Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ta Da! My New and Improved Sewing/Craft Room!!!

My husband has been busy making my sewing/craft room more organized and more efficient.

Here is a before picture

And ta da! My new cabinets!

I have a light under the cabinets over my sewing machine. You really can't have too much light when sewing/crafting.

These cabinets are really great. As you can see, I have a large cabinet to the left that matches.

Here is a better pic

We bought that cabinet soon after we moved into this house. The cabinets are made by RSI Home Products. Here is their website. I think Lowe's is the only store who sells them. Anyway, you have to put them together which takes a little time, but I think the end result is well worth it. Don't you?

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Scarves, Finally!

Well, better late than never. Here are the pictures I promised of our newly made scarves.

Blueberry Mocha


Purple Pixee Dust
(This scarf has a special name and is spelled a special way. One of Beth's cats is named Pixee.)

I would have posted these earlier; however, I have had a little construction going on in my sewing room and haven't been able to sew. I will post pictures of the changes tomorrow.

Hope you enjoy the scarves. Beth will be putting them on Etsy soon.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Fabric Giveaway at Lucy and Norman!

If you like free things, go check out Lucy and Norman. Not only are there beautiful quilts to see, you will also be able to enter a great giveaway for some beautiful fabric. Good luck and happy quilting (or whatever you decide to do with your fabric). :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Denise's Oven

On Thanksgiving, I (and my husband) made some pies. One of them was a Pecan Pie. The pie turned out great; however, it bubbled over in my oven and made a mess.


Well, Beth recommended a product made by Shaklee called Scour Off Heavy-Duty Paste. She found it on Bonnie's blog called House of Grace. (If you haven't read House of Grace, you've been missing out! Bonnie has a fantastic blog with amazing cleaning tips using all non-toxic Shaklee products, healthy meal ideas, and super amazing thrifty decorating tips! Go check it out here!)

Anyway, Beth placed an order, and she brought it over yesterday. I couldn't wait and used the Shaklee Scour Off Heavy Duty Paste today, and WOW! what a difference.

See for yourself!

The great thing about this product is there is no nasty chemical smell (it actually smells very good), and it was very kind to my hands. It took a little bit of scrubbing to get everything off (oven has been used several times since Thanksgiving and spills were especially burnt on). Next time, now that I have this fantastic product, I won't wait to clean my oven. I will clean it as the spills occur.

Thanks goes out to Beth (for her advice) and Bonnie (for her blog and Shaklee products). You girls rock!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Beth Was Here! :)

Remember the picture of the sewing/craft room where everything was nice and neat. Well, here is what it looks like after Beth comes over, and we get to work. But you can't make any progress without making a little mess. Actually, it doesn't look bad and has looked a WHOLE lot worse.

Sewing Room After

Beth put four scarves together today. I need to sew them and will be doing that tomorrow. We also have two ready to be assembled. One of them is a new design by Beth, and we are always excited to see how our new ones turn out. So stay tuned for the big reveal. I will be posting pictures on either Tuesday or Wednesday of the scarves which were assembled today, and Beth will be adding them to our Etsy shop.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Things to Come!

Right now, we just have scarves in our shop, but that will soon change. We have several scarves ready to be made and will be working on them tomorrow (see previous post). Look for fabric/felt flower pins and aprons soon. We also have some collectible items we have picked up over the last several months that we will be adding. We have several ideas, still in the planning stages, for more handcrafted items. Keep checking back!
Our shop and business are changing daily. It is an exciting time for both of us, and we look forward to what the future brings. I can say with much certainty that I am enjoying every minute of it because I am spending it with my wonderful daughter. What more could a mom ask for! :)

Scarves in the Works!

Beth will be putting together several scarves tomorrow to add to our Etsy shop. They are:

Purple Pixee Dust
(skinny scarf)

(skinny scarf)
This picture was taken very quickly before a craft show. After we make the new one, we will change the picture.

Blueberry Mocha
(wide scarf)
Same story on this picture.

We are also making another Auburn skinny scarf if anyone is interested. There is already one in our Etsy shop.

(NOTE ON OUR TEAM SCARVES: These scarves are not licensed NCAA products. They are, however, handcrafted from licensed NCAA fabric. We are not affiliated with or sponsored by the NCAA.)

After I get the scarves sewn and trimmed, they will be added to our Etsy shop. Look for them on Monday or Tuesday.

Where the Magic Happens!

This is where the magic happens!

Here is a shot from another angle:

(By the way, these pictures are of the room cleaned up. I will post a picture after we work tomorrow. It will look lots different.)

These pictures are of my sewing and craft room. My husband is going to put a bank of cabinets above my sewing machine (we bought them tonight). Beth doesn't know about this, so surprise, surprise. :) That means we will have lots more storage. Yay!

As you can see, our room is filled with fabric and yarn. It's used in the scarves we make. There's actually some organization going on, believe it or not. :) We are still learning every day and getting more efficient as we go.

Beth is getting quite good at putting a scarf together, and she is our resident designer. :) She is the one who has matched up the fabric and yarn to make these fabulous, one-of-a-kind scarves. I then get the materials ready, and Beth assembles the scarves.

Next post will be about what scarves we will be making tomorrow.

ratty daddy dinkdum-What Did You Say!?

When we tell someone the name of our business, they look at us like "What did you say?" Of course, we then have to explain. So here is our explanation to you. My dad and mom used to tell me a little nursery rhyme when I was a little girl. Of course, when Beth was born, the tradition continued. Here it is:

ratty daddy dinkdum
My son John
Went to bed
With his stockings on
One shoe off and
One shoe on
ratty daddy dinkdum
My son John

We googled (gotta love Google) this rhyme before deciding on a name and couldn't find anything that was the same as the way it was told to us. We found "Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling" and "Deedle, Deedle, Dumpling" but no "ratty daddy dinkdum." So, in honor of Max and Mary (my parents and Beth's grandparents), "ratty daddy dinkdum" was born. We miss them every day but know they are smiling down on us from above and cheering us on like they always did.

Love you Mom and Dad AND Grandma and Grandpa :)

Taking the Leap

We did it! Our business is up and running. Well, walking at this point. We have had this idea for months and decided to just go for it. After Beth discovered Etsy, we decided it would be a great place to showcase our items. It has definitely been a learning process. We didn't realize how much goes into starting a business, and we are learning every day. The paperwork involved is mountainous. Ugh! It's not cheap to start a business either, what with all the licenses you have to obtain. But we took the leap and here we are.