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Busy, Busy!

September 17, 2019

The craft festival in Ozark is fast approaching and I’ve been so busy trying to get ready for it. Over the weekend, I set up the booth in the garage to see how it would look. Sis couldn’t come over to help because of some family commitments. So except for a little help from Hubby, I did all the work myself. (My birthday is coming this week, and I’m starting to feel my 73 years. Ugg!)

Not only did I put all the fixtures, (tables, screens, etc.) up, but ALL of the crafts came out as well. I wanted to make sure that there would be room for everything, otherwise it wasn’t going with us. Believe it or not, the Halloween/Fall table is a little bare! I’m going to have to spend a little more time in my little shop out back and get a few more items ready to take. Only two weeks to go! Luckily I have a pile of items in the works and some wannabe’s close at hand.

It took me two days working on the booth in the garage. It’s been soooo hot! I’ve had to take a few breaks and come into the air conditioning and cool off. I took pictures of setting up the booths, but I took them with my phone and I don’t know how to put the pictures on my blog using the phone. (That’s something else I’ll have to learn to do one of these days.)

I made some table covers for the three tables that we’ll be using as well. We’ve always just thrown sheets over them and had to pin them to fit. Now we’ll have fitted covers and won’t have to take the time to pin them. BTW, this chore was done INSIDE in the air conditioning.

Now I’m in the process of figuring out how to display our Christmas ornaments by hanging them on a pegboard with hooks instead of putting them out on a table like we’ve always done before. Even though we have two booths now, we still don’t have room for a lot of tables.

Sis came over last week as usual. We finally finished the little star Santas that we’ve been working on for several weeks.

You wouldn’t think such cute little things would be so much trouble. I’m keeping mine, don’t know what Sis will do with hers. (And maybe I don’t want to know!)

I’ve been busy making wreaths and wall decorations.

This is my spider wreath. It’s hard to see, but there’s a lot of spiders all over it.

I’ve also made a few other items but failed to get pictures of them and now they’re out in the garage in the totes ready to go to the craft festival. Maybe I’ll get a picture of them after we get set up in Ozark.

Here’s some pics of a few table pieces I made,

They are soooo cute! Here’s close-ups of them,

Sis will be over again this week, so we may be making another trek out to the little shop out back, (IF we don’t spend all of our time at estate sales! 🙂  )

 

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Having Fun In The Little Shop Out Back

September 6, 2019

Sis came over as usual yesterday. We only had two estate sales to run to, but we stopped at a few garage sales on the way. Neither one of us bought much, which is ok. We certainly don’t need to add to our stuff.

We actually got back to my house in time to have our usual popcorn treat, AND get some crafting done as well. We worked on our little plastic canvas Santa faces — again. We’re beginning to think we’ll never finish them. (Of course, we never seem to have enough time to craft on anything by the time we get through estate-sale-hopping.)

After working on the Santa’s for as long as we could both stand it, I made the comment that we could always find something to do out in my little shop out back. So off we went to the little shop out back.

We. Had. So. Much. Fun!! Part of my little hoard of “stuff” is several wreaths made from grapevines, straw, and faux evergreens. It’s been on my mind lately (because of looking at Pinterest) to try using up some of these totes of flowers, holiday items and the wreaths that have been sitting around forever!

We both plowed in and made a major MESS in my little shop out back. But here are some results from our fun time.

Plus, we started another Christmas one, but we were both getting tired and it was time for Sis to head home. Plus, we’ve already made plans to do more next week.

Today, after getting a good night’s sleep, I tackled the Christmas wreath again, and this is what turned out,

Hubby likes this one and thinks maybe I should keep it. We’ll see.

After finishing up this Christmas one, I was going through all the mess picking out some items to put on other wreaths, and accidentally made another Halloween one,

Isn’t it cute? I wanted some bats to put on it, but I didn’t have any, (I KNOW, imagine that!), so I cut some out with my jig saw, then painted them black.

Sis didn’t have a “show and tell” this week, but I did. I’ve been knitting beaded bracelets and made a commitment to myself to make 20 of them. TA DA!

They don’t take much time to make, but I’m finished for a while. Burn out, you know. But aren’t they pretty? These will go into our craft sale which is coming all too quickly.

A couple of weeks ago, I bought some pre-printed material to make a couple of aprons. Got them ready to go as well,

I love the cow one. The pots holding the flowers are the pockets in the apron,

I’m going to have to set up the booth in the garage again and try to get everything figured out before we have to go set it up. I’m adding a few fixtures and I want to see how they will work out. More about that later.

