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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Cricut – Leather Bracelets

I would like to start by saying sorry for not posting yesterday, or Sunday for that matter. I have no excuse other than I have had a few blah days and I did absolutely nothing other than accept the delivery of our new recliners. Could be worry about my grandmother, who is back at home… which was wonderful news or because yesterday it was a year since we lost Kita, or who knows what else…. I am just blah!

I did however make these bracelets last week, or even the week before, I don’t recall. I saw a bunch of cut leather bracelets on Pinterest and though it would be cool to one, try one of the patterns I found, and two, to try to create my own in Design Space with a cat theme for the Christmas Craft Sale I am starting to prepare for.

My “designs” are fairly simple and I learned how to download them from Design Space, turn them into .png files and then .svg files which was pretty cool and enabled me to try to sell my patterns/designs on Etsy! At the end of this post I will provide the links to the designs if anyone is interested!

I need to stock up on my jewelery findings and such, which is why only one of the bracelets have chains and clasps but I you will still be able to see the actual leather part of the bracelets!

The first pattern is one I purchased from another Etsy seller and I very impressed with how well the Cricut actually cuts leather. It opens a whole new avenue of projects to try! I think Dillon wants to try it this weekend for one of the leather bound books he makes!

Here is the purchased pattern bracelet completed….

And these are the two I “designed” myself for the Craft Sale! Like I said, nothing really fancy but still cool! NOTE: If anyone does look at my patterns on Etsy, please let me know if you think I am charging too much for it… Please???

Cat Bracelet
Cat Bracelet

This is all of bracelets just after cutting.

And here are the links to my Etsy Store listings:

This listing is for the Black Bracelet: https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/718973016/leather-cat-themed-bracelet-svg-cut-file?ref=listings_manager_grid

And listing is for the Red Bracelet: https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/718974208/leather-cat-themed-bracelet-svg-cut-file?ref=listings_manager_grid

Sandie

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

Finding Machine Embroidery Patterns/Designs

I have been amazed at the number of FREE machine embroidery patterns I have been able to find… and nice ones at that. Many of the sites I will list below offer a set number of free patterns per week, and more if you also make purchases. Each site has easy sign up and most have the ability to create a wish list of patterns you like, both free and to purchase, so you can just add the free ones to your shopping cart each week.

Each pattern allows you to download to suit your machine, format and hoop size. Because my machine is a Brother, I download in a .pes format and a 4 x 4 hoop size.

I have already accumulated a very large number of both paid and free patterns in designs that will enable me to make some really great gifts for next Christmas as well as other occasions along the way!

Etsy has also been a great place to find great prices on some licensed and other patterns, if you are looking for something specific!

Sandie

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January Recipe Prompt

We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year! Since Christmas and New Year’s I have been very lazy!  The rush to get everything done and almost perfect for Christmas wore me out.  I have been sleeping in very late because Chris is on holidays and I don’t have to be up at 5 am and taking full advantage of that fact lol.  Thankfully I had typed in enough posts in December while preparing everything that it carried me through until New Years lol.  It took some marathon typing spurts but I got them all in and a much deserved break!

Now for the start of our 2019 Blogging Year!!!

In a previous post, Blog Post Idea for the New Year, we talked about starting a sort of recipe sharing, monthly recipe prompt. We would love for everyone to comment with a link to one of their posts to share their favourite recipe from whatever “Prompt” we decide on each month.  It could be a simple as a one ingredient prompt, a seasonal prompt or as with this month, a post-holiday prompt.  We really hope all of you will join in on the prompts and share your favourite recipes with our followers!  It is a great way to have possible new followers directed to your blog and to enjoy reading everyone else’s favourite recipes!

This month our Recipe Prompt is: What is your favourite Christmas Leftover Recipe?

Again, we hope everyone will join in and share their favourite recipes! We will post the links to everyone’s recipes in the last week of January!

Sandie & Kim

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