Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Giveaway winning and a tutorial

Good morning blog friends,

Boy is it cold outside! We had a few snow flurries yesterday, but nothing to stick around. I know many of you are having considerable amounts of snow and hope you are staying safe.


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I want to share a gorgeous win I received in the mail last night. Look how beautifully wrapped it is!


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It’s a whale tale candle paddle from Carol at Firecracker Kid Primitives. Visit her sales blog to see what great prim offerings are listed.

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Please be sure to pay Carol a visit. She has been so generous all year long hosting giveaways of the prim woodcrafts her and her hubby create. Stop by and wish them a Merry Christmas.

I was working on some crafts last night and had a few small legs to turn right side out and thought I would share with you my secret on how I turn those pesky little openings right side out.  My mom taught me this many years ago and it really works great and not expensive. Matter of fact doesn't cost anything!

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All you do is insert the straw in the opening and push all the way to the end of the item your wanting to turn right side out.

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Now take your dowel and push some of the fabric into the drinking straw, but don’t push to hard. You don’t want to push a hole through your seem!

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Now with the dowel still in the straw, take your hand and work the fabric towards the dowel so that it is turning right side out. stuff 006

Then pull the straw off of the dowel and Walla! It’s right side out!  Saves time and aggravation.

This works great on dolls that have those tiny little fingers too!!

Try it sometime, I’m sure you’ll love how well it works.

Got to get to work finishing up crafts I’ve been working on this week. I’ll post some pics’ later this week of them.

Have a great day, and stay warm.

Prim Blessings,



  1. Love your whale board - Carol makes awesome wood crafts!!
    Thank you so much for sharing how you turn your skinny legs! I went through 3 monkey tails before I finally got one pulled through without damaging it. I am going to have to remember this tip! Would have saved me an extra bp pill!!

  2. Jean, thanks so much for sharing your wonderful "turning tip!" I don't as a rule make dolls but often times I'd like to try making an ornie or something tiny and avoid doing so because I didn't know this trick! I will remember for sure!
    The board from Carol is awesome. I've purchased from them before and am so pleased with the workmanship and proudly display my rolling pin/bowl shelf!
    Sending warm holiday wishes to you and yours.

  3. Thanks for sharing your tip on turning fabric pieces. Wish I would of waited until today to turn some small kitty tails...turned them last night and they were a pain. But now that I've seen your tip...the next ones are getting turned that way.
    Love the giveaway that you won!! Carol makes great items!!

  4. Just wanted to say thank you again for the giveaway gifts. I didn't put it on my blog bc I'm giving part of it to mom for Christmas. I know she'll love it. The ornament were cute. They look wonderful on my tree! (:

    Merry Christmas,

  5. Hi Sue:) Ahh, it looks great with your candle and pipberry on it. I'm so happy you like it.

  6. That is the neatest little trick I've ever seen! Thanks for sharing :0) Love your whale take candle paddle from Carol. Carol and Tim do amazing work!!

  7. Ah, how fortunate you are to win one of Carol's handmades! I love that piece.

    Great tip! Thanks for sharing such a valuable piece of information!

  8. Thank you for sharing this. I have poked thru more seams than I can't count! I can't wait to try this on my next project!

  9. Oh my goodness!!!! I love this tip! I stay far away from sewing little pieces that need to be turned because it ends up being so frustrating! Thanks so much for passing this along!