Sunday, December 19, 2010

One creature is stirring!

Nat's "Charming Christmas Mouse" card for the House Mouse & Friends Challenge & a few other challenges. I'll list those later, but need to get this posted for the HM&F challenge! Colors are much more brilliant IRL. My flash faded them out. Maybe I can retake a picture later, too.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

House Mouse & friends Nat's envelope

Now Nat's FIRST challenge entry as a TWELVE year old! This time the challenge was "Envelope Art". I helped Natalie make a big envelope & she designed it.

Thanks for rollin' by today!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Teapot Tuesday for Linda

This card is for my dear friend Linda who is battling cancer. She finished chemo 5 weeks ago and 2 days later collapsed at home. She was rushed to the hospital by ambulance and is still in the hospital. She has asked for prayers and a miracle. While the situation seems bleak, we are confident that God is good even when life is not. We are praying that He will provide a miracle and heal her body.

About a month & 1/2 before Linda finished chemo she had a huge loss in her life. Her dear mom, who had stepped in to help out with Linda's family (she has one child & her husband), got ill quite suddenly and died 2 weeks later. It left a big void in Linda's heart.

Gracious Cindy, aka Mothermark, asked if we could make her the "Destination Station" for this week's Teapot Tuesday Challenge. Thank you Cindy! This will brighten Linda's spirit! Did you notice the bird is upside down on her teapot? That is a perfect picture of Linda's life this year. It has, indeed, been turned upside down.

For this card, I used 2 Doodle Pantry images and did some cropping, cutting & pasting. The main image is Shaggy Cat. I made the cat smaller than in the samples so it would fit off center in the chair. Then, I cropped a bird from Branch Birds to add to the cat. Linda LOVES cats. I don't know if she likes birds, but who couldn't love THIS bird! She is truly a Purr-fect friend.

Stamps: Doodle Pantry Shaggy Cat and Branch Birds

Ink: Ranger Distress Ink Wild Honey, Vintage Photo, Spun Sugar

Paper: DP: Basic Grey Green at Heart (from my dear friend Kathy, who has also battled cancer this year); cardstock: SU Orchid Opulence, Non-SU lavendar, hot pink, white

Other stuff: Brads, Prima flowers, Nestabilities Labels 1 & 4, ribbon from Michaels

I used The Pixie Cottage Sketch Challenge for my layout.

Thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Nat's House Mouse---You Gotta have Friends

Natalie's House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge card for "You Gotta Have Friends." This is her last challenge card as an 11 year old! She'll be TWELVE next Saturday! It's also for The Pink Elephant Sketch Challenge:

This saying & card fits Natalie. She does have some "wheely good friends." Her two BFF's, J. & A., are frequently at our house and I get to see them interacting. I had 2 close friends at her age so I look at those three & think, "That's Beverly, Denise & me!" What's especially fitting is that these girls have been known to pull each other around in our wagon. You know the little plastic wagon you had when your kids were little? Yeah, that one. There is no shortage of creativity or fun at this house!

Natalie colored this with my Copics again. I think she's got the knack!

Thanks for rolling by today.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Trying out the Sell Button!

Thanks to Katie Renz, I THINK I may know how to sell things now from the blog. I am going to try this out with a bag & see if it works okay.

Here is the item:

And hopefully here is the button:

Okay, let's see if this works!

Adsense and Selling products on my blog

I am currently trying to figure out how to sell items directly from my blog. I clicked on the Monetize button thinking that would do the trick for me. Turns out that sets you up to have ads on your blog page! Not exactly what I wanted. I'll try to fix that, but have to wait til I'm approved, then I guess remove myself from adsense.

If anyone has items for sale on their blogs & can share how to set this up with either paypal or Google checkout, I'd be quite happy to get that info! Thanks!

Have a blessed day!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Craf Fair Part 3!

Heading to Houston today for a craft fair at Splendora Countryside Methodist Church. We have an inside booth this time! Yea!

Hoping this one is a big success. Last week's craft fair netted me $-15 or so! Yep, negative. Paid more for the spot than I got back. So really hoping these next 3 are good. Or I might be pumping gas somewhere to help with the bills! YIKES!!!! That or open a chocolate shop. I like that idea. LOL!

