Sylvestermouse

I love sewing and all crafts. I also enjoy cooking and I frequently make my own unique masterpieces in the kitchen.

I have published over 400 articles featuring recipes, crafts, travel advice, endangered animals, and even recommended family movies and musicals that you will not want to miss.

Seam Rippers

Seam Rippers

No matter how careful I am when I sew, there are always errors, mistakes, and seams that need to be removed from any project.  I shall never forget my first experience with a seam ripper.  I felt like it was the most wonderful creation ever invented.  It makes removing a seam so much easier than […]

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Lavender & Lace QUEEN ANNE’S LACE Cross Stitch Pattern

Lavender & Lace QUEEN ANNE’S LACE Cross Stitch Pattern

Cross Stitching has been my own personal favorite craft and needlework for decades. It is a great way to make beautiful artwork for my home, but it is also a craft that will tolerate interruptions. It is pretty easy to jump back into a project and pick up where we left off if the world […]

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Quick and Easy Weekend Quilts & Projects

Written by on June 30, 2020 in Books, Quilt Pattern Books, Quilting with 1 Comment
Quick and Easy Weekend Quilts & Projects

Quilting is such a beautiful art! I always hate to hear people say they no longer have time to quilt or that they never had the time to learn. I discovered this book a few years back and quickly fell in love with it. It gives so many great instructions for fast and easy quilting. […]

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Threading a Sewing Machine Needle

Written by on June 29, 2020 in Sewing, Sewing Supplies & Accessories with 1 Comment
Threading a Sewing Machine Needle

Being able to see to thread the small eye of a needle, has always been one of the most challenging tasks when sewing.  It becomes even more frustrating if the thread color has to be changed frequently like a needlework project.  I have been purchasing and using the inexpensive Dritz Needle Threaders for decades.  They […]

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Birdsong Duet Cross Stitch Picture Kit

Birdsong Duet Cross Stitch Picture Kit

This beautiful cross stitch picture is so sweet! I can almost hear these birds singing their happy song. This Birdsong Duet picture is such a precious reminder that spring is never very far away and beauty is always around us. When I look at this precious artwork, I am in awe of how such beauty […]

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Beaded Easter Eggs Tutorial

Written by on June 27, 2020 in Easter Crafts with 7 Comments
Beaded Easter Eggs Tutorial

Because I enjoy hiding a few special Easter eggs for our family Easter egg hunt, several years ago I started creating our own collectible beaded Easter eggs. Since they are my own designs and creations, no two are exactly alike. Frankly, when I first started making our beaded Easter eggs, I used what I had […]

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Sewing Bobbins and Bobbin Box Organizers

Sewing Bobbins and Bobbin Box Organizers

  This past Halloween, I was busy making Halloween costumes when I was reminded of one of the basic rules from my days in high school Home Ec. Our Home Economics teacher was fantastic! One of her basic rules was to make sure we filled 3 bobbins of thread before we started any project. She […]

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Crochet Coats Patterns

Written by on June 25, 2020 in Crochet Patterns / Books with 3 Comments
Crochet Coats Patterns

As the weather is turning cooler in our area, I find I am now reaching for a coat not only when I venture outdoors, but even indoors.  I have always enjoyed having unique clothing, and crocheted coats are certainly unique, dramatic works of wearable art! These crochet coats are a gorgeous way to add warm […]

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Christmas Crafts for the Whole Family

Written by on June 24, 2020 in Christmas Crafts, Crafts with 11 Comments
Christmas Crafts for the Whole Family

Every year I search for an easy Christmas craft that all of the kids and the adults in our family will enjoy creating together. I gather the craft supplies that we will need to make a beautiful Christmas craft in advance, before our guests arrive for the holidays. Then, I am ready to break out […]

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How To Make Your Own Floss Separator for Cross Stitching or any Needlework

How To Make Your Own Floss Separator for Cross Stitching or any Needlework

Floss Separators are commercially sold and are sometimes included in cross stitch kits. Floss Separators are awesome to use when you have an empty separator card on hand. However, crafters often start a new needlework project when inspired and we don’t want to run to the store to purchase a floss separator and we certainly […]

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