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!
:) MonsterBug Blankets

Monday, April 27, 2009

TroyFest

MonsterBug Blankets Booth at TroyFest 2009
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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! 

:) MonsterBug Blankets

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Come see me!

MonsterBug Blankets is selling at TroyFest, in downtown Troy, Alabama on 26-27 April!  9-5 on Saturday, 12-5 on Sunday! :)  So if you live in Montgomery, Eufaula, Enterprise, Dothan, Ozark, or anywhere in between--come for a visit!  (Or in Troy--hahaha!)  

Look forward to meeting you guys!

:) MonsterBug Blankets

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

quietness


Things have felt so crazy here.  I've been putting so much pressure on myself about getting more and more made for TroyFest.  And there were three family members in the hospital/having surgery this week--the worries for them have been playing in the back of my mind for days.  So Monday, I sat in my living room with my husband and watched tivoed shows for three straight hours.  And yesterday, on my afternoon to run out and about--I visited with a friend, stopped by the quilt shop and browsed and jabbered, and then I stopped in a field and took pictures.  I felt very refreshed.  Today I wanted desperately to get lost in quiet--my way of dealing with my thoughts--but two little ones being silly kept me from much of that!  But I did have awhile this afternoon when I just sat and ironed on appliques and was quiet.  I watched some tv with hubby, and we just were together.  I know right now I should be pushing to finish things--but my sanity is requiring quiet, few deadlines, and just being.  So I am working on what I can, and enjoying quiet moments as much as possible.  with two toddlers.  :)

MonsterBug Blankets

Friday, April 10, 2009

busy, busy, busy!

Yesterday I ironed. and ironed. and ironed.  I spent my whole morning ironing while the kids "played with rattlesnakes".  Not really, calm down!  We went to a local Rattlesnake Rodeo on Saturday (where we all tried alligator on a stick--kinda tough--Monster devoured it--gotta love the south!), and since, the kids have been pretending to see and play with rattlesnakes.  So while I ironed a huge stack of pretties and lots of fabric to continue sewing--they went rattlesnake hunting. :)  Made for a fun time!

I was gonna take a picture of my new stack of blankets and burp cloths--all those colors make me happy--but I didn't have the time.  (Too busy ironing--you getting the theme here?)  I'm dying that I can't/don't have time to list these new things.  I want to put them online--but I'm running out of time!  TroyFest is in 2 weeks!  Lots to do!

Two weeks ago, I stopped in to the Army Aviation Museum Gift Shop to see if they would be interested in consigning some of my baby items.  I left some items with them to look over, and the other day I called them to check back and see if they were interested.  WHOOHOO!  They already sold some of my things, and asked for me to make several more items for them to take with them to a Convention in May!!!! :)  So excited!  Of course, it's a little crazy--cause they need the items by the 29th--3 days after my craft show--hahahaha!  So my sewing has gotten more intense the past few days! :)  But I am so excited about this!  

Ok, gotta go get busy.

:) MonsterBug Blankets

Friday, April 3, 2009

Cozy Blankets for K and B



Aren't these adorable?  I can't decide which one I like better--the cool Harley-Davidson Blanket or the Frog with the orange N applique?  Too bad I shipped them both off today. :(

I had a bit of a mishap with my sewing machine this week.  Three weeks before TroyFest.  While vacuuming.  I still can't believe it!  I hit the picnic basket under my sewing table while vacuuming, it bonked the cord to my sewing machine, and sparks went flying!  I completely fried my machine.  I loved my little machine.  I immediately began adding in my head the $$ I have available for another machine.  I mean, there's a craft fair in THREE WEEKS!  As I stood there by my sewing table, thinking and staring at my sewing and embroidering machine across the room, it took me a minute for things to sink in--I have a sewing and embroidery machine across the room! :)  YAH!  

This new (to me) machine intimidates me.  It's not a simple turn the dial kind of machine.  So I had to break out the users' manual.  (Had to figure out where that was first!)  First thing this morning I plugged that bad boy in, and started practicing.  Then I finished the two blankets above.  Oh man, am I in love!  That machine is like a race car (sounds like one, too)!  I'm already sooo happy with the new bells and whistles--things that I never knew a sewing machine could do--and now I cannot live without! :)  

Three weeks to go till TroyFest.  Did I say that already?  I'm excited and starting to freak out now!  

:) MonsterBug Blankets

PS--It's a Singer Quantum Futura C-200.