Farmer’s Market update; Selling Crafts

Farmer’s Market update; Selling Crafts

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We’re tweaking some of the products for our Farmer’s Market booth. We have added new crafts for selling there that are not even offered in our Etsy shop just to test the waters a bit. I don’t usually put many seasonal items on Etsy because buyers often wait until the last minute to order and it’s a bit hectic hoping USPS will get the item to them in time for a Holiday. Also, it’s no fun to store any unsold seasonal crafts (and remember where I stored them!). But we are enjoying having a format/guinea pigs/testing grounds to introduce new items to sell :) I will include some photos of the new crafts within this post for you to peruse…

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Selling at the Farmer’s Market is Fun!

Selling at the Farmer’s Market is Fun!

Ever wonder what it’s like to sell at the local Farmer’s Market ?  Here is some basic information and a mini How-To based on our experience so far.

We’ve started selling at the local Farmer’s Market this month, Saturdays only. We have met the nicest folks ! If you’re in the area, please come visit us. The space we have is a combination of crafts and upcycled vintage from our two Etsy shops (Oodles of Whimsy, Oodles of Vintage). There are tie dye garments, quilt pillows, pincushions, silver plate key rings, dyed vintage doilies and more :)
If you mention you read about our Farmer’s Market space in this Blog, we’ll give you 20% your entire purchase !

Here is some information about the market and how we came to be here….

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Oodles of Whimsy Etsy Shop SALE :) Now through August 31 ! Use code: PINCUSHION20

Oodles of Whimsy Etsy Shop SALE :) Now through August 31 ! Use code: PINCUSHION20
Oodles of Whimsy Etsy Shop SALE :) Now through August 31 ! Use code: PINCUSHION20

Check out the Shop Sale now ! Get 20% of anything and everything !

Oodles of Whimsy is having a whole shop sale. Shop now, use the coupon code and get 20% off your order :)              Enter the code at checkout to get the discount on your entire purchase during my Etsy Shop Sale.

Code: PINCUSHION20    Code discount good through August 31, 2016.

Buy Fun and FuNky Earrings; $8 earrings are $6.40 on sale !  **Shop early for Christmas and get a discount !

There is a large variety of goodies in the shop; handcrafted earrings, necklaces, tie-dyed garments, an assortment of pincushions, Keepsake pillows and bears, crafting books and supplies, handwritten letter services and more. Click to visit the Etsy shop sale now: www.etsy.com/shop/OodlesOfWhimsy

 

 

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In Your Dreams…

In Your Dreams…

IN YOUR DREAMS…

What goes on at night in your dreams ? Do you even remember a dream the next day ? Do dreams wake you up ? Have you ever had a dream that was a repeat ? Do you dream in COLOR ?

I don’t like it when someone says that you dream what you really want to happen…because I really don’t want to go to a Liverwurst Festival. Yes, last night I had a dream about the topic of first dates and I was advising someone not to choose the Liverwurst Festival as their first date. That’s NOT what I would want to remember. First of all, I don’t even like liverwurst. Why would that be in a dream of mine ? I was advising someone (don’t know who) to go somewhere else on their first date together. Not that the first date has to be perfect, but really consider the memories you are creating when choosing the destination. Make sure it’s something of mutual interest. In my dream, for some reason, I suggested ice skating as an alternative. Personally, I haven’t been on an ice rink for about 20 years so I don’t know where that thought came from~

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When I woke up, I thought about the crazy dream I’d had and I smiled. I realized that actually, my hubby would agree to go just about anywhere with me so I called him at work to ask,

“Would you go with me on a date to a Liverwurst Festival ?”

There was a very brief pause and then he replied, “If that’s where you want to go, we can do that…”

And I asked him if he’d go ice skating with me. He said he would :) He’s such a nice guy.

He asked me, “So IS there a Liverwurst Festival ?”

I explained about my crazy dream. And the fact that I knew he’d go with me wherever. Because he’s such a nice guy and I’m so lucky :)  He knows I don’t like liverwurst, nor do I ice skate well. However, what a joy it is to be married to someone willing to accompany me to either activity !

Later, I Googled it, there is actually an event called, “Liverwurst Fest” started by some guys in a band wanting to host a sort of jam session with food and beer….you can read about it here: http://www.tristateindie.com/987/

Then I found this fabulous site that sells Liverwurst Sandwich Bottled Water. For I don’t know what reason~ They have other wonderful flavors such as:

Beef Jerky ~ Shrimp Salad ~ Fried Oysters ~ and many more that will turn off your taste buds  :P   Here is the website, check it our for yourself…you can’t make this stuff up !  http://dinnerinabottle.com/liverwurst-sandwich

Wishing you a happy day and wonderful dreams.

