Monday, December 10, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I also bought him a shark costume for 75% off after Halloween. There's a play kitchen in the basement of my office with his name on it, too. My husband thinks I'm silly for buying him a kitchen, but what is so girly about a kitchen? Everyone eats, right? Besides, it's green and tan, not pink and purple! I want to do some searching for play food on Etsy to go with it.
I love Christmas shopping! I'm still in browsing mode, but plan to start doing some ordering very, very soon!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
On Friday, we're heading up to Kansas City to visit my husband's family. More food, of course! My brother-in-law is a great cook, so I'm sure our meal on Saturday evening will be wonderful. I'm planning to make my favorite chocolate eclair cake. Very easy and very yummy!
Connor is all about the holidays, although I think he's anxious to get past Thanksgiving so we can get on with Christmas! They had their Thanksgiving "feast" at daycare yesterday. I asked him what they had, and he said there was turkey and mashed potatoes. When I asked him if he ate all that, he said, "No, I just played with them." That's my kid!
Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend! And, if you plan to brave the Black Friday sales, be careful and have fun! (I think I'm just going to hide away in my in-laws' house and do some embroidery.)
Monday, November 19, 2007
Years ago when I used to sell scrapbook supplies, my husband made me two of these folding pegboards. They are one of the most useful things I have ever owned!This table holds all the hair accessories that my sister makes. She actually sold quite a few. The banner is one that I made and we just pinned it around the table. (I've made some Christmas ones that will be for sale in our new shop, She Made It, very soon!)These two lovely ladies always get a lot of attention at the shows. Kids are absolutely mesmerized by them. We always wish that we had a video camera in our booth so we could capture all the reactions and comments! I'm a little scared of the one on the left...This rack belongs to my sister and works really well for us. We can adjust the shelves and it comes completely apart for transport. This weekend, we filled it with blankets and pillows.My mom crocheted three of these adorable monkeys for this weekend's show. The other two are in the previous picture. The highlight of the day was when a fellow vendor walked into the booth and wanted to know if the orange monkey was for sale. I assured him it was and ran back to his booth to get money, because he "had to buy it!" He had a pottery booth and said even though he wasn't selling much, finding this monkey made the entire event worthwhile! This was a guy in his thirties, and I loved how thrilled he was with his purchase.
We also had a very nice vendor who sold beautiful jewelry made out of vintage and antique buttons come into our booth and chat for a while. She informed us that the quality of the crowd at this particular show wasn't what it used to be. She also advised us to give a show two years before we give up on it. It was very encouraging to talk to someone who had been doing this for a number of years.
So, we're done with craft shows for this year. I'm going to spend the next few weeks concentrating on my Etsy shops. I'm really hoping for a great Christmas season!
Monday, November 12, 2007
If I remember correctly, the fabrics are from the Flea Market Fancy and Chocolate Lollipop lines. Instead of using the same fabric for only two or three bags out of my 25 bag contribution, I decided to stick to just a couple fabrics. I found it was much easier to sit down and sew 8-10 of the same bag instead of having to constantly switch thread color and so on.
Again, aren't they cute? The ones in the middle are my favorites!
I've got a few more in my shop available for purchase and several that aren't listed. Just tell me what you're looking for, and I can do custom orders. These little bags are perfect for filling with holiday treats for a fun gift. The bags themselves are just the right size when all you need is your cell phone, id, keys and cash! My sister has even been using hers to carry around her digital camera!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Seriously. How could I pass this up? Not only is it totally retro and fun, but it's red and black, my all time favorite color combo! I bought a yard and a half, so I'm really hoping I can get a large and a small bag out of it. After that, I'll have to decide if I can even part with it!
Monday, November 5, 2007
Before I found a gas station with an automatic car wash, I would go months and months without washing my car. It drove my dad nuts to see my perfectly nice car covered in a layer of grime. Now, when I fill my tank at my favorite gas station the happy little screen says, "Would you like a car wash?" I push yes, it adds it to my bill, and after filling up, I drive through the automatic wash. (Don't get me wrong, I don't wash my car every single time I fill up, but when it needs washed it sure is handy!)
