Monday, May 19, 2008

Sigh...

Why can't I commit to anything?!?! It's a wonder I'm married! I hop from craft to craft and I can't seem to keep up on this blogging thingamabob either...

THIS time I'm serious! I really am going to be a good lil' girl and keep up on my bloggity blogging!

Monday, April 21, 2008

I'm a Needle Felting Maniac!

With the warm weather a comin' I am definitely transitioning from one woolie craft to another. Even though wool diaper covers are still awesome in the summer, I want to switch things up and start honing my other wool loves--needle felting and spinning.

Last night, I acccidentally stabbed myself only 10 times and drew blood about 4 times--this is definitely a sign that I'm getting better at needle felting! Don't worry--I always bandage before I touch my creations so that they don't get all bloody. Wanna see what I made?



Meet Mervin the Itty Bitty Guinea Piggie.


This lil' guy measures about 1 inch in length and 1/2 inch in height. He comes with a yummy bed of green grass that measures 2 inches wide and 3 inches long. Mervin is needle felted from Mauch Chunky Wool Roving and his bed of grass is hand felted as well.


Isn't he guinea-licious?

Saturday, April 19, 2008

I know you remember...


Flickr Pro Baybeeee!

Okay, I did it.... I made the leap and bought a flickr pro account. I know, I know, it doesn't seem like a big deal but I'm a super-d-duper cheapskate and I don't like to pay to get anything that I can for free. I love flickr.com and I'm super addicted to posting my photos and monkeying around with the groups but I wanted to be able to add more than 200 photos and have more options for organizing them. Now I get to post all the photos I want! muhahahahahahaa!

Another cool thing about the pro account is that now I have stats about where my view are coming from! Very cool! I just love all that informationy stuff...

check check check it out!

http://flickr.com/photos/cussin_crafter/

It's 4:27 am, Why am I still awake?

why?!?!?!?

Friday, April 18, 2008

Public Service Announcement: Drinking Booze while Sewing can be Hazardous!

Okay, I admit it, I had one too many beers last night... Then I got the urge to sew, the machine was calling my name and there was a cute lil' pair of diaper covers just screaming to be finished. I was sewing along (my stitches weren't quite as straight as they usually are) and CHACHUNK! a needle goes all the way through my finger tip then breaks off. However, one good thing about one too many beers is that it didn't hurt as bad as I thought it would... at least until this morning.

See where the needle went right through my finger???? ewwww....

Then, to top it all off, this morning I accidentally stepped on a felting needle. Those little SOBs have barbs on it so as I pulled it stung sooooo bad!

geeze la-weeze....I shouldn't be allowed to craft!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Big Etsy Cloth Diapers Street Team Giveaway!

WOOOO HOOOO! Who doesn't love free stuff! You know I do! I'm a member of the Etsy Cloth Diapers Street Team and we are hosting a HUGE promotional event, don't miss out!

Here is an excerpt from the ECD team blog to explain it:

Nearly 30 of our team members' shops are participating, some with more than one free gift, which means there are over 30 free gifts out there waiting for you!It starts on Friday, April 18 and lasts for a limited time, so hurry over to our shops to see what we've got!Free gifts include: hand knit baby booties, screwball toy, wool covers, doll diapers, wetbags, a variety of wipes, wipe wetter travel spray, natural diaper salve, and, yes, more than a few entire diapers! Some shops are also offering additional specials, such as buy-one-get-one free sales, or percents off entire stock.TO WINJust go to a participating store and browse through our listings looking for the team image:






When you find it, you know you've found the featured listing--the one with the free gift attached! (some stores have more than one!) Purchase that item, get that gift!



My free item is going to be any 2 sets of wipes FREE from my store if you can find and purchase the item with that cool logo picture!

Good luck and Shop Away!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Etsy Obsession

sigh...

I haven't been this obsessed since my crush on Davy Jones from The Monkees. Etsy is my new love and we have had a delicious relationship since December 12, 2007. We have had our ups and downs but these days nothing gets my heart racing faster than making a sale. It doesn't matter if it's a small fry supply or a big diaper cover order, any sale makes my little heart go pitter patter.

My newest obsession is trying to have an in store inventory of 100 items... I am oh so close to my goal with a mean 98 but I can't wait to see those three digits.

Does anyone know of an Etsy-aholics support group???

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Fluff-A-Rump Baby Bicycle Butt Diaper Cover

Whoo Hooo! I finished it! I'd have to say that this wool soaker is one of the best I've ever made. It's made of a silky soft Merino wool that will be perfect for the upcoming summer. The needle felted design was inspired by my bike lovin' husband who rides all through the winter and never has enough to say about vintage bikes and their restoration. I think some of that bikyness has leaked into my little brain...

A few stitches and a few stabs later, here it is!

I only got one good picture on a baby because my little model is a wiggling beast! I gotta find a better way to display my diaper covers. I've seen people use dolls and bears to model them, but that creeps me out. I should thank my older brother for making me have doll-aphobia--but that's a story for another day....

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Time?!?!?!

So, like I said in my last post--I'm serious this time! I am committed to blogging and sharing my crazy craftiness with the world. But, when? How do all you talented bloggers do it? Someone is always screaming at me, the dirty dishes in the sink, the baby, the husband wanting some dinner... it seems like it never ends and when I do find a smidgen of free time I run to the sewing machine! How do you find the time to bloggity blog blog? I think I'm going to try to get up just a few minutes earlier than the rest of the house and blog over a nice steaming cup of coffee...


I'm almost done with my super cool bicycle butt baby diaper covers! My other newest creation has been "Schmidty Shorts" which are Fluff-A-Rump wool diaper covers that keep the breezes on baby's kneezes!

Monday, April 7, 2008

I'm Serious This Time!

