Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Red Feedsack Booth!




This has been one of those months that I have felt like I had absolutely nothing to share with you.   I think sometimes I think my blog posts need to be about some profound thing... instead of just daily living!




So after some thought, I decided to share with you something that I'm doing just to see what happens.  I have a tiny little booth in a local shop on our town square.   And when I say tiny, I do mean tiny!  It is basically an old door with a counter top and shelves built on the lower half.  That's it!



(Above photo taken of our Court House in the Spring.   Oh, how this makes me anxious for Spring!)


Our town has an amazing, busy, active square.  There are numerous antique stores as well as the old original movie theatre and drug store. The Court House sits in the middle of the square and is just the most lovely old building.


The little shop, Pickers On The Square, where I have my booth is a darling little store with all sorts of amazing local talent.




I hesitated to even have a booth and put my things in because they are so different than other booths in the store.  My taste is very vintage farmhouse and not too many people love that look as much as I do!


But here are a few of the things I've made and put in my booth.



Aprons

Beautiful, happy, 100% cotton quality fabric, aprons!  I decided that if they didn't sell I would bring them all to my kitchen and just enjoy looking at them!




More aprons!  I got a little carried away, I will admit!




Potholder and crochet dishcloth sets
  
Some of them actually match the aprons!  



 Feedsack Fabric Buntings 

I have a couple of these hanging in my bathroom and they are always, always commented on by guests.  Unfortunately, they don't quite make the impact hanging on this cluttered door like they do hanging from a window with the sun streaming through!



Heart Strings

These are also a little bunting... but with stuffed hearts.  Absolutely darling.  



Gift Tags

I love these tags.  They were so quick and easy to make with craft card stock and fabric scraps sewn on.  Who doesn't always need a little bag of gift tags?



Jars Of Hearts

This was a total accident.  I made way too many stuffed hearts and was too exhausted to make more buntings, so I decorated up some jars and tucked in the hearts!  These were a big hit in my booth.



Hooded Animal Towels

I also made numerous of the hooded animal towels that my little grand-girls love so much.  These are so fun to make.   



Custom Tote Bag

I would love to make more bags.  There are so many kinds and styles.  I really enjoyed making two of the bags in the above picture.  



Essential Oil Bags

And of course I made a couple of my Essential Oil bags that I sell right here on my blog.  




I set a couple stipulations for myself on my little booth.  They are that everything be handmade by me and that I don't stress it or worry about it.  The booth fee is very minimal and I feel like as long as I'm enjoying the process of sewing and selling then it's all good!   


And like my husband said, "If you don't sell anything you've got great gifts for the next year"! 


Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year.... And A Winner!



Happy New Year to all of you supportive readers of my blog.  Every now and then I think that I will shut it down... and then I write one more post and am inspired to keep writing and sharing.  Most of it is due to you.  So thank you!  I hope Twenty-Sixteen is a beautiful year for you.  

And now.... 




... the winner of my hand-made potholders and dishcloth is...

Raimie!

(I've sent you an email, Raimie.  I hope the colors work for your kitchen!)




And thank you to everyone that entered my giveaway.  The response was so great... I wish I could send a hand-made package to every one of you!  We may just have to do another give-away soon!


The very best in the New Year to you my friends.



Wednesday, December 30, 2015

December Monthly Moos {Update On The Winter Wheat}



I don't know what kind of weather you've been having where you live, but here in Middle Tennessee we've been having some crazy warm weather.  It's not all sunshiny days because we've had RAIN, RAIN and RAIN.  As well as some tornado threats and flash flooding.   But in between that we've had amazing sunshine and it sure does seem strange to be outside in short sleeves, bare legs and flip flops!  




But the weather has been very good for the winter wheat and clover that we planted in the Flower Garden back in October.  (If you missed that post, you can read it here.)




The clover came in really nicely too and is spreading and thickening.  




