Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Travel Mug Idea...and It's My Own Mug!!

This post might be one of those where you're thinking...

  1. wow, why didn't I think of that or 
  2. hmmm, who cares...this girl is nuts. Lol

For me, however, it's the little things in life. 

I drink tea All. Day. Long. The tea kettle is always steaming. Don't get me wrong, I love coffee too, but if I drink too much it makes me nauseous. I'm good for 2-3 cups of joe a day mostly at work...but I digress. 

I drink tea so much that even if I am going out somewhere, I bring a cup of hot tea with me in the car. This mugs is my favorite, because it's the only one that fits in my cup holder, but boy does it get messy with splashing.

ceramic travel mug

Therein lies the problem...I hate the plastic travel mugs that would prevent that splashing. I've tried them all, but even my favorite Star Wars travel mug doesn't cut for me. They all make the drink taste like plastic. I wanted to get a stainless steel lined travel mug, but they are way too expensive.

ceramic travel mug

I finally found a solution!!!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Cute Shopping Bags are Great for Storage...

You know I love organizing. I REALLY love organizing when it's functional and cute at the same time...and cheap, that doesn't hurt either. My favorite idea that is both decorative and great for storage are those reusable bags that you find at the register of most stores.  The shopping bags are usually plastic or vinyl type, sturdy, have adorable prints and patterns, come in so many sizes and are usually only $1-$2.00.

Here are some of the bags I have and how I've used them...I bought them all at Michael's Craft store at different times, but I know they still have them.

storage bags

You can use them for so many things...come on in and see.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party...

It's Sunday and the start to another wonderful week of the Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party. I just love all the projects that you link up every week...each new party is better than the last. Thanks so much for always sharing, for joining in and for visiting all the blogs that link up each week. I can't thank you enough!!

If you're new here, either to linking up or to visiting the links, all the instructions are explained below. Have fun!!

Linking your blog to the party…


Sew Darn Crafty is a "sharing"party. I subscribe to a linking service, which provides the ability to link thumbnail pictures of posts from your blog to my blog. The pictures below are links to other blogs and the projects the blog owner wants to share with us. Each week, I start a new party where bloggers can add their own posts below for ALL to see!! Not only are you sharing your ideas and project, but the links will bring lots of traffic to your blog. You can add any project you'd like…cooking, crafting, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, gardening, vacation ideas etc. It so much fun to see what everyone is up to each week. This party would be nothing without all of you, so a great big THANKS to all of you who contribute. Follow directions below.

Visiting blogs at the party…


If you are new to visiting linky parties…just come on in and click on any picture box below and it will bring you to that post that someone has shared!! There are always so many wonderful ideas…don't miss out.

So let's get started this week!!




Come on in and join the fun!!!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Vinyl Covered Sewing or Craft Table...and So Much More!!

I take one trip to Walmart for groceries and I'm tearing my sewing room apart. The Walmart fabric section has great utility fabrics...burlap, decorator weight, vinyl, canvas etc.  I always look when I'm there. Well, I found my favorite fabric pattern in vinyl sold off the roll. I've bought this vinyl fabric before in pre-cut packages and covered other things, but when it's sold by the yard, at any length I need and for $2.96 a yard, the possibilities are endless!! I just wanted to share that they sell it by the yard now!!

Here's the before of the table...

vinyl covered sewing table

and here's the fabric up close...

vinyl covered sewing table

It's so easy to cover a table and when you want to remove the vinyl, there is no damage to the furniture. Come on in and see how easy...

Friday, February 20, 2015

Guest Post with Jann Newton...

Hi everyone! I want to welcome back Jann Newton to Sew Many Ways. I love when Jann visits and shares her wonderful talents with all of us. I am so excited for her...she is now teaching classes on Craftsy and she wants to share all the details with us today!!!

