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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!

 

 

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Happy Birthday to Me!

10 Apr

Then (a wee version of me)

 

Now (the full-sized version)

Last year I turned 30. That was hard for me. I was depressed for months and I never could put my finger on why that was. Something about being 30 I guess.

Tomorrow I am turning 31 and I couldn’t care less about how old I am going to be. Yes, I will no longer be 30, but rather  “in my thirties” and I’m fine with that. In fact, I’m SO fine with it, that I’m telling all of you how old I am AND I’m celebrating! For my birthday, Lizze and I decided that anything in our Etsy shop will ship for just 31 cents. Anything. Anywhere at all in the U.S. From a small coffee cozy, all the way up to a huge quilt. That sounds like a great idea to me!

The kids and I are going to hang out and it will be just like any other day except that I’ll get really awesome handmade cards with stick figures drawn on them that say “I love you mommy” – the absolute best gift I could receive. I have 3 little girls and they are going to attempt to bake me a birthday cake  (ssssssh!!! It’s supposed to be a surprise!).

Celebrate my birthday with me. Stop by the shop tomorrow, April 10th, and anything that your little heart desires will ship anywhere in the United States for 31 cents! Here’s a link to take you there: http://thewanderingstars.etsy.com

I’m looking forward to sharing my birthday with everyone. I hope you stop by and say hi!

Selina

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!

Starry Blossoms

17 Aug

This is the quilt I was working on during our family vacation at the lake. It is 65″ x 78″, a great size for a twin bed. Stitching by the lake was something I had never done before. It was so serene and peaceful. I hope a little of that transferred into the quilt. May those good vibes give whomever purchases this quilt many wonderful nights sleep.

Starry Blossoms Quilt

Please take a look at http://thewanderingstars.etsy.com

Selina

Market Bags

7 Aug

Market bags are the easiest way to help the environment. A market bag is a bag you take the the grocery store or farmers market. Using these reusable bags is much better than filling up the cabinet under your kitchen sink with plastic grocery bags. Many grocers are selling reusable bags, but they are SO boring!

I bought some from my local supermarket and I decided that I was much too fashionable to carry around one of those drab things. I made a few bags out of beautiful fabrics, and the next time I went to the grocery store I was the  most popular girl there 😉 Obviously women are in need of these wonderful bags, so of course I made some more.

These can be made out of any fabrics at all, but I prefer cute food prints for mine. As always, we take custom orders. So if you love these bags, but don’t love the fabrics… I can use any print you like. Just ask! These bags would also be great for the beach or an overnight bag.

This one is called Lemon Drop:

Pommes et Poivres (apples and pears):

And Seed Packs:

I just love these!

Happy Shopping,

Selina

See? We Have Been Busy!

4 Aug

We just listed two new quilts last night. I have another done, ready to be listed tomorrow, and I believe that Lizze has two more just about ready. So it hasn’t been all play this summer. We’ve been working, I promise!

The first one is made with fabrics based on the beloved childrens book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. It also comes with two matching pillows.

The next one is a gorgeous quilt called Sun Burst. This has paper piecing and curved piecing. It was made using fabrics from the Western Washington 2009 Shop Hop, so they are exclusive to Washington State.

You can see more photos of our quilts (and purchase one if you like) in our online shop at http://www.thewanderingstars.etsy.com

Selina

Finally Home

22 Jul

Yesterday I got home from my vacation. I sure missed it. The familiarity and the freedom to do my own thing; to make an absolute mess if I so choose. That’s why I love being home. My week away was a great time, and I came back with renewed ambition. Something about being around other people for an extended period of time and seeing how they live always prompts me to make changes in my own life. For instance, I went grocery shopping today and I bought all organic foods. I didn’t buy anything microwavable. I’m a mission to cook more for my family and make us healthier.

Another thing about coming home that was wonderful… The day I came back we made another sale in our Etsy shop! Selling things that we make is so exciting! It’s like an affirmation that people really do like what we do. Family has to say “Oh, I love that!” because they’re family. But total strangers loving something we made, with our own two hands, and paying us money? Now that is something that really makes me happy inside. In case you’re wondering what you missed out on, it was the Summer Camp quilt that I posted not too long ago. It looks like we are going to have to kick it into high gear and get going on these sewing machines. We are doing far better than we had anticipated. Summer has kept us both very busy and I’m excited for the kids to go back to school so I can get some work done uninterrupted!

I woke up at 6 o’clock this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep. Someone I know has a birthday coming up (where are all these birthdays coming from?) so I decided to head downstairs and start sewing up something for her. What I ended up with was a really simple and fun market bag. She does the farmers market a lot and this bag will be perfect for that. It was so simple that I am now planning to make several to list in our shop. Be on the lookout for some market bags that will be available soon.

It’s time to get busy with the rest of my day. I’ve got dinner in the crock pot so I’m looking forward to a house full of wonderful smells later this afternoon. My mom is coming for lunch today and we’ll be having hummus with pita bread, fruits and veggies, baked chips… Yum! If I could eat and sew all day, every day, I’d be a happy girl!

Selina