Sunday, April 13, 2014

fabriclust, labels and mother's day

This photo has nothing to do with quilting, but I wanted to share it anyway. 
That's a bacon grilled cheese on Belgian waffles. Best sandwich idea I ever had.

I'm in deep fabriclust right now. I want all the fabrics so I can make all the quilts and all the pillows. Then I want to build forts with all the quilts and watch movies outside under the sky. I've been torn with spending money on fabric and depositing any extra money I have in my Disneyland and car funds. It's such a hard decision. Geesh money, why are you always keeping me from having fun, being great and doing good? Ha!

After many months of going back and forth about how I wanted to label the 100 Quilts, 100 Kids quilts I finally designed and ordered labels for them. I almost gave up because I couldn't come up with a design that I liked that would also be easy to attach and leave me space to add extra information.. I ordered them from spoonflower along with labels for my own personal quilts as well. They will hopefully ship by Tuesday. I'm looking forward to getting them so I can start finishing up this pile of quilts I have sitting in a tub.

100 Quilts, 100 Kids No. 7 (Sasparilla)

I've been using large prints for the quilts at this point, but have decided to switch to solid fabric for the backs because in the long run solid fabrics are less expensive. I even happened upon a source that sells Moda Bella Solids for $4.99/yd. That's about half the price of a print. Much better on my pockets. I'm also looking for a source for cotton thread. I totally forgot I'd need different colored thread for quilting. I've got a few spools of some basic colors, but I need a few more spools.

100 Quilts, 100 Kids No. 8 (Simpatico, I won this fabric in a giveaway a year or so ago)

The quilt holder strip that I had attached to my wall fell off a few weeks ago and I haven't bothered to reattach it just yet. I decided I want to repaint it before I put it back up. When it fell it was probably about 2AM and it scared the shit out of me since I have it in my bedroom. I thought someone was trying to break through my wall.


With all this quilting going on and knowing all the quilts I've been working on will be donated, I was getting a little bummed that I didn't have a quilt for myself. So I picked up some Honeycrisp and when I finish this next quilt top I'm going to work on a small quilt for myself. I suspect I'll have a good amount of scraps left and I'll be using those to make another quilt for 100 Quilts, 100 Kids.


Probably in the next week or so I'll be switching into card making mode since Mother's Day is coming up next month. My goal is to have at least 50 cards made. My goal is also to sell ever last one of them. I mean...everyone has a mother. So if you're looking for a beautifully made card for mom, send me a message. I'd love to make one for you.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

WIP it - getting crafty

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I don't think I did any sewing last week. I spent half the week hanging out and eating good food in Chicago and the rest of the week laying down trying to be still because I hurt my back. Not sure what the deal with my back is, but probably once a year it takes me out of the game for a few days to a couple of weeks. It's a pain.
I was perusing the internets this past week looking for plans to make an end table and a microwave cart and came across an kids art display. Once I saw it I knew immediately that it'd be perfect for holding quilts too. It was super simple to make and it cost me less than $3 in supplies to make. It's just a strip of 1 x 2 x 6 wood and some clothes pins. I painted it a dark teal to create some contrast and attached it to my wall with poster strips. That's apartment living for you. It holds quilt tops just fine, I'm not sure how it'll do with quilts. I'll find out eventually.

finishes:
  • more texting gloves
  • glasses display rack
  • quilt holder display
in progress:
  • 100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 001 - stacked coins
  • 100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 002 - basket weave
  • 100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 003 - stacked newspapers (my computer ate the picture of this one)
  • 100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 004 - beginner's quilt along
  • 100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 005 - beginner's quilt along and then some
  • Telissa's napkins
  • 100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 006 - under the stars
no progress:
  • everything else
 
100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 006 - under the stars

I'm still trying to figure out how I want to make my labels. I had one idea, but scrapped it. I have another idea to keep them simple, but haven't worked on the design. I really need to work on that this week. I think it'll go on the top of my to do list. I also need to work on some Valentine's cards since the blessed "holiday" is just over a week away. I've sold a few via my website already and I'm hoping to sell a handful more. They're usually a good money maker for me and I could use the extra funds right now.


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

WIP it - i'm a winner

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I applied for a job at a handmade consignment shop here in town. I think the interview went well, though I could've answered one of the questions a little better. I'm normally not negative, but I don't think I got the job. I'm a bit disappointed. But, in other news, I won a $25 etsy gift card from another blog. I've already got a bit of fabric picked out for more quilts. A little bit of chromatics, hello petal and safari moon. I'm excited.

