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Flea Market

25 Sep

Although I haven’t been very active on my blog lately I have been quite busy here at home! My recent ‘big event’ was the flea market here in Congress. I wasn’t sure how that was going to go, but it turned out really good! For some reason, my online sales did really good that weekend, too. It was a good weekend all the way around!

I had been thinking about doing the flea market for quite awhile, so I worked at slowly building my inventory up the last several months. And of course, the last two weeks I jammed everything in that I could -between doctor appointments! (It just so happened that I had like 4 appt. for tests, doctors, ect right in that time frame!)

I sewed Hand Towels and Gift Bags down to the hand sewing. Sewing goes faster for me when I work on the multiples of the same thing for awhile. I packed my bag full of hand sewing to take along to my IV appointment, but it just so happened that they started my IV on my right hand that day! I got a nap instead. 🙂

The flea market was held in the parking lot of the Congress Depot Marketplace. They have a marketplace inside for vendors to rent spaces to sell their things. It’s nice stuff, a lot of antiques. They have a bit of produce and baked goods, too.

I don’t think I could have asked for a better spot for my space. It was right up front where people walk in. They ‘had to’ walk right past my tent to get to the food! 😉  While we were setting up the manager told us to leave Dad’s truck parked behind the tent so people would see the signs for his appliance business.  That was nice of them, although we weren’t expecting that. Mom and Dad set up the tent for us. It actually didn’t take that long. It got a little breezy at times during the day, but the tent seemed pretty stable. My gift bags kept blowing away and then I realized I had laid them on the table so they were open to the wind.

It was cold in the morning when we left the house, but it really got warm during the day. Mom & I both got sun burns. There was quite a bit of traffic through the flea market until a little after noon. It really dropped off then and we were home around 3:00. I didn’t think I really sold that many items, but when I sat down and added things up I was pleasantly surprised at how much I had made. The very low entry fee ($5) helped a lot too!

So now I am quite excited to come up with things for next month! My towels sold pretty good, so I will just re-stock those, but the gift bags didn’t sell well at all. I think I need to figure out how to display them different.  While selling online has a certain appeal, I really enjoy selling local. It is so much more interesting to be able to see your customers. And maybe if I keep practicing, I won’t be such a shy saleslady! 😦  Have you had any experience with a flea market? I’d love to hear about it.

 

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?

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.

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

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!

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!

Purple Stripe Gift Bags

18 Apr

Last week I did a custom order for 6 of these purple striped gift bags. It was fun to do them. I had them all sewed up before she ordered, but I added the flowers to the five of them that didn’t already have them.  The one bag was smaller than the others, but she said she wanted it anyway. Please excuse the background. 🙂 I didn’t set up my studio properly.

Of course I forgot to ask her where she was from before I quoted her a shipping price. Again. I need to put a post-it-note beside my computer. Oh well, that’s another subject.

I was very excited that I had enough fabric for this order! I make my gift bags from left over fabric from other projects. Most of the bags are one of a kind and I ‘m not able to make more because I used up the fabric.

I also got a request for yellow bags, but that order didn’t come to anything. I went a head and made some yellow ones just in case someone else wants yellow bags. These aren’t cotton, they are polyester.  I listed the first one in my Etsy shop today. You can view it here.

That’s about all I’ve gotten done for my shop this week. I forgot to get interfacing when we were in Phoenix last week, so I can’t do my towels. I did do some crocheting. My biggest problem is lack of motivation! The allergies around here are so bad right now. I finally took Benadryl last night so I felt better this morning. Until I sat outside for a while this afternoon….

