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Speaking of Time, Safety and Happiness–3/10/2016

Good morning and welcome back!!!!!

spring forward

For most Americans, daylight saving time 2015 ends at 2 a.m.Sunday morning, when most states spring AHEAD an hour.

The federal government doesn’t require U.S. states or territories to observe daylight saving time, which is why residents of Arizona, Hawaii,  Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands don’t need to change their clocks on Sunday.

This is a very controversial topic.  Many people look at it as an inconvenience, unnecessary and just a pain in the backside.

Others welcome it, and wish it would last year round. I would be on this side of the table. For me the more daylight the better. I love a bit of extra evening sunshine.

So, don’t get to church or to work an hour late?  Change those clocks and alarms and while you are at it, change the CO2 and the smoke alarm batteries!!!! Better to be safe!!!


Oh, and if you remember, will you really feel that you missed an hour of sleep?

Although, those of you who have babies in the house– their physiological clocks are the only thing that matter to them and if they are hungry no clock is going to change that feeling, and if you put them to bed at their normal time chances are very good they will be up at their normal time, although it will look on the clock like it is an hour later than usual!!!!

Enjoy the Spring….You will be Falling Back on Sunday, November 6, 2016!!!!!!!


Where have the last three years gone?????????????  Seriously, it has been three years since I have posted, here, but I am back and enjoying this, again.

Over the last three years, I have dealt with a very painful knee, got it replaced, did all the therapy I was told to do and now, that knee is like brand new….feeling very grateful for that.

Then, I got really, really busy with Dance Studios recruiting my work, and then costumes, costumes and more costumes, as well as memory and memorial quilts and pillows from loved ones’ shirts, and baby items, etc. in addition to all the usual alterations.  The best and most important thing that has happened over the last three years is three weeks ago, today, I was blessed with another grandmiracle!  Alton has the cutest little dimples….I am madly in love, all over again and so blessed to be well, happy and have all these grandmiracles.


So, what have you all been up to for the last three years???

Thank you, for being here and I hope you will leave a comment and continue to follow because I am back to stay, God willing!

I will be posting pics of recent work and also taking orders, of course, of anything you can possibly think of, because we all know, If YOU can imagine it; I can make it!   So, if there is something you have been searching for, thinking of, wishing you could find, let’s talk.  Leave a comment, or email me at slavetomyneedles@comcast.net

Happy Spring….go forward and be productive!


Halloween Orders are flying out of here! 08/27/2013

Today, I made two overalls for Halloween.  Two little brothers going on a cruise wanted the blue minion overalls from Despicable Me. Mom didn’t need the mask or head gear and already has the yellow shirt, etc.

They will ship out tomorrow morning!



Now, it isn’t quite September 1st yet, but if you have something in mind do not think it is too early to order.  Don’t be the one wishing you had ordered earlier….we might need to allow for shipping of the fabric, then the creating time, then shipping to you and there may be others ahead of you…


What do you, or your kids or your family want to be for Halloween?

I am going as a tired gramma with pin pricks in my fingertips.  HaHaHa!!!!!

Have a wonderful week everyone. I’ll be waiting to hear from you.

Oh, did you forget to look for the ‘x’ in my shop?  Check the previous post and then go look for it….It is an easy $10, after all.



Have You Checked Out My Studio, Lately? 7/16/2012

I have recently added new items and will be adding more over the next two weeks!!!!

Come on in and check it out, here.

Happy to discuss CUSTOM requests on anything you see in the shop or anything you can imagine, because;

If You Can Imagine It;  I Can Make It!!!!

Feel free to send any inquiries to SlaveToMyNeedles@comcast.net

Thanks for checking it out!!!!

Have a wonderful and productive day!



Can You Help????? 6/25/2012

Source: Hoslotracer.com

I am hoping to recruit some new artists to feature!!!!!  I am running out and people seem to really love the features on Mondays so if you or anyone you know is an artist of hand-made (with your own hands) anything and would like to be featured or feel someone you know should be featured….please, either leave a comment here with contact info or send me an email @ slavetomyneedles@comcast.net

Hoping to hear from many of you.

I am doing this post today in lieu of a feature as the couple that were scheduled have cancelled and now this feature Monday is without a waiting list any more.  Summer time is difficult as everyone is so busy enjoying the outdoors, vacationing, etc., so until there are more artists coming forward….Mondays will have to be recruiting artists or something different.

Check your blog rolls…anyone super interesting that makes you anxious for their next post because they create beautiful somethings???

I appreciate your help in this recruitment…

Let’s see how many more artists we can feature over the summer!!!!

Hope you all had a great weekend.






Have You Met This Artist? 05/14/2012

Today I want to introduce you to a very sweet lady from Chicago! Vanessa Uttaro and her etsy shop The big city Bumpkin! She makes the cutest map necklaces ever!!!