Hi everyone! I'm Jann Newton, and I blog at Newton Custom Interiors where I share home decor, sewing and DIY projects. I'm thrilled to be guest posting for Karen again! ** This post contains affiliate links - If you sign up for Craftsy and a class, I make a small commission. It doesn't cost you any extra. Thanks! Today I'm going to share with you a little about my Custom Bedding - Decorative Shams And Bolsters class that Craftsy just launched. In this class I teach how to make three different types of bedding pillows - a Euro sham, a flanged sham, and a bolster pillow. The pillow we're going to talk about today is the last pillow in the class - the Bolster Pillow. If you'd like to read more about the class, the different pillows, and the filming process, here are a few more posts:



If you're not familiar with Craftsy, they're a wonderful on-line teaching platform for people like us who love to create. They offer tons of classes in dozens of topics - sewing, crocheting, photography, cooking, cake decorating and many more! What's great about taking one of Craftsy's on-line classes is that the class is yours forever. You can watch it whenever, wherever, and as many times as you like. You can also ask questions of the instructors and they will answer very quickly. It's a really great company! I've been a Craftsy lover for a while now, so I was thrilled when they contacted me a few months ago about teaching a class. I love pillows, so teaching this bedding class was very fun for me!

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The third pillow that I teach in the class is a bolster pillow. It's a long cylinder shaped pillow that looks great on a bed in front of other shams. It can look kind of intimidating to make, but it's really not too hard to make. We used two different fabrics for this pillow, and I love how it turned out. The small geometric print is featured in the center of the pillow and on the cording and buttons on each end. Green textured fabric complements the geometric for the other ares of the pillow.

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 In the lessons for the bolster pillow, I'll teach how to make the pillow form for this type of pillow, and how to cut the different pieces of fabric. You'll learn how to make the cording in an earlier class lesson, so that you can then apply what you've learned to make the cording for the bolster pillow. I'll show you how to make the covered button and tuft it. Tufting, or pulling in the button, is the hardest part of this kind of pillow. Another tricky part of making the bolster pillow is inserting the zipper, but I'll show you step-by-step how to do it easily. Craftsy does a great job of filming the classes so that you can easily see each step of a lesson. So, if you've been a little intimidated by the bolster pillow before, this class will show you how to easily make this fun pillow! If you would like to take this class, just click on the link below which will save you 25% off of the regular price.

Click here to save 25% on Custom Bedding - Decorative Shams And Bolsters!!

If you'd like to see a trailer for the class - click here. I'd love to hear what you think of the class! If you've taken the class, you can post a comment below or give the class a review on the class page. Thanks for letting me share my Craftsy class with you, and I hope you become a Craftsy lover too! Other Craftsy classes you may like - Click on the picture below for more info on these discounted classes!

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  shares home decor, DIY and sewing tips on her blog, Newton Custom Interiors. You can find her at Google+, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.




Thanks Jann for all the info on your Craftsy classes and for letting me share it with my readers. I know they are going to love it!! I also want to wish you the best of luck with everything...you're the best!!

~Karen~
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party...

Hi everyone...The link party is back!! Sorry for being away for so long, but I think my mojo is slowly coming back and the craziness around has slowed down (it slows down, but never really goes away, lol). Can't wait to see all the things you have been up to lately.

I haven't had this party in a few weeks, so if you want to share ALL the past projects from your blog as well as your most recent projects, that would be great. Everyone would love to see them all!! Thanks for linking up and sharing your talents...big hugs to every one!!

Need to get this party posted. I live in Rhode Island and we are in the middle of ANOTHER blizzard right now with heavy snow and hurricane force winds with power outage warnings. The only saving grace for being trapped inside is...more time for sewing. I wonder if hubby will run a big extension cord from my sewing machine to the generator if the power goes out?? LOL

Linking your blog to the party…


Sew Darn Crafty is a "sharing"party. I subscribe to a linking service, which provides the ability to link thumbnail pictures of posts from your blog to my blog. The pictures below are links to other blogs and the projects the blog owner wants to share with us. Each week, I start a new party where bloggers can add their own posts below for ALL to see!! Not only are you sharing your ideas and project, but the links will bring lots of traffic to your blog. You can add any project you'd like…cooking, crafting, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, gardening, vacation ideas etc. It so much fun to see what everyone is up to each week. This party would be nothing without all of you, so a great big THANKS to all of you who contribute. Follow directions below.

Visiting blogs at the party…


If you are new to visiting linky parties…just come on in and click on any picture box below and it will bring you to that post that someone has shared!! There are always so many wonderful ideas…don't miss out.

So let's get started this week!!




Come on in and join the fun!!!
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