Have a good weekend!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Nat's Beary Happy Card

Natalie's Beary Happy Halloween card is for the following challenges:
House Mouse & Friends: Theme Halloween
PaperPlay Challenge: A Haunting we will go
Simon Says Challenge: Punch 'em
Pixie Cottage Sketch:

Creative Card Crew: Let's Punch It

This bear may not be very scary, but we'll pretend he's fierce! She used punches for the pumpkins & the circles. I loved how she made the smaller ones. We could not find a small circle punch in the house, so she used the SU Slit punch twice to make a circle! Smart kid!

Yes, she's using my copics like a pro now. : )

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Natalie's Hoppin' Again!

Another Hoppy Birthday Card by my 11 soon to be 12 year old Natalie! I have to say, I think this is the best job she's done coloring yet. She used my Copics this time (gasp! I let a child use my Copics! LOL!) AND I let her use some K&K paper in my special stash. ; )

This is for:
House Mouse & Friends Challenge: Monochromatic

Papertake Weekly Sketch:
Natalie loves teal (um, can you tell?). I think she is going to use this card for someone special with a birthday coming up who also loves teal, so I won't mention any names on here. I don't THINK she reads this, but just in case.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to leave some "blog love" for Miss Natalie!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Chocolate covered Autum Digi Stamp Sketch Card!

Hee, hee, the title had to include the challenges for this card!

This is for the Clearly i-Stamp Digi Card Challenge HERE. It is to use any Clear Dollar Stamps Digi Images. This digi image is actually free with any purchase. Plus, they have a new free image if you want to try out their images & do the challenges. I must say I like the colors on this card better than the last one I did with the same image!

Also for The Shabby Tea Room Challenge HERE. Photo Challenge for :Chocolate Covered Autumn. I would totally love to just take a big bite out of this cake, but it's probably not gluten free. Rats! LOL!

AND Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge HERE. (oops, just realized this was supposed to also have PINK on it---guess I won't enter my card there! LOL!).
Image: Fall Floral Jug from Clear Dollar Stamps.
Words: Autumn Blessings Stamp from Clear Dollar Stamps. (This IS available as a digi image, but I WON this set from CDS, so used the regular stamp version). Thank you Clear Dollar Stamps!
Paper: DP: Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby; all colored cardstock from Hobby Lobby. White cardstock Georgia Pacific.
Other stuff: Cropadial, Ranger Distress ink in Antique Photo, copics, brads from my friend Jenn, Scor-Pal, Paper Punch from EK Success (scalloped scallops)

I made the criss-cross design in the orange paper by putting my paper on my Scor-Pal diagonally, then making marks every 1/4", turned & did it the other way. It's kind of the quilted look, too. I added distress ink to make the ridges pop out.

Now, it may appear that I like to color outside of the lines. Actually, in very few cases in life do I do that on purpose! What I did try to do was give this a "chocolate covered" feel, so when I drew around the jug with a brown, it was SUPPOSED to look Chocolate Covered. Instead it looks like I forgot to take coloring 101 in Kindergarten. Oh, well, a little chocolate spilled over the edge never hurt anyone. : )

Thanks for coming by today!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fat Quarter

If you are a seamstress or you just love buying fabric, you may be laughing hysterically at reading the sentiment on this card. I did. (if you aren't laughing scroll to the bottom of this post)

The story:
This is a set of Darcie's stamps that my dear friend Kathy bought me. Seriously, folks, this woman has gone to Houston from San Antonio about a million times this year to have surgery, get chemo, see the doctor, etc. to cure her of this thing called breast cancer, and I just drive her car there. She had a body part cut off, gets medicine pumped into her that leaves her tired & with an upset tummy, has lost her hair, has had 2 blood transfusions, has paid out of pocket up til now and I drive her car to Houston & back. Well, I drive HER there, too. I get free food, free lodging, a break from my house (I love being a homeschool mom, but it's a 24/7 job), and then, when Kathy got some money for her birthday, we found Archivers & she bought ME some stuff! She did buy herself some goodies, too, that we couldn't find here in San Antonio, but she also bought ME some fun goodies! Seriously, I'd take the FRIEND chair in the cancer battle any day, even without all the "bonuses," and I am doubly blessed by the cancer patients in my life. Kathy finished her chemo last week & our friend Linda is finishing her chemo treatment this week! They still have radiation ahead and Kathy has to get Herceptin every 3 weeks through June, but they are done with the yuckiest part.

