Making Envelopes

One of the things that got me excited to send out some snail mail this month was this envelope maker I picked up on sale. The Envelope Punch Board is actually a bit cheaper on Amazon then I found it at Michaels ($11.99 with prime shipping on Amazon and $19.99 at Michaels) but either way its not too expensive for such a handy tool.
It comes with a list of measurements printed on the board itself so you won’t lose it. The measurements are in inches, but it also came with a sticker for centimeters that you could put on the board instead.
The measurements show you what size to cut your paper for the envelope, depending on what size card you want to go inside it. I have been having so much fun making all sorts of envelopes! The board also has a corner rounder and slot to store the scoring tool which I appreciate.

I’ve been thinking about printing more of my own patterns onto paper so I can use them to make envelopes.

As you can see I make a huge mess when I am working on snail mail. Besides making my own envelopes, some of my favorite things to send out are the fortune teller fish and paper balloons. Both are flat and work great for sending a little something extra. If you have anything you love to use for letter writing (some sort of tool, a great pen?) I’d love to hear about it!
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Happy National Letter Writing Month

Today I have a little gift that I hope will encourage you to put pen to paper and write some letters! I have 3 free printable sheets of silly donut and tea mailing labels. I’ve made them in two different sizes depending on your envelope size.
download the labels here
I had mine printed with a laser printer on standard paper. I cut mine out with scissors (using an x-acto blade to cut out a few center pieces) Then I ran mine through my Xyron sticker maker. Alternatively you could print them on sticker paper, or use regular paper and a glue stick to attach them to your envelopes.
Then write in your address, I like to use micron pens since they have such a great variety of tip size. You could also use a program like Photoshop to fill in the addresses before printing.

**For personal use only. Personal use means non-commercial use of the labels/images including copies and print outs for yourself, your personal crafts/scrapbooking and to give to friends. The labels/images may not be used in any way whatsoever in which you charge money, collect fees, or receive any form of remuneration.***

Diamond Hex Quilt progress

I’ve been making slow and steady progress on my diamond hex quilt. You can find the pattern here for $1. Since its hand sewing english paper piecing I work on it most evenings, stitching a hexagon or two a night while my husband paints and we watch tv and movies together. I’m up to 6 rows of 5 hexagons, but I’d like to finish somewhere around 8 rows (maybe 8×7) still trying to decide on that as I go. I am using all Cotton & Steel fabrics for the hexagons themselves, and then any low volume fabrics from my stash for my diamonds. I love the colors of the Cotton & Steel and they all really go so nicely together. I can’t tell you how excited I am about their Halloween collection coming out later this year! I have also run out of blank wall space for tacking quilts up as I work on them. I’m still researching the best way to make a quilt wall & what materials to use when you do not have wall space. I’ll let you know whatever I decide on, but would love to hear from any quilters on the subject.