Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
I can't show you all my thrifty treasures, as two are gifts...yes, that's right. Gifts. I love giving gifts which are something that was no longer wanted by the original owner and will be the loved by the recipient. Hopefully both gifts will be "on the mark".
Otherwise, I found these lovelies.
I'd been on the lookout for the small pyrex dishes. I have always liked them (they remind me of my grandmother), but never thought I had a reason for having them. And since storage is at a premium in our kitchen, I always left these lovely little bowls behind. Until a week or so ago when I needed to melt just a little bit of butter, and had nothing but a large soup bowl to melt it in. I instantly had a reason for owning these tiny bowls. And I figured out a spot to store them. So the hunt began. I was thrilled to find these on Friday night. And I left at least three others behind for the next lucky soul.
The tin and the pear I don't have definate plans for. I'd like to incorporate both into this year's holiday decorating. We'll see how that goes. All the boxes are in the living room, and the tree is up. Decorating has begun!
In Boutique Girl Gift news, I also found this at Marshalls.
Pretty cute...and I think might just work for displaying bibs. The question is, should it stay pink, or should I spray pain it red. Or maybe white? Let me know what you think!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
This weekend, her mother in law and sister in law are throwing her a baby shower while her mother is in town. So in addition to being 7 months pregnant, she is hosting Thanksgiving, AND will be the center of attention for what I imagine will be one of the biggest baby showers in PA, EVER.
And I can't go.
I'm participaing in my largest craft show ever this weekend. (Heck, I don't even get to go Black Friday shopping to purchase flannel...what am I going to do? That's a holiday tradition!)
Many businesses purchased more than one brick, and had their logo, or company name scribed on their bricks. Some professed their love for their spouse or kids. Some just put their names on their brick.
I saw a particularly humorous brick the other day as I was walking to get my lunch.
Seriously. I almost laughed out loud.
Luckily, I was wearing pants.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Sadly, I managed to take no photos. None. I will say that an 8 ft table RWAKS! especially when your space is *just* your table. And the heavy black rack I inherited from Catherinette is a must have for an indoor show. Thanks crafty Katie!
I'm gearing up for this weekend. This will be the first Black Friday in a LONG time that I am not going to be out shopping for fabric. The Old Deerfield Christmas Sampler begins at 12 noon on Friday. Three days of crafty vending. I'm still sewing as many hours as I can hoping I have enough *interesting* product...I've got plenty of stuff that I can't seem to get anyone to buy...it's the stuff I spend hours sewing at the last minute that seem to sell. Who knew?
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Which means there are 11 days left until the first craft extravaganza this month.
Luckily, the number of completed items has outpaced days down, and days to go. 18 completed items.
A million other ideas, desires, and pieces of things cut out. The pile of fabric "to be made" is always enormous.
Anyone want to make a guess as to how many compeleted items the Boutique Girl Gifts stock will grow before the games begin in 11 short days?
Monday, November 9, 2009
What do you wish you could read about here on the Boutique Girl Gifts blog?
What would make you send a link to your friends with a note that says "you've got to read this?"
We are looking for bloggy inspiration here, and we're all ears.
Just remember, this is a family show. (and if any of you readers aren't members of my family, I promise to explain the question in addition to giving the answer.)
Let the asking begin!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
I just filled out applications for two crafty shows, two weeks in a row, in less than 20 days. 4 days to sell my wares.
Not a big deal you say? Easy for you to say. You didn't have your best show EVER in September, where you sold more product in two days than you've sold in an entire month. So replenishing the stock is essential.
Here's the problem.
I sewed for a total of 15 minutes in October.
Did I mention there are only 20 days until the first show?
Stay tuned for more sewing insanity as I attempt to make these holiday shopping extravaganzas possible...
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Back in July I began hoarding t-shirts with great graphics, sayings, or something that just struck my fancy. I was compelled to turn them into something crafty, but what?
I'd like to introduce you to Sassy Bags!
Aren't they awesome? Totebags 100% handmade by me with recycled t-shirt embellishments.
Be on the look out for them in my Etsy shop...once I figure out a better way to photograph their awesomeness. Any suggestions?
