Since it’s National Sewing Month, how about some FREE FABRIC?


September is National Sewing Month (you can follow along on Facebook)!  So I guess it’s time for me to get back to my favorite thing to do:  Sewing!

I’ve recently stopped working and just got the kids back to school, so I now have my days to enjoy sewing once again.  Yippee!


First things first.  After shrinking my beautiful white smocked shower curtain in the wash, I needed to find a replacement for my Tiffany inspired bathroom.

At HomeGoods, I found a black polyester/cotton waffle-weave shower curtain.  Although nice, it needs something to make it unique.  Searching through my trim stash, I came upon this beautiful sequin trim in Tiffany Blue (I know you’re thinking the trim looks silver, but it’s not in person).


Great.  But now I need to figure out how to attach the sequin trim to the shower curtain.  Do I sew it?  If so, what type of sewing machine needle, stitch type and thread do I use?  Glue it?  Would I use hot glue or another type of adhesive?  What about Res-Q Tape?  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


FREE YARD OF FABRIC TO WHOEVER COMES UP WITH THE BEST SUGGESTION on how to attach the sequin trim!  POST YOUR SUGGESTIONS BELOW!  The Winner will receive a yard of either Quilter’s cotton or cotton knit in the color of their choice.  Contest ends tomorrow at 5pm EST.


Silk Spider Web Rose Tutorial Plus a FREE Giveaway



True Random Number Generator Result: #19

Erica is the winner of the Silk Spider Web Rose Kit. Please email me at with your full name and mailing address!


I’ve made dozens of tiny silk ribbon spider web roses, but I needed something BIG for the front of a Christening gown.  And they say, bigger IS better, so I made these simple roses and thought you, too, would like to make them.  As an incentive to get you to try this easy tutorial, I’m giving away a kit with all the supplies you need to make these roses yourself.

Ok…so let’s get started!

Supplies Needed

  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Silk Dupioni or Silk Shantung 3″ x 40″
  • Matching Silk Foundation Fabric for Embroidery Hoop
  • Matching Thread or Embroidery Floss
  • Hand Sewing Needle
  • Safety Pin 
  • Hot Glue Gun (optional)
  • Rhinestone or other Decorative Button (optional)

First let me say, you can make your silk rose as big or small as you want.  It all depends on:

  • the size of your “spider web” (foundation circle)
  • the width and length of your silk fabric strip.  If you want a small rose, make your silk strip no wider than 1 inch.  If you want a jumbo rose, cut your strip 4 inches wide.

I made a quick video tutorial to help.  Written instructions can be found below.

Laying the Foundation

Hoop some background fabric in your embroidery hoop.

Now decide how big you want your rose to be.  Take any circular item such as a can, cup or small container.  Trace it onto the hooped fabric using a pencil or disappearing ink pen.  Mark 5 points in the shape of an upside-down star and your center point like this:


Thread your needle with matching thread.  Come up at point A.  Go down at point B.  Come up at the center point (pictured below)catching the A-B thread:


Go down at point C creating a fly stitch:


Now come up at point D and down at the center point.  Then come up at point E and down and the center point.  Now tie a knot on the underside (don’t cut the thread off just yet).  You’ll now have 5 spokes.

Creating the Rose

To make a fabric strip, cut into the selvage edge of the fabric and tear it to the other selvage edge.  You want frayed fabric strips…adds more character…LOL.  Take your fabric strip and secure one short end to the center of the star using the needle and thread.  Leave your needle and thread on the underside of the hoop.  You’ll need it at the end to secure your rose to the foundation fabric.

Now attach a safety pin to the other side of your fabric strip.  This will enable you to easily thread the fabric strip through your spokes.

Start weaving your fabric strip over and under the spokes in a circular motion.  Keep twisting your fabric strip as you create the rose.

Once you have covered all of your spokes, complete the rose by tucking the end of the fabric strip under the rose and removing the safety pin.

Using the needle and thread that is attached to the underside of your hoop, secure the rose with a few stitches.

