Friday, August 21, 2009

Child's Apron (with matching doll apron)

My daughter is a great seamstress! She can sew circles around me! She makes aprons and other cute things, but I thought I would share about one of the cutest things that I have seen her make. Actually the picture presented here is of a size 3T child's apron that she made for my friend's granddaughter. She also made an adorable matching apron for the little girl's doll. Although this one is sold, she takes custom orders.

Take a look at her shop; also check out her sold items. Her shop is called Her Apron Strings, appropriately! Visit her shop!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Tillamook Cheese

Last week, I decided to go with my hubby on a sales run to the Oregon Coast, specifically to Tillamook Oregon. Actually it is on the bay. I really didn't get a chance to see the ocean, but I did get to spend time at the Tillamook Creamery and Cheese Factory. It was overrun with customers, since it was the height of the summer vacation time. Everywhere everyone was busily taking in the sights while making plenty of sound of their own! No need for ambient music!
After taking the self-guided tour from the elevated glass enclosed second floor viewing area above the operating factory, the treat of the day seemed to be ICE CREAM for everyone but me! There were long lines to get heaping portions of ice cream, so I chose cheese Tilla-Moos and a hazelnut latte! Tilla-Moos are snack size individually wrapped 10 oz portions of your favorite cheese - - I chose Colby Jack! By the way, sorry the factory picture is "cheese colored" the lights in the factory were of a yellow tinge that my camera caught! hee! hee! For more information about Tillamook Cheese, you can check out this site!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Holiday Plans????

Well, it's the 15th of August and summer is gone here--today it is only 65 degrees outside! I know there will be a few more hot days of summer, but school will be starting soon and then the holiday season will quickly follow! It's caused me to start thinking about my holiday plans!

So . . . I got out my little note book and started jotting down some plans. Some of them involve the family and holiday celebrations; but, of course, some of the plans are of a business nature. I considered doing some cute little lampwork zipper pulls for back to school, but with the CPSIA thing, I have decide to do some more research on the project. For more info on this check out this thread in the etsy forum:

So, I decided to do some zipper pulls for adults! (See them in my design shop.)

Soon I will be posting several of my autumn quilted wall hangings and I am making some autumn table runners.

As for Christmas, I haven't decided if I want to do more items or just list the ones I already have. With the economy like it is, it is hard to make these decisions! Any suggestions? What are you doing with your inventory, if you have an etsy shop?????

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Trip to the Beach!

Today, I will be at the beach with my husband! He's got business there, and I'm tagging along. I'm taking a holiday from my routine. I may spend some time by myself, but that's OK; I like solitude. I'll do some shopping. I'll read a book, enjoy the ocean, and of course, take my camera. I'll share some pictures when I get back!
I can already smell the ocean, hear the seagulls cry and feel the brisk breeze on my face!
I do have a necklace that was inspired by my last trip to the beach. Check it out!

Monday, August 10, 2009

August is Here!

Second week in August!

Were has the summer gone? I know . . . it's still here, but it is winding down fast! Hope that you have had a vacation, or some time off to enjoy!

In August we have blackberries growing everywhere in the Pacific Northwest. As a family, we usually take a few days to enjoy picking! Enjoy a few pictures of our adventures in berry picking last year!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Weekend Deals!

I'm having a sale on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (August 7th, 8th and 9th). I will be giving 40% OFF purchases from my necklace section in my Jewelry Design shop! Check it out!!!!

Moonstone Trio Necklace

Leopard Necklace

Rhyolite Pendant Necklace

Sweet Birdie Necklace
Stop by my shop this weekend for some real deals!!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Turquoise Swirl Silver Foil Necklace

A little while ago, I purchased some beautiful beads from an etsy seller, BeadsYouNeed. I loved them! Beautiful glass beads that have a silvery foil swirl in the middle! Wasn't sure what I would do with them, but I knew something would present itself!

So, here it is. The glass beads are offset by turquoise rounds that are stacked between long silver spacer beads. Some turquoise should be in every jewelry box! The sparkle of the necklace is not seen well in the photographs, you have to see it to appreciate it! It can be worn as a choker, or longer. It was lots of fun to create and see what would finally emerge! Now showing in my shop.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Cooler Weather Creates Inspiration!

It's been unseasonably hot here in the Pacific Northwest with record breaking temperatures! Haven't felt like doing anything, much less being creative! But . . . today it was cooler and after spending the morning at the farmer's market, I sat down at the bead table. Wow! was that fun! I sat there and watched some old movies while I created some beaded zipper pulls. Here's the one I made for my own purse!

Made about six more and, when the new beads that I ordered arrive, I'm going to make some for kids! They will love the lampwork beads of animals and cars. They'll be great for the backpack zipper or the zipper on jackets! Just in time for Back-to-School! Watch for them in my shop.