When I'm planning ahead, I go through the drive-thru at a nearby fastfood chain and enjoy my cheeseburger, while my car is being washed! It's kind of peaceful in there, and I have enough time to eat my lunch while I read. It just makes me happy!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
My very best friend whom I've known since third grade, moved to Indiana this year. She was home visiting family this weekend, so I crashed their family brunch and got to spend some time with her. I love that Melissa and I can always pick up where we left off, no matter how long it has been since we've talked or seen each other. I also love the way we feel like a part of each other's families.
I took Connor with me, because I knew there would be lots of kids for him to play with. He was so well behaved the entire time. I'm never quite sure what to expect from him, but he did amazing. I kept having to check on him, because he was playing so nicely in the basement.
When we got home from brunch, I made a tail for Connor's Halloween costume. My mom bought him a costume, but it didn't come with a tail, and Connor really wanted a tail. I bought some green fleece, and even though it's not quite the right color of green, I'm pretty proud of how it turned out. I attached the tail to a fleece belt that velcros around his waist so he can easily take it off and put it on. Connor even helped me stuff it with polyfil to give it more shape.
This evening, Connor and I attend our nearby city's Halloween Safe Walk. Once again, Connor was very well behaved and had a great time. People kept saying, "Oh, what a scary alligator!" Connor would say, "No, I'm not! I'm a dinosaur!" Then he'd smack them with his tail. Luckily, he's four and cute and can get away with hitting strangers with his tail.
So, today was pretty much perfect. (Okay, there was a melt down this afternoon when I made him take a nap before trick-or-treating, but otherwise, it was great!)
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Here's the cute description from the shop:
"Meet Moira! She is one scary monster. She loves to jump out at people from behind a chair to scare them. She also loves playing pratical jokes on people like leaving fake bugs on their pillows and tacks on their chairs. Moira also loves embroidery, scrapbooking and cotton candy."
See, she's a scrapbooker! Just like me! LOL!
There are several other items in LaurenSmash's shop that I would love to have, as well. Her owls are to die for!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of our booth, but I do think it looked great! The planning we did last weekend definitely paid off. At our show next weekend, we actually bought a double-sized booth, so it will be fun and challenging to fill it. We can hardly wait! We did this show last year and did quite well. The good part about not selling much this week means that I won't have to work my tail off replenishing my stock for next weekend! (See, there's always a bright side!)
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Aren't these little earrings fabulous! Love the simplicity. These are from Eutectic, and I'm wearing them now. The jewelry on their site is all so elegant! I may have to email my mom a link for Christmas shopping...
I am a huge fan of the lost art of letter writing and 16 Sparrows is all about that! I love these little notecards. I will definitely be placing an order soon. I just can't decide if I want to mail these little cards to a pen pal or use them for journaling boxes in my scrapbooks! I know I want to become a member of the Letter Writers Alliance, though.
Another treat for a letter writer was the pen pal kit from Wolfie and the Sneak. I am going to have a very hard time deciding who is worthy to receive this super-sized cupcake envelope, and it will be a very special package that gets the Fragile sticker.
Okay, now, I should be sewing! My first craft show of the fall is on Saturday, and I never feel like I have enough done. Did I mention that tomorrow is my birthday?
Monday, October 1, 2007
To make two 3 yard long banners, I bought 1/2 yard of 4-5 different fabrics and two packs of double fold bias tape (3 yrds long).
I created a plastic triangle template with a 6 inch base and 10 inch height. Who knew I'd ever use that geometry I learned in high school?
Fold a piece of fabric in half, right sides together, matching the selvedges. If you place the base on the triangle along the bottom edge of the fabric and cut, then turn the template upside down so the point is at the bottom edge and cut, you should be able to cut 10 triangle pairs from a 1/2 yard of fabric. You're cutting through 2 layers of fabric, so you should have two identical triangles. Keep the pair together! 5 different fabrics will leave you with enough extra triangles to start on a third banner. (Sorry, I didn't think to take pictures of this step!)
With right sides together, sew along the long sides of the triangles with a 1/2" seam allowance. Leave the base open. Trim the seams to 1/4" inch. Turn triangle right side out and press. Use a scissor point to get a nice point on the triangle. Repeat for all triangles. (It really doesn't take as long as you might think.)
Starting about 7" from the end of the bias tape, pin the base of the triangle inside the fold of the tape. Pin the next triangle approximately 3/8" - 1/4" from the next one and so on. Stop about 7" from the other end of the bias tape. The first banner I did, used 19 triangles and the second only 16 triangles. It just depends on how you space them.
