Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Something New in My etsy Shop

I have been making headbands for adults for some time now. I have now decided to give headbands for little girls a try. I sifted through my fabric supply to find some that I thought would work for children. I did not have a bunch but did manage to find a few things that I think are cute.

I really like these headbands because they are so comfortable to wear. At least that is what my buyers tell me. I have real short hair so I don't use them myself. They are all made with cotton with elastic on the back the does not show under your hair.

So far, I only have two little girl headbands listed in my shop. I have 4 or 5 more cut out and will be listed them next week. Let me know what you think - I really could use some input on these.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

A while back I posted a blog about my youngest granddaughter and her first knitting project - the monkey hat!

Well, now I need to brag about my oldest granddaughter and her first SEWING project. Look at this wonderful MP3 player tote bag that she made! Can you believe that she did this? Six years old!!! I mean - check out that stitching! I cannot believe that she sewed so straight!

I am so proud of my grandchildren and their interest in doing these kinds of things. It is so wonderful to watch the learn and appreciate the joy of doing things yourself. And, I have to give most of the credit to my daughter who has nurtured this love of creativity, curiosity and joy of learning in her kids. It just warms an old Granny's heart!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

On Seeing Old (and Dear) Friends

Last night I had a wonderful evening out to dinner with a couple of my old gal pals that I had not seen in a long time. We have been trying to get together for months and something just kept getting in the way - family obligations, weather, health. So finally last evening we all were able to meet and catch up on the comings and goings in our individual lives. What fun!

We, of course, gossiped. We got that out of the way first! These are gals I used to work with before I retired and I just had to know all the juicy stuff - and there was plenty of it! But then the talk progressed to sharing things about our families, what we have been up to lately and what we hope to do in the near future. We even made plans to get together again soon for a long afternoon. Wow! I sure hope that happens.

I had forgotten how very important it is to keep in close touch with friends. I think you get something friends that you cannot get from family. It is not to say it is better - it is just different. It was great to be wrapped in the warmth of friends and I promise that I will not let that much time go by before we get together again! Thanks gals for a wonderful evening!

Monday, February 11, 2008

The Rose Pink Tote Bag!

This is my latest listing in my etsy shop. I have made and sold a few totes on etsy in the past but have made one for quite some time.

I have had this fabric laying around for some time and really was not sure what to do with it. Well, this morning it just shouted out to me "Make me into a tote bag!" So - here it is!

This bag measures 13 1/2 by 12 and features a 28 inch strap, buttoned flap closure and inside pocket for the cell phone, keys or whatever.

Let me know what you think. Do you think I should spend more time making them? Feedback is welcome!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

How I Spent My Cold, Cold Morning

Wow! It is really, really cold outside today! Too darned cold to go anywhere. Fortunately, Grampy and I got our necessary errands done yesterday.

So, this morning I decided to make a few more Needle Bags to post in my etsy shop. I still had a little of this Funky Sock Monkey fabric left so I whipped out a 12-Pocket Circular Needle Organzier. I also did three others from some other fabric and listed them all this morning.

For me, week ends are usually a little quiet on etsy and I do not normally lists things. But, geez! With this weather being so extreme all the time, I am beginning to get a touch of "cabin fever"!

Maybe I will just do some on-line shopping at my favorite source for fabric - CraftyPlanet! It either than or clean the house - and CraftyPlanet wins hands down!

Friday, February 8, 2008

It is the Policial Season and Things are Going Crazy

While I have no intention of making this a political blog (I can hear my children's sighs of relief!), I just can't let this nutty season go by without some kind of comment.

I guess it is just a little depressing to me that we have a country filled with talented, highly intelligent, commited people and we have come up with such a sad slate of possible presidential candidates. I imagine that part of the reason for this is because what used to be healthy policital debate with ones opponent has become "search and destroy". It is no longer enough to defeat your opponent in the political arena. Now days one does not consider themselves to have truly won unless they have totally destroyed the person on the other side, their family and all their friends. So many folks have just decided that it is not worth it and choose to find another way to serve their country.

So, we are left with people willing to run for high office who are power hungry, egotistical, and tainted with corruption. I think our current crop of candidates all, without exception, fall short for one reason or another.

I don't care if you are a lefty, righty or somewhere in the middle - no one can be brimming over with pride and enthusiasm with their choices this year. No one can truly feel that they are about to choose between the best of the best.

So I guess we will buck up, make our choice and keep our fingers crossed that whoever wins will do the right thing at least part of the time and not muck things up so bad that we won't recover for 25 years.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Trying Something New on etsy....

So I decided to try something quite different (for me) for etsy. I love making the Needle Bags, wallets and tissue holders, but sometimes you just need to do something different. Knitting is fun to do in the evening when I am sitting in front of the TV. If I don't do something while I am sitting there, I fall asleep.

I like doing these because they are quick and fairly easy. I also have made some up that are quite similar in size and pattern but are used as dishcloths. I have a couple that I use and I really love them!

I listed my first bibs today and it will be interesting to see how many folks look at them and if they are sellable. etsy is always an adventure and unpredictable!