Welcome to Craftcation 2018

Hello from beautiful Ventura, California!   Today we are coming at you from Craftcation – business + makers conference.  Craftcation is the brainchild of DearHandMadeLife and is four days of business classes and creative workshops for Makers and Crafters.  Elena and I are both excited to be here, meet new people and to learn new crafts.

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When I checked in yesterday, I got a tote bag full of goodies.  Inside were a pair of scissors, paint samples, and other tools that I have never seen before  There were washi tape samples, a notebook for class notes, and a lot of advertisements, some that are very interesting.  Craftcation has garnered primo sponsors in the crafting world including Darice, Bernina, DMC and JOANN. All of which I am excited to visit those who have booths!

They had some pre-classes on Wednesday and I was able to attend my first sewing class.  I have never used a sewing machine before and I had a great helper named Carol.  Our project for the class was to make an A-line skirt.  It could either be a straight skirt or a full skirt but that was up to me.  I thought I would opt for a full skirt, but the after doing the sewing well, lets just say that it will need some tailoring.  It was a bit too poufy and will need to be altered.  I really enjoyed being a beginner sewer and I look forward to learning more.  This is one new craft that I would like to pursue more.

Today, I am starting off with some yoga on the beach, a class on brush lettering, learning how to use your DSLR camera, and hopefully metal stamping.  After which will be the Keynote speaker and dinner.

Watch out for our other posts on #Craftcation18 and what new crafts we learn.  Wanna see more of what we do at #Craftcation2018?  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram where we will be posting pictures and stories.


Dolly Long Legs – Out of My Knitting Comfort Zone

Hey there!  So until recently my most advanced project was a striped scarf,  I’ve been staying in my comfort zone for a while…. A long while.  I’m starting to get into more things since I started watching Knit and Crochet Now! and Knitting Daily, and I saw them make this doll in stockinette stitch. I thought hey I could maybe probably do that. So I decided to start my new project, Dolly Long Legs!  I printed the pattern from Knit and Crochet Now! and got to work! It took a while, there was a lot more measuring than I’m used to and I didn’t even know what batting was (thank goodness for my mom), however I eventually got it!

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I learned some new techniques, like a three needle bind off and the mattress stitch to seam up the doll. I haven’t sewed anything by hand before, but for this project it was fairly easy. I also learned how to make a french knot thanks to my mom and a satin stitch that we used to make her mouth.  It was particularly helpful that I could watch the show over and over as much as I wanted, since I had recorded it and put the pattern  together with some visual instructions. I was also really lucky that my mom had the batting I needed because I had no clue I even needed it but I finally did it and put together a doll for my little step-sister, Ashlee!  She loved her Dolly Long Legs!  It was really fun making it and I think Ashlee will have a lot of fun playing with it. Making gifts for people is one of my favorite things about knitting!

Working on Dolly Long Legs also helps me practice designing, when I make clothes for the doll, taking measurements and things like that. It’s good for a beginner even though it seems somewhat complicated.  I’ll post the link to the pattern I used here, it’s free to download but for now it’s back to knitting so see ya soon!

I’m a Re-Upholster Newbie

I love working on DIY project.  No…I really do!  If I can’t find what I need, I am usually make it myself.  I must confess that I am a Re-Upholster Newbie.   When it’s my first time creating something, I usually search first to see how it is done, if it is a relatively an easy project or if it will take a long time to complete.

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I was a bit apprehensive when starting my re-upholstered chair project.  Before I get ahead of myself, let me give you the back story of how I got to re-upholstering a chair.  Several moths ago, I got a text from one of my loving sisters who said she found a chair at a yard sale that she believed I could use in my craft room.  She was going to buy it for me and she said that she had material that would look great on the chair and even better in my craft room.

After she purchased the chair, life happened and it was a few moths before I could come and pink it up.  When she showed me the material she had, I felt in love with the project.  After getting the chair home, my husband and I discussed the project and he told me how easy it was to re-upholster the chair myself.  So fast forward another few months, at work one day, I decided to go home early and work on the project.  When I got home and after changing into some comfortable craft clothing, I gathered my supplies and tools together for the project.  Here are the steps I took:

  1. Gather your project supplies and tools together.
  2. Unscrew the seat from the chair. My husband helped me determined which crews to take out.
  3. Gently remove all of the staples from the underside of the seat.
  4. Using the current cover that you just took off as a template, cut your material out. I added an extra 2 inches in case I made any mistakes.
  5. Using the same foam cushion (because mine was still in good condition) staple the cover back to the seat of your chair.
  6. Screw the seat back onto the chair to reassemble.
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Viola!  You have re-upholstered your chair!  The whole process took a total of 2 hours for me.  I love my newly re-upholstered chair!  Have you re-upholstered a chair before?  Comment and let me know how it went with you.  I look forward to reading your comments.