Stitch along the open edge of the bias tape, removing pins as you go.
Super, super easy! And kind of fun! Can't wait to put these on my tables at my craft shows this fall!
The truth is that I have been very busy! My first craft show of the fall season is in two weeks. I have been frantically sewing and sewing and sewing! I want to be absolutely certain that I have enough bags to fill our booth. Last night, I worked on making pennant banners to decorate our table. They are actually turning out very cute and I can't wait to finish them tonight. I'll try to post photos of that project.
My sister and I work together on our craft show booths. Jessica makes adorable headbands and hair accessories, as well as doll/baby blankets and travel pillowcases. Next Saturday, we are going to tape out a booth space on my living room floor and plan out our booths for the three shows we are doing.
I was telling a friend about the shows we have signed up for. This particular friend used to do craft shows and is the organizer for our local craft show. She said that the big show we are doing in November is really good. In fact, she sold out the first year she did it! Talk about throwing us into a panic and a frenzy of sewing!
Anyhoo, my dining room is covered in bits of fabric scraps, and my sewing machine is humming happily along each evening. It's nice to be busy!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Hubby wants to know what I'm going to use the crock for. Any suggestions?
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Anyway, for my birthday this year I am getting a postage scale and a photo tent. I am very excited! In fact, the postage scale is already at my house, but I haven't opened it yet. (My birthday is in October.) The photo tent is supposed to arrive tomorrow. We found it on Ebay, and I'm even the one who bid on it and sent the payment for it! (Mom doesn't have an Ebay or Paypal account.)
But, seriously, what kind of dork gets excited about postage scales and photo tents for their birthday?
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Yesterday, the first issue of my new subscription to Adorn arrived. Love that magazine! Very inspiring and full of fun ideas! Can't wait to sit down and read it cover to cover.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was for me to get all 25 of them done in plenty of time for the September 20th deadline. However, I can honestly say that 25 was enough of a commitment! I'll be sending the same amount for the December Sampler, so I guess it's time to get started on those. Actually, I just cut the Itsy Bitsy Bags out of the leftover fabric anytime I cut out a full size bag. I can stitch them up along with the full size bag without having to change thread. It really makes it easy to get a lot of them finished in a short amount of time.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Yesterday I poked a hole in the tip of my thumb. I didn't even notice until I found a spot of blood on the button I was sewing on. Had to scrap the button, find a band-aid and make a new one. Today I found a sore spot on my middle finger, too.
Note to self: Buy a freakin' thimble!!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Here are the rules:1. You have to post these rules before you give the facts.2. Players, you must list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of their middle name. If you don’t have a middle name, use the middle name you would have liked to have had.3. At the end of your blog-post, you need to choose one person for each letter of your middle name to tag.
Introverted - Now, people who know me really well would probably not say that I'm shy, however, I am truly an introvert. In fact, my personality test results prove it! I am horrible at small talk and am not one to initiate conversation with a stranger. I'm working to improve on that! But, once you get to know me -- watch out! You can't get me to shut up!
Loyal - When I make a friend, they are usually a friend for life. I still remember many of the good friends I had as a kid in elementary school and love to find out what they have been up to. I am also quick to defend people or companies or places that I feel a connection to.
Easily-amused - It doesn't take much to make me smile. That is probably why I love playing with my son's Webkinz. (Okay, I admit that I have one of my own, too!) It also explains why I bought this for my sister's new baby!
Nerdy - I am a total bookworm and all around nerd. I'm interested in some of the silliest things that other people just don't get.
Energetic - I truly cannot sit still. It is impossible for me to just sit and watch television. I have to keep my hands busy with sewing or reading or some other project.
So, there you have it! My middle name is "Ilene". I am going to tag:
Our goal for this year is to make our booth look more professional and eye-catching. All three shows are indoors, so, fortunately, we don't need to worry about a tent. We have been discussing and buying all sorts of display items.
One of the main things we wanted was table cloths that all matched! I searched and searched for heavy duty polyester knit fabric to use. I found a couple resources, but then on Saturday, my mom and I were shopping at Sam's. We found packs of three restaurant style table cloths for about $22! These were huge cloths, too, so they were a great deal. I also bought some dark pink knit fabric at JoAnn's to use for draping on our display.
