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Happy New Year My Basted Friends!

4 Jan

New year! New ambitions, aye?

Well let me be that typical lazy blogger and say for one:
I WILL BE BLOGGING MORE.

(or at least I say I will…)

I am going to try to make some changes. I didn’t do too bad off last year. I lost weight, which I gained back. Oops. I did blog a little bit more, but not enough for my liking. I created my new etsy shop!

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On Viva La Stitches, I have 4 items for sale.

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Kinda silly, but hey! They are there! I have plans of what to add onto the store. Some original pieces will be fun! I know I need to add so many things on there. However holiday hours at my work kicked my ass. Not enough alcohol could make up for 4am wake up calls!

With that, I promise to post more tutorials! Since my wedding was mostly DIY I will be making posts relating to those. I have the mini-veil tutorial one, but my wedding based tutes are seriously lackin’! I’m also sure I still have a 3rd installment of knitting gauge waiting to be written. Oops. Okay, that’s it! I am seriously putting some focus on this blog!

I also plan to be more organized. That includes tearing out and re-doing my closet! That should be fun. My whole life needs organization. I have all the apps and planners to do that. I have the resources..and some money to help with my physical things. And I have all the supplies in the world to make millions of product for Viva La Stitches! Now time to just do it!

I would like to thank everyone for their everlasting support! I truly appreciate it! All the follows, likes and comments I’ve gotten brighten up my days immensely!

Now to drink more coffee and Bailey’s while I make a way too long To-Do list!

Best,

Bre

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Hubby Portrait

13 Nov

 

Today you now know that I dabble in drawing. I did this with some charcoal pencils I’ve had for years and have no idea how you are “suppose” to use them. I always wish I was better at drawing, and way more creative. I can only copy pictures. When I attempt to come up with something original it usually becomes a disaster.

So here is a picture of my Husband I drew. It’s pretty accurate…except his cute cheeks aren’t quite that chubby…and a few other things that I’m not sure why, but are not quite right. I’d love to take another art class. All the art stuff I know if from a couple classes I took in middle school.

I’d also love to know how to paint.

Now I  am going to enjoy some Angry Orchard Ginger Apple Cider, get on somekind of entertainment and knit a cute cardigan!

Update: Cards, Button, Shop, Etc.

18 Sep

Hey Y’allllll,

So I’ve been attempting to stay somewhat proactive, while working & trying to get some product up for my new shop (Oh, plus study for cosmetology, search for a salon job, and plan a trip to Europe.) I have to say, not too shabby yet. Ha.

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Here is my to come business card. Working on the headbands I’ve created, I’ve been getting tons of compliments whenever I (constantly) wear mine. I could just say “Ohh yeah check out my blog for more information” but it can be oh so forgotten. Plus I’m sick of the sloppiness of writing my URL on a post it note.

Also working on some minicard samples form Moo.com for my items that I sell on etsy. In fact, if you’re interested you can get 100 mini cards for free from them! They do have a little Etsy & Moo symbol on them, but hey, FREE! And just something I’m thinking about.

(Actually if you just google “Free Moo Cards” there’s a few things to choose from. Including..Facebook cards? Yeah I’m not sure either. Looks like they are currently doing 25% off as well.

Anyways, I did snag my business cards from Vistaprint.com since I’m on a small budget currently. They have been shipped (YAY!) and I still have a list of things to do. Hopefully sometime October the shop will be open, trust me I’ll keep everyone in the loop.

Until the shop is up, you can support by blog with this dandy button:

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/37761346@N05/8001225957/

Yeah, it’s not the cooooolest quite, but it gets the point through, and it’s cute. Notice a theme with the picture? I’m just a tad too proud since I actually set up a lightbox area and took my own pictures. look at that, getting all snazzy like. So if you want, feel free to link this little button on your blog. I’m am also down to trading buttons. Just shoot me an email.

Happy Crafting!

Bre

Hopeful New Product

13 Sep

So I’ve been working on my etsy site and have created the first possible product for it:

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Sugar skull headband! This one is based off the Sublime Stitching pattern I recently got but it’s all hand done! I’m in love with it. Apparently so are tons of my friends and strangers I’ve ran into. If not this exact pattern, I’ll have a similar item up. I plan to make these in headbands, clips, and pins!

Keep your eye out for my new shop and some fun new product!

Happy Crafting!
Bre

So you wanna make a blanket?

22 Aug

There are certain milestones in sewing, knitting and crocheting. There’s the first scarf that took way too long. The socks, or atleast, sock for those who lost momentum. There’s the sweater we all know and love. Then, there’s the blanket, or for fancy yarn kids, afghan.

