A Thimbleful of Thoughts

Apr 23

Enter to win a Mother’s Day craft set! Either give your mom the gift of craft (supplies) or make her a special handmade present! To enter, use Rafflecopter below to leave a comment about your favorite memory with your mom. Keep an eye out for extra entry options as well!

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This amazing giveaway includes: A copy of Vintage Notions, Indygo Junction’s Stitched Style, Hankie Style by Amy Barickman with a set of hankies, Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers, a jumbo pom-pom maker, a pack of hand-dyed wools and a pattern for a felt circle scarf, 5 patterns that use grommets with coordinating packs of grommets and more!

Contest ends on Thursday, May 1st 2014. Two winners will be announced Friday, May 2nd.
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Apr 22

This week only, get Vintage Notions for 50% off! Mother’s Day is coming up & this is a perfect gift for the special mom in your life. Enter code VN50 at checkout.

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Apr 17

Easter is this Sunday and I am busy getting my house ready for company. I came across this vintage Easter image and was inspired by the little bunnies in the corner. Why not use those for some decorating projects?

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I scanned the art and pulled out the bunnies, so they are ready to use. Just print them and cut! To download these free images, be sure to click on the image first to see the full size image. Then right click (Mac: control+click) and save to your computer desktop or a folder of your choice. This process will ensure you get the best quality of the image.

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There are so many different was you could use these little guys. Why not use them as place cards? Just print out the images on inkjet paper (preferably with a matte finish) and cut out the images. Fold a piece of 3″ x 6″ piece of cardstock in half lengthwise. Use a glue stick to adhere the bunny to the cardstock. You can either center the bunny and write your guests name on it’s front paws, or place him to one side and write the name on the cardstock.

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Or, why not use him to dress up dessert? That is as simple as printing out the image, cutting it out and using hot glue to adhere it to a toothpick. Then, simply add some decorative floss or ribbon at the bottom for a little bow. Or, make custom gift tags for your Easter baskets. You can buy pre-made tags and adhere the bunny in the corner. For these two projects, you made need to resize the bunny image using Photoshop or another editing program.

Looking for more Easter decorating ideas? Check out my friend Cindy’s blog, Skip To My Lou! She has great tutorials on creating glitter Easter eggs, a crocheted garland and even chocolate cream cheese bunny mints (yum!)


Apr 11

 

Easter is just around the corner, so I wanted to share this unusual vintage Easter card with you. To download this free image, be sure to click on the image first to see the full size image. Then right click (Mac: control+click) and save to your computer desktop or a folder of your choice. This process will ensure you get the best quality of the image. Enjoy!

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Apr 10

Recently, I launched a new series which I am very excited about. In order to share with you my treasure trove of vintage content, I bring you Amy’s Vintage Studio, a collection of downloadable products such as images and e-books on my Indygo Junction website!

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Amy’s Vintage Studio is a collection of the very best of my vintage content. I have gone through many vintage images and chosen my favorites. Many of these images are sewing related, but I also have added fashion images, backgrounds, vintage textiles and even exclusive collage art.

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To me, the most exciting part of this project is the e-books. I curated three of my favorite Woman’s Institute publications, Ribbon and Fabric Trimming, Draping and Designing with Scissors and Cloth and Home Sewing Helps, and converted them to pdf format. There is so much amazing information in these publications! You will find general sewing advice, patterns, embellishment instructions, vintage up-cycling projects and more.

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Although the books are from the 1920′s, the information they hold is just as relevant today. I am excited to convert more of the Institute documents to digital format, not only so new readers can can enjoy the patterns and projects, but also to conserve what I believe to be important historical documents.

I hope you find inspiration in Amy’s Vintage Studio, in both the vintage images as well as the e-books. The studio will continue to grow as we add new products. Keep an eye on this blog as we will update you when we have added to the studio, or sign up for our newsletter to get all our news delivered to your inbox.


Apr 09

DSC_5350Thanks to everyone who entered to win a copy of Fabric Flowers. I am happy to say that our winner is Debbie who loves hydrangeas. Congratulations Debbie, keep an eye out in your email for a message from me.


Apr 04

 

Today is a very exciting day – it’s the Royals home opener! The whole city is excited–even the Easter bunnies down on the Plaza. Below my daughter and niece are loving the bunnies and baseball.

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In honor of the start of baseball season, I want to share this image which came from my father-in-law’s collection of vintage baseball cards. To download this free image, be sure to click on the image first to see the full size image. Then right click (Mac: control+click) and save to your computer desktop or a folder of your choice. This process will ensure you get the best quality of the image. Enjoy!

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Apr 03

Spring feels more like the New Year to me then January does. As nature comes out of hiding I feel like there is opportunity to start again. Out of nowhere I feel compelled to organize, clean and create. Do you feel the same? If so, I have a project for you! It’s nothing big, just a simple, Spring-y project that will cheer up your kitchen. This daffodil dish towel uses a gorgeous vintage image which you print on printable fabric and use to embellish your dish towel. Wouldn’t it be a great hostess gift?

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To make your own daffodil dish towel you will need to first download the daffodil image, following directions below. Print out the image on either printable fabric, or iron-on transfer paper. When you have the image printed out on fabric, fuse it to a fusible web sheet like Wonder Under and then cut out the image. Remove the paper backing from the image and center on the bottom half of one side of the dish towel. Fuse in place following manufacturer’s directions. Using a coordinating color of thread zig zag stitch around the edge of the image to secure in place. There you have it!  A quick and easy project to freshen up your kitchen for spring!

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To download the image, click on the image first to see the full size image. Then right click (Mac: control+click) and save to your computer desktop or a folder of your choice. This process will ensure you get the best quality of the image. If you would like to print out the pattern instructions in pdf form, click here and use the same process.

If you are like me and this winter has exhausted you, here are some Spring photos of colors and flowers we have to look forward to!

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What is your favorite flower?

Have you ever made it in fabric? With my book, Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers you can make everlasting flowers to brighten the day!! Share your favorite flower in a comment and WIN THE FABRIC FLOWERS BOOK! We will choose a winner on Tuesday, April 8th.

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Mar 30

 

Our Stitched Style kit winner is Denise Invie! Congratulations Denise, keep an eye out for an email from me. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest!

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Mar 28

Everyone knows that Chloe, my cat, is the official Indygo Junction mascot. In honor of her, I want to share with you this vintage image of a cat head from 1891. To download this free image, be sure to click on the image first to see the full size image. Then right click (Mac: control+click) and save to your computer desktop or a folder of your choice. This process will ensure you get the best quality of the image. Enjoy!

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