Friday, November 28, 2008

IKEA fabrics, and why they rock

Many people don't know this... but IKEA has fabric by the yard for sale, AMAZING fabric! They have for years.. but lately the prints have become more and more appealing! Now, an easy design trick to know is that..well, they come in sets or "series" and those sets are pre-designed to compliment each other, aka.. use one as a pillow, one for your windows, and another in a frame and voila, you have a color story! The only downside is you cant order it online, so you either have to live by an IKEA or have a friend willing to go buy some for you.

My latest obsession is the GUNILLA line. It has a distinct eastern flair with cute widdle birdies, orange for a pop of color, and the perfect colors for my room!





The whole lot!

I'm loving the turquoise and orange for pillows and pop art around the room... and the black/multicolor for curtain panels. I already have lovely black/brown panels on my windows but these would be nice, maybe sewn in 6" bands down the sides. The multicolor would make a PERFECT throw for cuddling up on the couch, and I see the black/white as being amazing lampshades... although I want more orange so that would work too!

I need to save up, but at only 7.99 per yard its very economical and its high quality cotton. They are very strong fabrics, I spent alot of time touching and coveting when we were at IKEA last weekend.. I highly recommend these for anything and everything! In fact.. I think they would make amazing fabrics for apparel (if lined, as they are not super soft, although not rough either) and accessories!

The other lines are just as amazing.. LENA line is dining room bound, eventually! INGER line has my kitchen all in a tizzy... ah if only fabric were free, lol.

You've just gotta love it!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Stuffed Mushrooms... Happy Thanksgiving!

So its a bit late to make these for Thanksgiving dinner, but they are SO good I guarantee they will be a hit on Christmas or your next holiday party!

I stumbled on the recipe as a teenager and made them for my mom one year, now we make them every year any time we have an excuse, lol... but being that they are filled with bacon and cheddar, they are not as healthy as they could be... so I slimmed the recipe down a bit! Of course you can still make it the other way.. I'll include those instructions too.. but the taste wasnt all that affected and they were still delicious!

Slimmed down stuffed mushrooms

20 mushrooms, washed and the stems removed and set aside (SAVE THE STEMS!!!!)

6 slices of turkey bacon, cooked until crispy and chopped (in original recipe you use 1/2 package of bacon, lol)
1/2 of a small red onion, chopped small
the stems of your mushrooms, chopped small
1 cup low-fat sharp cheddar, shredded (in original recipe you use 1 cup regular cheddar, and 1 cup on top!)
1/4 tsp pepper

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Saute your onion and chopped bacon until onion is soft, add in chopped mushroom stems and saute for 1 minute with pepper. Add in 1 cup cheddar and stir until it forms a mass.
Spoon into mushroom caps (tip: use a mini muffin tin to hold them flat and upright!) and then place in your preheated oven for 10-15 minutes until mushrooms are softened but not soggy!

optional: sprinkle a bit more cheddar on top before baking.

Calories: (according to Calorieking...)
6 slices of turkey bacon have - 180 calories
1/2 of a small red onion, chopped = 1/2 cup red onion - 32 calories
1 cup of lowfat cheddar cheese - 392 calories

so counting the mushrooms (around 15 calories each) - its about 45 calories each... 2-4 is a decent serving, so they are not that bad for you! Enjoy everyone!

Monday, November 24, 2008


So, because I am 100% certain her mom would not ever see this... I can freely post that I am so excited, my friend Haley is getting married!! She just asked me to be part of her wedding in October of next year! I am so happy for her :) All my friends are catching up with me finally... first Bethy this September and now Haley next October.. I wont be the only married girl in the group! hehe. Plus, this means I get to go to Washington in October of next year which is always a good idea :)

Sunday, November 23, 2008


We're goin' to IKEA... gonna eat a lot of peachessssss...

Friday, November 21, 2008!

I am so happy! I had a full afternoon of two sleeping kids to work! I finished my air fresheners and the packaging, AND.... my new felt jewelry is coming along! This is the first sneak peek anyone gets at it! This is the first design.. I will have earrings, necklaces, bracelets, chokers, pendants.. you know, the works... but this one just happened. I am so happy with it! as far as I can find, this is completely original to ETSY.. and it happened so organically.. I think I have found my signature item that just makes me smile. I just love how these come together and they are worth all the pins stabbing me and all the swearing that goes into making something so tiny, lol! I hope you guys like them too :)

So here they are!! The new packaging for the air fresheners.. the new cards for jewelry and floral pins; and the new felt flower jewelry. These ones are buttons in the center but I bought some pearls today to use in the next necklace.

The Owl, The Whale, and the Coffee cup

No, not a bedtime story.. more custom orders! Woo!

