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!

Monday, April 1, 2019

April 1, 2019 Newsletter - Etsy Sale and New Item Listed!

Hi everyone!

Thanks for dropping by. How are you all today? I hope well. I want to let you know that I have ditched the www.SewPractical.com domain name. GoDaddy's prices have gotten so high that I didn't pay for that this year. So, if you found us through an internet search, you can now find us only at the Google Blogspot address of www.sewpractical.blogspot.com.

By now, you've realized I didn't get back with a new item before March ended. But I did finish a new tissue box cover and listed it this morning for you. Here's the link to our adorable Just Monkeying Around tissue box cover: https://www.etsy.com/listing/695241447/quilted-square-tissue-box-cover-just?ref=shop_home_feat_1&pro=1&frs=1. Below is a quick peek. 🔻🔻

With Easter and Mother's Day coming up quickly, I decided to have a sale. Hop on over to the following link https://www.etsy.com/shop/HHC2019? to take advantage of this.

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 here: https://womenmakingtimeforgod.blogspot.com/2019/04/souls-not-sales-women-making-time-for.html. Watch for another book to be released soon!

I just finished a quilt project, and I just started a bookmark cross stitch project, so I hope to get some pictures and prepare a product review or two for you in the next newsletter or two.

Have a nice day!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

March 6, 2019 Newsletter - Quick Hello

Good morning!

I wanted to drop by with a quick hello today. I hope all of you are doing well. So far, we have managed to avoid the flu and pneumonia that are going around in our area. I've been doing some deep cleaning along with my routine housework throughout each week to keep as much dust (a.k.a. germ and bacteria host) out as possible.

Because of the added cleaning, I haven't been doing much crafting. That doesn't mean that I won't suddenly drop the cleaning for a couple of days though. So keep a watch on Happy Home Creations 2019 (formerly Mom and Pop Craft) on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/HHC2019. I do a lot of thinking while I clean, so you just never know when one of those ideas will go directly to the sewing machine, embroidery machine, or Cricut. ; ) I have several classes yet to take on the Cricut and finally, have a few supplies coming thanks to my family. I understand it's quite addictive once you get the hang of using it.

I'll try to make it back by the end of the month with a new item announcement and at least one product review. Let me know if you have any happy home ideas I can make for you. Personalize it with an initial from the list of hummingbird fonts at the following link on our blog: https://www.sewpractical.com/2019/02/hummingbird-font-initial-choices-for.html.

Until we meet again, take care and stay well. Remember that a smile is sunshine for the soul. Ü

Have a nice day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

February 13, 2019 Newsletter: Mom and Pop Craft is Now HHC2019 (HAPPY HOME CREATIONS)

Good morning! When Etsy told sellers we should have a common theme in our Etsy shops, I decided to tighten my theme to home creations. One sleepless night shortly after making that decision, the name Happy Home Creations along with the smiling home logo came to mind. My husband quickly created the digital logo from my hand-drawn version. I spent the next two months creating the first five items that would jump-start Happy Home Creations. However, HHC2019 isn't just about creations for the home, it's about delivering happy thoughts every time you visit. Every few days, we'll change our top banner to help you stay focused on the positive, so you can always find a reason to be happy. : )

Here's the link to see our new bowl cozies and quilted tissue box covers under our new name: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HHC2019. More happy home creations will be added soon! So please visit often.

Enjoy this day God has created just for you. And remember that God loves us so much that he sent his only son to die on a cross for us. (John 3:16) You won't find a more devoted love than that! : )

Below are a few snapshots I took of the embroidered quilt I made to use for my white background that Etsy recommends for our pictures.

Have a nice day!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Hummingbird Font Initial Choices for Tissue Box Covers on Etsy

Etsy doesn't give me an option to show these images with the initial selection, so I have created this post to show you those images of the initial choices for our Single Monogram Hummingbird Font Quilted Square Tissue Box Covers offered on Etsy. Here's the Etsy link to see the tissue box cover:

Have a nice day!


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Happy New Year 2019!

Hello there!

With all the Christmas excitement, I was unable to make a second post in December. I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and are having a wonderfully happy New Year.

I'm excited about all the upcoming changes I'm working on for the Etsy store. Stay tuned for that! I'm busy every day preparing for the switchover. My husband took my drawing of what I wanted to use for our new logo and made it beautiful with his digital products. He bought me a Cricut Maker for Christmas, so I hope to learn to use that for all kinds of things from tags to hang on our products to making actual products with it.

I'm also making a white quilt to use as a backdrop for pictures of our new products. Yes, I could have used a sheet or a shower curtain, but I'm a crafter and wanted something pretty! So I'm making a quilt. By February 1, 2019, I hope to announce the new store and the first few of the all-new products we're going to offer.


I finished the hand-embroidered project above and gave it as a Christmas present. The recipients have three adopted animals and tons of flowers. I bought the pretty frame from Hobby Lobby.

This was made from Dimensions kit 71-06242 titled House Sampler. Plenty of floss was provided to complete the stamped embroidery project. As stated, this is a sampler so you can practice many different embroidery techniques while you're making this fun and simple project.

I made these hummingbird coasters from Craftways kit 180774. The coasters are included! These were a gift as well. There was so much floss left over that I'm going to make a matching gift to give to the recipients of these coasters next Christmas. These were so fun and easy to make!


Have you ever heard of pom-pom yarn? My husband dragged me to Hobby Lobby (no use of force was actually necessary) just before Christmas and when I saw this, I had to buy some. The instructions to make the little pom-pom rug are on the inside of the wrapper. I hope to work on that this month too! I may have to look for some more patterns for this awesome yarn.

Last but not least, I had to show you pictures of the snow we got the second week of December. I got the measurement in the first photo when we first got up that morning. It continued to snow throughout the morning, and we had a total of about 10 inches of snow before it started melting later that afternoon. It looks like there's a cake sitting on top of the birdbath in the last photo. Even though we had temps in the 50s and 60s shortly afterward, it still took about two weeks for all the snow to melt.

Have a nice day!