MyBeads your ear buds!


At the Craft and Hobby show last January, I ran across the MyBeads booth and got totally caught up in this product ... and three months later ... I still love it! MyBeads are split beads designed to fit over headphone wires or ear buds ... decorative ... fun to use! My favorite feature is that you can use the beads to personalize your headset so it doesn't look like what everyone else has. Each set is unique!

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I love MyBeads because I'm sick of trying to keep my ear buds untangled. I hate when they get knotted ... then you have to unkink them before you can use them. The beads have a slit on one side. You slide them over the cords and once they're all placed, your wires aren't kinked and twisted!

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You get around 500 beads in a pack ... plenty for sorting them into color patterns.

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I've made some in White Bear Lake's school colors ... a patriotic version ... Mahtomedi colors ... the list goes on! Do whatever you want ... ten colors to choose from!

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I thought it would be fun to do one that resembles roses ... green leaves, pink and red for the petals, yellow for the center ... with a white bead to space them.

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Because the beads have a slit on one side, you can put them over the wires without having to worry about the earphones holding you back.

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One trick ... use a chop stick to open the slit up ... then you can lay the wire over the slit and slide it in place. The chop sticks from LeannChin are the perfect size ... use a fork next time you go there to eat and save the chop sticks for your project!

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The MyBeads Facebook page is constantly being updated with new combinations. Make sure you like their page so you can see what's new.

Now that the weather is nicer, I'm seeing people running along the trail next to White Bear Lake ... or in my neighborhood listening to their music while they walk ... with boring wires peeking out of their hoodies. Think how much cuter they'd be if they were covered with MyBeads to match their clothes!

Not athletic? No worries! I've seen people using headsets at the quilt retreat ... or when they're knitting and stitching ... sitting in the car ... on the bus ... plenty of places! I think it's a great idea to leave a set of headphones with your sewing machine so that the next time you're chain piecing blocks together, you can look stylish and cute while you're plugged in!

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Three ways to finish the edge of wool projects

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In our Muddy Sheep Wool Club, we're always looking for different edge finishes for our projects. These are three methods suggested for finishing our 2014 Fair and Square wool quilt.

Bringing the backing fabric to the front

· Trim the cotton batting and base fabric 3/8” away from the finished wool quilt top.

· Cut or piece fabric for the backing. With right side down, use basting spray to lightly cover the wrong side of the fabric.

· Lay the finished wool quilt top, right side up, over the backing fabric, smoothing to get rid of wrinkles.

· Trim the backing 1” from the edge of the wool quilt top around all four sides.

· Working with one side at a time, fold the backing toward the front of the quilt so that it touches the cotton batting. Press.

· Fold again toward the front so that it is even with the cut edge of the quilt top. Press. The cotton batting will fill the binding.

· Carefully blanket stitch the edge of the folded backing to the quilt top. You can also whip stitch it and go back later and stitch again with crazy stitches.

· Stitch opposite sides first, then top and bottom.

· Make sure the corners are square and the edges look nice.

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Wool binding

· Trim the cotton batting and base fabric 3/8” away from the finished wool quilt top.

· Cut or piece fabric for the backing. With right side down, use basting spray to lightly cover the wrong side of the fabric.

· Lay the finished wool quilt top, right side up, over the backing fabric, smoothing to get rid of wrinkles.

· Trim the backing even with the batting.

· Measure the top of your quilt top, including the batting, and add 2”. Cut two wool strips 1 1/4” wide by that measurement.

· Working with one side at a time, pin the wool strip even with the quilt top, with 1” extending beyond each end. No batting should show. You can overlap the strip and the top a bit if you want.

· Blanket stitch or whip stitch the wool strip to the top, stitching into the batting.

· Fold the wool strip to the back of the quilt so it covers the batting. Whip stitch to the backing, stitching into the batting but not into the front of the quilt. Trim the ends even

· Repeat for the opposite side.

