Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
anyway, seeing as i am an etsy shop owner, it is almost needless to say that i really enjoy visiting crafts markets. and in another life, when the husband and were living in finland, i was able to visit different craft markets with some frequency, as they were/are pretty abundant.
two of my favorite markets in finland occur during christmas time, and they are the tuomaan markkinat (st. thomas' market) and wanhan joulu markkinat (old student house christmas market), both located in downtown helsinki with a couple of blocks of each other. i was really happy that we were able to arrange our finnish winter holiday to include time for these markets (and yes, we actually chose an earlier departure date just to ensure i wouldn't miss out on them).
at st. thomas' market, each vendor has their own cute little red "house", lined up together in two neat rows facing each other, down this mini park strip in the middle of downtown helsinki, known as the "esplanade". the middle part of the market spreads out in to a circle and then slims back down into the rows. the vendors sell all kind of things, ranging from ready to eat hot food, jams and honey, baked goods, salted and pickled herring, wet-felted goods, needle-felted goods, hand-made soaps, lotions, christmas ornaments/decor, clothes etc. i really enjoy tramping up and down the esplanade peering at everyone's goods, although it's difficult to be thorough when it's 10.4F (-12C) outside.
this was an impulse purchase, but my most prized one yet- a wrist pin cushion, by muumuru.com. their website is pretty empty at the moment, but they were super kind and added a bow on my pincushion's head at my request, and also named her for me. her name is gunhild the grey. i know this sounds ridiculous, but i LOVE this pincushion. she is SO CUTE.
i fear that in the next two weeks i will shop so much that i will single handedly be responsible for a spurt in the finnish economy. good for them, not so good for my wallet. i have a tendency to go a little shopping crazy while i'm in this country. must be something in the water...
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
and this one is super cute too:
Sunday, November 29, 2009
free shipping on flatware pouches and extra bags within the u.s. and canada
15% off all cards (except those marked $7.20)
hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
our cupcake pops were strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting inside. incredibly sweet, but tasty! if you're interested in making some yourself, check out this page from bakerella's site.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
congratulations! i will be in contact with you shortly via email.
i also decided to have a sale this week, from nov 7 through nov 14: 10% off on all cards, or 15% off purchases of 2 sets of cards or more. discount will be refunded via paypal, or if you prefer, i can set up a revised listing (just convo me).
Monday, November 2, 2009
yes, i am aware that this is a costume for a child.
they usually are the best ones. i more or less made up my own instructions, but still used the picture as a guide. i wanted to be more realistic looking, so i chose all white and iridescent fabrics and ribbons. i also very much wanted to glow. yep, that's right- GLOW. in order to accomplish this, i hand-stitched on little elastic loops approx 3 inches apart around the rim of the straw hat as the very first step, before gluing on the felt base:
i bought a few packages of glow bracelets (see first image) which i planned to loop through the elastic the morning before i showed off my costume at work. i was able to recycle last year's outfit since i was a mushroom (mushroom hat-same concept as the jellyfish- also from the same magazine), a white dress i got from express for $10 and footless tights.
a picture of it partly complete (before the top layer of iridescent fabric):
see how i glow? on friday i glowed blue and saturday i glowed pink. jealous much? want to be a jellyfish next halloween? mmhmm i thought so...
Sunday, November 1, 2009
beginning at 12am tonight to 12am tomorrow night, i am offering 15% off flatware pouches, extra bags, and all cards in my etsy shop.
check out some of the other great sales going on in other teametsytx shops:
there are 99 shops participating this month!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
i will be giving away a variety pack of holiday cards- 2 each of the following, with 4 gray envelopes and 4 red envelopes. please see my shop for more images:
to enter the giveaway:
1. follow my blog (this is mandatory!)
