Happy Post: Pretty Embroidery Floss + Fancy New Website Design

Happy Post: Pretty Embroidery Floss + Fancy New Website Design

Whew! It’s been a crazy few days filled with a whole lot of PHP and CSS (and very little sleep), but TZoM has finally moved to a new and much faster server and has also gotten a much-needed makeover. (If you’re reading this on a smartphone or tablet, hello! My new site layout was specifically designed to look great on screens of all sizes—I hope you’re enjoying the view!)

So, to celebrate the new look—and because my brain is a bit too fried from all that code to finish the review I was working on—I’m sharing a photo of pretty embroidery floss instead. (Hooray for happy posts!) Because, when your studio table is filled with supplies this pretty, does it really still count as work?

And, with that, I’m going to step away from the computer for at least eight blissfully consecutive hours!

Sunday Snapshot: Of Craft Studio Cats and Springtime Allergies

Sunday Snapshot: Of Craft Studio Cats and Springtime Allergies

The cats have taken over the craft studio and springtime allergies have taken over my brain. (Ugh. Blooming trees sure are pretty and all, but COME ON. I’m ready to stop feeling like my face might fall off.)

Luckily, pretty much all I’m doing at the moment is cross-stitching, which requires relatively little movement and/or brain power. (Did you hear? I’m writing a cross-stitch book!) So, thus far, most screw up-related stitch removal and its accompanying creative swearing has been kept to a minimum.

Right now, I’m wrapping up a quiet Sunday and getting excited for the creative plans I have scheduled in the coming week. Tree pollen permitting, there’s a whole lot of fun in the works!

I hope you’re all getting ready to have a great week too! And, if you’re also on Team Ugh My Sinuses, try not to let those histamines get you down. xoxo

Tutorial: Goldfish Bowl Poodle Skirt with AccuQuilt GO! Big

Tutorial: Goldfish Bowl Poodle Skirt with AccuQuilt GO! Big | The Zen of Making

Tutorial: Goldfish Bowl Poodle Skirt with AccuQuilt GO! Big | The Zen of Making

Disclosure: AccuQuilt kindly provided the GO! Big electric fabric cutter and GO! Big circle die for this project.

Love the look of retro 1950s-inspired style? Be the belle of the sock hop with this fun and flirty DIY goldfish bowl “poodle” skirt!

It’s surprisingly easy to create your own custom version of the iconic poodle skirt, and, in this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make my quirky aquatic variation. But, before we get to the tutorial, I’d like to introduce you to my new favorite toy, the AccuQuilt GO! Big electric fabric cutter. The GO! Big definitely saved me a ton of time on this project—I’m kind of a perfectionist, so circles are probably my least favorite shape to cut out—and I couldn’t recommend it more highly. I was already in love with my AccuQuilt GO! Baby, and, I have to admit, the GO! Big really blew my mind too!

** This post is part of the AccuQuilt GO! Big Blog Hop! Scroll down to the end of the post for 10 whole days of AccuQuilt-inspired fun!**

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Brooklyn-based DIY from a gal in granny glasses