No, not really! But thinking on it, sometime in the near future I’ll be starting on some things for the Christmas fairs. They sure sneak up on you when you are not looking!
I hoping to do a couple local fairs, maybe one in September and not sure when the other will be yet. I’d like to so the Cranbrook library one again as I met some nice people there and had a lot of fun there. I was asked to do the Eagles fair in November but we’ll see how things schedule out later on.
The mug rugs and centerpiece will return this fall, but I’ll be concentrating on table runners and such decor I think.
My microwavables, and other such staples will be available of course.
As far as baby items go, I will continue with baby quilts and people seem to like the burping pads. They are quite a concept; wished I had those when my two were small!
I’ve been busy sewing steady lately making some new things for upcoming craft fairs and for the Etsy shop. Next week I will prepare everything for travelling to the Eagles Hall craft fair. It’s a 3 day event which sounds tiring but also sounds like fun!
I was asked about hanging kitchen towels and also about casserole carriers at the last craft fair I did at Christmas time. I am happy to say that I have a few of those items available for the next event! I will have a couple large size tea cozies, and I hope to have more quilts at future events. I am doing all of my free motion quilting on my Janome embroidery machine now a days so those I hope to be something special!
I’m hoping to get into a few fairs that are done more so in Kimberley for fall/winter. I’ve inquired about the “Kimberley Makers Market” which I hope to get in on. Their latest fair was advertised on the local radio station so I imagine the experience a great turn out. I hope to participate in their next fairs as it sounds like a lot of fun and a great way to meet new friends.
Still in the thinking stages but I may even have a small showing at home here this summer!
I’ve changed my “local purchases” page into a page to display items that are only available at the next upcoming craft fairs that I am at. Please visit my new “At the Craft Fair” page to check out the additions and changes. These items are not available at my Etsy shop, but if you want a sneak peek at anything and live local, you are welcome to pop by for a quick browse. Just shoot me an email on what you would like to see via my contact form on site here.
The snow is melting and the temps are warming, and I’m on my sewing machine… sewing is most definitely an addiction lol.
I’m really enjoying my newest machine to the herd, my Janome embroidery machine. It’s so much fun! I’m still learning the software but I hope to have some fancy stuff produced from it over the next year or so. I’ve started with some basic stuff for now, editing stock designs etc and that has produced a couple nice things so far. The first thing I did was an embroidery of my newest grandsons name. I added that to his quilted blanket just after he was born.
Right now, I’m getting back into making table trivets, but I’m doing them a bit different than ones done in the past. I’m making them at least 12 inches square in size and they each have an embroidered design in the center. The borders surrounding the center pieces are pieced together in a style such as “piano keys” or “pinwheels” or alike, and the each trivet is finished with binding which is the same as the center section base fabric. The embroidered areas (heavily threaded areas) have been heat tested and can stand a warm bowl/platter placed upon it with no problem.
Why is the cost a bit higher? There is a good reason for this. It is that each trivet simply costs more to make. There is a considerable amount of thread used for the embroidery process and the specialized thermal “Insul-bright” batting is very expensive here in Canada.
I’ve been making some more kitchen towels as well. I’ve come up with my own concept for their design, although I’m probably not the first one to come up with it. I don’t use a gathering stitch to pull in the gathers but rather use a ribbed ribbon inside to pull up the gathers which gives the towel that frilly look. I’ve got some that have the loop on one end so that is hangs at an angle, and I’ve also got some new ones that have the loop centered on the back so that the towel sits straight across.
I am hoping to have some new oven mitts soon too. I love mine so much that I finally have worn them out. These are not conventional oven mitts, but are a large and rectangular version of microwave mitts.
I’ve made a ladies hair/headband for myself… I got tired of my hair in my mouth whenever I bent over lol. So pending the outcome of how that goes if I make more of them, (and time to do it of course), I may offer a few of those up in the shop at some time. They will be quite affordable as they are fairly easy to make.
Until next time…
I’m excited to announce that I’ve posted the very first hanging tea towels in my Etsy shop. There are two colours available, brown or white. I found some really cute fabric for the tops that to me look like a giraffe’s coat.
Also I was contacted today by someone about the possibility of doing a spring craft fair in Cranbrook at the Eagles Hall there. It will be the weekend of May 3rd, 4th, and 5th. I will have more info once things are more finalized.
I’ve had some fun playing on little “Cutie-pie” my Singer Featherweight. I made two individual bowl cozies in black and tan and Cutie just plowed through the thickest parts like it was nothing. Very happy with this machine!
I’ve changed out the featured photo for a new style. I’m not sure what all is out there but I came up with this design myself. The gathers are from a pull inside rather than gathering stitches. They just hang on an angle as in the photo. I am also going to make some with the hanging loop in the center for anybody that might prefer that way instead. I’ve got a few more to make yet, just picked up a few more towels. These are fun projects to do!
I am confirmed for the Eagles Hall craft fair in Cranbrook BC. Dates are Friday May 3rd, Saturday May 4th and Sunday May 5th 2019. Times are Friday – 4 pm to 8 pm, Saturday – 9 am to 4 pm and Sunday 11 am to 2 pm.
Just away at the moment to visit family and see our newest grandson in Alberta! Back on Monday night.
That’s what I’m naming the latest addition to my “herd” of vintage sewing machines lol.
I finally found a Singer Featherweight 221K that I can afford. It’s cute as a button, hence its name “Cutie-pie”. The featherweights I knew to be highly collectible, but that’s not entirely why I wanted it. My mom’s machine has been out of commission for some time, requiring a new foot pedal and motor. I had converted it to a knee controlled machine but I don’t much care for that style because of leg movement issues and not much space for the bar etc. Little Cutie will do all the things that mom’s 99K will do and doesn’t take up half the space.
The pic is from just after we got it home.
I’m so excited to use it!