So, yeah. Kinda horrible at keeping up with the blog thing, in case you can’t tell from the 8 month gap in posts *facepalm*. I swear, I meant to come back. Well, I hope everyone is doing well and is looking forward to summer.
For some flashback stuff, I had my family friend order a bunch more bags for Christmas so I was busy making pyramid bags for a little while at the end of last year. Some of my husbands co-workers also ordered a couple items, so I made a couple crochet hat and cowl sets and some some coasters and catch-all boxes. I also decided to make Christmas presents for all my family since I was kind of broke but had lots of fabric (probably part of the reason I was broke lol). I also learned to do inset zippers and add snaps to projects and have made a couple new projects besides my regular projects. Oh, and I made a purse for my mom which was definitely a new and different (and trying) project. I don’t know if I’ll ever make it again, but it turned out well.
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Since I’m about to leave town for a few days, I figured I better get a post in before I miss another week. In one of my last posts I promised pictures of things I’d been working on or had completed so here they are. Obviously, this post is going to be very pic heavy, so depending on your internet connection or browser, you may need to take that into account.
First off is the wall hanging I kept mentioning that I gave to my mom. This was made using the exploding block pattern I found from Missouri Star Quilt Company. I used squares from two different charm packs, one lights (Butter Churn Basics) and one darks (Kim’s Favorites), and while they weren’t to my tastes, I figured she’d probably like it. Aside from my bag projects, this was the first big project I made and I definitely considered it a learning process (basting spray and a walking foot are definitely going to be used in my future large quilting projects).
Exploding Block Layout
Exploding Block Top
Exploding Block Wall Hanging/Table Topper
For my little fabric catch-all baskets, I’ve actually made quite a few now as I had someone buy six of them (*squees and dances*). As mentioned the last time, these are super easy to make, I think it takes me about 15 minutes to make each one. I got the original pattern from The Crafty Gemini, but I’ve actually made a semi-tutorial on how I make my modified version.
For my charm block purse, I’ve made one and have a second one in pastels in process. These are using the 30s Playtime 2017 Charm Pack. Once again, not to my tastes, but since I’m looking at selling them, they don’t have to be. This is another pattern from Missouri Star which shows how to make three bags from one charm pack.
And I finally finished my flying geese log cabin block, also from Missouri Star, though I have no idea what I’m going to wind up doing with it.
For my paper crafting projects, I’ve made little journal books as well as the magnets and basic little card packs.
I have a couple new projects I’ve tried out, so look for the post talking about those coming up soon.
Hey, everyone! Hope you all have a great week. As mentioned last time, I did a video about the giant fabric haul I had at the end of July, which became an adventure in itself. I actually wound up recording it twice as the first time had no sound (apparently my video program was defaulting to some speakers that didn’t exist?); then I kept trying to find a way to edit the video and that was nothing but aggravation. I never did find a good program to use, so if any of you have any recommendations, please leave a note and let me know. Well, I finally got it edited to a point I wasn’t completely unhappy with and got it posted to YouTube, so you can go see all the stuff I came home with here.
Continue reading Fabric Haul and Mystery Pack Review Videos
So this past weekend I visited my mom at a quilt retreat at Camp Blanding in Starke, FL. It was my first time going to something like that and it was interesting to see – one giant room filled with tables set up with various sewing machines and projects. And wow, the projects some of these ladies were working on were amazing. Well, along with the work area, they had a section set aside to sell…stuff…tools and patterns and material that I guess people didn’t need anymore. So, of course, having several tables of random fabric, I had to go poke around. I was actually really good and didn’t get that much, but they had a stuff a bag section (and you have no idea how much stuff I can cram into a quart size bag *insert evil grin and cackle here*) and fabric by the pound, which was actually quite a bit of fabric for just over 2 pounds. And they had a pack that someone was selling with 4.5yds of Robert Kaufman metallic accented fabric that was just gorgeous for only $10! Not quite sure what I’m going to do with it yet, but I’ll figure something out. Continue reading Weekend Fabric Haul and My First Sale
Um, oops? I seriously did not mean to let three whole weeks slip by before posting again. So to catch things up for the past couple weeks – I really haven’t done too much craftwise but I have been busy doing record keeping. To start with I found a bookkeeping program called Wave which is actually free for most of the features, always a big plus. I will say the program does take a little getting used to, and it would be much easier if you have a separate business checking/credit/saving account instead of using your personal account for both purposes. It gives you the option to split your transactions into different categories like personal (and various fields under there), materials, tools, shipping, etc which you are then able to make reports based on your information for tax purposes and just general tracking purposes. Only problem is that you will have to manually enter any cash transactions as well as any transactions processed on accounts you don’t have linked to the program and that credit/debit layout is not quite intuitive, it’s basically the reverse of what you think things should be I think.
Continue reading Record Keeping and Flying Time
Hi, everyone. Hope you all had a safe and happy 4th of July holiday. I’ve been listening to fireworks go off since Friday so I can’t really say I’m sad that the holiday is over though LOL. One thing that’s been killing me is all the sales EVERYWHERE! There’s so many things I want…and so little money to buy them with. I know, you’re all probably in the same boat too. But moderation can be a good thing; at least I keep telling myself that LOL. Besides, I need to finish the projects I’ve already bought materials for anyway…that way I have room for new stuff.
Continue reading Holidays and Sales
So this past week has been kind of slow on the actual crafting front, but I’ve been doing a lot of backroom type stuff like watching videos for ideas for new projects, looking up business and tax information (such fun *headdesk*), even Twitch‘d cutting fabric up for a couple projects I worked on later in the week (you can listen to me fuss at my cat who was tripping out the entire time too LOL).
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So, Sunday was actually a really productive day. I completed the bag that was from the sewing pattern, which is a folding market tote, and I am never never making it again LOL. To be fair, there’s probably nothing wrong with the pattern, I just suck at understanding them, as I mentioned before. The bag itself wasn’t really that difficult, the most complicated part of the body of the bag was attaching the bias tape around the handles, but the pocket panel gave me so many issues. Once again, I think it was because I just didn’t understand what the pattern was telling me to do. I’m also not thrilled with trying to sew around curves, it gives me a lot of issues but that may just be a lack of practice. I might take a stab at a similar type of bag at some point but after making a couple changes to make it more… logical? accessible? understandable? to me.
Fold up market bag – closed
Fold up market bag
Continue reading Busy Day, Lazy Day
Hi, everyone. So, yesterday, while waiting for a repairman and part that never came, I worked on connecting and creating accounts under the Warm and Bright name. Besides my blog and Etsy account, I now have a YouTube and Twitch channel and a Google+ account; feel free to visit me at any of them. I also recorded my first video for YouTube and Twitch, kind of a brief intro to what I’ll be doing on them as well as a sort of unboxing (sort of because I’d actually opened my packages the day before) of some deliveries I received. The orders were from Missouri Star Quilt Company and ZipIt Zippers so lots of fun sewing stuff to play with in the days to come.
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So, yeah, hi! It’s been a year since I’ve been on here, which is kind of crazy, but between the laptop dying, family issues, buying a house (and then moving into it), and just general life craziness, I kind of forgot about this honestly. What brought it back to mind is I’ve just started sewing as of mid-May and have been (successfully!) working on several different projects. I’m really hoping I’ll be able to start selling my completed works so that’s what I’ll be primarily working towards in my experimentation with new patterns and project types. As with my previous posts, I’ll also be including information on any current sales going on at locations that I’ve gotten my materials from. I think for the time being, just to get caught up, I’ll be making posts about my individual projects I’ve made in the past month. Thanks for stopping by and joining me in my next crafting adventure.