Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Studio Redo, Converting the Garage into a Studio

I have been terrible about showing photos of my studio redo, it's been a very long process, because I have been working on my studio as I slowly redo it. Back in the fall, I mentioned it would be starting.... but now I am back with some pictures of the work we have done so far.

Let me back up and say, my old studio, as bright and pretty as it was had two big problems. The biggest of windows. I really was going crazy spending my days in a room without windows. See when we bought our house, my studio was here and not in the house. As busy and fun as it was to have the store and the studio, it was a TON of stress and not really where I wanted my business to be. Nik and I had lots of conversations on how to remedy the studio problem, moving vs. not moving, etc. We love our house and especially our yard, and we never actually used the garage for our cars. The last two years it had been full of camper parts.

So we decided that we would covert the garage in to my studio. Here's what we did to get the bones of the studio.

First things first, I painted it white. Oh ya, forgot to mention the second problem with my old studio was the color. It was beautiful too look at, but incredibly hard to take pictures in there. I am a huge fab of white backgrounds to make colors pop, so I decided the studio should have a white background. There's color coming, I promise.

We built a giant closet along the back wall. That will store all of my show displays, patterns, etc.

 Next, we put in a door, Nik and I were hi giving on this one. We have never cute a hole in a wall, let alone put a door in, we were very proud of ourselves. It actually was pretty easy after watching a few YouTube videos to get some help.

Feeling so handy we decided to put in a window as well. There was one already, but we added a second.

Then on to covering up the garage door.

I did not want the signs of a garage door, but I also wanted to be able to convert the studio back to a garage if we ever decided to move. Darn it! I am kicking myself for not taking pictures of this, but anyway, we left the door up. We had a garage door specialist come out and remove the tension from the door. We did this because my dad warned me that those springs can kill you if they pop, not something I wanted to deal with. After the spring tension was released, I removed the track and the opener from the ceiling. I put them those parts in the big storage closet. Then I sealed around the garage door and built a wall. I insulated and drywalled it, something else I had never done. 

It doesn't look like a garage at all! 

Heres' the view of the outside. I've got plans to turn this into a little terraced garden and sitting area. I am waiting on a warm up for that.

Stay tuned, I will be back soon with what I have been doing to the inside.

Have a great day,

Friday, February 27, 2015

Selling Your Fabric Designs and Sewing Patterns

Hi there! This is the portfolio that I created and took to Quilt Market in 2009. I worked on the designs in this portfolio for about a year before putting them in the book. The front of the portfolio is a little quilt that I made with my designs and then had printed at Spoonflower. Inside, there were loads of pages with fabric designs. I have never taken pictures or shown this to anyone besides the folks at Quilt Market.

It was a very exciting time in my career. I LOVE my job, I always have. Are you wondering why I am just now getting around to showing you my portfolio from six years ago? I was doing a photo shoot for a new Power Session at BurdaStyle. Wondering what I am talking about, here's the scoop.

If you're thinking you would like to design fabric or sewing patterns for a living, then this might just be what you need to get going on your dreams. Power Sessions are an hour long webinar. In this one I am spilling information on designing for companies, for your self, selling PDFs, paper patterns, and licensing. There's a place for questions, so you can ask me anything during those days that the course runs. The webinar is up for one week only, and you can sign up anytime during that week. You can head over to BurdaStyle and read much, much more information about it. Here's the link and I hope to see you there!

BurdaStyle Power Session
Selling Your Designs: How to turn your fabric and sewing pattern designs in to Profit

Have you always wanted to see your name on the selvage of your fabric? Have you played around with designing fabric but don’t know where to start? Maybe you’ve got some sewing pattern ideas but don’t have the money for large printed quantities. Licensing could be your answer. Maybe writing a book. Is a good avenue for you to persue. Have you considered PDF patterns or print in demand services? What about art fairs or wholesale markets? 
Sometimes you have to think outside the box to find your place in the fabric world. This webinar will give you more than enough ideas and tools to get you started on your dream of becoming a self supporting designer. This webinar is loaded with resources to get you started, helping you find the right contacts and information. Ask specific questions to help you on the road to success.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Blog Updates

Good morning! I'm sprucing up the blog today, trying to make things a little cleaner. It's funny, now that I think of it, I started spring cleaning at home this week too. I think it's all the threats of snow and ice that we have been having. Usually, I'm not so crazy about needing some warm weather.

If you aren't actually at my blog, you can click here to get to it. Hopefully, I have made it easier to find what your looking for. 

and while I am here, I just saw this is my 1000th post! I've been blogging since March 26th, 2007

I promise my 100th post will be much more exciting!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Ice Cream Bowls are Back and a Weekend Coupon

Ice cream bowls are back in stock! Woohoo! It's been awhile that they've been sold out and it was killing me to not have them in the shop. I like to have everything you ask for, but I just couldn't find the time to get them painted up and in the kiln. It's quite a process like I showed you here the other day.

