It’s Been A Long Time…

Wednesday, 11 September 2013, 12:00 | Category : Miscellaneous
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Hello.

I’ve missed you and blogging and the online sewing community…

Quite a few things have happened over the last month and a half.

I made some custom curtains for a client- I didn’t get a great photo but I think they turned out great. She was thrilled with them.

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We went hiking and found some amazing waterfalls…

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I made a really cool wall storage picture frame thing…

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I made a commemorative wall hanging for my Grandma’s 85th birthday…

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I had some gorgeous flowers bloom…

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We went camping in our back yard and out in the woods…

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But the most important thing that happened this summer, was that I finally got a position as a music teacher for Hazleton Area School District! It’s been a whirlwind that I never thought would happen, but I was able to go for an interview on a Tuesday, get hired by the school board on a Thursday night and started on Friday morning! Whew!

Ahh Summer…

Monday, 15 July 2013, 13:54 | Category : Miscellaneous
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So its July 15th… I decided to take some time off from blogging to enjoy the summer with my family and do some sewing.
So far:
We’ve been swimming

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We’ve played mini golf

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We’ve visited my sister’s new puppy Samoa

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Saw Circque du Soleil, Totem

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Had a few fires

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And I’ve spent a lot, I mean a LOT, of time on Pinterest.

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What have you been up to?

1 Year

Tuesday, 18 June 2013, 11:00 | Category : Miscellaneous
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Wow, it’s been one year since I started this blog. My first post was on June 18, 2012. A lot has happened since then in my little world. I went from being a stay at home mom to a fully employed mom. I also got a new sewing machine and have completed (umm, almost) some really cool projects. I even opened an Etsy Shop!

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On the home front, we got a new dog- Minuet. She’s a diva and a pirannha all rolled into one tiny, five pound package of a Morkie. She wrestles with my forty pound Mini Schnauzer, Wolfie, as if he weighs nothing. (Granted, he loves her like a sister and won’t do anything without her.) Its pretty cute to watch them roll around on the floor with her chewing on his leg and him just letting it happen. Even my son Jack loves to watch them play.

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Jackson turned three in October and had a fantastic angry birds themed birthday party at a Bounce House place. Easiest birthday to plan- ever. My husband and I celebrated seven years of marriage and nine years of being together. I personally noted eight years of living in my house in Wilkes Barre with my hus-beast. I went to my first real quilt show in Lancaster, PA. I even changed my hairstyle and glasses. Funny, I didn’t think that many things had changed in my life…
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It’s pretty amazing to think about all of these things that have happened. I’ve also created some really neat objects for myself and for others. Throughout this post I’ve placed some photos of these objects for you to peruse. I know that I’ve forgotten a few projects, but the majority are represented. I’m hoping I’ll be able to finish up a few and even come up with some great new projects and tutorials to share with you. Maybe I will even get to participate in some swaps and submit some projects to various media outlets as well. Mostly, I’m hoping I can make my Etsy Shop successful. If you haven’t seen it yet- its called TheBobbinShop. Here’s to another year of crafting…

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The Etsy Shop

Thursday, 13 June 2013, 13:43 | Category : Miscellaneous
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So I finally completed my long awaited project- an Etsy Shop. It’s hard to believe that I haven’t had the time to blog in almost two months, but I have been extremely busy. While I’ve missed blogging , sewing and creating, opening an Etsy Shop was an interesting process. I also found it rewarding in that I was able to sell something within thirty minutes of opening the store. Granted, the item was sold to a friend whom I have purchased crocheted items from off of Etsy.

You might remember a previous blog post in which I told you about buying my new sewing machine- Lena, my Elna. God I love her. She sews like a dream, sadly though, she had a price tag to match. When I explained to my husband the details of the purchase, he told me it was finally time to open an Etsy Shop. He’s been urging me to do this for a long time, but I was stubborn and never got around to it. Well, I had no more excuses.

So, here it is: The Bobbin Shop. If you need to search for it on Etsy- there are no spaces in the name. (I’ not sure why Etsy does that with store names- it bothers me.) I currently have the “Say Ahh” Pouch in three sizes: small, medium and large, and I also have the “Put It In My Box” Pouch. I plan on including more products in the shop, like fabric key chains, tissue holders for car visors, messenger bags in small and large sizes, wallets and other types of bags and purses. I also hope to be able to create custom, couture handbags on commission. I like sewing these items as I find them a challenge, and they also give me a sense of pride when they come out great.

Hop on to my Etsy shop, show me a little love, buy something, or just leave a comment or suggestion…

Thanks….

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Long Time, No See…

Thursday, 23 May 2013, 13:41 | Category : Miscellaneous
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Whew, its been awhile… I’ve been sick, had multiple concerts and 2 graduations. Work has been hectic and I’ve been planting my gardens. I’ve been busy…

I’m also working on a secret project I hope to share with you in June. My goal is to have it ready to go June 1st. We’ll see if I can meet that goal…

Till then, toodles…

Covert Robin: Gifts Received!

