Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Blue Moon

I heard we're having a blue moon tonight. Seems like that should mean something really special or unusual should happen, but it is a very ordinary sort of day; and week for that matter. Of course, having a holiday on Monday always makes the week seem a little strange, I keep forgetting what day it is. But the kids still have school and tonight they had swim practice in the outdoor pool. So summer is almost here. And yes, my son did need a cast for his broken wrist, but that waterproof stuff is great!

My dog, Callie, had a haircut today! She doesn't care much for the process and turns her head at inopportune moments but she was very good today and her haircut looks pretty good. The eyebrows look a little off...but otherwise pretty good.

I also have a picture of my baby robins. Two of the three eggs hatched. They have disappeared from the nest since I took the photo and I haven't seen them around the yard. I have seen a couple of cats prowling around...I really hope the babies are safe somewhere.

I really need to sew. I've been working on some clothing for my daughter and me for our upcoming vacation. But, poor Etsy has been a bit neglected by me. My store really needs some new stuff. Maybe tomorrow; it looks like it will be too hot to work in the yard.


Thursday, May 24, 2007

Bad Day

Bad 2 days, actually. Yesterday, my son hurt his arm at school - in gym class. I took him to the doctor and had an x-ray. The verdict: not broken. So off he goes to school today and I went off to do the things I had planned. The doctor called 10 minutes after I left home, on my home phone, and left a message that I would have to bring him in for a splint and take him to see the orthopedist because the radiologist sees a possible fracture. Ugh! I didn't get the message until 2:30, after which the plans for the rest of my day went haywire as we had to go all the way back to the doctor for the splint. The orthoped appointment is Saturday am, which should determine whether it is truly broken and what treatment is necessary.

I did accomplish the main thing I intended to do today; make my Memorial Day visit to my parents' gravesite to tidy up a bit and place flowers. My hometown is about an hour away, so while it is not too far to make the trip impossible - it's just far enough to make it more that a quick stop by the cemetery. I combined the trip with stops at every fabric store between here and there in search of a fabric for a potential customer. Didn't find what I was looking for, but I did find some other fabrics that I just had to have. So now I've added to my stash, again. I really need some quality time in the sewing room to turn some of these treasures into irresistable Etsy merchandise!

So tomorrow, I intend to stay home and sort through my piles of fabric. I have many ideas, too many maybe. They are all racing around in my head and I really need to focus on one at a time. I'd like to try to get some prototypes together so I can test out some of my designs. I think I'll try to pick one idea to get on paper and transformed by fabric and thread. Gotta start somewhere...

That's all for now,


Monday, May 21, 2007

Monday, Monday

I know my titles aren't very original. I'll try to work on that. I'm up late; just got a Treasury on Etsy and I think I've finally figured out how to put an image of the whole thing in my blog. Let's see if it works...

Yay! I love figuring things out! I also made it a link to Etsy; click on it and you'll go to the Treasury at Etsy! I'm very happy with how this Treasury list turned out. Sometimes the items just come together and look really good.

More tomorrow, I hope...


Sunday, May 20, 2007

It's Sunday and...

I'm reading forums and reading blogs when I really should be out in the yard, digging up weeds in the garden. I'm doing this post to claim my blog with Technorati. Hope it works!


Technorati Profile

Thursday, May 17, 2007

I really meant to...

Post something new today. But I keep getting sidetracked. And this whole end-of-the-school year thing is wearing me out. I think the evening activities are just about over. Maybe just a couple left and then school's out! I haven't yet thought about how I'm going to work crafting/sewing time into my summer schedule. Hmm...I'll leave that for later.

I did some sewing this week. A dress for my daughter. But the style was less than flattering, so we went with store bought this time. I used a darling fabric, so I'll invest some time trying to redeem the dress. I think some shaping will save it, it sort of just hangs from her shoulders. It was meant to be a simple shift style, but it just isn't a good look. Probably needs a zipper, too...UGH!

I completed my first custom order for Etsy. It was lots of fun; hopefully more orders will come eventually. It was nice to make something that I knew had a home already. Thanks to Kim!

Well it is rather late and tomorrow looks like a busy day, so I'll sign off.


Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mother's Day

Mom & Me
Happy Mother's Day to all moms everywhere!

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Unfaithful Blogger

Well, it's been awhile since I've added any updates to my blog. May is an incredibly busy month! I somehow always forget that. The last month of the school year and every activity in which my children have participated is having some sort of awards thing, concert, party or somesuch. So, my sewing time has been limited and I have not blogged.

I have been trying to keep up with Etsy; following my store and the forums. I did have a Treasury over the weekend, which is always fun to do. I am worrying a bit over the new postal rates due to take effect next week. I've been reading the USPS website and it's very confusing...

I did do some sewing late last week and over the weekend. I made a couple of tote style bags that I'm testing out. They're pretty cute, but more on those later. I think I have to figure out the shipping stuff first. I'll try to update Etsy later this week.

It's late and my little dog is sleepy,


Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Rainy Day

Well, the weather guys were a little off today. I was expecting sun again, but it's been gray and rainy all day. Which is really OK, because I overdid it in the yard yesterday and have numerous small aches and pains today.

So today I sorted through some fabrics and magazines in my sewing room. I am trying to decide what to introduce next to my Etsy shop. I'd like to list a new item or two tomorrow if possible. I got zippers in the mail today from, so I can complete a couple of small zipper pouches that were waiting for the right color zipper. I'm also waiting for a couple of items I purchased last weekend on Etsy. I love Etsy! But I think I'm spending too much time browsing--I just love looking at all the great stuff. It's like having a really great arts and crafts show that is open 24/7. I love going to shows, but they are mostly in the summer.

Anyway, I didn't take any new photos today. But here is one of an item in my Etsy shop. I really like this cherry fabric. The lining is a bright lime green with tone on tone stripes and little black circles. It really stands out against the black. I've been carrying a purse like this one (in different fabric) since February and I really like this style. The strap is long enough to wear across the body which I like because I always find my bag sliding down my arm which is awkward when shopping... I like both hands free.

Well, enough for today. I'll put new photos up when I have something new to photograph. Hopefully tomorrow...


Tuesday, May 1, 2007

May Day

Today is an absolutely beautiful day. The sky is a lovely blue and it is very warm. Yesterday, I worked in the garden and made a small dent in my very long list of things to do. I need to go back out there today, but first I thought I'd update my blog.

I grabbed a new treasury list on Etsy today. This one is all about robins, a tribute to my little nest in the front yard. I check on it daily. Everything seems OK. I just hope the neighborhood cats don't find it. Anyway, the link to the treasury is here: It's only there until Thursday morning.

I tried to walk my little schnauzer today. She had other ideas. It is a little hot and she decided she would rather sit in the shade. So after stopping at every shady spot on the street, I abandoned the walk idea. I guess maybe we'll have to work up to a nice long walk.

I need to come up with some new Etsy ideas. My little store is getting a little attention, but sales are very slow. So, I think I need to introduce a little variety. I've got a couple of ideas, but I need to spend a little more time thinking about them. Maybe tomorrow I'll play with some fabric. But today, I'm going to garden. It seems like a perfect way to spend May Day.

Off to find a sun hat!