Sunday, August 30, 2009

Hapy Birthday to me!!!

Today is my birthday! I'm excited that it lands on a Sunday because lately Sunday has been my busiest day in sales on Etsy. Getting sales makes me super happy and I want to let everyone know how much I truly appreciate your business. I know there are a lot of fabric suppliers on Etsy and I am so thankful for all those who have chosen to shop with FABfabrics! Here are today's FAB deals:

:: Erin McMorris Checked Floral- $6 per yard
:: Amy Butler's Park Fountains in Yellow- $5.50 per yard
:: Amy Butler's Lotus Pond in Pink- $5 per yard

Later a couple girl friends are coming over with snacks and their doggies! I can't wait!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Sunday's FAB deals!

It's that time again!!! Here are the deals for today (8/23):

:: Amy Butler's Sweet Jasmine in Brown $5.50 per yard
:: Sandi Henderson's Vintage Cherries in Red $5.50 per yard
:: Jenean Morrison's Miranda in White $5.00 per yard

On a side note... my boyfriend cut up all his old Army uniforms and is creating a quilt out of it! He has made friends with Brother (the sewing machine) and is sewing away as I blog! haha! I will post a picture when he's done. Is anyone interested in military scraps?! I can post a scrap pack!

Next Sunday I'm hosting a puppy play date/potluck lunch for my birthday! I can't wait to post pictures! It's also my doggie's birthday! No joke! We have the same birthday! (8/30)

Happy shopping! Take advantage of those FAB deals. Oh! And by next month I should have some AWESOME fabrics coming from Alexander Henry and Michael Miller!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tips for sewing first time

Well, yesterday I began sewing my first project. Check it out here. I'm using this fabric from my Etsy shop. Since I just moved out on my own I'm trying to learn as much as I can about how to take care of my boyfriend and me... and of course, the dogs. I've been learning new recipes, dog-proofing the backyard, and now... sewing! Here are some things I discovered about my adventure yesterday:

1. Read all directions before you start! (yeah... me... not so much!)

2. Make sure you have all supplies before starting. There's nothing like getting head over heels into a project and then realizing you have to drive to Joannes or Michael and ruin your flow!

3. Pin patiently! I hate pinning!!!

4. A good iron is one of your best friends!

5. It's okay to experiment and try new things!!! For example, the PDF pattern calls for fusible interfacing. FIRST of all... I had no idea what interfacing was... SECONDLY, I snagged some suggested interfacing from my roommate and after I cut all the pieces I realized it wasn't fusible!! Well, I just sewed the interfacing and the exterior fabrics together and it turned out just dandy! ... Well, it's partially dandy because I'm not finished yet!

6. If you're stressed out while sewing you might be doing something wrong! I found sewing to be very therapeutic. Brother and I are becoming better friends!

7. Wash all fabrics before starting... especially if not all fabrics are the same material (ie, cotton, polyester, acrylic, etc)

These are my tips for beginners. I hope it sheds some perspective if you are panning on starting the sew!

By the way, I am so excited my favorite magazine subscription finally kicked in! I'm in love with the ideas and creativity in Real Simple!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New Project

I have a new project in the works! I'm so excited!

It involves my first sewing machine that I just purchased last night! I'm just starting out here... and let me tell you... threading the bobbin and the machine and choosing a stitch took WAY longer than expected. Originally I was looking at Singer sewing machines like this one and this one. Ultimately, I purchased this one:

I looked at reviews for both brother and Singer. I think I made a good choice here. It's from brother ... which is why I named him BROTHER. Not very creative on my part, but when I was getting mad at him last night for not cooperating with me... that's what I kept calling him. Yes, I am one of those weirdos who names everything... For example, my car's name is Bessy and my Kitchen Aid mixer's name is Jill. Fun times! Have a FAB day!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Results from Sunday Etsy shopping :]

Thanks to everyone who participated in my Etsy thread! I had a really fun time with it! I was introduced to many amazing shops with extremely talented creators! Here are a few of my fav items that I saw:

**From left to right**

1. Unscented Soy Massage Candle from ChickSratch - After you burn this candle, the wax can be used as massage oil! Super cool!