Back to those stamps. When we found Archivers, we knew we'd be there for awhile, but 3 hours was longer than we planned. Oops! We saw these stamps & I thought they were too funny, but wondered, "Who will I send these to?" Most my friends stamp, but don't sew much (some have machines just to sew on cards). Kathy decided I NEEDED this set, so I just said, "Thank you" and let her buy them for me. tee-hee. Then we found this adorable paper by Cosmo Cricket & of course I HAD to have that, too. The background paper has a variety of stitches on it & of course the "ribbon" for this sketch is paper that looks like a measuring tape. Buttons were in a fall set I had here. The cardstock is from Hobby Lobby, but doesn't it match well?

Other stuff:
Spellbinders Nestabilities, ink is SU Ruby Red & a Spectrum in Cappuccino.

I used the sketch from Card Patterns this week (yes, loosely translated):
Wow, I got to make THREE cards last night! That was fun! I've missed getting inky!

Thanks for swinging by!

NOTE: For those who didn't "get" the humor in the sentiment, a fat quarter is a piece of fabric cut 18" long by 22" wide. It's not my mid-section. That would more like a fat half. LOL!

Fall Bouquet

For the Clearly Inspired Challenge: Use Black & Orange (purple & a neutral optional)

For the CPS challenge (sketch)

I'm not a huge fan of Halloween. I love the dressing up part & yes, I like to go through the kids' candy after hours for the good stuff (well, I DID til they got old enough to count it, separate it & memorize each piece). I just don't like ghosts & goblins & such. The obvious images for these colors would be a Halloween image. My 14 year old told me this would have been better as a Halloween card with the colors. I almost said, "Duh," but I was afraid she might ground me. Hey, that's a good idea! Anyway, I didn't do Halloween. Isn't gray a shade of black? I'm going with that! LOL!

I DID do flowers. This is a free digi image from Clear Dollar Stamps. They are actually having a Digital Image Challenge this month HERE. This card is for their regular monthly challenge, though. Ladies, if you haven't done one of these, DO IT! They give away great prizes!

I used the Card Positioning System sketch for this week.

Stamp: Fall Floral Jug from Clear Dollar Stamps
Papers: DP is from a Fall Stack, cardstock is from my stash (probably paper studio from Hobby Lobby), Flowers are primas, centers of flowers are stickles. Used Spellbinders Labels 8. Wild Honey distress ink.

Thanks for stopping by!

Think Pink!

For Clearly Delightful Blog Challenge, use ribbon and a Doodle Pantry Image

Midnight Madness Sketch challenge

Our Creative Corner
, Embellishments, the more the better

2 on SCS: HYCCT08, flower power

HYCCT14, ribbon ribbon ribbon

Stamps: Digital image and words from Doodle Pantry Images, I will Survive It includes precolored images, but I did color these
Paper: Assorted dp from Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby), Pink cardstock from Hobby Lobby, heavy white cardstock
Ink: Memento Rosebud
Markers: Copics
Other stuff: Spellbinders, flowers, stick on gems, ribbon, flowers, sizzlet swirls

Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Countdown to Craft Fair = Messy house!

Okay, I'll admit it, I'm messy. Organizing doesn't come naturally to me. At all. Well, I can micro-organize. Give me a tub of ribbon & I'll color coordinate it then sort it by size & shape. But a living room or dishes overflowing in the kitchen? Uh-uh. Gotta work extra hard to figure that kind of sorting out. It drives my dad crazy. No, he doesn't live in our house. He just doesn't like it messy at anyone's house.

Today my folks stopped by earlier than expected. I was still sleeping after being up ultra late prepping for the first craft fair on Saturday. I set my alarm, but they arrived before it went off. Isn't there a fairy tale that happens that way? Anyway, he told me later that my house was messier than it's ever been. He's right. It is. That's because it was 2 days before my first craft fair (did I mention that?). I intended to meet them at the door & explain this before they walked in, but alas, they arrived too soon (I think I mentioned that, too).

