Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Silhouette, silhouette, silhouette ... silhouette's on it's way!

Yes I like to re-write song lyrics!

I just ordered a Silhouette Digital Cutting machine with the Cyber Monday coupon code from Under the Table and Dreaming.  Happy 28 days before my birthday to me!

What should I do first when it gets here??????

Friday, November 26, 2010


We had a great Thanksgiving day.  My sister and niece came over the night before so we could get up early together and cook, cook, cook with just us girls.  We had a lot of fun, and finished one planned project as well as one spontaneous project.

I found instructions for this adorable pineapple turkey centerpiece at Crafty Chic and knew I had to make it.  It's super simple and requires only a few pieces of felt, some cutting and sewing.  My niece helped cut out the pieces and she wanted to help sew him up on the machine too, so we gave it a whirl.  Her foot is in a cast right now, so I put the gas pedal up on the counter with the machine and she ran it with her hands while I made sure the fabric mostly moved in the direction we wanted.  He's not perfect, but he's full of happy memories already!

For being only 6 years old, she did a fabulous job and wanted to start another sewing project right away!  Who am I to argue with that?  So she decided we needed a welcome sign, and we cut out a turkey with lots of feathers from the remaining felt.  I grabbed a hunk of cotton and we sewed him on his wall hanging together too.  She had a great time and was so proud of it!  I think I'll add a border, a binding and a label for sure and tuck him away for next year.

Gobble, gobble!

You can win a Silhouette Machine at Infarrantly Creative!

Have you visited Infarrantly Creative lately?  She's got tons of fun crafty ideas for home decor and more.  It's a 'don't miss' blog on my list!

And what's even better is that she is currently hostessing a giveaway for a Silhouette cutting machine!  I am dying to win one of these and I have mental lists of ideas of ways to use it both at home and at my shop.  I'd love to win, but I'm guessing I'll be breaking down and ordering one on Cyber Monday.  It looks like a fabulous tool to add to your crafty and business branding arsenal.  So visit her blog post and register to win by Sunday night, by following her very reasonable rules!  She's got a great collection of projects to show you too.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  Everyone in my family is coming to my house this year, and although I didn't get everything done cleaning-wise, I'm happy to have the day here.

I am thankful for my family, for new friends and old, I'm thankful for my new home & that my little shop is staying afloat, I'm very thankful for my dog, but I miss my mom.

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have a great day!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Dragonfly Luminaries

Haven't had much time to get crafty at home, but I got crafty at the shop. Saturday night was Wines the Blues in Dunedin with music, food, drink and thousands of people. Yes, thousands!!

I've been trying real hard to get people around the corner and into the shop, but the street there gets kinda dark at night. Why not light it up with some cute dragonfly luminaries? I took my logo & simplified it to create a stencil template. It was super easy - I just traced it with pencil & cut it out. Cutting the wings so wide created some cute wing-like holes in the sides of the bags too, so they really let out alot of light.

Add a cup of sand, put a candle in a small mason jar & voila! Dragonfly lights to help you find your way to Dragonfly Garden.  My sister worked in the shop while I worked out on Broadway at a booth-type table with a few sample items, just to give people an idea of what's in the shop.  She said one customer asked if she could buy the luminaries because they were so cute! How is that for a compliment?