A “2nd Helping” to Season 2, Episode 1: Questions Answered & More Ideas Shared!

Monday, September 20th, 2010
Hello fellow DIYers! If you have been with us from the beginning, you will remember that each week after an episode goes “live” on the site, we take the opportunity to write a follow-up post to answer questions some may have from the previous webisode.

This last week we have been in Minneapolis, Minnesota for The Creative Connection Event. It was wonderful! (More to come on that later!) So where we normally write the blog post within a few days, this time it took a little longer as we have been without a computer. Eeek! 😉

Before we answer some questions, we wanted to share with you a few photos taken in our studio of where our little stuffed owl so sweetly sits.

This particular owl was finished with a satin applique stitch, rather than frayed.

Welcome to the Kids' Corner!

When redesigning the studio, it was important to us to have an area of the room where our children felt welcomed. We quickly put our heads to work to create something magical for them. The trunk was painted with a chalkboard paint so they could write or should I say “engrave” their messages to it.

Fabric circles were adhered to the wall with a spray adhesive.

A variety of our favorite fabric prints were cut out and adhered to the round tree top. And we turned an old oak wood clock into the owl’s little perch.

Pretty fun, right? There’s more to this children’s area, but we’ll save all of that for another post!

Now…to answer a few questions from your blog comments!
We were happy to hear that many of you loved the idea of using the Wonder Tape
to secure the bottom before stitching. Some had asked where you could pick this up. We have been able to find it at our local Joann Fabric Store, however, it can also be purchased through the link below.

The great thing about Wonder Tape is that it helps hold things into place, without “gumming” up your needle. After you use it, you’ll wonder where it has been your whole life. :)

For those who are looking for Walnut Shell Litter
and are unable to pick it up at your local pet store or quilt shop, you may want to try that link above.

Understandably, several had also asked about alternatives to Walnut Shell Litter
, especially with those who have to be careful of nut allergies in the home. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Play Sand
  • Fine Steel Wool (Thank You Jean!)
  • Fiberfill Polyester Stuffing
  • Bird Gravel
  • Clean (and New!) Kitty Litter
  • Emery (Search Etsy for Best Results)

We hope this gives you a few ideas! There have been some further ideas posted in your comments of what you want to do with this owl idea. Here are a few highlights!

  • Leigh Ann wants to add the applique to a tote bag with the legs dangling off!
  • Jennifer will be decorating her entire Christmas tree with these cuties in festive fabrics!
  • Dottie is getting ready to send one for her daughter’s dorm room at college.
  • Valarie had us cracking up. She is going to make a multitude of owls to raise money for a breast cancer awareness benefit. She’ll be making them in pink with a ribbon attachment that reads, “Save the Hooters!”
  • Joann and many others want to make them as gifts for their quilt guilds and sewing groups.
  • Kathryn will be adding a sentimental touch to hers as she will choose fabric from her own mother’s fabric stash from the 60s. Her mother loved owls and what a great keepsake these will be for her and members of her family.
  • Monica wants to add the applique to children’s garments. Love it!

And finally, here’s one more idea to get you thinking… how about making one out of terrycloth material? Do not fill and sew bottom closed. What an adorable washcloth for baby!

OK, OK…a few more pics! We just can’t get enough of these little guys! Whether you leave the edges to fray, or “clean it up” with a satin applique finish, either way, they are just too cute!


Our 2-minute craft countdown will be out later this evening! And don’t forget to have your name entered to win the Janome serger and embroidery machines! Details are found HERE!

The DIY Dish: Season 2, Episode 1 – Look Whoooo’s Back!

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

We are so excited for our 2nd season of “The DIY Dish!”  Thank you for your feedback, kind words, and encouragement in this “journey” – we sincerely appreciate it! 

This episode has Kris as the “instructor” and Kim creates the project while anticipating what your questions might be.  We’ll also be sure to bring you an accompanying download with the “main episode” projects that include a materials list and helpful tips or hints. Make this owl into a pin cushion, paper craft, or even a pillow!

We encourage you to visit our fantastic sponsors this season by clicking on their ads found on the right side-bar.  They are the ones that make this program possible and keeps it free for everyone to enjoy.  We would also LOVE if you’d let your friends know about “The DIY Dish!”  Spread the fun and enjoy creating “together!”

We want to thank our first sponsor this season, Janome, for allowing us to give away TWO amazing machines! Details on how you can enter to win are found below.  We are also giving away two, $100 gift certificates to YouCanMakeThis.com and SWAKembroidery.com. YEA!!

Visit this week’s sponsor here:  www.Janome.com

Download this week’s accompanying PDF here: Owl Pin Cushion Pattern

Now, let’s talk about that giveaway!  You could win a Janome 300E Embroidery Machine or a Janome MyLock 640D Serger.  Two more people will win a $100 Gift Certificate to YouCanMakeThis.com or a $100 Gift Certificate to SWAKembroidery.com

There are so many ways to enter. Each item below will have your name placed into the drawing. Be sure to post a comment below this blog post and let us know. Official rules are found here.

1. Sign up for our FREE newsletter! (enter email in blue tab at top of page) You’ll never miss an episode! If you’re already a newsletter subscriber, then you’ve already gotten an entry!

2. Make a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

3. Tweet” (see the Tweet button located at the top of this post) about this giveaway or email/call your friends!

4. Grab our blog button! Find the code at the bottom of our home page.

5. Embed the video above into your blog. (The embed link is found by clicking on the right corner of the video screen.)

Come back this week for our “2nd helping” follow-up post! Have a wonderful week!

-Kim and Kris

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