Need to Kick-Start the blogging again.

March 7th, 2010

I was on a role for a while. Not quite sure what happened. Well, I do know what happened. I’ve been trying to spend less time on the computer. And that’s been a good thing.

Random things I’ve been up to….

….Milo learned to walk. He went from tottering between furniture to chasing Lexi and the dogs around the house in about 5 days. We now have a human tornado living in our house. He also likes to spin himself in circles until he’s too dizzy to stand.

….I got called for Jury Duty. It’s not a bad deal. I call in at night and they tell me if I need to show up or call in. I’ve lucked out and have only had to call in at nine and/or noon the next day, only to be told I’m not needed and to call in again tomorrow. Only downside is the two weeks worth of lesson plans I’ve had to write. But, really, not complaining about it. It’s been fun to do stuff like take the kids to the zoo.

….went to the Minnesota Zoo with Lexi and Milo. Milo learned a new phrase “See it!” or “See it?” depending on whether or not he spotted the animals. Both kids love the dolphins. We watched a short training session and then spent another 20 minutes just sitting in the bleachers watching the dolphins swim and splash around. Incidentally, the MN Zoo is a great winter activity. Discovery Bay, the Tropics Trail and the Minnesota Trail are all connected and it takes about 30 minutes to get through each one. And you never have to go outside.

….I taught myself how to crochet over Christmas break. And I really like it. It’s super fast and looks really cute when finished. So far I’ve made about 6 hats, a sweater, a blanket, a poncho, and about 30 headbands.. Only downside is it takes much more yarn than knitting so depending on the project, it can be a little pricey. I’ll try and get a few pictures up in the next couple days.

….I’ve made a few sales from my etsy shop. Oh, and I started making jewelry as well. I needed a lanyard for work and decided to make one and I had left over supplies so I made a few other things. Then when I raided all my craft stuff I realized I had a pretty big pile of beads and other jewelry making supplies so I gave it a shot. It’s not my favorite thing to do but it’s different than sewing or knitting or crochet, so I like it. Oh, and my etsy shop is also supporting charity:water.

Love Free Stuff

September 12th, 2009

A couple of weeks ago I picked up 5 huge boxes of fabric off of freecycle. This afternoon I finally had time to go through all the boxes. I ended up freecycling 4 not-quite-full boxes because I have no idea where I would have put it all – and a lot of it was smaller pieces that I probably wouldn’t use.

What I did find was some serious vintage fabrics and a lot of it. I’m not sure what it’s going to end up being but I do know that a lot of it will turn up in my shop in one form or another. Any suggestions?

These are my favorites (especially the two on the far left)IMG_7085

And the other half of my favorites (the two flowery ones on the far right? How cute are they?)IMG_7086

And after sifting through 5 boxes here’s what I was left with:


Anyone have any idea what I should make with orange camo print?



Last week Lexi and I hit up a church rummage sale. We spent $6.75. Lexi came home with a toy phone, a basketball and a book. I came home with this (and a pair of knitting needles that didn’t make the picture):


A few items for the Etsy shop

September 5th, 2009

It’s a three day weekend so I’ve been busy sewing  and listing items in my etsy shop, Copper Boom.

I know you are curious so here’s a sample of what’s for sale:

A twirly skirt.

Gadget cases.

Cute hats.

I’ve also got a few more ideas lined up and (if I can find the time) I’ll be loading up the shop with great Christmas gifts.

Copper Boom, Baby!

A good idea and a good find

June 21st, 2009

I haven’t been doing much sewing this summer, I’ve been doing a lot of knitting but I think I need to switch and start sewing because I’m going to run out of days when sitting in the cold family room will feel good.

I was buying a bunch of yarn for my latest project and by chance I found this yarn. (It’s the color “summer fields if you’re really curious.) Okay so this may not seem that exciting but about 4 or 5 years ago my sister-in-law made me a scarf for Christmas using this yarn. And I’ve been wanting a hat to match. Now I can make one. I’m going to make this one or or this one…what do you think? Oh, I forgot the best part. It usually sells for about $5.99 I got it for a $1. It was on clearance. Score.

I also came up with the idea of making ring slings from old bed sheets. Cotton bed sheets are nice and soft, they breath well and hold up to being washed. All good qualities for a baby sling. They are also hemmed on all four sides so if I cut them right, there is much less hemming for me to do. Another bonus. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Pay It Forward

May 31st, 2009

Remember that movie? I loved that movie. Anyway…May 27th was Give Away Day over at Sew, Mama Sew! and so I’ve been checking out a pile of blogs (hundreds actually). And in a few places I’ve seen people doing this pay it forward thing so I thought I would join in.

Here’s the rules

(I found my idea here: Bec Clarke)

I am entering into the following contract with the first 5 people who comment and then commit to do the same on their blog.
Just read below and if you feel up to the task copy the following into your blog and leave me a comment. I can’t post overseas, so it’s for US residents only.

