Friday, August 31, 2012

New Orleans Saints Inspired Skinny Scrappy Scarf - Black and Gold - Handmade

New Orleans Saints Inspired Skinny Scrappy Scarf - Black and Gold – Handmade

Saints 1

This handmade New Orleans Saints Inspired Skinny Scrappy Scarf is the perfect way to show your team spirit. The color palette is Black & Gold which is our interpretation of the New Orleans Saints team colors.

Saints 2

Looking for a particular team? Contact us for a custom order!

NOTE: This is not a licensed NFL or NCAA product. We are not affiliated with or sponsored by the NFL or NCAA.

Skinny Scrappy Scarves are long and skinny handmade scarves measuring approximately 76" long and 4" wide. They have multiple fabrics and fibers from a variety of places - including some really unique and luxurious yarns.

Saints 3

Our scarves are carefully sewn (no knots) on a sewing machine using horizontal, vertical, and diagonal straight stitching to hold all the strips of yarn and fabric firmly in place. They are then zigzagged around all the edges, excluding the fringe, of course. They can be GENTLY hand washed and then hung up to dry.

Saints 4

You can wear them many different ways. Wrap them around a couple of times depending on how long you would like them and how warm you want your neck to be! Or wear them the Parisian way by doubling them and pulling the ends through the loop - as shown in the pictures. They are very versatile and can be worn with a t-shirt and jeans, at the office, or dressed up for a night out.

Our bracelets and felt flower pins make great additions to our scarves, and we can make a coordinating bracelet and/or pin to match any of our scarves!

Check out the coordinating Felt Flower Pin here --

gold felt flower pin

Got a favorite professional or college football team? We can make a scarf, bracelet, and/or flower pin in your favorite team colors! Just let us know!

We hope you are enjoying your Friday and hope your weekend is spectacular!

Beth and Denise

Monday, August 20, 2012

Taking Great Photos

Taking great photos is an important aspect of our online business. The photos are so important because our customers cannot pick up and touch our items; therefore, our photos need to represent how beautiful our items are. Our photos need to “pick up” and “touch” the items for our customers, and they need to represent how soft our scarves are, how soft and pliable our bracelets are, and the great dimensionality of our flower pins. Taking a picture is the easy part. Getting a great photo that will represent our item in the best way possible, now that’s the difficult part.

Kodak Instamatic Camera

Most of our photos look pretty good; however, we want to make them great! Also, we need to be able to take our scarf pictures indoors. Between the heat and the rain, it’s almost impossible to get decent pictures outside.

We knew we needed a light box, so off to the computer we went in search of how to make a light box. Of course, Google is our best friend in times like this. Just to let you know, we use Google a LOT! We found some great sites with great tips on how to make and use a light box for taking great photos, and we wanted to share them with you in case you’re having the same issues as we are.

We found the first one here at Making it Lovely!

Storage Box Light Box 1
Great Idea!

And we found this similar one here at The Switchboards!

Storage Box Light Box 2
Same Idea! Little different setup!

Both use clear plastic storage boxes and inexpensive desk lamps.

The storage box idea is great for smaller items; however, we are also looking for a way to take pictures of our scarves on Mildred.


(In case you missed it and you’re wondering who Mildred is, click here for her story.)

In continuing our search, we found this great tutorial on how to build a Light Box/Light Tent.

PVC Light Box

What’s great about this one is you can make it whatever size you want, and that’s why we thought using this idea might be a good choice for pictures using Mildred.

The storage box light box will be our first endeavor. We’ll let you know how it goes.

Hope you are enjoying your Monday!

Beth and Denise

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Flower Pins, Flower Pins, Flower Pins

Come see us and check out our selection of Scrappy Felt Flower Pins at ratty daddy dinkdum! We have several to choose from including pins you can wear everyday and pins you can wear to show your team spirit! They are very cute and lightweight!

lsu tigers felt flower pin
LSU Tigers Inspired Scrappy Felt Flower Pin

alabama felt flower pin
Alabama Crimson Tide Inspired Felt Flower Pin

fsu felt flower pin
Florida State Seminoles Inspired Felt Flower Pin

green felt flower pin
Green Scrappy Felt Flower Pin

pink felt flower pin
Pink Scrappy Felt Flower Pin

turquoise & purple felt flower pin
Turquoise & Purple Scrappy Felt Flower Pin

Clicking on the picture or the title below the picture will take you directly to the item in our Etsy shop, ratty daddy dinkdum.

This is just a few of the felt flower pins we carry. Please stop by and see the others! We look forward to seeing you!

Hope you are enjoying your day!

Beth and Denise

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I’m In Love…

with my New Pantry!!!

Our kitchen is almost finished! We’ve been using it for a while now, but there are still a few more things to do, like installing baseboard and toe kick, painting a few areas, a little grouting, etc. I will be posting pictures of our kitchen soon, but I wanted to share our pantry now. Here are some pictures of it before I put everything in it.

pantry layout

kitchen remodel


And here are some pictures of it filled with food.

small pantry layout

kitchen remodel pantry

pantry layout

These pictures were taken at two different times, so some things have been moved and other things are more plentiful. Also, the walls are only partially painted in one of the pictures. And, yes, Pepsi was on sale.

The pantry is probably my favorite thing in the kitchen. I did a lot of research about shelving height and layout, and it turned out perfect! All of our food and drinks fit in there. The only thing edible that isn’t in there is my CANDY! It has its own drawer. Open-mouthed smile

Thanks for letting me share my pantry with you!

Happy Wednesday!


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Bracelets, Bracelets, Bracelets

We have several different Scrappy Bracelets in our shop!

pink multicolor bracelet
Pink Multicolor – Berries & Cream

florida gators inspired bracelet
Blue & Orange – Florida Gators Inspired

fsu bracelet
Garnet & Gold – Florida State Seminoles Inspired

lsu bracelet
Purple & Yellow Gold – LSU Tigers Inspired

ohio state bracelet
Scarlet & Gray – Ohio State Buckeyes Inspired

tennessee volunteers texas longhorns bracelet
Orange & White – Tennessee Vols/Texas Longhorns Inspired

Clicking on the picture or the title below the picture will take you directly to the item in our Etsy shop.

Each Scrappy Bracelet is made using the locker hooking technique and has multiple fabrics and fibers from a variety of places - including some really unique & luxurious yarns.

These bracelets are chunky, handmade bracelets measuring approximately 8 1/4" around on the inside edge, 10 1/2" around on the outer edge, 3" across and 1 3/4" wide.

If you’re looking for different colors, please let us know. We can make a scarf, a bracelet, and/or flower pin in your choice of colors.

Hey Alabama fans and Notre Dame fans, don’t despair. We will have an Alabama Crimson Tide Inspired Scrappy Bracelet and a Notre Dame Fighting Irish Inspired Scrappy Bracelet soon!

Hope you are enjoying your Tuesday!

Beth and Denise

Monday, August 13, 2012

Lovely Little Trio

The Tennessee Volunteers and the Texas Longhorns are the inspiration for our Orange and White Scrappy Trio! If you love Orange and White, then this is the trio for you!

tennessee volunteers inspired
Here is the Orange and White Skinny Scrappy Scarf!

texas longhorns inspired
Here is the matching Orange and White Scrappy Bracelet!

orange and white accessories
And included in the trio is the White Felt Flower Pin!

Buy one, buy two, or buy all three! They would make a great gift for that football loving fan! And remember football season is right around the corner!

Have a great Monday!

Beth and Denise