Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Studio Re-Do and a Sample and De-Stash Sale

Lot's going on here at the Jennifer Jangles studio. I just wrapped up five big projects in August, whew! I can tell you that I filmed and edited a video class for The Sewing Party where I'll be teaching Nov. 8th, designed two fabric lines, and completed two other projects that I just can't tell you about yet. In the midst of all of that I decided it was time to move studios. What? Seriuosly, if you went through this blog and saw all of the studios that I have had....

Here's what has happened, first off all we considered moving last year for more space but we love our neighborhood and yard. Nik wasn't exactly on board with the idea either, but he was willing to consider it. So instead we decided that we would make this house exactly how we wanted it. First up was the kitchen, it's almost finished and then I will snap some photos. We didn't do the kitchen ourselves but the plan was finished the kitchen and then we would work on the rest of the house. We have a giant list in order of how we will do things but pretty much every room is getting something done to it.

Since the kitchen is almost finished and I couldn't be patient any longer I started on the studio. The plan is to convert the garage into my studio, it's warm here and we never park in it. My biggest problem with my studio was the lack of windows and the garage has one (right now). I have plans to put in a door and another window on that wall. I'll give you more details and photos when the time comes. As you can see I have a huge pile in the center for donations, yep this is how I've been spending my weekends.

I have been pinning all sorts of studio ideas over on Pinterest. This is my favorite and it was a garage before it was her studio. 

This leads me to my Sample and De-Stash Sale. I have some BIG business plans for the fall and I need to make better use of my space. First things first...I had to declutter. I have un-earthed so many beads from my book and magazine articles, 

so many pieces of jewelry from my old gallery

supplies from my old gallery, 

and lots of sewn samples of projects. 

It's kind of ridiculous and part of me wants to keep every thing but my practical side says I can't. 

I have been photographing, editing, and listing for three days now. I'm getting close to be finished and I have decided this sale will start tomorrow at noon EST. There are over 200 listings that will be in the Etsy shop. Tons of them are 5.00, can't go wrong with that price right? Just trying to clear the studio.....

I hope to see you there and i promise to keep you updated on the studio re-do.


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to School Pencil Pouch

Got kids going back to school? Make this pencil pouch to fit into a three ring binder or leave the ribbons off for a pencil pouch to keep in your bag.

Printable pattern pieces
1/8 yard Outer Shell
1/8 yard Lining and pencil fabric
12" Zipper
9" ribbon
Scrap Fabrics for metal band, eraser, wood, and pencil lead

1. Cut two pieces of the outer shell and lining each measuring 10 1/4" x 3 3/4".

2. Trace the appliqués to paper backed fusible webbing. I use Heat n Bond Lite for this.  Iron the fusible webbing to the corresponding fabrics and arrange on to one piece of the pouch fabric.

3. Using black thread stitch the details onto the pencil. See pattern pieces for reference.

4. Cut three pieces of ribbon that are approximately 3" in length. Fold in half and pin in three place along the front side of the bag. If you don't have a three ring binder to measure, mine went at 3/4"", 5 1/4"", and 9" down from the top.

4. Next, sewn the zipper down the opposite side to the bag fronts and lining pieces. If you would like detailed instructions on installing a zipper and sewing the pouch, you can find them here. (loads of pictures)

5. After sewing the zipper place the rights sides of the front and back together. Stitch all the way around the outer side leaving a 4" opening in the bottom of the lining.

6. Clip the corners, turn right sides out, and hand stitch the opening closed. Push the lining into the bag.

Fabrics are all from my A Walk in the Woods collection produced by In The Beginning Fabrics.

Have fun!

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The Sewing Party

 Hey, Hey, Super excited here to announce that I will be teaching at The Sewing Party in November. I will be teaching a new stuffy pattern called Daisy Hedgehog.

I will take you step by step from start to finish, I think you'll have a lot of fun making this little one. The links are below if you want to sign up. 

 What is the sewing party, well I will let them tell you....

“The Sewing Party” is the first ever online-all-day DIY event in history!

