Saturday, January 28, 2017

Wednesdays, In My World

They are 
toys
and
messes 
and 
hugs
and 
giggles.

They are 
car washes
and
smiles

and 
laughter
and
tickles
and

"I love you Mamaw's"

They are the best! 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Bullet Journaling


After years of lists
and
tons of spiral notebooks,
I think I might have found the ultimate
organization that seems to fit me!
 
Everything in one place.
Organized.
Charted.
 
And the best part for me...
Instead of crossing off items with no record
of what was accomplished,
I have a sense of what I actually managed to get done!
Great motivation!
 
Of course, they don't have the beauty and perfection
that is seen on Pinterest,
But it is working for me.

JWS found this book in some stuff he was cleaning out.  
It is very old, probably 40 years old at least. 
I thought I would give it a try, 
now I am shopping for a NEW book.
Any suggestions?  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Embracing January

 
Not a huge cold weather fan, 
I am however,
Embracing January. 
After the chaos of the holidays,
running and working
and 
not much rest, 
January is starting to be a favorite month!


A nice evening painting class
Some time for creativity.
    

Another new workspace in progress. 
And Wednesdays with this guy. 
I tell him it is my favorite day of the week. 
He translates that to,
"It is your favorite day with me!"
That works! 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Easy Drawstring Bag Tutorial





Struggling with Blogger.
Honestly, 
I thought that the problems I had were with the computer
and 
now a new computer and it does the same things. 


I cant center the pics 
but here goes. 


I needed something quick to make and sell that we use up 
the 
hoard
I mean stash of material that I have acquired,


My mom told me about a woman that had these 
at a craft show and how well they were selling. 
As any of you know that I have read my ramblings, 
I don't get real precise with measurements...
who needs all that structure in their life anyway. 


So, 
take your piece of material and cut it into manageable bag sizes. 
Keep in mind that I folded these so that there is only a bottom and side seam
so make allowances for that in your cutting. 


After zig-zagging at least 15 of these, 
I decided to pink them instead, 
because really, 
stash busting should be quick and easy.





Pink the sides and bottom, then take them to your iron and iron
down from the unpinked edge,
1/4 inch and then about 1/2 or 3/4 inch depending on the width
of your drawstring,


In an effort to eliminate some pics because
this was getting too bulky...
sew down the 1/4 inch top fold.
This honestly makes it easier to
do the placket and put the drawstring through.
Then fold right sides together and starting about a half inch down
from where your drawstring is going to go through,
sew the side and bottom seam.

This next step is the most "futsy" of the whole thing.

Turn back that opening and make
a little placket around it.





And now my last two pictures have disappeared!
Really?

Ok, so you are going to have to imagine from here on.
Sew down that casing for the drawstring and thread through
ribbon,
cord,
whatever you have in the stash.

I have been stitching bias tape together because I have tons of it.

Great stash buster! 



Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year, New Space


Since I opened the shop in Smicksburg,
I have wanted a work area. 
I have filled it with vendors
and
left no space to work.

Honestly,
I never thought that the shop
would be as busy as it is
and
thought that there would be time to fill.

I guess that was a happy surprise.

However,
winter is here
and
things do slow down a little.
So,
when I had a vendor leaving
in a prime spot  for a workspace.
I took that opportunity
to create a
three month work space
for all those
faithful workers
that help me out so much.

Yesterday,
I took advantage of it.

Can't wait to see how each worker uses it!