Current fabric trends and a head’s up

Isn’t it funny how I spent my last dime (OK, nothing new…. I am always spending my last dime) but still…. spent my last dime to make sure that I had every possible color and color combination of chevron, because EVERYONE wanted it.  I got sick of looking at it, after a while, and I could see the trend starting to turn.  The geometric prints emerged (can I just note that I am in LOVE with them?) and then the quatrefoil was the newest and greatest thing.

I CAN say that I was smart enough to start selling it off and not replacing it, opting instead to get the new upcoming quatrefoil ordered before someone else could beat me to it.  🙂  OK… I am NOT that clever, but I did get in on it early and I gave the local fabric manufacturer a head’s up that it was going to be the “new chevron.”  I got to return a while later with an “I told you so” as they were out of stock on many of the more popular colors (gray and red.)

So, here is a head’s up for all of you before the craze starts and people are trying to make Christmas gifts and they just HAVE to have the most trendy fabrics…. METALLICS are the newest “in” thing.  I have already had people looking and looking for more of Camelot’s Nightfall collection, but most of them are sold out.  They JUST came out with a Heavy Metal Collection, so GET ON IT NOW or it will all be gone before June and you will just be out of luck.  🙂  There is my FREE tip of the week for you.  I will spice up a post for next week with some nice pics.  Until then, here is a free pattern I LOVE using Heavy Metal from the Camelot Fabrics website.  http://camelotfabrics.com/pdf/2014-fall-collections/Q-022B_HM.pdf

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

I impress even myself. HA ha ha ha ha

So, I have moved all the blah, blah, blah about my dogs over to another website, so you avid crafters, quilters, etc don’t have to listen to me blah, blah, blah about my super awesome fur babies!!  🙂  You’re welcome!

Here is my blog for the dog stuff:  https://wagswagpetsupplies.wordpress.com/  I have some cool new stuff coming up, in case you are interested.  I will be playing “mad scientist” this weekend with my fellow crafter, IF I don’t have to go drop off a foster dog in Vegas (yeah… my life is SO hard.)

The newest quilt

Well, my daughter HAD to have this quilt….  because she LOVES purple and she loves dragonflies.  It has wool applique for the antennae and applique heads.  It wasn’t the fastest quilt I have ever put together.  Regardless, I finished it…… right in time for her to decide that she no longer likes purple nor dragonflies.  Looks like I will list this one in my shop.  LOL…..

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It is one of THOSE days!!!

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Yeah… Sunday was just one of those days.   The handsome young fella on the left is Bentley, and owner surrendered Rhodesian Ridgeback/Boxer? mix who is so super sweet.  I found him on a website for the animal shelter, and my curiosity got the best of me.  I went and took him for a walk, and that was it.  I wasn’t leaving there without him.  He was so skinny…..  yes still wagging his tail, politely protesting going back into his “cell” and he turned and his eyes talked to me.  They begged me to not put him back in there.  I didn’t.

I brought him home, and he was so sweet on the way home.  He sat quietly and looked out the window, then laid down and slept the rest of the way.  Usually dogs have an adjustment period in a new home….  but he hasn’t had any problems, and not a single bathroom accident.  He has been here for about a week.  I took him to the vet the next day, and they didn’t notice any problems, but sent me home with some antibiotics in case he developed kennel cough.  Well, he did….  and since he has been at my house, he has been quarantined from my other dogs with the exception of a Sunday walk and the nap (pictured above.)  I still didn’t let them close to one another, no eating or drinking after one another, etc.

I found him a “forever home” with a family eager to greet him….. until we went to the vet yesterday.  While we were there, he started sneezing blood.  😦  The POOR BOY!!!  He is now on kennel rest, doctor’s orders, and a stronger antibiotic.  He is going back on Friday to see if he is well enough to travel to Vegas on Saturday to go to his forever home.  He is so awesome, it is hard to not get too attached.

I need tech help from my 14 and 10 year old daughters.

Apparently, I somehow changed the background of my blog by deleting images from the stored images, in an attempt to make room for more images.  LOL…. shows how much I know about tech stuff…. NOTHING.  So embarrassing to have to ask my 14 year old to help me edit in Photoshop, have my 10 year old help me download things and work the fancy TV remote, etc.  Ha ha ha ha ha…. come on…. I KNOW that I am not the only one.

I hope that everyone had a great Easter weekend.  I was going to take off next week from work, because my kids are on Spring Break.  I was going to finish my tutorial I am making on the dog bed (STILL not finished) and also to make a few things for my daughter’s upcoming baby shower (and my first grandchild.) However, I have to go in to work tomorrow, so now my day is completely a ruin.  I will try again on Tuesday!  It is ok, I will still get a few things done tomorrow, just not as much.  Plus, ANY day that I have to get up early is a complete ruin.

Today I made some soy candles for shower party favors, and I found some great tutorials on Pinterest.  I also made some sugar scrubs and I am going to have to make some printables that say “from Alexis’s shower, to yours” on them, as well as labels for Lavender Sugar Scrub.  My kitchen smells heavenly!  Tuesday, I will  make the cream cheese mints, and put them in the freezer.  Have a great week, and I will strive to finish the dog bed tutorial by the end of the week….fingers crossed.

New shop name? New products! And we fail Puppy Kindergarten…. LOL

This is me and my dog, Kyah, on the day that she turned 4 months old….  so about 2 weeks ago.  She is fun, but also a LOT of work.  Anyone who has ever owned a Rhodesian Ridgeback knows that they can be stubborn, high-maintenance divas.  I love it…..  and I am equally as stubborn so, rest assured, I always win.  She has almost completed Puppy Kindergarten, yet she still would rather play with the other dogs than to come when given the command.

Kyah and me at 4 months

Kyah and me at 4 months

I recently split my Etsy store into 2 different store, one for fabric and one for completed items.  I have Christmas stockings, pet collars and leashes, and recently some pet blankets.  I then realized that I have mostly pet items in a store that was to be primarily for quilts and such.  My quilts are mostly gone before I can get them finished, so that is a type of backfire.  However, I have a LOT of pet items in a store that is called “Sew Stitchin Awesome.”  So, I have decided that I need to move my pet items to a store more appropriately named, so I have decided to name the new store Wag Swag.  It will take me a long time to get it up and running, but I will get it done eventually.

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I have been working on making some dog collars, and new blankets out of faux fur and minky  I also have drawn out a dog bone shaped blanket, but I have yet to get time to make one.  I have been working on a tutorial for making your own dog bed, and I will get it posted once I get a chance to finish it.  It is hard to find time to get everything done.  Spring has come early this year, and my yard is in need of some serious attention.

I have also been hand dying some hemp webbing for collars, and I am nearly ready to start putting prints on them and making those into collars.  Where does time go?  Kyah and I did a 5k this past Saturday to raise money for Animal Rescue centers.  I encourage everyone to download a free App called Walk for Dogs.  When you walk your own dog, the site donates money per mile to a local animal shelter or rescue that you choose!!  Such a great cause, for FREE….. and you get some exercise in the process!