Talents

4 Sep

I have crocheted so many hair nets sometimes I seldom think of it as anything special. Anyone could do the same.

Today I saw someone on eBay left this comment in my feedback: praise God for your talent.

That simple statement made me stop and think awhile. Actually I thought about it several times today.

It was a great reminder to me to remember that anything I can do is a talent from God and I should always praise and thank Him for it!

Thank-you to my customer who gave me this reminder! (even if unintended)

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Work in Progress

30 Aug

I enjoy variety, but sometimes it just feels like I have a LOT of stuff going. Recently I read an article on Homemadeology that inspired me to try to manage my time better. Basically I found a daily planner here and decided to try to structure my days a bit better. It’s fun when I can get everything done, but gets a bit overwhelming when I see how much I don’t get done. Here is a bit of a picture of some of the projects I have started.Towels. I ‘went shopping’ in our upstairs / loft and found some fabric to use for my towels. I looked at WalMart twice to find fabric to match my red towels, but never found anything I thought was good enough. My next plan was Joann’s. In the meantime, I thought, why not look through our stuff at home…. I am doing some with a more western/Indian theme, hoping to sell them locally. I found some vintage-looking stuff I decided to use. I also found one that I like, but not sure if anyone else will. It is the one on the left in the following picture. Beings I already cut it I’m not sure what else I can do with it, but I can’t decide if I should put it on the red towel or a black one. I was going to put the blue top on the light brown towel, but I may have chickened out.Bags. I have been slowly working on those as I have time. They are a nice sewing project that doesn’t require much energy, which is nice right now. Hair Nets. Awhile ago I posted that I crocheted a bunch of inventory hair nets. At the end of July, it seemed someone turned on a switch and I started getting sales again!! The funny thing though is that customers rarely purchase the color that is well stocked. 🙂 So I am still crocheting hair nets! Don’t get me wrong, I love the sales and I really don’t care what color they are and it’s no incovenience to make new ones! 😉Me. I am always a “work in progress” 🙂 but just now I feel more so as a head cold / sore throat has caught hold of me. It really made rounds in our family so I’m not terribly surprised I got it, I’m just hoping to keep it from settling in my chest. I retired to my recliner yesterday, but have been feeling a lot better today. I still am contenting myself mostly with hand work though. Like sewing buttons on towels and crocheting hair nets. I just got a bunch of buttons from Supplies From Me to You, a local etsy shop. They are very nice and I got excellent service! If you are wondering why all these towels are dark/black, it’s because I did all the dark ones first so I wouldn’t have to change my sewing machine thread.  🙂

That pretty much sums it up. Except for reading my books! 🙂 I don’t consider that work though so I decided not to include it in this list. What projects have you been working on?

Picture God’s Creation

29 Aug

Lightbox!

24 Aug

One of the most important elements of my sales both on Etsy and eBay is my pictures. Ever since I found out what a light box is, I have wanted one! Mom & I did some research online and decided we could make one. We finally got to it last week. Mom took a cardboard box and cut the sides out of it. We covered them with tissue paper and put poster board inside for the back and bottom of the picture. I forgot to take a picture of the finished product, but here is a shot of the cutting.  We had some difficulty coming up with lights. I put one on each side and a brighter one at the top. It seemed to work pretty well, but when I looked at the pics on the computer they have a sort of red tint. One of my lights has a red shade, which I thought may be the problem, but also all of the pictures I took were red items? So I have to keep experimenting! I think the best pictures are still better than the old ones I was taking, so that’s an encouragement!  My first light box picture. This one is a bit better, I think:  Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I’d love to hear your ideas! Once we find a good place to set it up in our *small* house, I will try to post more pictures of the actual light box.

Picture God’s Creation

22 Aug

Buttoned Hanging Hand Towels

16 Aug

The Buttoned Hanging Hand Towels  in my etsy.com shop are very practical items. Everyone needs a towel, right? 🙂 And even better it’s buttoned into place so it can fall on the floor every time you dry your hands!

I currently have 10 towels listed and hope to do more soon. I have been experimenting with different colors, ect. Trying to think outside of the box! When I think about making things, I almost always think of things I would like. Of course not everyone likes the same things as me, so the challenge is to imagine what other people would like. A good example is the brown & pink towel in this picture. I don’t like paisleys! But I thought someone else might… so here goes! 🙂

If you prefer a more feminine looking kitchen, I have a pretty floral or a purple butterfly towel.

I was looking back in my blog history and found my first towels I posted! They have come a long way since then! That is part of the challenge (fun), though. Always improving and learning how to do better. Customer satisfaction is top priority!

