• Donvier Ice Cream Maker - Retro Review
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    Retro Review: Donvier Ice Cream Maker

    I love going thrifting. Beyond salvaging sewing machines, I also love examining household products, the more retro the packaging the better. When I came across this Donvier Ice Cream Maker for just $2.99 at Value Village, I had to try it out. Donvier Ice Cream Maker Parts I opened the packaging in the store and thought it was all there, but unfortunately it was missing one part. The Donvier should come with the following pieces: The Case (essentially the outer plastic shell) The Chillfast Cylinder The Blade The Ring The Lid The Handle The Cap Mine was missing the ring, which is used as a seal between the case and…

  • Paper Craft,  Tutorials,  Videos

    Paper Patchwork Heart Scrapbook Embellishment

    Today I’m going to show you how I made this adorable heart embellishment out of scrapbook paper.  It’s a perfect addition to your Valentine’s Day cards or scrapbooking layouts, but you could use it any time of year.  Hearts are so versatile! The approximate size of the embellishment will be 6 inches wide by 5.5 tall, depending on how much you space out your pieces. Use a paper cutter to cut out two different patterned (but colour-coordinating) strips from a 12×12″ piece of paper, three quarters of an inch wide each. Cut down those strips into three quarter inch squares. You’ll need 10 squares total out of each print to…

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    The Future of the Craftcore YouTube Channel #YouTubePartnerProgram

    I started my YouTube channel in November of 2016, posting craft tutorials, craft room tours, and sewing machine reviews.  I’ve loved having a way to show you guys even more sides of my crafty life.  Sometimes it’s easier to show you a tutorial in video format rather than in static images and text. Eligibility Changes for the YouTube Partner Program Like many content creators, I support this blog with advertising.  The advertising helps cover my server costs and costs of supplies.  It does not cover all my costs, but that’s okay.  This is my hobby, not a business (as much as I’d love for Craftcore to be a standalone business one day, I have…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials,  Videos

    Pillow Pals Spoonflower Cut & Sew Project Sewing Demonstration

    Earlier this week, I posted a video on the Craftcore YouTube channel demonstrating how easy it is to make cut-and-sew projects from fat quarters purchased from Spoonflower. So fast! So easy! You can order the cut & sew fabric that I used for this project from Julien & Emily on Spoonflower – the specific design is Red Fox but there are many great designs to choose from in their shop. When you order one of the Pillow Pals project fat quarters, the fabric features the pieces you’ll need to make one pillow pal, plus a few mini pals too. Watch how easy it is to put together a cut-and-sew project in…

  • Home Decor,  Projects

    First Birthday Party Crafts: Expectations and Reality

    I was looking forward to putting together a small party for my son Jacob who turned one (already?!) at the beginning of this month. I love Pinterest for gathering inspiration, but browsing Pinterest can give you some really high expectations for what a child’s birthday party should be like. However, Pinterest-style parties can come with $$$ price tags (have you seen the kid parties that cost more than small weddings?!). Additionally, those plentiful Pinterest crafts can take a lot of time – time that is more valuable than money. I know, I run a craft blog: I should want to craft all the things! I just haven’t been able to get…

  • Paper Craft,  Tutorials

    Gift Idea – How to Make a 3D Pocket for a Box of Candy in a Greeting Card

    If you want to give a friend or loved-one a candy bar for a job well done, this card craft is for you. I’m going to show you how to create a card with a 3D pocket.  You can tuck a box of candy or a chocolate bar inside. I was inspired by a box of Nestle Smarties, one of my favourite Canadian chocolate candy-coated treats.  I came up with the sentiment “Good Luck Smartie Pants!” for the front of my card and “You’ve Got This!” for the inside.  This would make a great card for someone heading back to school or starting a new job. Of course, you can do…

  • How to Identify Simanco Sewing Machine Feet
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    How to Identify Simanco Singer Sewing Machine Feet

    So you’ve just picked up a vintage Singer sewing machine from a thrift store, and you’re lucky enough to have all or some of the original attachments that came with the machine. But wait. What are all these things? If you are a new sewer, some of these won’t be familiar. How can you determine what they are? If the machine is Singer and if the attachments are authentic, they will have a Simanco part number on them. How to Identify Simanco Sewing Machine Attachments Video: After you find the number, visit the Accessory Part Numbers page on the Singer Sewing Info site. Match up the Simanco number from your…

  • Reviews,  Videos

    White 642 Domestic Sewing Machine Demonstration and Review

    Today I’m going to show you a demonstration of the White Model 642 Sewing Machine.  I picked this up from a thrift store a few years ago.  The dials on this machine operate a little differently than I was used to, so I thought I would share the settings I used to achieve different stitches in case you were having similar problems. Watch the video below for the full demonstration.  I go over the parts of the White 642 sewing machine, how to thread the machine, and the settings I use for each pattern.  I also show you the variation of stitches you can achieve purely by adjusting the stitch length…

  • Singer Tiny Serger - TS-380 Plus
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    Singer Tiny Serger TS-380 Plus Video Demonstration

