Thursday, December 10, 2009

Where I am now

I suppose I should write more. But it's been a rough few weeks--even longer--a rough few months! So full of busyness and changes and vacations (yah!) and sickness (yuck). For the first time since August, I feel like I can breathe. I don't feel the to do list is going to suffocate me when I am not looking. It is a nice feeling. It was HARD to close down my shops for the best shopping season--BUT--the sanity is returning--and to me, that is more important than some money. I'm also enjoying my December--simple, peaceful, full of family and God. This is what I've wanted.

The kids and I are thoroughly enjoying this nativity set by Under My Umbrella:
We set the pieces on the table and chat about all the characters, I read a bit from the Bible--Luke, and now Matthew, then the kids draw pictures in a blank book, and narrate the story and picture to me. It's fun and precious--and the kids adore it! I really should purchase the angel and stable from her, too!

And then we're loving this matching game by Merry Blues Art!
Her artwork is GORGEOUS! We played twice today--Bug wanted to go on and on--she is a game-playing-fool! Monster was done, though! I hope she comes out with a spring game! (She does have an autumn one, but I'm not a fan of some of the symbols she chose. Just me, though--I'm sure others will love it!)

I have a few new items I've been working on for MonsterBug Blankets, but no photos. Product photos have stressed me out lately--so in the spirit of slowing down, I've avoided taking them! ;) I have puppy dogs to show off later!

The other day, I scored 67 Heather Purple Toddler T's--for spring (and definitely girly) appliqued T's! I was soooooo excited, as I stalked those shirts for 6 weeks--till they went on super-clearance! I also found a wonderful new supplier for Tshirts--Monag. Their quality is amazing, and they have wonderful colors to choose from! I'm not sure when I'll place an order with them, as I have an abundance of Tshirts I ordered last year still hanging out in my fabric closet! But I'm excited about the switch-over! They also have some sweet dresses and jeans that make my brain do crazy things--like want to stay up all night thinking of new items to introduce!

A friend told me about a great craft fair in Tallahassee every year--Market Days. It sounds amazing, though it is a million times bigger than any other show I've done thus far! (Ok, little, tiny exaggeration, maybe just 100,000 times? hahaha!) The show claims to have between 19,000-22,000 attendees, so about 2-3 times the size of TroyFest. The fees are bigger, plus I'd have to pay for somewhere to spend the night....though I believe there is a KOA in tallahassee.... Anyway, just ideas running through my head right now--maybe a show I can do in the future. I'm not sure that in this coming year I even have the time to make enough product to sell at that large of a show! (and yes, I've mapped out the weeks and the amount I could feasibly sew between now and next December!)

Thanks for peeking--I'm alive and well--the kids and hubby are, too! And we're busy just doing family stuff for now. Maybe come January, I'll be in a place where I can reopen my online shops. Maybe not. We'll pray and see!

:) MonsterBug Blankets

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Reindeer


These Reindeer Shirts are new to MonsterBug Blankets! I also have them on long sleeved, white onesies! (I still need to sew the eyes on the onesies--so no pics yet--but they look the same, just smaller and a white background.) I'm sewing up a bunch of these to take to The Old Ice House to sell. I'm also working on Snowmen and Christmas Tree Chunky Crayons--the kids helped me a little today!

:) MonsterBug Blankets

Friday, October 16, 2009

New Onesies

Monkey
Monkey
Gingerbread House
Some new onesies I worked on this week. The monkeys were something I thought up while trying to figure out what to make for a friend's baby shower. She's having a girl--and I wanted something new to give her. I still need to make a matching burp cloth--and I picked up a copy of Good Night Moon, as it is one of my very favorites!

The gingerbread house pic is hard to tell--but the little window is mint green gingham--so cute! Looks like a little mint! I have an idea for a gingerbread boy, but until I have time to play around and see if it works--I just don't know. Sometimes ideas in my head turn out better than what I pictured--and sometimes they turn out horrible! I'm thinking I'll prefer the gingerbread house on a navy blue shirt....it'll add a little something. My kids like the "candy" I put on the house!

We've had a few changes the past few weeks. Things have gotten very, very busy with MonsterBug Blankets--and while I am thrilled that my business is becoming successful--sometimes success knocks priorities out of order. And out of order makes for a grumpy family. So after much prayer and then talking with my husband, the decision has been made to stop selling online until after the holidays. So my 1000 Markets shop will be closed soon--hopefully just for a bit--until I can figure out how to do everything--hahaha! Or rather, until I can keep my priorities in order! But if you keep peeking in here, I'll show pictures of what I'm busy making and creating! Cause I hope to sell again at TroyFest this coming April--and boy, do I have ALOT of sewing to do for then!