Aside from that, I've done a few more floral pins and tomorrow, after re-stocking my ink (stupid HP printer!) I will have new product cards for pinning the little lovelies on.. and new gift tags/business cards. Cant wait!! I am working on some super cute packaging for my air fresheners too.. the key is the packaging needs to be air-tight.. but also needs to be cute. I'm thinking penny candy style bags, with a spot for me to hand-write the scent in so I don't have to print a new label every time I get a custom order, after all, they are ALL custom since the buyer picks the scent. Cant wait to try the new packaging out!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Tomorrow is grocery, park, fabric store, craft store, post office, produce stand, office depot day... not to mention that pile of laundry yet to be folded... so I doubt I will be on here much. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Custom order, so fun!!

So my sister sent me a txt today asking if I could make 6 to-go coffee cup air fresheners for her... she's a barista and she thought they would make great presents for her co-workers, and I had so much fun making them!! I think they are pretty darn close to the real thing.. they are going to be scented vanilla because we agreed that's probably the safest bet to please 6 different women!

I even made tiny little coffee cup wrappers for them with vintage buttons!

to celebrate, because these coffee cups really make me that happy... I am discounting all of my little felt creatures by $2.00 each!!
These one of a kind lovelies are now only $6.00 each.. a hell of a savings, considering I saw an owl pin on ETSY today sell for 16.50 and it wasn't nearly as cute as mine. (says me.. lol)My OWL was featured on cafemom daily buzz after all!

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Here are the coffee cups: I love em! (sorry the pics are crap! its night-time and the lighting in my house is far from superior.)

New floral pins!!

Today has been really bad for my ill family member, and I needed a distraction.. I needed to work, so I started working on some new floral pins today and I cant wait to take pics of them.. I am making a Sego Lily (state flower of Utah.. you learn new things every day.. lol), a white "trumpet" lily, an Orchid, and a peony. Pics coming later!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cafemom ETSY Black Friday Sale!

These beautiful talented ladies are offering sales! Check out the offers below!


20% off of one item and Free Shipping off of orders over $40!

15% off of all items

Free shipping on all: Sensory blankets, Twisty Towels,
Baby Bibs, and Cloth Wipes. Black Friday Only.
Shipping will already be adjusted.

Free shipping on all single flower pens. 20% off pen bouquets.
Black Friday only. Prices will already be adjusted.

15% off entire store

20% off entire shop. Free shipping on orders over $50. Value packs
will be offered this day only on my Boobie Brigade Collection: Buy a
nursing cover, get a FREE pair of bamboo lined nursing pads milk minders
with paid order.

Black Friday Sale. 20% off all items in store and
free shipping on orders over $50.

Free Shipping!

15% off my entire store and free shipping for orders over $25

Free shipping!

Free shipping on all orders!

For Black Friday Only: 20% off of all items. Free shipping on all purchases over $40.

15% off everything in my store (even deeper discount on SALE items) and get a free
surprise tuxedo bow with every order! Must put CEM in the message to seller upon
checkout and wait for a revised invoice.

Free shipping on everything and then 10% off of $50 order

10% off of everything in my store and free shipping on orders over $25. Use code
BLKFRI in the message to seller at checkout and wait for a new invoice.

Free shipping on all orders over $20. 10% off entire shop. Black Friday - Sunday only.

Black Friday only: 40% off everything in both of my shops. No minimum purchase required.
S & H not included. Must enter promo: Black Friday in notes to seller at checkout for discount.

All earrings are only $4. Plus bracelets are on sale too, and everything comes gift-wrapped.

15% off of everything. Shipping not included, must put CEM in message to seller and wait
for revised invoice.

Free shipping as always. 10% off of everything on Black Friday. Please mention when
ordering to get discount.

10% off total order not including shipping (wait for revised invoice). Plus free bow with
every order.

20% off all items in store. Prices will already be adjusted.

Free Shipping! 10% off total order on Black Friday.

Black Friday Only. All sock monkeys, sock plushies, and more will be ON SALE!

15% off entire store. Black Friday only!

Black Friday sale. 20% off all items, not including shipping.

15% off all in-stock items. Free shipping on ANY order over $29.

Buy 2, get the 3rd half off.

Free shipping

Buy two, get one free

Hair pretties, children's jewelry, & key fobs. Black Friday sale. Take 20% off total purchase
(excluding shipping) and FREE shipping on orders over $10. Order between midnight the 27th until noon the 28th to receive the discount. Amount will be refunded after payment is made.

Black Friday Only! 10% off my entire store, and FREE shipping on all orders $40 or more (before shipping)

25% off listed prices AND free shipping on all orders over $50

15% off all items and free shipping on orders $25 or more.

10% off all items and free shipping (within the US) for orders $25 and over. CEMBF in
in notes to seller.

Black Friday Only. 10% off my entire store, and FREE shipping on all orders $25 or more (before shipping).

