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First Craft Fair

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Well it finally came and went, my very first craft show. I have spent so much time sewing and sewing and sewing and trying to build an inventory in 4 short weeks. And although I did not meet my goals as far as amount of inventory, I was pleased with what I was able to bring.

The pictures are not great, but you can get the idea. I thought the $1 and $2 bins would be a hit, but I was wrong….and if they weren’t going to pay $2 for handmade flowers with quality clips on the back, well that should tell you how willing they were to buy anything else from me ;). I couldn’t even manage to give away candy to very many people! It was a tough crowd.

But it wasn’t all bad. I really did enjoy the day. It was fun to see how everyone else decorates their booths, and takes that 6×6 space and OWNS it! (6×6 is even smaller than it sounds). I also got to spend the day with my booth-mate and friend, Minina. We had lots of fun talking and catching up. Her sweet husband brought us lunch AND dessert…thanks Adam! All in all, it was a fun time.

We also had the opportunity to meet new people…some that I have admired over the web, like the Owl and the Envelope, and some that had yummy wine and friendly conversations, like Lyndi Rouse ! I even had a guest stop by! Thank you Brandon (my husband’s college roomie and amazingly talented photog)  for coming to wish me luck and show off that darling little girl of yours.  I wish that I had mingled more and met more of the talented people there. I just felt like a bother walking around staring at their goodies because I didn’t intend to purchase…. well maybe if I had made some money I would have been inclined to spend some.

My display worked well. It showed off the goods so that everyone could see everything, no one had to sift through much. Everyone responded well to the clothes and even the purses. I actually had people checking stitches (which is something I secretly do, but pretend I don’t 🙂 ) and were pleasantly surprised that it looked neat on the inside and out.

I would like to think of a better way to display the knits. They don’t look nearly as adorable laying flat as they do on a cute little head, or whatever, round 3D object you have….maybe some styrofoam balls would do the trick. We decided that it would also be nice to have a stamp with my logo on it for last minute price tags and for stamping the bags that purchased goods go in.  If I were to do craft shows on a more regular basis I would also get a credit card swiper…I think people just enjoy the convenience. One little girl, maybe 7 or 8 yrs old, told her Dad, “hurry I want to go find the ATM noooooowwww”. I got a good laugh out of that one.

So, hopefully next time the sales will be better and the company will be just as enjoyable. I would definitely do it again….but I’m going to need some R and R first 😉

Sorry…

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Not that I had any readers on the edge of their seats awaiting my return, but I really was hoping to keep up with this more regularly. My goal was originally to post once or twice a week as I found things that inspired me to create, so I could inspire you to create. However, ever since I signed up for this craft show (March 11th at Southlake Hilton, in case you were planning on coming to see me!) I haven’t had a free second. I have been taking orders and also trying to build an inventory at the same time. And, well, I’m not very good at it. I can’t seem to work on the same thing for more than a day 🙂 We’ll say it’s sewing ADD. It’s nice to have lots of different options to offer people, but I’m afraid I won’t have more than one or two of each thing in each size. Hopefully customers will be understanding and willing to order something if they don’t see it there!
Anyways, I do have lots of tutorials or craft inspirations to share…I want to write a post on what to do with all of those unused t-shirts clogging up the space in your drawers. I want to try my hand at some how-to’s….how to start sewing, how to start knitting, or crocheting. It would be helpful if my dear readers would comment and tell me what they would like to know.
So this post is just basically an apology to myself and to you for not keeping up with my blog. I will do better….after March 11th!!

Diaper Bag

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I’ve been tossing around ideas about what to enter in the Sew-vivor competition. I have been making lots of kids clothes lately, and that was my first thought. But I just felt that, while I love the clothes I make, I wasn’t sure if it showed much sewing skill. So I tried to think about which sewing projects have been my most challenging….and I have decided that it’s my Diaper Bag. So that is what I plan on entering.

I think the most challenging part of making my bags is adding lots of structure and details. Ironing in the interfacing for all the pieces of this bag takes me FOREVER….and ironing is definitely not my favorite thing to do. But the final product is worth it, so here it is:

I Need Your Help!…(Don’t freak out it’s not super urgent)

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I have never entered a sewing contest before, but I randomly came upon this one and I want in!! But….I can’t decide what to post. In the initial round there is no limit to what you can post, no guidelines (well except that it must be sewn by you), and I’m having a hard time deciding what to enter. My husband and a few friends vote for a purse. I am torn…I like my purses, but how creatively can you photograph a purse? I just made a new style of dress, which I LOVE, and I thought about entering that, but I’m not sure how much it shows off my sewing skills. But kids clothes do photograph nicely….. :/ The only other thing I have is an unfinished quilt…which I could finish since I have all of Feb to do so. I’ll post the pics, you help me decide!!!! Pretty please with sugar on top 🙂

You can click on the pics to get a better view….

Thanks for helping out! I look forward to hearing what you have to say 🙂

Distracted

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Last week was one of those weeks when I had lots to do, and I didn’t want to do any of it. I needed to figure out what to do for my son’s party, I had multiple purses on the list, a hat, a scarf, and some other errands that needed to be done. But each time I sat down to work on those things I just felt so bored, my mind was racing to a million other things I would have rather been doing. So I gave in, I set aside my ‘need to do’ list and pulled out my ‘want to do’ list!