On November 8, 2014, thousands of DIY-ers will gather for a fun-filled day of sewing and crafting classes taught online by leading bloggers and educational experts. It’s all about Connecting. Crafting. And Creating.

Attendees will have access to more than 30 online classes available on the day of the event and for an additional 90 days. There is truly something for everyone! Classes include home décor, fashion sewing, quilting and upcycling, crafting, costume design, techniques for turning your craft into an entrepreneurial venture, and more!

Space is limited and likely to fill up fast! For just $40, “The Sewing Party” participants can attend classes; chat with participants from across the country; interact with top bloggers and educational experts who are teaching; and explore the latest crafting and sewing tips, techniques and products in our marketplace.

*The Sewing Party is a US-only event.  We hope to expand the party internationally next year, but it is limited to the US only for 2014

“The Sewing Party” brings together some of the best in the industry for this FIRST EVER event.

Here are the links to all of their social media.

Hope to see you there!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Walk in the Woods Giveaway

My new fabric collection named A Walk in the Woods is in stores now. I created a pattern booklet to go along with the collection. It has a wall quilt, shown there on the cover, a table runner, four placemats, stuffed pumpkins and vines, napkins, and napkin rings in the book. If you follow me on Facebook or on Instgram you might have seen me starting to sew those projects up. I'm still working on them and will be posting more images soon.

In the meantime, I wanted to have a giveaway.  have five half yard cuts and four fat quarters of my collection here as well as my pattern booklet. I'm going to send these all to one lucky winner.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Want to buy some of these fabrics? As always, ask your local quilt shop first, it's always fun to pick them out in person. If you can't find them there then google "Jennifer Heynen, A Walk in the Woods, In The Beginning Fabrics" and you find lots of online retailers selling the fabric.

Have a great day,

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Our Summer Vacation

It's been a month and a half since we've been back from our vacation but I haven't had a minute to upload any pictures. So better late than never right? I won't post all 1014 pictures but I will show you a few of the hilights.

We headed out in our Serro Scotty for a month long adventure out west. Nik and I have been planning this trip pretty much since we had the boys, so it was a retry big deal for us.

First we had to get out west so we drove the first couple of days through Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and in to Colorado. We stayed at a campground one night and then a hotel. Yes, we had our little camper but we also knew we were going to need our space(and Internet) from time to time.

Our first park stop was Mesa Verde National Park. There are ancient cliff dwellings of the Pueblo here, they were pretty cool to explore.

We headed to Taos, NM next and spent a few days wondering around town.

This coffee shop had four kinds of mochas, I was in heaven.

Next was Grand Canyon National Park where we watched hiked down partway into the canyon. Birk and I about cried on the way back up as Fletcher skipped his way out yelling "this is fun". That was annoying. :)

Zion National Park was next on our list. We knew nothing about it when I choose it but it actually became our favorite park. There's a river that runs through the middle, you can hike in iron a trail called the narrows, it was cool. We also did some tubing and lounging in that river as well.

Moab and Arches National Park was our second Utah park of the trip. Then we headed to Salt Lake City for a night in a hotel with watermark to celebrate Fletcher's 13th birthday. Aaaa! I know have a teenager.

After Salt Lake we spent a week in Yellowstone. I LOVED seeing all of the wildlife. It was right up there with hiking the narrows for my favorite art of the trip. We saw 7 grizzly bears, 4 black bear, too many bison to count, a fox, elk, beavers, and more. It was beautiful and amazing.

Last we headed to Fort Collins Colorado to see some old friends, had a great weekend with them and then headed home.

We could not of asked for a better trip. The camper was awesome as well as the weather. We all decided that we want to do more trips like that one and we surprisingly really liked RVing, if you can call it that in a camper so small as ours.

This leads me to our decision.... we decided to sell Lucy...and we have. We all agreed we'd like something bigger and we didn't have any trips on the horizon for her so instead of letting her sit in our driveway we decided that she needed to go to a new home. Lots of people looked at her but the right family got her, they have kids just a little younger than us and had similar plans to go to west and travel in her. We were sad to see her go, but we know we did the right thing.

Have a great day,

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