...a priceless delight in God's presence

"Our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with joyful shouting;
then they said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."
The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad!" Psalms 126:2,3

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Fabric Swatch Book~A Tutorial

Do you enjoy organizing?
I most certainly do. 
I love each item having a place to belong in.
Therefore, as I am a seamstress, I figured that it was finally time to organize my fabrics. Good idea, right? To finally come up with some sort of system to remember all of the materials and supplies I own so I don't re-purchase them?
Enter the Fabric Swatch Book!
The Fabric Swatch Book is a wonderful way to see all of your fabric inventory at a glance without having to dig through your closet and the depths of your desk. 
I've seen these fabric swatch books through the years, but never realized the helpfulness that having one around might be. Until now, that is.
To begin with, I shall explain what a swatch book even is. A fabric swatch book is, quite literally, a book filled with little fabric samples. It shows you, at a glance, the entire inventory of fabric that you own. It's much more convenient than a mere list because 1) it helps you to visualize your stuff, and 2) it shows texture and sheen.
 To make one of your own, you simply go through your entire fabric collection and cut a 2" square off of the selvage with a pair of pinking shears.
 At this point, you will have lots of little 2" squares of fabric floating around your workspace. Our job is to turn them into some semblance of order. To commence, you simply find a some white paper and staple the first fabric swatch onto it. See how easy that was?
 Now comes the more difficult part. You need to write down everything you can possibly remember about this particular fabric. Name, fiber content, weight, hand, etc. Also write down the fabric width (usually 45 or 60 inches) and yardage. This is the difficult part because you might not remember much at all about the fabric, especially if it was purchased awhile ago! But persevere, my dear, and you will love the end result.
If you wish, you can also write where you purchased the material and if it was for a specific project.
 Repeat for each fabric sample; staple first, then write. If you wish, you can then staple the all the pages together to make a book or hole punch them and put them in a 3-ring binder for your convenience. Or, if you're like me, you can just leave them as they are and hope that all your hard work doesn't get lost.
 And that's all there is to it! Wasn't that fun? See how easy organizing can be?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Fabric Roses

Hey Y'all!
Remember my fabric flowers post?
Well, I've made another batch. It seems I just can't get enough of them. :P

 This is just to help show you all what a fun craft this is; the possibilities are endless!

 I actually made this batch for a wonderful customer of mine to give out as gifts at a dance recital.
Interested in making your own?
Which one is your favorite?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Special Announcement!

I'm baaaaaack!
Finally, right?  Took me long enough to get here.
I am writing this post for two reasons. First, I must apologize for my quite unplanned absence from the blogging world for...well, 

longer than I wish to confess.

But, as that is only a secondary reason that I'm talking to you, I'll move on to the reason of primary importance. 
Remember back (waaaaaaaay back) in December during the Fur Muff Sewalong? I mentioned that something pretty exciting was coming up during the holiday season, right? Some super duper news, if I remember correctly. (Just nod your heads yes. Yes, you vaguely remember an announcement from four months ago.)

Well, after much busy-ness and many unexpected happenstances, the BIG NEWS is finally coming.
Not, of course, during the Holiday season, but better late than never, right?

And it's not just coming, IT'S HERE!

Alright. Enough with the drama.

All that to say, I am very pleased to be able to announce the Grand Opening of AJoyWorthHaving's Etsy Shop! 

If you have the inclination, or are just the curious type, visit it!

Right now the shop features a hand crafted collection of hair clips. Materials used include pleather, felt, polyester shantung, and metallic bronze studs.

Each flower is unique; some features include hand stitching, fabric bows, hearts, and metallic bronze flower "stamens".

The combination of complimentary colors and textures produce a fun look for any occasion! Features a stay-put alligator clip that won't damage hair.

So. That's my big news, folks. Do look around and stay awhile!
Also, if you've got any stellar ideas for things to post in my shop, shoot me a line. I'd love to hear from you!