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T.S.N.E.M. February – Shhh…


While I was living overseas, my sister sent me a mug. I used this mug daily. It travelled to work with me (it’s not a travel mug). It has by now seen better days. The handle is long gone and I have to be careful of the side I use. I refuse to toss it.


It still gets occasional use and was the inspiration behind this month’s project. The TSNEM project for the month was a tactile craft such as candle or soap making. Or to make something with clay. None of the ideas I found sparked an interest.

I have however been testing out some mixed media art projects, so I decided to complete an idea for this month’s project.


I must confess to trying to combine 2 challenges into one with this project. Adventures in Making announced their DIY Craft Challenge is back this year and I want to participate. My goal is to complete 2 separate projects, but that just didn’t happen this month.

Since the DIY challenge was Stitches & Threads, I decided to try out paper embroidery. Which is essentially stitching on paper.


I started by wrapping chipboard with fabric leftover from a dress I made. I used tacky glue. The size of my piece is 6 inches by 6 inches.

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Since we are talking about reading here, I used my Silhouette to cut out a silhouette of a stack of books. I don’t recall where I found the silhouette of books. the file was on my computer. Probably from another unfinished project idea. My original thought was to use dark brown vinyl, but came across scraps of the pleather we used for my Halloween costume and decided it would replicate an old book feel a little better. The Silhouette didn’t cut all the way through the thicker fabric, but it scored it deep enough for me to then quickly trim out the design.


For the paper stitching, I used a design from Flamingo Toes. She has a Shhhh… I’m reading pattern available. My plan was to use the Silhouette to cut a book page into a decorative shape. I quickly discovered that old book pages are not quite sturdy enough.  I traced a rough shape and then hand cut the paper.

For the stitching, I traced the lettering onto the page. Then using a pin, I pricked holes along the tracing. I’m going to need a little practice getting the holes the same distance apart. Since this paper was fairly thin, I was very careful while stitching not to pull the thread too roughly so I didn’t pull out stitches. I did pull a few from when I places the holes too close together. I was able to just make the stitch longer to fix the stitch.

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For finishing touches, I added a couple buttons to the corners of the paper. I had planned to stitch around the edge of the page, but I kept pulling out the stitches. I trimmed off the little bit I had stitched and left it as is.


To complete the project, I plan on matting and framing it to hang somewhere in my house.


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No, I haven’t lost my mind, but I am a teacher and we love acronyms. At least I’m told I do; in reality, I can’t ever remember what they stand for. So why then am I starting off a post with and acronym? It was faster than typing out Try Something New Every Month.

In an effort to help use up my craft supplies as mentioned previously, I’m joining the monthly challenge offered by Swoodson Says to try something new every month. The basis of the challenge is to use up those supplies bought with the intention of trying that new project you just pinned and then stuffed the supplies away and forgot about it.

There are a few months in there where my project will be a stretch of the basic parameters, but I’ll make it work. You can check out the challenge here: T.S.N.E.M.

Each month will have an overarching theme that is very broad – even if you’ve been quilting for years, maybe there is a technique or shape or block you haven’t tried, as an example. (I’ve included the complete list at the end of the post.)

January’s theme is quilting. There is no way I’m going to make an entire quilt in the month of January. But I think I have an idea forming. Here is some inspiration that I found:

A pretty quilted pillow. That could be fun. I’m sure I have plenty of scraps to do something similar.

A stretch here, but a quilted canvas. Hrm…I think I’m on to something.

Another pillow and just in time for Valentine’s Day. I know I have Valentine’s fabric stashed somewhere.

Maybe some bibs. I know many people having babies soon.  

I’m intrigued by paper piecing. I’m not certain what it entails exactly, but this may be the month to find out.

Not sure this skirt fits into quilting. This skirt is 16 panels of 2 fabrics cut and sewn into zig-zags. I really want this skirt. It’s also a really big project.

I have borrowed all of these photos to show projects I would like to do. Each photo is linked to the blog where I found the project. Next week, I’ll have my own quilting project to share.

Try Something New Every Month Theme:

January – Quilting

February – Tactile Craft; paper mache, clay, soap, candlemaking

March – Painting

April – Edible Crafts

May – Hand Sewing

June – Heavy Craft; leather, wood burning, glass etching

July – Yarn Craft; knitting, crochet, weaving

August – Printmaking; fabric or paper

September – Machine Sewing

October – Needlework; embroidery, cross-stitch, crewel, needlepoint

November – Papercraft; origami, scrapbook, calligraphy

December – Choose your own!




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