Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Boho Shoulder Bag Online Class & SALE!

My friend Jen over at SewFun is offering a fun summer sale on patterns right now! When you use discount code "CRAFTYG" you will get 50% off all Sew Fun patterns! If you recall from a previous post she is the genius designer behind the Boho Shoulder Bag.  I teamed up with her to offer an online class where I teach you how to make the fun, reversible bag from start to finish using her pattern.  I've made three of these bags and take them with me everywhere- library, beach, play dates, vacations, weekend trips, sewing workshops, farmer's market, etc. It's roomy, comfortable to wear and is my everyday bag these days. Did I mention it's reversible?! Yea. Love it.

You can purchase the pattern in two formats:
1) hard copy where she mails you the actual tissue pattern (shipping fee applies) or
2) the print-at-home PDF version. {FYI- If you're intimidated by buying a printable pattern and don't know how to put the pages together, no worries! I show you how to put all the printed pages together to create the full pattern in my online class.}

The regular pattern price is $7.95 but when you use the discount code: CRAFTYG you get 50% off so it comes out to just $3.97!  And yes, that discount applies to both the hard copy pattern and the downloadable version. Super cool, right?! So what ya' waiting for?

Click here to get the Boho Shoulder Bag pattern!

After you have your pattern you can signup for my online class and I'll teach you how to put the whole thing together from start to finish. Watch the class trailer video here. For just $15, my online class includes password protected access to 12 hi-definition video lessons that never expire and you can watch them anywhere in the world with internet access! {Note: The bag pattern and online class must be purchased separately.}

To sign up for my online class :

Click HERE to register. {If you prefer to use PayPal click HERE.}

Summer is not quite over yet so you still have plenty of time to whip one up for any trips you have planned. I wish I would have had one of these when I was in college! This is great for all ages and my favorite part about the bag is that it is worn cross body (but doesn't have to be!) so I can have both arms free while I run around with two preschoolers! It's great for going shopping, running errands, going to the farmer's market, etc. Once you make one you will want to make more for your friends/family. Give it a try!

To purchase the pattern click HERE and remember to use discount code "CRAFTYG" for your 50% discount!

To sign up for my online class :

• Click HERE to register. {If you prefer to use PayPal click HERE.}

Here is the video trailer for my online class so you see what it's all about:

 {P.S.- Remember that CRAFTYG discount code applies to all of Jen's Sew Fun patterns not just the Boho Shoulder Bag! So have a look around and see what other projects you want to try. Visit her online shop here.}
Online Sewing Class

Online Sewing Class

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Crochet Basics: Slip Knot & Chain Stitch

The next video in my new How to Crochet Video Series is now live!  In this tutorial I show you how I like to hold the crochet hook and yarn and my suggestions on how you can get comfortable with this. Keep in mind everyone crochets a little differently and you need to work out what works best for you, feels comfortable and still gets the job done.  No matter what anyone tells you, there is no right or wrong way to hold your project.  Do what works for you... and have fun!

I will also teach you a foolproof way to make your slip knot, complete with a slow motion view of what I'm doing. I hope that helps!  Let me know what you think of the slow motion clips. I'm curious to hear if they help you or not.  I'd like to know for future videos. So leave me a comment letting me know your thoughts, please.

You'll also learn how to create chain stitches. Chain stitches are the foundation of pretty much every crochet project. This chain is what will hold all the rest of the stitches you make to complete a project. Although it is simple to do this is something you should practice before tackling your first project.  I say that only because you want to get to a point where your chain stitches are even and not too tight or too loose.  Once you have that down you'll be able to move on to the next video in the series where I'll show you two basic crochet stitches that are the basis of a gazillion different projects you can start on right away!

Go get some yarn and a crochet hook and start practicing these two. I'll let you know when Video #3 is ready for ya!

Here is Video #2- How to make a Slip Knot & Chain Stitch

How to Crochet Video Playlist

p.s.- Remember the Craftsy Flash Sale ends tonight! Over 150 online craft classes are on sale. This would be the perfect time to sign up for a few crochet classes that will help elevate your projects now that you are getting started! Check these out...

Happy hooking!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Craftsy's Creative Escape Flash Sale


{Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links which means if you place an order from the included links I will earn some $$.  Thanks for your support!}

Craftsy is having another fun sale and this time select online classes are up to 50% off! It's a flash sale so it ends tomorrow, Sunday, July 20th at 11:59pm MT. 

Click here to view the complete list of classes on sale!

If you've been eyeing a class or two this is the perfect time to snag it up!  There over 150 classes on sale! The subject areas include things like sewing, quilting, cake decorating, woodworking, crochet, knitting, free motion quilting, cooking, baking, weaving, mixed media techniques, painting, photography, etc. They have a class for pretty much anything to get you started on a new hobby or project and a ton of advanced technique classes to help you perfect your craft!

Click here to view the complete list of classes on sale!

I know it can be overwhelming to decide which ones to spend your money on. I recommend reading the course reviews for each class to see what other students are saying or check out a few that I have taken myself and personally recommend below. 

I really enjoyed this class with Mimi Dietrich because she shares some fabulous new ways to finish the edges and binding on your quilts but the techniques covered in the class can be used for a ton of other different projects as well. This is just an overall great class to have access to so you can go back to it when you're working on a new project or want to try a different finishing technique.  Since your access to Craftsy courses never expires this is a great resource to have for whenever you need a refresher or are feeling brave to try something new. 

Stacey Trock is awesome! I'm pretty new to her work but she is an author, instructor and amigurumi (crocheted stuffed animal) designer.  She has a fun, laid back approach to teaching and makes some fun, quirky jokes throughout the course. I love her sense of humor and she is super knowledgeable in crochet and shares some fun ways to do things that I'd never tried before. If you want to try your hand at making some adorable little stuffed animals give this class a try! You will learn a ton! It also comes with four patterns for animals you can make and she walks you through how to make each one while teaching you new techniques that you can carry in to your future projects.

Mexican food is a favorite in my house and I learned so much from this class! I make all my corn tortillas from scratch now. They are so easy to make and my kids love to help.  I also like to whip up some the dishes I learned to make in this course when I have company coming over. Everyone can serve themselves and I can lay out vegetarian and gluten free options easily.  Definitely recommend this course!

Hope that helps! Go pick out a class or two and enjoy your weekend with immediate access to it! Remember the sale ends on Sunday, July 20th at 11:59 MT.

Click to view the sale!

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