It is the end of year Huge Clearance sale in the shop. It is my time to clean some things up and you get a huge savings. I do not price the blankets much lower than this, ever! So stock up on cup cozies as awesome teacher gifts. Buy some blankets for the wedding season coming up and they also make great house warming gifts!
It is almost Christmas. I have done a little bit of shopping. We have put up the Christmas tree and the Christmas stockings. I have just shipped all the orders so far. I have two crochet hats left to make for family and friends.I can’t tell you how stressed the holidays have been and at the same time super fun and exciting. When I spend the month of December buying things, I also start thinking about spending a month using up my stash of supplies. Are you ready for another Use the Stash Challenge?
I am also thinking about next year and trying to decide if I am going to change things in my Etsy shop. This is always the time of year when I do that. I am considering some huge changes in how I do things. I have had more pulls on my time this year and those pulls are not going to go away. My supplies and scraps have been building up all year long and it is time to whip them back into shape or simply get rid of them. The Use The Stash Challenge helps me to clear out a ton of bits and pieces while pushing the envelope on my creativity.
The one thing that I am going to do is to have another 100 things in 100 days or the Use Your Stash challenge. I am thinking about making it bigger in some way. I made so many different things during the challenge and I got out of my comfort zone. There are so many different things on Pinterest that I want to sew or make. You can see them all on 100 ideas-for-using-up-my-supplies/ pin board. So please let me know what you would like and would you join me?
I am off to crochet two more hats and to watch some tv while I get it all done.
I also have two Minion hats to crochet for some close friends, so I have plenty on my plate and two Dr Who scarves to crochet for the family!
I have been procrastinating by wasshing some burlap bags. I have been trying to get the house cleaned up in preparation for the college kids that come to our house for Thanksgiving. It is a busy time but I love having them visit. We have spent 6 weeks or so cleaning out my Mom’s old house so she could move into a smaller place. I have tons of new (old) things that need to find a new home. So, I am unpacking and starting to think about putting them away in a more permanent home. Today, I am doing that by washing the burlap sacks that I picked up out of her garage. I am wanting to use them in some craft projects but they are dirty and smell like burlap!
My Mom and Dad used these on the farm to pick up pecans and haul things around. They are really useful but really dirty. They also got these from the feed store, ages ago and they have been lying around in the garage for years.One is a coffee sack with cool writing on it. I am getting ready wash them with bleach and then dry them, several times. I hope the bleach doesn’t take out the writing. My washer regularly washes dog beds so I am pretty sure that it can handle these with no problems.
So this is the first wash. We will see how it goes.
It is pretty linty. The lint trap was completely full and I stopped the cycle so I could wash it again.
It is pretty gross. Thankfully, I am going to use the lint to make some fire starters for the fire pit but the burlap really needs another wash cycle, or two.
it is starting to look better than it did and it IS softer. We will see what a total of three washing and drying will do for them. I am going to stop the dryer cycle half way through and clean out the lint trap. I am also going to shake them out outside and get rid of the little pills of lint before it goes in the dryer.
Ok there was even more dryer lint the second time but I think that third time is the charm! The burlap bags are much softer and smell less than they did with the first wash. I will show you how it comes out next time and also the cute projects I am wanting to try.
Autumn or fall as we Okies tend to say is really upon us. The weather has gone from 70 degrees to 30 degrees overnight as the cold front comes in. Thankfully this kind of weather gives us some beautiful Fall color. Here is a photo of our back yard and one of our neighbor’s tree that I just love this time of year.
Aren’t they glorious. This is the view first thing in the morning as we get coffee and breakfast. Especially since we have the curtains shortened to keep the puppy from chewing on them. I had the good fortune of being in a craft fair last week and while it was fun I am reminded why I do them so infrequently. They sure take a bunch of work. Here is a photo of my booth and I know it needs improving.
I only had two days notice to participate in this one so I worked on my cup sleeve and boot cuff presentation and they sold much better.
Here you can see my final choice amidst the chaos of creativity!
Complete with my quick sketch of a boot with a boot cuff! I feel pretty good about these. It did seem to take all day long to get them just right! It was a great craft fair. I got to talk to some wonderful people and spend time with my Mom. My cousin stopped by and we visited for awhile. We had a great time.