Sep 242009
 

You read my blog.  I’m going to guess that the likelihood that you know of Patty Young is pretty high….but just incase…..

In relation to this business of mine, Patty is a fabric designer and pattern writer extraordinaire.  Michael Miller Fabrics prints her lovely designs.  And her company, ModKid, handles her patterns.    Her first line was Andalucia.  

This summer she released Mezzanine.

And now on her blog she has revealed her third collection.  Flora and Fauna.

So I need to make room for her newest collection….which means that ALL of Andalucia is now on sale.  (I  need to go get Haley something made with the Mod Bloom corduroy.  It’s too cute and perfect for fall.  Maybe I’ll do that tonight……)

In fact, the whole Sale Section has been updated.  What is left of Sandi Henderson‘s Ginger Blossom is also marked WAY WAY down.  And as a super extra added bonus – this week all the Sales items get bonus points!  More cash back for your future purchases!!!!  (Read up on the Reward Points here.)  Only 2 weeks until Quilt Market!!!!

Apr 272009
 

This weekend (I’m reclaiming my weekends by the way) I made several things!  Yay for sewing!  One project was a new bag for me to take to Market.  It is from a Melly & Me pattern, Meadow.

I used prints from Moda’s Wonderland and Michael Miller’s Andalucia – plus Amy Butler on the inside.

  • Tweedle Dum (light floral)
  • Pepper (Polka Dot)
  • Kiwi Jester (Green Harlequin)
  • Espresso Pod Ditz (Brown Floral)
  • Grey Wallflower (inside of bag)

I like how it turned out.  And the whole time I was sewing it, I talked to myself in an Australian accent – so that was pretty fun.  (Melly & Me is an Australian company…in case you didn’t know.)  The instructions were well written and easy to follow.  (Just FYI, Australians sew in inches, so you don’t have to convert everything to centimeters!)

The only change I made was adding a zippered pocket to the inside.  I figured that a secured area in a bag this large is always a nice option.  Zippered pockets are easy to add.  I might get around to showing you how some day.  ;-)

On a related note, my husband has asked if he could be a guest blogger.  He would like to show you all the bags I have and take a vote on if I am out of control.  :-)

Apr 042009
 

I’m actually unpacking my bags from the trip to the International Textile Expo….and that means I’m going over the fabric I ordered. (A general review is on the way…maybe tomorrow)  Oh, I got great great stuff!!!! Anyway, I thought I should bring to your attention a new section on my website.  It shows you when the products are expected in stock and allows you to pre-order items!

arriving-soon

And the first items to go in there are Patty Young’s ModKid Patterns.  Have you seen these? Seriously adorable!!!!  They should arrive the end of next week!

I can’t decide which I’ll make first….I love them all!  You can go pre-order and I’ll get them shipped out to you as soon as they arrive!  Use the code MODKID to order now and get free shipping on these patterns!

(US orders only.  The code is only good until the patterns are in stock.  Expected Friday, March 10th or so!)

Mar 142009
 

Each Sunday afternoon the menu for the following week is decided.  I find that if I don’t do this, we end up eating very poorly.  If I have a plan, however, it’s easy for me to stick to it!  SO – I created a menu planning page.  I’d say it’s prettier than a yellow piece of notebook paper laying on the counter top!

Since our goal is to eat dinner together each night, that is the meal I focused on.  Breakfast and lunch are more casual (read less planned) so I decided I didn’t need to make a row for each of those meals – but I left a little space for each at the bottom of the page.  Then I thought ‘Why stop there?’  And I made a notebook of nothing but meal planning pages….because making notebooks is what I do these days  :o

I thought you might like to make yourself one too – and you’re in luck!  The page is available for download here (or by clicking on that cute little widget over on the side of my blog!)  You could just use the pdf but if you want to make a journal – here is how I did it.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11 inch card stock
  • fusible webbing (Heat-n-Bond LITE, stitchery witchery, etc.  Just make sure you can sew through it)
  • fabric – sized at least 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches or you can use scraps to make a patchwork cover – and if you like the look with a spine you’ll need a strip of black fabric – about 1.5 inches x 8.5 inches
  • Weekly Meal Plan pdf
  • paper for inside of journal – I recommend using 24 or 28 pound copy paper

1. Cut a piece of 8.5×11 card stock in half.

2.  Attach fabric to card stock.  I used the same method as the CraftApple patchwork cards.  Be sure you use Heat-n-Bond LITE, stitchery witchery, or other sewing friendly fusible web (not heavy duty no sew) because you’ll need to be able to sew through it.  You could use one fabric or piece scraps of fabric together.  That would be so cute.  Stitch as desired.

3.  Using Heat-n-Bond (regular or lite), attach the second half of the card stock to the back of your first piece (sewn with fabric).  This will cover up the stitching.

