Wednesday, June 24, 2015

sales update

Hi Everyone,
I've had a few people that wanted items that I have not heard back from.   If you emailed me about something and haven't heard back, please check your spam folder.  I'm going to have to move on to the next person on the list or let someone else buy some items if I don't hear back or receive payment today.  Lots of great stuff left on the list!

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Thanks so much!
Niki

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Huge Sale

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I have been cleaning out my crafting supplies whenever I get a chance and putting the stuff into several big boxes to sell.  I still want to make cards and paper crafts again.  So, I'm definitely not selling all my stamps or supplies.  (There just isn't enough hours in a day for everything.)  I did, however, clean out a bunch of stamps, ribbons, embellishments, paper, and lots of other stuff.  I listed it over on my Sales Page.  Lots of things are grouped together and most things are listed super cheap compared to retail.  I'm hoping this will help clear lots of things out.  I plan to list everything over on a facebook group where you can sell craft supplies, but wanted to share things here first in case there is anyone left who still reads my blog.  (I don't know why only a few posts a year doesn't keep my readers' attention! lol)  Anyway, please take a peek and drop me an email if there is anything you would like.  I don't want to hold on to all this stuff so I'll be donating a lot of it if it doesn't sell.

Hope you all are having a great summer!!
Niki :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Birthday Gifts

Hi Everyone!  I spent much of my free time in March and April sewing some gifts for my daughter's 9th birthday.  She loves Hello Kitty so I found some Hello Kitty fabric on etsy and set to work making some things for her.


The first thing I made was this large messenger bag.  I wanted to use this fabric for it because it was such a large print that it wouldn't work well for small items.  (I hated that white stitching around the top and ripped it out after this photo was taken and replaced it with red stitching which looks much better.)  I didn't follow a pattern and kind of just made it up as I went along. :)


My daughter is learning to sew and really enjoying it.  So, I decided to put together a little sewing kit for her.  I made this wide open pouch to hold everything.  You can find the tutorial here for making one.  I've heard how people dread installing zippers.  This was my first zipper and I was a little worried.  It was really pretty easy.  


Here's a shot of the pouch open.  It really has lots of space in the bottom and holds quite a bit.  I filled it with a couple items below along with some embroidery scissors, needles, pins, seam ripper, and ruler.


This is probably my favorite item that I made for her.  I created this little needlebook for her.  (Inside there are felt sheets to hold needles which I did not take any photos of.)  Here is Amy's tutorial for creating needlebooks.  I used some beautiful fabrics from Atsuko Matsuyama (along with a Hello Kitty fabric square).  They are some of my all time favorite fabrics.


I created this cathedral window pincushion as well.  I love the look of cathedral windows in sewn items.  I'm definitely going to have to make one of these again.  The center is a fabric covered button.


The back of the pincushion matches the button on the front.  I followed a tutorial that called for a seam in the back.  Next time, I will put the seam on the edge.  I think it would look so much nicer.


Lastly, I created a little quilted pouch that she can fill with whatever she wants.  It is a flat pouch instead of one with a wide bottom.  I quilted the fabrics before assembling the pouch.

Thanks so much for taking a peek at what I've been up to.  What have you been creating?
Niki :)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Patchwork Quilt

I finished up my first larger size quilt yesterday.  I designed it last fall and then life got busy.  I pulled out the fabrics a few weeks ago and got to work sewing it all together.  I even did the quilting on my old Singer Featherweight.  I am beyond excited to see it finished!  My kids were already snuggling under it last night while we watched a movie.  


Paper crafters might recognize the fabric.  It's October Afternoon's Sidewalk line that was released as fabric through Riley Blake.  It's always been a favorite of mine since I love October Afternoon.


I chose a bold fabric (also from the Sidewalks line) for the back of the quilt.  I love how it brings out the red in the patchwork.


I decided to use this black fabric for my binding.  I'm not sure who makes it.  I saw it at my local quilt shop and thought it was perfect to help the colors in the front really stand out.

I haven't been blogging much for quite a while now.  It seems I've lost the desire to paper craft much.   I am loving sewing and quilting.  I think after paper crafting for almost 9 years, it's been fun learning something new.  I've even been debating selling a bunch of my stamps.  I'm not sure I'm ready yet, though.  I love stamps and card making still, but just have not had the desire to do it.  Anyway,  I do update my Instagram feed now and then if you'd like to follow me over there to see what I'm up to.

Have a great weekend!
Niki

Monday, March 9, 2015

mini quilts for stuffed animals

Hi Everyone!  Long time, no posting from me.  Hope everyone has been doing well!  I have gotten all my paper crafting supplies organized in my desk, but haven't had a chance to create anything.  Something about 4 kids keeping one really busy.  lol  Anyway, I did have some little mini quilts that I created last fall for my children for their stuffed animals.  (They average about 14 3/4 x 16 3/4 inches.)  I've been wanting to learn how to quilt so these small little quilts were perfect for practicing.  Be sure to scroll down to see them all.  (I think the last one is my favorite.)  :)


I created this first mini quilt for my oldest using some mini charms from Moda's Road 15 fabric line.  The border, binding, and back fabrics on all the mini quilts were all from my local fabric shop.


This mini quilt was for my youngest.  The mini charm pack is from Moda's Milk, Cow, Kitchen line.


This one is for my middle boy and used a mini charm pack from Moda's Bartholo-Meow's Reef.



I love the backing fabric on this one.  It reminds me of waves in the sea.


This last mini quilt was for my daughter.  I absolutely love Moda's Miss Kate line from Bonnie & Camille.  (Love all the Bonnie & Camille fabric lines, actually!)


I used a cute little heart fabric on the back.  I followed Amy's amazing Beginning Quilting Series as a guide when making all the quilts.

Happy Crafting!
Niki

Monday, January 12, 2015

a little sewing

Hi Everyone!  Thanks for the comments on my last post.  I know bringing my craft desk back out of storage is probably a lot more exciting for me than it is for you! lol  My husband did make my desk for me.  He made it about 7 years ago.  (It's hard to believe it's been that long ago already!)

I haven't been creating anything for months now, but I did do some sewing last fall (and some quilting I'll share in another post).  I made some little wallets for my kids, but I didn't get a photo of them before they were whisked off to be played with.  I also made a couple mini pillows for my youngest two sons for their stuffed animals.  My oldest son and my daughter sewed their own little pillows and stuffed them.  They've practiced sewing a little bit here and there and always really enjoy it.



I was needing a pincushion for when I'm sewing so I made this little patchwork pincushion.  I love the look of patchwork quilts and pincushions.  They just make me happy.  :)  This little pincushion is about 3 x 3 inches.


Another sewing project from last fall was these pillow cases.  My older three children picked out the fabric at the quilt shop and I whipped these up for them.  (Sorry for the slightly blurry photo.  I took it on my phone.)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Happy News

Guess what my husband brought out of storage for me?  My craft desk!  I'm going to be busy this week purging supplies I don't need anymore and organizing everything.   I'm really excited to have it back!