The Ultimate SewingBox by The Original Scrapbox is another piece of furniture that gets almost as much use as my Sleep Number Bed. While I get to dream of fabric, and sewing, and quilting in one, I can actually make all those dreams a reality in the other! With all of the workspace and adjustable shelves for all sorts of crafty organization, The Ultimate SewingBox really is a dream come true.
Want to see and learn more about my Ultimate SewingBox? Click this link to read more about what sewing dreams are made of. Why stop dreaming when you wake up? I know I don’t!
The most used and loved furniture in my whole house The Workbox 3.0 by The Original Scrapbox is one of those pieces of furniture that I dreamt of owning for such a long time. I still pinch myself sometimes when I walk into my craft room to make sure that I am not dreaming.
Want to see and learn more about my Workbox 3.0? Click this link to read all about how I organize and use my Workbox for all of my crafting needs. Check back for more videos where I will give you a tour of all the little nooks and crannies of this fantastic piece of crafting furniture.
While you are there, Meet the other Makers who use their Workbox 3.0 for all sorts of fun things!!
So what the heck is QAYG? It’s not a secret language that only expert quilters use I promise. QAYG is actually an acronym for Quilt-As-You-Go. I know what you are thinking, well what the what is THAT?!?! Let me break it down for you.
Quilt-as-you-go is just that, you will be quilting your fabric sandwich together while you are piecing your fabric. This technique is great when you want to finish your project in a jiffy and your regular longarmer is on vacation or if you want the look of quilting without the price, or the wait!
Want a more in depth explanation and learn more about the world of QAYG? Craftsy offers quite a few classes on the Quilt-As-You-Go method that can explain this WAY better than I can. Here are a couple of my fav classes:
Quilt-As-You-Go Patchwork Bags
with Tara Rebman
Fast & Furious: Quilt-As-You-Go With Pre-Cuts
with Gudrun Erl
My IKEA Raskog Cart currently holds all of my planner supplies and resides right next to my corner desk. The best thing about this cart is that because it has wheels, you can literally roll it wherever you want. If I want to do some planning at my desk or in bed, I just wheel the whole cart right on over.
I did add a few accessories to be able to organize my cart abit more including a clear bin from The Original Scrapbox Tote Upgrade Kit to hold all of my Happy Planner Sticker Books, small mint plastic magazine holders and cute polka dot tin buckets from the Target Dollar Spot a few years ago. The polka dot buckets are held onto the cart with some bull-nose clips and contain all those little odds and ends you always need quick access to like Frixion Pens, Frixion Highlighters, Post-its, and extra washi tape.
I do know that the mint color cart that I have is no longer available from IKEA but I did see a similar one being offered at Michaels. The other great thing about this cart is its versatility. Before holding my planning supplies this cart has also held coloring supplies, die cutting supplies and Project Life Cards. This cart also makes a great make-shift cart of things to do when you are laid up in bed after a major surgery. Don’t ask how I know that ;)
This Collapsible Craft Table from Home Depot’s Home Decorators Collection is perfect for those who don’t have a TON of space in their craft room. Besides my Scrapboxes, this is probably the most used piece of furniture in my craft room. I use it to cut and iron large pieces of fabric, shoot photography, and layout painted items to dry. I love that it folds down to about 12” so it takes up next to no space. You also don’t have to have both of the table wings out at once. In fact, I usually only have one out at a time unless I have crafty friends over who want to spread out their supplies. It also has wheels so I can move it around my crafty space super easily. This one from Home Decorators is admittedly bit pricey, but IKEA also offers one that is very similar.
I found this one called the Norden at IKEA after I had already purchased the Home Decorators one. It does not have wheels but I am told you can easily add some. The one from IKEA also includes drawers instead of open shelving but lacks the handy ruler on the side of the table which does come in quite handy.
In this lesson of the SEW: Let’s Begin Series, we are going to be going back to the basics of color and using the good ol’ color wheel to create the perfect color palette. Being aware of how colors are mixed, blended and combined can help a great deal when trying to create the perfect color palette for your project.
The Color Wheel
This rainbow of color is actually rooted in three colors: red, yellow and blue or primary colors. These three colors can be mixed in combination with each other to create other colors, basically all other colors are derived from these three primary colors.
Secondary Colors are formed by the mixing two of the primary colors. Secondary colors include: orange green and purple.
Tertiary Colors are created by mixing a primary and a secondary color. That is why the color usually has a two-word name like blue-green, red-violet, or yellow-orange.
Now that we know the color wheel basics, let’s move into Color Harmony. I know what you are thinking, ‘Dawn, this can’t be a real thing. It sounds like the name of a My Little Pony.’ But trust me, it’s real and it is what’s going to really make your projects stand out from a crowd and have you look at colors in a whole new way!
Color Harmony, in its basic form, is whatever is pleasing to the eye. This can be touted as personal preference but I promise, there is a science behind it. You how sometimes you look at fabric swatches for hours and are just not happy with your selections??
9 times out of 10 the colors or pattern choices are not in harmony and are fighting with each other in our brains for attention. The human brain rejects what it cannot organize or what it cannot understand. It also needs to be stimulated but not over stimulated with extreme complex patterns/colors. So that is where harmony comes in, a little space in between outright crazy and just plain boring.
Still confused?? Just buy fabric that makes you happy and doesn't leave you with a face of regret.