Sunday, October 30, 2011

Soccer Players and Plush Toys!

These darling girls, straight from the soccer field took home two of my plush cats, sold at the El Toro Holiday Boutique in October. They were so cute I had to take a picture.

The Law of the Garbage Truck

(This is an edited version of an email that I received and I liked it so much that I had to share with you.)

Some people are like garbage trucks.  They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of  disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and  sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them  well, and move on.  Don't take their garbage and spread it to other  people at work, at home, or on the streets.  The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Enjoy your  garbage-free  day!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Inspirational Cards for Teenagers, I Am Cards, Who Am I Cards

I am so happy to show you my newest product. If you have been following my business you know that it all started in 2001 with I AM cards. I reluctantly stopped making these cards a year later because I could not find a way to manufacture them without going out of the country. During the year I was making and selling these cards (for adults and children) the ones that sold the most of were my kids cards.Therapists especially liked the cards, they used them in therapy as a tool to get kids to open up about their feelings.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Table Covers for Craft Fairs and Boutiques

Many people have asked me about my table cover. I made it so that I can interchange the skirt with the different seasons. Here it is with my summer skirt in green and holiday skirt in red.

Making the top:
My top is made of muslin but you can choose what ever fabric you like. It should not be very stiff, find a soft fabric that you can wash and dry.  I designed the top like a fitted bottom bed sheet with elastic on the corners. After adding the elastic I put the top back on the table and marked where my buttons should be sewn on. They are about every 15", all the way around the top. If you would prefer to use Velcro that would work also. Next I sewed on the buttons.The buttons can be plain or fun, make sure they will match all of your fabric choices. I used heart buttons.

Making the skirt.
Measure the height of the table and cut material with enough allowance for a nice hem on top, bottom and ends. Sew the skirts hems, add the button holes and you are finished! 

I know that was a quick lesson, written for people who understand sewing. If you need more help leave a comment and I will address you personally.

Booth Display Ideas for Stuffed Animals

Here is the way I am setting up my booth this season. I am really happy with the functionality of it. It is easy to see my customers and the grid wall keeps them far enough from me to not feel like they are being watched. Although I can see everyone through the grids so that I can be sure no one is stealing my creations. This booth was 8 feet square. My tables are 6 feet wide and the grid wall is 2 feet wide.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Our First Grand Baby is Coming Late December!

My beautiful daughter is pregnant with our first grand baby and we are all thrilled. Last weekend we had her baby shower and she walked away with lots of fun items for her baby girl. My darling neighbor donated her glider to my daughter, the same glider that loved her friend's two babies and then my friend's two babies. So 2 families and 4 babies later my daughter gets this vintage glider to rock her babies to sleep. My daughter picked out the fabric and I covered the cushions. Here is the final outcome of which I surprised my daughter with at her shower.