My Brown Towel is Back

13 Apr

I guess the brown hanging towel is everyone’s favorite according to my sales records. The other night I took the risk of buying two packs of them. Don’t laugh, that was a huge investment for my teeny tiny shop! 🙂  I got them back in my store today, but they have new tops. I am running out of the fabric I was using to make the tops so I bought some at JoAnn’s the other night. It doesn’t match as good as I would have liked since I was going on my memory, which was a little foggy at 8:00 pm. I did take a sample of the old along, but in Wal Mart I used it to match buttons and that is the last the sample was seen. It might still be floating around in Wal Mart… But I hope everyone likes the new Brown Hanging Hand Towel!I also have a unique version of the brown towel. I put a turquoise blue top on it. 😉 I think it’s kind a neat. And of all things it’s made it into 3 treasury lists already! This one is my favorite:

Hang it upWhich of my towels is your favorite? I’d love to hear from you! Have a great weekend.

Hanging Hand Towels and Cloth Gift Bags

11 Apr

Looking for the perfect gift for Mother’s Day? I have new hanging hand towels in my etsy shop that would make great gifts for a special Mom! Plus you can put them in pretty Cloth Gift Bags.  You can find them all in the Mother’s Day section of my shop.

I was really excited to finally find some pretty towels at our local store again. For a long time they didn’t have much of anything. I have a number of gift bags, but not very many are alike. Last week a couple days I finally got really motivated and got a bunch of bags done. If you don’t see what you want in the Mother’s Day Section, take a look at the regular hanging towel section or the Party Favor / Gift Bag section.

Happy Shopping! 🙂

Denim Blankets

6 Oct

I have four small denim blankets ready to go now. The other day, I got two of them listed on eBay. Next week I plan to list the other two on Etsy.

The first one is a regular blanket. They are made from ‘recycled’ jeans. All the pieces were cut by hand from used jeans. I have avoided any major stains, however there are some pieces with the washed-out look and there may be some very small, unnoticeable stains.

The back is a blue and white check soft flannel. The knots are done with red yarn.

The blanket is about 48” long by 34.5” wide so it is a crib size or a throw blanket/lap robe.

Denim Blanket Throw Lap Robe Handmade Re-purposed Jeans Crib Quilt

 

The second blanket is a frayed denim top. The back is finished just like the other one.  This one is about 45.5” long by 32” wide and the knots are blue.

Frayed Denim Blanket Throw Lap Robe Handmade Re-purposed Jeans Crib Rag Quilt

Head on over to my shop, grab a blanket and get cozy! It’s been cold here the last couple days so that sounds great to me! Let me know what you think of the blankets! Next I would like to start working on some bigger ones.

Old Congress Days

3 Oct

The big day is past now! I set up a booth at the local Old Congress Days event. It was a lot of fun even though I didn’t sell all that much. Mom & Dad were there to help – I couldn’t have done it with out them!

I had a bunch of the hanging hand towels on display. And I had the big doily out.The table above held greeting cards and denim blankets. On the other table I had my doilies, hairnets, and baby hats & booties.

Here are some of my doilies. This table met with disaster, well all of them did, but the white doilies got the worst of things. In the afternoon we got wind and a dust storm. Everything started flying. We took our stuff down early and lots of others did, too. Everyone was hanging onto their tents so they wouldn’t go crashing around. The lady behind me had a rough time as she was selling Scentsy -lots of breakables! While Mom & Dad finished our booth, I helped them box up the warmers.

Since I didn’t sell much at Congress Days, I now have all this inventory for my online stores! I hope to get it posted in the next couple weeks.

 

New Hanging Hand Towels

6 Sep

I have two new hand towels in my shop! The one is a fun coffee theme and the other is a nice red one. I have a lot of fun making these.

Here are some pictures:

Here is the coffee one. I found some really neat wooden buttons at a thrift store in town and that is what I used on these.

I put plain white tops on the red ones and thought it turned out pretty nice!

The apple one with a red top is still available, too.

