Lately I’ve found myself seriously overusing the word fabulous. This is funny because I’m not exactly a fabulous person. I don’t wear glittery things, I don’t have fancy sunglasses, I don’t wear heels or clothes that require ironing. I think if I ever make it on What Not to Wear, Clinton Kelley will call me the antithesis of fabulous.
But these new fun flowers make anyone fabulous.
Those of you who have already been reading The mab Blab will remember that I first made these flowers for the craft fair here on the campus where we live. I love them. I wear one all the time. And, I want you to wear one, too.
So, here’s giveaway #3…..
Here’s a lovely red flower with green ribbon leaves — great to add some holiday fun to your outfit, but it’s not overtly holiday or Christmas. You can wear it all year round. It has a pinback to attach to your shirt or jacket lapel.
Here’s what you need to do to enter:
1) Leave a comment and tell me a gift idea for a guy. (I have several guys to buy for and I’m at a loss! I need creative ideas! Otherwise Uncle Filbert will be getting a red rose pin. And that’s not his style.)
Super easy, eh?
Now for the rules:
You don’t have to visit my Etsy shop, but I would be happy if you do. And, until December 17th, use the coupon code GAD2010 to get 15% off all purchases! (Yes, even the Katie Jump Rope and Flea Market Fancy Home Dec Knock-Offs!)
This giveaway is open internationally!
Only enter once. Because that’s the nice way to do it.
You have until Friday, December 17th at midnight central time to enter.
I’ll announce the winner on Saturday, December 18th. The winner will be chosen by Random.org.
Now you’re finished with my 3 giveaways. I hope I made it easy and fun for you! Now, head over to the Sew, Mama, Sew’s main Giveaway Day listings. But don’t enter any of them. That will decrease my chances of winning.
I love MOPS.
No, I didn’t say I love to mop. I actually hate to mop. But, I love MOPS. The Mothers of Preschoolers group that I belong to has become one of my greatest supports & encouragement. Plus, those ladies are ROWDY. I like rowdy people.
As one of the Craft Divas for our group (yes, I had our title officially changed), this week’s meetings are super fabulously important! This Monday we are having an all-craft day. But, not just crafts! We’re working on items that make good gifts. I decided to put together some tutorials so my MOPS buddies and all of y’all can come back and reference them later.
During the entire process I was trying to take pictures, do the craft, and keep Bean from painting the furniture. (Yes, I am crazy. I gave her paints to keep her busy. Because I was painting, so she thought she should.)
Ahem. On to the tutorial!
*Paint (Acrylic is fabulous, but I used Tempera because I had it on hand… whatever will be fine.)
*Scrapbook letter stickers
Swirlity swirl it around. I like to put in some paint and move it around, then I add more paint and repeat. When there’s paint on about 75% of the insides, I pull out my secret weapon:
Random scrap of foil! Crunch this over the opening and start shaking the ornament. The more you shake, the more the colors will blend. If you want the colors to be more distinct, then don’t shake too much. If you want a huge, muddy mess, then shake the heck out of it. I’d recommend that you just give it a gentle shake until it looks pretty to you.
Now, I didn’t take a picture of the next step. I was interrupted by Bean. She wouldn’t wear an old shirt or a smock to paint in, so she was in her skivvies. And she decided her bare belly was a great canvas for her next creation. She interrupted me at this point to show me her creative work. And then Peanut woke up from her nap.
Anyway, turn this over and put it in a small paper cup to drain. Don’t have that? I got a narrow-necked sippy cup and lined it with foil to catch the paint. The point is that you want all of the excess paint to come out.
If you’re using tempera paint like I did, don’t leave it upside down too long. The paint doesn’t stick to the inside as well as acrylic and you may have some bare spots show up. I actually think that looks cool, but you might not.
These make great gifts for neighbors, teachers, Secret Santa, or your Great Aunt Ethel! We made some with the kids (using clear plastic ornaments) and they had a blast.
Now, go make some ornaments for your tree!