As If We Didn’t Have Enough Crafts To Do . . . . .

August 24, 2019

Sis and I hit an estate sale this week that was in a house that belonged to a true hoarder. This lady had a house and a couple of outside sheds full of all kinds of antiques and everything else. Lots of craft supplies, especially material. There were boxes and boxes of craft supplies and half-made crafts in addition to the fully-made crafts with price tags on them ready for sale.

Now Sis and I, (especially I), have more craft supplies than we’ll ever use even if we were granted another lifetime. So we don’t really need anything else. But we’re like a moth drawn to a flame and we can’t help ourselves. Yep, it’s a disease. In fact, I printed out a cute saying and framed it for the sewing room — it fits us to a T.

Hopefully we won’t get as bad as the hoarder lady; but I, unfortunately, have a good start. Sis, on the other hand, goes through her “stuff” once in a while and takes a lot of it to the thrift store. But, sure enough, she regrets it when she’s just needing that one little thing that she got rid of to finish up a project. Usually she can find what she’s looking for at my house, however.  🙂

I know you all are waiting on pins and needles to find out what we bought at the “hoarder” lady’s house.

And this is just what I bought! Some of this is crafts that Sis and I will make together to take to the craft sale in Ozark — not that we need any more inventory. But it was so cheap! It would knock your socks off if you knew how much I saved. In fact, it would knock my socks off if I knew.

Just for an example, I bought eight packages of quilt kits (right in the middle of the picture) that will make a crib-sized wall hanging. It’s a learn-to-quilt kit series to teach all the methods of piecing and quilting. The pattern and even the fabric is included in the kit. All of it for just $10! AND the lady just threw in four more fabric kits to make other things for free! (I think they were just wanting to get rid of all this.)

There was a couple of pre-printed panels to make aprons. I’ve already cut them out and plan to sew on them later today. Also a bunch of little kits (right in the front of the pic.) that are pins to paint. We think we’re going to make them into ornaments, however. The fabric snowmen at the back of the picture just need to have scarves, hats and buttons to finish them up and the little wooden snowmen at the bottom left just need some dowel arms and maybe a little broom that we could make from a dowel and raffia. (My mind never stops.)

We’ll have lots of fun trying to use this stuff up.

On the other hand, I have actually finished a few UFO’s. (Of course, I’ve also started a few new projects as well.) This is a crocheted sweater that I finished this week.

This is the knitted sweater that I was hoping to put in the Fair this year, but when I started sewing it together, it was wrong side out! So out came the stitches, been resewn, and it’s finished now.

Here’s a close-up of the pattern.

I crocheted a motif with the idea that I could make enough of them to make a table cover. But alas, it wasn’t to be. The thread I was using is a size 30, (very small), and the pattern had a LOT of treble crochet stitches. Not a pretty sight with that small of thread. Besides, it was a pain to work.

So I framed the one motif I made. I think it’s kind of pretty.

This cross-stitched bookmark was too pretty to be hidden in a book, so I framed it as well.

Before Sis left this week, I made a committment to her that I would have one of the new fabric kits that I bought at the estate sale sewed together by the time she came next week. It’s a doll with a feed sack dress. So with that being said, I’d better hop on into the sewing room and do some sewing. Pictures next week, (I hope!)

Going Through Books Again

August 17, 2019

Sis and I didn’t get together last week because I was recuperating from a surgery that I had done in my mouth. It wasn’t a big deal, but I just had it done the day before craft day, so I didn’t feel like running around to sales, etc.

But this week, we had our craft day. There were only two sales, so we had some time for crafting when we returned to my house.

I’ve been on a mission to get rid of some of this mountain of craft books and magazines that keep accumulating around here. But before they hit the stacks to be recycled or go to the library, I have to look through them to find any craft patterns that I just have to keep. (Have I mentioned before that I LOVE to look through my books?) A lot of my books that take up so much space usually only have one or two patterns in them that interest me. So why keep a whole book just for a pattern?

We bought a printer to hook up to my computer years ago, and I love my printer. It’s so easy to just copy a pattern, place it into one of my notebooks, and then I can do away with the book.

Yes, I’ve been getting rid of a lot of books and I can actually see some space on some of my shelves now.

Unfortunately, looking through all these books and magazines have had a bad (?) side-effect. Lets see, how many new projects have I started since I began looking through all this mess? Yes, several.

On top of starting new projects, I’ve been adding to the tote of projects-to-be that Sis and I can work on as well. So when she came over this week, we started on another Santa made from some plastic canvas stars that I’ve had for who knows how long.

