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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Treats for your Sweets’ February Freebie

UPDATED(2-6-2012):  I'm glad so many people enjoyed February's Freebie!  We'll have another Freebie Coming soon.  Maybe even a product

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As promised, my tutorial will be available for free from now until February 4th.  I would really love it, it you would share your creation once you’ve tried it!
Leave me a comment once you’ve tried it.  Upload it to your blog and come back to let me know.

(THE LINK'S BEEN REMOVED AND ACCESS IS NOW PRIVATE, SO IF YOU BOOKMOARKED IT, IT WILL NOT WORK)

Have fun creating.  Once you’ve mastered this, you will feel comfortable adding other things like:
Gathered Accents to the outside
cover (2)
OR
Pleated Accents to the outside
Red and Taupe Dupioni COver (8)
OR
a Pocket for your Business Cards on the side
VB VBP (10)
Or in the center
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A button to make it more secure
VB Pinwheel Pink (6)
Or if you prefer a snap closure
VB Safari Sunet (6)
ENJOY!
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Friday, January 27, 2012

Back to where I started……

Not in a bad way mind you.  One of my greatest fears have come to pass.  I’ve run out of interfacing and Sulky Solvy.  So I am unable to complete any orders.  I was pinching the interfacing but I have none to pinch from anymore.  My order is on the way and it says it should be delivered today but I checked my PO BOX already and only found my new business cards, which was 1 good thing!

Can I complain for a bit?  Before we moved, I had ordered 500 business cards.  Nice ones.  Front and back on high gloss paper and they all had to be trashed.  Mind you, this is not the first time this happened.  I ordered  my cards in high numbers and every time I place these orders we’ve moved.  Gripe over.

Before I start, I am so proud of myself for snapping a photo of 1 of the kids today.  I know, it’s sad.  My last post I was feeling pretty bad about it.  Anyway I got this one this afternoon, of my little Mash Mash(she has a few nicknames)  AND LOOK! No silly faces.  She asked me to make that beanie for her today so like the good mother that I am…AHEM….I did.  I also made a little set for the store. hehehe….  This tie dye fabric has been sitting in another container for over 4 years.  Believe it!

 

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Unfortunately, that’s all I got.  At least it’s a start.  Anyway…….

Sew what’s new?  Smile Oh yes back to where I started.  I’ve been slowly getting back into actually using my regular sewing machine more and more.  After over 10 years I purchased a pretty nice Brother Sewing machine.  It’s was very affordable and was a refurbished model.  Now I am in no way affiliated with these people but I purchased it from Ken’s Sewing and Vacuum Center on Ebay.  I have no problem spreading the word when a company does me right.  Shipping was FREE and it arrived fairly quickly. 

My last sewing project involved a left over piece of corduroy that I’ve had in one of my fabric containers for over 2 years.  Yes 2 years.

CORDUROY SHOULDER BAG IN OLIVE GREEN

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Digging in my fabric containers made me realize that some of the fabric had to go.  Years and years of “out of control” fabric shopping have caught up with me.  Anytime there was a sale I was there.  Coupons in the email and online?  I am there.  So I have accumulated a whole lot.  And who am I to keep some of the lovely pieces all boxed up?  I’m not going to.  So……. I’ve made an entire Section (The PIF/Clearance Section) in my Etsy store for only these items and few Sample Testers.  They are ridiculously priced on the low side.  Here are a few of them and in case you’re wondering, I thought she said she was out of stabilizer?  Well I am out of medium weight cut away, these bags can take tear away stabilizer and I have a couple yards left Winking smileso I’m using it.

This set of 3 Black and White Terry lined Burp Cloths is just one of the items that were up for grabs.  My PIF offer included free personalization.

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Then there was this set in Black and Ivory:

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I actually have Boy theme fabrics hehehe.  These are being sold in sets of 2.

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The 2 have been sold.  Haven’t done the personalizing yet as you can see.

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Debbie Mumm’s Elephants lined with Blue Chenille and the other is just a Teddy bear Toile fabric lined with terry.

These 2 are still up for grabs at the very low price of $8.00.  No that is not a typo.  You guys know that personalization servicing start at lowest $5.00 per item so you have to know this is a steal.

I still have a couple more left.  Some flannel lined with terry, others lined with Chenille.

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The Dinosaurs and Tossed Elephants are terry lined burp cloths

I am not offering personalization on this pair.

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One of my favorite prints Alexander Henry’s Mocca (the one on the right) with a coordinating print.  Both a lined with very soft terry.