:) MonsterBug Blankets

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Crayon Notebooks!


Last year when I was opening a bazillion boxes of Crayola's so I could unwrap them and make chunky crayons from them, I kept most of the boxes. They were soooooo cute, and I could just see something adorable made with them. I put them in bags, threw them in my fabric closet, and mostly forgot about them (except when they'd fall on me!). Then this summer, I realized that my friend Patricia makes little notebooks out of recycled boxes and cards. I offered the crayon boxes to her to make and sell--but she had a better plan. She wanted to make the notebooks for me, and I would make some baby stuff for her. Fair enough! I cut all the boxes and shipped them to her--and these are the ADORABLE little notebooks I received in the mail today! YAH! I haven't shown them to Bug or Monster yet--they are going to go nuts! I already snatched one to write all my orders in--so I can flip back and forth and keep everything in chronological order. So happy!

So go, check out Patricia's shops:
(and my fave--yummy, yummy tea!)

:) MonsterBug Blankets

aaaahhhhhhh......

It's been a very busy week. We came home from vacation last week Monday evening. And right into craziness I walked. It was evident from the very moment I awoke last week Tuesday that the vacation was over. My sewing room looked like a Toys R Us explosion. Add in a few clothes, too! My to do list at home and for MonsterBug Blankets seemed insurmountable. I wanted to hole up somewhere and stay safe. :) I've been working and working and working on my to do lists. And today feels right. I feel sane. It MAY have something to do with FINALLY getting my clean laundry folded! The lists are still there--but my sewing room is clean, and the upstairs hallway has 2 baskets of folded, clean clothes (another basket is on my bed, and there's a pile of folded linens upstairs, too--lots of bedding washed over the past week!). I also sent out 5 or 6 boxes and envelopes the past two days, and added new stock to my bookcase at The Old Ice House. Whew! Now I feel like I can breathe! Much more to do--but the house is somewhat livable again--and that is important! ;)

MonsterBug Blankets

Monday, September 28, 2009

Turtles



Belinda, of Wandering Whimsies, asked me if I could make some Turtle Towels for her. I was so excited to have ideas for a new applique! I made her towels lickety-split, then started making Turtle Onesies! The Onesies are in my shop--well, one is--guess I need to get the other in there, too! ;)

:) MonsterBug Blankets

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Birthday and Tow Truck Shirts

Monster's 3rd birthday shirt
Custom Order Tow Truck Onesie
Two new shirts in my shop! Both can be made on T's or onesies. And any birthday can be made--1st-5th! I can probably do larger birthday shirts, too! ;)

I think all is caught up....did I show off my turtles yet?? I'll check, and if not--will do so soon!

Much to do today!
:) MonsterBug Blankets

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

What's new around here!

The view from the back of our vacation home--Fairview--Amherst, VA
Pumpkin Chunky Crayons
Truck Tshirts and Onesies
Apple Onesies
Halloween Onesies and Tshirts
It's been busy here--getting orders ready before we left for vacation--and remembering to make Monster's birthday shirts the morning we left! The green one with the truck (above) is his! He also has a navy blue shirt with a 3 on the front--I'll have to post pics later--I think it's cute. :) I've been trying to stock the Old Ice House Antiques Shop with new items--the apple onesies I made for there, and this week I'll work on getting some Alabama and Auburn baby gear in there. The Halloween Pumpkin Crayons are just too fun! I saw the mold in Walmart yesterday--and HAD to have it. I also bought up the very last of their school supply crayons. I hope I have enough to last me through Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's, and Easter! I think I bought 135 boxes.....maybe I need to check other Walmarts, too? What else...the Boo onesies and T's--not sure I posted them before. I can do them on white or grey shirts. I still have Turtle applique shirts and a Tow Truck.... I've had a couple of orders for just the appliques in the past couple of days--that has been fun! One was for a girly crown--working out the details, but should have pictures soon.

Our vacation was lovely--we stayed in Fairview, in Amherst, VA. Man, was it gorgeous! And the VIEW! TO.DIE.FOR! I miss the Blue Ridge Mountains--I grew up in them! It was wonderful to see the mountains change all through the day! We visited Natural Bridge, Charlottesville, Dickie Brother's Orchard, Crabtree Falls, went fishing in Lynchburg, and visited Amazement Square and the Depot Grill, and had a family wedding, two family birthdays, and saw both Great-Grandmas. We stayed in two different KOA Kabins on the way up and the way back, too--ahhhh--wonderful! One was in Cleveland, TN, the other in Cherokee, NC. The kids enjoyed the bunk beds! We liked it way better than staying in a hotel.

