Monday, November 29, 2010

Black Friday Bonanza

The only Black Friday sale that I bother with. Flannel for $1.29 a yard is just more temptation than I can bear. But I don’t get up at 5am, I wait until the crowds die down and go in the afternoon. Then I grab my number and leisurely do my shopping while I wait for my number to be called.

I got some really nice flannels for making casserole cozies (yes, I will make more someday…) and some cute baby prints as well. Then I picked up some other bargains that I just loved!

flannels 07 flannels 03 flannels 04 flannels 05 flannels 06These are the prints for cozies

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Love these baby prints!

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This will be a bed for Betsy

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I bought a print that matches this during the summer

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I don’t know what I’ll do with this one???

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Not a flannel but will be the lining of my new messenger bag

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The fleece was on sale, too. I have another pattern I want to try with this…

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I really like this fabric for making shopping bags! And at 50% off it’s a great deal!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Christmas Wish List

This is my first crafting Christmas Wish List. This is not a list of items that I want to get for Christmas. It is rather a list of things that I want to get done for Christmas. With November almost halfway over, I think I’d better get a move on…

#1- Glitter Foam Christmas Trees from eighteen25 as seen on i Heart Nap Time.

crafts 01 #2- Spool Advent Calendar from Just Something I Made

craft 2#3- Shoe holder Advent Calendar from eighteen25

craft 3Here’s another one from Chica & Jo (I’m not fond of the Grinch but you could do a million different stories/themes)

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#4- Yarn Ball Wreath from Life Through the Lens

craft 5#5- Stick Snowflakes from Dollar Store Crafts (Love this blog!)

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#6- Casserole Cozy in a Christmas plaid I picked up on the free table at co-op.

cozy order  07this isn’t the Christmas print…

#7- Christmas valance for the kitchen window

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#8- Christmas Apron  I have no idea what I’ll use yet!

#9- Embroidered Tea Towels with one of these fonts from Just Something I Made

craft 7#10- Christmas Quilt that I bought at my favorite quilt store Center Diamond I love the colors and the vintage look!

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Monday, November 8, 2010

I Will Never Do That Again!

When I got the call in August, I was so flattered. Someone finally liked something I made well enough to buy them… And not just one, but 13 sets! So, of course I said yes.

That was dumb!

Now I know I’m no entrepreneur and that was very quickly apparent as I began gathering and purchasing the supplies to make the order.

When I made the original ones, I used all materials that I already had on hand and charged what I thought people would be willing to pay. But buying all new materials to match what she wanted was a whole different ball game. If I hadn’t already had quite a bit of the material or would have not bought things on sale, the project would have cost me about $130 more than I charged her. It did cost me a bit out of pocket but not that much. Thank goodness!

Needless to say, all this made this little project more than a little frustrating. Somehow sewing for someone else just seemed to suck all of the joy out of it. I could have had it done weeks ago if I hadn’t found so many things I would rather do like scrubbing toilets, mucking out the chicken coop or just about anything…

On the bright side I LOVE these things! They are probably one of my favorite patterns I made up myself. I use mine all the time! So I will probably be making more in the future (I’ll just be charging more for them). :o)

 cozy order  01 cozy order  02 cozy order  03 cozy order  04 cozy order  05 cozy order  06 cozy order  07  This set is my favorite one!

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I love the cherries, apples and cupcakes!

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In case you were wondering, this is how you use them…

using cozies  01Slip the bowl into the center

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Cinch up the strings.

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Ready to go…

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This is my favorite of the two cozies…

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Pull the flaps over…

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Velcro it into place…

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And off you go!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

To Makeover Or Not To Makeover

I bought this sweet little strawberry bread box today at one of our favorite thrift shops in Seaside. It’s in really good shape and was only $2!

My debate is to leave it the way it is or should I do something fun with it???

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cannon Beach Finds

Every time I go to Cannon Beach I look forward to my stop at Center Diamond quilt shop. Every year I find fabric I adore and this trip was no exception… There they were right in front of the door just waiting for me!

new fabric 01 I love the pics and the cute little sayings on this adorable retro kitchen print!

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I hope to have enough of this to do a couple of projects!

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I just had to get this chicken print, too!