Monday, July 26, 2010

Recent Treasuries

I do apologize for the lack of posts for the past week, but I have been out of town on family vacation (pictures are soon to follow).
This beauty is titled Simply Summer. I love the colors of this one. That is my picnic quilt on the top left corner. Thanks so much to Savannah Renee.

This treasury is called "What can be more Southern than to obsess about being Southern?". I am loving the name. That's my queen size rag quilt at the bottom corner on the right. Thanks goes out to WendyJoy 1814 for the feature.

This one is called Quality Defined. That's my quilt in the bottom corner on the right. Christin of Tiago Designs was kind enough to feature me. Thank you so much Christin.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

It's MY Quilt!



These pictures are courtesy of Heather Bohm-Tallman Photograpy.

OK, so it's not really my quilt, it's one of my customers quilt. But it is MY quilt, made by me...

Jen who ordered a custom picnic quilt from me a couple of months ago is the lovely bride to be in the picture. I thought when I made the quilt that she did a great job picking out all her fabrics of orange and teal, but now I see it in the pictures I like it even more.

What a cute couple they are too!

I am so very excited about these pictures! I've never seen my quilts professionally photographed and now I'm thinking it's something I should probably look into.

Yay! :) :) :)

Thank you so much to Jen for taking the time to send me the link to the photos. I really, truly appreciate it.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Bedroom Style


So I took the 'What's Your Bedroom Style?' at HGTV.com and I was told that my bedroom style is contempory. Now, I'm not crazy about modern looking stuff, so I retook the test and changed a few answers that I wasnt sure about and it gave me contempory again.
After that, I took the time to read the avove screen capture and 'contemporary style' is a very broad term and covers all things traditional, modern, romantic, and cottage style. So, maybe I do fit into that category.
What category do you fit into?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Aaah..Sugar, Sugar


Yay! I've been featured in a lovely treasury called 'Ahh Sugar Sugar'. Thats my cupcake quilt in the bottom corner.
Thanks to Mud and Twig for showing me some treasury love!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I Spy Hedgehogs

I had to make a custom quilt this week and the lady who purchased it requested a material with hedgehogs. I've never been into hedgehogs before, but while searching for hedgehogs, I found that they are so CUTE.


Look at my hedgehog finds:
This one is from Imagination Kids. There is lots of wooden toys of everything you can imagine. Such a sweet store for children. I especially like the hedgehogs and mushrooms.

This little guy is from Sara Carr. What a cute shop she has! You will find many different woodland animals there all made of wool. I love the foxes.




Woops! How did this guy get in there? Okay, he's not a hedgehog, but he's made with hedgehog fabric, so I can count it. :) This little fella is from April Foss. She has lots of owl goodies in there and everything is just darling.

Monday, July 12, 2010

College Room Decor


I've been featured in this very fun treasury. See it here. The theme is college room decor. Makes you want to go back to school, doesnt it?
That's my Poppy throw on the second row.
Thank you Amborela for the feature.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Walking in the Air..


What a pretty treasury I've been featured in. This one is called Walking in the Air (my favorite color by the way).
That's my quilt on the third row. See it better here.
Thanks to Sunshire Art Design for featuring me. Check out her shop..lots of great pictures. I love this daisy picture she has for sale.

Owl notebook


Was there ever any doubt as to which one I was going to buy?
I told you I could only buy one handbound notebook from this post. I love OWLS! If it has an owl on it I'm sold. I did love the bluebird one alot, and I still might purchase it too. It's still on my wishlist.
I got this in the mail Saturday in very lovely packaging by the way. I love when I get to open online purchases like a present. It was wrapped and everything.
Grumpy liked it as well and she's been after me to give it to her. I will probably buy her a few before school starts back.
So, thank you SUBU for a wonderful buy.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Fresh pics and a fun quilt



I've been working on this quilt for two days and I finished it up this afternoon. My arms hurt.
Dont the sage green, turquoise blue, and watermelon red look fabulous together? Buy it here.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Dreaming of a Sunny Picnic

I have been featured in this lovely treasury called 'Dreaming of a Sunny Picnic'. That's my picnic quilt at the top.

Thanks so much to Bloom and Barnacle for the feature.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I Spy Aprons

It came to me while I was baking a fourth of July cake from scratch only after my clothes were covered in flour and batter on my fingers. Like an epiphany....
Oh, that's why they wear aprons. Or that's why they used to wear aprons.

Maybe its just me, but I don't think I've ever seen anyone in an apron except for my Grandma.

However, after a thorough search for handmade aprons, they are more than just a way to stay clean while cooking. They are stylish, gorgeous, and a must have for entertaining.




Check all my apron finds below:
Very RETRO! It has birds people (you knew it would be here). This one comes from Boojiboo. She has every apron you can imagine in her shop. Check her out.


