Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Test post!

Hi, I'm playing with Feedburner and needed a test post, please ignore me!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sewing room tour!

We've spent the last 24 hours moving every piece of furniture in my sewing area. I share the room with the boys and we decided it would make more sense to flip the room 180 degrees. So we did. This is a very large basement room, bare concrete floor, ugly paneling, no windows. None of that has changed.

(To see these same pictures, plus more, with tons of notes, visit this flickr link.)

Mike built me a big work table, so we started with that. We used couches to split the room in half. We got rid of some furniture and repurposed other pieces. We made a giant chalkboard for the boys.

It was a lot of work. It's still not a room worthy of a magazine spread, but it's so much better that I can't even describe it. There are a few details left to take care of but it's mostly done. I am so excited to get to work down there. The boys seem to like it better, and there are lots more things for them to do.

You can see a guided tour of it on my flickr page, complete with notes. I'd love to say they are all perfect photos, but I was working with 30 seconds time in a windowless room. Go look anyway.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Ok crafters, here's a heads up!

There's an online class about marketing your shop over at Katydiddy's, just in time for the holiday season. There are several parts to the class including blogging tips, markets, and facebook tips. I really want to take it, but don't have the $49 to sign up. Lucky for me, you can WIN a spot by blogging about it. So, I'm blogging to win it, but if you wanna take it WITH me, feel free to go here to sign up!

(Oh, ok, if you wanna win it you can check this link. )

Friday, October 9, 2009

Weekly Craft Roundup for October 9

I completed another block for the bee inspired quilt group this week. This one was due in September, oops, but time just got away from me. This one is a disappearing nine-patch (Hi, Trish!) so it went together really fast. My feelings are mixed on the fabric itself, while I do like bold prints, this was really loud.
There is a second block as well, but there is a slight error in it.

Look at this great craft- so pretty and done with Sharpies!

Every time Lisa posts about her napkins I want to whip some out myself. I mean, how pretty are those?
In shop news, nothing new posted this week. I was a busy bee though, making up and sending out another tailgating banner (War Eagle baby!) and finishing up a nice sized batch of notepads.
The round up is a little thin this week- I kept forgetting to save links!
What fun crafty thing did you do or discover this week? Any great new Etsy finds?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

New Feature: Weekly handmade roundup

On my personal blog I do a Random Friday post where I put all the links and notes from the previous week that I want to share. I thought it was about time to start that here. I plan to limit it to crafty things, pretty handmade things, and cool Etsy items, as well as personal sewing notes. I can't quite decide what to call it, but I plan to post it on Thursday or Friday of each week. Any suggestions?

Here we go!

Does anyone have a source of bulk zippers? By bulk I mean dozens, not hundreds.

How stunning is this quilt? I'd so love to make something like this for my bed.

This is a smart idea- make one cool t-shirt out of two clearance ones.

Oh, I want this ring!

I absolutely LOVE how this person keeps her journal. I wish I were half that artistic and creative. Even so, I am half tempted to try it next year.

Personally, the sewing I did this week was in the form of a banner that I sold in the shop. I had a bit of problem with a yellow mark transferring from my ironing board to the banner and had to basically start over, so this one has a LOT of extra time into it. I'm itching to make a few more backpacks though, as I sold TWO of them this week! Slowly but surely...

What fun, pretty, crafty or handmade goodness did you find this week? Was it something you made? What have you been wishing you had time to make?