Monday, July 21, 2014

Sponsored Tutorial: Yarn Swatch Book

Tutorial: How to make a simple yarn swatch book to store samples and labels of the yarns used for knit and crochet projectsI love yarn crafts! I almost always have some sort of knit or crochet project in progress. The rhythmic, repetitive process of both knitting and crocheting is relaxing and almost meditative.

After I finish a project I like to keep a little sample of the yarn, as well as the yarn label, so I can remember the colors or brands of yarn I used for projects and have the care instructions available if I need them.

Until recently, my storage system consisted of me throwing a couple strands of each yarn and the accompanying label into the depths of my yarn stash. With a few inexpensive office supplies and craft store finds I created a more practical way to store my samples in a simple yarn swatch book.

Many thanks to the folks at Tombow for providing the adhesive that I used in this project. If you are looking for some cool tips and project ideas, stop by the Tombow Projects Page or the  TombowUSA blog.



Even though I'm a little embarrassed about it, let me show you the mess of labels I started with.

To make a yarn swatch, use a paper trimmer to cut your cardstock into 3 7/8" x 5 7/8" rectangles. I was able to get three rectangles out of an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper.
Slide the paper into the plastic party bag. The bag is going to be like a mini sheet protector for your swatch.
Punch a hole about 1/4-inch from the side and closed bottom edge of the bag. Remove the card from the bag.
On the front of the card, apply a strip of the Tombow Mono Dots Adhesive. I really liked the dispenser because it's easy to use and you don't ever have to touch the sticky part with your hands.
Attach 3-4 strands of yarn to the adhesive strip. You may use more or less strands depending on the thickness of your yarn.
Use a scissors to trim off the ends of the yarn.
Now, write in the name of the yarn color.
These are all of the colors I used when I made my Knit Leaves and Branches Afghan pattern.
Turn the swatch over and apply another strip of Tombow Mono Dots Adhesive.
Attach the yarn label.
If the label is longer than the card you may wish to fold it up after it has been attached.
Gently slide the swatch into the plastic bag.
Place the card onto a binder ring. Here's the front of my swatch.
And here's the back.
I am going to keep a bunch of cards ready in their protective sleeves so I can make a new swatch whenever I finish a yarn project.

This little book is so much better than the chaotic pile of labels that used to linger in my yarn stash. Each swatch contains samples of the yarns I used for a particular project. It's quick and easy to find specific colors if I want to repeat a project and the washing and drying instructions are always handy.

Tutorial: How to make a simple yarn swatch book to store samples and labels of the yarns used for knit and crochet projects

Again, my thanks to Tombow for providing the Tombow Mono Adhesive Dots that I used in this project. They worked perfectly for creating my yarn swatches.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #28

Many thanks to all of the EtsyCIJ and SPS Team members who participated in last week's link-up. It was our largest link-up so far and everyone shared some AMAZING items.

Most of our link party participants are Etsy sellers. (I love you guys!) Since I am an Etsy seller, too I am able to keep a  Crafty Saturday List on Etsy filled with all of the great items you share. And of course, I frequently refer to my list when I'm making treasuries.

So, today I want to take a minute to recognize one of the non-Etsy participants from last week, Holly from Kimchii Kawaii. You can find her adorable designs in her shops on Zazzle, Redbubble and Storeenvy.

Steamed Buns by Kimchii Kawaii
Steamed Buns by Kimchii Kawaii
This funny bunny is the perfect little guy to lead us into this week's "Dog Days of Summer" party. Show off all your pet or animal themed items.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Recipe: Strawberry Watermelon Slush

Recipe: Strawberry Watermelon frozen slush dessert in my Ninja blenderTucson in July is HOT and we are always looking for ways to cool down. Since it would be a ridiculous to even consider turning on the oven this time of year, I like to prepare a different kind of treat. This recipe makes about 4 servings and is so quick and easy, even I can make it ;)


  • 1 small seedless watermelon
  • 24 oz frozen sliced strawberries with sugar, partially thawed
  • juice from 1 lime


Remove the watermelon rind and cut the melon into large cubes. Combine the melon, strawberries and lime juice in a blender. (I use my Ninja Professional Blender an love it!)

Recipe: Strawberry Watermelon frozen slush dessert in my Ninja blender

Once the fruits are well blended, pour the mixture into a 9 x 13 glass pan. Cover the pan to prevent spilling and place it in the freezer for 3-4 hour, stirring the slush hourly until it reaches the desired consistency. Spoon the slush into glasses or bowls to serve.

Serving variations - Although we haven't tried it yet, my daughter thinks this recipe would be delicious garnished with a few sprigs of fresh mint. Another option would be to pour the slush into popsicle molds instead of the glass pan and freeze them completely. And, if you are looking for an adult beverage, this slush makes a great base for a daiquiri-type drink. Yummy!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Etsy Christmas in July Sales Event

Join us for the Christmas in July sales event, July 14 - 20!

The Strategic Promotion for Success Team is celebrating Christmas in July and our gift to you is a spectacular sale. Browse the participating shops (listed below) for one of a kind creations and vintage treasures. Then, use coupon code SPSTCIJ14 to receive your discount.

amydscrochet - 20% off
aquariann - 25% off
archaicstudio - 10% off
artzest - 15% off
beadsandthreadsbyamy - 10% off in addition to my own CIJ sale
Beechtree -15% off
CarolaBartz - 20% off
CartoCreative - 20% off
CatchingWaves - 15% off
Ceraminic - 20% off
ChickenJungle - 25% off plus free shipping on 2nd item in order
Cloudninedesignz - 25% off
DeepSilence - 15% off
FabricMuse - 15% off
feelingcharmed - 20% off
HandcarvedWoodenGift - 10% off
hanjinaty - 20% off
harleystripes - 15% off
Klettur - 20% off
LadyBluesBaubles - 35% off
lenkabyAK - free shipping
littlemissavery1 - 15% off
Meghanandjulie - 15% off
MONIBU - 30% off
MyPillowShoppe - 15% off
Nansglams - 20% off
NoveltyandThings - 20% off
onestitchaway1 - 20% off
Pamposh - 10% off plus combined shipping discount
PavioseParafina - 10% off
PeppermintPigs - 20% off
RasaVilJewelry - free shipping
ReTainReUse - 15% off
SempsieJewelry - 20% off
SuePsales - 10% off
thechillydog - 15% off
veddma - 15% off
VLLDesigns - 15% off
zzbob -10% off
Want a little sneak peek at some of the great items you can find in participating shops?

Happy shopping!

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