Posts made in June, 2014


Welcome to #MakersWednesday, where we take a mid-week break to show off our creative projects behind the scenes at Patterned HQ:

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This week, I’ve got another quilting project to show off! This one took quite a bit of time to cut, but now I’m in the stage that involves sewing the pieces into rows. I’m making a triangle patchwork quilt for my grandmother, whose 97th birthday is this month. Here’s hoping I can finish in time!

Here’s an in-progress shot:

I used a few different tutorials to help me with this quilt – here’s one by The Sassy Quilter and the other was from My Poppet.

I have a bright and colorful thrift-store sheet I plan to use for the backing on this quilt. When the top is pieced I’m going to just follow the lines of the triangles and do diagonal straight-line quilting stitches. I have a feeling it will be a bit time-consuming but also a really fun result. Plus, this quilt has to stand up to a lot of washing in a nursing home so I want to make sure it’s nice and sturdy.

What are you making this week? Share with us in the comments below, or tag it on Instagram and Twitter with #MakersWednesday!

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It’s no secret that I love my laptop, my smartphone, and my tablet device. I love having my books in e-format so I can take them anywhere in one simple package, and I love being able to access my favorite documents and knitting patterns on a digital screen.

That being said, when it comes to making To Do lists and planning out my big goals + dreams, I’m an old-school kind of a girl: give me a notebook and a pen over a screen and a keyboard any day.

Since I thought many of you might be the same way, today I’m rounding up some of my favorite handmade notebooks from our fellow makers – maybe they’ll inspire you to write down some big goals + dreams of your own!

1. Mountain Journal by Little Alexander – I love the simple, nature-inspired design on this one, which would be a great unisex gift to have on hand for anyone else who has lists to make!

 

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2. The Big Book of Ideas by OHNORachio – This shop is full of adorable notebooks like this, including pocket-sized versions if you want to be able to carry them in your purse!

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3. Notebook Set from Obvious State – If you love to be inspired by the great writers of our history, then this is the set for you! It’s a 3-pack and each notebook has an illustrated quote from a famous author.

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4. Science is Magic by Newton and the Apple – This could be a great place to jot down your discoveries and observations!

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5. World Domination by Steph Says Hello – Are you ready to take over the world with your best ideas? Better pack some milk + cookies for the trip!

 

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6. Blue Monster from Notbook Notbuk – I don’t know what it is, but these notebooks have stolen my heart! They’d be great for a matching set with your favorite young sidekick, and they’re sure to guard your ideas from predators.

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7. Refillable Leather Journal by PaperGeekMY – This strikes me as the kind of notebook that a serious writer/dreamer would carry. I love that you can refill it over and over again, and there’s something very tactile about its gorgeous, soft cover and rustic pages.

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8. Follow your Dreams by Making This Home – If you need a little inspiration to get you going, this notebook is full of creative + writing prompts to help you get on the path to your future.

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So, do you have a favorite handmade notebook to share? Leave a link in the comments below!

 

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Welcome to #ThinkCreateReflect, where we slow down at the end of the week and take the time to work through a creative or business-related prompt (or both!). We’re glad you’re here to join us!

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With this week’s prompt,¬†it’s time to breathe new life into an old object!

Go through your house and find something that you were planning to throw away, or something you haven’t used in six months or more (it can be a decoration, a garment, or some other household item). Try to think of a new way to use that item – can you give it a make-over to make it wearable or to help it fit in with your decor? Can you repurpose it to solve a storage problem you’ve been having? Giving new purpose to a discarded item is one way to flex your creative muscles, so give it a try!
If you’d like to share your repurposed creation¬†with us, post a link on Twitter or Instagram and tag it #ThinkCreateReflect!
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Makers Wednesday: Join Along!

Makers Wednesday: Join Along!


