Category: Creative Connections Conference

Making a House a Home: Sewing Tutorials

sewing tutorials

When it comes to the art of making a house a home, I believe it’s important for some of the items in your home to be made by hand –I’m not talking about items just for your home, but items used by loved ones in your home as well.  Here are a few sewing tutorials that I hope inspire you to create something special for your space, and the people you love who live in it:

  1. Pleated Tote Bag Tutorial by U-Handbag
  2. Cathedral Windows Pillow Tutorial by House of a la Mode
  3. Headband Tutorial by JezzePrints
  4. Spider Web Quilt Block Tutorial by House of a la Mode
  5. Diamond Quilt Top Tutorial by Urban Patchwork
  6. Add a Zipper to your Pillow on Sew, Mama, Sew!

Where Women Eat and Play

Where Women Create Luncheon

Guess who I had lunch with today?  Jo Packham, the creator and editor-in-chief of Where Women Create magazine.  Unfortunately I’m not cool enough to have had a one-on-one meeting with her yet, but I was honored to be apart of a luncheon with Jo, Paige Hill, and many other creative woman from Utah.  Jo even picked up the tab.  Does that make it a date?  It’s official; I went on a date with Jo Packham 😉

In all seriousness, I really admire Jo’s work and the venue she provides for creative woman.  What an honor!  Maybe one day I will be able to have that one on one date with her, along with being featured in her wonderful magazine.

Here is a list of the amazing woman who attended the lunch:

Bottom from left:

Margie from The Girls Paperie

Jo from Where Women Create

Paige from Where Women Create

Shelley from The House of Smiths

Brittany from One Charming Party

Kim and Kris from The DIYDISH

Kirsten from The Crafting Chicks

Jen from Tatertots and Jello

Tauni from It’s a Tradition

Alison from How Does She

Kari from UCreate

Ashlee of I’m Topsy Turvy

Me from The Artists House

Jen, Jenny and Jayme from Making Memories

Meg from Brassy Apple

Carey from Little Cherry Blossoms

Where Women Create Luncheon

While I wait for that day to come, I really hope to attend The Creative Connection Event again this year.  Last year, I was lucky enough to win a trip to The Creative Connection Event and it was amazing.  You can read more about my experience here.

I leave you with a few more photos from the Where Women Create studio, a little something to inspire creativity in you today.

Where Women Create LuncheonWhere Women Create Luncheon

Where Women Create LuncheonWhere Women Create Luncheon


Oh, and don’t forget, today is the last day to enter our hand dyed wool giveaway!

Also, it’s the last day to vote for my couch pillow!

Scrappy Projects

I’m a firm believer in saving and using scraps, even though it can sometimes become overwhelming.  I put up with the chaos it creates because I believe in being resourceful and “green”.  Lately, all my scrap-saving has really come in handy –I’ve been busting through my scrappy piles as I prepare for The Beehive Bazaar.  Do you want to see?

machine applique felt flower

A machine applique flower made from old sweaters.

applique flower made from an old skirt

A flower made from an old skirt, scraps of tulle, and an old sweater.

leftover batting

A throw pillow insert made with leftover quilt batting and poly-fill.

pot holders made from scraps

Potholders made with leftover fabric and binding scraps.

The potholder idea was inspired by Camille Roskelley, after taking her Retro Kitchen class at The Creative Connections Conference.  Below are my piles of coordinated scrap fabrics and scrap binding.

Are you working on any “scrappy” projects?

The Creative Connection Event

I just spent the past four days in Minneapolis attending The Creative Connections Event created by Nancy Soriano and Jo Packham of Where Woman Create.  I truly had a wonderful time and was inspired by many passionate and creative woman.  Jo and Nancy did a great job planning this event!

angela flicker and heather tollers

My old college roommate, Heather Tollers, attended this event with me.  We picked up right where we left off.  It was nice being able to catch up with an old friend who I hadn’t see for five years.

vanessa and danielle from Etsy

I really enjoyed meeting Danielle and Vanessa from Etsy. They were kind, funny, and generous with helpful Etsy advise.

Camille Roskelley, Paige Hill, Jana Nielson, and Angela Flicker

I took a great “Retro Kitchen” class taught by Camille Roskelley. I sat at a table with some fellow Utah twitter friends: the sweet Paige Hill and the funny Jana Nielson.

I also enjoyed Betz White’s class where I made some adorable felted ornaments and Ruth Rae’s class where I started making a family keepsake album.

The highlight of my weekend was meeting the lovely and down-to-earth Amy Butler.  She spoke at the opening dinner.  Afterward we briefly spoke and she embraced me with a hug.  Truly, she is an inspiration!

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All in all, it was a fabulous weekend.  I gathered lots of business cards from awesome vendors, artists, and crafters.  I’ll be sharing some of them with you as a part of my “A Crafty Holiday” event.

Creative Connections Conference – I’m Going!

When the Creative Connections Conference was first publicized, I immediately called my college roommate, an artist living in Minnesota. We talked about the possibility of attending the conference together since we both just started small at-home businesses this past year, me with The Artists’ House and her with HT Designs 4U. Oh, we were so hopeful! Money has been tight though, and as much as I wanted to attend the conference and see Heather, I didn’t know if it was going to be possible. I felt a little like this…

This past Saturday, my email was buzzing like crazy. All these people were suddenly following me on Twitter. I knew something was up. I logged in and when I saw that tweet from Etsy, saying that I was the winner, well I just couldn’t believe it.

“UPDATE: We have a winner! Congratulations to Angela, a.k.a. theartistshouse (@TheArtistsHouse on Twitter), who has won the trip to the Creative Connection! We can’t wait to meet you at the conference.  Here’s her tweet: “

#cc #etsy Creating is not a choice but a need, just like eating and sleeping. If I ignore it, my whole being suffers.”


 I was so excited!  After expressing my joy with my little daughter, I immediately called Heather. We both were tickled, acting like college freshman again, giddy on the phone.  It’s funny, how this conference and this awesome giveaway is helping two college roommates, creative in spirit, reconnect for the first time in five years. Heather is looking into registering for the conference as we speak.