Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The tooth fairy has been very busy in our neck of the woods!
Amelia and her friend Ally are both missing the same teeth.
When the tooth fairy visits she always leaves a trail of confetti from the hall window into the girls room to Amelia's bed. The girls get so excited to see the colorful trail but it sure does make a big mess! Who started this anyway... oh yeah... me! And now I have to keep it going. Two kids, four teeth down only 36 more to go. I guess I need to get more confetti!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
We picked up this vintage step stool/chair at an estate sale for $3.50. The seat flips up so you can use the step stool. It is sturdy but was also very dirty and the fabric on the seat was torn up. I gave it a good scrub and I figured out how to take the seat apart to recover the old fabric and presto! A great new kitchen chair/stool we all love to use! I just love bring life back to old things!
Monday, September 27, 2010
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
--Beverly Sills, 1929
This past weekend was my first craft fair and sadly I did not do as well as hoped. Everyone loved my items but no one was buying. None of the other tables did that well either, except the cheese couple, they had cheese samples and sold quite a bit. I talked to a few of the other vendors and they told me my items would be a much better fit for some other local fairs and that I should really sign up for them.
It's not so much the lack of sales, which did suck (at least I made back the table and tax registration fee times two). But I did not enjoy the process in as a whole. Spending my whole Saturday 8:30 till 6:00 sitting at a table as people walking by telling me how cute my items were, touching it all and then not buying. Ugh... I can't do it again, it is very stressful to me. I will stick with selling on etsy, I average one item a week on etsy and that is just fine for this hobby of mine.
The best part of the day was my husband, who cheerfully agreed to help me with this adventure. We sat together making funny faces to each other about the kooky guys sitting right behind us, the tables were way too close together! We enjoyed the people watching and he was good with the customer banter that I dread. He was my rock that day and it really made me realize again just how much he loves and supports me in every way!
Also... I send a big thank you to my parents who watched the girls all day! And my friends who stopped by to show their support. I am so lucky to have people who encourage me in all my adventures.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
We took our daisy troop to Camp Cedarledge this weekend for a saddles & spurs class where they learned about horses. Then we had a snack and took a short hike. I think the girls had a nice time.
The pavilion where we had our snack was right next to the counselor's lounge and it brought back a memory of when I was 16 and spent my summer at Camp Cedarledge as a lifeguard and counselor . We were always playing jokes on the other counselors . One night myself and one other counselor had the great idea to take all the furniture out of the counselors lounge and set it up outside just as it was inside. We carried it all out, set it up, giggling all the while! It was so funny! Until.... late that night after we went back to bed a heavy rain storm rolled in and soaked the camp. We heard the rain and talked about going back to put all the stuff back inside but we knew it was already too late.
The next day there was some talk about the prank but they did not seem too upset. The rain actually gave the old, dirty wooden furniture and cushions a long needed wash. It was a good thing the lounge T.V. was too heavy for the two of us to carry outside. Otherwise I think there would be a hunt down for us.
Friday, September 17, 2010
When you ask little kids to smile, why do you get this: zombie eyes and stretched mouth?
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Another upcycled dress for Anna. I forgot to take the before photos of the two shirts that made up this dress. But picture a men's XL polo shirt and an orange money t-shirt that was too small for Anna. The orange monkey shirt matched the orange stripe in the polo perfectly.
This is a dress version of this top pattern, just making it a bit longer and wider at the bottom. Then I used the neck hole with the monkey image to make a cute pocket. Now if I could just find some orange tights or leggings to match!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Over a year ago Terry contacted me about using a photo of my mustached bunnies for a book he was writing about mustaches (I think he found me on etsy). I gladly said yes! I received a copy last week and was excited to see the my photo of my plushies in print, how fun! Page 25 if you want to take a peak.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
I have a table in my basement that I am using to mock up my table for the show. It's getting pretty full and I think it looks pretty cute. I'm sure I will tweak it a bit more before the show. The toys crack me up, all together they look a bit worried, looking at each other, wondering what's going to happen next.
Wish us luck!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
More upcycled goodies for the craft show, I think the beaver turned out oddly cute in his own way.
I made a few of these bunnies. Normally I make all of my own patterns but I found this cute & easy bunny pattern and had to make one.... or three.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
I know, I know, I have not been posting much lately but there is a good reason. I have been busy crafting up some fun stuff for my first craft show. It is a "green" show so all of my items will be upcycyled from old clothes, scrap fabrics, etc.
I made these cute baby booties out of upcycled leather so they are eco friendly.