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Tuesday, 19 September


Quick Postage Stamp Themed Birthday Card "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Does anyone other than me actually sit down and draw simple birthday cards, you know with a permanent marker and colored card stock? As you can see, I do, and fortunately so, as how else would I make a cute...


Next Phase "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

My oldest turned thirteen last week.

I am henceforth officially the parent of a teenager.

I promise, though, that this isn't going to be one of those nostalgic and overly-sentimental posts I am apt to write whenever I think of my children Growing Up.

I am actually a bit excited. See, for years, all the young people I've ever had dealings with were teenagers. Like youth group and the girls in the dance team at church, and my high school students when I taught Physics. Loved them. Loved that age so much.

When I was a guidance counselor in Minnesota and Singapore, I worked with both teens and children and discovered that while both were intensely rewarding and enjoyable, given the choice, I'd still pick teens. I remember wishing that when I became a mother, I might somehow give birth to teens rather than babies, because surely I would be frightfully awkward with humans who couldn't hold conversations and with whom I'd have to instead make blubbering sounds and devise bizarre hand games just to say hello.

Then: motherhood.

Real motherhood, with real babies and real blubbering.

Not gonna get all weepy here (I promised, right?) so let's just say that I've loved having babies. And toddlers-in-potty-training. And preschoolers. And just. . ....


How to survive things you cant change. "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Pallet sofa sign fabric post HERE Every morning, I bring my coffee out to the pallet wood sofa to begin my day. This is the spot where I linger a little too long, waiting until the mental morning fog lifts. It usually takes about 2 cups This little spot became my BFF. It was always there to []

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The Little Treasures & A Request "IndyWatch Feed Craft"


My dearest bloglovlies,

Some of you might know, others might not know that we've been running our online gallery / concept store for almost a year now. It was a big step, something we have dreamt and wished to do for a long time.

Running it is definitely like having a roller-coaster ride, while we grow and learn along the way, and it is certainly a unique experience we are thankful to have and we wouldn't change that for anything in the world.

Aside for the products you can find from our indie designers, we would like to point your attention to the site's blog
Fashion trends, sustainable fashion, interior design, presentation of emerging designers, DIYs are the main topics being covered there.  The reason I am writing this and  reaching out to you is a request for collaboration. If you have an idea for a blog post that fits our niche, we would love to have you with a guest post.
The blog posts are also shared on my personal profile on Bloglovin' so you can follow us there too.


Yarn Pumpkins Using Balloons "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Yarn Pumpkins Using Balloons Just love this time of year I know, in denial that Summer is OVER but hey, Fall, or Autumn as we call it in London brings us so much loveliness like these Pumkins made from yarn! We spotted these over on and cant wait to get making! If

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sewing: adorn cotton lawn hadley top "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

This post was written by Alli of MorePleaseThankYou.

My personal uniform for work is a tank top, skirt, and cardigan, so I was excited when Grainline Studio released their Hadley top, which can be made sleeveless with any of the mix-and-match fronts and backs. Read on for all the info about my Adorn cotton lawn Hadley top.

I chose to sew a size 6, which matched up with my upper bust measurement, and I folded the dart out completely. (On a side note, I noticed that the dart legs on view B are further apart than the dart legs on view A. How interesting!)

I liked the high-low hem to begin with, but an additional benefit was that even if I was overly aggressive in taking the dart out completely, its not too noticeable since its meant to be a high-low hem! ;D

Speaking of the hem, I LOVE deep, faced hems!



Now You Can Even Add Images to Your Comments: Share Your Work! "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Regular readers and especially those who comment often (we LOOOVE comments and so do our readers) may have noticed that we recently added a new feature to the website. You can now easily attach images to your comments on  Files types supported are standard .jpg, .gif and .png Continue reading


The Saturday Afternoon Quilt Safari Party Style "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Today  we get to participate in our friend Melissas fabric tour.

Melissa is the create mind behind The Polka Dot Chair and we are lucky enough to have been friends for years now.  In fact, I remember a lunch conversation years ago where talked about how cool it would be to be able to design fabricso how lucky do we feel now to design fabric for the same company and be able to create projects using each others designs!?!  Most days it still doesnt seem real.

Melissas newest fabric line is called Safari Party and is produced by Riley Blake Designs.

When I saw it I knew I wanted to use some to sew up our Saturday Afternoon Quilt Pattern with itand Im glad I did!  I really love how the fun prints are showcased against the white sashing.

One of the many things I envy about Melissa is that she is a world travelerliterally this girl is always on the move!

And this line is based off of an African Safari that she went on with her family!  (An African Safari!!!  Who gets to do things like that!?!  How incredible!)

The fabric comes in different color waves (all with a little gold sparkle!) but the blues and greens are my favorite!!!



The Refashioners 2017 Emily "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Suiting goes Femme with a capital F!! Todays inspo  from Emily couldnt be much more feminine, classy and fit for a cocktail (or three)     More pattern tetris going on with this make. From the front you wouldnt even know this was made from a suit   Even from the back the only indicator

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How to dress like a New Zealand Suffragist "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Today is the 124th anniversary of New Zealand becoming the first country in the world to allow women the right to vote.  September 19th is celebrated as White Camellia Day or New Zealand Suffrage Day, the first name after the emblem of the New Zealand suffrage movement: the white camellia.

White Camellia Day is particularly exciting this year, as Saturday is a parliamentary election, early voting is already open, so lots of women I know are planning to vote today, and there is a reasonable chance that New Zealand will elect its third female prime minister.  Im going to vote on Saturday (Mr D & I have a tradition of walking to the polls together ((daww)) and Ill be voting based on policy, not gender, but I still think its fantastic that New Zealand has already had two female prime ministers, and might have another.