 

Prickly Pear Hearts Greeting Card #2

12 Aug

I have my second Prickly Pear cactus Printable greeting card available in my Etsy shop. The message on this one is: Love from AZ. This could easily by changed to something like “Love from the West” if you’re not from AZ. 🙂

Greeting Card Printable PDF Prickly Pear Cactus Hearts 2 Love from AZ

The cover image is an original photo that I took and edited. It is a photo of a Heart shaped Prickly Pear cactus pad on a red and pink background. The words are brown and yellow. The watermark will not appear on your image. The background is from MGA Creations. The inside is blank for your personal message…

…You may print and use this card as many times as you wish. I do ask that you do not sell or transfer (share) the original pdf file. The cards you print are for your personal use, as gifts or what ever, but please don’t sell the printed product. Thank You!  Visit my Etsy shop for the full details.

 

Hanging Hand Towels

11 Aug

I finished two more hand towels and listed them in my Etsy shop yesterday! They are both the same designs I had before, but the tops I made red instead of off-white. The apple one I like with the red, but the other one… not sure! It might be two red, but someone out there probably likes red!

I also changed the pattern. I wanted it narrower at the bottom and I took away the points and made the ends flat. I like the flat ends, but I didn’t get it much narrower -maybe 1/4″ or so!

Double Hand Towel with Cotton Fabric Hanger Top Apples

Hand Towel Hanging Double with Red Cotton Fabric Top Floral

Head on over to my shop to check out the new towels and everything else!

Rejoice with Me!

3 Aug

I wrote before that I was not feeling very well. I am rejoicing that I feel better now! I still don’t feel quite normal yet, but I am SOO Thankful for all the Lord has done for me in bringing me this far!! I have been off antibiotics for 6 days and today I took my last Prednisone! 🙂 Very Exciting. (I still feel like I have my Prednisone appetite though!)

I am also thankful for the 3 sales I had over the weekend! That is very exciting. I sold one hair net on eBay. The other two sales were from Etsy: tayafaith bought the set of 3 hair nets that I listed last week. I have another listing like that here. The other sale was from mommaroz for two handtowels. Check out my shop and see what deals you can find! 🙂

DIY Notebooks / Scribble Pads made from scrap paper

1 Aug

DIY Notebooks / Scribble Pads made from scrap paper

I guess for every fun or beneficial activity there is usually a down side. One such thing is printing coupons. At times I use coupons printed off the internet and one thing that always frustrated me is all the ‘scrap paper’ made from printing them. Especially annoying is the programs that print one coupon in the middle of the page! So here is an idea what to do with the scrap paper from printing coupons. Any other scrap paper will work too!

 You will need:

Lots of scrap paper

Paper cutter or scissors

Printed paper for cover -optional

Stapler

Elbow grease to run the stapler!  🙂

The first step, of course, is to cut out your coupons. I know that is a basic step, but if you would like pointers on how to save the most paper, I will put tips on cutting out coupons in another post.Once you have the scrap paper, sort it. Put blank pieces together, Pieces with a little printing on the edges together, and pieces with lots of printing together. For this project I used the pieces that were blank or had very little printing on them. The stuff with a lot of printing on one side (you know those huge ads that print with some coupons!) went for scrap paper in the family business.

Then take the blank pieces and sort them by size. The pieces do not have to exactly match in size. I did not trim mine to be exact, but you could do that if you want to.Once you have the pieces sorted by size, count out 10 pieces. You can add or subtract to this number, but this is how I did mine. Fold each piece in half:Each piece should be 8.5” wide on one side. Fold them so that the long side is at the bottom. This will make your booklet about 4.25” wide.  Put the pieces together to look like a booklet:If the pages weren’t exactly the same height, I put the shorter ones inside. Now you should have a booklet of 20 pages!

At this point you are ready for the cover. Or if you choose not to use a separate cover, skip down to the stapling part.

The cover:I printed off black and white (to save ink!) photos from my computer. Make sure you right-align them in your document so they end up right side up and on the front of your booklet! Another idea is to use plain paper and use stickers or have a child draw a picture to decorate it.

 Cut them down to the size you need it to cover the booklet you have. I just eye-balled them for size.Fold the cover in half just like you did the pages. Then it is ready to put on your booklet!

