Our Traditional Thanksgiving Meal…

Our Traditional Thanksgiving Meal…

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Thanksgiving has recently passed, I realize. But I thought I would take this post to share a little bit about our “traditional” Thanksgiving meal. Most families have hand-me-down recipes from previous generations that are brought out, prepared and celebrated at Thanksgiving.

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DIY Sew a Memory or Keepsake Pillow Tutorial

DIY Sew a Memory or Keepsake Pillow Tutorial

Memory or Keepsake Pillow to Sew

 

   Christmas is coming :) Here is a great gift to consider for a family member; a Memory or Keepsake Pillow. Both terms are for the same type of craft but come from different angles. Typically a “Memory Pillow” refers to someone or something from the past. Perhaps a family member has died. This project is a nice way to honor that person by using an article of clothing or other textile they once owned and used. Maybe you have one of Grandpa’s favorite fishing shirts or Great Aunt Bessie’s famous Thanksgiving Apron. It could be you want to save a section of a relative’s antique wedding dress or tattered heirloom quilt.
A “Keepsake Pillow” is a usually a way to preserve something often connected to an event. Items such as a sports jersey, Scout’s uniform, band jacket, beloved baby blankie or epic concert t-shirt can be used to make a pillow. It could also be a combination of pieces or graphics from several items in a patchwork design to accommodate more than one sports jersey or concert t-shirt.
The possibilities are endless. Lots of themes, patterns, designs, color-matching may be involved. Upcycle a garment or several, into a fun accent pillow !

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Finger Pincushion; smallest item, biggest seller

Finger Pincushion; smallest item, biggest seller

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   My husband and I create literally OODLES of pincushions, selling to quilt shops across the U.S. We have our own wholesale website and work with another distributor as well. In addition, we sell them in our crafty Etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/OodlesOfWhimsy) and at the local Farmer’s Market. We offer a variety of shapes and sizes in every color of the rainbow :) Without a doubt, our smallest item is definitely our biggest seller !
So what is a Finger Pincushion ? And what’s the big deal about it ? Well, it’s a mini pincushion that you wear on your finger or thumb while hand sewing. It’s tiny and portable; doesn’t take up much room so you can tuck one in your travel sewing kit, car glove box, purse or overnight bag. You can keep one stashed in your office drawer for those little emergencies like repairing a sagging hem or replacing a popped-off button. You can hem curtains while they are hanging and this little pincushion moves along with you so you aren’t tempted to stick a pin or needle in a nearby chair cushion or (heaven forbid~) in your mouth. When the phone or doorbell rings, your pincushion stays safely with you keeping pets and toddlers away from pointy pins and needles while your attention is elsewhere.
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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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