Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bag tags

 I've shared the bag tags here and here, but these are great little gifts for Christmas.
They can be used on diaper bags, luggage, and school backpacks.

One way to use them at Christmas time is as
 a gift card holder!

Or how about as a gift tag?  
One side could be monogrammed
with the recipient's name with a note from the thoughtful giver 
 slipped into the clear vinyl side.
I have some tags listed in my Etsy store.
Please email me if you want a custom color 
(something Christmas-y perhaps) or a personalized tag .
Regular tags are $8 and personalized tags are $12.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Market totes

It's been awhile.
I've been busy with all sorts of projects, 
some near home and some far away.

I cannot believe that tomorrow is 
 I have so much for which I am truly thankful.
God has been so good to me and my family this year 
just as He has been in years past!

Are you a Black Friday shopper?
While I would like to take advantage of the good deals,
I prefer to spend the day after Thanksgiving in a more leisurely manner.
I'm more of a sleep-in-and-hang-out-with-family-kind-of-day-after-Thanksgiving person.

If you need gift ideas, I'll be posting some things make great gifts in the next week.
Today's idea is my newest item,  the market tote.
Just to make sure that it would work, I decided to take one for a test drive  :)
When I head into town I try to make the most of each trip.
This means that I typically load up my car with all sorts of errand running supplies.
The market tote is so handy for errand day.  
Since I wanted to get the full effect in my test drive, I monogrammed my tote.
I know, I know... how I suffer for my customers!

The market totes come in two sizes.  Can you find mine?
Here's a nice little benefit-
when not in use, they collapse for easy storage.
Mine will always be in use, but it's still a nifty concept.

Here's what they look like all stacked inside of one. 
I could have easily fit three more but didn't want to run back into the house just to prove it. 
I have lots of colors available, so just ask if you're looking for a specific color.
The mini totes are $21 and the larger totes are $28.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Good help is hard to find

I mentioned the fact that I was doing a craft fair not long ago.  I wavered on committing to it for so long that I'm pretty sure I drove my family crazy.  One day I was in, the next day I was out.  About a week before the actual date, I decided to do it.  My daughter, Becca, helped me scour local thrift stores for display items, provided her opinion on colors, held my hand and told me I could do this, shuttled her brother to his different activities, and kept the house going so that I could play upstairs with my ribbons, flowers and embroidery machine.

On the morning of the craft fair, Becca and my son, Scott, volunteered to get out of their warm beds to help me set up.  Scott set up the tent, carried all of the heavy things, secured anything that needed securing, and did all sorts of other essential things for me.  For the record, I would never have thought to secure most of that stuff; it would have occurred to me right after the wind blew it down.

Here he is surveying his work.  

Becca helped me decide where to put everything so that it looked good and then documented the whole thing.  Here's her account of it.  I'll have to talk her into being my official photographer!  For the record, she asked to have the hair flower.  It's an honor to have her wear something that I made. 

Since she was behind the camera, 
here she is with the rest of us at the state fair the night before the craft fair:

I'm pretty sure that you won't be seeing Carolina Ribbons at all the local craft fairs.  It's too large scale for my life right now.  I love working with my hands and sharing that with people on a smaller scale where it doesn't take away from time with my family and my ministry in my local church.