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Indeed we all work hard for the money!  I’ve been busy, busy, busy lately getting ready to move and I’ve been working on a new project that I want to tell you about.  There is a new site called IndieMade.  I’ve been writing some articles for their resources section which is all about running your own crafty business.  There’s tons of great information and I’ve been writing about packaging, taxes, photographs, marketing, phew!  Lots n lots of great articles are there for your viewing pleasure!  IndieMade is a new company that wants to cater to those folks who love the ease of selling on Etsy but would like more control over their shop.  On IndieMade you get your own blog, news section, calendar to let your customers know where you’ll be, and a shopping cart.  There is a great range of customization of your shop and you have a gallery where you can upload pictures of other things you’re working on.  It’s a one stop shop for everything you without having to build a website yourself.  I would HIGHLY suggest checking the site out and take their tour.  We are currently in testing of the site so it’s not live yet, but soon!  Check back here for updates on the site and once it’s gone live you can sign up for a 30 day free trial to see if it’s something that would work for you!

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I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with Illustrator lately.  I come back to it off and on to try and experiment with different styles and swatches and what sorts of things I can do to sell.  Anyhoo, I am a super novice at it since I’ve never taken a class so I thought that maybe it would be fun to give some of my experiments as free downloads!  I definitely don’t feel comfortable selling anything that I’ve produced but I don’t want them to just sit on my computer and not get any sort of feedback.  So, anytime I do something new or come up with something fun I’m going to offer it here!  Woohoo!  Here is the first download, I designed it to be a desktop wallpaper but if you can think of any other uses let me know!  Hope you enjoy it and I would love to hear any feedback, good or bad!  Hope everyone had a good holiday weekend!

Good Morning Wallpaper:

good morning

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I love making messes with my sister on rainy days!  But I don’t like cleaning it up…..

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It’s grey and rainy here in Minneapolis!  No fun, I was wanting to be outside for a little while today but no dice.  Instead, I guess it’ll force me to get some things done inside.  I have discovered a fun new thing: fusing fabric to paper!  The possibilities are really endless and you could use any fabric/paper combo you would like (although I’ve had the best success with cardstock).  I’ll show you one simple project you  can do with fabric fused paper, but expand out and think of all the fun things you can do!

What you need: a piece of fabric, a piece of cardstock (I had an 8 1/2 by 11 piece), fusible webbing, iron and ironing board, scissors, and a punch (but you can always just cut out tag shapes)

Iron your piece of fusible webbing to the back of your fabric per the brand instructions.  The general rule is put the shiny/textured side down onto the back of the fabric so that the paper-like side of the webbing is facing up.  This is the side you want to iron, also make sure your webbing is a little smaller than your fabric so you don’t get the webbing gunk on your ironing board.  Then let it cool for a few moments.

Peel the paper backing away from the fabric.  You should be left with a nice shiny surface on the wrong side of your fabric.  If the paper doesn’t peel away easily, you may need to iron it more to make sure that the webbing adhered.

Now, place your fabric shiny side down onto your cardstock.  Also make sure that the webbing doesn’t touch your ironing board (again, it is really quite gunky!)

Iron your fabric onto the cardstock.  This process can take anywhere from 8-12 seconds.  I found it helpful to leave the iron in one spot for a second or 2 and then move it around some.  Continuing to do this on the entire piece, you can always lift the corners and see if it’s adhered.  When it cools it adheres more.  You will want to let it cool almost completely before you do the punching or you won’t get a very clean punch.

After it’s cooled, use your tag punch (or any punch) and punch out your tags!  It’s helpful to have a very sharp punch, I read that you can punch some aluminum foil with your punch a few times to sharpen it up and it seems to work for me.  You can also cut out any shape you would like: letters, birds, anything at all.

I also did some circle punches!

Sometimes, there are little frayed bits left behind but they are easy to get rid of with some nice sharp and pointy scissors.  Or you can keep them on there for effect, your choice!

Finally, take your little hole punch and make some holes for the strings or ribbon.

And voila!  Some fun and unique gift tags for giving!

What are some other ways we could use fabric fused paper?  Leave all of your great suggestions in the comments!

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I have been loving Comfort Stitching’s patterns for a long time!  They are cute and whimsical and she’s a lovely stitcher.  Check out her shop and her blog where she shows off beautiful pictures of her quilts!  Here are just some of the patterns you can find on her etsy site!  Enjoy!

Little red riding hood - embroidery PATTERN

scoot embroidery pdf
London - embroidery pdf pattern

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New Things in the Shop!

Just popping in real quick to say hello and I hope your weekend is going well!  I’ve been a busy bee getting new things listed in my etsy shop!  Pop on over and check em out!

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I’ve been working on a few things round here!  There is a Rainbow of Stitches contest going on at Feeling Stitchy that I entered this piece in.  You can enter in all the different color categories as many times as you would like!  I love looking at their Flickr group at all the great things that people are stitching up.  After I finished this I was inspired/wondering if people would like to have some embroidery patterns for pieces like this.  There could be deer and other animals (woodland or not!)  What do you think?  Would you like to see this pattern?  Would you like to stitch this up?

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