What Am I?

So I wanted a fresh design for my etsy shop and my sister has been putting all my ideas together for me.  She came up with this awesome Etsy header.

I just love it!  She’s also working on some bow cards and a business card for me.  Here’s what the business card looks like:

I love it too.  Except for the “Crafter Extrodinaire”. It sounds funny . . .  a bit ecentric . . . I dunno, just weird.  But what do I put in it’s place?  So I thought about it.  Well, I’m a Mom, Wife, Maid, Cook, etc etc. But those things don’t really pertain to my etsy shop.  After awhile I came up with Designer/Creator.  But am I really a designer/creator?  I thought about it some more.  I have this cute little notebook with thick sturdy pages that I write down all my grand ideas of things I’m going to make and put in my shop.

It’s full of sketches and templates that I’ve made.

Fabric swatches and more templates.

Detailed patterns and instructions.

(For some reason I felt all self conscious about putting my notes on the internet.)

Anyhow, I decided that yes, I am a designer/creator.  I love sketching out new ideas and writing down my thoughts.

I’m excited for my new design and it came at a perfect time too since I just ran out of hair bow cards. And it will be soo nice to have a business card to stick in the packages!

Thanks for stopping by!

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New Stuff

Yesterday I added boy training pants to the shop.  I got a tip from a reader to make the PUL so it goes all the way up in the front.

I did a double overlock stitch to make them extra durable.  I wish I would’ve thought of that when I was making the girls pants.

I also added visiting teaching handouts to the shop.  I figure I make them up anyways, might as well add a few more to the shop. 🙂

In other exciting news, I organized my fabric!  I took a page of card stock and folded the fabric in half and wrapped it around.

I wish there was a nice way to organize the little pieces of fabric – my other box of fabric is a mess!

Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

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Training Pants!

Soo I’ve been working on potty training Maddy.  She’s a funny kid.  She sits on the potty when she wants to and doesn’t when she doesn’t want to.  Kinda’ stubborn.  She was having a lot of accidents in her panties which made her feel bad and me frustrated.  Well, I came across a picture of gerber training pants with PUL (waterproof fabric) sewn to them and thought I’d try that idea out.  It turns out to be a pretty darn genius idea!  She can still have accidents but it’s not a huge deal.  My carpet stays clean and she understands that she had a little oops.  No biggie, we’ll just try again.  🙂  So I bought some extra training pants and made up some more of these to put in my shop.  I’ve seen them sold in other shops but with flannel sewn into the inside.  My opinion is that it’s totally uneccessary to have flannel inside because it doesn’t make any difference.  Plus it takes longer for them to dry.  Anyhow,  here’s the ones I added to my shop!

I don’t have boy styles yet,  but if you’d like boy training pants just email me. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

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Bean Bags

I just posted a set of number bean bags in my etsy shop. I didn’t realize how much work these take, I might not make another set after these sell!

It’s been a slow week in the etsy shop.  I got a custom order for two Hello Kitty crayon rolls from a lady in Brooklyn.

I don’t really even like Hello Kitty, but this print was kinda cute and her reaction to it was “OMG THAT IS SOO ADORABLE!!”  Well, alrighty then, glad she liked it. 🙂

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New Listings!

I had eight new listings to post in the shop today!  Halloween Bows, Classic Bows, some new Newborn Bows and even one Christmas bow!!

I’m soo excited to have some new stuff in the shop!

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I’m All Networked

Guess what!? I figured out how to set up a facebook page for my etsy shop!!  My friend (you should check out her awesome photography website) suggested that I have a facebook page so I went ahead and did it.

So be sure to “Like” Ten Cow Quilts on facebook!

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What’s Going On?

I’m trying to keep this blog updated, but sometimes there’s just nothing earth-shattering to post about.  Ya know?  I’ll tell you about my latest little project though . . .  so I’m trying to do better pictures on etsy.  So I bought a white little square plate to use as a backdrop.  I’ve noticed a lot of other shops just try to keep it white and simple.  So here was one of my before shots.

And here’s the uncluttered new picture.

Hopefully that helps the image’s “clickability”.  I guess I’ll find out.