If you're new around here and are wondering why anyone would want and ice cream bowl, especially this time of the year when it's freezing outside. It's to make these Ice Cream Sundae Pincushions. I have the free pattern here on the blog.

I have also been stocking up on new trims for the pin cushions....if I was going to pick something out to make one today, I think I would build mine like this.

  With this Plaid Fabric for the top.

For the second layer maybe Blue Baby Pom Poms 

 With the Green Stars for layer two

And, my favorite trim of all Aqua Pom Poms
 with Red and Cream Stripes for the bottom layer.  

Yep, that's what I would do.  I also have a coupon good for this weekend only. 5.00 off any purchase of 25.00 or more. Use the code FIVEDOLLARS in my Etsy Shop or my Jennifer Jangles Shop.

Have a great weekend,

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Friday, February 13, 2015

How to make Ceramic Beads and Buttons

Good morning! I just updated the Jennifer Jangles Shop as well as the Jangles Etsy Shop with all sorts of ceramic goodies. When I was mentioning it on Facebook the other day, someone asked me about the process. I realized these days I talk so much about sewing that there are probably lots of you folks who would like to know about my process of making my ceramic items goes. Here we go, I will walk you through step by step.

I start by rolling out clay to cut out buttons and pendants. The edges are rounded and smoothed by hand so they don't chip once they are out of the kiln. I hand form all of the three dimensional beads as well.

If the beads and buttons are flat, they are sandwiched in-between two plaster boards to prevent warping as they dry.

After a couple days of drying, the beads go into the kiln and are fire to almost 2000 degrees F. This is called the bisque firing.

They come out bright white and no longer brittle. They are ready for glazing.

I used underglazes to paint my beads. They are like paints where they can be layered and they don't move in the firing.

The beads and buttons are out on skewers while I paint them. This way I can get all sides with glaze.

After they are all underglazes. I put a clear coat of glaze on top of the pieces. This is what makes them shiny. But when they go in to the kiln, they are all pink, the glaze isn't clear yet.

This time when the beads and buttons go in to the kiln they can't touch anything. The clear glaze runs and will stick to anything it touches. So everything is suspended on a wire in the firing.

The kiln fires for about seven hours and then it has to cool completely before you can open it. I crack the lid once it's getting to cooler to speed the process up a little.

Now they are all shiny and bright and ready to be unloaded.

I put them on a tray and then they are ready to be sorted, put on cards, and photographed for the shop.

This is my book, Ceramic Bead Jewelry, that teaches you the process in detail if it's something you want to learn. You can find it on Amazon.

Have a great day!

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Beads, Buttons, and Bowls....Coming Soon!

It's been awhile since I have had the clay out because I don't have much time these days for making ceramic items. But last week and this weekend I made all sorts of things. There are a few new items and some of the basics. The plan is (we all know how that goes) that everything will out of the kiln and listed by Friday morning. Woohoo! 

I'll keep you posted.... up to my elbows in glaze today......

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Deco Foil Zipper Pouches

I mentioned on social media that I had been playing around with Thermoweb's new Deco Foil, let me tell you this stuff is fun! I guess it was a huge hit at CHA and there's been lots of buzz around the web about it. Since I design projects for Thermoweb, I got to play with some ahead of time. You can head over to the Thermoweb blog for the tutorial and pattern for these zipper pouches.

Have a great day,

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Want to work with Jennifer Jangles?

Hey, Hey, so this is exciting to me.... and hopefully to you as well. :)  I'm on the hunt for some helpers.

Would you like to work with me on all sorts of happy projects?

Here's what I am looking for....

I am looking for sorts of sewers and crafters of all experience levels who are interested in helping me test and showcase my products. This could include sewing with my new fabric lines before they are released, testing my sewing or other craft patterns and kits, guest blogging with projects, and more.

Are you interested? Fill this survey out and I will be in touch in a few weeks, once the survey closes.

Can't wait! This is going to be fun,

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Monday, January 26, 2015


Hey, Hey! I was taking lots of photos yesterday and thought I would snap a few of my latest project. Embroidery has been my new nightly project. I like to have a sit around project for the evenings or when I am waiting to pick a kid up from some activity, you know, something portable.

I decided to use some of my drawings from my new line of Bugapalooza fabric to play around with. I don't have an end project in mind. I might sew it in to a project or I might leave it in the hoop, haven't decided that one yet.

To transfer the design to my fabric, I used my new Friction pens that I got from my son for Christmas, thanks Fletch! They are super cool, made by pilot, and can be found in office stores. They erase with heat. I do notice a bit f a white line left after ironing but with the embroidery covering the lines up anyway, I think they are perfect for this. If you are curious, I posted a little video on instagram of the pen in action.

Once I figure out what I'm making, I'll be sure to post some photos.

Have a great day,

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