Picture God’s Creation

15 Aug

Treasury

14 Aug

The last several days 5 treasury lists have featured my items! How exciting! Click on the pictures to visit the treasury.

curated by Melissa from ThePeacefulHeartcurated by Jan of fibremomcurated by Karen from EllieMarieDesigns

You can visit the other two here:

Learning to Love Pinks

Just Because

Crocheting Inventory

2 Aug

Otherwise known as recuperating from illness! 🙂When I got sick last week, I decided to see how much of this:I could turn into this:The result is that I have lots of “inventory” hair nets now. 😉 That’s always good as I have already been caught not having a particular hair net made.  This isn’t usually a problem as I can made them up in an hour or two, but it always feels better to be a step ahead. I have been doing other projects as well, to save my hands and to keep from going “crazy”! I get really sick of doing the same thing over and over. As usual my stack of books has been rather distracting! I also got out a baby afghan I started a long time ago and finished that the other day. That was fun! I started another blanket yesterday so who knows how long that will take. The problem with alternating projects like that is that I try to crochet loose for the blankets and then my hair nets start getting bigger, too, as I am still in that mode. So I have to remember to switch modes in my head and my fingers!

That’s When God Wants to Hear You Sing

27 Jul

Their chains were fastened tight
Down at the jail that night
Still Paul and Silas would not be dismayed
They said, “It’s time to lift our voice, sing praises to the Lord
Let’s prove that we will trust Him come what may”

God wants to hear you sing
When the waves are crashing ’round you
When the fiery darts surround you
When despair is all you see
God wants to hear your voice
When the wisest man has spoken
And says, “Your circumstance is as hopeless as can be”
That’s when God wants to hear you sing

He loves to hear our praise on our cheerful days
When the pleasant times outweigh the bad, by far
But when suffering comes along
And we still sing Him songs
That is when we bless the Father’s heart.

 

This song has been running through my head lately. It’s not so easy to sing in the darker hours of life. But those times are often when we learn to trust God more. God is faithful and is with us in all our circumstances!

Christian Themed Treasuries #2

21 Jul

Today is another Christian Themed Treasury Challenge for the Etsy capsteam. Here are a few of my favorites. I managed to get three done today, but I think that’s enough for one day!  Click on the picture to visit the treasury, or click the link above to get the whole list of treasuries.

God Bless You!

Carseat Canopy

19 Jul

Baby Carseat canopy is perfect for protecting your precious baby! It is fully lined and made of cotton. The top ties keep the cover in place and still allow you access to the handle of the car seat. The back is made of a coordinating cotton fabric. The ruffle on the peek-hole is made of the same fabric as the back. The front bottom edge is finished with blue piping. The ties are wide red ribbon.  The bonus strap-covers are made of the same fabrics. They velcro over the straps. The canopy is perfect for protecting your baby from the weather.

This Baby Canopy is lovingly hand-made by my sister-in-law. She has two children she dearly loves, and is very creative in making things for them and others.  We are planning to offer more of these covers so please check back.

The canopy will be perfect for your baby or for a baby shower gift! Head on over to my shop for more details! Let me know what fabrics and colors you would like to see in this item!

God is Great

13 Jul

This treasury is one of the most unique treasurys I have seen! Can you see the prayer in it?

It took me awhile to see it.

Other than its uniqueness, it has a good message! It is good for me to remember that God is very great and all my blessings are from Him!

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of Lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17

Click on the picture of the treasury to go to etsy and see all the shops with these lovely items! This treasury was made by fibremom, featuring the shop FoundOnThePrairie who is the shop of the week in the Fruit of Her Hands Team.

New Gift Bags

12 Jul

I used to make gift bags from fabric scraps we had laying around here and people gave me, like this. That is fine with me, but they weren’t selling very good, at least not very fast! :/ I then went off to JoAnns and bought me some fabrics that I thought looked a bit more stylish. 😉 Those aren’t selling that fast either. …

I did sell two of the pink polka dot ones!

 I can’t decide which is my favorite; I love them all!

This picture makes the brown & blue bags look really nice, I think! Wouldn’t that be fun to be having a party and line up all the bags like this!

What fun you could have packing all your small things in pretty pink bags to put in your suitcase! I forgot to take a picture of the suitcase so these are just sitting here ready to go in. 🙂

If you aren’t having a party or traveling you can use this lime green drawstring bag for a cute purse on your shopping trip!

The lavender stripe bag is perfect for storing little projects.

Visit my etsy shop for more info on these bags and others! Thanks for stopping by!

