Sunday, September 24, 2017

0 Sewing more .... do I want an iPhone 8?

Happy Fall!  Must admit it doesn't feel like it here as it's really hot!  Have been spending a bit of time outside watching my oldest granddaughter play travel and school softball.  I love watching the games; reminds me of when my daughters were on all their travel and school teams.

When not at a game or at work, I've been spending my time at the sewing machine.  I had made a drawstring backpack for the above mentioned granddaughter to tote her team uniforms back and forth and after tweaking that backpack and trying a couple more, I settled on what I think is a useful and extremely roomy bag.  I've got several more planned with some fun fabrics I have, just looking for the time.    Here's some of the bags I've completed.  More on my etsy site


This backpack is great for many reasons, but my oldest granddaughter's other grandmother is a breast cancer survivor so this is pretty special to her.   Would be nice for many outings, but very appropriate for the many trips to doctors when fighting this disease.

There's plenty of room inside but I added a big pocket on the outside.



Inside has a smaller pocket suitable for a cellphone or wallet and a hang tab for a key ring or sunglasses - things you don't want to hit bottom and have to fish around for later.

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Wouldn't the one on the left be fun for a trip to the zoo!? This one on the right has fabric called fireflies and really pretty in person


 I just finished this gorgeous asian fabric one above and the bright flower one below.


I also have one with green spots (great for Halloween trick or treating) and one in Batik blues/greens on etsy.  Hoping to add one or two new ones every week.   They'll make nice Christmas gifts.   If you are looking for one in a certain theme or color, let me know; I may have something you like.




I've also added  a couple more coaster sets to my store.

You may notice I've titled my etsy shop, Made by G.   Almost all of my sewing has been for my grandkids that call me G, so it just seemed logical to continue the it's 'made by G' into my shop.


So, about that post title  .........If I sell some bags/coasters, wondering if I want to get the iPhone 8 :) ..... did you upgrade?  Is is awesome?  I'm still using a 6s Plus and it's working just fine, but I'm really wanting the 8 Plus (justifying this want for it's photo abilities so I can get better quality shots for my blog/etsy). 

 

 

Thanks for looking and I hope all is well in your world.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

1 Happy Birthday to Sapphire! and a little creativity....

Sapphire's first birthday!  A womping 2 pounds 11 ounces big!      She's a really good dog and her funny personality makes me laugh all the time, especially when she just sits like this and stares at me.



Been a long time since I've posted so I'm sharing a few things I've been working on.  I came across some pyramid or teepee cards online and recreated them my way.


This first one, a Halloween one, is about 5 inches tall when standing and has a snap closure.  I'm not thrilled with the thickness of the snap so I'll probably move on to magnets or velcro.


 It does have room inside to write a note though it does seem awkward doing it with it's shape and being somewhat bowed.

 While it folds flat enough to mail, it doesn't fold entirely flat due to the layers of folded paper.  It fits in a 5 x 7 envelope.



 My second pyramid card is a basic Hello card, but I went a little bigger.  This one is about 6.5 inches when standing, but still fits in a 5 x 7 envelope.   I used a magnet on this one and it does fold a bit flatter.  I reworked how I glued it and that, too, helps it close a bit flatter.   


While these two cards are perfectly fine, sellable and givable, I'm still tweaking the design some. I really like the looks of them standing.

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I've also been doing a bit with my sewing machines and made these coasters, a couple of which are halloween.  They are 4" in diameter, quilted fabric with thread lace edging.





Fun changing fabrics and thread colors.

These are available in my etsy shop, if interested.


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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

0 Happiest Holidays to you

Unbelievable to me how close it is to Christmas Day!  I'm still piddling around with making things and I have a ton to wrap, but it'll get done.

I've been a little side-tracked by this.....
This is sapphire.  She's just over 13 weeks old and a big 2 pounds!   I've always had Yorkshire Terriers over the years and then there was Chase the great Dane.  I still have him; he's almost 9 and 160 pounds.   I just recently decided I really wanted another Yorkie and couldn't resist this little girl.  My Christmas present to myself.

