Saturday, April 26, 2008
I just want to SEW--all day long! With NO interruptions--I don't even want to eat! :) Maybe after a week of this, I'll be ready to head back to normal life! :)
Did I tell you that our leaves are fully out here in Alabama??? It's sooo pretty--great, big, giant leaves that provide lovely SHADE--which we need since it's mid-80's here, and the humidity is beginning to creep back. I had the chance to witness three springs this year (and suffer through each)--one here, one at my parents, the third at my inlaws. I had the opportunity to see the tree leaves unfurl in all three locations. Beautiful and pretty--and my eyes loved seeing it, but hated the itchiness!
I need to go push someone fast on her horse swing! :) Until later!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I brought my sewing machine with me, but didn't sew very much. One afternoon I sewed the sides of four curtain panels for my sis (#1), but didn't get the top and bottom seams done before heading to my inlaws. ANd then I sewed MY blanket at my inlaws the other night. :) I love it! Don't have pics to post--cause 1. I didn't take any yet, and 2. the camera is still packed SOMEWHERE! Oh, and 3. I just got home 3 hours ago from a nearly 12.5 hour trip with a toddler and a three yr old!!!!
BUT--I DID buy TONS of fabric--yah!!!! Pretty much the whole back of my station wagon is full of fabric and sewing accessories. I like it that way! Oh, and I found the COOLEST place ever!!! It's called The Scrap Exchange, in Durham, NC! And I LOVE it there--wish I lived close enough to browse all the time. I bought fabric there (big surprise!), some Burt's Bees glass jars (look like old glass milk bottles), some old thread spindles, and lots of envelopes--for shipping my MonsterBug Blankets. I know I bought some more stuff there, but my mind is numb from all the driving I did today. :)
That's all I have left--my brain hurts from trying to think of this much to write! I'll write again soon, I promise! :)
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Wednesday, I sewed together the Amy Butler blanket made of the orange and blue fabrics. I still need to quilt it--and hope to get that done today! It's so pretty--I want to keep it! :) More reason to get busy sewing my own blanket!
I went through my fabrics the other day, setting things aside to work on while visiting family next week. I have lots I'd like to sew--IF I get the chance! I'm bummed though--my embroidery machine arrives today (YAH!) but I leave on Monday--without it! :( :( :( BOO HOO!
When I get back from vacation, I have a baby quilt to work on, and a Raggy-Tag Blanket order to fill. I'll also need to continue listing items on Etsy, as I still have less than half my things on there. I will also need to work on getting the team colors Play Blankets ready--and figure out a few other things to take into the children's boutique.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Well, I'm a pendant kind of girl--I wear necklaces almost every single day. I was excited, until I saw the size of the pendant--2"x1.75"--that's HUGE! I even cut out a piece of paper that size, and "tried it on." I didn't like the size. But boy, I KEPT going back to that pendant. When I showed it to Sewing Guru last week, I realized that if someone else BOUGHT my little boy's piggies, I'd probably CRY! So on the spot, I purchased it (with some of my etsy earnings!).
And the size, while bigger than I usually wear, is PERFECT! Now, If you're thinking, what SHOULD I buy MonsterBug Blankets for her birthday?????--Kim also carries this: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=10724037, and I'd LOVE to wear it as well! :) :) :)
That's all for now!
Monday, April 7, 2008
If I had a penny for every time my daughter asked to have a picnic or tea party...and she's been talking for less than two years! I made us a Picnic Blanket just like this one, and it's sitting in the car, waiting to be used! (Come on, it's only been made for two days, and it's been raining!)
I figured--what goes better with the Picnic Blanket than Cloth Napkins! And these are so cheery! Both my kiddos LOVE when we use cloth napkins! Little Monster has decided he's big enough now--and needs one when the rest of us are eating!
