Friday, December 2, 2016

Tiny Tin Sewing Room Behind the Scenes


You might be tired of me posting about Tiny Tin Sewing Rooms, but this one is a bit different. It is not a shop announcement, it is about "behind the scenes" post. What inspired me to write this post is that I got asked the same questions from people about the Tin room. So I thought it would be fun to collect my thoughts and write about them. :)

{Question 1} "How did you come up with this idea?"

I always liked miniatures and wanted to make miniature rooms. When I finally did it, it was in a little wooden suit case and I loved how it tuned out.

I made some more for my etsy shop and sold them. They sold alright, but there were some challenges... because I used different bases(boxes), I always had to figure out the shipping for each one of them. Also they were harder to ship. There were a couple incidents where some parts came off when my customers received their packages, and I needed to do trouble shooting. I was a bit discouraged and going to stop making them to sell. Then one day, as I was eating some Altoids mints the idea hit me. "Hey, why don't I make a tiny sewing room inside of the Altoids mint tin?!" That's how I started making the Tiny Tin Sewing Rooms.

{Question 2} "Are you thinking about manufacturing them at some point?"

That is a hard question to answer. It would be a lie if I say that it didn't cross my mind, but I feel like manufacturing takes lots of knowledge and money up front. Also, I am afraid that it might lose the uniqueness of each item's "one of a kind" feel. I feel so bad that I can only make so much in a week and make my customers wait, but I think I am going to stick to what I do for now. OH! I *hired* my 11 year old daughter to paint the spools though!



{Question 3} "Do you ever get sick of making them?"

Not so far. I usually don't like doing the same thing over and over again, but because all the sewing rooms are different I enjoy making them. Coming up with different combinations of color, paper, buttons and other miniature items are challenging sometimes, but very fun.


{Question 4} "What do you do with all the mints???"

Hahaha. Yes, we have so many mints. I dump them in a 1 gallon freezer bag and keep them in our pantry and the whole pantry smells very MINTY! I eat them, but one person can only eat so many mints.

I put them in a snack size plastic bags and gave many away to my friends and neighbors, gave my kids some to share with their friends and my husband took a 1 gallon bag to work to share with his coworkers. He told me that they were joking about how their section has the freshest breath in the whole company. :) At this rate, I might start leaving the bags on my neighbor's door steps. hahaha

I better go back to my sewing room and make more tiny sewing rooms. I should be ready to restock my shop by the end of next week. Those of you who are interested, I am sorry to make you wait and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your interest. I will do my best to make them cute and fun to look at. :)




Thursday, November 24, 2016

Tiny Tin Sewing Room Thanksgiving Giveaway Winner!


Happy Thanksgiving!! Thank you everyone for leaving comments for what you are grateful for. It is always so nice to read what everyone is grateful for and imagine the lifes' stories. May we all carry a thankful heart all year around. :)


The one lucky winner is a entry from Instagram...

Oneprojectafteranother


Congratulations!! I am going to spend time with my family now. Dear friends, have a Happy Thanksgiving!



Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thanksgiving Giveaway! ~ Tiny Tin Sewing Room


As the title says, it's giveaway time: Tea Rose Home style! I can't believe it is almost Thanksgiving, and after that, Christmas and New Year comes in the blink of an eye. This is the season I (probably a lot of us) look back and reflect on the things that happened this year. I am generally a happy and thankful being but more so around this time of the year.

There are so many things that I am thankful for and here are some off the top of my head...


I am thankful for my family. They keep my life busy, full, interesting and happy.

I am thankful for my upbringing and past experiences good and bad. All of them combined made me who I am today.

I am thankful for the roof over our heads, food on our table and clothes on our backs. I know it sounds corny and boring, but I am grateful for these basic things each and everyday.

I am thankful for that I didn't have any major health crisis this year.

I am thankful that I found what I love to do early on in my life. Besides being a wife to my wonderful husband and a mother to our children, creating and expressing whats in my head in various ways made my life so much more enjoyable.

Now, are you ready for the giveaway rules? It is very simple:


1. Leave a comment here and share what you are thankful for.

2. For a extra entry, follow me on Instagram ( https://www.instagram.com/tearosehome/ ) and let me know your user name.

That is it. I will close the giveaway on the 23rd at 11 pm and announce the winner on the morning of the 24th.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!









