Thursday, April 30, 2009

i know

You must be dying to see my new labels!  These are some cute ones that I found through Babyology.  And are from Australia.  They were a bit much, but I just fell in love with their color choices and they had the perfect font for me, and I could do my name in lower case.  It was just what I wanted!  They are also iron on, not sew on like my old ones.  Change is always good right :)

This next little label, I had to show you as well. See the blue label with the brown dot.  The bird looks like it's havin' a little drinkie!

The birdie with the pink heart glasses make me think of Pepto Girl and her new logo!  Just thinking of you Amy!

And here is what I really want to show you!  My newest item, baby booties.  Aren't they cute!  I think they are adorable and irresistible.  They match the little bags on the shelf below.

The booties are $12.00 each, but if you buy the matching bag, they are $10.00 each.  Such a deal, and available this Saturday at Indie Sacramento and on Sunday at Art, Paperie, and Pleasantries (in Pleasanton).  See you!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

the first

Indie Sacramento is such a great show that I wish I could attend it, not just vend it.  That way I could shop at my liesure and not have to hurry back to my booth!  And when I shop, I have to look at every little thing.   Just ask my friends.  I take too long for some of them.  That's why I often shop alone.  Not too many have the patience for me, as I look and look, and look.

Well I am a vendor at Indie Sac.  And to get ready for it, we are all asked to get together little bags of swag.  It's just a little free thing for attendees to receive that will promote our business.  In the past I have done book markers, lemon drops, gift tags, and magnets.

This time I did little square scraps of vintage fabrics.  I participated in a scrap fabric swap last summer, that was hosted by Melly and Me.  We were making log cabin squares, all from our fabric scraps.  I traded with someone in Australia and these little squares are just a part of what I got.  And now they are being passed on!

You can see the wide variety of cute little prints.  There are also some solids mixed in there too.

My girl helped me sort and stack one morning.  It was a great way for us to practice counting.  Well, she actually needs the practice more than I do.  She is 4 and can count up to 23!

So, if you are one of the first 150 to come to Fremont Park this Saturday, one of these little bags of scrappy goodness could be yours!  OOOh! AAh!  Or, one of these many other little goodies.  Check it out!  And see you there :)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

busy girl

This Sunday, May 3rd, I will be with the Glitter and Grunge girls in Pleasanton for Art, Paperie & Pleasantries at the Alameda Fairgrounds.

This is a weekend event with handcrafted art, crafts, vintage and new art supplies and various anitquities and ephemera.  Plus make and takes.  All this with 200 artists and craftspeople!  Admission is $3. with a dollar off coupon on the website.

Since Indie Sacramento is on the 2nd, I will be in Pleasanton on the 3rd for a book signing!  The event runs both days from 11-5 p.m.  For more up-to-date info visit Chelise, the event coordinator.

Monday, April 27, 2009

may market

IndieSacramento's May Market is THIS Saturday! There are some fun new activities, check it out:

* FREE swag bags to the first 150 patrons (near the corner of 16th & P)!
* FREE Admission!
* Shop for hip, handmade goods, clothing, and accessories!
* Over 70 vendors!
* Enjoy live entertainment!
* Plan a picnic lunch with the family or eat on the grid!
* Get a haircut, help a cause. Cuts for a Cause by Deeda Salon!
* Stop by the SN&R and MidtownGrid booths for prizes and fun!
* Adopt a pet at the Homeward Bound / Helen's Animal Rescue booth!
* FREE crafts for the kids!
* Attend IndieSacramento's Craft University for craft classes & demos!

Craft UniversityMay Market ScheduleCome by the Craft University booth before class times for pre sign-ups or just show up at class time. *The number of students may be limited.

class 110:30-11am"Funky Fabric Flower" pin back broach:
Create a funky broach with Yoli of Sacred Yoli. This is a great gift for Mom or yourself! Materials will be provided. Class Fee: $5
class 211-11:30amRepurposing Vintage Pillowcases:
Katie Trott of katie jean will be showing you how to take your beautiful collection of vintage linens and reuse them in a fun new way, by making colorful coasters. Katie and her coasters are in the newly published book, Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Pillowcase. This is a free class, with DIY kits available for $5.
class 312-12:30pmScreen Printing 101: Print your own IndieSacramento tote!
An opportunity to gain an introductory understanding of the silkscreen process. In our brief half hour session, weather permitting, I will show you how to expose a screen in the sun, teach you about heat setting and screen printing inks for textiles, and of course you will learn how to pull an image onto your very own tote. Class taught by Barbara Jean of the dirtpuff collective. Class Fee: $5 *You may bring a t-shirt or tote to print on if you wish.
class 412:30-1pmYarn Spinning Demo:
Learn the art of spinning your own yarn with Jenn from Rosebud Designs. FREE
class 51:30-2pmMake a toy for your best friend:
Learn how to make your own dog toy out of colorful fleece. Class will be taught by Stacey of Pillsplace and Bouton Blue. Materials will be provided. Class Fee: $5
class 62-2:30pmNeedle Felting Demo:
Come and learn about the delicate art of needle felting. In addition to learning about needles and wool, you will learn how you can make your very own fuzzy little sculptures. Class taught by Barbara Jean of the dirtpuff collective.

