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We have a NEW blog — Please come on over!

We have a new blog and I’d love for you to come and visit! Be sure to bookmark the new url and visit often. If it is something that can be MADE, we’ll probably be blogging about it! 🙂 

If you are sewing along with the “Make-It-Up-As-You-Go-Along” Quilt, I’ll be posting new steps to finish the quilt over on our new blog. We’ll keep this blog up so that everyone can catch up on these earlier steps.

Can’t wait to “see” you over there!




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The Best for last!



So that is Team Sherrie in a nutshell.   We have been hard at work creating, nurturing, teaching, working, mothering, driving, cooking, cleaning (okay maybe not that) and everything a mommy normally does during the holidays.   We have made much and spent less.  Despite Murphy’s Law, we are still sewing and crafty like crazy.

Our amazing team is….Adi, Autumn, Becky, Candice, Crissie, Leigh Ann, Molly, Monica, Tanaya and me…Sherrie.

Stayed tuned to our group ’cause we have a secret weapon up our sleeves!

Team Sherrie Rocks!!!!!!!!!


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It’s a TEAM KIM Report!

What a FUN couple of weeks it has been! Not only am I learning new ways to stretch a dollar, but I’ve met some new cyber-friends through this process, too. Their enthusiasm inspires me and I hope you’ve been inspired, too.  I’m excited to report on what the members of Team Kim have been up to.  And this is just the beginning! Wait till you see next week’s report! 🙂

Let’s start with the go-go-go girl herself…Kristina!  You won’t believe the amount of projects this gal can do…AND she happens to be a full-time student (getting her BA in Science on December 22nd!) and mom of two, too! So despite papers, homework, housework, and all, you’ll see this girl sewing up a storm on her blog.  Here are a few highlights! Oh, and as of today, Kristina has 54 gifts made for $42. Not too shabby, not too shabby.

Now Kat…well she’s the queen of rubber stamping first of all. Love her stuff.  She has made some great gifts for the teachers in her children’s life…school, religious, and piano.  I love how she personalizes things and you know that’s going to make those recipients feel pretty special. She used a dollar store frame and scrapbooking supplies she had on hand to create this framed gift. Then she put to use her super-power stampin’ skills and made the cutest notecards, too. She also made 3 chef hats for her nieces from the free Chef Hat pattern at YCMT.

I love Holly’s idea of getting organized.  Here’s what she said: “Yesterday I cut out: 4 duet aprons, 2 chef hats, 3 scripture cases, 1 little girl’s dress and 1 purse to match the dress. I like to organize my projects by putting them in a ziploc bag with a note inside saying which project it is, what size it is and if it needs anything special to go with it like a zipper or some buttons.” Great idea!  She has also been busy making some sweet-smelling ornaments.

Here’s the recipe she used:
3/4 cup ground cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
2 tablespoons ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon ground cloves
straw and ribbons

Mix together and roll out between wax paper. Then cut or use cookie cutter, if making ornaments, poke hole with straw, if making magnets glue magnet on back when dry. They are supposed to take 2-3 days to dry, and they are still moist after 1 day.

Despite having 2 sick kiddos this week (and that certainly puts everything on hold, right?) Karyn was able to squeeze in some time to create a beautiful centerpiece for her mom. Isnt’ it gorgeous? Karen has a tremendous talent for graphic design. I’m excited to see what she’ll be coming up with in that area as well as others.

Ginny is a wonder woman in my book. She’s a mom and an avid promoter of Down Syndrome Awareness. I have really enjoyed learning  from her. Plus, she’s got another talent! She has been making chef hats, aprons, oven mitts, angel wings, and the cutest lil’ crowns and wands you ever did see. As a side-note, Ginny sits on the board of directors for the Down Syndrome Association. (I told you she’s a pretty neat lady!)

I love Alicia’s enthusiasm. She said it so well when she wrote: “Here I am now, blogging, staying up late (again), planning out all of the Christmas gifts I can make with the stash of supplies I already have on hand, stressing out about my December 15th deadline, and loving every minute of it! I can’t wait to get started creating and getting my Christmas presents done early this year!”  That is so true! Even though the deadline is less than 2 weeks away, I think all of us are loving every minute of it.  Alicia is a creative thinker and I love her idea of trading services — you see, Alicia is a bow-maker (and a good one I think!) She wants to make chef hats and put the child’s names on them, but she does not have an embroidery machine. So she found someone who does, and is looking at the idea of making bows for the one who is embroidering the names on the hats. Now that is SMART!

Danielle is a homeschooling mom and and mom of five children. Needless to say, she is a busy woman! She’s working on a blog and I’m excited for you to see what she is creating!

“Grandma Pam” has been embroidering like crazy and will soon have some photos of some cute bags she’s been working on!

