Happy Halloween

Man, its been 2 weeks since I last wrote. The bread/bun blog was in my file, I never posted it. I’ve really been bogged down with work, home and this Holiday Bazaar that is next week. I’ll be happy when its over.

Well today my g-friend Allie flashed me an email at 3 o’clock this morning. Of course I didn’t go in my email until right before lunch. I had to look for the phone number of the gal that is running the Holiday Bazaar. That is when I saw HOLY CRAP YOU WON!

Ever since I signed up to Lisa’s blog U-handbag (see side bar for link), I’ve been entering her monthly Amy Butler contest. This month’s contest was showing a Amy purse that you modified. My KOI purse, that is on my etsy account, is actually a Amy’s Velma bag. I didn’t really like the way the handle is on the bag and it is very small. So I decided to alter the size and and a chain belt as the strap. Well I won. So now I get to pick a pattern of Amy that Lisa will send to me. I picked the laptop and MP3 pattern. There will be more applications than using the pattern for laptops.

Sew what have I been doing in the sewing room. TOO MUCH! I made some more huck towels with fall designs that I purchased from EmbLibrary I mentioned in the previous post. Did those bread/bun warmers with the fall designs so they match. Did get those candle designs on the huck towels as well. I did a total of 4 of each designs on both towels and warmers, so that kept me busy for a couple of days. Nice, simple and sew out quick.

Found my black aprons and last Friday I ran up three of them. White apron I put Fall Leaves from Anita Goodesign Autumn Harvest 2 pack. Two black aprons; the design on the Autumn Harvest package and then EmbLibrary country fall design that has a bow in the center with pumkins and ivy on each side. These designs took anywhere from an hour to hour an half. All were easy to place on the aprons with pockets. Basically I measured one inch from the pocket and then divided the design in half and measured up that amount and in the middle of the two pockets. They all turned out pretty nice, with the fall color threads against the black background it pops out. I would take pictures but I am really tired and lazy about pulling out the camera. Maybe I will take pictures of them at the Holiday Bazaar and then post.

I went to a craft show near my house on one of the Saturdays since I’ve been back at work. Bought some wood scroll items. Bought two different scroll horses for my sister since she has a horse and then 3 ornaments for my son. Very reasonable priced.

At the craft show I wanted to approach this lady who was selling embroidery stuff. I didn’t again this year, but I have a problem when people do what she was doing. She was selling tea towels with our baseball and football team from our state. I don’t know if she purchased these designs from a lady I knew on the internet or if she did them herself (I think she bought them). But its against the law to sell items like that that are copyrighted. The lady on the internet digitilized sport teams logos and was selling them.

Someone associated with a sports teams saw this and had lawyers contact her. She could loose her business as well as everything she had. Its serious. She promised to the lawyers that she would pull them from her site and destroy them. She indicated to all purchasers that she would refund their money, BUT they could not and had to destroy the items so that she would not get in any legal trouble, this included items sewn out. The lady at the craft show had more tea towels with the logos this year than she did last year. Again I didn’t approach her because she had people looking at her stuff and I did not want to cause a scene.

The other thing that upset me about this person. And I have a right to voice my opinion about this, but she had lots of sweatshirts that were embroidered. I recognized the designs from EmbLibrary and Brother Christmas design cards. There were others that I didn’t know, but her work was shameful. I didn’t look on the inside of the sweatshirts, but just the outside, I don’t know how she could sell these items and I didn’t bother to check the prices on the items. All the jump stitches on the front were still in tact. She did not cut them. They looked horrible. And on her towels, the plastic stabilizer that you put on terry that washes out, she didn’t even remove it. How can you sell stuff like that? All my “Naughty” and “Nice” terry towels that I did, I took and washed them to get all the vilene off. I could not sit there and leave that stuff on it. I so wanted to ask her how sales were!!! <evil grin>

Yeah if I didn’t mention. I did a bunch of terry bathroom towels (white) and did sets that say “Naughty”/”Nice”, “Seasons/Greetings”, “Happy/Holidays”. On the N/Nice, Naughty was sewn in red and Nice in green. These are quick and easy gift ideas. Teachers, friends, co-workers. The towels I did had a border on them and I measured up 1/2 inch from the border and then centered the design. These are very well liked towels from everyone who has received them from me.

Not this past Monday but the previous one was sewing club. Sewing club is not like the old one. The teacher just rattles off new products and instead of showing or demostrating a technique or two, she writes it and gives you a copy of how to do it. In class she showed a shower curtain and valance. She indicated the dimension of the curtain, valance and how to embroider all the designs on the valance. She then gave us instructions on making a toilet cover doiley toilet paper cover (referred to as my husband cozie on Mama’s Family) and finally a bag to put a bar of soap in. All these items would sit on the toilet or on a long counter top. When she was explaining the doiley, she was talking so fast and I finally asked her all this stuff she was saying wasn’t making any sense. I asked her what machine she used to explain the directions. Well dah, it was a machine I wasn’t familiar with and I didn’t get information on how I would do it on the Brother PR600. I feel that if she is going to present a pattern, she should know how you would do it on each type of machine that people have purchased from that store. That’s my logic, so this way everyone could make it if they wanted.