First we went to the store to buy some organizational supplies and some homeschool supplies, and a couple of hoola hoops! We got home and I couldn’t wait to get started on our first project…a new rug! I had seen one on Pinterest, and now we were going to make it. My oldest wasn’t so excited about me using ‘her’ hoola hoop, but she had some fun making the rug with me. Despite my excitement and love for the rug, it did not turn out well. When they say ‘don’t pull the loops tight when you are weaving’….they mean it. I didn’t pull on purpose, it’s just that t-shirts tend to stretch easily, and well……

 

Before...

And after 😦

 

 

So, it didn’t go as planned, but that’s ok. We’ll give it another try sometime. Meanwhile, we’ll just work on our mad hoola hooping skills!

Next on my list was a fabric basket. We needed a little basket to store games and videos in for the kids room. I also so a how-to on pinterest about this as well. I had found a yard of material in the scrap bin at Hobby Lobby for a dollar, so it seemed like the perfect choice for this project. It took me an hour or so because I didn’t need the ID pocket or the handles…just wanted something really simple (and fast).  I love the way it turned out! The only thing I would change is I would buy heavier duty plastic mesh. I just didn’t want to spend a dollar a sheet, but I guess it would have been worth it 🙂

After that I decided I better get started on some ‘need to do’s ‘, so I went out to find my size 8 or 9 needles and couldn’t find them anywhere, but as I was looking, I noticed an old baby quilt that I had started 5 1/2 years ago (before my oldest was born). All it lacked was the binding. I had pieced it, hand quilted it, and then packed it up because I didn’t know how to bind it. I’m sure I had planned to dump it off on my grandmother so she could bind it…I probably just forgot. Anyways, it just so happened that I had recently seen a tutorial about binding….you guessed it…on Pinterest. So I pulled up the link, read over the instructions, was shocked at how simple she made it look, and then I was off to bind my quilt! It took about an hour to bind it by hand…an hour!! I had waited 5 1/2 years to finish it, both of my babies missed out on using it…and it would have only taken me an hour?! Sigh. But at least it’s done now! And I think they will get some use out of it, even if they aren’t really babies anymore.

So, once I got these projects completed and out of my head, I found that I could think a little clearer, I was a little happier, and even though they weren’t on my list of things that needed to be done, it felt good to complete those projects. Especially the quilt, my first sewing project on my machine. It brought back lots of happy memories to work on it, and I hope to finish more quilts soon.

After freeing up some thinking space I was able to have my son’s birthday. I made him a really cool robot shirt to wear on his special day (wonder under tutorial coming soon…). It was low-key, not a super party, but he had a great time. He had an adventure in the morning and a party with family that night…and I was able to make the only thing he asked me for, a robot cake.

Don't judge me on my cake making skills!! 🙂

***Sorry about the quality of the photos, I’m working on that. I am trying to use my camera without selecting the point and shoot options…I am determined to know how to use this thing!

And the winners are…….

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The winner of the spices from Horton’s Heats and Treats is Ang Alford!

The winner of the baby gift set from Sew in the Mood is Kelly Foss!

The winner of the dress from Babycakes is Ellen Tidwell!

The winner of the owl from Sew Much Love is Tiffany Wolf!

The winner of the valentine zippy pouch from Walla Bear Designs is Shiela Horton!!

And, the winner of the purse by Nomadic Needles is Stephanie Kalish!!

Congratulations to the winners and thank you all so much for participating!! Giveaways are always fun, and I am sure there will be more to come 🙂 A BIG thank you to all of the sponsors  who donated items for the giveaway, I really do appreciate it and you can count on me anytime you are hosting one.

2012!!

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I’m looking forward to this year for lots of reasons….

1. To really jump into this business of mine! I really want to get out there and sell some stuff.  I’ve started a new webpage, a blog, a new facebook page, and I’m hoping to hit some big time craft fairs this spring and summer. I have an official DBA (which I am pretty sure is a scam by the local government), and a tax ID! So be prepared to pay taxes on goods all you Texans 🙂

2. I want to learn how to organize my time.  I think if I could make a routine and stick to it, I would really be doing myself and my kids a favor.

3. I really want to focus on homeschool, and getting my kids the best education possible…so that one day when they have their own blog, they won’t have to apologize for their grammar 🙂

4. I want to post some tutorials on my blog! I have learned so much from other people on the internet that I would love to return the favor to some new sew-ers, crocheters, knitters, and whatever other kind of crafters I could help.

5. I want to make a pattern to sell. Not sure if it will be a sewing pattern or maybe crochet/knitting, I just don’t know yet.

6. I’m looking forward to having my husband back home from a deployment in Africa. We don’t have an end date at this point, but sooner always seems better than later to me! And, even though I always hate to wish away time, I certainly think about hitting that fast forward button every once in a while.

So what are your goals and dreams for 2012? I would love to know.

New Blog!

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I started this blog so that I could host super awesome giveaways and not worry about backlash from facebook, and to share some fun tutorials…when I get around to making them.

I will be having my first giveaway as Nomadic Needles on January 14th.  I am still recruiting more sponsors to make this as fantastic as possible! So keep a look out for all the wonderful prizes to come.

If you are looking at this theme and wondering, why would she pick this? What does it have to do with her business or webpage? The truth is, it doesn’t have anything to do with it. I just like it. I love bright, fun colors and crazy, out of control patterns, so just go with it. Plus, it’s so crazy fun you won’t even notice that my photog skills are nonexistent when I post pictures.