But here is Vanessa in her own words:

Anyone who creates or crafts knows what it means to get the itch — you’ve been idle or stagnant for too long, and you don’t just WANT to create something, you NEED to create something, anything!  As a seasonal employee at Wrigley Field, I have long off-season to do exactly that, but I had reached a point in my creative journey that felt like a dead-end.  I didn’t know what to make, any more, I just knew that I had to do something.

One laundry night, as I was sifting through our apartment buildings “giveaway table” (where tenants leave things they can’t use any more for other tenants to take), I found this neat laminated map of Chicago.  It got me thinking about all of the different neighbourhoods in the city, and how people love to represent where they’re from, and I had a “Wouldn’t it be neat…?” moment.  I thought it would be so cool to wear your neighbourhood on a necklace, but this was an all new arena for me — I had never really made jewelry before!  I went to a craft store the next morning to see what I could find, and picked up a few bezels and some epoxy resin, and got to work.  The first few pendants were rough  – cool, but rough — and that particular craft store was going to make me go bankrupt if I kept buying my supplies there, so I ran to Etsy.com.  I found a fellow crafter who sold supplies, and took the leap of faith and ordered 25 pendant frames.  Believe me, it was a leap, because I had about $30 to my name at the time!
I couldn’t believe how quickly these pendants took off!  People all over the city, and even in other cities, loved them, and started requesting custom pieces.  After one big order of custom key-chains for a customer in Southern Illinois, I was able to start investing my profits back into the “business”, and building up a stock of different maps and styles of pendants.
I’ve only been at it for about two months, but the feedback has been fantastic!  I started a Facebook fan page (facebook.com/thebigcitybumpkin), where I met the lovely host of this blog.  🙂  I’m planning on doing a big craft show in Chicago this Autumn.  My boyfriend even got in on the fun, and we’ve started making Official Game Used Major League Baseball pendants, with balls hit out of Wrigley Field that he catches on the street!  You can find my pendants at thebigcitybumpkin.etsy.com, and in auctions on tophatter.com.  Oh, and I’m on Twitter @vuttaro, and I blog at thebigcitybumpkin.blogspot.com  Phew!
I’m back at work now, so most of my time making the pendants is on the weekends, but it’s so great to see the feedback I’m getting, and I can’t wait to see how this project will grow over the next year!

If you are an artist, or know of an artist you think deserves to be featured, please let me know by leaving a comment here.

My featured artists will go on to be featured on one more blog this month. Next on  Indie Mosaic blog and was just featured on Bridgett’s blog! So you get maximum exposure! Since we all do different things you will reach different readers on each of our blogs and you really get your name out there! It’s really great. And best of all: It’s free! If you enjoyed reading this and want to be featured, or know of someone that you think should be featured, leave a comment on this post, or email me at SlaveToMyNeedles@comcast.net.


It Is Never Enough!!!!

Now, my nest is empty and there are small, physical reasons that make it best for me to work at home. I have found my niche.  I feel free to be me, do what I have a passion for, do my best thinking and planning, and very relaxed in my sewing room!  Yes, I have one room dedicated to sewing, which contains sewing and embroidery machines, fabric stash, projects in the works, spools of many different colors of thread, scissors and other cutting tools, boxes of buttons, tons of patterns, and pins, ribbon, zippers and many other notions as well as a box of projects for my granddaughter to practice her sewing skills with.

It seems, though, the old cliché, ‘it is never enough!’ holds true with me as well.  One room is not enough!!! Although I love the sewing room, it is very limiting to be in that one room all day. My solution?  Well, I cut patterns on a dining room table, I do serging in my living room, discuss custom requests on the phone and/or laptop while I am cooking, sewing, relaxing with some TV, or chatting on line….so wherever the laptop and/or phone happens to be is where I am beginning the creating process with ideas, plans, visions, and lots of discussion.


Then, I am all over the house creating the custom request, which IS my passion!!!! All you have to do is imagine it; I will create it by planning every detail with you, then finding the perfect fabric for your custom request, then to the cutting (dining room) table, to the sewing room  and living room and then it gets shipped.


In addition, there are two storage closets packed with labeled totes of fabric sorted by seasons.  There is a storage bench in my living room filled with bookkeeping, office and shipping supplies. 

I am sure it would not matter how many more rooms were in my home, I would find something to do of my creative process in each of them, as well.

I guess with all this in mind, the best way for me to describe Where I Create is;

Home–where my heart is!


Do You Have Friends With Fireplaces or Wood Stoves?

If you do, they have to do a lot of work to enjoy them.  Beside cutting and splitting that wood (or working to make the money to buy that cut and split wood), they have to stack it and finally just one more step before they can enjoy the ambiance and warmth it provides…they have to carry it in from where it is stacked….that can be back breaking and all those trips carrying wood inside and keeping your clothes clean is not an easy task…..

However, I have something that will definitely keep their clothes clean and provide less trips…I showed you one the other day and now there are three more for your review…..Take a look and consider making them one of your gifts to someone who could really use it…or maybe you could use one.  I can personalize them if you like…my treat!!!! 🙂

Log Carriers…..they make a hard job easier and cleaner and they don’t have to be ugly!!!!! 

Thanks for looking.