I thought I would show my readers why my house was messier than ever (now that we are in the packing stage, it is getting into boxes & off the other open spaces, which I knew would happen). You can click to enlarge any pictures.

For weeks now I've been cutting out fabric & sewing. I believe the fabrics get married & have babies overnight. What do you think? Notice the games that haven't been put away? My table is blocking the cabinet. The table will be in the van tomorrow night, so I expect games to be put away.

Natalie has been working on several projects. She's made mini-food items out of polymer clay (Sculpey). She's made some really cut items. Along the way it involved packets of clay spread out, using the toaster for clay rather than food, and room for things to dry once she glazed them.

Natalie also made some really cute things out of glycerine soap. Notice the stack of fabric things behind her? Tater bags. Totes hanging in the right top of the picture. Spray on adhesive for quilting on the floor. A box of stamping magazines to sort through & pass along. A bag from MIL of craft stuff she doesn't want anymore. And toilet paper. : )

Those tater bags I've been working on. Dear Kathy took a bunch of stuff & trimmed threads & pressed things for me yesterday before she left for chemo!

And some stray books. And Bethany's box of colored pencils.

Finally, sometimes you find yourself stooping to hiring children to help finish work. These girls work for fried chicken, soda & donuts. Just sayin'. They're pretty efficient, too.

Deer corn. It's what's for dinner. Well, only for the deer. Or in this case, it's what you put in your hot/cold therapy neck bags.

I've vacuumed twice today. Now there are soap scraps on the floor, so I will vacuum again in the morning. Then again after we get the rest picked up. The table will go into the van. The tater bags, soaps, piggy wands, and more will also find their way into the van. The living room will resume some sense of normalcy. And if my family will learn to put clothes away instead of going through the piles of clothes on the couch & dumping folded clothes in with the unfolded ones, we might even be able to sit on that tomorrow night!

We can at least hope.

Thanks for touring my messy house with me. I'll take pictures at the Craft Fair on Saturday to see how it all looks in a booth.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Ladybug, ladybug

I'm sure there is some children's poem that starts with Ladybug, ladybug. I don't know it, but I'm SURE it's out there! This is my latest potholder/hot pad/trivet (what do YOU call one of these?). I saw some online & decided to figure out how to make them. This lady is blind at the moment and has a pin in her side (sounds a bit like the Apostle Paul---blinded, then a thorn in his side), but soon she shall see and have the pin removed. Well, as soon as I decide EXACTLY how to do the eyes.

Just wanted to show you a creation that is part of my endless stacks of things to finish by Friday!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Natalie's House Mouse & Midnight Madness card

Natalie's (age 11) made this card for both the House Mouse Friends Challenge and the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. House Mouse theme was Back To School. MMSC is a sketch. This week was:

Stamp: Happy Hopper
Paper: Paper Studio DP, computer printed images used for balloons.
Computer generated words.

Thanks for hopping by!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Birthday Card

Another card made. Wow, 1 per week. Better than none, right? LOL!

This is for my friend who is 7 months younger than I am. She's always the "young" one of the moms in our homeschool co-op. Except now we have new younger moms. ; ) She also has fibromyalgia, so she totally will get the "pane/pain" statement! She has a child with Asperger Syndrome/autism who once said she likes my Bethany (my Aspie girl) because, "We are autism." Cracked me up!

This is also for Creative Inspirations Challenge: Birthdays.

The stamps are from Clear Dollar Stamps: What a Pane
Ink: Memento Black, Memento Plum, Distress Ink Peeled Paint
Paper: SU Certainly Celery (I think), DP is Basic Grey Green at Heart (a gift from my sweet Kathy)
Flowers: I think these are some I won from Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge
Bling: Stickles Yellow (another gift from Kathy---isn't she wonderful?), diamond stick ons: Green is K& Co. Pink is ????
Markers are copics

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 1, 2010

i-Pad bag, Beta Version

Seems everywhere you look there is a new "i" product. I-pod, I-phone, I-pad. Collectively I call it i-junk (or other fitting words). I (meaning Lori, not "I") have a free phone from AT&T. I would LOVE to have i-junk, actually, but since I have a hard enough time using the tiny keys on my phone, might be just as well I don't. However, I know that a lot of people are technologically more advanced than I am and love their "I-junk." : ) I asked a friend if she'd like me to make her an "i-pad bag" in exchange for some stamps. I find it a fair trade. LOL!

