Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Fabric Swap

My swap partners have received their packages, so it's safe to show you what I sent them. After cutting some bits of fabric from my Hancocks haul, I followed Carrie's tutorial and made them each a tote. I changed the directions a bit, I put the handle on one side so that it would go through the loop easier, but the instructions were very clear and easy to follow.

I also made some puzzle piece magnets with an image of the entire puzzle in the tin. I tried to have at least a part of a face or body part in each piece, but I also made a set of pieces with images of the textiles. Devin made a set of connecting pieces that turned out great.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Japanese fabric and googly-eyed limes

Reading that title, you're probably thinking, "what?"...

But here's the Japanese fabric I got from nuno +...

And googly-eyed limes Mike made to go with a case of Corona for a friend's housewarming..

Lots of goodies

I've been a bad blogger indeed. And I have no excuse, I've merely been relaxing and enjoying myself. Shame on me. But, I just had to share some of the wonderful things I've been getting in the mail lately.

Lovely MaryAnn from a very mary design and I had a mini swap, some of her random ephemera for some of my random fabric and other bits. Here are some pics of the wonderfulness she sent me...

That same day I also received my Small Object t-shirt and a bookmark from Carolyn of Laughing Duck.

Today I received the first of my Fabric Swap #3 packages. Anna of Thimbleanna sent me this great package.

She (obviously) went with a pirate theme, with fabulous lime green rick rack and a sewn border card of buttons amongst all the goodies you see above. I know Ali and Devin will enjoy the "Arrrgh!" pencil sharpeners. Thank you Anna!

Well we have a pretty full three-day weekend ahead. We have a kayaking-bbq-poker birthday party, a university graduation, and a trip to San Francisco (including Daiso and Kinokuniya Bookstore!). And then a cupcake swap to finish putting together for my partner Sara on Monday.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Monday, May 21, 2007

My very own ribbon!

Kristen at Taylor Made designs made me this wonderful ribbon! Check out her site for better pictures. And check out her personalized gum in the lower left-hand corner!

Thank you so much Kristen! I love it!

My weekend...

Was great! We went to the May Festival and got all kinds of goodies including this bevy of buttons...

A very cool old cookbook...

And 25 cent cupcakes.


Friday, May 18, 2007

7 Things About Me

My First Aid Kit swap partner Laura tagged me the other day, and here's what I've come up with...

1. I've been told that I sometimes click my teeth together when I finish a statement. Kind of like a period, I guess. I have never once noticed that I do it.

2. My least favorite nickname in elementary school was Puff the Magic Sarah, given to me because of my big curly fro by my nemesis Andy Macaron (aka Andy Macaroni and Cheese).

3. I love Jane Austin miniseries. I lived in England for a year in college and loved it, and when I'm missing it I pop in Pride and Prejudice. Oh, Mr. Darcy...

4. My boyfriend Mike once surprised me by installing a ceiling fan in my bedroom, and then further surprising me when I turned it on and rose petals showered down on me. My sister was working at a hotel at the time, and that's something they now do for couples who stay there.

5. Both my parents are very creative. My dad is an artist and my mom makes jewelry (but I guess you already knew that ). I'm going to help set my mom up with an etsy shop very soon. I have a mini exhibition of my dad's art all around our apartment, mostly abstracts. He's been doing a lot of portraits lately, and last year he did one of me that is scarily accurate.

6. I forgot how to ride a bike. I know, that's the one thing you're not supposed to ever forget, but I have. I think part of it is my fear of falling as well, because it's going to be a lot further distance to fall than it was when I first learned.

7. I'm a furious tangential cleaner. I start cleaning the bathroom and I find a sock so I go put it by the washing machine, where I see the iron sitting where I left it to cool off before putting it back in the cupboard, so I take the iron to the cupboard where I see the sheets and towels in disarray, which reminds me that I need to change the sheets on the bed so I go do that, where I see... and it goes on and on, you get the picture. I seem to be incapable of completing one task before picking up another. But I do it rapidly, with fervor.

I'll tag MaryAnn, Sara, Amandajean, Amy, Kelli, Allyson and Wendy.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Kids' scrap quilts

Oh what kids can do with fabric scraps, cardboard and glue! Ali's two on the left and Devin's on the right. The perfect size for Polly Pocket and her friends. I love that Ali even put borders on hers!

Stocking up

I went to Hancock's in Vacaville to get some fabric for my cupcake swap, and was delighted to see that they were having a huge store closing sale. Ok, so it's not so delightful that the store is closing, but I'm a sucker for a sale. Especially one as good as this one.

All fabric was 1/2 off...

So was ribbon...

And zippers were 70% off!

Ok, so I may have gone a little crazy, but when else are you going to find zippers for $0.50??

I believe the woman cutting my fabric said that they were closing the doors on June 16th (or thereabouts), so you local crafters go check it out before it's over!

Monday, May 14, 2007


Is what I said when I looked in the mailbox this afternoon...

I got these super-quick from Nuno Plus, all the way from Japan! I found out about it from Mr. Monkeysuit who has a Definitive List of online fabric resources. I can't wait for my other order!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Happy Mother's Day!

Now that I've given my mother her Mother's Day present, I can show you the last thing I bought at the Handmade Parade...

Melissa from Holiday Queen made it, and it was a big hit.

Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Child-sized headband

By the wonders of technology and the shrink button on the copy machine, I made this smaller version of my obi headband for my friend's daughter.

I hear she likes pink. I hope she likes it.

