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December 27, 2010

A quickie

A quick post for a quick project! We have a bathroom in our bedroom and the shower ha a window. When the dun come up it shines it right in your face and wakes you up!

That is no fun at 5AM! When we forget to shut the door before bed its a grumpy morning for whoever wake up to the blinding sun!

I have TONS of fabric you know... o I decided I would make some curtains. I got the rod at Big Lots for $2.50, and I had the fabric that I got for something like $.80 a yard.

I measured my window it was about 42 inches so I decided to make the curtain 88 inches long.

I then measured the width and added 3 inches for the bottom hem and the top. I made a small 1/4" hem at the bottom and at the top I folded it over about 1/4" and then about 1.5 or 2 inches to fit the small rod.

The whole thing took about 30 mins and now we don't have to remember to shut the door or go blind1

Total cost: $3.20
December 23, 2010

Hello blog friends!

WOW! Sorry.. I sure tend to go missing a lot! I spend so much time reading other awesome blogs that I forget to update my own! I probably follow 100 blogs!

I just love all the awesome creative stuff I can find in blog land! From refinishing furniture to sewing to thrift store resellers.

I used my Netflix to watch American Pickers.. Hello that show is awesome! I also watch Pawn Stars and Storage Wars.. I really love Storage Wars! haha.

Anyways scroll down and see my thrift store chair and trinket box before pictures. Thanks to all these blogs I decided I could fix them up.

So here is the big reveal! I hope you like! First up the trinket box.

I lined the 2 little dwoor with some cool scrap book paper I found at Hobby Lobby. I might also add though I love to finish things with Mod Podge I hate gluing paper with it because of all the ripples! :(

I did a little sanding to rough it up and even out a few things.. but for the most part I used primer and krylon spray paint!

Next up is my new sewing chair. The other one i had REALLY hurt my back. It was cheap and plastic. This one I can actually use my lumbar support on! As soon as I find some nice thick foam for cheap I will make a cushion to save my butt!

That's it for now! Enjoy. I will post again soon... really this time. Wait don't I say that every time?

My goal for 2011 is to really blog more!
November 12, 2010

What's to come?

I just wanted to show you guys what I decided to tackle.

I can't wait to share with you guys when it is done!

This hangy thing I got at Savers. It was $5.00 it was super cool if it wasn't that ugly color right?!

Then I got a new chair for my sewing room. The chair I have in there now sucks. It's plastic.. it KILLS my back and my booty. I bought a lumbar support for it but it falls down! :( So it's time to move on!

This chair was $4 at Savers!

I love thrift stores just a LITTLE too much... ok ask my husband. I love them A LOT too much! I was a good girl though.. I didn't go thrifting in a long time. Well becides Halloween time but I didn't even buy anything!

Wish me luck! I hope to have them done by weekends end!
November 09, 2010

Too busy to even think!

Sorry I haven't updated! I have been CRAZY busy. Just finished up custom order. It was fun and stuff turned out super cute. As far a customs go I only have a few things left... 4 blankets and another towel set.

Here is the custom order.

I have done lots of Christmas gifts but I can't post those yet because my family reads my blog! :) I can show you something I made for home though.. some super cute stockings for Christmas! I LOVE them!

Cute right?! I think I am going to have some sort of contest soon.. give away a few things. I'll post again soon with some cool handmade stuff I have got lately!

Going to work on a new wallet soon.. maybe I'll start cutting it in a few I don't know. I am feeling kinda lazy at the moment!

Be back soon!
October 14, 2010

Busy bee

Whew.. I have been a busy girl! I love you fall sales! :) It's been great.

Here is what is on my custom orders plate right now:

3 adult Dr Seuss Aprons
1 Skeleton Apron
1 Red adult tutu
1 adult red and black tutu
3 Children's blankets
2 Adult blankets
large towel set

That is just my Orders for October!!

I have a few for November too!

So my time is sooo full!

So all that plus helping my mom with the supplies! We run her Etsy page and a booth at the SwapSmart at 43rd Ave and Thunderbird. That has been pretty fun. It got me 2 of my custom orders up there!

I just finished this custom order.. isn't it cute!

Can't wait to embroider some more stuff!

Kayden has been soooo horribly sick! Isn't that sad! :( Strep throat.. then he had to get 9 shots in 1 day! His poor arm hurts! I got 3 hours of sleep last night with Kayden in my bed. He was up screaming all night!
September 23, 2010

Hello everyone!

I know I haven't posted in a while! I'm sorry. I've been busy! Being a rockstar and what now. haha.

I have some new really awesome aprons posted up on my Etsy and website. :) SO make sure you check it out. I got the most amazing Dr Seuss fabric! :)

I have lots of others up there too that are also AMAZING! So CLICK HERE and go check it out! :)

I also posted some Halloween and spooky hair stuff that is amazing... totally bad ass for everyone! :) I of course have more than that up there too! So yea!