 
100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 002 - basket weave
finishes:
  • more texting gloves
in progress:
  • 100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 001 - stacked coins
  • 100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 002 - basket weave
  • 100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 003 - stacked newspapers (my computer ate the picture of this one)
  • 100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 004 - beginner's quilt along
  • 100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 005 - beginner's quilt along and then some
  • Telissa's napkins
no progress:
  • everything else
The tops and backs of most of my in progress quilts are complete. I just need batting and labels so that I can sandwich them together, get them quilted and finished. We'll see how long that takes. I don't know the names of some of the patterns so I'm not sure what to call them. I might just start giving them random made up names.

I've decided after I finish making Telissa's napkins and maybe a few more for myself that I'll probably never make them again. I do not enjoy making such small hems. It takes me entirely too long and I lose interest quickly. Unless there's an easier way? Thankfully she isn't in too big of a hurry to get her napkins.



WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Friday, January 10, 2014

Handmade Promenade - a huge success

I'm happy to say say that the Pop Up Shop was a ginormous success for me this year, even though I got a late start. I ended up almost quadrupling the sales that I had last year. While I was a little disappointed at my late start, I'm super proud of what I accomplished in such a short time.

This was the third year Handmade Promenade did a Holiday Pop Up Shop and this was the third year I participated. It's awesome to see this event grow and become more successful every year. I'm looking forward to what next year brings.

This year HP and a few other shops along Mass Ave set up shop in Carmel to cater to those who might not want to drive all the way into the city to get their handmade fix. Only a few vendors from HP were invited to participate and I was fortunate enough to be invited to be a part of that group.

In order to prepare for both locations I crocheted just about every moment I could. On the bus on the way to and from work, at work (not while I was clocked in), on the way to and from the gym, in the car running errands with a friend. If I was in a space to crochet, I was crocheting. I designated a couple of days to staying home and sewing as well. I was able to get quite a bit of product in, though I did have to sacrifice sending out product to a couple of the consignment shops I sell in.

A week after the shops opened up I received an email asking for more texting gloves (a newish product for me). I was excited to get that email. I got busy and made as many as I could. About a week before Christmas I asked what my current sales were and I'd already hit a grand with about a week and a half to go before the shop closed. I'd already doubled last years sales at that point. If that was all I made I'd have been totally fine with that. Of course a little more doesn't hurt.

I was a bit bummed I wasn't able to participate in another holiday pop up shop in Bloomington. I just didn't have the funds for the application fee or for the supplies to make more product. My guess is that had I been able to have my items in that shop as well I probably would've made enough to take a month off from work. Not being able to participate in that shop taught me to be prepared for the holidays. If want to be able to quit my day job, I've got a lot of work to do.

I've already started working on making product for next years shops and I'm starting to really work on my online shops. There is a lot of work to be done this year. While all the stress of trying to get everything done was worth it, I don't want to go through all that stress again this year. And...I want to be able to apply to a couple more shops and my first craft fair. I want to be totally prepared. Mix in making quilts for 100 Quilts, 100 Kids...it's it's own full time job.

Welp, I'm off to finish up another pair of gloves and maybe take a nap.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

WIP it - snowmageddon

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Due to snowmageddon that crept through the midwest earlier this week my 3 days off turned in to 6 days off so I decided to be productive and get things done instead of curling up in bed and watching Netflix all day. It was good to get back on machine to do some sewing after a long holiday season of tons of crocheting. I did learn a good lesson though, START EARLY.

 
quilt front - stacked coins
 
quilt back

finishes:
  • a couple pairs of texting gloves
in progress:
no progress:
  • everything else
I'm still doing a lot of crocheting. I have some changes I plan to make this year regarding my shops and holiday shops and craft fairs. I don't want to have to be super busy at the end of the year that I don't have time for anything else so I'm starting early. I'll post more about that later though.

I'm having fun looking up patterns and at fabrics for the quilts for 100 Quilts, 100 Kids. I thought that I was going to just choose a few simple patterns and make those over and over, but now I'm thinking this is the perfect opportunity to try out different things in a small quilt. The only problem is having to part with them all. I'm totally bummed that I hadn't found Robert Kaufman's - Blythe sooner so I could've hoarded some for myself. Oh well.


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Friday, December 27, 2013

the end is near

Woo! I survived the holidays. I think this is a kind of a big deal when you work in retail. People can be mean. For the first time in my entire retail career (and I've been in retail since I was a teenager) I had a customer yell at me. Even though I know it wasn't about me...I got upset and had to take a break in the stockroom and shed a few tears. Stupid mean people. I'm super ready for a break from the hustle and bustle that is working at the mall during the holidays.

Word on the street is that my items sold really well at the Handmade Promenade Holiday Pop Up Shop this year. I was asked to provide extra items for a smaller shop that popped up on another side of town as well. And from the numbers I was given BEFORE Christmas I've done probably 3x as much in sales as I did last year. And those numbers were given to me with about a week left before Christmas, so there's a good possibility that I sold a lot more. Double woo!

