...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

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!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Sewalong, Part 3: Assembling the Muff

Good morning, all! Ready to finish up your muffs? Just as a quick review, at this point in the sewalong, you should already have all of your pieces cut out and your pocket assembled. If you've missed any of the previous days, just click on the links to take you back:

Alright, on to business! Today's goal is to assemble (and finish!) your muff. Let's start!
Seam Allowance is 1/2" for this project.
Take out your muff pieces. At this stage, you should only have 3 pieces left; your fur, batting, and lining (with the pocket attached):
Layer the lining on top of the batting, with the right side of the lining facing up. Pin in place; baste.
Right sides together, layer fur and lining; pin in place. Stitch the long sides only.
 On the left is a view from the lining side. On the right, a view from the fur side. Your fur will be 1" larger than your lining at this point, so the fur side will buckle up a bit.
Now turn the whole thing right side out.
 Again, showing a view of the muff, this time right side out. The satin lining on the left, fur on the right.
Now fold the fur in half, right sides together, aligning the short ends and forming a tube. Stitch the short ends together, making sure not to catch in the lining.
Once that's sewn, neatly slipstitch the lining by hand.
Turn right side out.
And that's it! Do a jig! Sing out loud! Jump for joy, because you've just completed the Sewalong!

If you (or somebody you know) participated, please, please, PLEASE send in a photo of your handiwork! I would love to see all of the wonderful creations you've come up with.

So... what's next? Never fear: the sewalong might be over, but the fun's just beginning! For instance, what does one do with the leftover materials from this project? Well, there are two options;
1) Let them all just sit in your sewing stash, waiting for inspiration to strike,
2) Make them into something wonderful now!

What do y'all think of a new tutorial~how to make a Child-sized Fur Muff?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sewalong, Part 2: The Pocket

Welcome to Part 2: The Pocket.
Seam Allowance for this project is 1/2".
Today we'll start with the pocket. Take your two 6"x10" pocket pieces, and pin them right sides together. Stitch all around perimeter, leaving a hole for turning in on one of the long sides.
Clip corners, turn, and press.
Now find your 14"x31" lining piece.
Lay your pocket over your lining, right sides facing up, and pin in place. Try to position the pocket about half of the way down.
Stitch both long sides of the pocket and one short side, leaving the remaining short side open. Press.

 Now dig your velcro out of your stash and stitch it to the remaining open side of the pocket.
And your pocket is finished! Now you'll have a nifty way to store your keys, cell phone, and wallet inside your muff. The velcro keeps them safe and snug inside without falling out.

That's about it for Part 1! Come back tomorrow for Part 3: Assembling the Muff.