I am in the process of making something new and really totally amazing... lip balm! Most people don't know yet! So feel lucky to read this! It;s going to be good. They will all be free of petroleum witch 99% of other lip balms have.. and it's bad for you! It actually dries out your lips! EAW! I do have my 1st batch of them done but I need to get labels on them!

I sre hope everyone remembers to buy handmade! Support your local artists not Wal-Mart and other giant crappy corporations!

Bye for now! Will be back soon this time!
August 20, 2010

It's been so long I know!

Sorry it's been so long. I have made tons of new stuff I just haven't posted it in here. You can see it all at MY ESTY

But I did participate in the 2nd Saturdays and Sundays too even at SwapSmart. 4255 W Thunderbird Rd. This is the 3rd month I took part in this event. Sadly I did HORRIBLE. I spent more money than I made.

The 1st thing I did was pay to have an ad in a free newspaper in September. It is called Billards Table Talk

So everyone make sure to check your bars hotels whatever in September to see my ad! They print 10,000 copies so lets all REALLY hope that it does well for me. They compete with the New Times.. which all my AZ friend know is super bad ass. Heres to hoping it wasn't a waste of my hard earned money!

I did buy some really cool art though. It was spray painted onto an old record. YAY for upcycling! It was $20 for both of these and they will go perfect in my pool table room! Since I am decorating it Old Hollywood. You can get one or look at the others by clicking HERE!

I have some wholesale packs in the SwapSmart aisle A in the craft mall on consignment so please make sure to stop by! Amazing wholesale prices for everyone!

And I have lots of cool pre-made things at Girlfriends Craft House located at 7163 N. 58th Drive in Historic Glendale. So make sure you go there too! Here is my booth!

And well that is about all for right now. So I will leave you with this picture of the lovely Maddy in a pretty picture wearing one of my pretty $1 flowers!
July 22, 2010

I can't sew!

Oh no! I can't sew! Well at least until Aug 5th when I get my lesson for my new machine. I'm so sad.

My older machine that I have been using isn't working too well right now. I need to take it in a get it serviced!

I got that bad boy in 2000! It's very sad I know. SO I hope my lesson doesn't get canceled again!

On the plus side I got the Etsy supplies shop up and running! :) See it HERE

I'm going to the place that I am taking my lesson at this weekend so I'll make sure they didn't change it again.

I am working on getting flower like this for my shop. Aren't they cute?

July 12, 2010

A few Craft show reviews

Hi! Sorry it's been a while I've been busy! I just wanted to post 2 quick reviews for 2 craft shows I attended.

The first one is Art in the Park. This is located at Wheeler Park in Flagstaff, AZ. I attended this show same as I do every year but I did not have a booth here. This year was a pretty good year! There were lots of new vendors there. I attended the 4th of July weekend there. :)

This show is great! All the vendors are friendly and the work is amazing. There are lots of expensive things there and many reasonable items there as well.

Here are tho goodies I got!
The frame has my son's name in it.. Kayden :) I was excited he had it spelled right! He does custom orders and bigger frames for wedding and ext. You can email him at dkocchi@gmail.com

The bobby pins are cute silver bobby pins.. the same ones I use on my hair accessories! with blow glass on them! There were tons of cool ones there I got these 2 and my mom got 3! :) I love them. They also have earrings and other jewelry there! The website is glennsglass.com but looks like they don't have anything up.

I also got pasta.. I got 4 of them but only pictured 1. I have purchased this pasta before and it is the BEST! You could order some for yourself at http://www.deciopasta.com Decio Pasta is the best! :) mmmmm

I also participated in 2nd Saturdays and Sundays too at SwapSmart! It is the 2nd month they have done this event and the 2nd time I was a part of it.

This show is cool. There is tons of stuff to buy there. There are always normal vendors that have booths set up there with all kinds of things for sale and food.. including Hello Cupcake the BEST cupcakes! :)

When the craft people are there it's fun. Everything is nicely made and totally affordable! The vendors are all nice and it's great to sit by them for 18 hours! :)

I got this rad cigar box purse! I love Marilyn Monroe! I love it! It's so pretty and the best part is the lady who made it.. her name is Norma Jean! :) I don't have a website for her. :( Sorry.

That's all for now guys! Will talk to you soon!
June 23, 2010

I have a problem!

I am addicted to fabric!

Fabric, sheets, pillowcases, `fabric and fabric and fabric!

I can't stop either.. I just keep buying more and more and more. Here is 1 pic... of just cottons... but I have about double what you see it just didn't fit! This is cotton that is 1 yard or more.

