Enter to Win! Mother’s Day Giveaway

Enter to win a Mother’s Day craft set! Either give your mom the gift of craft (supplies) or make her a special handmade present! To enter, use Rafflecopter below to leave a comment about your favorite memory with your mom. Keep an eye out for extra entry options as well!

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This amazing gift basket includes: A copy of Vintage Notions, Indygo Junction’s Stitched Style, Hankie Style by Amy Barickman with a coordinating set of hankies, Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers,  a jumbo pom-pom maker, a pack of hand-dyed wools and a pattern for a felt circle scarf, 5 patterns that use grommets with coordinating packs of grommets and more!

Contest ends on Thursday, May 1st 2014. Two winners will be announced Friday, May 2nd.
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Vintage Notions Sale

This week only (the 21st thru the 27th) take 50% off Vintage Notions! This gorgeous book makes a great gift for a friend, you mother, siblings, and especially yourself. Enter the code VN50 at checkout.

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Yo-Yo Blooms for Mom

Remember when you were in grade school and you made your mom a macaroni necklace? The hard pasta was painted, glittered and strung on a length of colored cord or embroidery floss. It was a gift your mom wore proudly, and you were so excited that she loved it. Well, it’s time to recreate that excitement, but with something a little more sophisticated. Instead of macaroni, make yo-yo blooms jewelry!

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Simply make some small, adorable yo-yos out of silk, cotton, or velvet and then embellish them with beads, buttons and ribbons to make your mom a one-of-a-kind accessory that she will swoon over. You can make a necklace, bracelet, or a brooch to attach to a collar or a cuff. Then, when your finished make yourself a set!

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Fabric Fridays: Drift by Angela Walters

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we have a very talented group of artists here in Kansas City. Angela Walters, a quilting guru, recently began designing fabric for Art Gallery. Drift, her third collection is inspired by a trip she took to St. John and is full of beachy inspiration.

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Vintage Notions for Mom

It is official, there is less than a month until Mother’s Day. If you are still unsure of what to get mom this year, I have the ultimate gift waiting idea for you…a copy of Vintage Notions!

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Vintage Notions was inspired by publications from The Woman’s Institute from around the 1920′s. These publications were full of ideas, inspiration and patterns and were shipped to women all across the country. Subscriptions to The Woman’s Institute helped many women build their own businesses and keep their families afloat during one of the most devastating economical times.

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For this book, Amy curated the most inspiring articles along with her favorite patterns and recipes. She has put them together in a “monthly” format within the book so you can read along with the women of yesteryear. It’s amazing how the projects, recipes and advice are still so relevant today! Pick up a book for your mom (and yourself) and have a monthly get together where you make the recipe or project of the month!

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To learn more about Vintage Notions, watch the video below!

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Crossroads Couture: Urban Tote and Mod Tunic

Mod Top and TunicI love how the Mod Tunic looks made out of our aqua Crossroads Denim. Perfect for spring, don’t you think? Heavy enough for those cool mornings, but lightweight for the afternoon. Paired with the Urban Tote (featuring stunning embroidery) you are set for the day!

 

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Kitchen Stitches for Mom

Let’s face it – most moms spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Breakfast, lunch, dinners – think of the hours they have spent in that one room, making sure that you are well fed. How do you repay that? Well, I can think of two ways;

1. Sit your mom on the couch with a good book while you clean that kitchen for her! Or, better yet, take her out to lunch and hire a maid to do it.

2. Make that kitchen cheerful and fun by making her some embroidered dish towels from our new Kitchen Stitches line!

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Yep, once that stove is sparkling,  you can give her some gorgeous embroidered towels to hang on the handle. It’s like the grown-up version of your paintings on the refrigerator! We have teamed up with Dunroven to make these kits which incorporate vintage embroidery patterns with 100% cotton dish towels.

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We have 7 different styles of kits; each contain two dish towels and two vintage inspired embroidery patterns. This is a great craft for a gift. It is small, functional and it shows that you took a little time out to make something special. Or, if your mom is an embroidery fan, make it easy on yourself and just give her the kits!

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Find Kitchen Stitches online, or, better yet, check your favorite local craft store! If they don’t have them, be sure to tell them you need some Kitchen Stitches. And quick! Mother’s Day is right around the corner!

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Fabric Friday: Ampersand’s 8 Days a Week

We are lucky to live in Kansas City where there is a huge pool of incredibly talented artists. Painting, jewelry, ceramics – you want it, we have a variety of great artists who can make it. We even have some fellow fabric designers! Ampersand Studio has been designing gorgeous home dec items for years, and now they have jumped into the fabric world. We think they are getting along swimmingly!

Their new collection is called 8 Days a Week and is available through Wyndham. Check your local stores for this great fabric.

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Springtime Zips for Mom

Head’s up folks! You have a little over one month before Mother’s Day. Now, that may seem like a long time, but if you make your mom a gift every year, as I do, it is time to start planning.

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I’ve got the perfect idea for a Mother’s Day present, jewelry from our Springtime Zips collection! All moms appreciate jewelry and the pieces from this collection are fun, fresh, pretty and perfect for her! She can pin a brooch on anything from a jacket to a purse, making it a truly versatile piece of art.

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The pieces can be made from either new or recycled zippers. If you need a stock of zippers but aren’t sure of what colors to choose, check out our zipper packs. The vintage color pack are especially fitting with this pattern.

What are you planning for Mother’s Day? If you need ideas, keep checking this blog…we are making moms happy this April!

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Crossroads Couture: Crossroads at Home

One of my favorite patterns of last fall was the Pieced Stool and Table. This pattern is just cool. It’s a great version of the ever popular pouf, with one special feature; you can actually sit on this pouf! I’ve made a million different poufs and no matter how much I’ve stuffed them, I still sink to the ground, making them only useful as footstools or decoration.

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This footstool however can also be used to sit on (and I don’t mean for tiny folks, I mean anyone can sit on it!). We used it Bosal’s foam hassock as the insert. Admittedly they can be a little tricky to find, but when in doubt you can totally find it online. If you don’t want to use Bosal’s hassock, no worries, there are also instructions included for making your own foam insert.

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There are quite a few different versions given in the pattern. The side table size (solid or Dresden plate), the footstool size (Dresden plate, pieced and solid), and a recycled version. That is a lot in one pattern! There are also two closure options, you can either whipstitch the bottom on, or if you think you will want to wash it, you can use a zipper closure.

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I might be whipping a few of these up for my living room, where we lack seating. Where would you put one in your home?

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