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Westcott Crafting Focus Group 6/9 in Fairfield CT


CALLING ALL CRAFT ENTHUSIASTS IN THE CONNECTICUT AREA!!! Westcott Brand – Makers of the World’s Favorite Scissors – would LOVE for you to attend our next focus group! We will be discussing new and current products in the craft space. The date is Thursday, June 9th from 5-6PM at the address below:

55 Walls Drive, 4th floor
Fairfield, CT 06824

Focus group attendees will each receive a $50 American Express gift card for attending!!!

If you would like to sign up please email marisa@modernsurrealist.com


Mexican Inspired Cross Stitch Keychain with Westcott Brand Cutting Tools

Nopalito Primary Image

This adorable cross-stitch keychain is jumbo sized so you’ll never lose your keys again! I created this project to highlight Westcott Brand Cutting tools, and you can see the complete step-by-step project tutorial HERE. It also looks super cute as a purse charm to show off your craftiness while you’re out on the town! Customize it with your own original cross-stitch design, or find lots of interesting cross stitch designs to choose from on the net!

Summer Scissor Skills, Stencil Applique Top and Easy Elastic Hair Ties with Westcott Brand

Lately I’ve been having a total blast making my own fashion and accessories with Westcott Brand Cutting Tools, aka The World’s Favorite Scissors! I took an ordinary white t-shirt and made it extraordinarily cute by adding a stencil applique that I made with Westcott’s fun stencil book. Click HERE for a full project tutorial.

Heart Tshirt Primary Image

I get tons of compliments whenever I wear this heart t-shirt and to make the complete, be sure to create some easy and fashion forward elastic hair ties! Click HERE to learn how it’s done!

Hair Ties Primary Image

In addition to all these fun fashionista DIY creations, I’ve also been helping out on Westcott Brand’s educational side, designing several fun scissor projects for kids to keep their skills sharp while school is out for summer! Here are a couple to get them started:

Geometric Quilt Activity

My Food Plate

Easy Patchwork Sneakers with the Brother PE540D Personal Embroidery System

Hello friends! I’m excited to share this fun project with you which I created all on the Brother PE540D Personal Embroidery System!


The PE540D is the perfect entry level embroidery machine that comes pre-loaded with 105 built-in embroidery designs, including 35 designs featuring Disney characters, plus 5 embroidery lettering styles!

PE540D In Studio

For this project I embroidered some cute sewing theme designs onto some heavyweight cotton to begin making my own little custom patches. This machine features computer connectivity, so I simply loaded my design from my computer onto the machine with the included USB cord. You could also do this project with any of the built-in designs that come pre-loaded on the machine, or you could purchase the design of your choice from ibroidery.com. They happen to be having an awesome 20% OFF SALE right now up until February 28th! And be sure to sign up HERE to receive FREE embroidery designs and special offers! I went with a monochromatic embroidery design and chose some pretty purple embroidery thread from my stash!


And speaking of stash, check out my fabulous new Super Satchel Thread Box from ArtBin! It’s perfect for keeping all of my various embroidery threads organized! I absolutely love it!


I embroidered the designs and then made my own adhesive patches by backing the designs with Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Sheets. They are perfect for making your own peel and stick patches and the adhesive is super strong! I then cut the patches with some Westcott Brand NonStick Scissors.


Next I embellished the patches using some bright neon Crafty Chica Juicy Fabric Inks.


Here’s a close up of one of my cute sneaker patches with a funky little sewing machine!


I made a whole bunch of these and decorated my sneakers with them. I think the frayed edges really add to the handmade look!


This is a great way to jazz up a plain pair of sneakers and customize them to suit your own particular sense of style, interests or hobbies!


I love how the Brother PE540D easily empowers me to create my own custom clothing and accessories! It’s just so fun and inspiring! I am working on a video tutorial for this project and am excited to share it with you once posted! Thanks so much for tuning into my adventure into the world of sewing and machine embroidery with Brother!

Disclosure of Material Connections:

I am proud to be a Brother International Corporation sponsored blogger presenting truthful and accurate experiences with products provided by the Home Sewing & Embroidery Division of Brother.

12 Days of Giving Google Hangout with Modern Surrealist & Hydrangea Hippo

Enjoy yesterday’s Google Hangout with Hydrangea Hippo where I present a virtual tour of Modern Surrealist‘s new world headquarters in Mexico, we discuss awesome projects and craft supplies from Westcott Brand, Sizzix, Rowlux, Brother Sews and The Buckle Boutique, our NEW ETSY Shop, AND give a preview of our upcoming 12 Days of Giving GIVEAWAY of Westcott Brand Cutting Tools and my how to craft book Crazy-Cool Duct Tape Projects: Fun and Funky Projects for Fashion and Flair!!!