I wish I'd been better prepared for the holidays so that I could've applied for another Pop Up Shop. I've definitely got some changes to make for 2014. I've been doing a little research and I'm having a hard time finding other pop up shops and handmade consignment shops. I know they're out there.

I'm looking forward to spending time with all the pretty fabric I've been collecting over the past couple of months. I'll finally have time to start working on these quilts (still trying to find some quick and easy patterns). I need to work on a time schedule so I can divide my time between making things for my shop and for these quilts. Even though the holiday season is over, it's still good selling time for me since the weather is cold and I want to get a real good jump for next year. I'm also planning on applying to a couple of craft shows next holiday season.

I hope the holidays have been treating you all well and that you're all nice and rested and ready for a new year. Hopefully I can my time better managed to start blogging here more often. Wish me luck. How do other people manage?

Monday, November 18, 2013

soon, hopefully

fingerless gloves via etsy
I'm done! No, not really. As soon as I finished tagging and packing my wares for the Handmade Promenade Holiday Pop Up Shop, Martha emailed me and said the north side shop was a go and now I've got more handmade goods to make. I don't know when I'll get to actually put some time in on these quilts. I'd really like to start working on them. I think winter is the perfect season.

Soon.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

type, type, type...text, text, text

I've been super busy crocheting away over here. I stopped one night to make my coworker a TMNT wallet, but then quickly got back to crocheting. I have so much more to go and only a couple of weeks left. I can't wait to slow down on the crocheting and get to working on some of these quilts that I've been collecting fabric for. I've been looking for super simple patterns, but haven't found too many that I like. Not sure what I'm going to do about that.


I finished and added these fun, warm texting gloves to my etsy shop today. I came up with the pattern last year and sold them at the Handmade Promenade Holiday Pop Up Shop and they did pretty well. I intended to add them to my etsy shop as well, but had a hard time getting pictures of my own hands that I put them aside and said I'd come back to it...didn't think it'd take me a whole year to come back to them. But I finally did.

I added the coupon code PRESEASON15 for 15% off. Proceeds from all sales will go towards 100 Quilts, 100 Kids.

Okay, I'm off to do some more crocheting.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

holidays are coming...

It's the end of September, SEPTEMBER. Where has this year gone?

I applied to be in the Handmade Promenade Holiday Pop Up Shop again this year and my application was accepted so I'm back in make mode again. I'm a crocheting and sewing machine. I've been thinking about applying to another holiday pop up shop, but I'm also in the middle of restocking consignment shops and working on 100 Quilts, 100 Kids. I might have spread myself a bit thin already and don't need to be adding to my list for right now. I have a week to decide if I want to apply.

Every year I say I'm going to make all year long so that I'm prepared for the end of the year and every year I don't. One of these years I'm going to get it right. Maybe 2014? I guess we'll see.

I need more supplies. Yarn, fabric, batting, zippers, etc. More things I could have slowly collected throughout the year.


The 100 Quilts, 100 Kids campaign has ended. And I raised about $360. I've also received some generation donations of fabric from a FB friend as well as a local fabric shop. I've also put in a few etsy trade inquiries and had a few etsy fabric shops tell me they'd be happy to trade and willing to throw in a bit extra. I appreciate the kindness of strangers.

Even though I'm gathering fabric and what not, my main focus right now are the pop up shop and consignment, so I'll be slowly working on quilts. I'll be using the proceeds from these holiday sales to buy more fabric. After the holidays I'll be able to spend more time putting quilts together. I'm looking forward to sitting down and making these quilts.

Hopefully I'll a) remember to blog more of my progress and b) find the time to blog more of my progress. Wish me luck.

Oh and organizing my craft space...I had a good start on it...then I got stalled. *womp womp*

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

WIP it - consignment

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Oh my, my last WIP it post was back in March. I can't believe it's been that long. But I honestly thought my last post was last year, so I guess I'm doing better than I thought. I know I've finished a few projects between now and then, I just didn't blog about them. Here's what I'm up to right now:


finishes:
  • well...nothing that I can think of, nothing recent
in progress:
  • bear and dinosaur hats for consignment
  • PIF items
  • purging the craft area
no progress:
  • everything else
I've pretty much just been working on hats for consignment. I had planned to get a box in the mail to one of the shops yesterday, but I kept getting side tracked doing fun stuff and doing nothing at all. It's been super hot and I have a hard time doing anything when it's super hot since I don't have A/C. Proceeds from the hats/cowls/etc. this holiday will go towards buy fabric for 100 Quilts, 100 Kids...

...just a few days left and my 100 Quilts, 100 Kids campaign will end. So far, I've raised $300 and have had several people say they'd like to donate fabric. I'm excited to get started. I have a few quilt patterns in my head I'd like to try out. I've designed the labels for the quilts, but still need to get them printed. I'm thinking of using spoonflower.

Hopefully I can start doing these posts more regularly again. Priorities.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced