Friday, September 30, 2011

It's Feature Friday! Sew Happy 74

Now that it's getting colder out, it's time for coats, and warm accessories! I absolutely love these gorgeous & funky recycled wool coats & cool headbands from Etsy shop Sew Happy 74!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Plainfield library craft show

There's my booth, above, and below is the closest thing to a panoramic view of the show as you're going to get ;).

Sales were few, and we had a down pour for an extended period of time, but my booth neighbor was fun to talk to, and the sun eventually came out. I had a fun time shopping, and think I might have spent more than I made (oops!).
Wanna see what I got? My booth neighbor, Lara (hope I spelled that right!), makes adorable hats, both knit & fleece. My son liked the fleece, and I liked the knit ones, so I compromised & bought both!

There was a woman who made cute charms, and I couldn't resist this adorable cookie charm.

Another booth had crystal & bead jewelry, and I love shiny things, so I got this beautiful fall colored necklace.

This magnetic picture frame was perfect for my son to put in his room with pictures of him & his friends.

I would have posted links, but these were all just local folks who do a few shows in the fall, and didn't have online shops.

It looks like I might be doing another show or 2 this year! There is a Naperville church craft show that I will probably be attending on December 3rd, as well as possibly another. Stay tuned for more info on those!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

It's What I've Been Working on Wednesday!

I made this infinity scarf out of some cashmere scraps the other day. I like how all the colors went together. I'm not good at putting multiple colors together, so i'm always surprised when it happens. As you can probably tell, I am still working on my lighting/photography situation. Sigh.

My scraps were getting out of control, so I made a few draft stoppers for my craft show last Saturday.

Hopefully, i'll have a fun pillow to show you next week. I am starting on a custom order!

So, what have you been working on? As always, feel free to show off your finished recycled wool projects on my Facebook page!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

It's Tutorial Tuesday! Easy fall leaves garland

This super easy, and super fun, tutorial comes to us from A Beautiful Mess Blog. If I would have had the time, I would have loved to make this fall leaves garland to hang from my canopy at the craft shows... I think I will make one for next year's shows! To be magically transported to the full tutorial, just click here !

Thursday, September 22, 2011

My booth at Fiber in the Park

Here is my booth at Fiber in the Park. This is my first time using my canopy at a show, since i've always been indoors or under a shelter, and I love it! I used the canopy a few times while camping (came in really handy when it rained during one trip), setting it up is a breeze, and I love that I can hang things from it, pin my banner to it, and lean things against the legs. It's a EZ Up, that I am lucky to have... my mom found it at a rummage sale for $10 (thanks, Mom!)!

I didn't sell much at the show, but still had a good time! The weather was perfect. I got some work done in between customers. The music was fantastic...

There were lots of great venders...

and classes...

and my son even made a new friend...

If you are local, i'll be at the Friends of the Plainfield Library craft show this Saturday, September 34th, 2011, from 9-3. Come visit me! There will be 80 venders, so this should be a fun craft show to visit!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

It's What I've Been Working on Wednesday!

This week, this post should be called "What haven't I been working on". I have the last of my 2 shows on Saturday, so i've been busy making things for it. Since I already had a lot of appliqued throw pillows that I have spent a lot of time on, I wanted to have some more affordable options, so I made some patterned pillows without appliques. I thought neck cowls, and scarves would be nice, so I made some of those too. While I wasn't busy at the Fiber in The Park, I made dryer ball cores, and I finished them up over the last couple of days. So, what have you been working on? As always, feel free to post pictures of your finished recycled wool projects on my Facebook page!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

It's Tutorial Tuesday! Make a recycled wool leaf scarf!

Now that fall is here, I can't think of a better tutorial to post than this one! This great tutorial comes from Kathleen's great blog, Refashionology. To be magically transported to Kathleen's tutorial, click here!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What I've Been Working on Wednesday

With my shows approaching, i've been doing a lot of sorting, pricing, and packing, so I haven't been sewing much, but I managed to sneak in a fitted tablecloth :). I was lucky enough to get this cute tablecloth, originally rectangular, for 10 cents at a yard sale. Now we have a cute fall tablecloth, and enough left over for some napkins (when I have the time to make them). Please excuse the beam of sunlight :).

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

It's Tutorial Tuesday! Upcycled Scarflette

Today's tutorial comes from Cheri over at I Am Momma – Hear Me Roar (Thanks, cheri!). Her blog looks like so much fun, and I can't wait to read through it! To be transported to the scarflette tutorial, click here!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Local (Chicago suburbs) craft & fiber shows!

Craft show season is here! This year I gave myself a light load with only 2 shows. Next year my son will be in school full time, so i'll have more time to craft.

The first show is a fiber show, Fiber In The Park, so i'll be selling sweaters, as well as my finished products. The info? :

"Saturday September 17, 2011
9 AM - 4 PM

Shabbona Park
4165 East 16th Road
Earlville, IL 60518
Admission is free

Join us for a day in the country at the 5th annual "Fiber In The Park" festival to be held at Shabbona Park in Earlville, IL, featuring wool, mohair, alpaca and other natural fibers for spinners and crafters. There will be yarn, weaving, spinning, knitting, crocheting, and felting supplies for sale and demonstrations.
Food and live music."

The next one is a craft show, benefiting the Plainfield library. I was planning to just do the Fiber In The Park this year, but my second cousin Barbara is running the craft show, and let me know about it. Thanks, Barbara!

"Friends of the Plainfield Public Library Art/Craft Fair

Sep 24 2011
Saturday 9 AM to 3 PM
Plainfield Public Library
15025 S. Illinois St.
Plainfield, IL, 60544
United States
Phone: 815.439.8184"

I hope to see some of you there! :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

It's What I've Been Working on Wednesday... on Thursday - ugly top to cute sundress!

Yes, i'm behind schedule yet again ;). I finished this up last night, and wanted to wait for better lighting for the picture of the dress. I've been hanging on to this top that I got at a garage sale for a while now. It looked so cute, and I love the fabric and the pockets and the colors, but trust me when I say it was awful looking on!

Now I was originally intending on making it into a skirt, so I wanted a coordinating stretchy sweater to use for the waistband. This merino blend was perfect!

As a skirt it was too long, and I wasn't liking it as much as I thought I would. I tried pulling it up, and it looked cute as a dress, so I made some shoulder straps, and voila! Cute sundress!