· When the sides are completed, measure the top from side to side, adding 2”. Cut two wool strips 1 1/4” wide by that measurement.

· Add the top and bottom strips the same way you stitched the sides.

· Trim the ends carefully and stitch them closed so they don’t ravel.

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Blanket stitching with yarn

· Cut or piece fabric for the backing. With right side down, use basting spray to lightly cover the wrong side of the fabric.

· Lay the finished wool quilt, right side up, over the backing fabric, smoothing to get rid of wrinkles.

· Using the edge of the quilt top as a guide, use a rotary cutter to evenly trim away excess batting and backing fabric.

· As an option, use a template to round the corners.

· Use one strand of sock weight wool yarn and a sharp tapestry needle to blanket stitch around the outside edge through all layers. Be careful to keep the edges even, and make the stitches the same size on front and back.

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How to die cut wool using wafer dies.

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Most people who know Rosebud's Cottage know that I am in love with die cutting ... especially die cutting wool. Die cutting is an easy and affordable method for getting perfect shapes cut quickly. It's great for when you have a lot of the same shapes to cut. It's also fun to use die cuts to design projects because you can easily switch colors by running another piece of wool through the machine. 

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I'm always surprised that people don't realize they can use a die cut machine to cut wool shapes ... they cut everything else. While I have an industrial AccuCut in my workshop, I tend to reach for my Sizzix Big Shot the most. It's portable, steady, and easy to use. We sell a lot of them at the Cottage. Most people are familiar with the dies that are steel-cut and embedded in a foam base. I use them a lot and can cut up to four layers of wool with my Big Shot.

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Sometimes, though, I come across these darling wafer dies. The shapes are often exactly what I'm looking for to create an idea. The ones that are metal can also be used to cut wool shapes ... it just takes a few more steps. Not all work perfectly ... I steer away from those that are placed onto a light foam base or are covered with a color ... they don't seem to cut as well but I'll try a trial cut anyway just to be sure. I can always use them to cut paper! For wool, if the cut is too intricate I don't use them ... mostly because they are hard to stitch.

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When you get a Big Shot it comes with two acrylic pads and a multipurpose platform ... you need all three to cut wafer dies.

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I put one layer of acrylic under the multipurpose platform then lay my die cuts right side up.

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I lay my wool over the top of the die cut. One thing I've found is that it's hard to cut multiple layers of wool with the wafer dies. Also ... so that I don't waste wool ... I rotary cut my pieces so they are a half inch bigger than the die. So if a die measures 1" x 1", I cut my pieces 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" giving me an extra 1/4" on each side ... just in case.

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I put the other acrylic mat over the top of the wool and crank it through! My cutting mats are pretty well used ... I change them often because I do a lot of cutting. If you start to see yours bow in the middle ... time for a new one! Also ... if you have a long die you need to have extended cutting mats and a platform in order to support the die cut.

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Ta da! Perfect little shapes!

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I think the scraps are as cute as the die cuts! I just love the way they look and often put pix of them on my Instagram page. I'll cut tiny shapes out of the scraps too. The small circles at the top of tag dies are pefect for the centers of flowers or penny rugs ... I have a tiny heart that I like to use for scraps, too. You can even trim the scrap and stitch it over something else!

I hope this makes you feel confident in using your die cut machine and wafer dies to cut shapes. Imagine the possibilities! I'd love to show you what these shapes are being used for but you'll have to wait until the Spring 2015 Quilts & More magazine becomes available. We're busy cutting kits for Bunny Hop in this issue. You can get a sneak peek when you look at the cover. Can you guess which one it is??

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2014 Sweet Summertyme Row By Row pattern

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For those of you who couldn't make it in to the store for our Row By Row pattern, here you go!

Check out this blog post for some tips on making it.

Download Sweet Summertyme 2014 row quilt

BTW ... if you're new to the Cottage,  come hang out with us on our Facebook page.  

Ask to join our private group, Wild Roses Quilt and Crafting Club. We talk about all kinds of hobbies there.