On all the three items they had the designs from Anita Goodesigns Autumn Harvest 2. Matter of fact I made 4 of the toilet “COZIES” with acorns and leaves on them. Yeah cute! She then showed us a hand towel and bath towel with matching designs. The ladies were more interested in the towels and were they were purchased than the design. The towels were from Wal-Mart.

Went into my fall and Christmas material. Made a bunch of plain material toilet Cozies. My husband made fun of me. We have a bet I will sell the cozies. Now I did not bet that I have to sell them all. All I have to do is sell one to show him it wasn’t a stupid idea and a get ten bucks. He wanted to bet for sex, I told him he didn’t know what sex was! And I can’t sell it to our daughter, but he doesn’t know a bunch of friends from work are coming to the Holiday Bazaar, so I will sell one!

To make these covers, all you need is a piece of fabric that is 17 x 8. If you don’t put design on it, you sew the seam to close, 1/2 inch. At one end turn 1/4 inch, turn another 1/4 inch, iron and sew you have your hem. On the other end you need to make a casing. Turn 1/4 inch, turn again wider than ribbon and sew close to folded edge. Make sure you leave opening in the casing to put your ribbon through.

Now if you want to put a design on it, easy method (I screwed up and centered it in the middle both length and width – it was to high, but I corrected before I finished product), measure 2 1/2 inches from the bottom before you put in the hem. Center in the length. I didn’t make the soap bag because I thought why would you have an extra bar of soap out if giving a holiday party. A group of people wouldn’t go through a bar in one night. Also push pump soaps are popular these days, then you have the dreaded “do they wash their hands” ew…. I still liked the doiley and by the time I finish this post, I will know how to spell the word.

Started to do some doggie t-shirts. Only got two embroidered with says on it “You call this Fashion” (on a black t-shirt perferred for a male dog) and “Is this a Ugly Betty Line” with polka dots on black t-shirt. However on the Ugly Betty line – my daughter said you this quote because line equals fashion – when I did the second set of polka dots that I went into Embird to separate the dots so I could make placement anywhere on garment – I did a stupid thing. I even checked at least 3 times and I checked the wrong side. I sewed the bottom part of the t-shirt to the top, thus the garment was stuck and I had to rip everything off to get it off the hoop! Now I have a garment that has got little holes and tears.

So luck of the draw, but not finished with garment yet. I bought some bling on clearance at Target. I have two hearts set together that are rhinestones. I put them on the top of the t-shirt and it hides those holes. Now on the bottom of the t-shirt, my daughter suggested to take plaid material and make it appear as if there is a polo shirt under a vest (add buttons). This will cover up the mishap on the bottom side. She then indicated to take some material and make a ruffle and put that around the whole bottom of the t-shirt. Now you actually have an “Ugly Betty” piece of clothing. I hope all of you know who “Ugly Betty” is. Its a television program of a ugly girl who doesn’t know fashion yet she works for a popular fashion magazine!

I am picking on Paris Hilton too. I haven’t made the t-shirts yet, but They’ll say Paris’ BFF (after her reality show on MTV – I think it is MTV). I have some bling charms for cell phones that I am going to put on the pink or white t-shirt. Okay these are really cute ideas for doggie t-shirts and they are my idea, you can’t steal em <jk>. I want to do another black t-shirt that says, “Why doesn’t the cat get to wear one of these?” I am soo tired.

Went to EmbLibary site the other night. NO I DIDN’T Buy anything last week (but saw cute items – could buy them this week however, unless they aren’t on sale). This weeks sale is on their design packs, but they are only favorite design packs from the employees of EmbLibrary. You buy one get one free. Tonight is the last night to get their October freebie and 17 cent design. Their new items are up for November. Here I will post them…

The flowers are the 17 cent designs, the others are the freebies. I can say I don’t care for any.

Tomorrow is Saturday and well don’t know what I’ll be doing but hubby and I are going to Sonic for lunch. Now that we don’t have to drive over an hour to enjoy a burger. Didn’t mention but my daughter Michelle got hit by a car last week. I thought she was driving, but found out that she was on her brother’s bike and a paramedic driving his personal car didn’t see her and hit her. He dragged her across the street and rolled on her foot and stopping on it. Her foot was crushed, but xrays showed no broken bones. My hubby was en-route to the hospital and at the train crossing a freight was going by and there was a ambulance next to him – our daughter was in there. When she got in a ER room, I left and came back and our son’s ex-finance was there. Wasn’t a pretty picture with hubby. So daughter is dealing with insurance stuff from the accident and well the grocery store called me regarding my fall from last month.

I have to contact someone regarding their final disclosure. I think I will be suing, something I would not do, but I have to because of their neglect. I think if I was not at the hospital an hour prior to the fall having a procedure done, I would not care, but there is that possibility that lets say, if I fell forward, I could have ruptured the tissue expander that was in me. A employee neglected to clean up the water off the floor, let the store deal with the concequences. Okay another word I don’t wish to check if is wrong. They are truely lucky I fell to my side, even though it was the side I had work on that day.

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