Cut out your finished rose making sure NOT to cut your foundation spokes.  Sew it to a garment, glue it to a hair clip or use it to decorate a tote.  The options are endless.  You can even create these roses directly onto your items.

Now, don’t think you can only make these roses with silk fabric.  Try quilter’s cotton, chiffon, organza, cotton knit, velvet, beaded satin, spandex or even tulle.

Various Uses for Silk Spider Web Roses

  • Covered Buttons
  • Thumb Tacks
  • Baby Items such as bibs, booties, blankets and clothing
  • Bridal Items such as money bags and garters
  • Headbands
  • Hair bows
  • Hats
  • Pillows
  • Sachets
  • Christmas Ornaments
  • Brooches
  • Purses and Totes

Silk Spider Web Rose Kit Giveaway

To win the supplies you’ll need to make these roses, post a comment and I’ll use a random number generator to pick the winner on Friday!

I’d love to see the roses you make, so please post a link and share your pics!

lisasiggie2 Sew Much Fun Sweepstakes


Enter HERE!


Design Your Own Ultimate Sewing Room Contest

C O N T E S T       H A S        E N D E D ! ! !


Can’t believe I forgot to mention this!  Have you entered the / Craft Stylish Ultimate Sewing Room Contest yet?  There’s over $7,000  in prizes!  Prizes include:

FabricComGiftCard Shopping Card Value – $1,500

Baby Lock

Baby Lock Ellure Sewing Machine Value – $2,499

Reliable Corporation IronMaven

Reliable Corporation IronMaven™ J490A Value – $399

Reliable Corporation C81 - Vacuum & Up-Air Pressing Table

Reliable Corporation C81 – Vacuum & Up-Air Pressing Table Value – $499

Fabulous Fit Dress Forms Pro Series® Misses Regular Form

Fabulous Fit Dress Forms Pro Series® Misses Regular Form Value – $687

Sylvia Sewing Cabinets Model 810 work table

Sylvia Sewing Cabinets Model 810 work table Value – $1,099.95

American & Efird

American & Efird Mettler Thread 28 Spool Gift PackValue – $82.10

Threads magazine

1-Year subscription to Threads magazine Value – $32.95

Threads Fitting DVD Series

Threads Fitting DVD Series Value – $99.95

Threads Industry Insider Techniques

Threads Industry Insider Techniques Volume 1 & 2 Value – $59.90

The Best of Threads DVD-ROM

The Best of Threads DVD-ROM Volume 1 & 2 Value – $99.90

Here’s the Official Rules.  Hurry–the contest end December 31, 2008!

Here are the two sewing room designs I entered:



Design Your Own Ultimate Sewing Room NOW!  Check out the sewing room gallery to see what others have created.  Creating a sewing room online is so simply—really.  Go do it now!  You never know if you’ll be one of the winners, KWIM?


Sew Sweet

My Sunshine Girl 


We’re back from the hospital…but for how long is anyone’s guess.  Marielle was hospitalized due to high blood pressure which we’ve now gotten under control.  The Sunshine Girl is resting after getting a second hole in her ears pierced…teens, ugh!  Now does this look like a teen who’s desperately waiting for a kidney transplant?  Looks can be deceiving.


She received a surprise from Lady M™…a zebra (Marielle’s favorite) which Princess Aurora™ named Sunny (after Marielle, The Sunshine Girl).  And I got a DOTS snack container!  A big HUG to the Dixon Girls!


And the Winner is…


Linda of Ribbon Rock Star through a link from The Girl Indie Blog!  She wins the Diva BBQ Candy Stash!  Way to go!

More Swapping

Mary (aka 2*Sweet*Boys) received the LEAF SWAP I sent her last week.  Here’s what she posted:

Oh my goodness…I got the most wonderful, HEAVIEST box from Lisa!  Thank you thank you Lisa…you amaze me!

Everything was in this cheetah print box…which could not BE more perfect for me!!! I have many plans for this box ;)

Instead of bubbles or peanuts for packaging…Lisa used CANDY! Yes…my kids are in HEAVEN!