Now we're home, and it is back to work! I'm still trying to get the house put back together--somehow nearly our entire car top carrier was full of toys on the trip home....grandparents, aunts, and uncles spoiled the wee ones ROTTEN! Not sure where all the Lightening McQueens and Monster Trucks are going to go....

:) MonsterBug Blankets

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Crib Bedding


I've been emailing back and forth with L. for awhile, trying to get all the details hashed out for this crib bedding. It is nearly complete--just the crib skirt is left! I love the fabrics and colors L. chose! I think the two of us might just be cut from the same cloth--our tastes are very similar. :)

I'm not sure I'll do more crib bedding in the future....maybe now that I know what I'm doing, it will be easier--or if the customer and I could go to the store together... It is hard to do a custom order and discuss things through emails. But I love how everything looks now that the order is mostly finished. Makes me wish I'd known more when Monster needed a bumper pad--I tried to follow a pattern--pinning and cutting a bazillion pieces of fabric and batting....this set was WAY easier! I realized all I needed was two 41"x 12" pieces (front and back) per bumper pad. Sew them together, leave a hole to flip and push foam through, and done. Oh, ribbons need sewn into the sides, too. The sheet was even easier! I had to dig Monster's crib mattress out of the attic to make sure my measurements fit the mattress. I did this AFTER I cut the fabric--yikes! But it was a perfect fit! I had some moments with the elastic--but I tamed it, and was happy with how the sheet turned out. I told L. that I almost want to have another baby--just to make colorful, fun sheets for him/her! Almost--but not quite! ;)

I'm working on more things, too--I haven't updated on here in awhile....but I'll leave them for another post.

:) MonsterBug Blankets

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Old Ice House Antique Store

MonsterBug Blankets' Bookcase at The Old Ice House
Bibs+Burp Cloths
Sassy Onesies + Cozy Blankets
Cozy Blankets + Diaper Holders + Fish Lovies
Child Friendly Christmas Ornaments
Above are about half of my goodies--all for sale at The Old Ice House Antiques Shop in Headland, Alabama. :) (It's actually the old ice house for the town!) I rented out this bookcase in an antiques/vintage/handmade shop--it's soooo cool--if they sold coffee and books, I'd probably only leave to go buy fabric. :)

I found this place last week on my afternoon out and about. I needed to go somewhere still and quiet--needed to have my soul fed. I wasn't sure where to go, but then remembered the Koinonia Kaffe in Headland--and there I headed. The drive there, in the countryside, is wonderful--the sky is so BIG, the farmland is gorgeous, and there's always the chance to see airplanes on short final overhead and trains running alongside the road. :) As I got out of my car to get some coffee and a yummy sandwich, I saw the sign for the Old Ice House, and was interested--I always love to look through antique stores! As I stepped inside, there were gorgeous antiques AND handmade items--wow! I've been looking for such a shop for so long! After chatting with the owner and her mom, and getting my questions answered, I went home to think, pray, and discuss with Hubby about selling there. I was sooooo excited, I could NOT fall asleep until 345am! (And Monster promptly woke me at 6!)

I have a bazillion ideas of things I want to make specifically for this shop, but for now I am using the stock already made. Hubby and I talked about craft fairs this fall, and we both agreed that this fall is way too chaotic to add craft fair prep into the mix! So for now, I will work on some Halloween onesies ("BOO") to put into The Old Ice House, some Christmas gifts and items to list in my shop, and other ideas that are rolling around in my brain! :) And also, I will build stock to hopefully sell at TroyFest this coming spring! I have PLENTY of time to prep for that now, don't I!?!

Soooo, if you decide to head towards Headland, AL, stop by The Old Ice House, and see what goodies are in there! It is just off the city square, a few stores to the right of the Koinonia Kaffe! (31 Grove Street)

:) MonsterBug Blankets

Friday, August 7, 2009

Fish Plush Lovey


I've been trying to think of baby toys to make. I have a cute idea for a Lolly Dolly, but really, I am not excited by the need to hand sew all those eyes and mouths! So one night, late, just as I was drifting off to neverland, I thought about making this Fish Lovey. It measures approximately 5"x7"--plus ribbons. It is colorful, with ribbon loops to play with, and a soft chenille back. I love how it turned out! Now, I did try (again) to make a flower lovey--but (again) it didn't turn out how I envisioned. :P I have another idea I want to try for the flower, but it may be awhile before I get to it.

I'm adding some more bibs and burp cloths to my 1000 Markets Shop next week. I sewed a bunch last week, and got some pictures taken in between thunderstorms the other day! (It's been storming on and off for about 2 weeks now!)

