Hot off the virtual presses is the latest issue of Modern Handmade Child a free online magazine chocked full of cookie and warm beverage recipes, articles on decor, slow food, surviving the holidays and great gift idea!
Be sure and look for my ad in the back of the magazine! It looks just like this….
Illustration from the 2009 Family Fun Online Magazine
A great idea was given to me by my friend Kate. She suggested and I concur for the month of September run a Fall Craft Contest! So send me photos/tutorials/directions of your favorite fall craft and I will post them to the blog. Deadline for submission is September 22, 2009. From the 23rd to the 30th be sure to vote for your favorite item. I will set up a mailbox/other widget/voting site for everyone to use to cast their vote.
So collect your leaves, stuff your scarecrows, gather your gourds and share with us your favorite fall craft. We are waiting to see your contribution….email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh and the prize, other than the glory of winning, will be 3 fall headbands, photos of them this month will be posted this month.
Kerrie, the owner of Silly Frilly Kids, and I decided during a lull in our business that we would do a swap. Her children needed lunch bags and my daughter (who is growing her hair out – bangs included) was in need of something to hold back her tresses. I looked at her wonderful ribbon characters at http://www.sillyfrillykids.etsy.com and was wowed by her craftsmanship! When the package came it was so beautifully done I hated to open it. But I knew the real gems lay further inside!
Well I opened the sparkling cellophane packages, neatly tied with organza ribbon and out came 5 of the most perfect little ribbon characters you have ever laid your eyes on! Now I must confess that swap (and possibly the other marketing I did during that time) provided just the kick I needed to jump start the orders back into my business. So the little princesses, fairies and ballerina patiently waited just so while I worked away on my new orders.
Sleeping Beauty, Tink, Cinderella, Ballerina & Lavender Fairy
Well another well deserved lull has occurred in my orders and I am taking this opportunity to bring out these little treasures. No, my dear daughter has not seen them yet. I’d love to save them for her to wear at school and I am torn between holding onto them a little longer or letting her enjoy them during the dog days of August. Maybe I’ll hold on to them so I can enjoy them just a little while longer…what’s that…oh Tink is getting impatient…..gotta go!
Time to update your American Girl Doll clothing? Here is the place to fill your doll’s closet: http://www.jillsfabricdesigns.etsy.com .
Jill’s beautiful work include some of the following designs. To see her complete selection use the link above. Convo her if you have any questions or don’t see something specific that you are looking for as she loves special orders!
All of these doll clothes are handmade by Jill with a great deal of care. The interior seams in the clothes are professionally finished with a serger whenever the fabric could ravel. She makes the clothes easy for little hands to open and close by using velcro or snaps whenever the velcro would harm the fabric. All of the clothes listed in Jill’s shop are made and ready to send to you from her smoke free environment!
Felt and clear poly thread construction on paintbrush pole.
July 3rd my daughter who is 6 came to me asking if she could make a flag to wave while she enjoyed the July 4th fireworks. Now who could say no to that little patriot? We looked around and found some red and white felt, along with some blue ribbon that conveniently had white stars on it. With some clear poly thread in the machine and MY foot on the pedal my little girl stitched up a flag. She proudly waved her little flag while ooooohing and ah-ing over glowing creations in the 4th of July night sky.
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I am a member of this etsy group, EtsyKids. Although I am fairly new to the group it is really well run and the interaction is with positive, creative and professional people (I believe most are women but I don’t want to stereotype and there’s no requirement one must be female).
If you are looking for great handmade items for your children or grandchildren this is a great group of vendors.
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I have a subscription to a Magazine called ReadyMade
where at the end of each issue the winner of their MacGyver Challenge is showcased. At the same time they issue a new challenge for the following month.
Well take a look at this because it is MommaOh’s MacGyver Challenge winner. Oh course there was no challenge but if there had been how could anyone have beat this?
When you are outdoors and the sun is playing havoc with your digital video camera snap out viewer slip on your koozie and viola it’s shaded!
What can't see your digital video camera screen?
Who’s great idea is this (and photos who I am using with her permission!)? A brilliant woman named Anita click on her name to connect and see her other goodies! Thanks Anita for letting me blog about your great idea!