2. Sakuramochi earrings from TheMossGarden- I love cherry blossom! They are adorable and smell delightful as well. (On a side note... my new obsession is with bath goods from LUSH. Bath bombs and bath melts are truly AMAZING!)

3. Best Friends Forever Sandwich pendant from closetoyourheart - My boyfriend and I love sandwiches so I was thinking of making these into keychains

4. Patty from TackledandShackled - I mean... didn't you see my puppy? I love Dachshund everything!

5. Posy Hair Clip from Nicabee - I love the orangesicle color! Plus, nicabee has supported me in the past with fabric purchases! Thanks!

6. Lace Jabot from WindyHillFibers - I think this looks so elegant and kind of old fashioned! This is something that would make me look sophisticated!

I did look through everyone's shop! There were about 40 responses! I will also be taking time to go through everyone's blog as well and become a follower!

In the end I purchased this beauty:I do not believe I have EVER bought a hat for myself! SewCuteShop is going to custom make me this hat from Joel Dewberry's Meadow Lace fabric! I'm so excited. I can picture myself sitting in my backyard watching the dogs prance around the yard while sitting in my beach chair! That's right... beach chair... We cannot afford real patio furniture!

I also have a soft spot in my heart from SewCuteShop because she is the first person to feature my fabrics in her shop! Thanks so much! I was so thrilled when I saw that!

Have a FAB day! Be sure to check out the Sunday deals each week! I will post the deals on Saturday in order to give you a little heads up!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Im shopping on Etsy today!

I started a thread in the promotion section of the Etsy forums promising to buy something from an Etsy shop today on two conditions! Check out the thread here!

I think it's a fun idea! Happy Sunday!

And remember to check out those FAB Sunday deals here!

And here's a picture on my puppy because he's just so cute!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Tomorrow's FAB deal!

Each Sunday I will post a FAB deal. The deal only lasts for one day.

TOMORROW (8/16) the deal is available for the following fabrics-
:: Amy Butler's Seeds in Okra $5.50 per yard!
:: Heather Bailey's Rose Bouquet in Yellow $5 per yard!
:: Paula Prass' Par Avion in Summer $5.50 per yard!
:: Amy Butler's Mosaic in River $5 per yard!

You can convo me today for a request and I will set up the custom listing tomorrow morning at 9 am PST.

Also, a much appreciated customer shared what she created with her fabric purchase! It's so cute! You just have to check it out here!

On a side note...
The grout on my tile floor needs serious cleaning! I've heard bad things about using bleach ... Does anyone have any ideas?!?!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Home

... Please don't hate me! I know I promised myself a new inspired fabric shop owner.. and in some ways I have failed; HOWEVER, in many other ways... I've succeeded!

I just finished moving! Yes! Finally I have my own house! It's so much work and I'm super stressed about 90% of the time, yet the other 10% I am blissfully, sickeningly happy!

The fabric/crafting area occupies the dining room of my house! We don't have a dining table, chairs, china, or money!!! so... the fabrics have a lovely home now

Sorry, I know the picture isn't the greatest... but let me continue! The festival that I took the fabrics to was not the best in terms of profit, but it was great in terms of me creating packaging supplies for the fabric!

Isn't the collection growing?!?!?! I am awaiting a few bolts from David Walker. His "Oh Boy!" collection is adorable!

I'm totally in love with this desk that I got for free! It's so awesome! And I also love these plastic drawers! It feels good to be totally organized!

And I just have to share the view from my work station!! I have a pond in my backyard with fishys and water lilys! Ah! I'm in love here!

I wish you all happy days! I've never been so stressed yet so happy at the same time, but I wouldn't change a thing!