Some exciting news--1000 Markets just sent out about 25 boxes for a PR Campaign. Inside were postcards showcasing several of the Markets--and one of my Cozy Blankets was on the back of the Child's Play Market postcard! YAH! BUT--my friend Beth's shop (The Yarn Chick) made the FRONT of the postcard! Her little girl was wearing one of her hats--too cute!

:) MonsterBug Blankets

Saturday, July 25, 2009

New Items


I've been meaning to make my niece some personalized items, and was able to work on them this week. I've also listed the items as custom orders in my shops--yah! :) They can be made for boys or girls--and I have fabrics to choose from, too! I also have Tshirts in 2T-5T.

The kids and I are outside enjoying probably the MILDEST summer ever in Alabama. But the mosquitos are horrendous! I'm slathered in natural bug repellant, and they are still devouring me.

Enjoy the weekend!
:) MonsterBug Blankets

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Yum!

Before my husband left the military, and we regularly shopped the commissary on post, I used to luck out and buy 50lb boxes of bananas for $2-3. They were over-ripe, and I'd swipe them up. I had a baby then, and she loved mashed bananas. I froze the bananas before they went bad, and would use them to bake with, too. Then we moved into our current house--out of army housing--YAH! And somehow we started making smoothies with those frozen bananas. Probably daddy started it--but then Bug and I would have one quite often! Some yogurt, some fruit, a frozen banana, and a little milk. Or, she would eat a frozen half banana. She called them her "colds". :) Cleaning frozen, goopy, banana junk off a 1 yr old is similar to sloshing boogers around--but she loved eating the frozen bananas.

I'm guessing we stopped buying bananas in bulk when our commissary privileges ended (and by the time we got them back through the reserves, the commissary only sold VERY green bananas), and somehow I forgot about our yummy smoothies. Till I was in starbucks 2 weeks ago, and had one of their banana strawberry concoctions. It was ok. Mine are better! So today, at walmart, I picked up 3 bunches of bananas--2 very ripe ones, one good for eating--and I popped the ripe bananas in the freezer. I used one banana, added 3 nice sized strawberries, milk, a large dollop of vanilla yogurt, and some ice cubes for thickness--cause the banana wasn't fully frozen. YUM! Bet it would be tasty with peaches or pineapple and some chocolate!

I couldn't wait to make one tonight--and yum--it was delicious. Now I want another!

:) MonsterBug Blankets

PS--yes, I am sewing a little bit. Mostly buying fabric, though. Oh, and I didn't even show you my latest--silly me! I'm making appliqued hoodies--sizes 18mo-youth 10-12. :) They are GREAT for back to school!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

hmmm, maybe the muse is returning?

I'm starting to get a few ideas for sewing again. Maybe the muse is returning? I wish! I hope to work on some hoodies this week. I wasn't sure what to sew onto them--but now I'm thinking of personalizing them with an initial. That would be fun! :) I have a bunch in stock--need to check the sizes, though. (It's dark in the fabric closet--due to a burned out light!) I'm also checking on larger sizes, as I *think* my sizes only run into 5T.

I'm also hoping to start a monthly newsletter soon! I found some info on 1000 markets about different newsletter sites--their strengths and weaknesses. It would be nice to get that set up and going! (And if anyone is interested in signing up--email me: monsterbugblankets at yahoo dot com)

That's it for today!
:) MonsterBug Blankets

Monday, July 6, 2009

the 4th, well, the 3rd...

We celebrated our nation's independence on the 3rd of July this year. Ft Rucker, the home of Army Aviation, and our next town over, wanted their soldiers to actually have a weekend off--so they had the foresight to celebrate this holiday a day early. :) This had the effect of messing with mine and hubby's internal clock all weekend, but that is ok!

In school the past couple of weeks, I've been talking about Independence Day some with the kids. (Oh, we homeschool, and the kids and I sit on our couch about 2-3 times a week to learn new things.) They learned a little about the American Flag--to the point that little Monster hollers "AMERICAN FLAG, MOMMY!" every time he sees one. Which is ALOT with the whole holiday thing happening right now! :) They even had an impromptu lesson at the mall a couple of weeks ago, as they wanted to play in all the flags and swing on them, etc! So we talked about respecting the flag...

It was wonderful on the night of the 3rd, as the 98th Army Band struck up our National Anthem, to teach my daughter to put her hand over her heart, to listen, to not talk--you know, all the respectful things we are to do when our country's anthem is played. And there we were, with thousands of soldiers, families, veterans, and civilians--singing our national anthem, and teaching our children how to honor and respect and enjoy this gorgeous song! (And yes, the tears welled up in my eyes, as always when I hear our Anthem!)

Then we sat on the ground in the cooling night, and listened to the band play other songs. Bug was enthralled with the conductor's baton--so much so, that she has adopted her American Flag pole (where the flag part is, I have NO idea!) as HER conductor baton--and now leads the music coming from Monster's radio!

