Friday, July 19, 2013

Meg's Crochet Rainbow Zipper Coin Purse

My niece wants me to teach her how to crochet, so I had to find a project that was easy but still fun to do. My first crochet project was wash cloths but I cant imagine that would be all that exciting for a teenage girl. This coin purse is easier than it looks. All you do is crochet a flat round in a specific color order and then fold in half. It’s a very quick project and would make a great gift or first pattern to follow!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

How To Dye Zippers- A Tutorial From Blue Nini

We've gotten such an awesome response to the Ykk Organic Zippers. I've had a lot of requests for new colors. The Organic Zippers only come in white tape right now. Sara from BlueNini is sharing an awesome way to dye them.

Beautiful, right?!? If you would like to give this a try we currently have the ykk organic zippers available in 4 inch, 7 inch, 8 inch, 10 inch, and 12 inch. 

Check out more of Blue Nini's gorgeous creations at her Etsy Shop or drop on by her facebook! Thanks so much for sharing Sara!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Oven Baked Eggs, A First Installment of Pinstant Gratification

Lately I have been so obsessed with Pinterest. I feel like Short Circuit with the encyclopedias only instead of encyclopedias to violently whip through I sit in front of my computer screen scrolling through beautiful pictures. Pictures of colorfully decorated gypsy wagons, tediously sewn hexagon quilts, tiny fairy houses and huge tree houses, faraway hideouts and brilliant ideas for making not-so-faraway hideouts of your very own. I scour recipes, plan a gigantic dream home I could never afford, and hoard up sewing patterns galore. Pinterest is like a visual smorgasbord of ideas and inspiration. Better yet, it's a place where you can organize and keep these little bits of inspiration. You can build your own little organized inspiration garden. You can save up favorite products, delicious looking recipes, how-to tutorials, witty tips and tricks, dreamy photos of exotic places, craft ideas, fun projects for your kids, tiny bits of humor, ANYTHING that makes you happy. You can find it and pin it in your own little place to come back to.

Problem is, I've been having so much fun PINNING I have spent so little time DOING! When I see a pin I like I think to myself, "Hey, I can do that!" or "I wish I was there" or "That would be fun". And then I pin and dismiss. I go back out to find more pins to add to my hoard of wonderful things.

I'm going to make an honest attempt to turn some of these pins into reality. It might be awhile before I am able to visit Lac Rose in France or the Hilton in Bora Bora. My husband might freak a little if I brought home a Scottish Highland Cow. The neighbors would freak if I built a chicken coop (and I know for a fact it is actually against city ordinance as of now, yes...I looked into it). I don't think I could even get a twirly slide to fit in any room in the house. And you *might* need a permit to build a lazy river in your backyard. I am going to start out simple and work my way up to the big ones. They are staying on the list though...because someday I really do hope to do these things!
So. Nice and Easy. Very first pin to come off the list happened to coincide with dinner last night. I am often amused by simple things. Like Baking Eggs in the Oven. What?!??! I have been boiling them all of these years and you can just throw those buggers in the oven??!?!
I did exactly as the pin said. Ok, almost exactly. Sometimes I am bad at following directions. Even when there are only a few of them.
I set the oven to 325.
Put the eggs in the muffin tin.
Put the eggs in the oven.
Set my iphone timer to 25 minutes.
Took a screenshot.
Got completely distracted (I have 4 kids, a dog, 2 cats, and a husband with Peter Pan Syndrome, distraction happens a lot around here).
Remembered I forgot to start the timer and guessed on when to pull the eggs out.
They worked. Mostly.
Some of them had some brown spots on that made them look more like Yoshi Eggs. I can't say if this would have happened if I would have set the timer or not though. I will admit these brown spots are most likely a direct result of my inability to follow a few simple steps.
They were cooked though.
And tasted like eggs. And made some great egg salad. So I guess that's success?

Off to scour Pinterest some more and to find something new to try! 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Zipit Zippers #3 Coil YKK Zipper Color Charts By Size

 YKK #3 Coil Zippers Currently Available at All 65 colors in chart above available in sizes 4",5",7",8",9",10",12" and 14". Please see charts below for colors available in 3",6",16",18",20" and 22".

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Quick Guide to Zipper Teeth and Coil Sizes

There are so many different types of zippers out there it can make your head spin! Here a little guide to help you understand the different coil types and sizes in zippers. 

The first thing you will need to know is there are 3 different types of teeth/coils- nylon coil, plastic molded, and metal.

Nylon Coil zippers consist of a continuous coil chain made from nylon. They are very flexible and most commonly used in fashion (skirts, dresses, etc.), pouches and bags. If the coil is located on the back of the zipper instead of the front it is an Invisible Zipper.

Metal zippers consist of individual metal teeth. They are typically made from nickel, brass, aluminum and manganese. They are available in several finishes such as gold, antique gold, black oxidized, brass, nickel aluminum and specialty finishes such as the Excella Rainbow Teeth Zippers.  They are often used in jeans, leather items, jackets, sweatshirts,and bags.

Plastic Molded (or Sports) zippers have individual plastic teeth that fit together like puzzle pieces.They are very durable and commonly used in outerwear, sports clothes and equipment (gym bags, etc.), and outdoor goods.

Each tooth size/coil is available in different widths. The widths are measured in millimeters. The higher the number, the wider your teeth will be.

Here is an example of the plastic molded zippers and their different size teeth. 

And another example, this time with nylon coil zippers:

 The higher the number, the wider the coil. It's that simple!

I hope this helps you determine the right zipper for your project. Please feel free to ask any questions! 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

New Octopus Zipper Pulls and Another Giveaway!

 Giveaway CLOSED!  

Congrats to our winner Becky who said:

BeckyJune 30, 2012 7:34 PM

I like seahorses!

We have some new zipper pull designs and we're going to celebrate with a GIVEAWAY! Win a whole 24 piece set of our new OCTOPUS ZIPPER PULLS!

Octopus Zipper Pulls 

3 easy ways to enter! Please leave a separate comment for each entry and be sure to leave your email address so I have a way of contacting you if you win!

1. Leave a comment below saying what your favorite ocean creature is.

2. Share this post on facebook, twitter, pinterest, your blog, or any other social media site and leave a comment here letting me know you have shared.

3."Like" us on facebook and comment here letting me know you like us. 

Come back every day until Sat. June 30th and leave a new comment for additional chances to win!

Good Luck!

Friday, June 1, 2012

New Zippers and a Giveaway! CLOSED

*****Giveaway is now CLOSED. Congrats to gkuroda!*****
i'd use it to make bags
We just got these Excella Lumina Rainbow Teeth Zippers in stock. I figure what a better way to announce a new product than with a GIVEAWAY! The giveaway will be for (5) of these 7" white closed bottom excella zippers.

3 easy ways to enter! Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

1. Leave a comment below stating what you would use these for if you win.

2. Share this post on facebook, twitter, pinterest, your blog, or any other social media site and leave a comment here letting me know you have shared.

3."Like" us on facebook and comment here letting me know you like us.

Come back every day until Weds. June 6th and leave a new comment for additional chances to win!

We will announce the winner here on June 6th. Good Luck!