Thursday, 4 April 2013, 11:20 | Category : Miscellaneous
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So when I got home Monday night, there was a package waiting for me. It came all the way from England and had multiple surprises in it! I opened it with care, (more like ripped into that thing like a dog with a stuffed squeaky toy!) Inside I found a postcard that had sticky notes on it- I had to wait to read it until after I opened my gifts. Yes- multiple gifts!

The first gift I opened was an awesome First Aid wrap kit. It’s the perfect gift- my husband is a klutz and I usually have to patch him up every once in awhile. I know, I’m an angel. (Yeah, I couldn’t even type that with a straight face…)

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The second gift I opened was this awesome blue leopard print round pouch. Inside of it was yet another gift! It was this awesome yellow ring pincushion with three leaf pins.

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Lastly, there was even a present for my son, Jackson. Needless to say he ripped that paper off and was super excited- stickers and candy!!

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How cute is he?! I can’t stand how freaking awesome this lady is- she thought of everything and totally made cool gifts! I do love swaps and hope I will get to do more of them…

If you’re curious as to who this amazing lady is- head over to Amy’s Crafty Shenanigans! Thanks Amy- you’re a peach!

The Covert Robin Swap! Finished!

Monday, 1 April 2013, 9:00 | Category : Handbags, Miscellaneous
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I finally did it! I finished my gift for the Covert Robin Swap! I really hope that my recipient likes what I made for her. I did quite a bit of snooping through her blog, looked through photos and even found her bio. After learning all the information on her I could, I created not one, but two gifts for her. She and I happen to share the same passion. (Umm, I can’t say what that is since it might give away who my recipient is.) Hopefully, once she receives it, I’ll be able to spill the beans!!!

Ok- so here’s what I made…

Created from Jeni Baker's Drawstring bag Tutorial from her blog, In Color Order.

Created from Jeni Baker’s Drawstring bag tutorial from her blog, In Color Order

Made using a heavy duty canvas, Pellon Interfacing, and quilter's weight cotton

Made using a heavy duty canvas, Pellon Interfacing, and quilter’s weight cotton

The drawstring bag was made from a tutorial on Jeni Baker’s blog- In Color Order. It was super easy and fast. The fabric choices were a bit wild, but sometimes you have to go big or go home. I even incorporated some decorative stitching along the edges for a nice effect, (dear God I love my new Elna!!!).

The tote bag was created from looking at a variety of pictures on Google Images and just “winging” it. I think it turned out pretty cute. I really love the exterior fabric. Being a musician myself, it was hard for me to let that finished product go. The bag was so much easier to put together now that I have my new sewing machine with a free arm and an extension table. (Lena, my Elna, sure makes sewing easier!)

Once my recipient gets her package, I’ll have to share a surprise that occurred when I went to ship it. I might have to rethink some things when it comes to doing a swap even though I really enjoyed this one. If you’ve never done a swap before- I highly recommend it.

Now, I just have to figure out how to link this up to Imagine Gnats Blog…

Lancaster Quilt Show Goodies!

Thursday, 28 March 2013, 11:23 | Category : Miscellaneous, Vacations
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So, I had a fantastic time at the Quilt show and wanted to show you the fabric I got.

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Some was purchased at the show and most of it was purchased at the PA Fabric Outlet. I can’t wait to make some bags!

The Covert Robin Swap

Wednesday, 27 March 2013, 11:13 | Category : Uncategorized
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Back in February I decided to enter the Covert Robin hosted by quite a few bloggers. The idea is to make a gift for around $30 and send it off to the recipient without them having any idea of what they’re getting. I’ll be mailing mine this weekend once I get paid. (Funds are a little low right now.) I can’t wait to show you what I created! But I don’t want to spoil it for the recipient, so I’ll be waiting a little bit.

Lancaster Quilt Show

Tuesday, 26 March 2013, 11:29 | Category : Quilts, Vacations
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After the weekend from hell in Philly, my sister Jenn and I decided to go to the Lancaster Quilt Show. Lancaster is down near my old stomping grounds in college. I attended Kutztown University and performed a lot in the Reading area. I also took clarinet lessons in Lancaster every summer with Janine Thomas, so you could say I’m familiar with the area and lots of places to eat.

The show was amazing! It was my first real quilt show I attended and I was just overwhelmed by everything. There were four floors with tons of vendors and quilts. It was neat to look at quilts I had only seen in magazines. I was able to see the “Beneath the Southern Sky” traveling quilt show and “The Tentmakers of Cairo.”

The two men of the tentmakers from Cairo were amazing. I have never seen someone sew on appliqué by hand so fast!! They had no pattern to look at, nor did they have any pictures to reference for their beautiful work. The best part, was that you could see hundreds of little scraps of fabric all over the floor. Its nice to see they’re just as messy as most of us are.

Oh, and the best part of the show? I bought a new sewing machine! I wasn’t planning on buying a new one- but the gentleman I worked with at the Janome and Elna booth sold me on an Elna eXcellence 730 with a cover and clear extension table. I was able to buy a show sale machine and saved about 50%!!!! Yeah- I named her Lena- an anagram of Elna, lol. So if you know of anyone who wants to buy an older sewing machine that’s been kept in great condition- has tons of feet and has a case and cover- let me know.

So, without further ado- here are my photos…

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Oh- the last two photos- that’s all our crap for one overnight trip, hehee!