I usually don’t post quilt pictures until the recipient actually receives the quilt, but I’m making an exception here. Ashley and I have been trying to meet up to get this quilt into her hands for a month. Every time we both show up at the same place at the same time, I’ve forgotten the quilt. Every time I remember it, she isn’t able to come. Since I’ve accused her of avoiding me, I thought I’d show her the quilt and maybe she’d decide she wants it and we could actually meet. (Hah! Just giving you a hard time, Ashley!)
Anyway, here’s the car quilt I made for her sweet Connor. Most of the fabric is from the Wheels collection by Riley Blake. The solid is something from Hancocks — not Kona, but their other 100% cotton collection.
The pattern is an off-center block within a block. I thought it kept it playful added to the car chaos. I was not sure how to finish it off, but thanks to suggestions from my quilt guild (Unofficial Motto: We’re Waaay More Awesome than Your Grandma’s Sewing Circle) I got a red solid binding to pick up the red cars driving around the map print border.
The back can’t be just boring, right? So, I took strips of the remaining fabric and made some vertical stripes. The quilting is all in random, slightly off-center vertical stripes. I didn’t want it to be super straight because the blocks are all a bit turny and wonky.
Thanks to my fabulous neighbor Jay Way for holding up my quilts in the lovely breezeway of our apartment building. I think the electric meters make a lovely touch….
Attention Crafters: When a hot glue gun says High Temp, it’s freakin’ hot. Get a bit on your fingers and it will smart. Stick your hand in a molten glob and you’ll be blinded by 350 degree searing pain and will have to get the Boo Boo Bunny out of the freezer and constantly hold it on your charred flesh all night, effectively ending that night’s crafting session and any hope of blogging or typing with two hands.
Tomorrow I’m headed to Michael’s to buy a low temp glue gun.
Now, my lovelies, what have we learned from this…?
Whew! I am almost — but not quite — recovered from last week’s Craft Fair. Overall, it was a smashing success! I was definitely pleased with the results. I have another fair in about 3 weeks, so I’m taking a few days off and then it’s back to work. I will be selling my remaining inventory and also will be making more fabric flowers and wristlet keychains. These both sold like hot cakes! I have only 15 flowers and 8 keychains left. Not enough for an all-day craft fair like the next one.
Thanks to all of you who were so encouraging! And thanks to everyone who stopped by! But, the biggest thanks goes to Rebecca, my sales helper for the night. She said at the end that she nearly said she wouldn’t help because she’s not a good sales person. This is totally not true. She was hilarious! She would holler at people she knew and make them come over to see stuff. She would call friends on the phone and tell them to get up there. She even would tell people all kinds of stories to get them to buy things.
Pregnant lady: This is sugar scrub?
Rebecca: Yeah. It’s fabulous! And, if you rub it on your feet it improves circulation. Oh, and your husband just stopped by here. He said if you buy it he’ll rub it on your feet for you.
(That lady just laughed. She didn’t take the bait.)
Three Tween Girls: What’s this?
Rebecca: Free samples of sugar scrub. Rub it on your hands and then wash it off. It smells good and makes your hands soft.
Three Tween Girls: Ooh! And this one smells good!
Rebecca: Yeah, your moms were here a few minutes ago and they said this is what they want for Christmas.
One of the Tweens: (looking puzzled) You know my mom?
Rebecca’s got mad selling skillz.
You know back in college when you had to work a stinkin’ long time on a paper or project and you didn’t go to sleep until late but then you had to get up the next morning to go to the class where you had to turn it in so you drank a lot of coffee and then switched to Dr Pepper so you could make it through the morning without falling asleep and drooling on your Spanish textbook but that combined with the Snickers you had for breakfast and the cookies you had for a snack were making your stomach hurt and giving you the sugar shakes and you had a headache and you really needed to sleep but there were more projects you had to do so you’ll just have another coke….?
That’s about how I feel right now.
On the upside: Lots of cute tote bags done today! No pictures. Too tired. Too jittery to hold a camera. But they’re appliqued with fleur de lis and bird designs and they have lots of funky fabrics. Tablecloths made, flowers finished, and thanks to the fabulous Katie Hodas, lots of displays done. For all of you in the NOLA area, come on by the craft fair tomorrow night from 6 – 9. You can buy my stuff, help me achieve world domination, and see how I function on little sleep and lots of caffeine.
Crashing…. must sleep now…… zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz