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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Drink Up Witches Wine Glasses On SALE now!!!!

You asked and I listened so I'm extending the sale on this "Drink Up Witches" wine glass through Sunday, 10/4. Just $12.95 then they go back to $18.95. Hurry and order!! Just email me with your email address and let me know if you need shipping. That's it. I'll send you an invoice and you'll be good to go. 

For all of the latest sales and offerings, join my new facebook group. It's a closed group which means I have to add you and you are free to order, post, and comment without everyone outside the group seeing what you posted.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Maureen Makes It Marketplace on Facebook

I have a new Facebook page where you can view and purchase the things I make. It's a closed group which simply means that only members can see the page and the posts. Just join and I'll automatically add you. Check out some of my new items.
Maureen Makes It Marketplace

Sewing Lessons 2015 Fall

The schedule for fall lessons is beginning to fill up. Reserve your time as soon as possible. Click on the "Sewing Lessons" tab near the top of the page for details. Lessons offered in the Clear Lake/League City, TX area for all ages and skill levels.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Creative Kids Camp Summer Sessions 2015

Now accepting applications for five day summer sewing camps. Sessions are for boys and girls ages 8-16. First session is June 15-19, 2015, Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until noon. Bring your own machine or use one of mine. I will only be accepting 8 students per session. The cost is only $119 for the full week.

Just put your name (not the child's) in the box below and click the "pay now" button to register. It's that simple!

HURRY!! Space is limited.


Project: Pillowcase with two coordinating fabrics

Skills: Learn to use and thread a sewing machine, pin, measure, cut, sew straight and zig zag stitches, how to read a pattern envelope

Tuesday and Wednesday:

Project: Elastic Waist Pajama Pants using a pattern
Skills:  Learn how to read a pattern, how to take your measurements, how to use a pattern, how to mark fabrics, how to cut out a pattern, how to sew a casing, how to make a hem, how to insert elastic into a casing.


Project: Student choice of Drawstring Backpack or Elastic Waist Skirt without a pattern
Skills: Learn how to read a tutorial, learn how to design your project, how to make and attach a pocket, how to design projects without a pattern, measuring, cutting, pinning, sizing.


Project: Lined Zipper Pouch/ Pencil Case or Lined Cross Body Bag with Zipper
Skills: How to insert a zipper, how to change the size of a zipper, how to line a project, how to sew and trim corners, how to make a strap (cross body bag), topstitching for functionality and decoration.

Once you pay to reserve your spot by paying via the Pay Now button above, I will email you a supply list, registration form, address and directions. If you prefer to buy a supply pack from me, please let me know. After the first session fills up, I will announce the date of the second session. If less than 5 sign up for any session, the session will be canceled and you will receive a refund.

If you are unable to keep your reservation, you will receive a full refund if you cancel by June 4. After that, you will only be refunded 50% through June 9. Cancellations after June 9 will not receive refunds. Please feel free to email me.

Look at these Creative Kids having fun and making all kinds of things!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Buying Sewing Supplies: Getting Started Kits

For machine sewing, don't be enticed by pre-packaged sewing kits like these. This are fine for hand sewing.

You will be stuck with products that are of no use to you, mixed in with some you will use.  While you'll use the pin cushion, seam ripper (although you probably got one with your machine), seam gauge, and tape measure, the scissors will be a complete disappointment, the pins are too small, the thread is completely useless for machine sewing, and the needle threader is for hand sewing needles. 

You're better off waiting for a sale or using a coupon and buying your products individually. Buy the best dressmakers shears your budget will allow. Fiskars makes decent sewing scissors at a low price. My favorite scissors are Gingher. They're expensive but fairly reasonable with a sale and/or coupon. They stay sharp and cut beautifully. You don't need to spend much on seam rippers, tape measures, pin cushions, seam gauges, nor pins (although I stongly encourage starting out will ball head pins). They'll all work just fine and are very inexpensive to buy, especially with sales and/or coupons. 

Again, buy individual items, not packaged ones if you can avoid it.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Recipe: Mexican Quinoa Bake

Once the mystery of what quinoa is was revealed to me, I was in hot pursuit of recipe ideas. I like to read recipes for inspiration and then do my own thing with them. That's how this recipe came to me and now it's a regular dish in my repertoire.

