Reindeer & Polar Bear Christmas Tree Skirt

As I mentioned a few times (here and here), I participated in three craft shows this November. It was a good experience and opportunity to promote my The Ruthless Crafter business. Over the next few days I will highlight the items that I made. Some of them you will find for sale on my Etsy shop. Today I am showing you my reindeer and polar bear Christmas tree skirt. My favourite part of this one is the scalloped edges – so elegant! In this photo the scalloped edges are really clear. Love them! A closeup of the reindeer, polar bear,

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Sewing Ergonomically

 Photo Source: Shop Martingdale I work in my sewing room a lot. Whether I’m standing at my long arm quilter or sitting to piece my quilts or clothes for the children, after a long while the same position does wear on my arms, neck and back. Here are some finds on Ergonomic Products for your perusal. Nancy Zieman’s reviews Stitch This! has an article on 7 quick, low-cost fixes for your sewing space What do you do or use to stay comfortable while you sew for long periods of time?

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Sew a Toy Monster

Looking to make a gift for a child or a monster-loving adult this season? Click here for Craftsy’s FREE sewing pattern for a toy monster! Source: Which one is your favourite and who would you make it for?

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Craft Shows 2014

This afternoon I will be at my third and final craft show for the season. Three weekends in a row sitting and smiling and engaging potential present and future clients. I believe it is important to have a presence in the community for word of mouth and face-to-face to be a potential business attraction. I know myself I prefer to do business with people who I “know” rather than a sterile webpage. Crafting is all about art and the human reaction to it and that is how I would like to represent my business. The product may not have been

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How to Make a Wild Kratts Costume

My 6 year old son loves the Wild Kratts. Haven’t heard of them? They are real-life brothers, Martin and Chris Kratt, who are zoologists. They teach kids all about different animals and how to respect them. They even identify each creature’s “super powers”. After they study an animal for a while and determine it’s creature power, they put on a creature power suit that gives them the super power. It’s a very educational program and I love supporting his watching it. When my son asked for his own creature power suit (and then my 8 year old daughter wanted one

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The Ruthless Crafter

Knit, Crochet & Quilts by Elizabeth It has been far too long since I have been here. I needed a bit of breathing room to re-evaluate where this blog was going and what I am going to do now that next month my baby is entering grade one and my eldest is entering grade 3!! I am still doing my home daycare business but I feel that I need something *more*. Ever feel like that? After months (yes, I realise it has been 6 months!!) of brainstorming I have finally decided to open an online eBoutique as well as

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Pajama Pants

I had a lot of fun making pjs for my 7 year old daughter (in November 2013!). I bought flannel on sale but just guesstimated the amount I would need for pj bottoms. I guess I underestimated so I only had enough for three legs instead of four! I got creative and pieced together in mix-n-match fashion to make three pairs of pants for her. I figured for pjs it doesn’t matter if they fully match or not – and she loves them!   Photos 1) and 2) Each pant leg was a different panel. Here are the front and back views.Photos 3) and 4)

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Craft Schedule

I set monthly goals of crafts I want to complete. Some months are better than others for actually completing them. This month I not only set the goals on my Crafts page, I also added them to my Outlook Calendar. I took the time to spread them out, taking into consideration the time I would have to dedicate to it per day. Generally I plan to crochet, knit or organize digital photos (this month) during the week and sew or quilt on the weekends. So far last weekend was mostly planning but I did get a few things done. The beginning of the

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Christmas Table Runner

This table runner was found in a Quilter’s World magazine. I cut and sewed the tops for 3 of them in one weekend so I like that it was easy to create. The yellow stars in the center are appliqued. When I top stitched them I chose not to stitch the stars. On the second one I did I did a small stipple in them and I prefer how that turned out. The backing has gold thread through it and it’s beautiful. I used the binding method to leave 2″ extra wide all around and then just fold over and

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Dress Reveal

I started this dress at the beginning of the summer. I was focussed on losing weight so I waited for a bunch of it to come off before I finalised it. As you can see, I had to take in several inches to fit it to my new figure. I also got up the courage to use the serger on it. It was a lot easier than I expected and I am thrilled with the results – I love how it turned out and the seams are so professional! I added a belt to help cinch it in at the

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About Elizabeth

Hi! I'm Elizabeth

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