    I spotted this Singer Tiny Serger in the display window of my local Value Village thrift store. It was tagged at what I feel was an unrealistic price for this plastic machine, $129.99. I watched the machine as it slowly came down in price over a few months, and I eventually scored it for just $29.99.  Good things come to those who wait! Singer Tiny Serger TS-380 Plus Video Review My Notes About the Tiny Serger The Tiny Serger works for what it is, but if you are doing a serious amount of sewing, I would recommend skipping this and purchasing a full-size serger. Why, you ask? The machine is…

  • Food,  Projects,  Recipes

    The Microwave Incident – Microwave Apple Crisp

    Right before the microwave incident occurred, I joked with my husband that what I was about to do was going to kill our poor old microwave.  I really didn’t believe what I was going to do was going to hurt it, honest. Honest! I had a ton of apples on hand that I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat before they went bad.  I had purchased a giant pack of “imperfect” apples that were in various states of freshness and quality.  It was a warm night and I didn’t want to heat up my oven, so I turned to my microwave as a keep-cool option.  Who knew that microwaving…

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    Pass-Through Kitchen Progress Update

    My husband and I are working on updating our kitchen by adding a pass-through window between our kitchen wall and living room wall.  On the kitchen side, we are adding a new set of cabinets with a counter top.  On the living room side, we are adding a second counter top at bar height to work with the set of bar stools I’ve recovered in a light beige fabric. We aren’t ready to cut the window hole, but I purchased the cabinets from IKEA and wanted to get them installed before our return-and-exchange period was up in case there were any issues.  We decided to get the cabinets installed first.…

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    Meet the Craftcore Cats

    If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed that I share photos of my cats getting all up in my crafty business.  Regardless of whether they are resting on top of my ironing board, draping themselves over my quilting fabrics, or standing right in front of my computer monitor while I’m trying to type up a tutorial for Craftcore, these cute kitties are impossible to ignore.  I would love to formally introduce you to my my clowder: I’m bursting at the seams (har-har) with cats, with 5 total in my furry family. I get asked from time to time to share a little about such-and-such a cat, so I put together this little guide…

  • Before and After,  Home Decor,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Sew Bar Stool Slipcovers Tutorial

    To fulfill my dream of renovating my kitchen on a budget, I tried my hand at making custom slipcovers for my new-to-me bar stools for the breakfast bar we are creating.  I didn’t buy a pattern to  make these.  Instead, I used my handy measuring tape and dove right in and figured things out as I went along. Each chair took approximately 2 infant nap times to cut out, sew, and staple – nap times are how I count time in my life now, apparently.  Overall, I’m pleased with the results and am happy to share my process with you.  This tutorial will show you how to recover a bar stool that has a…

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    Craftcore Has a New Look! Website Redesign

    If you’re like me, as soon as you’re able to open up the windows and let in the fresh spring air, a sudden urge to give the house a deep clean strikes.  Similarly, I’ve been itching to give my humble ‘ol blog a spring makeover.  I don’t think there was anything wrong with the old look, but sometimes I just want to experience something different. Yesterday, I gave Craftcore a fresh redesign that features larger images and an easier-to-browse navigation.   All blog posts from now on will feature larger, higher-quality pictures, meaning that you’ll be able to get up close and personal with all those crafty details.   Additionally, the…

  • Home Decor,  Projects

    1950s Pass-Through Kitchen Renovation Project

    Welcome to my kitchen renovation!  My kitchen is original to the 1950s bungalow, meaning that structurally the cabinets are pretty sturdy but they are bulkier in appearance than most modern kitchens.  The previous owners we purchased the home from had painted the wooden cabinets white – I’m thankful for that being done already.  The kitchen footprint is pretty small so the white gives the illusion of the space being bigger than it is. My kitchen has a fairly small U-shaped layout.  When there are two cooks in the kitchen, we are always bumping into each other.  Here are a few photos of what the kitchen looks like right now to give…

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    Canvas Pouch Giveaway Winners Announcement

    I’m pleased as punch to announce that the two lucky winners of the Craftcore Canvas Pouch Giveaway.  Jenny H and Richard B will be receiving a canvas pouch of their choice from my Etsy shop.    Hooray! Jenny and Richard, I’ve sent you an email to arrange prizing.  Check your email! Thank you to everyone who entered the contest and supported my new Etsy shop.  Be sure to check out my shop and take a look around at all my available designs. Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook to keep in the loop about future giveaways and all the activity going on at Craftcore!

  • Projects,  Sewing

    Tea Bag Travel Carrier Sewing Project Reveal – Tea for Two Swap

    My latest completed sewing project is an adorable tea bag travel carrier.  It would be great to throw in your purse as a pouch for up to 4 tea bags.  I’m a member of a Facebook quilting group called the Quilt Cave and we did this project as a swap.  This is the tea bag holder that I’ll be sending to my partner – I hope she enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it! This project comes together quickly and is a great stash-buster.  I used a variety of green and blue fabrics.  I’ve had a stash of these kimono buttons for a long time, so I used them…