I know it has been forever since my last entry, I'm serious this time when I say that I'm going to do a better job at recording my super-d-duper wacky adventures! It's just that every time I sit down to blog either a baby starts crying, a dog starts puking, or there is something else calling me away from the computer. Let's not even talk about the 50 million diaper covers I've made in the last month! I'm having so much fun with my new found needle felting skills that I have to keep making diapers covers to use as a felting canvas for my needlefelting fun. Here are a couple of my creations:
I only gouged my finger once, not too much blood was gushing... but needle felting sure takes a lot of stabbing! I went a little overboard with my wool roving collecting, though. I now have to find some kind of container that is big enough to fit 3,873 ounces of wool roving in too many colors to count!

I'm addicted... All I can think about is hopefully getting the chance to work on a bicycle themed pair of wool soakers tonight! We'll see if we can get the dog to stop puking long enough for me to finish it...

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

My First Wholesale Order

Oh man oh man has this last few weeks been an adventure! I have been ridiculously busy with a wholesale order from the Wedge Community Co-Op. I wanted sales, right? Well, I got them...that's for sure! They wanted 18 pairs of Fluff-A-Rump shorties and 24 pairs of longies in three weeks time. Now, that would be no problem, if I didn't have a fussy four month old, a dirty house, and a needy husband to deal with. I spent many nights of the last few weeks up pretty late sewing my finger together. But...after many busy days and millions of swear words later it is done! and beautiful!
When the Wedge received them they looked at each pair and squealed in delight at the cuteness of each one. To see how excited they were about them really made it all worth while. Now, I have more time to restock and focus on my Etsy store. I'm having so much fun with my new sewing machine that I bought with the money I made from the wholesale order, I wonder what fun creation I will make next?

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Do you Squidoo?

I do! Well, I did for the first time today... I still have alot to learn about the site. Check out my lens!

http://www.squidoo.com/cussincrafter

What do you think?

Thursday, January 31, 2008

The best feeling in the world...



is to create and to make something beautiful. After all my shenanigans I finally finished my Lil Hippy Patchwork Baby Overalls.



I'm so pleased with how they turn out; however, I don't know if they'll actually sell in my Etsy Shop...we'll see, I guess. So far, the only way for me to know if people are interested in the crafts I create is if I make something, post it in my shop, and it sells.


The size is 3-6 months, it looks so cute on my lil baby model!
Creating things is always such a struggle for me; I see something in my head and am drawn to creating it--but, often times I don't have the technical skills to make it just right...so, there I go a cussin' and swearin' until I finally figure it out. but...geeze...when I look at my finished product, it is so worth it!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

$#@*&!

AHHAHHAHAHHA! It's 3:11 am here and I am so wound up about trying to complete this beautiful patchwork masterpiece! I had finally got the husband and the baby to bed and started carefully piecing together some pretty multi color baby print cotton fabric to make these AWESOME hippy baby overalls.

I had decided to repurpose a pair of 3-6 month baby old navy overalls and I was so excited to do patchwork again (I used to love to do patchwork goodness) I was chuggin' along and everything was going pretty well, except the thread kept breaking and I'd have to re thread the godforsaken thing again and again...but, everything was lookin' so fine! There were three columns of square patches in a simple pattern, and I even put backing on so insides would be finished and soft. I created a little free form patchwork applique to cover the ugly old navy tag, using this cool iron on transfer stuff, and then an elastic stretch stitch to make sure that it adhered well.

I was ready to attach the patchwork to the seam on the legs when I discovered that I hadn't made the strips long enough....GRRRRR! and of course at the baby had to wake up and start fussing and fussing so I had to stop what I was doing (even though I really didn't want to) and rock her back to sleep. So, I decided that I would put little ruffles onto the bottom edge to give it a little more length and, by golly, when I actually attached them they looked so much cuter than if I had just had plain patchwork! I was pleased with myself...very proud...I knew I was coming into the homestretch of the project.

I always get such a rush when I finish a delicious crafty craft and I was looking forward to seeing how this beauty was going to turn out. Let me tell you...attaching ruffles is no small feat! So, I have everything ironed and ready to sew together, I sit down at the machine, put the pieces together, start sewing, and CRACK! The needle snaps in half. Son of a #@$%! I searched frantically for another needle, but I knew deep in my heart that there were no more...so close...I was so very close to finishing my lil lovely overalls...sigh...

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Sewin' like Crazy

Geeze...did I have fun sewing yesterday! I sewed and sewed and sewed and didn't even swear once! Everything went great and I even developed a new line of cloth diapering products. They look great, but the name still has to be figured out.

Right now they are called "Embellished Prefold Cloth Diaper with matching Cloth Baby Wipes"



YAWN! How boring! I'm sure a wicked sweet name will come to me in a dream or something...



I also finished about 20 Fluff-A-Rump wool diaper covers and I'm really excited to see if people will be interested in them! All of my diaper covers are one of a kind because I make them out of upcycled wool sweaters.




I just love how cute these diaper covers are on lil baby butts!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Hey, look ma, I'm blogging!

Well, please forgive me if I'm not doin' this right--but this is my first ever blog.

My mom always said, "if everyone else jumped off a bridge, would you?" yes mom. I would. Everyone else in the world seems to have a blog, so I want one too!

I want to share with the world my wacky adventures in crafting and bein' in the Etsy scene.

Tonight I planned to sew some wool diaper covers (my speciality) and I sincerely sat down in front of my machine to do it. I threaded the needle and pressed the petal....F*#&!...the thread broke. So I threaded the needle again, positioned the fabric, pressed the petal....a couple seconds of stitching...God D#@&! Son of a @#%*!... One more try....threaded the needle, positioned the fabric, took a deep breath, pressed the petal... S*&#! and that my friend, is why they call me the cussin' crafter.