New Year & Hello 2021!  I think we can all agree that it's a relief to see the back of 2020.   And to be hopeful for better days in this fresh year.  Apart from the birth of our baby #5 & her cousin, and the grace of my shop keeping busy, 2020 didn't have many positives for us.  Much of the year was spent treading water in many ways and it meant crafting often got set aside.  I'm SO ready for a new start and a chance to do more projects!  I'd love to see what you've started making this year and your very best projects of 2020, so link them up!
 
I'm also updating my Parties I Go To (aka Link Parties) page, so if you host a party & have a button, let me know in the comments so I can add it. 

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Here are this week's Craftastic Picks:
 
The Kitchen Is My Playground shared this champagne margarita recipe:

 Champagne Margaritas image
 
Cindy's Online Recipe Box shared this sweet looking sugar plum cookie recipe.  They look so real too:
  

Quilting Patch shared this fantastic Santa in the Woods quilt:
 
 
 
Unique Creations By Anita created this incredible barn quilt style table.  WOW!!
 
 Barn Quilt
 
Homemade On A Weeknight gave us this handy time & ingredient saver lazy lasagna recipe:


Lazy Lasagna
  
And Doodle Buddies shared a great how-to for five easy Christmas ornaments:
 
 
  
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Sunday, December 27, 2020

End of 2020 Craftastic Monday Link Party


Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope you've all had a beautiful & blessed holiday and the joys of the season are continuing all week long.  We'd love to see all the festive & fun projects you've been doing and anything else you've made that is creative.  It's the last week of 2020 and many of us are glad to see the end of this ridiculous year, so let's end it on a positive & crafty note!  Bring all your seasonal cheer to the link party with your favorite projects of the year.

 
 
Last week I shared a bunch of Quick & Easy Christmas Sewing Tutorials I created recently:


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Here are this week's Craftastic Picks:
 
Sew Crafty Crochet shared this adorable milk & cookies themed scarf:

 
 
Condo Blues made these incredible candy cane style blown glass ornaments - I'm beyond impressed:
 
 
how to make Christmas ornaments
 
Drugstore Divas shared these yummy & cute Christmas tree meringues:
 
These Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies will be the star of your Christmas cookie platter. Find out how to make them on www.drugstoredivas.net.
 
Fresh Vintage By Lisa (via Mr. Vintage) created these clever galvanized tin Christmas trees - they look like something from a pricey home decor catalog, don't they?
 
 
 
The House of Silverado gave us this handy how-to for making your own hot cocoa bombs. I'm totally going to make these with my big kids this week:

  
And with a project remembering what Christmas is truly about, Life Away From The Office Chair shared these lovely crochet pocket prayer cloths (and where to get the free pattern to make them):
 
 
  
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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Quick & Easy Last Minute Christmas Sewing Tutorials


Just two more sleeps until Christmas!  This holiday season has been a weird one with all the dramas and stresses this year has brought.  Thankfully the beauty of Christmas is bringing some much needed love, hope and positivity.   

 

I did a few holiday project tutorials for my shop's blog earlier this month and thought they'd be good to share here too.  Making them brought me a lot of joy & satisfaction.  I used fabrics from my shop in them, but you could easily use any of your favorite Christmas fabrics with them.  All are quick to make, so there's still time to sew some up!

 

Last Minute Christmas Goodies To Sew: 

 

Make a classic Christmas stocking that can be used year after year with my FREE downloadable PDF pattern.  This is such a quick sew!  You can knock one out in under 30 minutes.  Get the full how-to and printable pattern HERE.



 

Bring your favorite messages to the Christmas tree with some easy-sew fabric Christmas Message Ornaments!  I used some text based charm squares with scraps left from making stockings to whip up some simple ornaments that are very small child & pet friendly.  No breakable ornaments to worry about!

 

Make a beautiful, high quality throw blanket for Christmas!  Come see how to turn a minky panel and coordinating yardage into a self-binding reversible, cuddly blanket in next to no time with my Easy Sew Throw Blankets.  I used Nativity prints, but you could use whatever you like - or mix two prints instead of using a panel if you don't have one:
 


Merry Christmas!



Sunday, December 20, 2020

Christmastime Craftastic Monday Link Party

 
Christmas is almost here!  It's just days away, so let's see all those festive & fun crafty creations.  There are some fun features this week to get you in the mood & give some great last minute ideas.  Bring all your seasonal cheer and link up all your best holiday projects.
 
 
Last week I shared my latest Christmas project, 



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Here are this week's Craftastic Picks:
 
Annemarie's Haakblog shared this adorable bobble stitch Christmas tree pillow and where to get the free pattern:


 
The DIY Dreamer showed how to make these fun waterless snow globes:
 
Waterless Snow Globes. Learn how to make snow globes without the mess.
 
Fresh Vintage By Lisa shared these awesome stenciled place mat pillows:
 
 
Abbotts At Home created the fabulous DIY Wood Christmas Tree Shelf:
 
Easy woodworking steps & video for this big table top or floor-sized DIY Wood Christmas Tree Shelf. Printable woodworking plans, easy enough for beginner woodworkers. I'm loving this fun way to display all of my favorite Christmas decorations. This DIY Wood Christmas Tree Shelf is a great display for Cookies & Cocoa Bars, Christmas Villages, Advent Calendars, Christmas Ornaments and more.
 
Crafts A La Mode gave us this super cute snowman cheese ball - I'm going to make one for Christmas:

snowman made from cream cheese
 
Simply Beautiful By Angela put together this festive Christmas-themed front porch decor:
 
 
  
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