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My craft desk the weekend after getting back from vacation

Earlier this summer I manned the embroidery table at Brooklyn Craft Company’s summer craft extravaganza. I enjoyed teaching folks how to embroider (many were learning it for the first time – so rewarding to introduce people to a new craft!) and seeing how creative people got with their pieces. Check out some of the photos on Instagram: little bunny poopoo, the embroidery table, a pair of heartbroken kitties (they live together but alas, don’t get along), and a hamburger.

At the end of the night, there was a drawing for several raffle prizes – and I won the grand prize! The package included tons of sewing goodies, like this mini iron. Aww, so cute.


Admittedly, at first I thought this would be a gadget I’d hold onto for a while but never use. Turns out it’s great for ironing all the little crevices of fabric in an embroidered design without pressing your stitches. Do you spot a little stitched face peeking out from behind the iron? More to come on this project soon.

Another gadget I’ve had collecting dust in our apartment is this spiralizer. I got it months ago (um, over the winter holidays? <blush>) so I could make zucchini noodles, and never got around to actually using it. Inspiration finally struck when I was organizing another picnic with friends at the Botanic Garden. I broke out the raw foods cookbooks for “live spaghetti” recipes. Spiralizing vegetables feels pleasantly ridiculous, and so satisfying!


I marinated the noodles in a sauce made with fresh tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, garlic, basil, oil, Bragg’s, and a little nutritional yeast blended in the food processor – delicious. I added sliced black olives and basil to the dish and let it marinate overnight. Apparently that was WAY too much sauce for the 4 zucchinis I spiralized, and so I made gazpacho out of the leftovers. It feels great to soak up the last of these summery foods before the evening chill we’ve had this past week starts seeping into daytime.

Do you have any weird crafty gadgets you’re not sure what to do with? Or that you finally got around to using?

  3 Responses to “Mini iron and other bizarre gadgets”

  1. So funny! The mini-iron is very popular among quilters, especially those who do paper piecing. As pieces are sewn together the are ironed with the mini-iron right there by the sewing machine. They make nice flat seams. It was, oddly, one of the few quilting gadgets that I did NOT actually buy. And about the face…a hedgehog???

    • Ah yes, it makes so much sense to have a tool that fits right by the sewing machine for mini-ironing tiny pieces. And YES, you got it – a hedgehog! I just shared finished photos in my latest post.

  2. […] months of living in a cigar box with my embroidery supplies, and with a little help from the mini iron I mentioned last time, this embroidered hedgehog is ready for a new life on […]

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