Second of all, I want to thank my four newest followers: Sheila at "A Postcard a Day", Helen from "Poetry Matters", Connie at "Crafty Home Cottage", and Warm Regards from "Travels Through My Past".
Last but not least, here is what I have been doing and why I haven't posted since last Thursday:
Last week, I didn't have to go to work. This allowed me to catch up on things around here, time spent not cleaning but creating. I finally finished the t.v. blankets for John and Lisa's new kiddos and got them mailed off.
They were easy to make, but I wasn't in the mood for sewing. Plus, the presser foot came off of my machine and I thought that it was broken. That took me about a month to figure out. Actually, I never am in the mood to sew, until I make myself. Once I begin though, I want to keep on making things. Somehow, sewing helps me to switch over my brain from writing and blogging to spending my time using my hands.
I hope that Superman is still cool. This blanket goes to T.
E. got the one with the pretty butterflies in her favorite colors of pink and purple.
I heard through the grapevine that D. enjoys The Green Lantern.
I received a very nice email from Cyndy, the woman with the Deli and Gift shop at McKenzie Bridge. I had written to her and told her that I featured her shop in my blog post last week (please click here to see those pretty pictures.) I made her some sample postcards that I am mailing out today, and that got me excited about making more of them. On Saturday and Sunday, that is what I worked on.
These are actually prototypes. They cost too much to make at this point for them to sell at 3 for $1.00; in fact to make any money off of them I think that they will need to sell for $2.00 - $3.00 each. I used Picasa 3 and Picnik (now included in the free Picasa 3 program). I also used scrapbooking card stock that comes in those packets for the backing. If we move forward with this project, we will need to check in with a printing company or two to see how to make them for less.
Here are some of the others that I made before I ran out of ink:
So, what is next on the crafting agenda? I am making my BFF Patty an afghan as I watch t.v. I am also trying to figure out how to make maracas out of light bulbs and paper mache like we made in third grade. I have been saving our burned out light bulbs for a year now (not the spiral ones from China, those are poison inside).
Also, I am getting motivated to organize our 1967 Vintage Shasta Trailer into a store, like I was planning on when we first got it. I am thinking of revitalizing the "Store Page" on here and the "Oregon Gifts" Facebook page to show what I have, and finish up my other projects. It is true that blogging is an easier and faster way of expressing my creativity, but making things by hand fills up a part of me that I have missed.
I hope that you all have a wonderful week!
~ Kathy M.
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