Thursday, August 9, 2012


Hi friends :-) I hope everyone is doing well.  I have had a rough couple weeks here.  My brain has been over drive ever since the possibility of the booth closing.  As of today, as this could change, it looks as if the booth will remain open for the time being.  The other booth is now open and I of course had to go check it out.  Her items are mass produced, Made in China, overpriced junk.  I may have been a little harsh sounding, but it's true.  My girls do a wonderful job on their items and things are selling like hot cakes.  Hers on the other hand, according to the flea market owner, aren't selling in fact he has been receiving comments that she's overpriced. So good news for us.  On the other hand, I have had some things happen in recent months with items I have shipped through USPS that have been dropped kicked ummm I mean dropped and items have been broken.  So, as of yesterday I have decided I will no longer ship anything period.  UPS and Fed Ex are just not convenient for me to use instead.  It came down to having WOOD yes WOOD items broken during shipment that was my final straw.  I'm sorry everyone, but I just can't and won't use USPS.  I still have a few orders that were placed prior to yesterday that are not breakable that I'm finishing up and will send.  That is why I've not been around.  Orders came flooding in when I was on vacation and I'm still trying to catch up.  You all don't want to see apron and bonnet set after set on every post. lol. I know I'm getting tired of seeing them. 

That being said I had to do something else this week before I went crazy.  I had to work on something for me.  If you'll look back a few posts I had a post called In The Workshop.  Well, I finally finished up one of my unfinished pieces.  I now have a mini me make do. lol I made a child size make do chair. I may still coffee stain it a bit I'm not sure.  I used a brown ticking I already had in my stash.  It wasn't bad except for a few times I pounded my thumbs with the hammer. lol.  I don't really decorate with dolls so I need to figure something else out.

Then I don't think I ever showed you my finished sampler that I finished either.  If I did I apologize.  My mind has been absent for awhile now.  I need to fix the one seam and I'm still looking for just the right frame.  I did this one with the thought that a little girl, Ida Mae Schultz, stitched this to show her life.  The first scene on the right is where her parents met.  The second is when she was born and grew up.  And the third is when her parents died. Their initials are under the tree where they were buried and now they are stars that look down on Ida Mae.  I know kind of crazy, but I like to make up stories about my stitcheries. :-)

Well, I must make a few more last order items before I can start on something for me and finish up my other unfinished projects.  I'm hoping that letting go of shipping and selling on line will also reduce my stress level.  I feel as if my kids and Steve have been neglected as I have been crafting a lot!!! So, I'm slowing down and may end up buying more items from other great crafters to fill my booth instead of thinking I have to make a bunch of things.  I'm on my 4 day off stretch and my son has been bugging me to make camouflage curtains for his room.  So I think a trip to Jo Ann Fabrics may be in order. :-)  Have a great day!!!

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

FREE Cross Stitch Pattern

Since I haven't posted any free patterns lately I thought as a gift from me to you to say thanks.  Please feel free to print off the pattern by clicking on the picture so that it opens into a new screen then right click your mouse Save image and print.  I have not included colors to use because I want for you to be creative.  If you happen to complete my pattern please email me a picture so that I might share it on my blog.  Enjoy :-)

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