Bridget is putting together some sweet gift sets for her daughters — I love when she said that she found her thoughts returning to the children and their gift wants and needs. So, she decided to start “where the heart is,” with gifts for her two youngest girls. Among the things she’d like to see under the tree for them is a chef set, complete with cake mixes, cooking gear from the thrift store, reversible crayon aprons, and chef hats. Sounds like a perfect gift to me!

As for me? Well, I’ve been sorting through the material I already have on hand and can’t believe the stuff that I’m seeing which was purchased…oh…let’s just say YEARS ago. (eek!)  Do you ever buy  fabric or notions knowing that you’ll use it “some day”. I think the time is here! 🙂

I did manage to get the teacher gifts done.  I used an apple applique by Starbright Designs and the free pattern for the holiday door hanger (and free embroidery design from SWAK).  To save money, I didn’t add the beaded trim and I used half of the ribbon the instructions called for.  3 of them are door hangers and one was made into a pillow itself.

I have some ideas for TWEEN gifts that I’m very excited about.  I gathered supplies yesterday and will be working on these tween gifts over the next few days, so I’ll be sure to post the pics and tutorials on making them.  My supplies for those sets include, scrap wood, scrapbook paper, ribbon, buttons, notepads, cardboard, modpodge, and sheet metal! Should be fun! 🙂


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Thrifty Under $50 – Ve goina pomp u op!

Hello all from the team muscle–also known as Team Lorie.  Yes, we’re fighting all those girlie men and those manly women and we’re going to triumph to the sound of Queen-“Ve ah da champ yons!” 

But really, we’re having a wonderfully creative and choked up time over at Team Lorie on the Thrifty Under $50 challenge forums.  We have lots of wonderful ideas, many focusing on what we already have.  When you go to make holiday gifts, it would be so easy to just go to a store and buy new items–whether by manufacturer, or supplies to make the items.  I’m really proud that my team is going above and beyond to find those items around their houses that can be put to good use to make gifts.  Many of us have those UFO’s-unfinished objects–that aren’t costing us anything now because they’ve been gathering dust.  Well, Team Lorie is finding those and getting them finished – this year! 

One of the most wonderful gift sets we’ve seen on the forum is the handing down of the sewing tradition, with gift baskets made up from our own stashes.  Here are two lovely sewing baskets made for new sewers by Teresa and Mickey:







We have a few UFO’s posted–including a fabric book made from a panel from Carey (OK–who doesn’t have one of those? I do!), and a beautiful cowboy flannel quilt by Mickey:










  Here’s a really fun idea–put together favorite cookie or quick bread mixes from your own ingredients, put them into mason jars, and add some fun cooking items from the dollar store – these are by Teresa:




 Pookie is our resident paper craft expert and she’s made an “Explosion Box”….cewl!:



Here’s a great idea–Carey’s kiddos get toy horses every year, so she and her hubby made these corrals for them: 





 I can see making all sorts of doll house items for my kids with my stash–YOU CAN TOO!

 And, of course, my all time favorite Kimberbell Kids pattern (though starting to run second to the new dollies!) had to come out and get used again this year–this one has paid for itself with its versatility:





And, you oughtta hear all the other ideas floating around–dress up boxes, movie night blankets, decoupage, slumber-party-in-a-bag….we are rockin’ it over at Team Lorie. 

Before I go, I also have to say that we have just an amazing group of ladies and gentlemen in the Thrifty Under $50 challenge and we choke each other up daily with the sense of sharing and community we’ve established in these short weeks.  For me, the most cathartic thing that’s happening is the knowledge that I don’t have to run out and buy stuff-what I make will be treasured, and I’m handing down that thought to my girls.  This chalenge is all about being thrifty, but it’s also about being GREEN and sharing of ourselves.  I’m proud to be in the group. 

Ok, all you girly men–get out there and lift those fabrics, stretch those dollars, run those sewing machines, and work out all those ideas you’ve had–PUMP!


Loranz (aka Lorie)


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A DIY Challenge…THRIFTY under 50!

This is for all of those who have even a tad of DIY in them!! This is the beginning sequence of a challenge we’re issuing! And it’s just in time for the holidays!  We’re not revealing the ENTIRE challenge quite yet…but here’s a few hints to get you guessing…

Want to know more? 🙂


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What’s Your Favorite YCMT Applique Pattern? Tell us and WIN!


Do you own and love an applique pattern from YCMT?  Tell us about it and we’ll enter you to win 25 YCMT purchase points!  5 Winners will be chosen and announced in the September edition of the You Can SEW This Newsletter.  Don’t get the newsletter yet?  Sign up and get a package of free exclusive e-Books from YCMT, and a free project sheet every month!  Click here for a free subscription!

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Lorie & Kim


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