Monthly Archives: March 2015

Interview: Oodles of Pincushions !

Interview: Oodles of Pincushions !

~by me, myself and I; the author of this blog :)   My name is Cheri Hage. I sew items and sell in an Etsy shop, “Oodles of Whimsy”. Most of the shop is a variety of Pincushions.  My husband (Rick) and I also sell pincushions on our wholesale website, “Oodles of Pincushions”. We create what we refer to as, “oodles” of pincushions (that’s where the names came from). This is a hobby and cottage industry; I work at home.

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What part of the craft/hobby do you like best ?

  It is hard for me to define what is the most enjoyable part of this endeavor. I absolutely LOVE picking out fabrics, so shopping for the “supplies” is very enjoyable. The down-side is that it is difficult to find proportionately correct tiny prints that work well for our Finger Pincushions so it can be frustrating. Of course, there’s always the danger of being side-tracked by discovering fun, new fabrics that  I have no business looking at but there they are, just waiting for me.

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Interview: Antique Furniture Refinisher, “The Chair Guy”

Interview: Antique Furniture Refinisher, “The Chair Guy”

I had the pleasure of chatting with Rick Hage of Goshen, Indiana. He is a talented craftsman, great Father and wonderful Husband (to me). He enjoys working with his hands. Though he works in the commercial printing business (day job), he has always taken the time to explore a variety of side jobs and hobbies. Past interests he enjoyed are mountain climbing, camping and hiking. He also dabbles in Blacksmithing and has given demonstrations at Pioneer Day Festivals locally. One of his earlier hobbies is refinishing Antique furniture. This has become a “paying hobby” or small cottage industry. I want to add; Rick picked this Blue color for the text today :)

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Rick and his 100 lb anvil, giving Blacksmith demonstrations at a Festival.

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Interview: Website Designer, Builder & Graphics Guy

Interview: Website Designer, Builder & Graphics Guy

My First Victim or Interview #1

*I am typing this in black because the subject of this interview prefers life to be neat, tidy and in no-nonsense black :)

Tim is a website builder and designer. He also does incredible graphics work. I know this from experience as he put together our website and this blog. He also was the one who formatted my book to be printer-ready. He is a whiz on computers, takes awesome photos and videos and he is adored by his toddler nephew.

His company website is: http://www.splitwebdesign.com/  There are two owners of the site. Tim is in the US, Daz is in the UK. These two work together on projects through the internet and occasionally by text and VOIP.

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As a man who tends to be found behind the camera, I’m excited to present this rare image of Tim.

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About the Interviews….

About the Interviews….

I have a curious personality. ~My family would totally endorse that statement. Okay, I admit I’m “different”. But what I meant was, I have a generous amount of curiosity. I am an observer, a listener and I ask a lot of questions. I love to discover details, stuff that goes on behind the scenes. I want to find out what makes things work, what motivates someone and what they eat for breakfast. Because I’m curious that way.

My goal is to interview people who have a story to tell. Folks with small businesses. I want to pick their brain and get them to share some of their story.

If you have a hobby or business, like to make a craft, run an Etsy shop or website and wish to be considered for a future feature here, please contact me.

Cheri@OodlesOfPincushions.com

Wedding Hysteria.

Wedding Hysteria.

  I recently read a thread on a blog that was a query for suggestions of Wedding Guest Favor Gifts. (what a terrible run-on sentence) (For lack of an alternative, I’m going with it). I’m guessing she means Wedding Gifts from the Bride and Groom to each Wedding Guest. Is this correct ? Okay, so let me get this straight; the Bridal couple gives gifts to the guests.. This is after the expensive wedding ceremony itself, with scripture, music, ‘entertainment’ and the joy of witnessing a friend get married. Then the guests are lavishly fed,  along with more music and entertainment. Then wonderful, crazy, sugary treats and cake and drinks of some kind. Possibly dancing and/or a video show including babies in bathtubs, the groom’s first car, prom photos and shots of the new engagement ring. On top of all that, the guest are given gifts. This is my understanding on it.

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Our Wedding Day

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The Chair that ate my Scissors….

The Chair that ate my Scissors….

I have a lovely supple leather chair. It’s plush and wide and very cushy-comfy to sit in. It is the chair that I love to tuck myself into with a book, quilt and cup of tea. It keeps me warm in the Winter when I sew. I have napped sideways in it. When my Grandson and I read together, we take a stack of books to “Grandma’s chair” and we both fit in the seat :) It’s a great chair to cuddle in. Tonight it ate my scissors :(

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Are you familiar with Etsy ?

Are you familiar with Etsy ?

Dear Readers,

  Do you enjoy online window shopping ? Are you a creative person or one who enjoys creativity in general ? Do you get stumped on buying a gift for that hard-to-please relative in the family ? Do you need a place to get craft supplies ? Are you a Vintage-lover ?  All these queries and more are addressed at Etsy. This is a selling venue with individuals shops. The three selling categories there are:          

1~ Handmade (by the seller)

2~ Supplies (components to make or ship a craft)

3~ Vintage (at least 20 years old)

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Once Upon a Time… Part 2

Once Upon a Time… Part 2

Once upon a time, there was a girl, a guy and a sewing machine…

  Okay, you’ve met the girl, me. And I introduced you to the sewing machine. Here you get to meet “the guy” and learn a bit more about us.

  I met Rick at church. His parents taught my 5th grade Sunday School class and that’s where I first saw him. Cute, nice and rather quiet is what I remember. We simply knew each other, and each other’s family as we all were involved in church activities. We dated in high school and married in college.

  At one point (before we married) he was working for my Dad so I saw him frequently. He saw the sewing machine and the amount of work it needed and offered to help. Since I didn’t really know what I was doing and the progress was going s-l-o-w, I was thrilled for the assistance. The sewing machine was covered in layers of cream paint with gold accents. I think we counted seven layers of thickly applied paint. This was Rick’s first antique refinishing project and he was quickly up to his elbows in paint stripper. He caught the ‘bug’ then and now loves antiques. He is patient and talented, bringing old and broken items back to life. His projects are often impossible-looking to the rest of us, but he surprises us with stunning results !

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Once Upon a Time… Part 1

Once Upon a Time… Part 1

Once upon a time, there was a girl, a guy and a sewing machine…

  The house I feel I “grew up in” is a wonderful old farmhouse that was one of the first built on the block in 1904. It is a lovely two-story Victorian with a huge avocado tree just outside my bedroom (I picked them from the window !).  My room had a nice sized walk-in closet, tall ceilings and lots of windows. In the center of the room, looking out front, there is a bay window housing a large window seat with lots of storage space. In the hallway there is a built-in set of drawers and cabinets that held a bazillion things, including a secret drawer :) I adored the house and it’s grounds. This property is in Southern California, where it’s warm year ’round. Out back, my Father built lovely walk-in aviaries housing a variety of button quail, bob whites, parakeets, finches and more. They were built along the back grapevine/hedge next to the barn. Assorted bird-raising paraphernalia were stored in the tack room of the barn. Neighborhood kids liked to visit and watch the birds.

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