Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Crafting with Felt

Most of you know I do a lot of applique with felt, I just love it, it is like being able to use crayons on your fabric and make pictures. My etsy shop has lots of traditional applique items but there are lots of other things you can do. I recently made a banner that can be customized to anything you want and can be used in many applications.

I used a double layer of felt and embroidered it with my verbiage and the vine using a simple backstitch.

The beauty of it is that it can then be applied to anything! I chose to put it on a zippie, but it could be put on a handmade card, journal cover, scrapbook page, even a tote. They are easily backed with either cardstock for applying to paper or fusible fabric backing for "iron on". My final product is below.
So there it is ready to stuff with gift cards, a handmade valentine, lip gloss, whatever your little one's super teacher would like.

Monday, January 26, 2009


If you have a fave feed or website for positive thoughts or want to post an act of kindness please leave a comment, Thanks!

Random Acts of Kindness

Wikipedia defines random acts of kindness as -

A random act of kindness is a purportedly selfless act performed by a person or persons wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual or in some cases even an animal. There will generally be no reason other than to make people smile, or be happier.

I follow phyllismufson on twitter and in one of her posts, she talked about her #kindness party. I clicked on the link and was interested generally in her blog, the ideas etc. so I subscribed. I let her know I liked it and voila' she posted a link to one of my items and I got a 50 hit bump in views.

It is such and awesome feeling to be the giver or recipient of positive action in our world, especially in the e-commerce, social marketing circle we travel in. Likewise groups like UWIB (see link below) are super supportive to their members with feedback and promotion. I also subscribe to . They have a great feature today on 20 keys to happiness. Even Rev Run's Words of Wisdom gives short positive quotes on living daily. Just reading and passing them on (my kids get a positive quote on their lunch bags daily) makes you have a better outlook on the day.

So while I couldn't attend the #kindness party I'll certainly look for when another will take place. and keep trying to do random acts of kindness.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Back to School (College)

Tomorrow my college age son goes back for semester 2 of his college career. He goes to a school far away from home so visits are not frequent. It isn't like the kid who goes an hour or two away from home and can be-bop in for a laundry weekend or something. You really miss them but get used to them being gone. You so want to see them when they get home you want to just hang out with them, but reality is they don't want home to be any different than it was when they lived there. So, you have to force yourself to not be clingy.......

He is happy to be going back and in reality I'm happy he is leaving though I'm sure I'll be teary eyed again on Monday when I realize he is gone and so grown up now. But, we still exercise some control. Michael Jordan has a method we use, he told his son that he had to call home at least once a week. If that 7th day comes and no phone call is received, don't worry about it. Expect Dad and Mom to be at your door on the 8th.

Very effective.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Back in Action and a Winner!

Hey! It has been way too long since I've been here! After an insane December from which I'm still kinda zonked I'm back to creating and blogging. I'm going to continue my project of revamping my store and marketing and need to pick the winner of the name my store Contest!

The winner is Stacie Brown! You get $20 in my ridiculously low stocked store! No really it should be up to level in a couple of weeks, or you can also use it for custom....Back to work! Have a Great 2009!