Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Battling Breast Cancer - Fundraising for Family

My 34 year old cousin, Minden is battling breast cancer.  She is married with two very active little boys, ages 1 and 3.  While she has a very supportive network of family and friends the medical bills are piling up.  Minden completed eight rounds of chemotherapy and is recovering from a double mastectomy. She still has radiation and several reconstructive surgeries to go so even more bills are on the horizon.

My family is not in a position to help her financially but I have a room full of craft supplies I have hoarded collected over the years so I went to work. I made over 70 ornaments and listed them in my Etsy shop.  Another generous member of my family has offered to pay for all Etsy fees and cover all shipping costs!  

Glittered Heart Breast Cancer Ornament

Ornaments are $12 or $15 each and every penny of the purchase price goes to my cousin PLUS you get free shipping!  If you see something else in my shop you would like to purchase use coupon code THANKYOU for free shipping on the rest of your order as well (free shipping within the US only).

Recycled Beer Can Breast Cancer Ornament

Each ornament ships in a gift box with a special tag I designed with a catchphrase those who know Minden will recognize.

Felt Breast Cancer Ribbon Ornament

Glittered Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon Ornament

Pink & Silver Breast Cancer Ornament - Upcycled

I hope to raise at least $1000 and if I sell out I will make more!  Please, check out the Ornaments for Minden section in my Etsy shop, buy some and help this family.  Maybe it will help pay for Christmas gifts for Minden's handsome boys!

Minden's sweet boys

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What's Up?

I thought I should post something before the four year anniversary of my last post.  That's right.  It's been almost four years since I last posted anything on this blog.  I am not sure if this is going to be a regular thing again.  I am sort of testing the waters.

To begin, I thought I would share some of my projects and life events since October 2012.

I got a new sewing machine with all kinds of fancy stitches, automatic thread cutter and knee lifter!!

I made these fabric alphabet letters from scraps (tutorial here)

I created this Hungry Caterpillar set for my niece

This my favorite picture of my girls and I took it!

This is my first completed quilt.  It's a tablecloth quilt for my grandma that my mom bought the fabric for and intended to make 20 years ago!

Spring wall quilt I made from panels and fabric given to me.

We bought a house AND I have my own sewing room now!

Fall wall quilt - one of my favorites so far!

This is the first quilt I ever started.  It's a twin and I was so nervous to quilt it on my little machine.  Success!

We were Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and family for Halloween so I had to make special reindeer headbands.

My mom saw the ocean, walked on the beach, played in the sand for the first time and my sister and I got to go too! (sister and mom pictured)

Nativity wall quilt made from panels given to me.  I used several new stitches on my machine.

I successfully installed a light fixture by myself!

We have slowly grown our garden space each year.

I made the girls little stuffed animal / doll sleeping bags for Christmas a few years ago. They still play with them!

This is my favorite baby gift!  I made this little outfit for my niece out of my sister's sweatpants and t-shirt. Leggings info here, tunic info here

My dad and I brought 2 bathooms out of the 1970s!
I added infinity scarves, potholders and baby bib & burp cloth sets to my Etsy shop

Another favorite - the map wall quilt I made for our living room (tutorial info here)

Even more bib & burp cloth sets in the shop

I have several more projects in the works.  Some are gifts I cannot reveal yet and others are new items I will be adding to the shop soon!