Gavin picking out his first handful…

L is for Liquid Lunch…a yummy Merlot

E is for Extra Shoe…this is the cutest thing! Already have a place for it!

A is for All Kinds of Notepads…These are PERFECT! I LOVE them!!!

F is for Fabulous Frames…the most gorgeous red silk frame and Lisa remembered that I collect silver antique looking frames…LOVE them!

Lisa, my friend, thank you so much for everything! How you are able to do so much and stay so strong, I do not know. You truly amaze me!
Much love!


Did I mention Mary has a shoe fetish?  Yes, it’s true.  And yes, the glass slipper soap dispenser is tacky…that was the intent.  But for some reason, Mary loves it (that or she’s just being nice).

That’s Like Asking Michelangelo to Paint My Bedroom

Mr. Diva™ purchased 3 new pairs of jeans and had me pin up the hem last week.  Well, yesterday he found the jeans sitting in the front seat of my car (oh crap!).  Anyway, he asked why he’s spent over $20,000 on sewing equipment and his jeans are being sent out to the tailor.  So guess what I’m doing today and tomorrow?  Ugh!  Let’s hope I don’t screw them up!  Or worse…damage my precious sewing machines and/or sergers, KWIM?

HGTV Design Star and I Didn’t Know It

Months ago, I posted my daughter’s Pink Parisian Bathroom on HGTV’s Rate My Space web site.  Little did I know it was featured in April.  Guess that’s why I got over 28,000 hits!  LOL!  Thanks HGTV!  My Sewing Room only got 21,000 hits…oh well!


Sew…I is for Internet Sewing Web Sites

Back to the Encyclopedia of ME…we’re up to letter I…


Besides all the sewing blogs listed on my sidebar, thought I’d suggest a few others.  If you haven’t check out the new web site, I suggest you do!

After the Home Sewing Association (creators of closed their doors on December 31, 2007, we thought all was lost.  But guess what? is now a part of the Sewing & Craft Alliance (SCA)! SCA provides education and creative resources to the sewing and craft enthusiast. You can visit their complete line-up of web sites at:

National Sewing Month

Trained Sewing Instructor

Sew Trendy

Sewing Events

Got Sewing


Be sure to sign-up for their monthly newsletter. (can’t get their link for the newsletter to work…sorry!)   Happy Sewing!


Oh and don’t forget to check out my FREE CANDY GIVEAWAY!


My 300th Post Blog Giveaway, More Pattern Making and a Kidney Transplant Update

Free Candy

Wow!  This is my 300th post…I’m thinking I talk too much.  Anyway, in celebration of this milestone, I’m going to give away the last of the BBQ Candy Cart stash…


Ok…so why should you win the free candy?  Let’s see.  How about whoever links back to this post and gets the most pingbacks (hits coming back here) wins?  Yep…so go link me in a post on your blog!  Be sure to put your email address in the comments section of this post.  I’ll announce the winner on Monday.

More Pattern Making

I spent Monday editing all the photos (over 40 photos..ugh) I took of my Downtown Joey fit samples on my son (size 6) and two mannequins (size 4 and 5).  I then emailed them to my pattern maker, so we can finalize the sample patterns.

I am having one problem with my boys’ pants design:  ZIPPERS.  I can get standard zippers 3 1/2″ and 5″ inch long.  But I’m trying to avoid having to have the zippers custom cut as it adds an additional $1 onto my costs.  And that’s not ok.  Especially since it looks like I need a 4″ zipper on several of the sizes.  Any suggestions or wholesale zipper leads from the peanut gallery?  I’ll be your best friend.  Did I mention I’d prefer burnt orange or rust colored zippers?

