Hello everyone! It's the 1st of the month and that means that I have another guest blogger to introduce to you!
I met Debi earlier this year. While surfing around, reading blogs, I came upon Debi's "Life In My Studio" blog and I was blown away!!! Debi was working on some Marie Antoinette projects and ya'll know I have this thing for Marie Antoinette. I kept reading Debi's blog and drooling all over her gorgeous photos. So much pink! So much charm! So much sparkle!
I quickly became a follower of Debi's blog and a huge fan of her work. Please welcome today's guest blogger, Debi Huntsman!
Hi everybody! First, I would like to thank Pam for inviting me to be a guest on her beautiful blog today. I'm both excited and honored to be here.
I thought I would share three things with you today. My obsession,
a tutorial, and a giveaway.
I am passionate about creating, and try to do something in that area
everyday. I also love blogging. Whether posting on my own blog,
or reading the blogs I follow, I am doing it all the time. And it is through blogging that I became obsessed with swapping.
Photos shown in this post, are swap gifts I have made for other bloggers.
I belong to the Marie Antoinette Mail Art group which offers a large
variety of swaps. I also love to join swaps that are being hosted by
individual bloggers. I am usually involved in half a dozen or more swaps
at any given time. I love visiting bloggers who are new to me, and learning different art forms.
For those of you who have never joined a swap, it is easy and fun. When you find a swap you are interested in, just follow the hostess' instructions for joining. You will be given a date by which your swap gift should be mailed, and your partner's information. When I'm in a partner swap, I like to visit her blog and find out what her favorite colors, style, etc. are. That way, I can make her gift more personal to her. When my swap gift is finished, I like to wrap everything in pretty papers and ribbons, and add a fun embellishment. It’s always exciting to open a pretty package!
In some swaps, such as ATC's, you may not
have a partner, but will be asked to create a specific number
of cards and mail them to the hostess. She then swaps them out and sends
you the same number of cards you sent in.
I am currently involved in a Victorian Cuff swap, so I thought I would
show you how I like to make my cuffs. This is the one I will be showing.
One of my favorite parts of creating anything, is going through my stash
and choosing the pieces I want to use in my project.
Once I have done that, I cut my pieces to the length and width I want
to use. For this particular cuff, my pieces are 6 1/2" x 2". I cut the
piece of lace about 4" wide. Some people like to finish their edges,
but I actually fray mine a bit because I love that shabby look of the raw edges.
Because my fabrics are lightweight, I'm including an extra piece to thicken it up a little. So, I will stitch three pieces together and save the fourth piece for my finished back.
I have also looped my lace piece through a pretty mother of pearl buckle.
Now that my cuff is stitched, I will add my bow by hand stitching the center of it and machine stitching the ends.
I like to use a button and loop to hook the cuff closed, so now I add a
pretty piece of lace for my loop.
I chose some pretty vintage laces, and machine stitched them around the outside edge of the cuff.
Next, I add my button and begin arranging my embellishments and hand
stitching them in place.
The last step is hand stitching a pretty piece of fabric to the back side of the cuff. This covers up all of my stitches and just gives the back a nice finished look.
And Voila! We've created a cuff. These are fun to wear with just about
anything, and they're a great way to add a little bling with your jeans.
Now, I have a little giveaway gift. I've put together a few
of my favorite things for crafting, as well as the cuff, and will be giving them to one of you.
Just leave a comment on this post, and on Friday, a winner will be drawn.
Hey, I've had a good time and hope that you have too. Thanks again for inviting me Pam.
Stop by for a visit anytime....www.lifeinmystudio.blogspot.com. I’d love to see you!
I hope you all enjoyed meeting Debi and seeing her gorgeous work! I will be doing the drawing and announcing the winner on Friday. Debi will be away from her computer for a few days . She will be shipping her prize to the lucky winner on September 7th. Please do hop over to Debi's blog and say hello. She's sweet as can be, just like her work!!!
Thank you so much Debi, for being my guest today and thank you for your lovely tutorial and drawing prize!!!