Friday, January 31, 2014

Happy Scrappy Scarf Kit Making and Camper Updates

Hello! It's been awhile. I have been busily working behind the scenes to get scarf kits made up. I kind of disappeared from social media during it all. Good news, they are back in stock! I thought I would give you some studio snapshots of the process of it all. Plus, since I haven't updated you on Lucy, our vintage Serro Scotty camper, I thought I would throw in some pics of it as well.

 First of all, I needed to dye more velveteen for the flower embellishments. My stock was running low and the velveteens in stores are just too "solid" for me. You know, I wanted some variation in the dye.

Here they are in the dye bath. They all turned out how I wanted them to, except the chartreuse. It turned out gold, and I am confused as to why that happened, but the gold is pretty.

Next I was on to cutting trims, each scarf has six trims...that's a lot of cutting and a lot of playing around with what trim goes with what. I love putting color combinations together, so this was a fun day of cutting.

Then I lay everything out on my work table (which takes a lot of cleaning first) and start matching up trims, felts, velveteens, quilting fabrics, etc. I try out lots of combos and yes, I am still having loads of fun.

Then comes the photographing, packaging, etc but that's not so pretty to look at so I didn't shoot any of that. So they are in the Etsy shop today, woot woot!

Now we are on to my camper.... It's been awhile since I've updated because it's been kind of boring stuff. Like tearing out old insulation and rotten wood. But that is all finished and the old smelly camper smell is going away, whew! 

We are taking the camper to a camper/trailer guy that is going to wire, plumb, and put on new tires. These are things that are really important and we didn't want to take our chances on messing up. The propane will be gone and we will be all electric with the option to switch over to a battery if needed. The water tank is old and probably disgusting inside so were getting it replaced as well.

We'll be taking her this week, but before we could we had to fix all of the beams and insulate.

And build the kitchen.

I ripped apart the old cabinets because they had been altered. I built all new ones and because were not going to have a stove, we were able to squeeze another drawer in. Nik build the drawer, I couldn't imagine cutting all of the boards so precise.

Then I had to get the sink in place. I found a piece of old counter top at the Habitat for Humanity store for 7.00! It was large enough to cut my counter out of. I used metal edging around the edge for trim. Metal edging is super hard to find these days. I found this in the carpet trim section at the Home Depot. It's for nailing down where to pieces of carpet come together. It's aluminum and work great. I plan on caulking around the edges with white but I have to wait for the plumbing to be done first. I still have touch up painting to do as well.

Oh, and how could I forget, I added air-conditioning. That's the best part about camping in a trailer!

Soon the fun stuff will be starting like curtains, paint, decorations, I can't wait for that. I decided I would sew three new quilts for the beds as well. Here is the beginning of Birk's quilt.

Have a great day!

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

January Clearance Sale

Hey, Hey, it's that time of year again. It's my 8th annual clearance sale. I always have a lot of fun preparing for this one because I know that you will be excited for what I've put together and am offering.

Why do I do this? I know right? Most of the items for sale are first quality items. Well, first of all, I like to be excited about my work and clearing out the studio and selling off anything I made last year gives me a new and fresh start. Yes, I might make some of these exact items again but there's something about the newness that makes me excited and I believe that shows on my blog, in my emails, in my shop, etc.

Second, in running my business, I always think about what I would like as a follower of Jennifer Jangles. I try to give you what I would like and hope that it's what you would like also. I know I am always up for a sale.

What is there you ask? Well, like I said, I have cleaned out my studio and these items have come from all sorts of stuff. First of all, there's a little de-stash.

Then there are sewn samples.

When I make custom bead or button orders, I usually make a few extras just in case the glaze doesn't work out or whatever. Those extras start to pile up.

Some are just things I have pulled out of cubbies or drawers in my studio that I have held onto for some reason or another.

When does this all start? Right now! Yipee! Sales starts at 1:00pm EST today. It runs until everything is gone or Sunday, Jan 19th noon EST.

Is it everything in the shop? Most everything, patterns aren't going anywhere so they are not on sale. But I left them in the shop just in case you wanted to pick one up while you were getting other goodies. I don't know why I am still rattling on about'll see when you get to the shop.

Have fun!

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Happy Scrappy Scarf Kits (Updated)

Hey Hey, Just wanted to stop in an say that I just added some new Happy Scrappy Scarf Kits to the Etsy shop. Lots of people have asked about them, and I did my best to e-mail or convo you if you did. I figured a blog post might help if I missed anyone.

Jan 12th, Scarf kits are sold out in the Etsy shop. Send me an e-mail or convo me on Etsy if you would like to be notified when I get some more kits made up. I hoping it will be in 1 to 1 1/2 weeks. I'm so excited you like them :)

And the free tutorial is here.

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Studio Pics and Hello

Hello, Hello,
Thought I would just pop in and say I am still alive. It's been a while since I've blogged. The holiday projects take all of my energy and I love every bit of them, but when they are over I need a break. So that's where I've been for the past few weeks, taking a break. A lot of times we go to Florida after Christmas, but this year we decided to stay home. We've got a big trip out west planned this summer in Lucy and well, she's not even close to being finished. I'll do a post soon on her, so far there hasn't been much fun stuff to look at. 

I also did some much needed cleaning and organizing of my studio. The place looked like a tornado hit it. I'm lucky to have a great studio, but I am outgrowing it. We had some talks over the break about options, and I am excited about what we came up with, but the changes will be down the road. So in the meantime, I got some organizing baskets. 

These are helping me see my embellishments easier

Here's the Etsy Shop Wall...

We'll see how long it stays this way :)

Have a great day,

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