November 30, 2013
First things first. I’ve decided I am going to open an Etsy shop. I’ll start off with tote bags and see how they do. It will be a while, since I have to build my bag inventory back up, but I’ll keep you posted. This is an exciting thing for me, and regardless of how successful (or not) it is, it’s something fun to keep me sane.
Second things second. Last weekend at the boutique, someone showed me a picture of a cute fabric iPad cover and we tried to figure out how it was made. Yesterday I tracked down the photo on Etsy, studied it for a while, found a tutorial (have I mentioned how much I love Google?), and made one for my Kindle, since our iPad already has an indestructible cover that will come out unscathed in World War III, and possibly through Baby’s toddler years. End longest sentence ever.
Anyhoo, though it’s not perfect, I think it came out pretty good for my first try.
I thought that ruffle would be a beast, but it wasn’t so bad, if not a little wonky.
Why, yes, Virginia, there is a darling lining.
Have you noticed my novice-trying-to-do-it-too-quickly mistake? I put the elastic loop for the button on the front panel instead of the back. That means I had to attach the button to the back instead of the front.
But I decided this was a fortuitous mistake, because now there is something cute on each side. At least that’s what I tell myself.
Now my Kindle is all dressed up. Maybe it’ll make me read more.
November 23, 2013
The boutique is going great this weekend, and it has been a good experience in learning what people really like and what they like not so much. (I can't bring myself to say "don't like," because I think all my stuff is cute!) One thing I know for sure is a popular style: chevron stripes! I've been giving people my cards and telling them to come look at color options, so here they are. In addition to this happy yellow version,
you can choose from:
Let me know if you're interested in any of these colors, or any of my other bags!
November 21, 2013
Who’s ready for a boutique?
Ooh, I am! I am! [frantically raising hand à la Hermione Granger]
It’s finally here, and I am excited, not to mention exhausted. You know that spot that gets worn in the carpet of your car where your right heel rests? I think there’s one of those by the foot pedal on my sewing machine. If you are visiting my little nook of the virtual world for the first time because you picked up my card at the Snowed Inn Boutique, welcome! If you stick around a little while, you’ll learn that this blog isn’t a sewing blog or a food blog or a mommy blog. You won’t find step-by-painstaking-step sewing tutorials or colorized pictures of my family sitting in the leaves (spiders), lounging on railroad ties (splinters), or standing in the middle of a country road (um, hello, safety issues? what if a tractor comes along?). We don’t do cheese. (But we love to eat it.)
This blog features (but is not limited to) posts about food (oh yes, food), photography, music, overgrown gardens, sewing, failures, (and sewing failures), lists (I heart lists), and random complaints from yours truly.
So a little about me. I started sewing in January of this year. I received a sewing machine for Christmas. Christmas 2011, that is. I opened the box a year later. I like doing things in a timely manner.
I love photography and have a fancy camera, but since my first child was born almost two years ago, I’ve been relegated to the camera on my phone most of the time. It fits better in my pocket, you know?
I like to cook, but I love to bake. Jars of sprinkles make me giddy.
I love Christmas music. ’Tis the season starting November 1. Or perhaps a little earlier.
I know a little about a lot of things. But one thing I know a lot about is my profession. I’m an editor and a writer. I was a magazine editor for seven years. Now I freelance. Currently, I am editing my sister-in-law’s books. If you’re looking for some fun and exciting clean reads, hop on over to her blog where you can see what she’s published and working on. (You really don’t have to hop. You can lazily click.)
Are you still hanging around, wondering where you can buy my stuff? Sorry, I tend to ramble. I currently don’t have an official “store” anywhere, but I’m considering opening an Etsy shop. It depends on how the boutique goes this weekend. If you were at the boutique and my bags there didn’t quite float your boat, see below for some other options that I can make. These are fabrics that I’m fairly certain are still available where I shop. Contact me if you’re interested or if you'd like more info. (And if you didn’t go to the boutique and have no idea what I’m talking about, you can still contact me about bags if you’re in the lower 48. Because I seriously don’t know how to mail stuff to Canada.)
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Pocket and handles in various colors.
Dandelion bag in various colors.
(See below for one.)
Pocket and handles in various colors.
Giraffe bag in various colors.
Elephant bag in various colors.
I didn't realize until it was finished that this is for an avid Republican.
Chevron stripes in various colors.
I hope you enjoyed your visit!
November 20, 2013
Even after almost two years, I still find myself wondering why I bother to buy toys for Baby. It's not like he actually plays with them, like one tends to do with toys. It seems he finds much more entertainment around the house with things that aren't found in the toy aisles at the store. Here are some of Baby's favorite things to play with. (In no particular order; they all end up on the floor equally.)
-Anything in the recycling bin.
-Plastic cups. (I think he has a future in competitive cup stacking.)
-The "big vacuum" and the "little vacuum." Also known as the upright and the handheld.
-The trash can lid. (Actually, anything with a lid.)
-Remote controls. Real ones that work.
As Baby's second birthday approaches, maybe my conversations with Husband should go from this:
"What about a train set? Would he like that? What about something to ride on? Ooh, look at this police car with sounds!"
"Check out these mailing boxes! What about this Tupperware? He'd love that. Those lids are perfect. How about his own DustBuster?"
Hmm. We'll see.
November 3, 2013
October 14, 2013
Hello? [knocking on screen] Is anyone still out there? I'm still here, though it has been a silent month. I like to sew, you see. And a few weeks ago I decided to be a part of a large holiday boutique in my neighborhood. After hemming (pun intended) and hawing over what to sell, I decided to sew tote bags, a few blankets, and possibly some covered-button rings. Which means that almost all of my spare time is spent sewing. And now blogging. Because I missed you guys.
And this means that I get to buy fabric. And buying fabric makes me happy. Take a look:
Wheeeeee! I use home decor fabrics so the bags will be sturdy, and I found all of these on clearance at fabric.com. Most cost less than $5. (Look at the elephants! Awwww!) When I opened the box and saw all of this, I was giddy. It will be nice to sell some bags, but if I don't, it's okay because I love all of them. Husband will get tired of tripping over them, but I'm sure Baby will enjoy having another bag (or 10) for his blocks.
So, with that being said, I'll try to check in here and let you know how things are going. If you live in my area, stay tuned for details on the boutique! (And if I don't sell anything, stay tuned for details on a possible Etsy shop! Um, where I can not sell anything online either and feel depressed, but at least it's a place to put them. Virtually, anyway.)