Remember these? Well I found the treasure trove that produced them. No wonder my scrap bag is always empty...

And this had us in a fit of giggles for, like forever. I'm sure it's a case of "you had to be there", but it still makes me smile.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Framed Earring Holder

Inspired by this post I came across on Craftzine, I found a cheesy frame at a thrift store, and saved a bag that held some kind of food to make one of my own. The pieces have been sitting on my dresser for over a month now, and I finally had the time to put it all together last night.

The paper in the background is from a Sulu-Design package. The contents of that package are on there too.

I have another sheet of her wrapping paper, so when I need more room I can make another. Or use the paper I get from the future order that would necessitate more earring room.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Pepto Girl's Cupcake Swap

Doesn't that sound yummy? So, it's not actual cupcakes (bummer), but cupcake themed items. I thought I would be completely burned out and ready for a break after the Handmade Parade, but I'm itching to get back to my sewing machine!

You've got until May 15, so go check out Pepto Girl and sign up for the swap!

I'm a winner!

I love craft blog giveaways, which I rarely win (except on rare occasions), but I did win some lovely buttons from Area Thrifty One, which I got in the mail yesterday!

She sent it all the way from Jersey (the old not the New) wrapped in some lovely dotty fabric. Don't you just love her logo? The tree with the button is so cute. Thank you Nanette!

In the mail I also received my order of "For You" gift tags from a very mary design which I came across in this post. She not only sent me a bunch of those lovely tags, but a bunch of random ephemera tags which are awesome! I almost don't want to use them, except I want to show them off. What to do, what to do... Thank you so much MaryAnn! I love them!

Monday, May 7, 2007

More thanks

When I was getting ready for the Handmade Parade, I was worried that I hadn't made enough pencil rolls. I was sure they would sell like hotcakes. But alas, not one left my table on Saturday. I put a couple on etsy to see if anyone would bite, and nearly immediately both were gone. Apparently Melissa of Under Construction had some buyers remorse (about what she didn't buy, not what she did) and bought both the pencil rolls!

When I met her at HP, I didn't realize that she had a crafty blog as well, especially one that I had read before. She has a wonderful project going on with Zip Quilt Kits that I wish I had known about before so that I could get in on. She's very creative with refashioning things, and her stenciling is impressive.
Thank you Melissa!

My Parade Treasures

Claire and Missy put together these wonderful goodie bags for all us crafters. The nametags were multi-functional, being both lovely and handy for helping me remember everyone's names.

And where my profit went...

Hilarious card, bracelet and pack of crafty coupons from Jenn of Rosebud Design (thanks for the pic of my memo books on your site!).

Wonderful trinkets from Vallen of Queenly Things.

Lil' Cowpoke pin from Shonda of Ignition, and yummy mimosa lip balm that somehow didn't make it into the picture. Probably because it's already at the bottom of my purse.

My purchases from Claire and Missy who shared a table.

Buttons from the wonderfully cheerful Christina (thanks Amy!) as well as some magnets. Apparently she doesn't have an online shop yet, but someone let me know if she starts one, her buttons were awesome!

Super cute and green owl earrings from Amy of Peptogirl.

And something to use at my next craft fair: an obi utility belt from Bethany of Bitter Betty!

I also got something from Melissa of Holiday Queen, but I can't show it off quite yet...

And you must check out Carolyn's delicious Earl Gray Cookies, pictured below with her homemade biscotti.

Thank you so much Claire and Missy for organizing such a wonderful show! I can't believe how lucky I am to have had Handmade Parade as my introduction to the world of craft shows. And to have gotten the opportunity to meet such lovely women.

And luckiest of all to have a fabulous boyfriend who designed my cards, sale tags, helped me organize my table, made magnets while I was sewing, brought me lunch and basically kept me sane. Thank you so much Mike!

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Handmade Parade Success!

The Handmade Parade Spring Fling was on Saturday, and it was wonderful! I met a bunch of lovely and talented fellow crafters (and got to put the faces to the blogs), and actually sold some of my creations! When all was said and done, I pretty much broke even after purchasing a bunch of lovely things from my crafty neighbors (which I'll post pics of later). Not bad for my first time. I want to thank my friends and family for coming and supporting my craft endeavor!
I had a great time with my neighbors Melissa, Bethany, Shonda and Carolyn.

Check out the flickr group for more pictures, and I've put some of the extra items from the Parade on my etsy shop.

We've had a very busy weekend and I'm still recovering from the late nights I spent preparing for the Parade, so I'm afraid I'm going to have to cut it short. I will definitely detail my time better this week, so come check it out! In the meantime, check out some lovely descriptions of the Spring Fling. I can't wait for the Fall Fest!
(And you're right, MaryAnn, Vallen is lovely! :o) )

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Thrift Store Finds

I made a trip to my favorite thrift store on a vintage sheet run, and I came home with a trash bag chock full of goodies.

I got sheets, including one that my mom will recognize. The one on the far left is the same fabric as a table cloth that came out for every spring-time brunch. It's funny, it always made me think of daffodils, probably because we would always have a vase of daffodils on the table that time of year, but now that I really look at it, they're tulips.

I found a ton of pillowcases that I'm going to use on some Handmade Parade goodies...

A couple pillowcases that have larger prints that I'll use... somehow...

And check out the signature at the corner of this one... how cute!

I also got a shirt that I was going to cut up for fabric, but I tried it on when I got home, and I actually like it.

I'm off back to work on those pillowcase goodies!