Stapling

This was the hard part for me. Well, actually not because I got someone else to do it for me! I am not strong enough to punch a stapler that hard so I got a stronger person to help me with this step. You will need a strong punch to get the staple through all 22 layers of paper. Place your folded cover over the booklet and staple it along the back. I put in two staples.

The finished product:Repeat these steps as often as you like to make as many notebooks as you like!!

Here are some variations:

The following picture shows what the books will look like with a bit of printing on the edge of the page. If you’re planning to use the notebook for a scribble pad, it won’t matter to have a bit of printing in it. But if you prefer it to be blank, you can always trim those lines off.These pictures also show that we tried to trim the outside edge to be even. Paper cutters –at least mine-  don’t do that great a job trimming really thick edges.

These notebooks can be made in any size. I also made a big one:For the cover on this notebook, I used a paper just slightly larger than the 10 pages, and folded the one side over the edge. Like this:

I used three staples instead of two.

Using cardstock for the cover will make a much sturdier cover, but as you can see that is even harder to get the staples through!

 

Use your imagination! Have fun!

I created this tutorial for you to use for home and personal use. Thank-You! Ask any questions. Let me know if you like it.

Hair Net Deal

28 Jul

I listed a set of 3 hair nets / bun covers in my Etsy shop. This listing is designed to save you a bit of money! If I list a set, my fees are lower and therefore I am able to reduce the price per piece a bit.

This set includes one each of my three most common colors:  Black, Brown, and White. All three are made in the flower style. Go on over to my store to check it out!

Printable Greeting Cards

28 Jul

I am very excited to finally have some of my new greeting cards done and ready for sale!! It has been a lot of fun making them and I am excited to see if they will sell. That’s always the question with new products. This time, I’m not too concerned about the selling part though, because I have been having fun using the cards myself!

What is it? You will get a pdf file in your email that you will be able to print as many times as you like! It’s that simple.

I listed the first one in my Etsy shop this week. This one is a Thinking of You Card. (Wording can be changed upon request).

The Front of the card

This is the back.

The third picture shows how it prints out on a full sheet of paper.

A few details:  The cover image is an original photo taken and edited by me. It is a beautiful pink rose on a light green and yellow background. The words are blue. The watermark will not appear on your image. The background is from MGA Creations. The inside is blank for your personal message…

…You may print and use this card as many times as you wish. I do ask that you do not sell or transfer (share) the original pdf file. The cards you print are for your personal use, as gifts or what ever, but please don’t sell the printed product. Thank You!  Read full description.

Beautiful Greetings

22 Jul

Beautiful cards make it so much ‘easier’ to send notes to my friends. 🙂 I enjoy making cards, but I often think I don’t have time. There are lots of lovely options out there, tho!

Here are some beautiful ones I found on Etsy.com:  Beautiful Greetings These are all made with flower photos. (This photo only shows half of them.)

or I have a few of my own too: Etsy Shop

Crocheting in Sickness and in Health

21 Jul

One reason I love to crochet is because I can do it while I am sick. It gives me something to do with my hands (keeping my mind occupied) and keeps me from feeling completely useless! Of course it’s much more fun when I feel well, but I still enjoy it all the time.

Here are some things I have been working on the last week and a half or so while I haven’t been feeling good:

Crocheted Rose

I wasn’t completely satisfied with my rose, because I didn’t think it rolled very nice. I need to keep practicing that one!

Crocheted Socks

I love making socks because it seems like something more useful that people could actually use. This pair is for me; I wanted to see how they wear and how they wash. They turned out pretty good! The drawback with socks is that the yarn makes my hands really sore.

Besides this I am still working on my baby afghan and also on baby hats and booties. I love doing the hats and booties because they are so cute and don’t take long. I usually have a short attentions span when not feeling well. I’ll try to tell you more about the patterns I use in another post.

I have also worked some on my “Big Project”.

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