One of my all time favorite things to buy are bags because let's face it - you can never have too many bags, purses, totes and suitcases. Anybody agree?
I follow a blog called Sew Sweetness by Sara Lawson and have loved every bag she has featured. She adds beautiful details that add so much to the finished project. Each handbag is unique and goes beyond the simple tote. For my birthday I bought her book Big City Bags and have decided my next few projects will be from her book and website. I haven't decided which one to start yet because they are all fabulous, but maybe fabric shopping will get me heading in the right direction.
Some of the patterns offered by Sew Sweetness state you can sell your sewn items at craft fairs and online. If the bags turn out well, I might just start selling them. But if I really like them, I may just keep them for myself too...
When I was planning Christmas for my kids I had a couple themed ideas - one of them being everything Lego's. They ended up getting a movie, Wii game, and lots of Lego's to play with. One item I knew they also had to have was a mat so the Lego's wouldn't get lost in our carpet. I debated getting a table, but we really don't have room for it so I started looking up ideas for a mat. Basically I wanted a round shape that could be cinched up. All that required was a couple yards of fabric - I bought flannel - and some cording. I cut a basic circle pattern by folding the fabric in fourths then tying my fabric pen to a string like a giant protractor. Super simple! One of the best step-by-step instructions I found was on Pinterest. Go here if you have any questions, but seriously it's just a large circle with some parachute cord threaded through! Love it! Actually, I love picking the whole thing up and moving it off the floor instead of painstakingly searching the dark carpet for tiny Lego's!
So here are my questions I need help answering:
What do you like to buy from Etsy?
What do you wish you could buy from Etsy
What would you like made just for you?
My daughter got her very first sewing machine for her birthday and wanted to learn so I found a great beginner project: a pillowcase.
I found a couple tutorials on Pinterest, but to be honest, I had to watch a YouTube video to make sure I was doing it right. The second time she made this it was super fast though so once you know what you are doing, it's a piece of cake!
And since I didn't take any pictures along the way, I'll just direct you to the video I watched. I didn't actually add the little strip as you can tell in my picture so mine just is a piece of fabric 3/4 of a yard and one piece 1/4 of a yard. Easy!
My family loves to go out hiking. We slacked off last year but that was my fault - being pregnant made me a little lazy and uncomfortable. But now that my cute baby is getting bigger we've started going out again. Let me tell you something - hiking with kids can be super fun, or a royal pain. The fun part - seeing the kids get all excited about the little things. The not so fun part - dealing with accidents or stubborn kids. Here's some tips I find helpful when dealing with kids (of all ages) so it isn't a bad experience.