Wednesday, October 2, 2019

October 2, 2019 Newsletter - New Bowl Cozies Listed on Etsy

Good morning! We're so happy you've stopped in to visit for a few minutes. It's hard to believe it's October 2 and our temperatures are still in the 90s! But despite all this heat, I've managed to make a few more Christmas items and list them on Etsy.

We hope you can drop by to look at our new Christmas bowl cozies at HHC2019 (Happy Home Creations)  https://www.etsy.com/shop/HHC2019?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&section_id=25697310


I made this tissue box cover from a Bucilla/Plaid kit. The instructions need some tweaking. It calls for hand sewing throughout, which is fine until you attach the sides and top to each other. That should really be done with a sewing machine. However, because the instructions called for the side and top panels to be cut inside the black [cutting] lines, it would have been impossible to sew with a sewing machine so close to all those beads and sequins, so I did finish by whip stitching the sections together. My whipstitching is not even and that was very noticeable. The cover is too tight as well and pulled apart at the seams as I pulled it over the tissue box.

So I do have a helpful recommendation if you buy one of these kits. That is to cut out the side and top panels, leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance so you can neatly sew those together with your sewing machine. That will also allow the cover to fit over the box so the seams won't pull apart.  I should be making the Santa cover from this kit this month. So I will report if my recommendations helped after I complete that one.

It's still a pretty piece that I can use each winter for a few years. I wish I could capture all that awesome sparkle for you. I think the magnificent shimmer from the beads and sequins will keep the focus off those seams! This has given me an idea for some of my own felt TBC designs. Because overall, I did enjoy making this project. I think that's because felt is so easy to work with.

Have a nice day!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

September 4, 2019 Newsletter

Good morning everyone!

I hope you're all having a terrific day so far. I wanted to quickly drop by and thank all of you for visiting our Ebay listings while we had some of our craft items for sale there. We really appreciate your support!

I have just listed our fall and Christmas patterns on Etsy for those of you who enjoy making fall and Christmas items. These are the e-patterns only that you download and print yourself. If you're interested in buying a mailed pattern instead, send us an Etsy message and we'll get in touch with you about a price.

I will finally have a few finished items to list on Etsy soon. So visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/HHC2019? frequently to see those as those are added. I will also send out another newsletter when I have the first of those finished items listed. If you don't want to miss these announcements, just sign up to receive them via email just on the right side of this page. : ) I post only one or two newsletters a month and only when we have an update to share with you.

Have a nice day!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

July 24, 2019 Newsletter - Midsummer News

Good morning all! I hope your summer is going well.

I wanted to quickly drop by and tell you about the new Thank You cards I have added to Etsy at the following link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/704889236/set-of-5-pastel-thank-you-cards?ref=shop_home_active_1&frs=1. This is a custom order. So please allow up to 1 week for me to make them for you when you order them. You will receive 5 cards in the 5 colors shown, 5 white envelopes, and free shipping for $14.99. If you would like to have this set of cards in other colors, just contact me through Etsy conversations and I'll do my best to meet your request.

Special for my blog readers only! I will make additional cards for you for $1.50 each with the purchase of the first 5 cards - so $14.99 for the first 5 and $1.50 for each additional card. Additional cards MUST be requested before the time of your purchase and will be shipped with the original set of 5. You will receive white envelopes and free shipping with the additional cards as well. I will create a special listing just for you to pay for your custom set of 5 plus extra cards. Please be aware that more time may be needed to make your set when you order additional cards. I will provide updates as I progress through your order.

More new items coming to Etsy soon!

I have added a few handmade items to eBay for very low prices. If you want to look at those, go to https://www.ebay.com/sch/krafty-tools/m.html?item. These are larger items that I can no longer include free shipping on. I have reduced the selling prices of these items to offset the higher shipping fees.

Thanks for dropping by today to read our newsletter.

Have a nice day!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

June 26, 2019 Newsletter - Fabric and Other Craft Supplies on Ebay

Good morning! I hope you're all well today. I wanted to drop by this morning to remind you all I'm still slowly adding items from the craft room to eBay, where we sell under the name krafty-tools. I have listed lots of fabric and patterns and have more items to list over the next couple of weeks or so.

Very soon, I will make a few things that can be purchased on either Etsy or eBay. Maybe even Amazon! I just want you to have the option to buy from YOUR favorite location.

Thank you for being patient with me as I struggle to get through the additional work of summer on top of my studies, freelance career, eBay listing, preparing for a yard sale, decluttering the house, and routine household chores. Visit our Sew Practical blog often as I have some other ideas in my head that I hope to get started on this fall!

Have a nice day!

Monday, June 10, 2019

June 10, 2019 Newsletter Cleaning Out the Craft Room

Hi everyone! I hope you are all well today. It has been nearly 2 months since my last post! I do apologize for that. Because of all the necessary de-cluttering that has been going on, I haven't had time to make new items for the Etsy store, which also means I haven't had time to make items from craft kits for product reviews. There are two more rooms that need serious de-cluttering, but I will make an effort to make at least one new item each month for the Etsy store. I do have a few more ideas I think you will like. So stay tuned for those.

I still may not have time to create items from kits for product reviews for a while. This year is flying by, so winter will be here before we know it. Then I should have time to get back to my purchased craft kits and review those for you.

eBay Listings

I am pleased to announce that during all of this de-cluttering, I have found some fabric, patterns, and other supplies that I am willing to part with. Some will be sold in our garage sale, but there are a few items I have decided are eBay worthy.  I have quite a bit of fabric listings right now and will be listing many more items over the next several weeks. I have been a serious craft collector for over 20 years, so visit at least once a week to see all the new stuff I'll be adding. eBay allows us to combine shipping for up to 30 days worth of multiple auctions you win from us - if you want to wait that extended period of time to receive your items.

