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.
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.
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*
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:
well...nothing that I can think of, nothing recent
bear and dinosaur hats for consignment
purging the craft area
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.
I keep meaning to blog, but I haven't really been working on anything crafty other than crocheting up a bunch of bear hats to send out to Wholly Craft out in Columbus, OH. I need to work on some dinosaur hats too.
My campaign has less than two weeks to go before it ends. I've had several people who will be donating fabric as well. I think I'll have enough to make about 10 - 12 quilts to start off. I plan to use part of the proceeds of all the hats and things I sell this holiday to buy more fabric. I'd like to use all the proceeds, but I've got to pay some of these bills too. Why can't crafting be my job?
Do you remember my Pay It Forward post from about a year ago? Well guess what, I've finally started working on those items. I have less than a month left to get my items made and sent out. Talk about procrastinating. Yep, that's me. There's just something about waiting until the last minute. Funny thing is, in school I used to get my work done early. I don't understand why that didn't transfer over. Maybe it's because I'm getting older?
Weeding out my craft supplies and other stuff is going slow, but I am making progress. It doesn't help that my dad keeps sending me stuff from Germany that isn't mine. I've now got a whole box of random stuffed animals that he sent me. No idea where they came from or who they belong to, to the donation box they go.
Hopefully next week I'll have a proper post for y'alls. Maybe?
We're about two weeks into the campaign and we've got enough funding for 5.5 quilts. That's making a difference in 5.5 kids lives. I've also had a couple of friends say they are going to donate fabric as well. Also awesome.
I've had a couple of companies contact me saying they'd love to help me get my campaign more followers...but of course they want me to pay them. And they only guarantee followers, not donations or actual support. Ummm...no thanks. I'm trying raise money, not spend it.
I ordered some basic fabric and thread. I need to start looking for a few simple patterns to work from. I'm ready to get sewing, but I've got a customer quilt to work on first and I'm still cleaning up my craft stash. It's a slow process. I've got several boxes laying about and when I walk past something I don't have any current use for I dump it in the appropriate box.
Anywho, this week is going to be a long one. I'm working at least 9 days straight. My regular job, plus a temp job with third shift hours. I feel like I should be storing up my sleep so I can stay up for this late shift. I'm not a coffee or soda drinker so I'll have to find another source of caffeine.
I really gotta clean up my craft area now. Talk about a good way to get yourself motivated. This also gives about two months to complete some other projects like um...that Pay It Forward project. It's been almost a year now. I also want to get a start on some crocheted goodies for the holidays. It's weird to say that...get ready for the holidays...any who.
If you're interested in getting involved, click on the picture. Do it!!!
For the past couple of months I've been trying to clean and purge my apartment. I have too much stuff. Craft stuff included. It's been super slow going. I've been having trouble getting motivated. I try to work on it a little bit at a time, but then I get side tracked by the blog reading/instagram/twitter/facebook/candy crush/etc. I swear it all multiplies. I get rid of one pile and five more pop up. I tried to throw away one bag of trash every time I leave my apartment, but I got a bit bored with that (I do throw out the trash regularly still, I just quit dealing with the extra stuff to take down).
I'm gonna try again. I have a huge project that I'm hoping to start on in September/October (more about that soon) that will get along a lot easier if I have all my space back and all the extra mess gone. By the way, how does one person accumulate so much extra stuff? I cancelled all my subscription boxes and I don't really buy clothes/shoes. How is it all breeding?
I had planned to try to sell some of my scrapbooking and stamping supplies, but I think at this point it's going to be much easier to just donate all the things I'm not using. Trying to sell it requires picture taking, description writing and creating all those posts on all the different websites. I don't feel like I have the time or want to deal with the headache, even though it would be nice to have some extra money.
Wish me luck. It'll be a big undertaking. I hope everything finds a good home. Also, that quilt top on the table/chair is finished. It was for a baby shower that recently took place. I wish I'd thought to take pictures of it before I sent it off.
So um...yeah, it's been 4 months since I've posted anything over here. I'm still around and I'm still crafting and sewing and things of that nature, just not as much as I had been during the first part of the year.
In the last couple of months I made and sold my first baby quilt and have been asked to make another. Woo. And I've also been asked to make a wallet from another person. Both people found me through friends.
It's been super uncomfortably hot here the last week. At one point I wanted to leave the freezer open all night to see if it would help cool down my apartment.
I also started going to the gym and working out. A couple pounds down and a bunch more to go.
I've got a couple of projects coming up so I hope to start posting again.
Spring is on it's way and I want a brand new start so I'm clearing out my shoppe. EVERYTHING is 50% off with the code SPRING50 at check out. A great time to pick up some winter gear for next year...or this year...you never know when winter is going to sneak back up on you. Stop by and check it out, pass on the code to your friends and family.
Now on to what else I've been up to. I had the last few days off and I'm trying to figure out what the heck I'd been doing. Not much really. Too many ideas and no focus. Is there a cure for that? *crawls back into bed and hides under the covers*
handful of bear hats
more bear hats for consignment
sewing machine cover
Lucy - Lucy's Crab Shack quilt
Bernadette - granny square quilt
Sally - simpatico fabric
I REALLY love Seaside by October Afternoon/Riley Blake. I'm sad that it's becoming harder and harder to find. I'd love to snatch up what I've found, but I'm currently not spending any money on anything I don't NEED. I've also decided that anything I make out of it will be just for me, nope, not sharing it with anyone...at least until I've made a few things for myself. lol. If I could get my hands on a few gift cards to pick a few more yards of it up, I'd be happy as a clam. (I really want to make a couple of pillow cases.)