I have other shelves full of fleece, flannel, chenille, satin, fake fur, remnants, a huge box of tulle, and a shelf full of random things like knits, terry cloth.. ext.

I know! I just can't stop! I see it on sale so I buy it... I think it's alright. Fabrics get discontinued all the time so I would rather have it than not have it!

Anyways.. last night I went to cut out this pattern I had drawn up for a dress.. it was going to be the prettiest dress you ever saw! I was tired though... so I totally messed up the cut whoops! I'm gonna turn it into a skirt and it will either be the ugliest or coolest skirt you have ever seen!

Kayden is walking! :) It's so amazing! He's getting way too big! His 1st Bday is in a month.... isn't that crazy?!

Well I am off to the thrift store... have to get something to hid the ugly spot of carpet my cats insist they pee on! :(
June 18, 2010

Been a busy girl

Well I try and stay busy! Do at least 1 craft thing a day.... still trying to get some sales... gotta start making some money!

I have a few new things up in Etsy.. and I made a few cute things today that I didn't post yet. So I will share them here first!

I am totally into that vintage look right now... if it looks vintage I like it! SO I made some accessory sets! :)

They are cute right? Earings and a hair bobby pin!

So hurry and message me to buy them! :)
June 16, 2010


Well Sunday the craft show picked up a little.... I ended up missing my goal by only $25. That was pretty cool. I wish I would have done better than my goal! It is what it is though.

I'll probably do the same show next month but this time instead of a 10X10 I'll just get a 6 foot table and bring just my hair stuff.

I really need to get some sales! I do have a few things in my Etsy. I just need to sell them! So I have to work on whoring my Etsy and getting some sales! After I get some feedback people will feel better about buying from me!

There's a college course I really want to take.. well a few of them.. but I have to take 1 at a time. I want to take between 3-5 classes.

Sometimes I just get flustered.. I work my butt off to make this work.

I even just went to the fabric store and bought a TON of fabric to practice some new ideas floating around my head.

Plus look at this face how could you not want to buy something from me... help feed my baby! :)

On the plus side I did meet some cool vendors! Nice people who did cool stuff. One girl I met made me a light switch things for my sewing room!

Isn't it cool?! She made it for me custom! Pink black and stars! :) You could have her make you 1 too! She does all the sports teams also! To see her website click here!

That's about it for now!
June 12, 2010

Craft Show

I'm doing a craft show this weekend... and when let me tell you.. IT SUCKS. There are TONS of people coming in but they aren't buying. The worst part is there is probably about 10 people there with hair bows or flowers... Sometimes I wish shows would care about the people not just the booth fee.

It's annoying when there are so many of the same vendor there. Makes you not want to come back.

Not making any money also makes you not want to come back.

Technically I am i the red. I had some money but not enough to cover my booth fee and my supplies.

Fall/winter can't come soon enough! When there will be some good shows.

I guess I need to get to the drawing board! Figure out something I can make that is unique.

Wish me luck on tomorrow! I'll be there 8 hours!

Also I totally got some items listed in my Etsy. Fianlly!
June 10, 2010

My Grandma

So I made a just because I love you gift for my grandma. I was talking to Robert the other day about all the sewing and crafts I used to do with my grandma. She is the most amazing grandma! She is the one who taught me how to sew!

She always let me pick out the fabric even if it wasn't the best choice for my project! She always helped my creativity!

Some of the sewing projects we made together.. a bean bag frog, an open back shirt for Mel (whoops I chose totally sea through fabric!), a yellow halter top for me, a wrap skirt (that I insisted I use sponge Bob flannel on), a paper organizer it held paper pens all kinds of good stuff, a baby doll blanket, and there was more I just can't remember!

We did lots of fun crafts too! Made all sorts of things to make a little girl happy! She took me to Creative Memories classes forever ago to teach me how to scrapbook! Not to mention Peter Piper Pizza! MMMM!

Well my grandma loves lots of things.... 2 of them are Betty Boop and bags! So I of course made her a Betty Boop bag! :) It's very cute!

June 07, 2010

I rock!

So I haven't been able to do my goal #1 yet because I haven't had to buy any gifts yet!

I also haven't had time to update my website or start my etsy shop yet. I am going to do a little reading on etsy before I just hop right in there.

I did call the quilting shop (well my mom was there today to get her machine) so I have my lesson setup for July 22!

On the plus side I have sold 2 dresses online! :)

I did totally do my sewing room though. It looks so pretty! \

This picture is my satin, fur, fleece, flannel, and random other stuff like felt or terry cloth. The little shelf has onesies, pillowcases, and stuff that is in progress! You can also see some done bows that are purple! :)

This is the inside of my sewing cabinet I just got! :) For free! My grandma didn't want it anymore and decided to give it to me! :)


This is in my closet! It has all my remnants in it! Plastic bags, and my bias tape maker is in there too! The drawers have patches, appliques, satin binding, and my lace, and ruffle trims!