Now you know when a new computerized anything comes out there is always an initial version that has more kinks that my knotted hair. In the sewing world, I might call this my sample. Since this is a bag for a computer, though, I have to call it the beta version. You know the beta version has to get "bettah" (since this is for a Mac product, though, not a Bill Gates---I mean Microsoft---product it might not need as much work).

I could tell you the following pictures were adjusted on Photoshop with the Blur feature, but truth is I didn't take the best pics.OOPS!

This is the initial bag without a button on it. It will have some kind of closure on it. I like the basic design. Am not sure if the size is correct so will take this one to my friend on Tuesday & let her see if the ipad fits into it. The batting I have right now is way too thick, which is probably good for padding for the ipad, but it makes everything bulky. Gotta figure out a better way to do that. Also, I think a might want to use flannel for the lining to keep the screen from getting scratched.

I like the idea of the flap like this. My friend showed me one similar to this type closure. Improvements for the flap: make the wide part at the top come down over the front more.

Pocket may be a bit too big. I might reduce that size. I think having the pocket there will help protect the screen a bit more than just the bag.

Side handle: I like this concept. It is WAY too thick, though, and was hard to sew. Stitching through this much fabric doesn't result in a nice looking product, either, IMO. I will also add a removable shoulder strap. Need to figure out exactly how that will work. Long enough that it can be used as a sling bag, I think.

Zipper. Oh, this is awful. This was a zipper I got from my MIL's stash. She's giving up sewing for the most part & I'm collecting all her unwanted pieces. It had a funky plastic piece on the end. It wouldn't allow me to sew the ends closed. So I just cut that thing off and was going to sew it at the end to hold it closed. Of course, I decided this AFTER it was sewn to the bag. The zipper started to come open from the end! YIKES! I tried stitching just at the end, but it kept opening more. I wasn't about to tear out the zipper, so I just kept stitching. You know how a rolling snowball keeps growing? Well, I've heard it does. I wouldn't know living in South Texas! Yes, I sewed this "lovely" zipper. Lesson: get the right sized zipper & don't cut off any parts. DUH! Maybe it's the lesson to not sew too late at night, also.

What do you think so far? The fabric I'll use for my friend's bag is REALLY Cute. I can't wait to show you that one all made up, when I get to that point!

Thanks for stopping by!

I won!

I'm so excited I can hardly stand it. You MIGHT have noticed I love Clear Dollar Stamps. I mean, just possibly you noticed. Perhaps. ha, ha! I LOVE the stamps, but I also love the gals who make this company work. The fact that the owner is Lori (maiden name was Lori Ann Smith, my maiden name was Lori Anne Smith), one of the stamp designers is Laurie (and lives in Texas, so I've met her), and one of the employees is Lorie, makes it kind of fun. Lori M., the owner, has a huge line of Christian stamps, Bible verses, Christ focused Christmas stamps, etc. Love that. Do you see the word DOLLAR in there? The stamps are affordable.

I love to play in their monthly Clearly Inspired challenges when I can. When I saw the new releases for this month, I knew I HAD to get a card made. You can see it HERE. I'd watercolored the image earlier in the month & needed to make a card with it. I got it posted on the 30th, the last day of the challenge. Guess what? I was the "random" prize winner! The WHOLE new release of stamps! Even though the stamps are affordable, I've been buying sewing supplies and stamps have not been in the budget. This is such a huge blessing. I am overwhelmed!

Now, to top THAT off, I was chosen as one of the top 5 Clearly Inspired Challenge cards! What an honor. Thanks CDS lovely ladies!

If you want to join in a challenge, check out this month's challenge HERE. They're changing things up a bit, so FIVE people will win a $10 gift certificate to CDS!

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Digital Stamp Tuesday, Card Patterns

This card is for Digital Tuesday and Card Patterns challenges.

