Tag Archives: crayon rolls

Busy!

6 Oct

Oh my, I’ve been gone for almost a whole month this time! I’ve been so dang busy lately that I’m afraid my blog has come last. I’ve been trying to stock up on crayon rolls for my Etsy shop but every time I post pictures of completed rolls people claim them! Now that isn’t a bad problem to have but I can’t seem to make them fast enough for the shop which I’m trying to open up this month. I also transferred stores late last month and have a bit of a different schedule to get used to which has opened up my time, but then the boys came down with colds. I admit I also became addicted to True Blood and watched all five seasons this past month so that is another factor in my absence. But I am back again and ready to get blogging regularly again. So in pictures here is what I’ve been stitching up.

There are 3 of each of these made

Adding Logos to my work

I’ve made some other things but the pictures were taken with my iPhone at night with poor lighting. I need to retake them properly. Did anyone notice my blog header??? I can’t afford the $700 for Photoshop right now so I’m trying the free version of Pixelmator. It is awesome. I absolutely love it and it is so much easier to figure out than Photoshop. I am not a professional photographer by any means so for me it’s great, and the price point can’t be beat, a whopping $14.99. I spent the better part of today experimenting and importing brushes to create my current header. Not sure yet if I’ll keep it but I do like it. Tomorrow I will hopefully have a new post ready to go, what the family has been up to in pictures. Have a good night!

 

 

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Now That The Olympics Are Over…

14 Aug

…I can get back to sewing regularly and blogging a little more often. It was once my goal to blog once a day, but i’ve come to realize that with our crazy life there are just not enough hours in the day to get it all done. Caleb starts school in two weeks so i may find myself with a teeny bit more time, but the time he is in school is still packed with Speech Therapy for my little Bug. My hubby also starts school again in two weeks so the focus will shift to him getting time to study and all that fun stuff. There really is a lot going on here! I actually didn’t realize how busy we are going to be come September until just now. Wow. Well, we’ll manage like we always do and somehow still find time to connect with each other and spend some quality time together, starting with Sundays. My hubby came up with the idea to have one night a week where we do a fun dinner that the kids can help make. First up on the list is homemade pizza! I’m looking forward to this Sunday and beginning a new tradition with my boys. Time to start a new Pinterest board and get to pinning!

In other news I stitched up a few more crayon rolls that need to be shipped out to my brother in law this week. I was a little late on getting these together as we had 2 birthdays to celebrate last week (my hubby’s and mine), but as the saying goes, better late than never! Although it is another push to get that Etsy shop open…soon, soon.

I just love that Alexander Henry print so much!! My sister and I made a trip to M&L Fabrics Discount Store today in Anaheim and after reading some of the Yelp reviews I was a little worried about what to expect. Glad I went in with an open mind because I was blown away by it’s awesomeness. The women who work there were so nice and helpful, quite the opposite of what some other Yelpers experienced. Think Downtown prices without the Downtown chaos. Everything was neat, organized, and clearly labeled. They had aisles and aisles of flat fold fabric for $2.49/yd!!! What??!!! There were even some designer prints mixed in there. Yes, it is a little overwhelming and there is a lot to go through in this section, but I was already planning my next trip out and quilt designs were flying through my head. The center of the store was dedicated to the designer/import fabrics and I was in HEAVEN. Alexander Henry, Robert Kaufman, Heather Bailey, Denise Schmidt…I could go on. All priced fairly and considering I don’t have to pay shipping, cheaper than online! Here is my loot, all totaling $24, which my sister paid for as a Birthday present to me. Isn’t she the best?

You can see the remnants I got on top and how low the price was for them, yes one of them does say $0.43. Pretty awesome right? I can’t wait to use these! After a pretty successful trip to the OC we headed to Long Beach to a little store I found online called The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse. I googled thrift stores near me and saw this, went to the homepage and thought, wow, this place is for me! This store is filled with some awesome stuff. They had all kinds of crafting supplies and then some. I love the concept of this store and I hope that it thrives because I will definitely be going back to this store and donating items i won’t be using. Here’s what I got minus what my sister got (cooking tongs, 2 boxes of paperclips, and a string of beads) all for under $3.

I just loved the old thread spools and thought they would look cute when photographing my stuff. The film roll canister (with film) will be used to make a flash diffuser I saw on Pinterest, and I thought I could use the cute charms on zipper pulls for little pouches. It was great to have some sister time and find some awesome new stores to shop at! Now I better get some sewing done while the hubby and kids are out of the house. I leave you with a cute little stack of Vintage Modern hexies i’m stitching up to go on a tote bag I’m making for myself.

 

A little catch up

28 Jul

I started to write a post yesterday in the heat of the moment and then realized today that in order to be a better person, I should delete it and start fresh. I am deleting yesterday afternoon’s events from my life and am starting fresh today. I try not to live in the past despite the fact that about once a year it tries to invade my life and cause chaos, I try to always focus on the things and people that I have in my life instead of the things and people that are not in my life. I woke up this morning to find my husband laying in bed with me and the words he said to me, simple as they are, made me smile, on my face and deep in my soul. He said “I’m still home”. I know, the words may not mean anything to anyone else reading this, but to me they meant more than him just being physically here. He is my home. My two boys are my home. The heartbreak and events of the past, both good and bad, have shaped me into who I am today, and as difficult as times may have been, I’m a better Mother and Wife because of them. While both my parents choose not to be a part of my life, I do have to thank them for the lessons I have learned. I am a stronger person because of them. I’m lucky that I didn’t let my past define who I became, but instead made myself the opposite. I have realized that I  no longer stand alone, I have a husband to protect and stand up for me, and two wonderful boys who love me more than anyone ever has. That is enough for me.

Thanks for letting me get that out. I’ve come to view this blog not only as a place to show my creative side, but also as a diary of my journey through life. So now let’s lighten the mood and look at what I’ve been up to this week.

I finished the crayon rolls that I had precut. I ended up having to redo 2 roll’s topstitching because I had some issues with the corners, so I changed to a walking foot and had no problems. I’m very happy with how these came out and am thinking that for Caleb’s birthday at school this year I will make these for his classmates instead of taking sweets. Ambitious, I know, but if I get started now there’s no pressure. I also finished another bracelet yesterday.

I love these bracelets so much!! They are so easy to make and I love a good portable project that can be done outside while the boys swim and play. And here’s what we’ve been up to lately in pictures.

 

Have a great weekend everyone!