 

 

Threads Magazine wrote me :)

Threads Magazine wrote me :)

I just want to share a little enthusiasm. Maybe it will give your flagging momentum a boost. Threads Magazine wrote me. Out of the blue. In the middle of a mediocre work week. Here’s the scenario…

You’re a Crafter. You craft. Not (just) because you like to, but because it is like breathing to do it. And we all know it’s best to keep breathing. So you keep at it. Some days more than others. Your clothes have dangling threads from sewing, your fingers are tinted from tie-dye or paints. You spend money equally on food and craft supplies.

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From an auction… Part 2

From an auction… Part 2

 

 

 

 

From an auction Part 2   

Part 1 can be read here: http://www.blog.oodlesofpincushions.com/?p=406

This is the second half of the auction day post :)

 

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This little heart-shaped leaf was on the path between our furniture and the truck. I passed it while taking the first few chairs down the path. It was a bright Spring green color and stood out against the brown dirt background. I tucked it into my pocket to show Rick later when I caught up to him :) By the time we had unloaded the truck twice and had a chance to sit down, the leaf was looking rather wilted and off-color (sort of how Rick and I felt !).

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From an auction…

From an auction…

From an auction, Part 1

We never know what we’re going to end up bringing home from an auction :) There’s always such a great variety of items. Of course we attend auctions based on the listings in the auction bill the week prior, but there’s so many items we discover “the day of” that we didn’t KNOW we wanted to bid on ! Example: I’m a sucker for sad and lonely objects; the doll someone has outgrown, that scratched but still usable little table, a lovely pressed-back chair with the blown-out wicker seat… They neeeed a new home. And they usually need cleaned up, refinished, repaired, restitched before getting re-homed. Sometimes items from an auction have quite a story to tell. It’s best to look them over well so you don’t miss anything.

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On Pins and Needles; Hand Quilting and Tools

On Pins and Needles; Hand Quilting and Tools

Hand Quilting the pieced top of a quilt is my favorite part of the process :) I often use helpful tools commonly found in your kitchen junk drawer. Hand Quilting and Tools that help you can make a better finished project.

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Beginner Sewing Projects & Blogs, Learn to Sew – 10 Awesome Resources !

Beginner Sewing Projects & Blogs, Learn to Sew – 10 Awesome Resources !

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Here is a list of 10 Awesome Resources for Beginner Sewing Projects and Blogs. There’s something for everybody, so take a look and see what inspires you.

New to Sewing ? Want to learn how to sew ? Believe it or not, I envy you ! You have a huge new world of adventure before you :) So many choices, fun new styles, great online resources, wonderful books and magazines… I would love to take you to the fabric store and watch your eyes light up !

I have taught beginning sewing to small groups. It is a pleasure to guide someone through their initial sewing project as they use their shiny, new seam ripper and fun colored thimble. How awesome to be part of the first finished project and see that satisfied smile :)

When you get into town, look me up and we’ll sit down at the sewing table together~ But for now, I have found a batch of inspiring beginner sewing projects and blogs for you. These are not boring, Jr. High School items. They are fresh ideas and can be made from a variety of fabrics; either new from the fabric store or upcycled from the back of your closet. Free patterns and Instructions !

I picked ones I enjoyed reading; most have detailed instructions with helpful photos showing you the way  step-by-step. I would love to hear from you what ones you like in particular. Please feel free to add to this list ! Let’s share good resources and pass the love of sewing on~

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A Smile a Day… Is there humor in sewing ?

A Smile a Day… Is there humor in sewing ?

Sometimes there is humor in sewing. And sometimes it’s just a bad day to sew.

There are days of sewing that run seamlessly (~pun sort of intended).  And then there are moments in a sewing project that just implode and one must STOP to avoid injury. The wise person learns to recognize when that moment arises. I’m still learning..

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I had a large project spread out on our large and lovely farmhouse style dining room table (don’t judge, there’s still room to eat). Using a fresh needle in the sewing machine, I was stitching along, gaining momentum on said project. Without warning, the bobbin runs out of thread. Okay, this is a pet peeve of mine. Can we please have a blinking light when the bobbin is running low ? Is that too much to ask ? Whatever. I stop to refill the bobbin.   Read the rest of this entry