Anyway enough of my self promoting.  I want to put up my Checkbook Cover Tutorial on this blog, the one I have on sale in the store, for about a week.  FOR FREE.  Hours went into this and everyone who purchased it seem to have had success otherwise I am sure I would have heard about it.  It is very thorough with loads of photos.  So I think I will do that.

I love to share the little knowledge that I have and it’s good to help people.  These checkbook covers make excellent gifts and even better if they are made by YOU!  So check back soon.  I have to figure out how I am going to do this.

 

 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

So ashamed….and I’m all upside down

Not literally.   Remember when I used to take like a million photos?  Photos of everything.  My kids booboos, the messes they make, the occasional meal that I cooked and just photos of the kids in general.  I was just thinking, here I am coming to update this neglected blog and I have no pictures of the kids to share.  How did this happen?  First thought was that I’ve become lazy but then again, I don’t think that’s the reason.  All I take photos of these days are the items that I make.  Boo to me.

I’ve been too focused, I guess on trying to make this small business of mine succeed.  I guess I can tell myself that it IS all for them but it doesn’t make me feel any better.  I just need to try harder to balance everything.

My days don’t seem that full.  During the week, I drag myself out of bed at 6:50am, because most times I go to bed after 4am.  Yes that’s why I am dragging.  Wake up Alyssa and Christopher, get their clothes, make them breakfast, get myself dressed while they’re eating;  Load up on layers of clothing to run outside to start the truck (it’s really cold at that time in the morning hahaha), run back in to pack their lunches, wait last minute to wake up Ashleigh and bundle her up, make sure their bags are packed (they tend to forget homework and books), get them all in the truck and  drive them to school which is only about 5 minutes because of the 2 traffic lights.  Otherwise it’s more like 3 minutes.  When I get back, it’s like I am sleep walking so Ashleigh and I jump in the bed and sleep for a couple hours.

Sometimes she watches TV for a little while before she falls asleep with me.  Hours later, I’m up to get her some lunch. 

I hop online to answer a couple customer e-mails and by the time I am done it’s time to get the kids.  They come home and need a snack.  After snack time, I help them with homework if they need me to, most times they do.  I constantly have to stand over Christopher to remind him to write legibly.  I cannot tell you how many times I’ve made him erase his awful handwriting.   My teachers used to call that chicken scratch.  I won’t allow that mess.  He doesn’t have the neatest handwriting but he can write better that what I see sometimes.  Anyway, then it’s time for dinner.  Oh wait, before that, I have to look over their homework to make sure it’s done correctly. 

I seriously look forward to when they’re all asleep, because that’s when my day actually starts.  I fill orders and if I get that extra boost I may sew a couple burp cloths or work on some embroidery design to list in the store the next day.  When I am finally feeling a bit tired and look at the time, it’s like 3 or 4am.  I get mad at myself because every night/morning I tell myself tomorrow I am going to bed earlier because it sucks eggs waking up on little sleep.

So that’s how it’s been.  I really need to try harder to find a balance.  I need to get more sleep.

Until later,

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Monday, January 02, 2012

Another chapter will begin tomorrow

My kids will start their new school tomorrow and they are both super excited.  My only hope is that their excitement for learning continues.  We all know how that gets as they get older.

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Here’s my big girl.  Santa brought her a real camera and all she’s been doing is taking photos.  Daddy took this one.  She took these:

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I love shadow photos.  This is the park next to the house.

Me?  I’ve been busy trying to get back into the swing of things, work-wise.  I have been so unmotivated for these past few weeks but I’m getting back into the groove.

My sale has started so run on over to the store and grab something up.  There is a coupon code active right now (WINTERSALE) for 15% off everything even what’s in my PIF section.  As mentioned in the last post, I have to get rid of some things before I re-stock.

I worked on these today.  Just click on the name to read more about the item.

The Applique Owl

I only have enough of this exact fabric for 1 more duplicate

 

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Little Valentine Bodysuit/Onesie

Mom and Dad's little valentinePapa's little Valentine

 

Hello Kitty Birthday Top

Hello Kitty Birthday 1

Hello Kitty Birthday 3

Hello Kitty Birthday

 

Of course I can personalize this to any age and name

 

Firefighter themed

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Firefighter Hat Save Lives like DaddyFuture firefighter 2Future firefighter 3Dad's rideFuture firefighter

 

Motorcycle themed

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Stroller today MOTORCYCLE tomorrow

but it should be tomorrow morning.

And I can’t forget this one.  It’s a best seller in these parts as everyone and their grandma drives a big truck.  Including us lol.  So I can change daddy to mom, grandma, etc.

My daddy’s truck

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That’s about it until the kids come home tomorrow and I hear about their day.

I really am trying to get back into the blogging too Winking smile

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