Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The days of April...

Our little redbud tree in bloom.

The days of April seem to be passing along, promising sunny days and warm breezes. Everything is waking up and turning gorgeous shades of green. As many sewistas are taking advantage of Autumn fabrics to get ahead on sewing projects, I'm opting for staying in the moment and sewing with some beautiful shades of summer.  

I've been wanting to make Art Gallery Fabric's Spectrum Quilt for some time and I finally did it! What a fun quick sew! If anyone is looking for a simple project, this has to be it. I've been thinking about doing a second one in black and florals. Could you imagine? The contrast would be stunning!

The only thing that that the free pattern was missing was how to sew the strips together. There was no emphasis on placing them a 1/4 inch off to make up for the seam allowance. My first row was a mishap and ended up being ripped and restitched. Well, you learn something new every time!

And since I was on a roll of trying things I've been wanting to do ~ Mario Batali's Walnut Honey Cake from his America Farm to Table cookbook is Yum, Yum, Yum!  I got this book for a fraction of the cost at Barnes and Noble. Could you say "best buy of the year so far"? It's packed with timeless recipes. I truly can't wait to try more!

And my feathered girls:) They've been clucking like crazy! 
It's a good thing too, since 6 eggs are needed for that tasty cake!

One thing that ended up working out great, was planting wheat in containers. It makes for a perfect snack on rainy days when I don't want the girls to run loose:)

Hope your days are filled with sunshine! Till next time friends!

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Finally......... for so many reasons. 

Finally, a project gets quilted. Finally, I've completed our house projects which included painting the girls rooms and bathroom. Finally, my Spring cleaning list is notably shrinking. Finally, a small shop issue is resolved. And finally, Ohio weather is beginning to look promising. Just in time for Easter.  

The lovely Tula Pink Moon Shine Strip quilt, that was started oh.. about 2 years ago is finally folded nicely and displayed on our staircase ledge, adding a beautiful bounce of colors to a bland hallway. I can't begin to tell you how hard it was to get myself going with this. Relocating my sewing machine to the dining room table was not so bad. But knowing that it was just the row after row, boring sewing that made me think, I could be creating something new. Does anyone else have that problem? Ya know, procrastinating with completing a project simply because you keep starting new ones?

Gotta admit, I absolutely love the finish but I need to work on doing something other than straight lines, due to mere fact that this was tedious and boring. It's been on my mind to take my 7+ completed quilt tops to the professional long arm artist down the road, but I fear it takes away from solely being made by moi. Maybe... I just need to purchase that long arm frame I've had my eye on... ;)

On another note. Playing with scraps ended up working out great when I decided to add a few solid colors into the mix, creating yet another completed 'top'. You know when they say you learn as you go? Well, believe it or not, this was the first time seams were 'nested'. Yes.... all my other projects were pressed with open seams. So much for thinking one quilt patterns instructions meant 'across the board.'  Boy oh boy was this ALOT faster and simpler. 

And thank you to those who have been swinging by the Etsy shop!
A recent unfortunate experience made me realize that technology and online shopping is not what it seems. I share this story with you in hopes that one day you will avoid any such problems.
First and foremost, I want to let you all know that I started selling items on Etsy because a collection of handmade projects was accumulating in our home. At the time, I was a stay at home mom, and free-time during nap time was often passed by the sewing machine or making things with my hands. Thanks to my beautiful sister who introduced me to Etsy, I figured I could sell here and there, and make some money for a turn around on fabric supplies.
I never looked at the Etsy shop as something I'd like to do full-time, because the truth. I like my days off. I like to choose the projects I work on and overall.... I like being a nurse and have no desire to quit. At least not yet.

There are always 2 standpoints. The buyer and the seller.
I have had my share of sad experiences as the seller. One specifically where the buyer stated they did not receive their item - thank God for tracking numbers and confirmation. As I was asked to send a second item out at no cost, my responses were a bit smart alecky, and miraculously the original apron appeared! Hmmm...

Then there is the echeck - where someone needs to get the item super quick but payment hasn't cleared. So... you take pity, and send it out, only to find payment was canceled and your out on money, time, and fabric.
Yes... some people are ruthless. And Etsy does recommend that you do NOT ship out anything until payment is fully received into your account. So in the end, the problem was created by you.

However a recent transaction went haywire for the buyer and seller. A purchase was made and money was sent to my invalid email. I was getting emails from Etsy all the time which made this so unbelievable. I updated my new email on Paypal as well. But still, no payment pending after echeck. This took days to clarify... Etsy stated that for whatever reason, my email was never updated through the purchasing section. I literally flipped. If you update your email... doesn't that mean it's updated? Nope. You need to go, section by section and update all the separate areas. Personally, this doesn't make sense to me. But Etsy did apologize and stated that the information should've been requested or the screen should've prompted me with a message. After all, this is a global website, correct?

In the end... the payment was received after hours of back and forth through Etsy and Paypal. The item was finally shipped out along with an extra gift for the mere fact of feeling horrible that it took 10 days to figure out! Etsy is a phenomenal site and I have by no means the intention of making anyone look bad. What I'd like for people to take away from this is that even the most credible sites can have glitches. Those things that we cannot see in our new technological world. This recipients money was just floating somewhere. So... next time as the buyer I will be more forgiving and as the seller, I will have to check, recheck, and recheck all my ducks in a row.

Thanks for taking the time to read my little piece! Hopefully it will save some of you time and worry.

Wishing you all a Happy Easter this lovely weekend!
Christ is Risen!
 May your days be filled with family, love, health and happiness!
Until next time friends!