Sunday, November 15, 2009

Fall craft show wares

Today we had the opportunity to be vendors at a craft show.

This was our first opportunity to do this (I have been a vendor for other things before), and I am pretty clueless as to how to make our booth beautiful. As you can see in the photos, I attempted to use a lot of color to draw the eye, but I wonder if I didn’t overdo it somehow. As my younger daughter was the main co-contributor to the wares that we sold, she received the profits for this. My older daughter is just fine with that; she is not nearly as enamored with sewing and quilting, and she has another way of earning extra money from time to time.

There was not a lot of traffic, so sales were just so-so for all vendors. But we had a great time. My younger daughter seems to have been bitten by the vendor bug! I think she wants to do this again. (Oh my.) In the meantime, I will list the remaining items in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tie One (apron) On Tuesdays!

I have been on an apron kick here recently. But I'm not alone; aprons seem to be making a serious comeback these days:

I have been on an apron kick of sorts recently. I read a really great post about aprons, then I read a good many blogs about aprons, and visited several sites which featured cute aprons, and…you know how it goes. I’m sure it has happened to you, too. I talk more about this on my other site.

On one of the sites that I visited, there was a reference to “tying one on.” There’s even a national Tie One On Day coming up!

And that’s when I decided to make Tuesdays (or at least, this Tuesday) a Tie One On day for me. Remember my last blog entry, where I admitted my need for clearly defined days, if I hoped to accomplish anything at all? I thought this would be a good solution to feed my apron habit. So, this apron is this week’s experiment. I may just take it with us on Saturday; we will be vendors at a holiday bazaar of sorts, and this would look great on the table. I’m also seeing if I like the look of this apron enough to use this pattern in Amy’s Peppermint Candy apron thingie.

What’s funny is, I had been searching and searching and searching for a cute apron that would not make me look fat. I’m certain you’ve noticed how an apron visually adds, oh, about 50 pounds? So, I looked high and low…

Until I realized that, unless the wearer of the apron is slim and trim, the apron is not going to perform any miracles. Oh, well.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Mini Quilt Monday: A lighthouse quilt

I saw this great idea on another quilter's blog, called Mini Quilt Monday, that she'd gotten from someone else. The idea is to create a small quilt in one day (namely Monday). So, with fabric in hand, I created a quilt for a friend which is about 41" or so square (small for me), with very little patchworking needed.

Here it is:

This is a simple quilt, with a really nice lighthouse fabric. I made this for a friend who loves lighthouses.

The quilt is basically one panel of the lighthouse fabric, with two borders. Doncha just love that inner striped border?

I needed to finish this quickly, so I tied it. Can you see the red thread (well, embroidery floss, really) in the lighthouse below? Hint: It is in the middle of the picture, and it towards the top of the lighthouse.
Here is the back of the quilt. I pieced it, so as to use up every piece of the fabric that I used on the front. No sense in saving it, right?

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