Sunday, February 22, 2009


No, this post isn't reversible. If you turn it inside out I don't think it will look any better :P
Yesterday I made another bandanna jumper, but this one is reversible! The bandanna jumper needs a lining because just one is too see through. I figured if I'm lining it anyway I might as well get some good use out of it! Tomorrow I will be making the tutorial booklet. I'm really happy with how it turned out and Butterfly loves it!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Picture Time

Here are the pictures of the progress on my booth. I added lots of things, but still have a ways to go. I think it is really improved. Just by looking at things I think that at least one item has already sold, so that's good news. To have sold something with the sorry state things were in before makes me hopeful of my potential now that it looks more interesting!

I am also adding samples of every item I have a booklet on. I printed ribbon with "Display only" across the top, and the name of the book or kit the item came from. The white metal piece holds the small items which are all mounted on a magnet. The basket on the second shelf holds larger items which have the tag attached with a grommet. A ball chain runs through each grommet so they don't wander around, but keep the basket more orderly. I have 3 or 4 more sock monkeys all ready to assemble (cut, sewn, stuffed, just need the time consuming part of hand stitching to assemble) so those will be added soon. I also will be ordering some more materials which will be added on the left side. I need ideas on what can go in baskets or something like that at the bottom to keep it looking full and not... dumb. And ideas? I also printed ribbon labels with a hand stitched onto each money hiney to give them the final professional touch. I really like how those turned out :)

To visit my booth at The Quilted Bear, come to East Bay in Provo just north of Sam's Club on University Avenue. The address is 1221 S. University Avenue Provo, Utah 84601

I'm always open to suggestions or comments!!! Help me make this successful.

My favorite line ever came from my dear Mother in Law, Mommalee (as I call her) who said "Well, I hope you get rich and die." LOL, I know what she meant, but it sure made me giggle! Thanks Mommalee!

Friday, February 20, 2009

More to come

Today is the day! Since tomorrow is Saturday, this is my last chance to stock more items before the biggest shopping day of the week. I have a whole bunch of bottle cap items, materials, and a few more books and kits that are going to be added. Today I am trying to finish up about half a dozen sock monkeys also. They already have all been cut out and machine sewn, and stuffed -- it's just the time-consuming hand stitching that is left. I have 3 ready to go and 4 more that are still in the works, including one that is the tiniest monkey EVER!
I have made a monkey (well, still have to do the hand -work) out of a pair of newborn sized baby boy socks. It is only about 4 inches tall from head to toe! That little guy is just cute as a button! And speaking of buttons, he is one of my Baby Safe monkeys; meaning that he will have hand-embroidered eyes instead of button eyes so he will be ideal as a gift for a brand new baby.
The last thing I'm setting up today is my sample set. It has a lot to be done too, of course, but I am making up an example of each item I have a book for. The clips and characters are all mounted on magnets with a ribbon tag saying what book they are from attached. Larger items, such as the ribbon leggings, will sit in a basket and have a grommet attached which holds their ribbon tag on and has a ball-chain attaching them to the basket to keep track of them all. I will, of course, take more pictures after tonight stock-o-rama.
One of these days I'll even have some fun new items to share, I'm sure of it, lol.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Come Visit!!!

In case you are ever in the neighborhood:
I now officially have a booth in The Quilted Bear in Provo, UT!!!
Hopefully by the end of this week I will have it fully --- or at least mostly --- stocked. I only have about 10 of my books and 5 ribbon kits in there so far. They look a little lonely.
I am so thankful for my sweet hubby who has helped me a TON in getting this booth going. He even cleaned up the old booth and got it freshly painted. I did the stenciling and the sign -- but he put up the sign, and the shelves. There is no way I could already have it running without him! Here's a picture of my current progress. More to come!!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

More Dresses

Here are a bunch of pictures of Sunshine and Daisy in their bandanna dresses. They LOVE them. Daisy is wearing hers to school today for their Valentine's party.

That is snow, not dandruff :P


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

My Funny Valentines

I picked up an idea of using bandannas to make a pillowcase style dress. Naturally the next time I went to the store I checked out the $.97 bandannas! I was able to get enough to make two matching dresses for Sunshine and Butterfly and then a coordinating dress for Daisy. I have finished Sunshine's outfit since her preschool Valentine's party is tomorrow. I will take pictures of each of them when they're all done, but here are the pictures of Sunshine's dress, ruffle-bottomed tights, tee shirt, and bow all ready to wear tomorrow!

Sunshine's Complete Outfit!

The jumper is fully lined for modesty:

Accent bows at the straps on the front:

Bows, Bows, Bows!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Short, but sweet

I have all sorts of things I'm making right now, so I can't sit at the computer too long, but I do have some quick good news! Last week I finally submitted a form to be considered for a spot in a local craft mall: The Quilted Bear. They say to wait 7-10 days to hear back. Well, I think that was thursday or friday that I sent it in. This morning I had an email saying that they have space available for me! So it isn't entirely official yet -- I have more details to find out, but it's looking probable.