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Something Blue hairpins

Today’s tutorial was created when I had to come up with a crafty freebie to include with the swag bags for the upcoming Off White Indie Wedding Show. The challenge wasn’t making something cool, it was the fact that I had to make 100 items! For someone who mostly makes one of something, that number seemed overwhelming. So I puttered around my studio brainstorming what in the world I could make one hundred of. Naturally, I turned to my button and fabric collections, as I have many of these supplies on hand. So then, what to do? Well, brides don’t want a huge bag of cardboard and paper postcards (well, at least I didnt when I went to bridal shows, seemed kind of boring). My light bulb came on in my head, “oooh, something to wear!” I can say that I could have used a tiny little something in my swag bag that I could put on rather than a sticky nametag that says, “bride”. Sorry but stickers don’t make me feel special. But a pretty hairpin does!

Something Blue hairpins

So, I came up with Something Blue hairpins! Simple, can be dressed up or down, and adds just a little something (blue) to make a bride or any gal feel special. They are quite simple to make, so if you are looking for something new for your ‘do or need to make someone a little gift, here’s a simple and fast project!

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Supplies:
Buttons (I used mostly vintage)
1 3/4 inch hair pins
Clover yo-yo maker (30mm)
White fabric, can have pattern or plain
White thread
Needle
Scissors
E-6000 glue
*Hedgehog optional for crafty support

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To begin, separate the yo-yo maker.

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Next, cut out a 3 inch square of fabric. (hedgehog not to scale)

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Place the fabric pattern side down into the outer circle of the yo-yo maker. Center the fabric. Press the inner circle into the outer circle, taking care to line up the ‘holes’ of the maker- sometimes it helps me if I hold it up to a light. The circles should easily click into place.

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Trim around the fabric leaving about a 1/2 inch border to sew on.

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Thread your needle with twelve inches of thread. Double knot the end. Begin sewing by starting at the fabric border and going through the plastic (this is why its important to line up the holes- if the needle doesnt go through easy, adjust your plastic circles). Bring the next stitch back up to the border- there is a stitch guide to follow on the yo-yo maker.

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Continue stitching all the way around the circle until you return back to the knot.

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Push the inner circle out with the hole on the backside of the yo-yo maker. It should pop out easily.

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Remove the inner circle from the fabric.

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Pull the thread to gather the yo-yo. I find it easiest to insert my thumb in the middle while pulling the thread. While pulling, you can adjust the fabric until it looks even. Double knot your stitches on one of the inside folds when the yo-yo looks how you would like.

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At this point, add your button. Sew through the shank or holes two to three times. Double knot your stitches on the back and in the middle of the yo-yo. Then add a small dot of glue on the flat plate of the hairpin. Place the glue on top of the stitches/knot you made on the back of the yo-yo. Lay flat to dry at least an hour before wearing.

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See how easy that was? You could even try out bigger yo-yos, they come in different shapes too! Check out Clover’s website. Happy Crafting!

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This Weekend

Flint City Handmade Spring Market is this weekend!
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I will be vending, along with all of these lovelies:

beautiful JUNK
Made With Luv
Stick Nymph
Gizmodgery
Amanda’s Creations
Rug Wear
Always the Forest
Lunch Lady Land
Sandra Fielder
International Robot
Jewelry Storm/Radically Random
Aisle 3
Wei’s Open Secret
The Yarntoad Collective
ZAKARANAS
Becklesbobbles
The Living Thread
Ms.Christa’s Accessories
SEEDS Studio
Barrel of Monkeys
Creative Alliance
UGHB
Motown Bound
Whimsical Works by Jen Sikora
art by amandaNsimons.com
Art by Gary Sierdarski
It’s A Scream Productions
FIRED UP!
Cradle of Critters
relishdress
Alexandria’s Soap Garden
Crochet Science
Stone Sheep
fourchamberforge, LLC
CLKcreative
Empress Wears…
Wistful Fancy
Otra Vez
Tilt Creations
Chicaloo Photography & More
Runaway Fashion House
Kenny Corbin
TheHeatherMonsterCreations

Also, there is an awesome raffle table with items donated from all the vendors.

Hope you can make it!

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Still Time to Enter

Have you printed your Tiny Turtle yet? Don’t worry, there is still time to enter your creative photos in my contest.
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You can email me your photos at enamor_etsy@yahoo.com, just make sure and put, “Tiny Turtle” in the subject line.

Or, if you have a Flickr account, you can upload your photos and tag them with tinyturtlephotocontest.

Deadline is March 5th. I will announce the winners here and by email on March 6th.

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Tiny Turtle Paper Toy and contest

Just in time for Valentines Day, I created a new paper toy you can print, assemble, and give to your friends! His name’s Tiny, and he’s a very loving turtle.
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You can download the printable pattern here. You can print him any size you want with your printer’s program, but he will print on a standard piece of paper or cardstock.

Tiny is very easy to make. All you need is a printer, scissors, craft knife, and a glue stick. Cut around on the solid lines. Fold along the dotted lines. He forms into a simple box shape. There are tabs on each side which fold in and glue to the front of the body and side of the head. His legs will stick out away from the body and require the use of a craft knife to cut them. The bottom will be light green.

I’m holding a special contest for you! Print Tiny, fold him up, and take a creative photo of him and email it to me at enamor_etsy@yahoo.com. The top three photos will win these prizes:

1st place: A limited edition print of my Love Tree artwork and a 15% off coupon to use in my Etsy shop
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2nd place: A Hankie Lady greeting card and a 10% off coupon
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3rd place: A set of Norm the Gnome gift tags
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Deadline to email me photos is March 5th. Good luck!

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Cafe Handmade’s Virtual Craft Show

Check this out people! If you don’t want to get in your car, use gas, travel lots of miles (especially in a snow storm), then Cafe Handmade’s Virtual Craft Show is the way to go!

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Currently there are 47 booths to shop at, including myself. The booths change every two weeks, so you can get a wide variety of items to choose from. Each image represented in a “booth” has a direct link back to that person’s website or Etsy Shop. Its pretty neato!

I know there are some of you who still have Christmas shopping to do, you have no excuse not to shop in your PJs!

Visit Cafe Handmade

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Flint City Handmade Market

This weekend people!!! Get thee in the car and go!
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You can see photos of all the wonderful raffle items at Flint City Handmade MySpace page

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DUCF This Weekend!!!

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Sarah will be my booth mate for the day. You’d better come say hello!

For up to date info, visit the DUCF site

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