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December News

I have a couple new things to mention this month. I have new lower prices on shipping for most larger items such as table runners. All “smalls” (smaller items) now have FREE shipping!

I have also been setting up a secondary shop on Squareup.com to try out. If anything it will be used for local sales. It allows local pick up and I can accept debit as well as credit card payments in person with my Square Reader and dock which also accepts tap. https://squareup.com/store/judyshomehandicrafts

Now with the moving stuff behind us, I can get back to sewing! I’ve got some ideas for new items, and have had a couple requests so will try to fulfill those in the coming months. 

These are some of the things I’m thinking of trying: 

  1. Shopping cart “nests” (for baby while riding in shopping cart)
  2. Bus seat “Sit-upons” (a warm little pad for those cold metal bus stop benches)
  3. Dish pads (an alternative for dish racks)
  4. More Microwave bowl cozy’s (in two sizes)
  5. Potato/corn bags (microwavable bags to make baked potatoes or corn in)
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November news

Thanks to all who came out to the craft fair at GSS. It’s always a fun and relaxed craft fair to do.

I’ve got the new “Square” payments device that lets you take credit card payments at the fairs or just in person. I also just received their new device that allows you to take debit payments so that is exciting. I can’t wait to try it out! 

We are still unpacking house but are nearly “there” with it all. It’s going to be an ongoing process organizing things which will likely go into the new year I’m sure. I’ve finally managed to un-bury my new sewing room and should be ready to roll sewing again real soon. I’m excited about that… going through withdrawl here!! 

Among all that is going on, unfortunately my elderly dad passed away on November 14th. He was in the final stages of dementia, so even though it saddens us, it was probably for the best. How he was living his life, was not how he had wanted to live his life. 

Once I get back to sewing there are a couple new products I hope to add to the occassionals section. One is dish drying pads with are great for small spaces and RV’s, and the other I learned about at the GSS craft fair thanks to the lady at the table next door to me. She called them “Sit-upons”  which can be for hard seats on walker etc, and the other thing was “Bus stop pads” which are for the elderly or anyone who needs a bit of comfort while waiting on the hard seats at bus stops. Both of these can roll up and easily be carried in a bag. So I’m hoping to whip some up and see how it goes. 

My first project however, is actually for ourselves… 

I’ve revamped my Grandma and Grandpa’s vintage dining set and I need cushions for the chairs. I’ve got some dusty rose fabric and am using this pattern by Ann Brown. 

https://www.freepatterns.com/detail.html?code=FS00052&cat_id=451 I hope they come out as nice at hers!

 

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The joys of moving house

Oh the joys of moving house! NOT! Now I remember why we haven’t moved in 26 years! Weekend after next is the big day; a 5 ton truck and 3 guys will move everything we own into our rental apartment. I’ve got all the vintage sewing machines all bubble wrapped and ready to go. The hardest part of it all has been getting rid of the furniture that we needed to downsize from. Not hard emotionally, just plain hard to get rid of lol. I think we finally have that sussed now. There are just a couple things that need picking up yet then we’ve got it beat. 

I’m so excited though about having an actual dedicated sewing room. It was always sort of half here, half there before but I laid claim to the second bedroom and it’s mine! So now I’m looking forward to setting it up and organizing it. 

Next I have to prepare for the craft fair which is 2 weeks after we move. I’m excited that they are doing it over the entire weekend, not just one day, but I’m also glad that I only committed to vending at the one fair this year. 

All in all, I  think this move is a good thing. There will be no more having to shovel snow or mow grass for my husband which I’m sure he’ll appreciate. He’s dog tired after work and it’ll be nicer for him to get home a half hour sooner too.