And visit our Rosebud's Cottage website. Or better yet ... come see us at the store!

I hope you enjoy our free pattern. We'd love to see pix of the row quilts you make. Have fun ... happy quilting! ~Roseann


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The Noteworthy Notebook Project

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Take a boring compostion book and turn it into a notebook that everyone will envy! I've been covering my books for years and its exciting to jazz them up. I love goofing around with all the components ... finding the perfect paper and then deciding which piece will go where. They don't take much time and are fun to do. Here's how!

Noteworthy notebook supplies

Gather your supplies and get to work!

Measurements: Front and back cover ~ 7” x 9 5/8” (use a decorative blade to trim one edge for the front and a mirror image for the back) 

Inside cover ~ 7 1/4” x 9 5/8”

Note: Measure your book before cutting as there may be some variation

Cut tag, flowers,a circle for initial from scrap paper, and a tab for the side of the book,  by hand or with a punch or die cut.

Other supplies: 3-4 pieces of fiber approximately 7” long, glue stick, initial stamp,  ink pad

Chestnut Roan chalk ink by Colorbox to darken the edges is optional. Lightly brush it across cut edges before you assemble the book.

1. Dip the flowers in a small amount of water, then carefully scrunch them up to wrinkle the paper. Be careful on thin petals so you don’t rip them. Open the flowers up and let them air dry.

2. Open up the tab and spread glue over the wrong side with a glue stick. Fold it back in half and then place it on the back cover, about 2” from the  bottom, straddling the inside and outside of the cover.

3. Spread glue over the entire front cover and part of the binding.  Lay the pre-cut paper on to the cover, lining up the straight edges, and smoothing out the  paper. The zigzag edge covers part of the book binding. Trim the rounded edges with a scissors before continuing.

4. Next do the inside of the front cover and continue to the back cover.

5. Use a sanding block or emery board to lightly sand the edges of the book. If any of the book edge is showing, sand that a little more to remove the printing. Lightly sand the tab.

6. Ink the edges of the book, tab, flowers, tags and initial with Chestnut Roan chalk ink if you choose.

7. Layer the flower pieces and glue together, then glue to the tag. Add the  initial to the center of the flower.

8. Punch a hole through the front cover. Push fibers through the tag and then the hole and tie at the top of the book with a double knot.

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There are all kinds of ways to decorate the front of your notebook. I tied some fibers and a tag to a big R and then glued it to the front. From the scraps, I covered a smaller composition book. You can find them in the same place the big ones are located at most stores. They look cute finished!

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You can make books for any theme you want, like this travel journal. Sometimes I'm lucky and find notebooks with graph pad paper ... I use those for my quilting themed books. Try a kitchen theme for recipes or a gardening theme for your flower beds and landscaping projects.

Noteworthy Notebooks are perfect for a girlfriends crafting night. Look at all the fun I had with some of my pals when we did a Girls Day Out one time. It was filled with laughter. Best kind of day!

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An Autumn pin!

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After the post about our Great River Road bus tour, I've had a lot of people ask how to make the pins we gave to our riders. The really were easy to make and would be perfect for Thanksgiving favors, a tag, or to fill a bowl. So here you go ... this is what you have to do.

What you'll need:

  • Premade burlap leaves ... I got mine at Hobby Lobby but you could also die cut some from burlap, use paper, or pull leaves from a garland
  • Acrylic paint ... mustard yellow, deep red, dark green, orange
  • Fluffy brush ... I found mine in the kid's crafts at Michaels
  • Glitter spray
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Autumn sentiment stamp
  • Black ink pad
  • Orange glitter fibers ... I found some in the yarn department
  • 1 1/4" pin backs
  • Glue dots, hot glue, paper crafting tools

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Protect your surface with plastic before you begin ... it's messy! Start by using a fluffy brush to pat on a base coat of paint on top of the burlap leaves. Mix the bases up so that there are some of each color. Let some of the burlap show through.