In honour of the elections and Suffrage Day falling so close together, and since there has been discussion of people going to the polls dressed as suffragettes, I thought Id do a post about what New Zealand suffragettes wore, as opposed to what was worn by votes campaigners in England and the US, 20 some years after New Zealand women were already voting.

Technically speaking, New Zealand womens votes campaigners werent suffragettes at all the term refers to members of violent suffrage movements like the WSPU in England.  New Zealand campaigners were suffragists: they to achieve the vote by more peaceful means.  Suffragette as a term was not coined until the early 20th century, and was not used in New Zealand until July 1906.

New Zealand suffragists also differed from the British suffragettes in that the New Zealand womens vote moment was always determined that all women, of all walks of life, should have the vote English campaigners were willing to compromise and give the vote only to richer women, and some of the major groups, like the WSPU, were never focused on universal female suffrage.

As New Zealands most well known suffragist, Kate Sheppard, expressed it:

all that separates, whether of race, class, creed, or sex, is inhuman, and must be overcome.

So, want to honour the amazing women who made New Zealand the first country in the world to have the vote?  Heres how to dress like a suffragist, New Zealand style:

1. Wear a white camellia:


Frankenstein Necklace Halloween Jewelry Tutorial "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

by Rena Klingenberg. Make a Frankenstein necklace with this fun Halloween jewelry tutorial. With a few beads and some wire, you can create this haunting project. Also, you can give Frankie two different facial expressions one on the front of his head, and one on the back. Turn his head to show the expression []

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Monday, 18 September


The Refashioners 2017 Elisalex "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

This is a hard challenge. Easily the most challenging weve tackled to date.  So if youre struggling, take heart. Youre not the only one! This one has alot of us scratching our heads. (Me included btw.) And the lovely Elisalex is no exception. But shes still come out smiling   And wilth a killer skirt

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6 More Artisans Who Make Gorgeous Paper Jewelry "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

There are few things I would enjoy more than a weekend spent with fellow comrades who make paper jewelry... we would gather and share what we do and talk about how we got started and what we'll do...

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Rosh HaShana Basket Of Blessings Craft For Kids (Or Anyone!) "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Rosh HaShana, the Jewish New Year is in just a few days, so now is the time to dedicate a few hours to making wonderful cards to wish our family, friends and neighbors a wonderful new year, filled with blessings....


Rosh HaShana Kid's Card Craft: A Stuffed Fish! "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Rosh HaShana is Wednesday night, so there is no time like the present to make fun cards for the new year and to keep the kids busy with crafts while you prepare for the holiday! If you are not a...


sewing: black & white shirting hadley top "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

This post is written by Jane of Buzzmills.

Hi there, Im Jane, a new contributor here at Imagine Gnats, and Im thrilled to be joining the rest of the Imagine Gnats team!

Im honestly not sure what makes me happier about this top. The pattern, shape, fitor the fact that I am wearing black and white, and loving it! Im not typically a wearer of black, but when I saw this shirting in the shop I knew itd be perfect!

Unfortunately, the black and white check shirting is out of stock, but there are two other shirtings in the shop, cherry and black, and peach and navy. The pattern calls for light to medium weight fabrics. This cotton shirting is a medium weight, and while it might not be as drapey as it would be if it were made in rayon, the structure works perfectly with this check.

The Hadley top has a center seam on both the front and back. Because of this seam I thought Id cut my fabric on the bias to add a subtle pattern play with the black and white check. This is the first time Ive done something like that. I think it turned out well, athough I did need to try twice with the front and did not do as well with the back.

Aside from the center seam detail, the Hadley top also has a variety o...


3 Ways to Make a Cape Scarf "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Can you believe it has been TWO YEARS since I posted the original cape scarf DIY? Wow, does time fly! I remember when I first posted this DIY, I was shocked at how positively people responded to it. Sure, I love what I make (or I wouldnt be making it). But you just never know []

The post 3 Ways to Make a Cape Scarf appeared first on The Sewing Rabbit.


Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern Skirt-A-Thon and Giveaway! "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Today we are excited to have our first ever Skirt-A-Thon with our knit pencil skirt pattern.

This summer we quietly released our knit pencil skirt patterna pattern that we LOVE and use often for ourselvesand today some fabulous ladies from around the blogosphere have kindly sewn up our pattern into skirts for themselves and are sharing them with you today!

First up is Mie from Sewing like Mad and if you havent visited her blog you shouldshe is a garment sewing maven!  I envy her skills and how beautiful her handmade wardrobe is.

And Mie didnt make just one but three skirts as well as has a tutorial on how to turn a sweatshirt into a cardigan!!!  Genius!!!  So hop on over to her blog to check all of her amazingness out!

Next we have Bonnie from Bonnie and Blithe who in the midst of raising a busy, beautiful family still manages to put together ADORABLE outfits for herself.  Click on over to her blog to see all the cuteness!

After Bonnie comes our dear friend Audrey from over at Skirtfixation.   We cant say enough nice things about Audrey who somehow does more in one day than the average woman does in a week.  And not only did she whip up a knit pencil skirt but..


Saturday, 16 September


DIY Pipe Cleaner Pumpkins "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

With Halloween just around the corner, we are looking for some fantastic ways to spook up your home. These DIY Pipe Cleaner Pumpkins stood out. they look fantastic (subtle yet colourful) but are also easy to make. Perfect for those rainy autumn days leading up to Halloween. Dangle them in your front garden, kitchen or

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