I could SO see me wearing this. no doubt. This even looks like my front porch, except it's a whole lot tidier. :) This half apron comes from Dianne Designer Aprons. SO PRETTY!




First of all, I LOVE this picture. And there little aprons are darling pie! These come from Lots of Lady Bugs. This is actually a brand new shop, but everything in there is so cute and for children. Little girls need aprons too......


This one comes from Fancy Boutique. I love that it has those shabby fabrics, so soft and feminine. She also has some great tea towels in her shop.


This one is a craft apron or could be a gardener apron. It's short so it doesnt get in the way when you are kneeling. It has pockets for all your necessities and it is SO pretty. It comes from HandMaiden's Cottage.

The Best Chicken & Rice Ever!

I wish I had a picture of the finished meal, but my camera and my kitchen hate each other and only take bad pics.

Here's the recipe:

Cook your chicken anyway you want to cook it. I use chicken tenderloin pieces and I fry them in the skillet.

Make your rice.

Add a spoon of butter to your chicken and season to taste.

Add a large can of cream of chicken soup to your chicken, stir.

Add your rice to your chicken mixture. Cook until hot.

This sounds very simple and it is, but it is SOOOOO good.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Etsy For Newbies

I am pleased to announce that because of so many requests I am now offering international shipping on all my items. I never did before because most of my items are heavy and they cost alot to ship, but it turns out if somebody really wants something they will pay whatever shipping they have to to get it. :)

So.....here is a international shipping lesson brought to us by Dingo.


International shipping seems to scare a lot of people, but it usually isn't any more difficult than domestic shipping. Here's a quick way to get set up for international shipping on Etsy that will make sure you charge the right amount and cover most of the countries in the world.

Service and Rates:

For packages, there are now two levels of service for international shipping that you need to know - First Class International and Priority International. Both go by airmail. The primary difference is that Priority should take a few days less to deliver, and that insurance is available only on Priority International packages. If it is important for you to insure your package, you will want to use Priority International. If your package weighs over 4 pounds, First Class International is not available

There are 5 shipping zones in the US Postal Service rate system, but since some have essentially identical rates, the international shipping zones can be broken down into just three - Canada, Mexico and Everywhere Else.

Armed with this information, you're ready to set up your international shipping:

FOR FIRST CLASS MAIL INTERNATIONAL

1. Make up a sample package with your item and weigh it. If you don't have a scale, take it the Post Office and ask them to weigh it for you. You'll need the weight to properly calculate the shipping.

2. Find your Canada shipping cost by going to this site:

http://ircalc.usps.gov/default.aspx?Mode=Intl_Single&CID=10054

a. Select "Package" and enter the weight in pounds and ounces, then hit continue.

b. You will see a table of service levels with the postage rates. Find the rate for First Class International. This will be your base shipping rate.

3. Repeat step 2 to find your Mexico rate from this site:

http://ircalc.usps.gov/default.aspx?Mode=Intl_Single&CID=10287

4. For the Everywhere Else rate, use the United Kingdom as an example. Go to the following web site and repeat the steps above:

http://ircalc.usps.gov/default.aspx?Mode=Intl_Single&CID=10142

5. Now you have your three international rates (You can get an estimate for domestic rates by following the same steps with the domestic calculator at http://ircalc.usps.gov ) Add to each of them the cost of your packaging. This will be the shipping charge you enter for your item on Etsy.

6. When listing an item, use these four destinations: United States, Canada, Mexico, and Everywhere Else.

FOR PRIORITY MAIL INTERNATIONAL

Repeat steps 1-6, but find the Priority Mail International rate and use Australia for your "Everywhere Else" example, from this site:

http://ircalc.usps.gov/default.aspx?Mode=Intl_Single&CID=10013

To add insurance:

Choose the Priority Mail International rate in the box at the left and click the "Add Extra Services" button at the bottom. Some insurance is included in the shipping cost, and the next page will tell you the amount. If you want to add more, check the box next to "Insurance" and enter the amount, then the "add" button. It will calculate the cost of the extra insurance. Add this to the shipping cost and the packaging cost for your total shipping charge.

Customs:

There are two customs forms you may have to fill out, depending on the weight and value of your item. For items under $400, you may have to use the little green form. It is self-explanatory. You write a brief description of the contents, the weight of the package, the value, and the addresses of the shipper and receiver. If you have an item over $400, or over a certain weight, there is a slightly longer form to fill out with essentially the same information. These forms are available at the post office, and the clerk will tell you which one you need when you mail the package.

Non-Machinable Packages:

You may find that the rate you are charged is a little higher than you expected. If so, ask the clerk why. It may be that your packaging is too large or too small or the wrong shape to go through their automatic sorting machines. There is a surcharge for this. In general, make sure your packages are at least 3.5 by 5 inches, and not perfectly square. If you can't change the packaging, be sure to add the extra charge to your rates.

More packaging tips: First Class rates change per ounce up to 8 ounces, then go in 4-ounce increments.