Knitted Baby Care Package

One of our close friend just had a baby, so I decide it would be a great time to pull out all my baby patterns and make a baby care package. So I knitted for a long time and put together a little care package, it has all the essentials, hats, booties, a blanket, a jacket, and even little fingerless gloves.

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I tried to make everything in as many sizes as the patterns allowed for. Especially since I didn’t know what size the baby was gonna be. Except for the Jacket because there was only one size and the jacked up jacket is a story for another day anyway.

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The first thing I worked on was the baby blanket I made it with size 13 needles, in stockinette stitch so that could personalize it a bit. So I worked on it and duplicated the stitches to embroider the baby’s name. I also made the blanket red and gold since my friend was a Harry Potter fan and even named the baby after one of the characters.

The rest of the package were cute essentials like baby booties and cute little hats. The baby booties were super fun to make and only took me like two hours. They were knitted flat and just seemed up the back. There is a sections of the pattern where you move back and forth, turning in the middle of the row to make the part that covers the top of the foot. It took a few tries to get it right but it came out super cute.

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Making the whole package was so much fun and a real learning experience. I was working on it so much though that every time my little step sister Ashlee saw me she would stare at it really hard and then ask me “for the baby right, not me?”


So maybe my next project will be making Ashlee some fingerless gloves but for now it’s back to knitting, so see ya soon!


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Welcome to Just Us Girls Crafting!

Here at Just Us Girls Crafting, we hope you enjoy visiting our site and find creative inspiration and encouragement.  “We” are Patricia Stanard and Elena Jacobson, a mother-daughter duo who love crafting and continuing our family line of creative DIY makers.

The family line includes my grandmother Elena, she is who I named my daughter after.  Grandma Elena had a sewing machine in her bedroom, knitted, had a divided linen closet with one side holding her household linen and the other side, all of her fabric, notions, yarn, and sewing and knitting tools, and helped disadvantage children in Mexico with her creativeness.   My Grandma Vicenta, well I never met her because she past away when my father was 7 years old.  My dad told me that she made all of the clothes that his sister, brothers and himself wore, and their home decor.  My mom – The saying “Necessity is the mother of invention” was never more true and taught more to me then by my mom.  It is from her that I learned how to look for what I needed in this world and if it wasn’t available, then make it myself.  My mom taught her older daughters, my sisters, how to knit and crochet and how to sew from patterns when they were young girls.  Then when they went to Jr. High and High School, they took Home Economics, this is where my sisters advanced their knowledge and skill.  By the time it came around to my younger sister and I to be taught these skills several years later, her work schedule prevented her from teaching us and Home Economics was no longer taught in school.  Then there is me, Patricia Stanard.  I became self taught in all of my crafts skills including embroidery and hand sewing due to my upbringing during the time of personal computers coming into existence and the advancement of Google search.  Although my mom tried to teach me how to knit, I did not have the patience for it.  She did teach me how to crochet and that stuck.  I am so grateful that my daughter is very patient and learned how to knit from my mom and that craft will be continued in our family.  I have taught my daughter how to scrapbook and I hope how to look at things creatively and be inspired by the most unexpected things.

And the legacy continues with my daughter, Elena Jacobson.  She is incredibly talented though she would never admit it.  Like I said earlier, she learned how to knit from her grandma, my mom and learned how to scrapbook from me.  She also learned how to cross-stitch, create flip-books and is hoping to learn how to sew.  This is my family heritage that I am proud to be a part of and am very happy that it will continue on for generations to come.

So what can you do know?  Well you can browse our site, find out more about us on our About Us page, read our latest posts, follow Just Us Girls Crafting on social media (links in the upper right corner of the screen), and sign up for email notification of when we post which is located in the sidebar.

We hope you enjoy our site. All of our projects are handmade by either Elena or I. Enjoy and if you have any questions or comments, you can comment below or you can email us at info@justusgirlscrafting.com. We read and respond to all emails/comments within 72 hours.

Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!!