20% off and free shipping. Prices and shipping will be adjusted to reflect sale price
and free shipping.

50% off all full size Puzzle Ball Christmas Ornaments (sale does not apply to mini-puzzle ball
ornaments) 50% off all pocket mirrors and keychains.

Black Friday 11/28- Receive free shipping (US ORDERS ONLY) and half off international shipping. Please wait for an updated invoice before paying! *Bonus* Receive a free clip set with minimum $10 purchase in addition to shipping discounts.
Saturday & Sunday 11/28-11/29 - Free clip set with any purchase of $10 and higher.

Spa sets are back! Just in time for the holidays! For Black Friday only, these sets will be listed for $15! (Will be $25 after that)

10% off (excluding shipping)

15% on all orders! Free shipping on all orders over $50, before shipping. Free matching barrette with any tutu order.

Free shipping on orders over $20.

Free shipping on orders over $50 (before shipping. Free shipping to Silicon Valley everyday)
Buy three, get one mystery bath bomb free.

25% off and free shipping on orders over $50.

20% off entire order (excluding shipping) Black Friday thru Cyber Monday

Black Friday only-Free shipping in US. Half off shipping International shipping.

Friday 28th & Sat 29th - Buy one, get one 1/2 off all items, including custom orders. Excludes gift certificates.

10% off all items, excluding shipping. Please wait for a revised invoice.

Black Friday thru Sunday- Free personalized ornament of your choice from my store with each purchase. Free shipping for orders over $40. Please mention CEM in the message to seller.

10% off entire purchase, excluding shipping.

10% off all fleece hats in my shop.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Meet our new addition!!

Hello, everyone! I am Turbo the Guinea pig. I know what you are thinking... what does a Guinea pig have to do with crafting? Well LOTS... OK, actually.. not much. But I am cute.


I am 3 months young

I am sweet, gentle, calm, and I love apples and carrots

I was adopted from Pets Mart, because I was born there on accident. My mommy was sent to the pet store PREGNANT!! whoops. I couldn't be sold, because I wasn't technically born at the breeder.. but the nice PetsMart associate saw in Kristin a loving mom and entrusted her with my widdle furry butt! Best yet, since I was an adoption, I was free and mom got to spend more money on me! Can you say, Purple IGLOO?! woohoo!

Because I am just a baby I need more socialization and attention, so I spend ALOT of time with my new humans getting to know their faces and voices... they are OK... the girl one has fun hair, I like to get tangled up in it. Since I am so young, they will imprint on me well and I even greet them when they come in the room now!

I love getting my spine itched, and right behind my ears is the money spot! Scratch me there and be rewarded with lots of happy Guinea noises!

I am great with kids but I am startled by quick movements and loud noises so I prefer well behaved kids, if possible!

I don't bite, Guineas are very selective in what they put their mouth on.. if its not food I ain't tasting it! I may lick salt off your fingers though... earlier I caught mom with potato chip fingers.. yum!

I'm not so keen on physical activity but I think curves look good on me.

Thanks for getting to know me, humans! Since I have taken up a permanent residence on my human, Kristin's, shoulder.. I will be seeing alot of you! HEY- any of you sell on This mascot is sorely un-accessorised. Silly humans.

Oooooh I am so excited!!!

The SEW must go on!!! OK, so for the past few days I have been sick and I really have just been laying here feeling crappy and feeling sorry for myself... but while I was doing that, I of course was sewing because its practically impossible for me to sit down and not have something in my hands.

So a few new things I made, let me know what you think!

Stuffed flowers... I'm thinking I can link them together to make bracelets, hang one as a pendant.. made a tiny one that worked wonders as an earring, big ones are practically perfect pincushions, and I even think they would be FAB as rings! I embellished them with leftover pearls, glass beads, and buttons.. I love them so much!!

The second thing I started messing with was pinwheel ornaments and pins.. I saw these years ago on a MACY's tree.. they had GIANT metal pinwheels all over this tree and I always remember how beautiful it was.. so I decided to mess around with it and see what I could come up with and this is what I ended up doing! So I made this set, the green with the pink cotton voile for my tree... but I also made a turquoise one with a bit of blue and yellow floral to use as a pin on my new black cotton jacket! Its a beautiful jacket.. but it needs some punch, especially when I wear it over.. black. I wear alot of black, lol. I am so thrilled with how they turned out! I think its a bit late to sell them this year, for Christmas.. but I am hoping everyone responds to them well, because I would love to work on them all year and come out with a whole line to sell at Christmas craft fairs and on ETSY. I adore them!

Third thing... these cute little birdies!! This is a pattern I have been messing with for eternity.. I found a pattern I liked online, but it didnt come out right, no matter how many times I tried.. so I decided to use some guidelines I actually found in a japanese felt craft book. I'm not 100% happy with the face/beak yet, and I want to add wings, maybe feathers to the tail, eyes... but this is a start! I just LOVE the color combo!!