After about 40 minutes, we headed back to our car to watch the fireworks. It was about a 10 minute walk, and we weren't up to dealing with the mad rush to leave after the fireworks. So we parked just past where they were lighting the fireworks, and found a relatively red ant-free spot to put out our quilt in an empty field. There were cars lining the field, and people in and around the cars--but no one else was out in the field with us. And man, did they miss out! Honestly, if we had paid all the money in the world to have a fireworks display catered specifically to where we were lying in this field--we could not have had it better! The wind was just right, and our location was perfect--the fireworks exploded directly overhead. Some of them were coming down a bit lower than made me comfortable--and the ash was all over our car to prove it! But it was gorgeous! A night to remember! All four of us, lying on the quilt together, all cozy--sharing the wonderful evening together! :)

So that was our celebration of the 4th--on the 3rd. :) The real 4th was somewhat more subdued!

:) MonsterBug Blankets

Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy 4th of July to the Homefront Team

An article Teri Keys and I worked on is now featured in the Storque on Etsy. It's about the 4th of July, and is an interview with some of The Homefront Team. The Homefront Team is comprised of veterans, spouses, and significant others of our military. I am soooo excited!!! :)

Beach Bag

Sooo, I am in need of a beach bag. Our 3 year old, monster-sized basket I bought at Publix in Orlando has broken. The handle broke on it. I wanted to cry--cause it's been THE perfect bag! It sits in Bug's closet, always ready. It holds sunscreen, bug spray, hand sanitizer, a wet bag. Bathing suits and towels, pool and sand toys, child wetsuits, and a couple of child life preservers. It's a big basket! I like that I never have to go around, searching for the items I need before we head out to the pool, beach, lake, or springs--everything is right there!

But now, with a broken handle, I am searching for the new, perfect bag. It needs to be large, obviously! I need a couple of pockets--for the sunscreen and stuff, and also for my cell phone and wallet. I'd like it to close at the top, maybe--though I'm thinking that would be difficult with all I want to stuff in it. :) Sturdy handles. I started looking on etsy for beach bags--oh heavens! It's always been hard to search on etsy because of how they rely on tags--all kinds of odds and ends stuff end up in your search. But now they seem to have turned off the ability to say "beach bags NOT blanket NOT wet bag". They turned off the "not"???!!! What a PAIN! So I narrowed the search a bit by searching for orange beach bags. :) As orange is such a favorite color for me. Then, I saw an oilcloth bag in the search--and thought--wouldn't an oilcloth bag be THE BEST!!!! So 23 pages of oilcloth bags later (that I couldn't search with "not lunchbag"), I chose a bazillion favorites. But not THE ONE.

So I went to bed last night, thinking of all the pretty bags I saw. And then I thought of the 19 yards of oilcloth I have sitting in my fabric closet, since I am unsure if I can use it for children's picnic blankets because of all the CPSIA legislation. Hmmmm, should I attempt to make my OWN beach bag??? I fell asleep trying to remember what patterned oilcloth I bought, and what one pattern would look like with another.... :) What a way to conk out! I don't know IF I'll end up making the bag, or if I will keep searching for one, but it sure is fun to design things! And it made for a good night's sleep.

:) MonsterBug Blankets

Edited: So my cousin mentioned the XL Lands End Canvas totes. She said a child can fit inside--hahaha--and claims she "heard" this, but hasn't experienced it with one of her four kids. Not sure if I'm believing that, but, I'm grateful for the visual of how big the bag is! I have always been in love with the canvas Lands End bags, yet always wondered what exactly I'd use one for. So I followed her link, and the XL tote in persimmon and natural was on sale for $19! What a DEAL! I bought two! And I plan on adding some sort of an applique when they arrive--my initials or something--we'll see! (And yes, I KNOW they monogram for a good price--but I want to add my own touch to them!) Thanks, M! :)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Summer

It's summer, and it seems to be time for the blahs creatively. I'm surrounded by gorgeous fabrics and plenty of projects, yet I have no desire to work on anything. I should be working on hoodies and long sleeved onesies and T's for the fall, yet I can't seem to get any ideas flowing. Sometimes I feel guilty about it, but mostly I just realize that this has happened the past two summers and I need to just give in to it. I need to rest, and enjoy my family, and do other things. I feel a little lost, and get worried I'll never want to sew again. But it's come back in the past, so I hope and believe it will come back again.

I have a custom order to work on the next two weeks anyway, a crib bumper, skirt, and sheet set. This will be something new to do, and will be nice. A little something to keep me busy, and maybe in a few weeks, or another month, I'll be ready to just sew my little heart away.

