Getting Ready for Craft Sale Season

I’m not sure why, but I always seem to bite off way more than I can chew…no matter what the situation lol! My craft supplies/blanks have been starting to arrive and when I look at it I think Holy Crapadoodle, am I going to be able to get all of that done… as well as Christmas?? That is why I am starting early. Not as early as I had planned but I am getting used to my brain injury taking over and messing up my plans!

I think I am only going to do 2 Craft sales this year…. the one my mother-in-law has every year with everything Cat themed, and another one somewhere local. This means not only making Christmas type items, but also cat related.

I picked up 12 white mugs last week to do a bunch of the Cat Themed Mugs I posted a few weeks back. I took the original 4 to my mother-in-law’s last time I was down there and she loved them and that they would sell well with that crowd. Hopefully 12 will be enough… although I could also take orders if need be… they are fairly quick to do.

I have also started to accumulate blank canvases from the dollar store so I can make a bunch of signs.

In one of my auctions, I won a box of wine glasses. I thought they would be great to either put the same designs on as the mugs or maybe some sarcastic cat sayings?

If you notice the brown glass items in that bin, I am thinking about cutting some sort of Thanksgiving/Fall design on them and just selling them locally. They are so beautiful that I think anyone would love them for their Fall decorating! Look at how nice they are! I think I paid about $4 for the set!

I got my tote bags the other day so I can embroider on them, some wooden sign blanks that I think would be cool to do custom as Monogram signs? Or even some Christmas sayings?

And some canvas wine bags. I thought I could do one for my brother-in-law who is a wine lover and put some sort of Rx: In case of emergency, pop cork on the bag and related sayings on some stemless wine glasses to make a wine lover basket.

And finally I picked up some round glass cutting boards. I want to cut mirror images to put on the bottom of them so the design isn’t on the cutting side of the board. Again, I can do some cat themed ones as well as day to day.

On top of all of that I have been accumulating tea towels, pillow cases, pot holders and the like to embroider on to add to my craft sale stock!

Wish me luck lol…. hopefully I can get it all done… and on time!

Sandie

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Teapot Sewing Kit with Cricut Decoration

As much as I hate to say it…. I have started on Christmas lol! As usual I can’t believe how quickly it is approaching. If I want to make 90% of the gifts we give AND make enough stuff for at least one craft sale, I need to get my butt in gear!

This is an old teapot I had that I decided to recycle into a Christmas gift. The receiver loves Tea and definitely needs to have a few basic sewing items on hand in case of a sewing emergency…. so I thought why not combine the two… and give myself the chance to try another Cricut “skill” at the same time. This time I was trying layering a vinyl design instead of just cutting one colour. I have used multiple colours on other projects but they were stand alone sections!

The first thing I did was to give the teapot a good wash so I knew the vinyl would stay.

I found the cute teapot cut file on the Design Space app. There wasn’t a whole lot of layering but it still gave me a chance to try it.

Here is the design, cut, weeded and layered, ready to stick to the teapot.

I had a bit of an issue because of the curvy shape of the teapot but I just ended up cutting the transfer tape in such a way I was able to get it on with minimal wrinkles. Note: I think I need to find a tutorial for attaching the vinyl to curved surfaces!

I got the vinyl adhered to the teapot and then started on the pin cushion on the underside of the teapot lid.

I placed the lid on a fat quarter I had that was similar in colour to the design and drew a circle around it, about 1 – 2 inches bigger than the lid.

I did a row of hand gathering stitch all the way around the circle, about a half inch in, giving it a sort of bowl shape.

I put a small amount of stuffing inside the “bowl,” and tightened up the gather stitch until it was just about closed off.

I used my dreaded glue gun to attach the little pin cushion to the underside/inside of the lid and my pin cushion was done!

I put the lid back on and now I just have to fill it with some basic sewing supplies (and get a nicer bow) and I have my first Christmas gift ready to store until the big day!

Sandie

(Cricut) Cat Lover Mugs

Since it is already August, I thought I had better start thinking about not only Christmas, but also the Christmas craft sale my mother-in-law has every year. I plan on making items to sell with both the Cricut and my Embroidery Sewing machine…. and all Cat/Cat Lover themed.

Again I found and downloaded these FREE patterns from www.lovesvg.com!

I loved how well the mugs below turned out. I have one of them running through my dishwasher right now to see if they are actually dishwasher safe like the permanent vinyl package stated.

I picked up these mugs at the dollar store. They were $1.25 each. I figured I used maybe 50 cents worth of permanent vinyl to make them, bringing me to a grand total of around $1.75 to make each one.

It took me about 25 – 40 minutes to download the designs, add the designs to my Cricut app, cut the vinyl and apply it to the mugs. Not too bad for that amount of time. I haven’t decided what I am going to price them at, but I think with what it cost me to make I have a pretty good profit margin.

My grand plan is to make items with both machines that will coordinate with each other to hopefully make multiple purchases of items that match!

I have so many ideas floating around in my head for both the craft sale and for Christmas itself to make and sell/gift. This weekend I plan to get one of my notebooks out and start to plan what I want to make, how many, who I want to make what for, pricing for items I want to sell and things like that. It will be nice to not only gift these items I am making, but to also make a few bucks selling them!

If anyone has any advice, suggestions or anything else regarding selling homemade items, please fill me in. It has been a long time since I made anything to sell!

(I am also thinking about trying to design and cut leather to make jewelry, again as gifts and possible to sell!

Sandie

Dressed up Cake Mix Christmas Cake- Late Post

Yes, I am very late with this post but I still wanted to share this very quick and very simple dress up of a cake I made for Christmas Eve using a boxed cake mix!

Here is what I started with. When I was making the Peanut Butter Balls I ended up with a little extra chocolate candy melts. It was already melted so I spooned it into a sandwich bag, cut a corner off and piped very simple Christmas trees onto parchment paper and let them set in the fridge.

All I had to do once the cake was baked and iced was to arrange the chocolate Christmas trees around the outside and then I plopped a gingerbread ornament on top.

I used the big candy ball sprinkles to make ornaments for the trees and a few on top for decorations and I had a cute little cake ready to take to my in-laws Christmas Eve!

Sandie

Gum Drop Fudge

I guess I really should have posted this recipe before Christmas but I simply ran out of time! The past two weeks or so have been so busy that when I actually get to my laptop to post I find I am typing 2 or 3 posts at once to get them done and posted. I sure dropped the ball getting to this one lol!

This is another version of a condensed milk fudge…. which means it is quick and easy to make and can be done entirely in the microwave!

(The cookie trays assembled!)

Sandie

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Salsa for our Christmas Preserve Baskets

I had fully intended to make this salsa in the summer when I had easy access to fresh tomatoes. You know what they say about good intentions??? Well, my intention was to make it in the summer but ended up being the week before Christmas and I had to use canned, diced tomatoes instead of fresh. It still turned out well but would have been even better with fresh! This salsa would make for a great snack with your favourite tortilla chips or even crackers, or used in whatever recipe you have that calls for salsa.

Sandie

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Peanut Butter Balls

These are a huge family favourite, they always have been for as far back as I can remember. They are such a favourite that I can always get Dillon to do the rolling part for me lol. While that isn’t necessary always a good thing, it is one thing I can mark off my list of things to do. This year he not only rolled the requisite “balls,” but he also made a log and a cube???? I don’t know if he is reverting back to his childhood and pretending it’s playdoh or what he’s up to but the help is appreciated!

Sandie

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