I packaged up a few orders this morning and dropped them off at the post office.  Yesterday I got a really nice feedback comment from the lady that ordered 32 bows and I think that’s what helped me get a few orders.

Yesterday the girls and I made sprinkle sugar cookies from the fabulous Miss Jen’s blog. That girl has got the worst visiting teacher in the world. . . . just saying.

Oh, and I got a new purse!! I try not to be materialistic and all, but I really love it!

That about sums it all up, hopefully I won’t go a whole week before posting again. Thanks for stopping by!

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Whoa Bows!

So I got a message via Etsy from a lady in Florida asking about what kind of bow combos I could make using navy blue and white.  So I sent her back a message with this image attached.

She said liked them all and wanted four of each kind of each color.  Great! So I did the math, that equaled 32 bows! Me and my glue gun and heat sealer were up ’till 2 am getting this order ready.  Thank goodness for Pandora radio! I’m not a up late kind of person.  I’m in bed and out by 10:30.  If I stay up till 11 I’m cranky the next day.  However, it was really fun to stay up that late and just make bows!  The crazy thing was I wasn’t even that tired the next day.

Now that’s a lot of bows for two cute little girls in Miami.  After the box was all sealed up and ready to go I wished I would’ve thrown in a pink bow –  just for the heck of it!

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Bows Make Great Presents

I was getting some presents put together for a baby shower and birthday and I thought I’d show you how cute they are with the addition of bows.

This is for a baby shower for a lady in the ward.  I’ve never met her but when I was pregnant with Macey the ward threw me a baby shower and there were women there that I didn’t know.  I guess that’s one of the great things about being LDS, the women are very nice and supportive of each other.  I love these little outfits.  I bought every size and every color of them for Maddy because they are soft and pajama-like.  I just loved them and I love that my bows match them perfectly.

This present is for my little niece.  I love giving her books because I know she likes them.  At Costco they have the best children’s books! I wish I was rich so I could buy all the great ones that they have right now.  I bought this set for my girls and they loved it soo much I went back and bought one for Evie.

It looks soo cute all wrapped up with a fancy hair bow (her Mom’s favorite kind) on top!

Less than a month until Kindergarten starts!!!!! We’ve got our countdown chain going!!

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Twistable Crayon Roll Tutorial

I am finally posting about something other than bows, quilts and my etsy shop.  Aren’t you soo happy?   I’ve been wanting to make these for awhile since my girls love their twisty crayons more than the others.  So here it goes . . .

Supplies needed: One pack of ten twisty crayons, 22 inches ribbon, fusible fabric (I like Pellon), and fabric.

Cut the fusible fabric to 6.5″ x 10.5, two pieces of fabric to 6.5″ x 10.5″, and one piece of fabric 8″ x 10.5″.

Fold the 8 x 10.5″ fabric in half lengthwise and iron it down, this will be your pocket for the crayons.  Iron the fusible fabric to the back of one of the 6.5 x 10.5 pieces.

With a water soluble fabric pen make a mark 1 1/4 inches from the left side, after that mark one inch slots.  You should have 1 1/4 inches left over when you make mark number 9.

Put your pocket on top of the piece of fabric that has fusible fabric on the back of it.  Make sure your raw edge is on the bottom.  Sew your pockets and don’t forget to backstitch.  If you have a Bernina, the quilters backstitch on button number 5 works really good right here.

Once your pockets are all sewn, your going to take your ribbon and fold it in half.  Put the folded edge along the right raw edge of the fabric and pin the other piece of fabric down on the top to make a wrong-side out sandwich.   Go around the edge with your sewing machine leaving a 1/4 inch seam.  Don’t forget to leave a two inch opening to pull it right-side out.

Clip your corners before you pull it right side out.

Hand stitch your opening shut.  I like to finish it off with a 1/8 inch stitch around the edge of the roll.  Heat seal the ends of your ribbon so they don’t fray on you.

These are going right into my church bag!  Thanks for stopping by, and if you make these be sure to leave a comment.

This tutorial is for personal use only.

The original crayon roll idea is from Skip to My Lou.  I just figured out the measurements to make the twistable crayons work.

Linking to: The Fabulous Craft-O-Maniac

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