I'll show pictures when I'm done with the crib set, and will post more when the creative juices flow again. They seem to come in the fall for me. :) Maybe because I'm so in love with the fall (and because I so hate summer?).

:) MonsterBug Blankets

Thursday, June 18, 2009

After the Vacation

I had a good visit last week with a dear friend--and our kids got along wonderfully! I ordered yummies from Nikid (on etsy) for our quiet moments--hahahaha--if you believe we had any quiet moments with 5 kids running around! :) So for our--I've had it up to here--moments! Surprisingly, the kids were so busy playing, they didn't notice our noshing on gourmet chocolates!

And yes, I forgot AGAIN to use my Christmas gift card at Joanns. :P Three times now.... And we had fun at Ikea--oh, how I needed a gift card there! I brought home Swedish coffee and Lingonberry jam--yum, yum! And picture frames galore, an orange bath mat that was SUPPOSED to be used in my kids' bathroom, but somehow made it only to my own... I bought Christmas presents for the kids in the marvelous toy section--European toys are so amazing! And yes, they had my lovely hippo fabrics! YAH! The baby stuff there made me want to have another wee one--just so I could stock up on super-cute baby toys!

I've been busy since we got back--VBS is this week, so the kids have been shuttled back and forth. Man, are they worn out after all that FUN! I've been sewing--though not as much as I had hoped!--and getting pics taken for a custom order. I've been a nurse to my sick husband. :( Poor guy! And trying to get the house in order--cause it gets crazy in here quickly! We still haven't unpacked, either.... I took a car load of stuff to the Salvation Army this week--it had over-taken my sewing room! And I cleaned out Bug's closet--whew--3 trash bags later....

Busy next week, too--we have some family coming for a visit! :) Can't wait! (And the kids don't know yet--hahaha!)

:) MonsterBug Blankets

Monday, June 8, 2009

Little Vacation

Last minute, the kids and I decided to take a little vacation to see friends in Tampa.  YAH!  Guess what is in Tampa, besides wonderful friends?  A brand-new Ikea--with cute, cute hippo fabric (I hope!), and a super-sized Joanns--like almost walmart sized (well, a smaller walmart, but still...).  Maybe THIS time I will remember to use my Christmas gift card at Joanns???  

It's going to be a hot, steamy week--but it's like that here at home, too, so little change between the two places!  Kids will have other kids to play with, a baby--who's almost not a baby anymore--to coo over, and a change of scenery. :)  nice!  And momma is going to have adult conversation ALL DAY LONG!  And wonderful yummies from Nikid's goodie shop!!!  I bought us a sampler.... :)  She adds dry ice for a few dollars more--much needed when the goodies travel to Tampa.

Hope ya'll have a great week! :)

MonsterBug Blankets

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

New Shirts

"I am THIS many"
Big Sister
Little Sister
Some new shirts I've worked on this week.  A customer contacted me about making some shirts for her girls. :)  Her oldest is about to turn 3, and so I tried to think of a birthday shirt (that hadn't already been done).  I love how when you ask a little one how old they are, they hold up their chubby fingers and say, "I am THIS many!"  It is too precious!  So I used Monster's almost 3 yr old hands as a pattern, and made the fabric hands double-sided--so when the thumb and pinky come together, you see the back fabric. :)

I tried to pattern the big sis/lil sis girls after stick drawings.  I think I need to add a little bow to their heads...  All those letters to sew around was a bit painful.  Lots of starting and stopping, lots of curves.  Definitely took more time than my normal appliques.  I charged a bit more for those. I can't wait to do boy ones, though! :)  Cute, cute!  

I'm also thinking of doing some ice cream appliques....  I can picture them in my head--just hope the idea translates well! :)  

Oh--fun news--my Green Towel Set made it to the front page of etsy on Monday!  for a whole hour during lunch--whoohoo!  My first time EVER on the front page!  (A day I figured would never happen.)  It was in an admin curated treasury of graduation gifts. :)  I secretly think it was to appease me for their politically correct treatment of Memorial Day.  Their, yah for Memorial Day--lets honor the foreign etsy sellers.  huh?  Isn't Memorial Day a day to honor our US military, past and present?  But, that is an issue that's been dealt with, and laid to rest....sort of....

:) MonsterBug Blankets

Friday, May 22, 2009

Graduation Presents




I had fun making these towel sets for some friends that graduate high school tomorrow!  Bug helped me pick the towels colors, and I chose the fabrics to go with.  I'm really thinking that I need to pick up some pretty towels and put OUR initials on them!  Bug seconds this thought!  She loves colorful and pretty things--just like her mama! :)  

MonsterBug Blankets

Memorial Weekend Sale!