1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make. You get what you get and you don’t have a fit.
2. What I create will be just for you, with love.
3. It’ll be done this year (2009).
4. I will not give you any clue what it’s going to be. It will be something made in the real world and not something cyber. It may be weird or beautiful. Or it may be monstrous and annoying. Heck, I might bake something for you and mail it to you. Who knows? (okay, I probably won’t bake anything because shipping that is a huge pain.)
5. I reserve the right to do something strange (but probably won’t)
6. In return, all you need to do is post this text on your blog and make 5 things for the first 5 to respond to your blog post.
7. Send your mailing address – after I contact you.

Welcome to everyone. I will however, make an effort to do something that you like based on what I see on your blog, BUT there are no guarantees.

New Additions to My Stash

February 13th, 2009

About a month ago I picked up 3 boxes/bags of material from a couple of people off freecycle and total score.

One of the boxes was larger pieces of fabric. Nothing too unique but lots of jersey knits and bottom weight fabrics. Stuff I hate to spend money on.

The other bag must have been from a quilter. The scraps were all fat quarter size or smaller but they are amazing. Lots of them coordinate because they were probably bought for the same quilt which will come in handy when putting projects together. Whoever put this bag together must have cleaned out their stash because it’s some really nice stuff in there.

Sewing Stash

February 4th, 2009

One of the many artsy/crafty blogs I read is Sew, Mama, Sew! It’s a great site for free patterns and tutorials, links to some very talented etsy shop owners and very fun give aways. This month is “fat quarter month”. So comments and links to their blog enter you to win a stack of fat quarters. And I (heart) fat quarters. With that said, here’s a bunch of questions and answers that probably won’t be of any interest to most of you.

What do you usually sew?

  • Baby slings, soft toys, quilts, baby/kid clothes

When you shop for fabric, what size cuts do you usually buy? (i.e. If you see something beautiful, but you don’t have a use for it right away, how much do you buy?)

  • If it comes in a fat quarter I usually get 2. If it’s off the bolt and on sale, I’ll get a yard or two (if it’s really unique). If it’s not on sale, then I get a 1/2 yard.

Do you buy on impulse or do you go out looking for something you need?

  • Yes.

Are you a pre-washer? If you are, do you wash your fabric before you need it, or only when you’re ready to use it?

  • I only pre-wash when I use it. And even then I only pre-wash if it’s going in a quilt, a baby sling or has a lot of blue dye in it.

Do you iron it?

  • Not until I’m using it in a project.

How do you sort it? (color, print size, collection, etc.)

  • First by size – anything between 1/2 yard – 1 1/2 yrds is rolled up and stored in drawers. Over 1 1/2 yrds is folded and on shelves. Large scraps are in bins and small scraps or oddly shaped scraps are in another bin. Then they are sorted by fabrics (2 groups)- 100% cotton and everything else. Other items are sorted by type – buttons, ribbon, lace, yarn, needles, thread, floss, pins, snaps, covered buttons, etc. all have their own boxes and bins.

Do you have any special folding techniques?

  • I store my stuff in a closet and I want to unfold my larger pieces and put them on hangers but I haven’t done that yet. Smaller stuff is rolled up. I also wind lace and ribbon around cardboard strips to make it easier to store.

How do you store your fabric?

  • Currently it’s all scattered all over the front porch waiting to be away but normally it’s stored in bins, shelves and drawers in a closet on the porch.

What tips do you have for building up a well-rounded stash?

  • and Several times I’ve posted that I want material, lace, patterns, etc. and I have come home with a carload of someone else cleaning out their stash.

When do you say enough is enough?

  • I’ll let you know when I get there.

What are some of your favorite stash-busting projects?

  • This skirt was really fun
  • Patchwork SkirtPatchwork Skirt

  • And I plan on making a “crazy” quilt sometime in the near future.

Do you have a current favorite print in your stash? Let’s see it!

  • I used these two prints to make a computer bag for my mom. They were one of those fabrics that you by double the amount you actually need because they’re so cool looking.
  • Computer BagComputer Bag

What’s your definition of the perfect stash?

  • I want this – it’s a picture of the stash of the costume shop at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.
  • Tour of the GuthrieTour of the Guthrie

Guess What? Another Give Away.

January 19th, 2009

Check out this blog (from Brazil) if you want to win fabric, buttons and/or other fun sewing goodies.

And if you are looking for a cute tote bag – they are giving one away here.

It’s all about the give-aways for a while.

January 15th, 2009

Check it out – more give aways.

A very cool necklace.

A cute little pouch.

And not a give-away but free patterns for all kinds of softies.

More Give Aways (that are not from me.)

January 14th, 2009

One of the people I follow on twitter links to all the artsy/crafty folks who are doing give-aways and more often than not, if you link to their blog/etsy shop you get entered multiple times. So I’ll be linking to random blogs (if I think their stuff is cute) in hopes of up-ing my chances of winning.

So tonight’s give away is a very cool necklace and if you don’t win you can always buy something from her shop.