May 2, 2009, 10am-3pm
Fremont Park
1515 Q Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

Visit the website for more info:

Friday, April 24, 2009


I write once a week for the Glitter and Grunge blog. And yesterday I wrote a tutorial about how to make a yo-yo.  It is surprisingly simple.

Here's what I've made with my vintage yo-yo's in the past.  These are yo-yo shirts!  They have mostly vintage fabric yo-yo's and vintage buttons.  I am stitching up some more cute little yo-yo's to make some new creations.  I'll show you what they turn out like, next week.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

happy day!

It's Earth Day!  My kids are picking up trash at school today.  And they aren't happy about it.  I guess the kindergarten class picked up trash yesterday.  But my huge 7 year old wants no part in it.  I always think their school looks great.  I had no idea there was trash lying around.  Maybe they are a little messy leading up to Earth Day so the first graders can be put to work.

Well since it is Earth Day I am doing a special giveaway.  I have a wonderful collection of organic fabrics from Harmony Art.  And I haven't really been sewing with it lately like I should.  But I do have one of my stuffed elephants all made.  It's made with 100% organic fabric and stuffing.

I made this elephant with the inspiration from a vintage stuffie that my hub had as a baby.  His grandmother from Kansas made it for one of his older siblings and it has survived being passed down to each child and the many grandchildren.  I took this old elephant and just laid it down on my copier and enlarged it a bit.  Cut up the copy and there was my new pattern for "Ella".  The ears even have a bit of stuffing in them too, just like grandma Myrtle made it.

The "Ella" that will be in the giveaway is the blue one in the middle of the photo, with the small leaf pattern on the ears.  The last date of the giveaway will be next Wednesday, April 29th.  Just leave a comment to enter!

Happy Earth Day and thanks for participating in the fun!

Saturday, April 18, 2009


I will be going to the Roseville Antique Market.  It is the first annual event!  I'll be hooking up with Claire and walking around to meet over 50 vendors.


There will be two vendors there that I am looking forward to seeing.  The Tin Thimble girls, who you know I love.  And I am so looking forward to running into my friend/shop owner, Jacque.

I shopped at Jacque's Lincoln shop, Green Acres, when I first moved to our new home.  I can still walk around my house and I know which things I bought there.  They are usually the pieces that are all really banged up too!

And I love it soo much!

So, catch up with me in Roseville tomorrow for the Antique Market!  It's all hosted by the fantastic girls Erika and Sandy of The Tattered House.  There are sure to be some wonderful collectibles that you won't want to live without!  I'm sure you know the feeling :)  And remember your sunscreen, it's going to be 80+ degrees tomorrow.

417 Oak Street, Roseville

8 am - 4 pm

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

my first

My first book signing (yes there will be more) was a great day.  Thanks for coming to see me!  Here are some sweet pics I took of my day.

my pillowcase collection

cupcake treats, and I just fell in love with these tea cups and saucers

coasters, special box, and little match box all made with pillowcases

chattin' away, it's actually funny seeing a picture of myself not smiling.

I had a great day, so thanks for coming to the beautiful New Castle, Tin Thimble.  I'll be doing another book signing at Indie Sac on May 2nd.  See you there!

Friday, April 10, 2009

i'm ready!

I have all of my pillowcase fabrics cut up, wrapped, and ready for sale at my book signing.  These are little kits so you can make your own coasters.  All you will need is a little interfacing cut up in 5 inch squares.

My gracious hostesses of The Tin Thimble will have coffee, tea, and cupcake treats to delight you with in their cute little fabric store.   Part of the fun in coming to their shop is the beautiful drive to New Castle.  Come and see me tomorrow for a memorable day out.  See you!

The Tin Thimble

595 Taylor Road, New Castle

Saturday, April 11th

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Pillowcase

Book Signing

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

what's up

This week my three are off from school.  And it's funny what does and doesn't get done each day.  My hub came home today from work and he says "what did you do today?"  And that is just how I feel too!  What did we do all day?

I posted a new baby gift set on my etsy.  Applique onesies with a little burpcloth.  These are a staple and must have in my shop!

Finished up and mailed off a custom gift to Massachusetts.   It's a little pair of baby booties and a cute bag to put them in.  This was my first time making booties and it won't be my last!  And the bag was made without a pattern, soo fun with Dick and Jane!

And of course we had to make a quick stop at my local thrift.  I found this big bag of barbie clothes for my girl.  So, yes we played dress up with barbie all afternoon!  I especially love the hats that were in the bag.  They had to have been from Kelly.  I thought it was so cute that my girl put these adorable hats with the fancy dresses.

And I'm still busy cutting up my vintage pillowcase stash.  Making little kits for all you will need to make your own fabric coasters, with a fun and funky mix of fabrics.  This is just a supply kit, if you want the actual directions, you need to buy the book!  The kits will be with me for sale on Saturday, see you!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

book signing

You are invited to a book signing!

Please join me on this fun day!  Meet the Tin Thimble girls, Sharon, Emma, and Hannah.  We will have the pillowcase books for you to purchase, snacks, DIY coaster kit,  demos, and a surprise giveaway that you will have a chance to win!

See you there!

Saturday, April 11

11 am - 1 pm

The Tin Thimble

595 Taylor Road

New Castle, CA