Digital Tuesday: Thank you/Give Thanks

Card Patterns sketch:
Digi Image from Clear Dollar Stamps, Harvest Bounty
Words are a stamp from Studio G. (Michaels dollar bin)
Chalk Ink Chestnut Brown
Watercolor paper, watercolor crayons, aquabrush
CM oval cutting system
Spellbinders Nesties Scalloped ovals
dp Paper Studio Hobby Lobby
CB embossing folder
Ribbon??? My drawer!!!

Thank YOU for stopping by!

CPS, Pile it On, Stamp Something, Simon Says

This card is for CPS, Pile it On, Stamp Something & Simon Says challenges.

CPS: Sketch

Pile it On: Cute & Charming (Charlie horse is always cute & charming, but rolling in these leaves, well, you can't beat that!)

Stamp Something: Fall colors (if only we had those in South Texas)

Simon Says: It's Autumn! (Praise God we had a touch of it this week!)

Details: Digi Images from Clear Dollar Stamps: Charlie Autumn (they sell this image as a stamp, too)
Watercolor paper, cardstock from Hobby Lobby, flowers & glitter dot from HL

Ink: Distress orange marmalade. I used my finger to dab it around the pumpkin (too lazy to look for my sponge)

Cuttlebug pumpkin folder

Thanks for coming by to frolic in the leaves!

Clearly Inspired, My Time to Craft, MMSC card challenges

Finally I got to sit & make some cards! Woo-hoo! This is for the Clearly Inspired Challenge, My Time to Craft, and Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge.

CIC: Owl and/or their habitat--I have no owl stamps. I know, WHOOOOOOOOOO doesn't have at least ONE owl stamp. This is a digi stamp & I think an owl is definitely living in this tree. ; )

My Time to Craft: Looks like Autumn

MMSC: Sketch Challenge
Stamps: Digis---scene image Harvest Bounty from Clear Dollar Stamps, words from Autumn Joy, Clear Dollar Stamps
Watercolor Crayons & Aquabrush
Buttons from Jesse James Dress It Up, Fall Collection
Glitter dots, Hobby Lobby

Dork details: You probably thought, "Wow, what a cool technique to have the brown shading around the tree!" Okay, maybe not. I realized when I was assembling the card I forgot to paint the leaves. So, I did that, but when I did, it picked up brown from the tree & smudged. The more I tried to make it better the worse it got. I decided to go with it & made the whole tree smudgy looking. I don't like it, but it is what it is! LOL!

Happy Fall Y'all!
DP: Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby

Monday, September 27, 2010

Microwave corn on the cob made PERFECT

If you are tired of hearing about these amazing baking bags, you REALLY need to try one & you'll see why I am so excited! Tonight's new adventure was corn on the cob. 4 ears fit in that bag! 5 might, but I only have 2 kids whose ears I could try (though I should've used dh's since his hearing could only be improved). Just kidding! 4 ears of CORN went into that bag. We shucked them, rinsed them, and tucked them into the amazing veggie microwave baking bag. Tater Sack sounds cuter, but it does SO many veggies, I'm learning, plus more. 10 minutes on high. I thought they needed a tad more, so added 2 minutes. WOW! YUMMY! Now, if I'd remembered to put my Pampered Chef corn cob nobs on BEFORE cooking it would have made life perfect.

Seriously, I hope to sell a BUNCH of these at my craft fairs, or to anyone who wants one. Cooooooool beans! Okay, beans might not be the right choice as they probably wouldn't work in the bag. Still WAY COOL! : )

Stop for thanksing by. THat's what happens when your brain & hands don't communicate.


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Happy Birthday House Mouse Challenge Card

This is Natalie's latest creation. It is for the House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge. They are celebrating their 2nd birthday.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Amazing Potato/Sweet Potato/Tortilla/Squash/Corn/Bread Bag!!!!

Did you see this picture in my list of craft fair items? I said it was a potato bag. I think I had used it once. It was amazing for a potato. Then I did a sweet potato in it. Wow. I don't even typically like sweet potatoes! Of course my daughter "doctored" them up with so much brown sugar, cinnamon & butter that I suppose that helped the taste. Still, they were so soft & fluffy.

