Friday, September 26, 2008

Dish Towels Green and Blue, from my stash

This post is to show L. some of the blue and green fabrics I have in my stash--well, my non-dump truck or baby doll ones! :) She ordered some dish towels, and I figured she would like to see the more grown-up fabrics I have. I also need to run to the quilt shoppe to take a few photos, but that is for another day.
Yes, I included a few fun ones--the turtles, and the two above! :) I mean, those toasters are just TOO MUCH! And, yes, some of my fabrics are horribly wrinkled. I have two little munchkins, so the fabrics get washed when they arrive at home, then ironed just before I sew with them. :) Unless I think I have more time than I do (hmmm, not me!), and iron a bunch thinking I'll sew 50,000 things that week.
Anyway, If anyone else in this world wants custom dish towels, MonsterBug Blankets would be HAPPY to make some for you! They make excellent housewarming or hostess gifts, birthday gifts, Christmas presents, or a just because I want pretty new dish towels gift for yourself! Each dish towel is approximately 17"x22", and backed with a soft, white cotton fabric. They are $11 each, and I can make matching dish wash cloths (8"x8") for $4. Just send me an email:
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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Projects This Week

Wow, I was in such a rush to make it to the post office this morning, I completely forgot to take pictures of the Adult Blanket and Tag Blankets I made for my friend A. :( I wanted to keep her blanket, as it has the same front as mine, but a soft, comfy chenille on the back. Warm and cozy--and now I NEED to have a chenille-backed blanket as well!

I guess it was a good thing I didn't stop to take pictures--one, the kids were getting rather grumpy and were ready to DO something other than terrorize each other while Mommy was sewing! And two, we made it to the PO with 15 minutes left before they closed! Got in there kinda close to the deadline. But now I don't have beautiful things to show you!!!! :(

A. picked out Amy Butler's martini print in linen for her baby's Tag Blanket, and one for her friend's baby as well. I think the last time I made a Tag Blanket was back in February? Or March? Not sure.

Now I need to finish top-stitching all the bibs, burp cloths, and diaper and wipes holders I worked on last week. I'm not sure what I'll do next. (There's soooo much to choose from!) I know what I WON'T be making--a baby girl ACU blanket. The beautiful pink flannel I bought at Joann's Fabrics is horrid after I washed and dried it. I will NOT use Joann's flannel again. It is the most pilled up, rough flannel I've ever used! And I normally buy Walmart flannel. I assumed the quality would be greater, but it is so poor. I'm absolutely amazed at this. Has anyone else found this to be the case??? Anyway, I do have a glorious, soft, cushy baby blue flannel (where, oh, where did I purchase it???) that will make a sweet baby boy ACU blanket. I'll sew ACU camo on one side, and the baby blue on the other. Soft, cushy, army! :) (Please, it's for a baby--not a soldier!)

I did spend some time yesterday afternoon sewing tags on some of my bibs and burp cloths. I didn't realize so many of them had no tags! Ooops! Now they do--but I didn't put price tags on them yet. Will do that later.

That's all for now!
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Oh--yeah, order anything, you'll need to contact me from now on. After much deliberation, I decided the few, precious minutes I get to create each day were best used to sew--and not to list, list, list on etsy. So I've pulled my items off, and will now sell through here, on my website, or by phone/email. It just wasn't working out so well. The majority of my MonsterBug Blankets sales come locally or through people I know, yet the majority of my time was spent taking pictures, writing up listings, and trying to promote on etsy. It became more of a hassle than anything else. So now I have MORE time to do what I really love--sewing! YIPPEEEEEE! :)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sneaking in Some Sewing

I've sewn a little bit here and there the last few days--the bibs, burp cloths, and diaper/wipes holders I got pinned up before and during our vacation. Hubby was studying one night and I sewed, and then last night the kids played outside after dinner and I just needed some time to myself. While on the phone last night, and while the kids played outside today, I trimmed everything, then flipped all the pieces right side out. I need to press and top stitch everything still, but it is a great start!

This morning I was able to press some fabric that will become bibs. And this afternoon I'll start on the adult blanket for my friend A. I need to press the brown fabric, and pin it to the sage chenille she picked out, then sew the edges. I may not get it all done this afternoon, but maybe I can work some tonight after the kids are in bed and hubby is studying. I hope to get all the rest of it done tomorrow--then ship it off to her on Wednesday or Thursday. :)

Saturday, hubby and I went to Hancock's fabrics for me to buy some ACU fabric. I had a 40% off coupon that was about to expire--but lo and behold--all their camo fabrics were 50% off! So I was able to buy 7 yards for $3 a yard! :) I have soooooo much planned for this fabric!