Sunday, August 2, 2009
I would tell you that they are not going to fit into my everyday wardrobe, and that I am looking for alternate "re-use" uses for them.
If I tell you that I'm going to make them into something fabulous, then I have to, right? That means they can't just sit in a pile amongst all the other fabric and yarn and what not that has accumulated in what a realtor would call the "third bedroom" and that they will actually have to be turned into their new, useful and recycled form. Right?
Maybe by the time I figure out how to get my computer to recognize my camera again, I'll have pictures of the finished product.
So after trying a different computer, I have a photo.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
The polka dot and plaid bias tape are my absolute favorites. I can't wait to find the perfect project to use these on.
On this same trip, I also found a great faux needlepoint tin. There were two of these, and I rationalized only purchasing one of them. WHY?!?!?!? I'm tempted to go back and see if this special wonder's friend is still there. Maybe her sticker will be on sale, and she'll have to come home with me.
Today's find is amazing. I don't know if this lovely will work in my sewing room with it's red, red walls, but for 5.99 this piece of handiwork had to be mine.
Isn't she lovely? The only thing missing is a matching boy, perhaps a shepherd. Oh if only there had been another.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Today was the first day of my first big-girl show. Two days, 100 vendors. My display is small potatoes compared to most folks, but I held my own today. All things considered, I had decent sales, and hope for the same for tomorrow.
I'd show you a picture of my booth, and my cute new free standing clothes line (found on last weekend's driving excursion) but blogger isn't cooperating. So you'll have to imagine how wonderful my bibs and aprons looked on a vintage rectangular free standing clothesline. UPDATE: Cute new clothes line above! Cute!
Ok for my first really big time booth, don't cha think?
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I've been struggling with starting the knitting part of my challenge. Seems I have a huge fear of trying to knit socks, and failing. I don't want to frog them back. Or find they are too small, too big, not the same size, or god forbid...don't stay up. How can I possibly be proud of handknit socks that pool at the ankle? Anyone can have socks that pool at the top of their shoe, requiring pulling up at the most in opportune times.
When I have fear, I am an expert at procrastination. (Case in point? I applied to my 1st 2 day craft show 6 days before the date of the show. No lie.)
I did try to incorporate TCB (taking care of business) and it's sister mantra--Just Do It!-- this weekend, and found the sock yarn, needles, and my trusty "anyone can knit socks" book.
And I did something I never do. I started knitting a gague swatch. All successful knitting starts with a gague swatch, right? I realized after re-reading the instructions halfway into the swatch, that I probably should be knitting in the round instead of flat...but who said this process was going to be perfect.
So I'm on my way to starting my 1st ever handknit sock.
Don't get too excited...I didn't actually figure out the gague from the swatch.
Monday, March 30, 2009
(Blogger not cooperating in loading photos. Photo to come.)
She's my awesome new Mazda 6.
Yea, we enjoying zooming around in the sunshine on Saturday. Just doing my part to stimulating the economy.
Now I have to figure out how to back her out of my garage...she's a bit bigger than my Saturn.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I also had a coordinating fabric with more brown. Rita has a fabulous pattern, and after a few hours, I have this:
Could that be cuter? The tiny ric-rack is from the stash of notions I liberated from my Grandma Helen's sewing stuff before my step mother gave it all to the Salvation Army. All supplies I had on hand. Woo hoo!
There was also an incident with some inferior interfacing which required the recutting and re-interfacing all interfaced pieces...GRR. That wasn't a pretty few minutes this morning. I'll spare you the details. Said interfacing is in the trash so it won't be able to ruin another project. A sign of a good sewing day is a full garbage can. Whatcha think? Were we successful?
Monday, January 19, 2009
But I digress...
In looking for trades, I was contacted by a lovely lady on Twitter who was looking to trade baby gifts for her sister. My Tutti Frutti Bib and Burp set was the "inspiration" for her blog post. Check it out!
Adore By Nat: Feeling Fruity - Apples and Pears
I'm looking forward to getting some of Nat's great cards in return.
Let me know if you want to "stock up" on handmade baby items for your future baby shower gifting needs...I'm sure we can work something out. *wink*