Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: You Don't Have To Know What You Are Doing!As I was making this bookmark - particularly when it came time for sewing on the beads, I kept thinking to myself, "I have no idea what I'm doing! I really don't know how to hand-sew, let alone sew on beads!" My next thought, however, kept me going..."Who cares! Just keep sewing and see what happens!" And I did. I'm not sure where I came to believe that unless I knew how to do something I shouldn't even bother trying - after all, how am I going to learn anything if I don't just try? I know that there are some activities that might benefit from a little learning at the outset - I don't think I'd jump into the cockpit of an airplane and just give it a whirl if I didn't have a bit of a clue as to what I needed to do :) However, most of the things I encounter in the craft room don't have the potential to crash and burn! :) So just do it! You don't have to know what you are doing!!!!!
Today's inspiration was my laundry :) I'm serious! I took my one-millionth dryer sheet out of the dryer and thought to myself, "there's gotta be something I can do with this as opposed to just throwing it away!" I had also recently looked at the cover of the Jul/Aug/Sept 2011 issue of Somerset Life which featured Pillows & Pouches by Becky Shander that incorporated dryer sheets! Off to the craft room I went!!!! I began by die cutting a dryer sheet and a piece of muslin with the clear Circle die. I then machine sewed them together using gold metallic thread. I left an opening so that I could put in some small pieces of lace and some Confetti card stock stamped with words from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set. I stamped the words using Marina Mist ink and sponged the edges before added them to the pouch. I then finished machine sewing the pouch closed. Next I stamped the bird from Nature Walk using Basic Black ink onto Sahara Sand card stock. I cut him out and then covered him with versamark and clear embossing powder and heat embossed. I did this step about 3 times. I then, with a bit of pushing, sewed him onto the circle with the gold metallic thread (I should have used another foot on my sewing machine - it didn't like the thickness of the bird). I made small cuts around the edge of the circle just to fray the edge a bit. Next I tore a piece of muslin and then sewed a piece of Marina Mist seam binding to it using gold metallic thread. I added a bit more stitching on the edges for embellishment and then sewed the circle to the bookmark in two places. Finally, I got out a needle with the gold metallic thread and did some hand-sewing for the gold beads. I hope you like it! Remember, you don't have to know what you're doing :)