We didn’t get very far on them because we had a lot of “catching up” to do not seeing each other for two weeks. For some reason we can’t seem to work and talk at the same time.  🙂

We both had some “show and tells” to show off first. Several weeks ago at one of the sales we went to, Sis found a bunch of little Christmas ornament-sized cross-stitch pieces that someone had made. She also found a box of the little plastic frames that these pieces would fit into. So she finished them all up and brought them over for me to see,

Here’s a close-up of some of them,

They are so cute! Whoever did the cross-stitching did a very good job of it. I’ve already picked out one or two that I’d like to have.

In spite of the new projects that I’ve started, I’ve been able to finish a few more UFO’s,

There’s actually three of these bowls finished and one more to go. I bought this “yarn” at a sale a few weeks ago. It’s more like macramé yarn because it’s very stiff–perfect to make bowls. Its hard to work with and I’m having to work on them a little at a time because it hurts my fingers. But one more to go, and that’s all of those!

Another cowl and slouch hat is now out of the UFO pile,

and I’ve started two other projects, but still working on them. However, I did start and finish this scarf/cowl,

With the Fair over, now it’s time to start thinking about the craft fair in Ozark. It’s only about six weeks away. I’ve been thinking about some new ways that we can display our crafts. Six weeks will go fast so I’d better get with it.

Shirts (and Other Fun)

August 3, 2019

Sis was here yesterday for another craft (and estate-sale-hopping) day. I’ve gotten a little behind posting our crafty fun.

One day while estate-sale shopping, we came across a couple of iron-ons to put on T-shirts. The last couple of years, we’ve been making ourselves some look-alike T-shirts to wear while we’re at the craft sale in Ozark. There just happened to be two of the iron-ons, so we both bought one.

A couple of weeks ago, while shopping at Hobby Lobby, (we don’t always spend our time shopping estate sales), we bought ourselves a shirt. The next week, we put the iron-ons onto the shirts and drew the patterns for the embellishments.

We finished them this week.

Here’s a close-up of the design,

Now, in addition to the other two shirts we have alike, we have this one as well. If the weather is a little chilly at the time of the craft sale, (which it has been some years), the shirts are big enough that we’ll be able to wear a long-sleeve shirt under them.

While we were in the process of deciding how to decorate our shirts, I was rummaging around in my paints and other embellishments to find what we needed without having to go buy anything else. I came across a stack of wannabes that I’ve had stashed away for some time.

Of course, “getting side-tracked” is my middle name, so I had to go through them and work on a few.

Results:

The two white ones are aprons. I had an iron-on of the sparkly Christmas baubles that I put on one and the other one is a fabric snowman applique that I cut from the same fabric that we made our door hangers from a few years ago. The dark green T-shirt has another fabric cut-out appliqued on the front and a ring of fabric paint around the outside edge.

This is a little bag that just had to have this cute little fabric girl and boy gingerbread people stitched to the front. A trim of ribbon candy canes at the top of the bag finishes the look.

After getting these projects finished up, I decided to go through some of the UFO’s that seem to accumulate when I’m not looking.

I finished sewing this cross-stitch picture, that I found at a garage sale in a frame, onto a bag. I just thought that with the saying it had, it needed to be on a bag.

I finished up a few more things that have just been laying around for a while.

The pumpkin is sewed and stuffed. I picked it up at a craft sale a while back as well as the spring. I glued the pumpkin onto the spring, then tied pieces of ribbon, etc. on it. I think it’s kind of cute.

The little cross-stitch picture is a kit that I picked up at an estate sale as well as the little frame. I put them together and now they’re ready to hang next to my other lambs in the corner of my sewing room.

I’ve had the little scissors case forever with some of the cross-stitching done. It’s about time to get it together. Yeah, it took me an hour or so to finish it. (Boy, why ‘o why do I put things off like I do?!?) Here’s a close-up of the picture on the flap,

Just the right size for a little pair of embroidery scissors to carry with my stitching.

A little more catching up,

This is another project that Sis and I worked on a couple of weeks during our craft days,

They’re cross-stitch and fabric ornaments that came in a kit that I’ve had forever, as well. Quick to make and cute all finished up.

This is the project that we finished this week while she was here,

This again is made of felt. It wasn’t a kit, but I had “put together” all the stuff to make it with and, yes, it’s been stashed away in my kits for a long time. We only made one apiece, so we’ll be keeping these for ourselves.

And one more project from my little shop out back that I finished while getting everything ready for the Fair.

I painted the inserts that came with the frames, then painted the frames. Kind of cute, I think.

That’s all of our projects caught up for now. But stay tuned, I’m sure there will be more.