Last but not least, purely because I am so excited to see my kids reactions to it on Christmas.. another piece of their giant "felt play food" set!

Friday, November 14, 2008

The plague!

AUGH! we're all sick. I feel so run down and pathetic right now.. I just want a giant cup of green tea and the Dirty Dancing DVD.. I just want to snuggle in bed and sleep all day... but thats so not going to happen. Can anyone explain to me how kids can be just as sick as adults... yet twice as energetic as normal? At least Sidda is still asleep, but not for long.. I have to go wake her up to make sure she will take a nap later. I think we all will need a nap later! Ugh.. no sewing today.. just lots of tissues, lots of saltines, and lots of tea

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Yes, I am pathetic.

OK I told myself this morning I would not be sewing today... I told myself I needed to take a day off, do some laundry.. drink some cocoa.. whatever. But.. the hubbs is playing "Fallout 3" and the kids are not interested in me in the least today so I decided to work on something thats been in my head for awhile...

sneak peek...

and thats all you get.

I rushed through this first one.. to see.. can I? and I can! now its time to go make a perfect one...

100% recycled and re-purposed materials... hand stitched detail... I am... excited. to say the least.

Bellingham, oh Bellingham!

I am missing home so so much today, its just rainy and damp here in Utah, and its reminding me of home! One would think that's a bad thing, but to be honest I don't mind the rain.. when you grow up in Washington you tend to have gills by age 10.
All I want to do today is stroll through some cute little boutiques ... Bellingham Washington is THE place to be if you enjoy strolling through adorable, LOCALLY owned boutiques... I have to tell you, you could get lost for HOURS in some of them. Well, in y quest for home I started doing some clickty-clicking and looked up the websites for some of my favorite home-town shops.

#1. My new favorite- The Paper Doll - I was excited to check their website and see they are now downtown! They are at 1200 10th street, suite 103- Bellingham WA. I cant wait to see their new shop when I visit home in December.
So.. why the paper doll rocks? They are one of those sensory overload, kid in a candy store, cute-orgasm, love overload kind of boutiques. You walk in and you are smacked in the face by quality HANDMADE lovelies! This isn't grandmas gift shop... they give emerging artists a chance and sell unique handmade and even one of a kind items. Clothing, jewelry, bags, lingerie, toys, amazing paper goods, fun things for home, and much much more.
Even cooler? They do classes! Artists can come teach classes to groups, and they are affordable! Last but not least... the owner, Shultzie Fay is a wealth of knowledge about everything in her store (because its not just sent to her, she picks it, and she has great style) but her dogs name is Soupy Sails. Now you tell me a cooler dog name, and I'll give you a ribbon.. seriously.
I'm telling you girls, you could spend HOURS in this store, but be aware your wallet will suffer.. because its IMPOSSIBLE to not find one thing in the paper doll that you love so much, it must be yours. Im not kidding.

2. Frank James - - In Bellingham and coming soon to Portland I see!
Well, when Frank James first opened by Ty when I was 5 months pregnant and needless to say, I could not wear a thing in the store... but I loved it none the less. Adorable little black dresses, tops you couldnt find anywhere else in the B-ham, and a denim bar to rival all others... denim denim everywhere! I hear Ty has sold the store (major bumms!) but then I heard the new owners are doing a fantastically amazing job with it, and considering they are expanding the FJ empire to Portland, I believe it!
So the website is down right now (I'm betting those ladies have their hands quite full with the opening of their new store!) but I am dying to get a peek of the new store and shop when I am in town now that I have.. eghem.. lost some "baby weight". Check their blog for a list of designers and some sneeky peeks of whats "in store" for you at FJ... I'm not kidding darlings...its worth it!

3.. well.. my son is destroying my house so I cant type them all out right now, hopefully later I can come back and update more but other stores in Bham I miss much are:

Left Right Left
Paris Texas
Mi Shoes
Four Starrs Boutique
Passion Fly (vintage and consignment)
and good old B-ham Value Village. Sigh.

December is too far away... Fast forward please, mkay?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

full day!

Well, all of my stockings are finally listed on ETSY! I hope I get a good response... these are some of my favorites:

but of course to view them all just head to my ETSY page at !
I have a ton of new ornaments listed as well.. and I am working on eco-friendly felt and recycled fabric wallets tonight. I dont know how hey will turn out because its an experiment, but worth a shot!

ooh, and look what I made while I was waiting for all of my pics to load! Two new pairs of gloves! I'm loving them.. cant wait till it snows so I can wear them out and about... what do you guys think, worth selling? I mean, I dont make the gloves.. just sew my pretties onto them.. well, sell or not.. I adore them!