Posted By on Jun 11, 2014

Welcome to #MakersWednesday, our favorite day of the week! Normally, we use this time to highlight our crafty and creative projects going on behind the scenes here at Patterned HQ:

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This week, we’re doing something a little bit different! As we head into the summer season, sometimes life gets a little crazy. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need the power of good ol’ peer pressure to keep me focused on my crafts at hand. So! How about joining a craft-along? There are so many to choose from, but here are a few we found that might interest you:

  • Tour de Fleece – if you spin your own yarn (or you have ever wanted to learn), then this is the spin-along for you! This spin-along takes place at the same time as the Tour de France bike race – July 5 to July 27, 2014. Spin your yarns and enter to win prizes, or just get inspired by all the finished yarns posted by other participants!
  • Tour de Sock – not a spinner? Why not speed-knit some socks this summer – catch up on #OperationSockDrawer and raise funds for Doctors Without Borders at the same time with this fast and friendly competition.
  • Moody Afghan Crochet-Along – This crochet-along runs all year, so you can jump in any time! Crochet a different block each month of the year and at the end you’ll have a nice, cozy afghan in time for Christmas.
  • Craft Book Craft-Along – If you have a pile of craft books sitting on your shelf that you never quite get around to using, now’s your chance! The Live. Love. Create blog is hosting a Craft Books Craft-along all year! Each month you can enter to win prizes simply by making something out of a crafty book or magazine (sewing, quilting, crochet, knitting, or more!) you already own.
  • Summer Sampler Series – This series takes you through the process of making 12 gorgeous quilt blocks. By the end, you’ll be ready to make a quilt top! Even if you’re new to quilting, this is a great way to practice a variety of techniques and get yourself to that first finished object!

Are there any other craft-alongs you’re participating in this summer? Share them with us in the comments below, or tag us about them on Instagram and Twitter using #MakersWednesday!

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Periodically we like to round up a series of articles on a particular topic – today, we’re dishing on healthy eating when you work from home (and therefore have constant access to your kitchen but possibly very limited time for making healthy meals).

photo credit: tedeytan via photopin cc

photo credit: tedeytan via photopin cc

When you work from home (or own your own business outside of your home), it’s a fairly typical problem to skip lunch, or to grab something quick that isn’t necessarily nutritious. My biggest problem is that I literally have to walk through my kitchen – right past the pantry – to get from the main areas of my house to my home office. To say that I never stopped for a quick snack would be an outright lie.

As a solo-preneur, I struggle not only to eat healthy snacks while I’m at home (no raiding the cookie jar) but also to make healthy, single-serving lunches that don’t take too much time away from my work day to prepare. Since I imagine some of you are in the same boat, today I’m rounding up some delicious recipes for healthy snacks and quick meals you can eat while you’re working (from home or anywhere else).

  • If you find yourself getting caught by the mid-day slump, here’s a list of energy-boosting snacks from Fitness Magazine to help you get back on track, and back to work.
  • Granola is a great way to start your day, but the pre-packaged varieties are often loaded with extra sugar. Make your own with this recipe from Tree Hugger and you can have it for breakfast or any other time of the day! Pair it with fruit and yogurt for a more filling combination, or eat it straight instead of snack mix or chips.
  • Speaking of chips, how about a few healthy substitutes? Snack Girl has a recipe for kale chips and one for apple chips, so whether you’re in the mood for salty or sweet she’s got you covered. Betcha can’t cook up just one batch!
  • One of my newest healthy-snack obsessions is the KIND nuts and spices bar variety. Delicious, and much healthier than other grab and go snacks. The problem is that they’re nearly $2 a bar at my grocery store, so I love this copycat recipe collection from The Yummy Life that shows me how to make my own!
  • Chickpeas are a great source of protein, and they’re basically my favorite member of the legume family. I love this recipe for making spiced chickpea “nuts” from Delish.com – I could see myself mixing up a batch of these ahead of time and pairing them with some fresh veggies, fruit and cheese for an easy lunch!
  • If you want a light lunch or an easy but hearty snack, try out some Tabbouleh from Whole Living! Pair it with whole grain pita chips and you’re good to go, any time of the day.
  • On a hot summer day, fresh veggies and dip is a snack that really hits the spot. If you’re tired of putting kale in your smoothies and salads, cream it into a dip! This recipe from Whole Living shows you how.

So the next time you’re looking for a healthy snack and you’re tired of apples and peanut butter – give one of these recipes a try! If you’ve got a favorite that we didn’t include in our list, let us know in the comments below so we can all chow down!

 

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