I'm running a sale at MonsterBug Blankets this weekend--buy any three bibs and/or burp cloths for $25.  You can purchase the items, and I'll refund the $$, or you can write "waiting for invoice" in the notes to seller section at checkout, and I will send you a revised invoice.  Shipping is normal.  

Perfect gift for all those mommies-to-be!


:) MonsterBug Blankets

Monday, May 18, 2009

T shirts and more onesies


Giraffe Tshirts size 2T-5/6T

Star Onesies Newborn, S, M, L

I finally got some Tshirts made--5 of them today. :)  I have 2 of them above--the other three are giraffes, too. :)  Bug helped me pick out the colors.  The onesies I started on Saturday--just had to finish stitching the inside red fabric on the one star, then press and photograph.  I'm digging the one that's off-center.  It has a patch of my sister's jeans on it!  She's been sending me old pairs of jeans to use--so it was cool to use an upcycled piece of her clothing.  (Though mainly I used it because my fabric closet is sooo overflowing that I could NOT find the denim I KNEW was in there, and sis' jeans were near the top of the pile...)

I've been trying to figure out what other shapes to applique lately.  It's hard when I see so many fun ones on etsy, then I really don't want to copy them. :P  The stars I thought of because the 4th of July is on its way--and this coming weekend is Memorial Day--the beginning of the "patriotic season".  So these stars are red, white, and blue (with a little pink thrown it, too!), but they can be made in any color-combo.  I'm still thinking of others--I have a few in mind, just need to play around with them.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Mud Pies
Ballet
It's been a good week. :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Harley-Baby!



Last month, my sister K called and asked if I could find some Harley-Davidson fabric to make a baby blanket for a friend of hers.  I found some on ebay--if it's not on ebay, it's not been made!--and it was cute, so I ordered two yards of it--one yard for her blanket, one to sell extra.  I'm so glad I did that, cause this fabric makes sweet baby items!  I made a bib, burp cloth, and second Cozy Blanket out of the extra yard, and listed them online.  This week, a lady emails me and wants to know if I could make a matching onesie...hmmmm...can't believe I hadn't thought of that earlier!  Especially nice--I had a long piece of this fabric about 5" high, that I couldn't use for anything--it has 15! good logos on it--so I have PLENTY to make onesies and Tshirts! :)  (Also, I just re-ordered more of this fabric, as I am nearly out!)

I sewed several bibs and burp cloths this week, and am adding online what wasn't already taken for orders.  Some of them were just back-ups to the ones I already have listed.  I'm realizing that in order to have a full shop, I need to keep listings online that I may not have made--and make them as they are ordered.  I've been watching those who sell ALOT on etsy, and they seem to do this--relist items that have sold, and make the same items over and over.  

When I ordered new fabrics after TroyFest, they all came in and were sooo pretty--and sooo PINK....  So I've been window shopping for boy fabrics this week. :)  Sooo many cute ones!  Rockets and dogs are on my list of favorites!

I got the Tshirts in on Monday--I now can make all my onesie designs on Tshirts--size 2T-5/6T!  YAH!  

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PS--the Harley-Baby items are for sale in my etsy shop.


Friday, May 8, 2009

Friday Already?

Where did this week go???  We've been chilling out, mostly.  Lots of rain--so I try to sneak the kids outside when the sun peeks her way into our yard. :)  I've been trying to list more of my items into my etsy shop--what a LONG time that takes!  I have a window in the afternoons I've been using--but the views that time of day are horrible.  I need to make the listing, save it, and "finish" it in the evening, I guess.  Soo hard to wait! :)

I received the Tshirt samples this week, and made my decision for the ones I want to order. I love the ringspun Rabbit Skins T's!  They are super-soft, stay true to size when washed, and just are what I wanted!  I also tried the regular Rabbit Skins T's, Gildan T's, and Bella T's.  The regular rabbit skins and gildan shirts were good shirts--but the Bella ones were 1. girl shaped, and 2. SHRUNK!  

So I ordered T's to applique!  And more onesies, as I am almost out of them.  190 T's and onesies headed here early next week--where, oh where am I going to put all these?!?!  I went to Target yesterday to pick up another shelf for my fabric closet.  Next week I know what I am doing--pulling out EVERYTHING from my fabric closet, adding a shelf, re-arranging, purging, and hopefully having a home for all the T's, onesies, hoodies, and newest fabrics! :)  I also realized that I have ordered tons of girl fabrics in the past two weeks--but no boy fabrics.  yikes!  So my etsy favorites are full of boy fabrics right now! :)  I need to get some orders so I can SHOP! 