Guess what I'm getting for my birthday!!!!! (And for Christmas this past year--I had to save up!) Click here and see! YAH!!! I can't wait to get it--should be here on Friday!!! This will open NEW ideas and plans--until then, you'll recognize my family on the street--we'll be the ones with monograms on our socks and shirts and shorts and pants and anywhere else I can embroider something! :)
Oh, best news today--my sis-in-law is expecting in December!!!!! :) Oh yah!!!! Congrats A and T!!!!!
Night for now!
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Today MonsterBug Blankets is featured in two treasuries! Take a look!
Pretty cool, huh! I belong to etsyBABY, one of the Street Teams on etsy.com. And each week they feature some shops for promotional purposes, then treasury hunters try to fill some of the opening treasuries with these shops. It's supposed to go alphabetically, and last week they focused on the M's, but I threw them for a loop when I closed my shop for the weekend! So they added me in this weekend. :)Wish I could say I've been busy sewing with all that gorgeous fabric I bought this week! But that would be a lie. :) I still haven't completely finished putting things away and righting my workroom from the craft fair last week! UGH! And I still don't quite feel up to sewing yet. I'm hoping that by Monday, I will be motivated! :) I have so much I can work on--the hard part will be figuring out where to start!
I think I've been online for too long now. I need to go take my nap--since I'm grumpy and woke up WAY too early this morning (after going to bed WAY too late!!!).MonsterBug Blankets
Friday, April 4, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
One thing I forgot to mention from my craft show. People asked alot--"Where are you from?" Without thinking, my answer was Ozark. One, it shows them I'm local, they can purchase from me easily, whenever. But, two, it shows ME that I've become to think of Ozark as home.
Being military (previously), we moved often, and asking where people are from is as common as breathing. It was hard to answer, as I have called three different states home, and because we'd lived in Germany for so long--it was (and is) home to me. So my answers were weird, one day I'd tell the WHOLE story, others I'd just pick one state. But I've never called Alabama home. It's a hard state for me to love. I love having four definite seasons--AL has summer and Christmas! :) I love the change of leaves in the fall--they just turn brown and fall off here. I love green, verdant landscapes--and Alabama is brown/reddish, and the only green seems to be the kudzu. But, I've noticed a change in me this year. A small one, but a change. When the temperatures were in the mid-70's to low 80's in February, I was happy for spring (instead of MOANING about it ALREADY being HOT). Probably because this winter, with my Grandpa dying, the grieving I had to deal with, and then the round of sicknesses that hit us--I was ready for something new and fresh. And then the calling Ozark HOME at the craft fair--it wasn't even a thought in my head--should I tell them this, what about when we lived here...--it was just out--"Ozark."
I bought those gorgeous orange and blue fabrics yesterday! And I bought some of that green and blue, and another awesome fabric by Michael Miller, too. The second two fabrics are going to be linings for two purses I want to make. I'm coming up with my own pattern, so last night I was cutting, folding, and taping together paper, trying to figure out the size I want. I REALLY want to sew a purse with the finished seams peeking out the sides--so you get a peek of the inside fabric--but it seems to be rather difficult to manage! I think I'll do that for my second purse. The first one will be orange corduroy with the Michael Miller fabric. The second one will be a light grey with the blue and green Amy Butler fabric on the inside, and with an applique of some sort. I think the first one with be rectangular, and the second more rounded--but my mind changes alot--so we'll see! :)
It's kind of fun not following a pattern--figuring out what I want, and what I am envisioning. But, it's also hard--cause I don't have a clue what I'm doing! :) I need to research handles, and try to figure out HOW I want them to look, and HOW I'm going to attach them! :) I've not really paid much attention to handles before--but now I need to! :) That's the cool thing about being able to sew--I can look and figure things out, then sew what I want! :) I'm grateful for this!
The munchkins need me now! Gotta go feed them--pretty much that's my entire day! :)
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
I woke up today with all kinds of Amy Butler fabric plans and ideas! I have some plans for the fabrics below--the green and blue, and the red with pale yellow dots behind it! Baby Quilt plans!!! Too many ideas, I know! :)
Enjoy looking at the fabrics--you don't need me to jabber, do you?! :)