So, as I mentioned in my Monthly Moos post back in October, the wheat and clover will act as a "green manure" to the field, adding necessary nutrients.  In the spring we will till it all into the soil.  The clover especially adds nitrogen to the soil.  




Eldon has also been getting loads of manure from the local Livestock Auction yard where he is stock piling and composting it.  That will also be spread and tilled into the soil in the Spring.




We did not dig up our Dahlia Tubers this Fall... we covered them heavily with straw and plan to experiment and see if they hold over well in the ground.  There are varying reports on whether they will make it through the winter; but if they do that will be great next spring!  




I loved going down to the flower garden today and walking around, thinking about what a wonderful summer my daughter and I had in our Flower Farming.  I had to stop and smile at the mason jar the little girls left hanging... just waiting to be filled with flowers in the summer!


Our seed catalogs have arrived in the mail and we've begun pouring over the different flower varieties and planning the garden.  We've got all sorts of notes to go over and  decisions to make.




It's hard, in these unusually warm days, to keep from getting over-excited and think that winter isn't going to come this year!  Even Belle can hardly contain her excitement in the sunshine! 
 (And when the camera comes out, she gets hilarious!)


Happy New Year friends!


P.S.  There is still time to enter my give-away here.  I'll be back to announce a winner on Friday.  


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Twenty-Sixteen Is Almost Here... And A Giveaway!




I love sewing simple little home-made things for gifts and this week I made potholders and crochet dish cloths to share with a few friends.  




I love this bright colored happy fabric by Lori Holt called Bake Sale.  It is just right up my alley with the bright colors and designs.  It is one of her older fabrics and is hard to find now.  I'm lucky that my local quilt shop still had a few prints.  


Here is a very basic little step by step on how I made them:




I cut 2.5 inch wide strips of the four colors.  (You can cut them any length that you desire.  I believe mine were 10 inches.)




Sew them together randomly.  Be sure to use an exact 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Press the seams open.  Trim any uneven edges.




After you press the seam allowances open, cut your piece into 2.5 inch wide strips.  




Lay out your strips and randomly sew four of them together in an exact 1/4 inch seam, carefully lining up corners.  (For some reason I missed a picture of this step, but you can see the sewn together strips in the picture above.)  This will give you a pot holder top that is 8 inches square.  


Next you will cut a backing fabric about 9 inches square, just to give yourself a little lee-way when you sandwich the pieces together.  




Now you will sandwich everything together for quilting:  start with the backing piece (wrong side up), then a layer of Insul-Bright, a layer of quilt batting, and your pieced top (right side up).   See the picture above. 

  (You do not have to use the Insul-Bright but I have found that it really does make for heat resistant potholders.)




Pin the four layers together carefully.




Now you can machine quilt them.  I chose to quilt along each seam about 1/4 inch from the seam.  I use a walking foot on my sewing machine that works real well for this.  It keeps puckers to a minimum.  




I didn't take a lot of time and get things perfect as these are potholders that will hopefully be used and aren't just for pretty.  So, my stitching is not perfectly straight!  




Trim your edges getting everything square and straight.


And then sew on your binding.  And.... I'm so sorry, but can you believe I did not take ANY pictures of the binding?  I think that was the day we were having tornado watches all day long and my sewing was happening in between all that weather mess.  




But my biggest tip on the binding is to be sure and cut it on the bias.  It really does make a difference!  And after machine sewing my binding on the front side and folding it over, I like to hand sew it in place.  It just makes for neater binding.




I made a big stack of them, using different fabrics for the backing and binding.  




I love the cheerful colors!




Then I made simple little home-made tags and tied them up with twine.  It made for a very quick and fun last minute gift.    I also crocheted one of my dish cloths from the pattern that I came up with (the ONLY thing I know how to crochet!) and put that along with the potholders.


So now for the giveaway!  


I'm offering one reader this little set of two potholders and one dish cloth!    All you have to do is comment below telling me your kitchen colors and I will choose a winner on New Years Day!  




Happy 2016 from the bottom of our hill!