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Using all of the colors, pat on paint here and there to give the leaves a mottled appearance. Make sure the base coat is dry. If you've put on too much, wipe your brush on a paper towel and pat over those areas before they dry. Drag a brush with just a small amount of paint down the center of the leaf. Think about how leaves look when they fall from the trees ... that's what you're aiming for.

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Spray with glitter spray to add some sparkle. Put a few leaves in a box with sides. Make sure you open a window or do this outside! If your leaves had stems, use a needlenose pliers to twist them into a loop so you won't get poked when they are worn.

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While the glitter is drying, stamp your phrase on to scapbook paper, using an acrylic base. I found it was easier to rotary cut my paper first and then stamp. Cut your paper to match the size of your stamp.

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Notch one end of the tag and punch two holes close together in the other end. I used the smallest setting on my Crop-A-Dile.

Tie the tag on to the stem of the leaf with several layers of your glittery yarn. Don't pull so tight that you rip the tag. Add a glue dot farther down the tag to anchor it to the leaf.

Use hot glue to attach a pinback to the back of the pin. Skip this step if they are party favors or bowl fillers.

That's it! Make some leaves for when you and your friends go out for leaf peeping and lunch!

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Let's make paper Posie Pouches!

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Did you do May Day baskets when you were growing up? We'd decorate a container or basket ... fill it with flowers ... and leave it on the doorknob of a neighbor. Well here's an updated version using paper  ... and it's fast so you still have time to make one before the end of the day. For my pouches, I used Pebbles Garden Party line ... it has six seed packets on a sheet that I cut apart and another sheet of tags that I used. I cut matching paper for the back of the pouch. If you're using some other paper just cut it 4" x 6".

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The pouches were hand stitched together but before I began, I did a little bit of pen work. I doodled around the various flower elements on the papers ... each was a little different. I also used Stickles Diamond Glitter to bling the flowers and the elements on the tags.

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To make it easier to stitch the papers together, I made holes in the cardstock. I put the front and back together and held them at the top with a piece of washi tape. You need a surface to punch into so I used some foam but an old mousepad would work. Grab a T-pin or a large needle. Lay a ruler about 1/4" from the edges and punch holes every 1/4" with the T-pin ... do the two sides and the bottom.

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Use three strands of floss on a tapestry needle to stitch in and out of the holes. Start at the top and stitch down one side ... across the bottom ... up the other side ... knot off when you're done. I ran a little bit of glue over the knots on the back so that they wouldn't pull through. Punch a hole at each corner at the top and string through 12" of sheer ribbon. Knots are on the front of the pouch. Angle the ends when you're done tying the knots.

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Use a punch or die cutter to cut a butterfly for each pouch. Fold a crease in the middle of the butterfly by bringing both wings together and then opening it back up. Cut a scrap 1/4" x 1" for the body and round the ends. Glue over the crease with tacky glue. Use Stickles Diamond glitter to bling the wings and body. When the glitter is dry, attach it to the front of the pouch with a dimensional foam dot.

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Use a corner rounder to round the corners of the tags.

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Ink the edges of the tag and pouch with Chestnut Roan Chalk ink. Poke a hole in one corner of the tag and attach it to the ribbon with some left over floss. Push a small amount of stuffing inside the pouch to poof it out ... crumpled paper would work, too. Fill it with baby's breath or some other flowers. Hang on a door knob and enjoy!

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I'm in love with our Be Mine banner exchange!

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In Winter ... especially THIS Winter ... I love that Valentine's Day breaks up the season. Who cares if the groundhog sees his shadow ... for me it's all about pink and red and white and glitter! I loved it as a kid when it was time to make valentines to exchange at school. I'm sure mom didn't though ... remember the chunky glitter we used to use? It went everywhere! Now that I have to clean up after myself, I'm a little more conservative in how much I use ... plus I've switched up to that snobby fine glitter that glistens like snow. So pretty!