I’m Cool…I have a Beeper


On Tuesday, my daughter and I went to Philly for another doctor’s appointment.  I had a HORRIBLE day.  Seriously.  I’ve cried all night–it all seems so grim.  All the options SUCK.  Really.  I felt like I was being bullied into their way of thinking.  The whole kidney transplant protocol has me very uneasy.  Basically they tell me it’s dialysis or death–take your pick.  Like I said, all my options SUCK.  But I think what got me most upset was they said this while my daughter was in the room.  DIE is one word that I don’t allow to be spoken in my home or anywhere else.  And especially in front of my child.  KWIM?

I can’t begin to explain my feelings of helplessness not being able to be my own daughter’s kidney donor (I have Lupus, so they won’t consider me).  And Mr. Diva™ has chronic kidney stones (for which he’s hospitalized at least twice a year).  This is so not fair.

Two of my sisters, my brother and my nephew have all come forward to donate their kidneys.  But unfortunately, it’s just not that easy.  Not sure if we are going to go the living donor route.  There’s so much to consider.  We need to weigh the pros and cons with each donor.  This is so hard.

Since my daughter is now officially listed for a kidney transplant, the social worker finally gave me a beeper.  It brings back memories of when my daughter was waiting for her liver transplant 15 years ago.  When my beeper would beep, it was usually the beeper company calling to remind me to pay the $12 monthly bill.

On the Eve of St. Patrick’s Day 1994, my beeper buzzed.  I didn’t pay it much mind, because I figured it was the bill reminder once again.  But just to make sure, I checked the incoming number.  OMG!  It was the liver transplant center and they had a cadaveric liver for my daughter.  The rest is history.  She received her new liver the next morning.  It was the greatest day of my life (and hers).  I’m hoping we’ll be this lucky again. 


It’s very hard to deal with life these days.  However, it’s amazing what some Hostess Zingers (and everyone’s support) will do for the spirit.


Sew…What is Everyone Up To These Days?


Saw this simple On My Desk Meme over at Jenny’s of All Sorts and figured I’d jump in…

As you can see, there is NOTHING on my desk…ROTFL!  It’s because I don’t know what to do next!  And then there’s this:



Am I the only one feeling disconnected from my blog readers?  I guess what puzzles me is I get about 1,500 visits a day from different people…yet the same dozen bloggers leave comments.  Say HELLO–don’t be shy!  I like making new friends.

Anyway, I’m in a really weird place…feeling disconnected from my sewing room (umm, it might have something to do with having no heat in the sewing dungeon) and my nervousness about the upcoming launch of my boys’ clothing line.

To say I’m scared to death about the next few months would be putting it mildly.  I spend my days on the Internet checking out all the upcoming children’s trade show web sites, searching for pattern makers, cutters and sewing contractors, and then staring at my blank sketchpad.


I have the babysitter all lined up for Sunday so I can walk both the Bubble Show and ENK Children’s Club.  I really need to decide which of the two I want to launch at.  Although the Bubble Show is more appealing as it is smaller and less chaotic, the Children’s Club will give me much more exposure (or so I think).  While I’m at the show, I need to pay close attention to booth displays…to figure out what works and what doesn’t.  The one thing I have decided is I’m not going to get the smallest size booth…I’m shooting for the medium one (think it’s 5′ x 10′ at Bubble and 10′ x 10′ at ENK Children’s Club).  And then I need to make a deposit to secure my booth–it will make it “real” for me….KWIM?


I was looking online at trade show booth displays and the cheapest one I can find is about $500.  Then there’s the graphics and/or posters…$$$!  Come to think of it, I have a table top display like this in my attic…perhaps I’ll have to make due until I can justify a 10′ x 8′ display.


josiesetI FORCED myself to do a little sewing yesterday.  I finished up this peasant top to match the skirt for my niece.

It needs something on the shirt or perhaps a belt.

Any ideas?






Jumping on the bandwagon with Heather Bailey’s March of the Tools.  I just love tools…anything to make my life easier!


Hands down, my favorite and most often used tool is my Brother P-Touch Labeler.  Not only is it great for labeling every darn container in my sewing room, but I use it throughout my house.  The people at Staples must things I’m nuts…I’ve bought over 30 label makers during the last few months for Christmas gifts (they were a hit with the teachers).