I'm not going to bore you with a lot of cutesy talk here. This recipe is fantastic, easy, and can be made in one pan in about 30-40 minutes. Just try it. Yeah. It's good!

Maureen's Mexican Quinoa Bake (about 8 servings)

Pam or enough olive oil to coat skillet
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
1 Tbs  garlic, minced
1 fresh jalapeno, minced (remove seeds if you don't like heat)
1 1/2 c. water or broth (chicken or vegetable)
1 10 oz can tomatoes with chilis (Rotel, for instance)
1 1/4 cup frozen corn
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 15 ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained
2-3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Optional: chopped cilantro and sour cream as toppings

Heat oil/Pam in skillet over medium high heat and add cut up chicken pieces, cooking until browned and nearly cooked through. Add jalapeno and garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring. Add quinoa, water or broth, tomatoes, corn, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, then reduce to a simmer for about 15 minutes. Add black beans and cook another 5-8 minutes until quinoa is cooked. Reduce heat to low, cover all ingredients in skillet with cheese, then cover skillet and heat until cheese is melted. (I sometimes put the ingredients in a casserole dish, then add the cheese, bake at 350 for about 10 minutes to melt and brown the cheese).

Serve with sour cream and chopped cilantro on top-- or any other toppings you might like: avocado, pico de gallo, additional cheese, etc.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Product of the Day-- Applique must haves

I couldn't do appliques without a double sided fusible medium. These are the two I like and recommend. I use the Lite Steam a Seam 2 most often.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Product of the Day: Brother XL2600i Sewing Machine

You can get this machine for just $79 on Amazon. It's basic in price but a bit more than basic in features. I has a one step automatic buttonhole feature-- which I always recommend if you can get it. It has a threader and a fairly decent selection of stitches as well, including stretch stitches. There isn't a lot a home sewer, especially a beginner, isn't going to be able to do on this machine. If you want to try sewing but don't want to drop a lot of money, this will get you sewing right away for just a small investment. I have numerous students who have used this machine and they have made everything from children's clothes, to adult clothing, to jackets, Halloween costumes, window treatments, quilts, and more. It even hems jeans with ease, no hesitation getting through that thick denim. Definitely worth a look if you want a budget machine.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Product of the Day: Serger

Once you start using a serger, it becomes a sewing essential and you wonder how you ever sewed without it before. It make sewing so much easier and opens the door to do so many new things. I love my serger. This is the one I have. It's not the most high tech serger out there. I don't use the most high tech sewing machines, either. For the price and functionality, I can't say enough good things about this serger. I don't think you'll be disappointed if you want to get started with a serger.

Cleverly Disguised Spammers

I have never done this but it's time to fight back. There are people out there like one named Angela Jackson who leave comments all over the blogosphere and youtube, commenting on bibs in this case, so they can include a link to a product they are trying to push in their seemingly harmless comment. Am I the only one who thinks this is unscrupulous? Beware! I'm OK with people who happen to have a link to their page in their signatures but when you see someone spent the day trolling all over youtube and blogs, posting comments over and over again to deliberately get their link out there, well, I wouldn't do business with them if they paid ME. This is one of the reasons I screen comments on my blog to keep my readers from being exploited.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sign Up for Amazon Student

Join Amazon Student and you get all the benefits if Amazon Prime for FREE for six months!!!!That means free two day shipping. free streaming of endless programs and movies, free streaming of millions of songs, exclusive offers for Amazon Student members only. Yes, it's free! At the end of six months, you can upgrade you account to an Amazon Prime account for half price! I couldn't believe it when I found this deal. Take advantage and tell your friends.

Product of the day: Chalk Cartridge

If you've taken lessons with me, you know this is one of my favorite tools for marking fabric. Also, if you've taken lessons, you've used this and asked: "Where'd you get this?" The reason I love this chalk set is because it's convenient and easy to use and it also contains enough different colors so, no matter what color my fabric, I have a chalk color that will show up on it. If you buy only one fabric marking product, buy this one.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Product of the Day: Needles

If you need an assortment of needles you'll use the most, these fit the bill. They're universal and made to fit all machines.


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