This is a bunch of thread, a wedding picture, and all of my cotton!

This is 1 of my machines, not my spify new 1, and my cutting table!

I was in there ALL day yesterday... folding and putting stuff away! I actually organized! While I was doing that Robert was rearranging the living room! It's great! I love it! It makes the living room seem sooooo much bigger and gives Kayden lots of space to crawl around and be crazy! He likes it too!
June 05, 2010

A Few Goals

So I have made a few goals for myself. I joined a craft forum to learn new things and hopefully get some great marketing and pricing info form all the great people in there.

It's fun to talk to these people! I have been staring at their items on Ebay forever... and then when they all moved over to etsy I oogled them there too!

So my goals to help my business, and myself!

#1)Make as many handmade gifts as possible instead of buying them. It comes fromthe heart shows I care and gives me more practice.

#2) Clean up my sewing room! (again) it's gotten messy again! I really need some places to store all the amazing fabrics I have... maybe a trip to big lots of something like that is in order for a bookshelf to help me get them all in 1 place and organized!

#3) Get my Etsy cart setup! I think this would help get me new customers and sales! Which I really need right now! :)

#4) Update my website! My super amazing husband worked so hard on getting that website done for me!

#5) Get my ass to the quilting shop I bought my new machine form that sews and embroiders! Cost me a pretty penny! Learn how to use it. I couldn't even figure out how to thread the damn thing!

I plan on working on all of these things this weekend! Wish me luck hahaha.
June 03, 2010

What once was ____ is now ___!

So I decided to do a little post... what once was _____ is now ___!

I started with 2 pillowcases that I got from goodwill they were so bad ass I just had to get them! Here is a picture of 1 of the pillowcases before!

I did a little cutting..then some folding, then some sewing. A little more cutting and a little more sewing and got this! Added a little ribbon which I always have on hand!

What once was a my little pony pillowcase is now a child's long skirt and matching purse! :)

I thought the purse turned out damn cute the skirt was OK I decided to add a few pleats and they weren't straight :( I have never added a pleat to a skirt or dress though... so I suppose it was a learning experience. Given the chance to do it over I could make it much cuter! The 1st try usually isn't the most amazing.but I tried.

My next pillowcase was some little boys totally bad ass and well used batman pillowcase! I had fun with this one... and I decided that this is totally for me!

So once again I did some cutting, sewing, cutting, folding, sewing, cutting, and glue! Yes, Glue! What did I get?

I thought the my little pony one was so cute I decided to make myself this totally rad batman one! Dolled it up a little with a cute bow (that where I used glue) and some rad ribbon for the straps! It's like an organza with double sided satin edges!

So what once was a bad ass well used batman pillowcase is now my bad ass and totally new to me tote bag!
June 01, 2010

Fugly to Fab!

So Attack of the Craft (a forum for crafters which is pretty cool so far) is doing a cool contest. It's Turn Fugly into Fabulous! You have to go to the thrift store and find something fugly... the fuglier the better! Then you turn it into something fabulous! It has to be a new item fresh from the thrift store! Bonus points are awarded if you can transform it into something it was not intended for! The use the example of a shirt into a lampshade! Not DIY shirt into a hoodie!

So I though oohhh this sounds fun! Went to the thrift store today got a few things I wanted to pick up anyways and got my fugly item. I don't know if it's really fugly but it's totally gay and pretty pointless I can't see any of my friends thinking ooh that's cool! I spent $4 on my fugly at the thrift store.. then I spent $1 on something to doll it up! and I had the other few things I decided to use.... it cost me less than $3.. so the total out of pocket for my item was less than $8!

I'm pretty excited about it I just hope it comes out looking as cool as it does in my head! I was bummed 1 thing I wanted to find for it they didn't have :( One of those T-shit buckles form the late 80s early 90s (like pic below)! So I will have to figure something else out! :(

Stay tuned for my awesome fugly to fab entry I'm working on it tonight!

May 31, 2010

Well then

It's been a long time since I blogged but I figure it's time to start blogging again. I kinda miss it...I hope I won;t suck at it but hey it should work like riding a bike right?

I just wanted to be able to share some of my ideas, plans, projects, stuff I make for myself or Kayden or Grace! Some inspirations... maybe some other cool peoples stuff that I think is rad or wish I could make it!

I might offer sales or something... lol.. I don't know really! and probably just some random talk. :)

That;s really about all I want to talk about at this exact moment... I want to go smoke then read a book and go to sleep!

Have to work on getting my website updated this week and that is going to take some WORK! sigh.... I guess it will be all worth it if sales start coming in off my website though right?!

TaTa kids!