I think I broke our dryer. I washed the 7 yards of white chenille the other day, and there was sooooo much fuzz in the lint trap. Not all of it came out--some fell back into the dryer, and ever since the dryer has not dried properly. Hubby used the vacuum cleaner in and on and around the dryer and the different filters and hoses, etc--but it still isn't working. All my clothes are sopping wet, and I'm having to hang things up to dry. Oh joy.

That's it for what's going on lately. A little bit of sewing, when I can sneak it in. :) And I save my pinning and cutting for when the kids play outside. :)

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Back from my mini-vacation

Yeppers, I've been gone awhile. Can't believe it's been so long since I wrote. can't believe all the things I made and didn't take one photo of. :( I finished a baby quilt for my friend A--and delivered it--yah! :) Haven't seen her since five years ago in Germany--now she has an extra two kids! I made four burp cloths out of Amy Butler fabric for her little baby's burps--they got put to good use right in front of my very eyes! And I made her two older kiddos some cute little wash cloths out of a violin print fabric and my lovely ACU fabric--since her oldest is a boy and his daddy is in the army. I also made a set of a pretty turtle print batik fabric (that I am in love with)--for my friend M.'s little boy--I got to see M. this past week, after 11 years!

While at A.'s house, I worked a little on some diaper and wipes holders, cutting out fabric and sewing on the velcro--yes, I remembered THIS time to sew it on before I stitched everything together! :) My own personal diaper/wipes holder has only one piece of velcro on it--I forgot to put the other piece on, and while it annoys me, I just never have added it. (And I just tried to find where the pics were of that project--can't seem to remember when I made it....) :) Anyway, the fabrics I used are ACU fabric for the outside, and for the insides I picked a pink/green floral for girly ones, and a light blue camo for the boy ones. I have them in my workroom, all pinned together and waiting to be sewn. I finished one of them--but I did that one first, to make sure the velcro was in the right places and that I remembered the correct seaming before I went and made all seven of them.

I got to go to the mother of all Joann's stores last week. It was crazy-big. The one near my MIL's is teeny-tiny, packed and crammed into such a small place. The one by my mom's is maybe 1.5-2 times larger--at least you can turn in a circle in the aisles! :) But the one in FL that is by A's house seems like a super-walmart size! Ok, it's more like an old Walmart size, but when you compare it to the super-tiny ones I've been in, it seems bigger. I was also in 2 Joanns around Orlando--they didn't even compare. And one in Tallahassee--it was smallish, too! Yes, I was on a hunt for some sage green chenille, and ended up calling several Joanns on the route home, trying to find someone who had it in stock!

I found the CUTEST baseball fabrics for my bro's little baby-to-be! :) I decided--girl or boy, this baby of my crazy cubs fan brother is gonna get a baseball blanket--well TWO--since I found two prints I love while at Joanns. :) I can girly them up if they have a girl, don't worry--already have that planned out! :)

I finally picked up the white chenille fabric I've been needing for about 2 months now. It wasn't as much as I wanted to get--but all I had the $$ for. Seven gleaming yards. :) I wanted to buy 20--just so I won't have to worry about trying to get some next time! BTW--does anyone know how to use a Joanns discount coupon for multiple yards of fabric? In the store, my 40% off coupon goes for however many yards I have--but online I was only able to use it for one yard! (Thus the tracking down every Joanns between Orlando and home!) I was NOT going to pay $30 (with shipping) for fabric I could get for $13 in the store! It would be useful to know how to apply the discount to ALL the yards, for future buys--in case I'm not wanting to make a four hour trek to get more chenille!

That's about it. Or at least all I can remember from the past couple of weeks. Oh--I got my Michael Miller fabric in--and am hating I didn't buy more of this print. :( It's too precious in person! :) Oh well--guess I CAN pay full price....

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PS--my friend A turned me on to the Land of Nod catalog--what cute, cute stuff they have. I saw the most adorable picture on one of the pages--it's of a vintage paper doll and her clothes--all laid out on a mat and framed. Hmmmm---if you check out my current etsy favorites--you'll see where MY brain has gone with this! :) I LOVE the idea--hate having one that ANYONE can buy from the catalog! :)