Tag Archive: Fresh from Stacey

Comfort Cases Charity Drive + Giveaway!

About Comfort Cases You know that every quarter, FreshStitches picks a new charity in need of receiving lovingly made, crocheted stuffed animals. Last quarter’s drive, animals for Kids Need to Read, was a huge success… and I am over-the-moon excited about this one! This quarter, we’re making stuffed animals to put in the backpacks distributed […]

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February Ami Club Newsletter

Oh, hey, lovely Ami Club member! Welcome! It’s the 2nd Friday of the month… so it’s time for our members-only newsletter! What I’m up to & news I like doing all kinds of crafts, but the sewing machine just isn’t relaxing for me. It’s noisy. And it goes too fast. So I’m handsewing. Have a […]

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Tips for Organizing a Charity Craft Fair

There are a lot of charities in the world doing really amazing work. I’ve written about how to donate stuffed animals, but frankly, most charities benefit from donations of cash. Large organizations are typically more efficient with cash, not only because they are able to better use the resources (for example, a charity that helps […]

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December Ami Club Newsletter

Oh, hey, lovely Ami Club member! Welcome! You’re probably familiar with my Yarn & Craft Newsletter, where I share fun yarn stuff from all around the internet. But I thought it would be fun to have a monthly Ami Club Newsletter which focuses more on crochet and amigurumi! Oh, and cute. Look for this newsletter […]

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Guide to Donating Stuffed Animals

I’m incredibly passionate about sharing the love of stuffed animals with children in need. In Ami Club, we will be selecting a few charities a year that are committed to lovingly matching children with their new companions. However, you don’t need to mail stuffed animals across the country to make a difference! In this post, […]

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Sample Sale, Tuesday only!

Hi there! I’m having a FreshStitches Sample sale on Instagram! Today is #GivingTuesday, and Heifer International is doubling all donations today only. If you’re not familiar with them, they are an organization that gifts livestock and education to people in need, so that they can raise the animals and create an income for themselves. I’m […]

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Cyber Monday Deal!

It’s Cyber Monday, and I have a fabulous deal… Goodie Boxes! These are available to Ami Club Members, only! (so, if you’re not a member, sign up now!) Contents of the boxes vary, but that’s part of the surprise! Every box contains goodies worth at least $105 retail value, and include: 2 different bundles of yarn […]

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Pineapple Shawl, Tutorials and Sharing the Love

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FreshStitches Summer 2016 Schedule

Summer is here! It’s would seem like a pretty slow time of year in the yarn industry (who wants to crochet an afghan when it’s 90 degrees outside?), but it’s…

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What are you making with your rainbow mini-skeins?

You saw these amazing rainbow mini-skeins exclusively for FreshStitches by SpaceCadet? Squee! The biggest question is… what are you going to make? I recommended a couple of Pinterest boards to…

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Spring Cleaning!

I love spring! The sun is coming out, the birds are tweeting… has spring come to your area yet? Here in Minnesota, it’s *just* gotten here. It was 37 degrees…

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I’m filming a new Craftsy Class!

Exciting news! I’m filming a new Craftsy class, and you’ll be able to watch a behind the scenes video this Monday! Here are a few quick pictures of some cuties…

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Help! Addicted to Bead Crochet, again!

I feel like this happens to me every spring. The coat comes off, and I can put on beautiful jewelry (and have it be seen!) And then I decide I…

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Stitches South, Stitches United and Gradient Yarn!

I just got back from teaching at Stitches South in Nashville, TN, and it was awesome-sauce! Here’s a peek at the lobby of the convention center: And since it was…

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Join me at Stitches West!

Are you on the west coast? You might want to join me for Stitches West! It’s in Santa Clara February 18-21. Can’t come to California? There’s still a way to…

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Easy trick for making a custom, bulky yarn!

Can I show you this awesome cowl I made? Isn’t it fun? And isn’t the yarn amazing? It looks custom, right? I mean… a rainbow plied with white. Yummers! It’s…

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Celebrate 2016 with a Temperature Cowl!

I’ve been eyeing the Temperature Afghans that are popping up on the internet… you know the ones: you crochet 1-3 rows of an afghan for every day of the year,…

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Why I don’t mind making mistakes…

Almost every time I knit or crochet or sew something, I make a mistake. Oops. Recently, I knit Maddie the cutest hat. But I included the edge stitches of the…

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Happy Holidays + travel blog post roundup!

I’ve always loved this time of year. It’s Christmas, Boxing Day, my birthday, the New Year and now Maddie’s birthday all at once! It’s also an incredibly busy time, which…

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How to Paint Your Own Craft Eyes

I stock lots of pretty colors of craft eyes in my shop. But, what do you do if you want something I don’t have? Like pink eyes? Or glitter eyes?…

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Color Theory: Neutrals + Pop of Color!

You know that I love color. In fact, one of my most popular blog posts is this one where I talk about putting colors together. But maybe you’re not into…

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The Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair

My visit to Sydney just happened to coincide with the Craft & Quilt Fair… and I was so excited to visit! I was only in town for the last day, which also happened to be my sister-in-law’s birthday (busy, busy!), so I could only stay for a couple hours. I wish I could have stayed […]

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Vacation time!

I’m headed off to TNNA this weekend, and then going on vacation to visit family in Australia. Usually, when I go on vacation, my to-do list is packed. I write blog posts and schedule work to do. But this time, I’m not. Do you know why? To be honest with you, I’ve been really bad […]

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Vacation time!

I’m headed off to TNNA this weekend, and then going on vacation to visit family in Australia. Usually, when I go on vacation, my to-do list is packed. I write blog posts and schedule work to do. But this time, I’m not. Do you know why? To be honest with you, I’ve been really bad […]

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How to Read a Bead Crochet Pattern

I love bead crochet! I learned loads of techniques from the book Bead Crochet Jewelry, and I highly recommend it as a starting place for learning! But what if you want to do more? Today I’m going to show you how to read bead crochet patterns, of the type you’ll find on Pinterest and online! […]

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Limited Number of Pastel Rainbow Bundles!

Okay. I have one more awesome offering for you before I go on summer vacation (more about that later on!) Remember when I listed the Ultra Rainbow Bundles? Remember what a hit they were? I know not everyone is into brights. So I have something for those of you who love the softer colors! It’s […]

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And then the Kit Club outgrew my car…

This is a happy story with a good problem to have and a solution… but it’s mostly detail-sy insights about how I run the Kit Club. I do these types of posts every so often because a handful of folks find the behind-the-scenes stuff interesting. If it’s not, fear not! We’ll be back to regular […]

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5 Crafty Things You Should Do Every Month

Spring cleaning isn’t just for spring! Here’s my list of 5 crafty/organizational things you should do every month… for a fabulously crafty year! 1. Put away all of the crafting supplies you’re not currently using Yeah, I know. You might use that half of a ball of blue yarn to start a new project. Or […]

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Photos from Stitches South 2015

Last weekend, I was teaching at Stitches South. First, let me say: the venue was AMAZING! It was held at the Gaylord Opryland… and the best way I can describe it is: Vegas in Nashville. Without the gambling. I mean… there was a river in the hotel! With a little boat! Whoa. It wasn’t a […]

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Crochet Ripple Afghan

Have I shown you the beautiful afghan that my mom made Maddie? I just love it! It’s in my favorite colors! She used Knit Picks (either Brava or Comfy Worsted… I can’t tell because it looks like the aqua color has been discontinued!) and a size I hook. I bought her a Caspian Crochet hook […]

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