Friday, November 11, 2016

Christmas Bundle Giveaway by Modes4U Winner!


It's time to announce the lucky winner for the Christmas bundle! Are you ready to find out?

The winner is...

Sharvia Sultana

Congratulations! Please contact me with your shipping info, so they can send you the prize. Thank you all for participating!

Before you leave; they have just launched Kawaii Fabric, their new site with tons of fun fabrics. Please head over to check it out. Also, I will be having another giveaway before Thanksgiving, be sure to stop by! ;)





Friday, October 28, 2016

Christmas Fabric Bundle Giveaway and Super Easy Pillowcase Tutorial


Today's post it about a Christmas fabric bundle giveaway and sewing tutorial! I will share the details about the giveaway at the end of the post. :)

I was given a chance to work with Modes4u again. They have a variety of cute Japanese character items such as stationary, bento boxes and fabrics. Look at this fun White Christmas Wonderland fabric by Andover.

November and December is the busiest time of the year for everyone, but you might be thinking about sewing something as a gift for your loved ones. I wanted to share something useful and quick to sew today! :)

{You will need}

44" wide fabric --- 42"
Matching thread
Pom-pom trim --- 42"

{How to}

1. Trim your fabric, so it will be 44" wide x 41"long. Fold the fabric horizontally right sides together, then cut it to 36"wide. As shown in the picture, sew two sides and take care of the raw edges with zig-zag stitch or serger to prevent fraying.

2. Fold 1/2" on the edge of the pillowcase opening, press with iron and fold 3", then press with iron.

4. Turn the pillowcase inside out so the right side of the fabric is outside. Pin pom-pom trim on top of the sewed line and sew. I used my zipper foot.


That. is. it! Now you can enjoy the simple and pretty pillowcase. Wouldn't it be fun to make new pillowcases for your family and friends?

Oh, wait! That is not all...
You can use the pillowcase as a gift sack with a ribbon as well.

Now, it is time for the giveaway! Who would love to win this pretty Christmas fabric bundle?


a Rafflecopter giveaway

I will post the winner on the 11th. Good luck everyone!



Monday, October 24, 2016

New Tiny Tin Sewing Room in the Shop


Hello, hello! I am back with the announcement of new tiny tin sewing rooms! All new 22 unique sewing rooms are available at my etsy shop. Please hop over to see if you are interested! :)

I feel like it has been such a long time since I have done any tutorial posts... but I am sharing a sewing tutorial plus a giveaway at the end of this week. Make sure to come visit again!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Book Review ~ I Modify IKEA


I was given the chance to review a new book called "I Modify IKEA". Being a big IKEA fan (and yes, we do have many pieces from IKEA in my house), the title alone was very intriguing and I jumped at the opportunity. :)

The clever duo, authors of this book, Charlotte Rivers and Elyse Major did a wonderful job introducing 50 DIY projects! Each project in the book offers illustrations and step-by-step instructions to recreate the examples. Depending on what paint colors or fabrics you choose to use, you can create your own unique look for your home.

Let me share some of the projects I would love to try...

Using Runnen, you can create a neat bathmat. By using more of them you can make it as big as you wish. I personally like this for inside my garage where we take our shoes off.

I am a sucker for baskets, and I fell in love with this look. The basket they used for this project "Nipprig" is discontinued, but I can use the same idea for the baskets I already have and personalize it for a fraction of the cost. How cute!

This reading bench was created using Kallax; it is very stylish and practical. I can totally see how things like this can be a great use in the living room or kids room. Just imagine... with different fabric choices and pillows you can totally customize the look for you.

Last but not least... check this couch out... how unique and adorable!! It's like a couch you see in a high end furniture catalog. It is a much bigger project (and a bit scary to try), but the fabric lover in me REALLY wants to do this someday.

I have a long "To Make" list, but I am sure I just added more to that list. I love IKEA items because of their versatile and stylish designs, but I think I will see them in a different light on my next visit. There are a lot more unique and practical projects in this book "I Modify IKEA" , I highly recommend you check it out.



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