Well, let me tell you what ELSE this little bag can do. My friend Mary thought about tortillas, so I tried both flour AND corn tortillas in mine today. I had to because my daughter wanted "Mrs. Clark's tacos" (my friend Kathy makes breakfast tacos every time Natalie spends the night there with her girls). Being the kind of mom who lets her kids have ANYTHING they want (that's sarcasm in case you didn't know--ha, ha!), I had to make them. They were SO soft and tender and these were not new tortillas.

Online I have seen some other ideas: Squash (winter squash like acorn or spaghetti), breads, and even corn on the cob! I will have to make some bigger bags to fit the corn in.

While I made my first ones in muslin, I will be making some in prints. I've seen some done in prints, so I guess it's okay to use them. I'm still going to stick to the unprinted ones just in case that color does something funky to my food! Now wondering to myself if there is any gluten in fabric dyes. Hmmmmm.

If you are interested in buying a bag or more, I will take pre-orders. This bag is about 10" wide by 11" tall. I will sell this size for $10. I will be making larger ones for $15, but have not yet determined the size. I need to buy some corn on the cob to see what size these need to be.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

2 bags & Craft Fair Preview

Opinions wanted, please!!!

I would LOVE feedback on these items. Please let me know if this is something you might be interested in at a Craft Fair or think others might be. You can comment here, send me an e-mail, or leave a reply on facebook.

Craft Fair season is upon us and my first one is in less than 2 weeks! ACK!!!! I have been furiously ATTEMPTING to get some things finished so I can have several of each type item ready to sell. I see all kinds of ideas online, at stores, in magazines, etc. I've opted to sort through those and find only the ones that seem to me useful, sell-able and easily reproducible. Oh, yes, and profitable. Of course, my primary focus is on Loribelle Bags. Because I do make custom bags, I want to have a good sampling of different styles available, and hope I can get an album of some sort put together by the 25th to show some I've made. Here are 2 I just finished (these are quick shots, so need to retake pics for Etsy):

Here are more of my "Funky Chicken" pincushions, but these are unstuffed and blind. Natalie arranged them as an "army of chickens." When I asked why they were fighting, she said, "Well, the ones with pink ribbons are fighting breast cancer. Smart kid I have!
Next, I've made some "Cone Cozies" or ice cream cone drip catchers. My kids need these! Now if I could find some Gluten free sugar cones. Guess I'll have to make my own.

I decided I'll set up one area as a "Cozy Corner" and will put can cozies there, too. I'm not loving the stitching on these, but I like the idea. Couldn't find a can, so I used a leftover cup from Taco Bell. Why hasn't someone thrown this away since Sunday? What kind of mom lets her kids leave cups around? Oh, yeah, my kind. LOL!

Another pincushion. Needs a button on the top in the middle.

My favorite. I THINK I read about these somewhere, but until Saturday I never thought much of them. On Saturday a lady at the quilt shop told me she had a friend who made "Tater Bags" for a craft fair and sold 50 of them at $15 EACH by 10 a.m. I don't think I'll get $50 made, and I'll only charge $10 I think, but HELLO! That could pay some bills! I started reading about these things & got a bit panicked. Several people mentioned theirs catching on fire, melting, etc. What I found is that you must use 100% cotton in ALL materials (fabric, batting & thread). Today I took potatoes to our homeschool co-op where we have small microwaves, not super powerful. I just washed off the potatoes, patted dry & placed in the bags. I cooked them per micro instructions (which means I hit the button marked "potatoes" in this case). This was the FLUFFIEST potato I'd ever had! This thing is great. No pricking the potato and it keeps it nice & moist b/c it's damp when you put it in the bag & the bag heats it evenly, plus makes it steam, keeping it moist. The bag will hold about 4 baking potatoes at a time. I liked it so much I stopped at a different quilt store near our co-op & bought some potato print fabric which I want to cut & applique on the bags!
I also have cut out reversible table runners (fall/Christmas) & some casserole carriers. I don't plan to try any NEW crafts but must get these sewn. I also have some cards to put together to have on hand as well. My girls need to make "Pig Wands" which sell like hot cakes.

AND I need to find the parts to my friend's "Basket tree" (she was a Longerberger consultant once upon a time) which she is letting me use for my bags to display. AFter my last craft fair last year I put the pieces somewhere. I know where the pole is but need to hunt for the rest.

Please leave thoughts & opinions! Thanks!