Christmas in July

9 Jul

I made a coupon code to use as a Christmas in July sale, but in the meantime someone in an Etsy team suggested using this website to run sales:

https://www.etsyonsale.com/sellers?referralCode=NXMHZEYBVN

I checked it out and I am so glad I did! It was super easy to make a sale, and mark every item through their program instead of going through and doing it manually. It’s a site that allows you to easily run a sale in your Etsy shop, change tags for items all at once, and auto renew items on a schedule you set.  You can watch the demo video at the link above.  Plus, if you login and link up your Etsy shop you will get a total of $10 in free credits to use.

So right now every item in my shop is on sale! I have been adding 1 or 2 items almost every day so go check it out and see if there is anything just right for you.

Happy Shopping!

Christian Themed Treasuries

30 Jun

The CAPS Team has a Christian-Themed Treasury Challenge on today. Here are a few examples: (click on the picture to visit the treasury)

 

For longer list of treasuries go to this blog post.  God Bless You!

 

Vacation!

30 Jun

I had a wonderful vacation the end of May/beginning of June. I traveled with a friend to Kansas and to Illinois. I had a great time with friends and family. In Kansas I helped my young friends learn how to make my towel toppers and my gift bags. That was fun. I hadn’t planned to do that, so I didn’t have any patterns or anything a long. But we figured it out!

 

I really enjoyed my Aunt’s rose garden Illinois. She has beautiful roses!

 

When I came home, I had a little time adjusting back to the heat -and the allergies! So it took me awhile to get back into my sewing and other projects. I started with the easy projects. I had bought a bunch of fabric before I left to make bags, but didn’t get them sewn up. I was getting a little worried that the colors are to ‘springy’, but I finally sold 2 pink ones today!

While I was on vacation, my shop was not. My Mom, bless her heart!, shipped my orders for me! That was so nice of her and was nice to be able to keep the Etsy shop open. I didn’t renew auctions on eBay so that wasn’t going the whole time I was gone.

When I did start feeling better after my trip, it was time to do some sewing for the family. Mom and I sewed about 5 dresses in about 3 days. Those were for my two nieces. I made them look-a-likes because I knew they were going to be together.

Now down to business. In the next few weeks, I need to get lots of towel tops sewn and the rest of my bags. I also have some ideas for a new project. I haven’t had time to try it out though.

I hope everyone is having a great summer!

Prednisone Free!

1 May

Saturday was my last day of Prednisone!! I am very excited. It’s not usually such a big deal, but this time I was on it for 2 months. That was a long time for me and I am very happy to finally be off. I guess it was a lesson in patience if nothing else. 🙂 I am hoping that since the weather is warmer again, that I will be able to stay on top of things better.

Have a great day!

Sales! Yay!!

25 Apr

I have been excited this weekend because I got some good sales! Yay!! That is always exciting. Someone bought a bunch of my gift bags on etsy.com and I sold some hairnets on www.ebay.com! I hope they keep rolling in, but you never know!

Tomato Adventure

23 Apr

This weekend I took a break from sewing, not that I was getting that much done anyway. Thursday Mom got a bunch of tomatoes so we changed our Girls Sewing Day planned for Friday into a Tomato Canning Day. Thursday afternoon I cleaned up the kitchen so we could take off bright and early Friday morning.I didn’t get this picture until after we had started. We actually had 9 boxes of tomatoes and 1 box of celery.

A very willing helper! She worked hard all day.

We made Pizza Sauce from a recipe Mom had from Granny:

Later we also made another recipe we got from my sister.

We did most of the canning outside on the camp stove so the house wouldn’t be so hot! The weather here really turned warm last week. Saturday we started our A/C.

We also made stewed tomatoes and whole tomatoes. And a bunch of salsa. The salsa recipe we got from my sister.

Grandma taking a break with the children.

Supervisor! 🙂 He actually did very well all day. In the evening I had him in my bed and he fell asleep. For about 2 minutes. Then he was happy and just lay there and played and kicked. It was cooler in there than in the living room so I think he was more comfortable. I didn’t get any sleep until he went back out.

Our finished product! 🙂 

Something about canned food looks so beautiful and homey. And it makes the work worth it!

I was completely exhausted that night. I sat in the rocking chair to cut up my last tomatoes. 😉 The next morning I got up and ate breakfast with the family. Then after a warm shower, I headed back to bed with a book, a jar of Powerade, and a quart of tea. After two days of mostly rest and extra breathing treatments, I am getting some of my energy back.

I just recently found out about PicMonkey. I had fun editing some of these pictures with their program. Have any of you ever used that? I found out about it on this blog. She has a lot of nice pictures.

Ps. We didn’t get the tomatoes all done. Brittany and Mom are working on them today again. I think this will be the last day.

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