I survived my presentation of my Pirate and Princess Camp to the Parks and Rec. folks. Our meeting went well (whew!). The Camp proposals were presented and approved at the next council meeting (yeah !). Then I got word that I ‘passed muster’ personally (this included references and background check) (so officially I’m not as crazy as my kids may think).
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. Read the rest of this entry
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.
Recently while recovering from a boring illness, I actually
blew a ton of time, wasted days, aimlessly wandered the internet ..spent some time researching new sewing and quilting resources. I am compiling lists to share with you soon :)
But this one site, I will happily share now ! “The Quilting Rose” has gathered a collection of goodies that would make awesome gifts for any Quilter or Sewing Fiend. There are sections for: Classes, Home Decor, Jewelry, Supplies, Clothing… Not a ton of items, I imagine it’s a growing list in progress :) What an awesome
excuse motivation for developing the website ! Gift ideas for Quilters and those who Sew :) I fully approve.
This is a perfect way to answer the well-meaning question: “What do you want for your birthday/Christmas/having survived that root canal ?” Refer your hubby and friends to this site, letting them know your preferences..
You will have fun reading through the gifts for quilters. There is a photo for each gift idea plus a brief but good description. At the bottom of the description, there is a long green button marked, “Click to Shop”. clicking the button will take you directly to the seller and source of the item. No ads, sign-ups or extra steps.
*** Imagine my excitement to find my sewing book listed among the sewing gifts list :) ~posted on July 24, 2015
Have Fun browsing through this site:
THE QUILTING ROSE
Gifts for Quilters Who Never Cut Corners.
Q: Can you name that photo ?
Car trouble, squirrels and sewing; what do they have in common ? Well, at first glance, nothing. One is a motorized vehicle, one is a small mammal and one is a hobby. Up until today, I would have sworn they were totally unrelated objects; separate entities; having nothing to do with each other; “and never the twain shall meet”. Today, I am proved wrong. Read the rest of this entry
I am drawn to the whimsical, unique, colorful, fuzzy, cuddly, crooked and often messy things in life. I adore handcrafted goodies. It’s fun to see new creations and meet their creators. I am interested in what creative people do and how they do it. I don’t even have to like their finished product to appreciate the obvious effort they put into it. I enjoy seeing new things, hearing new ideas. Maybe you’re like this, too.
“Do I need to pre-wash fabric before I sew with it ?” This is a good question. There is no ONE answer for this. What is the project you are going to make with the fabric? Will the finished project EVER be washed? Let’s say you’re making a costume for your child. It’s for Halloween and will only be worn once; next year this size won’t fit him. Do you need to pre-wash the fabric? If it’s only for a single-use project, you don’t really need to. But consider this, what if a nephew or neighbor could wear it next year? What if junior eats too much candy and “urps” all over himself? Hmmm.. Maybe it’s a large banner for a church program or decorative flag. If it’s not going to be washed later, it’s okay to not pre-wash the fabric. What if it’s an item like a wallhanging or table topper and will be washed only by hand? Fine, don’t pre-wash. If the article will need an occasional freshening up only, you can wash it by hand. BUT, if this article is red fabric next to white fabric and it’s not pre-washed, you may still end up with a fun tie-dye motif that you weren’t expecting. If the item is a gift, be sure and let the receiver know how to clean it (toss in the washer, hand wash only, spot-clean only, etc.). Read the rest of this entry
~Do you have to pay to be in a consignment shop?
Some shops do charge an ongoing monthly fee as well as a percentage of each sale. Some only charge a percentage of sales. Do the math; figure out how many items you have to sell to be able to pay your monthly fee if they charge one. If my net on a dinosaur bag is $15 and the shop is charging consignees $30 per month, my first two dinosaur sales each month go toward paying the fee. Basically I gave away two bags for the privilege of selling there. Are there enough sales after that to support this venue?
~Do the items you bring in have to be bagged and tagged?
It varies. The earrings I sell are hanging on a cardstock backing with tiny holes for earwires to slip in. The loaded card is then put in a small zip-top bag. Some stores require a “hang-hole” at the top of the product packaging. Other stores provided a metal jewelry rack and wanted the earrings hung there without the backing. I have found little items displayed in baggies have a bit more protection from theft due to the size and stiffness. Also, individual earrings don’t get lost as the packaging keeps pairs together. Tagging with prices was usually my job, not the store’s. Keep records of items you bring in to sell. How many, what date, the prices of each. If the store calls you to ask about pricing (maybe the price tag fell off), discounts (if they buy 3 pair…), can someone order the same item in another color? or do you have more of XX, this master inventory sheet will be necessary for your sanity :)
~How much percentage will they take from my item’s selling price?
I have experienced 20-50% consignment fees. If the store charges 20%, when I sell a $10 item, my “cut” is $8.00. Read the rest of this entry
Do you ever get stuck ? You’re working on a project and suddenly there is no motivation. The muse of creativity has “left the station” and you’re stumped. It happens to me sometimes. If I push forward anyway, I make a mess of things with uninspired bits and pieces. The ‘flow’ is gone and I can’t force it. What can you do ? How do you get in the mood to sew ? Read the rest of this entry
~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.
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.