I’ve somewhat recovered from the Craft Fair last week. It’s only 2 hours long and they offer Chick-fil-A sandwiches for cheap, so everyone from the school & the neighborhood descends at once. It’s a mad house! This year, it all went great! The booth looked great (if I do say so myself), lots of people came, and I sold quite a bit. Last year was an utter failure. This year, I made 10 times as much profit. Yay! This money is earmarked for Christmas gifts for the fam, so I’m pleased. I’m also taking a jump and looking for more area craft fairs to participate in. Anyone out there with serious craft fair experience… I welcome your advice & input!

Now, here’s a great giveaway that I really really hope I win….

Aunty Ollie $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

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Tonight is the big craft fair we have here on campus. My hubby is getting a Masters degree & we live on the campus of the school. There’s lots of activities every year & this is one of the biggest. I’ve been preparing for months and I hope it goes really well. I’m an absolute nervous wreck. Not only am I trying to frantically get everything together, I also lost my voice. I can’t talk! I’m guzzling hot tea, water, and any other liquid to try to help out. I’m also not talking unless necessary. This is really really difficult for me!

I am excited about something new….

Bella sucre handmade sugar scrub

Bella sel handmade bath saltsAren’t the logos beautiful? My best bud over at b.originals did them for me. Tonight will be their debut. We’ll see how it goes….

Now, back to packing and getting ready! And more tea. I need more hot tea.

A few weeks ago, I limited myself to a box of fabric and whatever I could sew from those supplies. Here’s some of what I came up with: (Again, pardon the horrible lighting. All photos were taken pretty late at night after the munchkins went to bed…)

pillowcases for Beanie's bed When my 2 year-old moved into a big girl bed, we went looking for sheet sets and pillowcases. The trouble — the only ones I could find came in a huge, $40 set complete with a comforter. I happen to like the quilt I already had for her. So, we found a few sheets, I plan on making more, and we found one pillow case to get us started. I took some extra fabric and made these three other pillow cases for her toddler-sized pillow. She loves them. In fact, right now she’s sleeping on the ABC one and her baby doll is wrapped up in the red one. (We had a crisis tonight where we couldn’t locate the baby’s blanket…. this pillowcase kept her from melting down!)

lattice smocking This next picture shows a project in progress. I got this fabulous brown and yellow plaid fabric out of my grandma’s stash.  I wish I had a better photo of it for you! Still, you can see the lattice smocking I did at the top. This will be the top of a purse and it will create all kinds of fun gathers. I have a great purse I made for myself, but it’s time for a new one. And, it’s time for a bigger one! Too often my purse turns into a diaper or toy bag. I can’t wait to finish this one. Right now I’m in the final days of prep for a major craft fair. Once that’s done, I can turn back to this project and get it done.

drawstring sewing bag The last item I have a photo for is this drawstring sewing bag. I have several projects I like to work on in the car, but I didn’t have a good place to store them. This bag is also made of fabric from my Grandma’s stash and is lined in white flannel. I made a quick scissors case as well, but neglected to photograph that. I’m glad I had this — the next day we drove 5 hours home and I had all of the supplies I needed to make an iPod case and to do some more lattice smocking. Both great car projects.

The main item I worked on was the winning bunting for my giveaway. But, did I take a picture? No. Because I’m a goober.

I’ve mentioned Grandma’s stash twice in this post so far — she is 88 and has decided not to do much sewing anymore. So, I inherited everything from her and her sister Aunt Velma. I have a huge paper grocery sack full of vintage buttons. My goal in these last few months of this year was to greatly reduce my fabric stash. Instead, I’ve ended up tripling it! YIKES! The buttons are absolutely beautiful. I’ll have to post pictures of my faves. I could eat them up.

I have a TON of blogs linked in my Google Reader. It’s an addiction almost as severe as my fabric addiction. One blog that mixes my two addictions: True Up. Lots of info on what’s going on in the fabric world + great writing + bloggy goodness + giveaways. I’m happy.

Be happy & go visit this blog. 🙂

Wow! While perusing my daily craft sites and blogs, I was directed to the grand opening of Flannel Queen and Dizzy Daisy fabric shops. These two shops are owned by two sisters and have just opened. They’re also doing an amazing giveaway to tell people about their grand opening!

As you know, I’m obsessed with all types of fabric and have a special place in my heart for cute flannel, so these two new shops spell trouble for me and my budget. Check out their giveaways when you get a chance!

Check out the Flannel Queen giveaway here and the Dizzy Daisy giveaway here.

By the way…. I’m so glad there’s a spot that’s devoted to great flannel. It’s really hard to find good-quality, non-cheesy flannel here where I live.

I am at my in-laws’ home right now, which is always great for my sewing. They watch the kids and I sit back here and do whatever. Yay for creative whatever!

This time, I decided to challenge myself: I brought a random box of fabrics with me. I am going to make as many things as I can with only what’s in this box.

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Ok, only what’s in this box + the random notions and thread I threw into a ziploc bag.

And the flannel and interfacing that I need for so many items.

(Sorry for the sad lighting & bad photo — the best I can do at 10:00 at night.)

Only one planned project is included: the winner’s bunting from my previous giveaway. Other than that, it’s just a box of randomness and this is really exciting. I’ve felt too much like a factory lately — just churning out what I thought I’ve needed to. No fun! Now, it may not seem like good marketing sense, but I’m going to make what’s fun and whatever I feel like.

I’m also making another committment: I’m not buying any new fabric until next year. You should see my massive stash! It’s waaaaaay too large for our tiny apartment. The only exceptions: a custom order for a client, notions necessary to finish a project, or anything else that must be bought to finish something out. I’m curious about what will happen. I know my checkbook will sigh in relief. However, I will go into serious fabric withdrawal. I just hope I don’t get the shakes and start sewing crookedly! Hah!

I’ll post pictures over the next few days of what I come up with out of this box. Now, I’m off to finish the winning bunting!

This post will be short and sweet…..

The winner of the 6 flag Customized Banner is….. kk!

The second place winner who gets to choose any Nifty Little Bag in my shop is…  Lisa Philp!

Thanks to all of you who entered and all of the amazing feedback. This will help me as I get ready for this big ol’ craft fair. Last year I brought absolutely everything & it was quite a bust. I think I need to narrow down to 3 or 4 types of items. Your input is great.

And, check back frequently for more updates and whatever crafty crap I’d like to talk about. Or, what you’d like to talk about.

Congratulations to our winners! Expect an e-mail in your inbox soon…..