I get excited when I manage to label every Tupperware container in my pantry.  It’s a sickness, I tell ya.



Look what came from Sandy!


A sewing themed nail file to smooth out the rough spots!


I’m thinking she’s been watching my bidding history as I’ve been trying to win these miniature sewing goodies on Ebay for over a month!



Check out this miniature thread rack…OMG, it’s so tiny!!!





She even sent me this big honkin’ DIVA sticker!

Sandy, you’re the best!

Thank you so much! 



Whipped up some Green Frosted Cupcakes.  Never know when a hungry leprechaun will stop by.


There’s still time…join in the fun!

What is Your Favorite Thing You’ve Ever Made?

Another Contest – Fabric Giveaway

Hope your weekend is off to a great start!


Another Contest – Fabric Giveaway


So Ingrid of Cherry Tree Graphics and I are working on the Downtown Joey web site for my new boys’ clothing line.  And I need a TERRIFIC TAG LINE…so help me out!




First let me tell you a little about who Downtown Joey is:

  • He fights with his sister, but worships his mother
  • He always stick ups for the smaller kid
  • He is a pro video gamer
  • He doesn’t go after the girl his buddy has already claimed
  • He sweet talks the babysitter
  • He loves Super Heroes and secretly aspires to be one
  • He blushes when kissed in public
  • He wishes his mother would let him dress in Star Wars’ t-shirts, but settles for pajamas instead.
  • He doesn’t like to be wrong
  • He goes up the playground slide backward
  • He refuses to eat anything green
  • He can wield a sword, light saber or nunchuk better than a Ninja


If I remember correctly, my old tag line was something like, “Uptown style for your Downtown Boy.”  Not sure.  But I’d really like to play up the Uptown/Downtown thing as we are based here in NYC…so we are naturally COOL…LOL!  However, it can be anything that fits!


So let’s hear your ideas.  You may submit as many tag lines as you’d like!  Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

With friendship,



Sew…How about a little Bloggy Love


Monica aka Happy Zombie got a “You Made My Day” award.  Being the rebel that she is, she broke the Award Rules (see below)and gave all of us on her Blogroll the Award.  Thanks Monica for making MY day!

Ok…so here’s what I need to do:

1. Write a post with links to 5 blogs that make me think and/or make my day.
2. Acknowledge the post of the award giver.
3. Display the “You Make my Day Award” logo
4. Tell the award winners that they have won by commenting on their blogs with the news.
5. It’s a meme

oh darn…how do I pick just 5 of my blogging buddies?  Sorry, but like Monica, I can’t just pick five bloggers…that’s not cool.  So everyone on my Blogroll, consider yourself TAGGED, too!  Now go post that pretty awards graphic on your blog!

Speaking of Bloggy Love, Sweet Mary (Confessions of a Craft Addict) challenges us all to Share the Love.

There is the one simple sharetheloverule:

1. Do a little something sweet for someone who would not expect it by March 1.

Now, how hard is that?  I love Valentine’s Day and the weeks preceding it as it is an excuse to send out a special note, a little trinket or some yummy fabric to another.  Another reason is I am a pink whore…I love pink…even better-pink hearts…oh really, what about pink roses?  The list goes on…LOL!  But honestly, I so much prefer to give than receive.  So keep your eyes out for a Diva Delivery™…it might be your lucky day!

Don’t forget my FREE SEWING BOOK GIVEAWAY!  You have until Monday morning to post a link to your favorite Valentine’s Day project.

Moving right along…

Back to business…



I finally came up with a simple sketch for my new Downtown Joey web site (yes, I know there is nothing there at the moment…haha).  I’m really looking forward to see what Ingrid of Vintage Cherries creates.  See that OVAL in the above sketch?  That represents this, because I didn’t have the patience to try to draw it:



…a little boy doing a handstand…LOL!


I’d show you my current sewing project, but my computer won’t load my photos from my camera card…ugh, ugh, ugh!!!

With friendship,








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