4.  Print the weekly meal plan pdf many many times (really 20 or so…26 would give you a full year)  I recommend using 24 or 28 pound copy paper for this.  (The traditional 20lb copy paper is just too flimsy and you don’t want something as heavy as card stock.)

meal-plan

5.  Take to office supply/copy center.  At the copy center, they will cut your menu plan papers in half and bind the whole thing for you!  (I get mine done at Office Max.  Right now it only costs $2.99 – and they include a plastic cover if you want and a linen back cover.  I upgraded to a vinyl back for $1 more because I thought it would be better in the kitchen.)

Other ideas:
Sketch Book or Sticker Book for kids (pair with some stickers, markers, etc for a cute gift)
Journal or Recipe Keeper (I’ve already made several as gifts, for the preschool auction, etc. I like to print lines on these pages.)

PS.  The pictures above are really from the book I made for my daughter…but I forgot to take pictures while making my own meal planner…and the process was the same!

I’ve become obsessed with these little books. I can’t stop making them!  These are the few I’ve made just for our family – and I’ve already given several as gifts.  :-)  So much fun!!!

Jan 192009
 

Thank you so much for all your kindness. :-)  I’m so excited to see who wins!!!  I have started a spreadsheet to keep track of all the entries.  Whew!  Who knew I was creating so much work for myself?!?!?  I’m also TRYING to respond to each comment – but that is a ton of work too and it might take me the full 2 weeks to get it done!

So yesterday I was having one of those computer days.  You know the ones?  Where you want to do something seemingly simple – and it just won’t work?!?!?  I was at a point where I had 2 options.

A.) Throw the computer through the window.

B.) Go sew.

I knew A might make me feel temporarily victorious over the computer – but even in my frustrated state, I realized it wasn’t the best long term solution!  So sewing won again – plus I wanted to make Haley a Valentine’s dress with some cute Andalucia fabrics.  Oh, how I love that fabric!  Of course, as soon as I showed it to Haley, I knew there was no chance it would make it until Valentine’s Day.  ;-)  She wore it today.  I took a couple pictures while we were at the park playing.

I’m hoping she’ll let me make her a belt with the Andalucia ribbon – but she is an opinionated little girl.  She already has a matching headband, but try as I might, she refused to wear it today.  Now, if I can come up with a way to make her think it’s her idea…..

Jan 172009
 

Today marks the one year date for my business!!!!  (Or I really should say one year ago today, I had my first sale.  :-)  )  It has been quite the year.  I could go on and on about how much I have learned.  How things are so different than I had thought they would be, the ups, the down, etc. etc.  But really I think most would find that a bit on the boring side.  So then, we’ll skip the boring and go straight to the exciting!!!! A bit of  free always excites people – right?

4 gifts – 4 chances to win!!!!

(I had a hard time deciding!)

$50 Gift Certificate to buy wonderful glorious fabrics, patterns and kits in my shop!!!

Fat Quarters of the Earth colorway of Andalucia (my fall favorite) by Patty Young!!!

Adorable Scrumptious Sandi Henderson pattern – Ruffle Pants!!!

Whimsical Fun Woodland Bloom charm pack and pattern from Lila Tueller!!!

Now, is this fun?  or is this fun?!?!?!

How do you enter?

1. Leave a comment on this post to say hello or congratulations or how much you love me.  Ya know, in general, flattery is good!

There are 4 gifts – so I’ll give you 4 chances to increase your odds!

1. Blog about this contest and receive 5 extra entries. (Be sure to let me know!)

2. Add some pictures to my flickr group for 3 extra entries! (not per picture, pictures already there do not count)

3. All purchases between today and Jan 31, 2009 to receive 5 extra entries.

4. Place my button on your blog or website and receive 5 extra entries.

I can help with the html :-)

Above All Fabric

The drawing will be on February 1st, 2009.  That gives you 2 full weeks to get out there and have some fun and Above All (win some) Fabric!!!!

Thanks for a wonderful first year!

Dec 022008
 

How could I forget to tell you about the ribbon?  It sucked me in at Quilt Market.

Andalucia is a new line of fabric from Patty Young for Michael Miller Fabrics. It should arrive this week. YOU WILL LOVE IT!!! So I figured since I would have the fabric, I should have the ribbon to go with it as well.  Makes sense, right?  Anyway, the ribbon is already listed on my website.  If you’re interested in buying some ribbon, use the code RIBBON on orders over $10 to get free shipping (in the US.)

Anyone who receives a key fob from me at Christmas, please act surprised.  And happy.  And I’ll pretend they are difficult to make.  A couple little girls I know are also getting belts from the wide ribbon – but they aren’t reading the blog so who cares if I tell you!  I have plenty of the hardware and webbing for the key fobs and D-rings for the belts too – but they are not listed.  I was actually thinking of making a little package deal for those – but the details haven’t come together yet, so if you want those, just email me.  Really easy and fun stocking stuffers!

So there you go!  Now you know about the ribbon!  :-)