At the turn of the year, Pat Sloan and I were chit chatting and she brought up a harvest banner exchange I had done a number of years ago. And of course, our thoughts immediately went to Valentine's Day! It didn't take long to decide on a managable word and then I went off to pick four more friends to join us. I chose two from the east coast, two from the west coast, and two of us from the middle. The idea of our packages criss crossing the country as we mailed banners to each other amuzed me!

The way this worked is that our banners were all the same size, and each of us was assigned a letter to make for so that they spelled out B-E-M-I-N-E. We each made six ... one to keep ... five to share.

Sherri Falls from This and That   had the B. She's from on the other side of the Twin Cities here in Minnesota. We never see each other!

Pat Sloan from Pat Sloan & Co  had an E. Pat is from near Washington DC. We scheme a lot.

Suzanne Zingg from Strawberry Patches Quilt Shop had the M. Suzanne owns a darling quilt shop in Bakersfield, California that I love.

Pam Vierra-McGinnis from Pam Kitty Morning had the I. Pam lives near San Franscisco but has strong ties to Minnesota so we consider her one of us. And she drinks coffee each morning on her blog. Her coffee cups are darling!

Eileen Hull had the N. Eileen is a designer in the paper industry but I especially love her  because she designs for Sizzix ... and you know how I love to die cut! I've personally contributed to Eileen's pocket money over the years with the purchase of her dies. Eileen and Pat live in the same town!

And I had the other E.

Click on our links above and we'll all have something to say about our banners, and you'll get a pattern for the letter we each had ... BECAUSE ... we know you're going to want to gather your friends to do a swap, too!! Read along for more instructions.

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In order for them all to be the same size, we had to start with the same pattern. Take a piece of paper and draw a line that's 6" long. Find the center of the line ... 3" ... measure down 8 1/2"  from there and make a dot. Draw a line from the dot to each corner of the 6" line to form the sides of a triangle. There's your banner! You can also find a pattern here ... Download Be Mine banner pattern.

The only other conditions we had were that we would stay in the traditional Valentine's Day colors and that we would make a hole in the corners and attach ribbons or fibers so they could tie to each other. They could be made from fabric, paper, or a combination of both.

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I used fabric for the front of my banner and the E. The back of my banner is cute scrapbook paper. I fused my banner fabric, cut out the banner shape, and then fused it to the paper.

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I used my 1/4" foot to stitch along the cut edges. When you sew thru paper one thing you should do is increase your stitch length a bit. If it's too small it could rip later. I used my OLFA rotary cutter to trim off the paper after so it looked nice and straight.

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I put fusible web on the back of my letters, too. Remember ... when you do that you need to reverse the letter! I've already done that for you on my pattern and I placed it on the banner too so you could see where it should go. After they were fused in place, I headed back to my sewing machine and stitched in the center of the letters ... I followed the curves of the letter so it echoed the shape.

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I love crepe paper so I die cut three layers of white and then set my stitches to BIG on my machine to gather them up. If you don't have crepe paper, you can use tissue paper, or lace, or fabric. No rules here!

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When the crepe paper was gathered tightly, I lined it up with the top edge of my banner and used big paper clips to hold it in place. And yes ... those are some of the clips we made at our Pinterest Party on New Years Day. So handy! I layed a piece of pink rick rack over the gathering line to cover it up and I sewed through all of the layers.

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My banner was dressed up with layers of hearts made from glittery paper and a little bit of bling in the center. I put another tiny heart on the E. I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch holes in the corners to thread my fibers through for ties. Then I bagged them up and headed to the postie ... and then waited. It was exciting to get fun mail for a change ... I'd open each one up and lay them out and it was a lot like playing Wheel of Fortune! "I'd like to buy an M, please."

The most amazing thing was that even though we were all working on our own and not coordinating them, our banners look great when they're tied together! We had such a good time that who knows ... maybe there'll be more banners in our future. Find a group of friends and play along ... it's such a nice way to get yourself through Winter!!

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