Sunday, September 30, 2007

Nursing Blankets

I've started making Nursing Blankets recently, so I thought I would post a picture and tell about them. A friend of mine had a similar nursing blanket, so I thought I would try to make something like it. It just a serged-edge receiving blanket with an extra strap filled with polyfil beads, which you toss over your shoulder and this keeps the blanket in place while you feed your baby. I think they turned out really good, but we'll see if they sell. I'm also thinking of making them with a detachable strap, so the weight can be taken off and it can be used as just a blanket. Here's a picture.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

New Design

I'm so excited about my new blanket. So far I have just made what I know how to make, but I finally got up the guts to try something new. I've had 73 hits on Etsy already, hopefully someone will buy it! Here's a picture and the link.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Too Early for Christmas?

Yikes, Christmas is already in the air. I can't believe that many stores are already getting up their Christmas items. It seems that Christmas shows up earlier and earlier every year. Oh well. I figured, if you can't beat them, join them. So, since the stores have been carrying Christmas fabric since July, I figured I had better buy some before it was all gone. HaHa! Here are my 2 newest creations. I thought they turned out so cute. Myra especially like the blue one. She kept trying to lay on it. But then, she wants every blanket I make. On ETSY, there are a lot of posts in the forums about Christmas items. I guess i need to start my Christmas shopping. It would be nice to get it done early this year. We'll see. I'm sure I'll probably be out on Christmas Eve, getting that last minute gift. But who knows, Christmas is still ONLY 3 months away.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Wal-Mart is a Bad Word

I hate Walmart! I dislike their long lines and lack of customer service. The other day I was shopping for new fabrics and decided to take a little trip to Brigham city (20miles away) to look for new designs. Once around the fabric tables I realize I had made a mistake. They didn't have anything I was looking for. I did find a couple of cute prints and made my way to the cutting table, where I had to wait for someone to show up. The lady helping me was totally grumpy and when I told her I only wanted 44 inches, she acted as if I was a retard. "You mean 48 inches, not 44, whatever." After she begrudgingly finished cutting my fabric, I asked her the location of another item. Her curt reply, "We don't have that." Was followed by a swift exit, leaving 4 other people to be helped my one worker. I eventually made my way to checkout where I thought I was lucky to have on 2 people in front of me, especially since the baby was beginning to fuss. Fifteen minutes later and after a lot of tears, it was finally my turn. Talk about slow! When she rings me up, I realize that I had been overcharged for some of my fabric. It hadn't shown on the tag, so I couldn't have caught it earlier. When I tell the worker, she shrugs and says, "You'll have to have the fabric department fix it." As I glance behind me at the 10 or so people waiting in line, I figure it's not worth it and go on with my purchase. By this point, the baby is hysterical and so I finally exit Walmart. This was just one experience, let me tell of some others. At the deli counter, I was told, after asking for 2 slices of ham (I only needed 2 for what I was making) that next time I would have to purchase more or they wouldn't sell it to me. Why would I buy more if I didn't need more? Another time I attempted to buy an item and was told at the checkout stand that I couldn't purchase it. She couldn't even give me a reason. She just said that she couldn't allow it. Walmart has long lines, the aisle are often blocked with boxes, they are often out of what I need and I can never find anyone to help me. I hate Walmart, but, despite everything, I'm not going to quit shopping there because they are just so darn cheap!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Busy day on the Web

Is using the phrase "the web" outdated? Just wondering. I've spent a bunch of time trying to get my website and blog name out there into the world. There are so many places to go. The frustrating thing is that after so much work, no more sales. Oh well, patience. I'm sure learning a lot about the internet. It's great fun. The kids have kept me busy today so I didn't get much sewing done. Chad's up at school tonight working on a presentation, so I have the evening to myself. I have so much to do, where to begin. Probably shouldn't be on the computer any longer. Well, I thought I'd post tonight, a couple pictures of my adorable little girls. Myra is 2 and Alexys is almost 6 months. They are so much fun. I just adore them.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Purple Monkeys

Today has been a fun day on the web. We just got DSL, so I was actually able to do a little skipping around on the internet. I have started to discover the world of forums on Etsy and although I only looked around a little, I found a bunch of cool things. I was able to post to have my shop critiqued and got some helpful tips. I also sold a blanket. It's been a couple of weeks since I've had any action on the internet for sales, so I was pretty excited about that. It was one of my favorites, the purple monkey blanket. Well, here are a couple more pics of recent products, the Keep on Trucking blanket and some fun colored burpies. Check them out on my website. Until later...

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Blue Ducks, Teddy Bears, Pink Frogs and More...

I'm still continuing to make blankets, although I'm just about out of all the fabric I purchased on our trip to Yellowstone. These blankets are so cute, I really hope that people can get into them. I went with my friend Janelle to a fabric store today to look at fabric, but it was so pricey. However, I got a lot of good ideas. I need to own a fabric store, then I can put all my good ideas in motion. I also have had an idea to look for a hemstitching machine. Then I could advertise to hemstitch people blankets for them. It would be a good job to do from home. Now I just need a hemstitching machine. I guess they don't even make them anymore so they are pretty difficult to come by, so if anyone has any ideas. Let me know. Also, my sewing machine was having problems today. I fiddled around with it forever and finally found out that I should have been oiling it. Oops! That fixed the problem in a jiffy, so I'm back on line to complete a bunch moresewing projects. Here are some pics of recent blankets I've made.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

CuddleBaby Blankets

I've recently started an online business called CuddleBaby. I specialize in handmade Baby to Toddler Blankets along with other kids items, such as; onesies, burpies, binky blankets, pacifier holders, and more ideas to come. I've been selling my blankets through, this great place where you can find tons of handmade items, and through, an online listing. I've been doing this for about a month and have done okay. I'm hoping to really get going with it. I have so many fun blankets I've made and I want people to see them. I've also sold blankets a few times at our local Gardener's Market. That's been fun and I've also done pretty well there. So, check out my website! I'm continually adding new products, so the store will change often. Check it out!