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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Criticism

Thanks everyone for the comments left on my last post about which background is better. I really appreciated everyone’s thoughts on that.  Now that I have my shop stocked the way I would like it (there are a few more things I would like to add, but I need to sell stuff before I can make more stuff) I submitted my shop to a critique team on Etsy to tell me what I could do better.  There were a lot of great suggestions about improvements I could make but the one that surprised me the most was that there were three people that said that they didn’t like this picture.  One person said it looks “awkward”.

They all said that the “crib shot” was much better.

So here I sit, scratching my head, a little bit befuddled.  I mean really?  The crib picture just looks soo blah.  Anyways, I can handle the criticism.  I asked for it and they gave it.

Anyhow, I have a great idea for a tutorial.  Hopefully I’ll have some time this week and I’ll actually get something interesting posted on this blog of mine.  Thanks for sticking around all my wonderful blog friend readers!

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I Like BOWS!

I do, I really, really like bows!  They look soo cute in my girls hair.   I just wish my littlest one would actually leave them in her hair.  But anyways, I made up a bunch of bows, because I have ribbon on hand, and I figured it was worth a shot to put them on Etsy.  Etsy has some crazy bow competition though and I wasn’t to sure how it would work out.  So on Monday afternoon I finished publishing all my bow listings and on Wednesday morning I got my first order!  She didn’t just want one set of bows, but two!

I really like these “School Uniform” bow sets because they will be soo cute with Macey’s school uniform that she will have to start wearing next month.

I got them all shipped off this morning and then we hit the splash pad to celebrate Mom’s first bow order.  I’m hoping the buyer leaves me nice feedback so I can get more orders.  I think that’s what holds some people back from order is that I’m new and I don’t have any feedback on my profile.  So hopefully once I get a few sold things will pick up and I will be making bows like crazy.

Since bow competition is soo tight on Etsy I need to step up my picture quality.  I spray painted a bajillion lima beans white this afternoon (in the 99 degree heat) to use as a bow back drop.

So which picture do you think is more interesting?  The picture with a bean backdrop?

or the picture with a pink frame?

Help me out because I really have no clue what I’m doing!  If you leave me a comment and tell me what you think I’ll love you forever. I’m just saying. . . .

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It’s Totally Popular

So here’s a funny story for you.  Last week I was watching the Nate Burkus show while I was doing the hand binding on the gray chevron quilt.  He’s going on and on about how this print is energetic and vibrant and will freshen up any room, so I look up and he’s pointing to this aqua chevron throw that’s draped over a chair.  🙂

http://www.thenateshow.com/videos/detail/3948/design-101-patterns/

So then later, I’m over at my sister’s house and I pick up the pottery barn kids magazine that she has on her sofa table and lo and behold. . . .

Beautiful aqua’s, crisp whites, and gray zig-zag.  Soo pretty!  I’m just saying . . .  it’s everywhere because it’s soo aesthetically pleasing, that’s all.

I made up some more hair bows yesterday to put in my etsy shop next week.  But for right now they look pretty hanging on the shelf in my laundry room.

Happy Tuesday to you!

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