I've been seeing the neatest pennant banners on people's booths and decided that I want to make my own. I bought about five different coordinating print fabrics and some bias tape at JoAnn's this weekend. I'm hoping to get to that project before October!
Hobby Lobby had floral stems on sale last week for 50% off, so I bought a handful of bright colored long-stemmed Gerbera daisies to use for additional decoration.
Probably the thing I am most excited about is that I have signed up for Propay so I can accept credit cards at the shows. I am very curious to see how much this will help our sales.
Hopefully, I am planning far enough ahead, for once! I'm sure I will still be scrambling at the last minute!
Friday, August 17, 2007
Although his aunt told him he could call his new cousin L.T., my son insists that he is going to call him "Happy Feet".
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Brabec's style is quite conversational, and she provides a lot of practical advice for anyone who is getting started in the craft business. The book covers topics ranging from marketing to accounting to legal issues to pricing and shipping. There is a lot of general advice, but she does provide many resources so that a reader can further investigate various topics on her own.
I had several "a-ha!" moments as I read this book, and it prompted me to take several actions to make my business more professional. I would recommend this book for someone who is getting started in the craft business. Many of the questions answered were questions I didn't even know I had!
Monday, August 13, 2007
These burpcloths also arrived today from jr designs. Also a gift for the little guy! My sister already has a little girl, but I know she needs some stuff that isn't pink. These will be perfect!
My other two packages contained three back issues of Adorn Magazine which I've already flipped through, Sew Easy Bags by Linda Lee and the newest Jasper Fforde book, First Among Sequels. So, I've definitely got some reading to do!
I'm still waiting on a couple more packages from Etsians that I ordered late last week. It should be a good mail week!
Sunday, August 12, 2007
I'm planning to have these available at the craft shows I'm doing this fall. I may also be contributing some to The Sampler in the future.
Friday, August 10, 2007
In an attempt to efficiently work a fulltime "regular" job and grow my purse business, I've been trying to work on "fun" business during my lunch hour. I've been sewing little "purse posies" while I sit in our break room at work and watch HGTV. I'm going to post some pictures, but I keep forgetting to take the photos! (I am adding this to my to-do list.)
My co-worker found a kitten on the interstate yesterday, and I agreed to keep him. He's been at the vet since 8:30 yesterday morning. We were a bit concerned that he wasn't going to live, but this morning, the vet said I could take him home today. (More pictures to take.)
I'm currently reading The Craft Business Answer Book by Barbara Brabec. It's been really helpful, and I'll be posting a review when I'm done.
My sister and I are planning to do two craft shows this fall. We've done shows in the past, but we are focusing on our booth presentation this year. My plan for my lunch hour today is go to the local second hand and antique stores and try to find some inspiring pieces to use for our display. (Will post pictures if I find something.)
So, there are lots of good things coming to purse-onality, I've just got to get them done!
Monday, August 6, 2007
I'm very tempted to add one of her Halloween dolls to my collection of Halloween decorations. I only have a son, so I get pretty excited about an excuse to buy dolls!I also just saw this adorable sock monkey pillow on her site. I may need to get that for my nephew who will be arriving in the next couple of weeks!
Saturday, August 4, 2007
So, I recently found out about The Sampler, and I am soooo excited! What an incredible concept. Why can't I ever come up with one of those totally amazing ideas?
Anyhoo, despite (or perhaps in spite of) some skepticism from the hubby, I am jumping in with both feet and have commited to contribute at least 25 of my Itsy Bitsy Bags for the October Sampler and the same amount for the Holiday Sampler. Now, like I told Alison at The Sampler, if I get crazy industrious, I may send more.
So far, I'm not having any problem getting these little babies cranked out. I just hate to commit to more than I know I can do. Whenever I start getting behind on my deadlines, I have these horrible nightmares where I'm back in high school or college and have a major paper due in 15 minutes that I haven't started on. Anyone who knew me when I was in school will totally understand how horrifying that thought is to me.
Friday, August 3, 2007
I'm already thinking about what kind of bag each one needs to be made into!
They are sitting in a very delicious pile on my table waiting to be matched with lining fabric and cut up into pieces! The hardest thing for me is that I get so much fabric, that I can't keep up with the influx! I really need to use up what I have before I buy more, but where is the fun in that?