Hope you all have wonderful holidays and stay well.
 




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Thursday, December 8, 2016

0 Don't Get Your Tinsel In A Tangle!

Still puttering away on Christmas Gifts.  I always try to make as many as I can, mostly because it's very difficult for me to think of things to give and I think hand made are more special.   I've been enjoying doing machine embroidery and sewing of late.





This pillow has an embroidered wrap around it, suitable for Christmas, and then the recipient can remove the wrap and the underneath embroidery is suitable for year round... they are chicken owners; have had chickens for as long as I've known them - 25+ years.  They refer to them as 'the girls'.



Thanks for looking and I hope all is well in your world and your holiday preparations are going smoothly.



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Sunday, December 4, 2016

1 Merry Christmas card

 This is probably the 'simplest' in appearance card I've made.  It's gold metallic thread stitching the words Merry Christmas, embellished with paper holly leaves and dimensional paint berries.


This is my typical 6 x 6 card, just without all the layers.  


The gold metallic thread is quite shiny and pretty but not for the faint of heart to stitch with!  It can be difficult to work with because it is stiff and not soft like you think of thread to be.


I did attach a plain piece of cardstock over the back of the stitching on the inside of the card.



Thanks for looking and I hope all is well in your world.  Let me know if there's an interest in purchasing this.  I'm not sure if I'll get it listed to Etsy or not.



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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

1 You better watch out.... Santa's watching....


Wow!! Holidays are upon us!  Every year just seems to fly by.  I have been busy with work, volunteering and family, but I have also been able to fit in some creative time for me.   Most recently I've made some Christmas Ornaments.  Just love watching these come together.....


I love the Santa Cam and Elf Cam ornaments, but I think these tag and mitten ones are really pretty, too.   I have these and the cams on my etsy store if you are interested.  Feel free to contact me if you are interested in something like these.


For decades I've been making personalized ornaments for family and friends.  This year, since the kids are all crazy about emojis, I went with some emoji ornaments. 





Thanks for looking and I hope all is well in your world.


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Monday, July 11, 2016

1 Months, but here's some Chickens, a Hedgehog, Rockets, Flowers, Dogs, etc.

It's been months since I've posted on this blog. I've been busy with life and family, but I have been  doing some personal creating, too.   Many things given as gifts and a few to list in my shop.  Here's my most recent additions to my etsy shop.






Thanks for looking and I hope all is well in your world.


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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

3 Halloween is coming.....

https://www.etsy.com/listing/249408429/halloween-greeting-card-ooak-handmade?ref=shop_home_active_6

https://www.etsy.com/listing/249517276/halloween-greeting-card-ooak-handmade?ref=shop_home_active_5

https://www.etsy.com/listing/249408727/halloween-greeting-card-ooak-handmade?ref=shop_home_active_3

https://www.etsy.com/listing/249408845/halloween-greeting-card-ooak-handmade?ref=shop_home_active_8

https://www.etsy.com/listing/249515880/halloween-greeting-card-ooak-handmade?ref=shop_home_active_1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/249516048/halloween-greeting-card-ooak-handmade?ref=shop_home_feat_3

https://www.etsy.com/listing/249409321/halloween-greeting-card-ooak-handmade?ref=shop_home_active_4

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/249409959/halloween-greeting-card-ooak-handmade?ref=shop_home_feat_2

https://www.etsy.com/listing/249517472/halloween-greeting-card-ooak-handmade?ref=shop_home_active_7
https://www.etsy.com/listing/249409483/halloween-greeting-card-ooak-handmade?ref=shop_home_active_2



Thanks for looking and I hope all is well in your world.


Here's some of my items on Etsy (links may not show in email; click header at top of email to go to blog and see or go to my Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/RoyalMade
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