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Handmade Holidays

21 Nov

Hey all! I know we haven’t been around here for awhile. Life has been busy, as usual, and we let things get away from us sometimes.

I have spent a lot of time sewing lately. I participated in my first craft fair (which was a big disappointment), and found out last week that we are finally getting that opportunity to move back to our hometown which I discussed on this blog last summer! So in between packing and purging a ton of crap our family has collected in this house over the years, I have been working on some new gift items for the shop.

These are iPad sleeves that I have been making. I’m taking custom orders as well so if you would like one, please let me know as soon as possible. They can be made in any size with any fabrics!

Lizze made these darling zippy bags too!!! These are so cute and perfect for carrying around anything at all. She made one for me and I use it for a travel sewing kit, but you could put make-up, iPods, use it as a wallet, etc. They are made in several different sizes and she will take custom orders as well.

 

Thank you for your support of buying handmade. It is hard to make a living doing what you love, especially without people willing to support your handmade business. You don’t have to buy from us, but if you buy just ONE handmade item from someone, you make a huge difference  and give the business owner hope and the courage to continue.

Selina

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A Revelation

5 Sep

I got a very welcome, yet totally unexpected convo from Etsy last night. You may remember my quilts I dropped off at the fair last week. I don’t know how you could forget since I’ve been blabbing about them non-stop… I’m so annoying. Anyway, a lady in Alabama found my quilts listed for sale (Lizze and I have many others on the website and she just happened to choose these two) and wanted to buy both of them. That’s right, BOTH. The only quilts neither one of us has in our possession at the moment. They are at the fair until the end of the month. No interest whatsoever in the 6 months they’ve been listed and them BAM! As soon as I send them out they’re flying off the shelves. What in the world? We should enter quilts into the fair more often apparently.

Thankfully, she is willing to wait for them to be returned to me and she is buying them for her husbands grandmother. How sweet is that? I am so excited. After having not sold a thing in months, this is a wonderful turn of events. I was getting ready to start boiling shoes for dinner.

I will be kind of sad to see them go if they win any ribbons, but I’ll make sure to take lots of pictures of them hanging up in the Hobby Hall next week.

This whole experience has made me see that other people love and value handmade items. Lately I have been feeling a bit, well, unsure of how to price some of things I make. Yes, I spend a lot on quality fabric to make my quilts. And I spend a great deal of time cutting, piecing, quilting, and binding (by hand). My sister commented on a picture of one of my quilts recently asking how much it was. My palms started to sweat and I began having heart palpitations. I was ashamed to tell her how much I wanted for it. I feel like people don’t understand what goes into making something like this. When all is said and done, after factoring in my time and costs, I’m making much less than minimum wage. But still, when a person can buy a “quilt” at a big box store for less than fifty dollars, they don’t understand what is so special about mine. At least that’s what I thought until last night.

There are people that get it. There are people that see the difference between a good quality handmade quilt, and one you might find perusing the clearance aisles at Target. There are people who understand the value in supporting the handmade culture, and supporting artists in the country in which they live. I will no longer be ashamed to tell someone the price of my quilts, or bags, or anything else. The people I want to buy my things are the ones who “get” it. The saying “you get what you pay for” comes to mind. I’m certain that my quilts will still be around for my great grandchildren to snuggle up in someday and that makes me smile.

Check it out!

 

 

Dresses (and britches) for Africa

28 Jan

I had something else in mind for tonight’s blog, but when I came across this, I decided it was much cooler than my original subject.

When you were a child did you ever receive handmade clothing? We know our children have, and they cherish them very much. We have seen the gratitude on our kids faces countless times from getting things that were made for them by someone else (usually us). We think that every child should have something handmade. There are kids in Africa who very little or no clothing. So Lizze and I are going to spend this Sunday making dresses for girls and britches for boys. They’ll be shipped off and given to little girls and boys who need and will appreciate them.

The link to the blog explaining the charity is here:

http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/?page_id=477

There you will find the address to ship your finished dresses and britches, as well as a pattern you can use for the dresses if you don’t have one already. The dresses are a very simple, pillowcase dress style so they don’t take long to make at all.

If you are in the Seattle area, Pink Chalk Studios will be hosting a sew-in on Saturday, January 29th from 10am – 2pm. Here is a link to their blog for the info if you’re interested in participating:

http://pinkchalkstudio.com/blog/2011/01/15/little-dresses-for-africa/

This is something very small that we can do in one afternoon to make a HUGE difference in the lives of children. Please consider making a few or getting a small group of friends together and having your own sew-in! You’d be surprised how much little things like this can do to boost the spirits of children in need. Not to mention how it will make you feel knowing you are doing something to make a difference!

Selina

Ruined your sweater? Not so fast!!

19 Nov

The "ruined" sweater has a new life!

I have to admit that I am kind of a pack rat.  And a closet hippie.  I don’t like throwing things away that aren’t really ruined.  This Merino wool sweater is one of those things.  I couldn’t bear to throw it out after it shrank in the wash.  It wasn’t even mine!!  So, I saved it and planned that “one day” I would find a use for it, or give it a new life.  That day came this week.

This is a very lean year for me, and I’m making the most of everything!  I had heard about mittens from felted wool sweaters, and I decided this was the time to experiment.

I used the sleeves to make mittens for myself.  I was sure that since I could fit my hand on the space, it would be just fine.  Well, yes and no.  Mitten patterns are sort of L-shaped for a reason.  The reason is, the angle at the thumb puckers if it doesn’t have enough space.  I made it work and they fit me, well, like a glove!

The second pair of mittens were made from the body of the sweater, and are far more generously cut.  Still, I’m left with so much material! The remainder of the sleeves were cut off and turned into coffee cozies.  I have since blanket stitched them in red, but my stitching looks like hell so I will not share the “finished” photo of them. =)

The neck of the sweater is also a finished edge, and I know it fits over my head.  It became a very well fitting hat with ear flaps, as it was a V neck.

Here is said hat

Still, so much material left!  I then made a small hat for a baby or baby doll.  My next project will be to fuse the rest together and cut out wool ornaments!  Waste not, want not, as my grandma always says!!

All out of one "ruined" sweater!

Christmas doesn’t have to be about excess, sometimes it can be humble and still fabulous!

Lizze

Lotus Bag

10 Oct

I started this bag a very long time ago but, like most of my projects, I never got around to finishing it. Until today. I finally pulled it out of my overflowing “unfinished projects” box and got it done.

It’s a great size. Not too big that you can’t use it everyday, but not too small that you can’t fit everything you might need it. You can use it for going to the library, for a diaper bag, or anything else you can think of. It’s really an awesome bag made with beautiful Amy Butler lotus fabric.

Oh, and by the way… This bag is made from the same fabric as one of the wallets I posted awhile back. What a lovely matching set it would make!