You can view all of our eBay listings at the following link:

Coming Soon!

I have started creating my own cross stitch patterns...well, technically, just one at this point. But it was lots of fun! So I worked on the protocol piece when I had a few free minutes here and there during the current de-cluttering project. I'm not ready to share the finished products just yet. Hopefully, I can be ready to give you peek no later than the New Year.

Thank you very much for dropping by today. Stay well and have a great life.

Have a nice day!

Monday, April 29, 2019

April 29, 2019 Newsletter - Souls Not Sales Ending Soon, New Ebay Listings

Hello everyone!

I'm glad you decided to stop by for a visit! I thought I'd prepare another newsletter before April ended.

Tomorrow is the final day of our Souls Not Sales event at our Women Making Time for God blog. I will remove the Women Making Time for God post of the entire book on May 1, 2019. If you missed it, you can buy the book on Amazon at the following link: https://www.amazon.com/Women-Making-Time-Patricia-Wilson/dp/1521580901. If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can still read the digital version free!

We have started selling on Ebay again. Things that don't fit into the Happy Home Creations theme on Etsy are going to be sold on Ebay. I hope you can check in from time to time to see what we're listing there as well. https://www.ebay.com/sch/krafty-tools/m.html?

I finally pulled the Cricut out of the box to play with it the last couple of weeks. It's not as scary to use as I thought it would be. Ü I learned a lot with these practice projects. For instance, I think I need to etch those glass jars longer than 10 minutes. ; ) We went to Michaels Saturday for more supplies! So watch for more Cricut projects soon.

I used permanent vinyl to make this Let Go Let God design to jazz 
up this already cute zebra stripe shopping tote.

We spent part of Saturday afternoon etching these cute glass jars so we
can keep the sugar and tea bags together. I can never remember how
to make the tea, so I'll make a little recipe card with the Cricut 
to attach to the tea bag jar. I think these would make adorable 
and thoughtful gifts. What do you think?

Product Review: Herrshners Cross Stitch Bookmarks
In my last post, I showed you a bookmark I had made for a friend. I'm making another one for another friend and will have a picture of it to share with you next month. Anyway, at that time, I had just realized that I only received four of the twelve patterns and only half of the floss and one-third of the aida cloth, so I contacted Herrshners that day. I received a reply before the next day. Thankfully they had already sent out the eight missing patterns a couple of weeks before and I received those just a few days later, and the missing floss is now on the way. They aren't going to send any more aida cloth, but I have a stash I'll use to finish those other eight.

Have a nice day!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

April 16, 2019 Newsletter

Hello everyone!

I hope you're all enjoying this great spring weather and that you weren't devastated by the storms that went through last week.

Don't forget, we are no longer using www.sewpractical.com as our domain name. We have reverted back to using www.sewpractical.blogspot.com as our domain name.

Mom and Pop Craft on Etsy is now HHC2019, which is short for Happy Home Creations. Ü

Below are a  few projects I have finished this month and I would like to tell you a little bit about the products in case you're thinking about making these as well.

This is one of the bookmarks I have made from a kit I bought from Herrschners back in February. However, I only received a kit for four and bought a kit to make 12 bookmarks. I just contacted them to find out where my kits for the other eight bookmarks are. When they are back in stock to order, be sure you get all 12 bookmarks. I started another bookmark last night and will show it in my next newsletter. There is more than enough floss to finish each bookmark...so far anyway. So I cross stitched a friend's name onto this one. This personalization is not included with the kits. Here is the link so you can see all of those bookmarks if you would like:

Below is a quilt I just finished. It has the Footprints poem embroidered onto it. The stamped quilt top is all that came in the package. Backing, batting, quilting thread, and embroidery floss has to be purchased separately. I can't remember who makes it now. I do remember that I bought it at Ben Franklin Crafts a couple of years ago. The stem stitch was the only stitch used to embroider the words and footprints onto the quilt top. I hand stitched and hand quilted the entire quilt except for the binding, which I machine stitched so I could finish it before a very important date. This is a very calming type of craft to do. Just stitch over the stamped words or images!

Don't forget. My Souls Not Sales book event will be active all April. I have posted my entire book Women Making Time for God on my Women Making Time for God blog. You can find that post at the following link: https://womenmakingtimeforgod.blogspot.com/2019/04/souls-not-sales-women-making-time-for.html

I also want to remind you about our sale going on this month at Happy Home Creations (HHC2019) on Etsy.

With all this pollen in the air, Mom's going to be reaching for a tissue quite often right now. Our tissue box covers are a great way to tell her Happy Mother's Day, and she can use hers for many years to come.

If she likes honey bees, she will adore this Quilted Honey Bees Square Tissue Box Cover Sustainable Gift.

Is she a sock monkey collector? Check out our Quilted Square Tissue Box Cover - Just Monkeying Around Embroidered Sock Monkeys - See No Evil Hear No Evil Speak No Evil Sustainable Gift

Maybe she's a lady who likes personalized gifts. We have a tissue box cover for that mom too! Single Monogram Hummingbird Font Quilted Square Tissue Box Cover Sustainable Gift. This may take a few days to complete so get your order in soon! ; )

Thank you for dropping by to see us today. Feel free to send us an Etsy message if you have any questions about any of the items we have for sale. We'll reply within 24 hours or less.

Have a nice day!