I was thinking yesterday.  If I spend one week a month working on onesies, another week on bibs, another on burp cloths...then I will have a REALLY good supply of items for the holiday craft fairs! :)  And I figured conservatively, too!  YAH!  There are a few shows I am interested in checking out--one in Montgomery that is supposed to be the largest one around.  That would be awesome!  I need to check out dates, costs, etc.  Very Verdant was talking about it yesterday.  Actually, she's been talking about it since some time last year!  If I can keep to my schedule, I probably would have enough items to do something big like that!  We'll have to see...I'd probably need to stay overnight up there, as it is 2 hours from home....

Lots of ideas, lots of plans! :)

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Changing Things Up

So, I've changed things up a bit.  I suppose since I can no longer re-arrange my house at will, I can use my online sites to do so!  And guess what--I did it in the middle of the night--same time I used to re-arrange!  hahaha!  I changed all my banners and avatars--took a picture of a pile of my Cozy Blankets--cropped it, wrote on it, and shrunk it as necessary. :)  I love the colors of these blankets! :)  I'm trying to get used to all my links being on the left side, though....

Still waiting on my T shirts to come--so I can make a decision about which ones to order.  Also I am waiting to hear from fabric.com about buying chenille wholesale from them.  I wasn't expecting them to take so long to get back to me--so many other sites have online applications that are approved within 24 hours.  We'll see.  I really like buying from them--they are FAST in their shipping!  And I have an order that needs to mail out next Monday--so whether I get wholesale pricing or not, I NEED to buy chenille!  

I have been buying fabric left and right--whoohoo!  So many, many fun colors and prints!  I am bummed, however, that Amy Butler has discontinued her Lotus and Belle lines.  The fabric coop wasn't able to get any of her Full Moon fabrics on their last buy--they were already all gone. :(  I am so bummed!  I love the cherry and tangerine full moon dots!  Sooooo, I've spent $$ buying Michael Miller's Ta Dots fabrics--there are so many fun colors! :)  They are vibrant, and make great baby gift items! :)  

Last week was crazy for our family, and I guess Bug wanted in on the action--she broke her collar bone yesterday at church.  So guess what--Mommy is sewing a giraffe on her boring sling today!  She's been excited about that since she woke up!  Fabric is already picked out!  I'll show pics later....

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

weariness

Weariness surrounds me.  Today it took awhile to hit--I actually had energy--then, BOOM, I didn't.  I always HOPE that the week after a craft fair, I won't be a zombie--and this time I really hoped it would be true--cause I wasn't psycho so much the week prior (as I have been in the past)--but the weariness is here nonetheless.  (And I have soooo much to do!!!!)

Two other things are contributing to this tiredness going on--one being my mom having surgery today to remove cancer.  scary.  And two being the scare my brother and sister-in-law had while baby I, my niece, was born.  It's been a hard, stressful week--worrying about all these people I love!  But the little pic of my chunky, beautiful niece has helped! :)

I've spent the week trying to figure out where to buy Tshirt blanks--so I can add appliqued Tshirts to my line of onesies. :)  It is really hard to commit to buy many of something, when I haven't been able to touch or feel or see what I am buying.  I finally found a place that has several of the brands I wanted to check out--and I bought one of each of their T's.  In Monster's size--so if I don't like them, at least I can make a shirt for him out of them--but they will be white--and Monster REALLY loves dirt....  I need to buy stock in the Stain Stick company, I tell you!  

What else is going on here...I have some bibs and burp cloths cut out, needing to be sewn--gotta build my stock back up!  I bought THE CUTEST ladybug fabric the other day--I made a bib and burp out of this last year--and with the white chenille back--it is to die for!  So sweet and pretty!  I also came home Sunday, got on my fabric coop, and bought 20 yards of fabrics! :)  I was holding off, waiting to see how much I'd make at TroyFest--and then I let go and bought! :)

Mmmm, the smell of lilacs is blowing through my back door....yummy! :)  

That's it!
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Monday, April 27, 2009

TroyFest

MonsterBug Blankets Booth at TroyFest 2009
Front
Side
Back!
Whew, what a weekend!  Hot (90's+), busy (yah!), and lots of fun things to look at and buy!  I really enjoyed selling at TroyFest--the people in charge were gracious and bent over backwards to help all the vendors!  They planned a huge supper for when we set up on Friday, a good breakfast for Saturday morning--even bringing coffee around to all the tents, and they brought cold water bottles to us all day long on Sat and Sun. :)  And the people of Troy were great!  I've only been in Troy one other time--I visited the Antique Store in downtown--so I wasn't sure what to expect.  I was pleasantly surprised!  I especially liked hearing groups of people walk by, speaking foreign languages! :)  Above is my booth--I had THREE visible sides--could not have asked for a better spot!  All in all--a great weekend! 

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