without further ado...

finished cuff

The winner is comment #12:  Sarah!"Oh goodness! I would love one of those. I'm woefully underaccessorized. So very cute! I'm super excited about Heather's book and can't wait to get it." Posted by: Sarah :: greenclogs | August 19, 2010 6:10 PM Yay, Sarah! Just email the circumference of your wrist and your mailing address and I will send it right away!

And for the rest of you, I wasn't kidding when I said it was easy. You can make one of your own! The hardest part might be finding the perfect leather belt. I preferred the ones that looked a little worn, but I'm sure that's my inner hippie trying to escape.

Here's what you need: L to R: A leather punch (my mom had this one, but they sell simple little ones at the hobby/craft store.) a nice all leather belt (or two or three) the leather snap kit (I got this at Hobby Lobby in the leather tooling section.) a small hammer strong-ish scissors.

Measure your leather out to your desired length and cut neatly across. Don't forget to take into consideration the overlap needed to add the snaps. Carefully round the corners of the ends to make the cuff look a little more finished.

Decide where your snap will go and punch a hole with your punch.

Insert the little snap/rivet thingy into the hole. It should be tight. BE SURE to read the instructions on your snap kit carefully. You'll have to do a little bit of thinking to figure out which side goes where- you'll want the finished side of your snap facing the outside of the cuff. Hammer the snap according to the packaged directions. It said to use a mallet, but I just been used my little jewelry hammer down on the floor, and it worked fine.

Mark, punch, attach, and hammer the other side of the snap at the other end of the cuff the same way. Make sure you've got your snap parts facing the right directions. Double check this before you hammer them. Voila! So easy.

give-away update

he took care of an injured butterfly

Hello there. Brian and I are having a little bit of a hard time today. Food poisoning, maybe? We're not sure. Whatever it is, we've both had exactly the same intense but short-lived stomach bug on exactly the same time frame. Knock on wood, so far the kids are fine. So, I'm going to let any stragglers enter today for the leather cuff bracelet. I'll be back tomorrow with the winner, and for the rest of you, the (very easy) directions for making one yourself, since lots of you asked so nicely. : )

See you tomorrow!


2010 sewing calendar

Recently two things made me happy, and even though it feels sort of odd, I thought I'd toot my horn a little bit. My car organizer tutorial is in this calendar! Thank you, Megan, for asking me. I'm tickled pink and honored to be included in this group of bloggers/contributors. There's some really great stuff in there! Also, awhile back a band from Australia contacted me to see if they could use this photo on the cover of their new album. I bet you can guess who else is excited about this one.


the scoop

a little give-away

Sorry about that! I intended to post here early, but we went walking with my mom and got distracted by a biscuit covered in gravy, then a thrift store and an estate sale on the walk back. Surely you know how that goes. ; )

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First up, our Wild Guys: Sweet Cindy at Skip to My Lou has been hosting a series of guests this week to raise awareness for the Read to Feed program, and she asked me to join in! We looked over one of our favorite books, Where the Wild Things Are, and then made our own Wild Guys. There's a quick step-by-step over there for these funny critters. They were so simple and turned out pretty cute, but I'm always such a sucker for my kids' artwork. Please go have a look-see and check out all the other guest crafters.

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Up next is the give-away. Remember this artist tote? It's been waiting patiently in the shop. I was going to pull it to re-list later, but it's doing me no good hanging here looking nice in the studio. It's linen and cotton with the little bird on the front and is heavy and hangs low on the hip. The folks who have purchased them in the past have been pleased. Interested? Leave me a comment on this post (don't forget your email address), and I'll draw a name Tuesday morning. It doesn't matter where you live, I'll ship it to you. And hey! My quiet in-town friends. Yes, YOU! Leave a comment. You'll be in the running too.

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Lastly I want to say thank you to all of you, who come here and support me and laugh with me and cheer me on and inspire me and give me advice. It really is a fun place to hang out. I mean it. Thanks.

(Oh, and go wish Rachel a happy birthday, will ya?)