2. leave a comment
you may leave as many comments as you like, however, they have to be real comments, and more than 3 words long. you could for example, take a peek at my shop and tell me what your favorite item is. or, perhaps, tell me what your favorite fall holiday dessert is... or what you are going to be for halloween.
the giveaway is open until friday, november 6, midnight. afterward, i will draw a number using random.org. the matching comment # wins. please make sure to leave a way for me to contact you, whether it's via etsy, email, or your blog.
to add to the merriness, i will be offering a early holiday card shopper discount- buy one pack of holiday cards, get the 2nd pack (equal or lesser value) 20% off, from today to oct 31st.
good luck everyone!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
a) straight, angular edges on the flap
b) grosgrain ribbon for straps (reminds me of wrapping presents now!)
i'll continue making pouches with rounded flap edges, but i think i like this new edgier look. pretty appropriate fabric for a flatware pouch, no?
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
the best kind of surprises are the unexpected ones. after i returned from work today, i checked my etsy shop and noticed some unusual activity. i realized that i had gained 17 new store hearts, 31 new item hearts, and one more sale. oh, and not to mention, i had over a hundred new views from out of nowhere.
i did some research, and apparently i was featured this afternoon on the front page of etsy! my very first etsy front page feature! thanks to craftcult for keeping track of these things. see my flatware pouch? bottom row, middle.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
babies. babies everywhere. in the past two years, i know at least eight couples who have had babies. five more are currently expecting. clearly i need to be avoiding whatever water they are drinking.
the nice thing about babies is they use tiny things. and tiny things are very cute. a couple months ago, i ambitiously decided to make my expecting friend a "quilted" baby blanket. had i ever made a baby blanket before? no. do i know anything about using batting and quilting? no.
so i googled. i looked at a lot of baby blankets. i read various experiences. and this is a tutorial i found: http://icraftblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/minky-blanket-tutorial.html afterall, why reinvent the wheel?
i discovered what minky fabric is. it's a very interesting type of fabric. first of all it is very soft. you immediately want to jump into bed with it. sometimes it comes with these little raised dots that you can push in, and then back out. very enjoyable. also it is as slippery as slippery can be. in other words, a real giant pain to sew.
making the baby blanket is pretty straightforward, as you can see from the tutorial above.
you just need two pieces of fabric- one minky fabric, one patterned fabric, and to faux quilt, quilt batting. i used alexander henry's apples and pears fabric and light green minky. i don't know what gender my friend's baby is going to be, so i thought a blanket with blues, pinks, yellows AND greens was a safe bet. i chose to make the blanket 35" by 35", so all my pieces were 36"X36". the tricky part for me was that i wanted to add some thickness to the blanket. google wasn't very helpful in this matter, so i devised my own faux quilting method.
i designed a little pattern of squares (see below). then i drew the lines onto my top fabric with my trusty dritz fabric pen, yard long ruler, and my right angle ruler. i positioned the batting under it, pinned it all together and sewed. voila. faux quilting.
then i pinned down the minky fabric, face down on top of the faux quilted piece. i used a lot of pins. some of them stuck me. i sewed the pieces together, leaving a gap on one side.. oh maybe 6 inches? unlike the tutorial, i didn't follow the edge of the cotton fabric because the batting was in the way and i feared the edge would be deceptively straight or crooked. the minky wasn't exactly perfect either, but it was a tolerable alternative. after i finished sewing around the edges, i flipped it inside out, pressed the seams a bit, and top stitched around (crookedly. i apologize to my friend. i blame the slippery minky!!)
so to review the steps:
1. cut top fabric, minky fabric, and batting 36" X 36"
2. draw faux quilting pattern on top fabric
3. faux quilt the top fabric and batting together
4. sew around the edges of the new faux quilted piece and the minky piece with their top sides facing together, leaving a gap
5. turn blanket inside out
6. top stitch all the way around (making sure to tuck in that seam where the gap is)
7. wash your blanket
there you have it. faux quilted baby blanket. soft. fluffy. and living in finland now.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
the best part of this recipe is that it can all be done with one bowl! if you don't have the book, you can find the recipe here.
the ingredients (note the special, genius, yet simple filling):
i bought some pretty boxes from michaels (also martha brand) for packaging and carted them on over to my friend's house the next day. he was pretty surprised. and pleased. i think. he also claimed to love the brownies, so i'll consider this recipe a success.