I can say with pride, I made a quilt! Yep, with my own bare hands. Well my hands, and a sewing machine, I made an adorable lap quilt for my grandma. When I made it, I didn’t use a pattern, and I cheated and used some flat sheets (you know, for beds) as my solid fabric. Pretty sure the most time consuming item on the quilt agenda wasn’t the squares, or even the actual quilting. Oh no, that bias tape I made specialty was quite the task! Mostly because I used all the print fabrics alternating to vamp up all that blue. For some silly reason, I’ve seem to not take a picture of the finished product. Who does that? haha.

Anywho, I also started to knit a blanket. I’m pretty sure I’ve made 3 full squares now? Maybe? After it boring me (that stockinette stitch apparently does not keep my interest) I’ve finally decided I’m going to frog it and start again. Since I’ve been looking for something quick and easy, I thought I’d share some patterns you too could attempt at creating your crafting milestone! For quilts, some of my favorite blocks and patterns was from Oh Fransson!

Picture Credit to Elizabeth Hartman from Oh Fransson!

Charm Squares Baby Quilts Pattern

Picture Credit to Elizabeth Hartman from Oh Fransson!

Nine Patch Lattice Quilt Pattern

I used the “wonky” version to make these squares for my squares.

This is 4 of my wonky squares sewn together.

Look at those beauties. My Grandma loved how unique this end up looking. I got the idea to use bed sheets from the next pattern. However I got some very low grade sheets at that, haha. I’m sure that quilt won’t stay together forever, but I’m still oh so proud. Anywho:

Picture Credit to Elizabeth Hartman from Oh Fransson!

12 + 2 = Q Quilt Pattern

Now on to the Knitting!

Picture credit to chemknits.com

10 Hour Afghan

You can make this smaller of course for less time. It’s basically large needles (or hook for crochet), bulky or multiple strands held together. This one she used 8 Strands. As you can tell there are 2 strips sewn together. I’ve been meaning to find some discount yarn and large needles to do this for a small throw. could make it up during a marathon!

Picture credit to verypink.com

Log Cabin BlanketRavelry

This guy is really neat since it has a very quilt like look. And it’s super easy! There is even a video to help out! I plan to use my many scraps for one of these. Well, this and some mug cozies.

Picture credit to verypink.com

Mitered Squares

now that bright yarn you saw earlier where I was talking about using to make a afghan. Those are going be turning into mitered squares. I have an idea with the black as a base color, but we’ll see how that goes. What’s great is this is pretty mindless knitting and can be altered rather easily.

Now go get ’em tiger! Make some awesome blankets for this winter.

Let me know if you have any awesomely easy patterns that you know of!

Happy Crafting!

Bre

New Obsession! Embroidery!

19 Aug

Yep, I am so so addicted to embroidery now.

Sometime long long time ago, when I was 10, I remember learning to cross stitch, and fully forgot it. Over the last year or so I’ve seen so many embroidery projects popping up and began to get intrigued. However I just couldn’t get myself to join in, until now. I was at my local modern fabric store, Bolt and came across some adorable tranfer patterns by Sublime Stitching and Stitcher’s Revolution. they were both under $5 and I just could not resist. When I got home I jumped straight on Sublime Stitching and ordered the Ultimate Embroider Kit.

Dude, so much stuff comes with this, and only for $30! It’s a steal. The one I got had a tea towel, needles, little adorable scissors, patterns, a hoop and some floss. (there is a petite one available as well for $20. It only has 1 pattern and no textile, which is still a great deal!)

After that I hopped onto Colonial Patterns to grab some DMC floss in flesh tones (for my Lady Guadalupe) and some imperfect napkins to practice with.

I got a day of the dead pattern, some classic tattoo flash & tattoo alphabet. I am really looking forward to getting better and perhaps connecting with some kids I know who tattoo and perhaps turning some flash and paintings into embroidery!

I already have requests from a couple friends for some work to be done, which I am delighted to say “hell yes”, I may charge some beer though! Ha.

Oh yeah, as we know by this blog’s name, alcohol and crafting are 2 things I quite enjoy. I can say with embroidery, so far if you have a few drinkings, you can still stitch pretty well. Unless you’re seeing double, that may be an issue.

As an overall customer reaction to both Colonial Patterns and Sublime Stitching, they both get an A+. With Sublime Stitching I did get my order confirmation, but not a notice when it shipped out. However, saying that I also never emailed them and notified them of this error. Both packages came so quickly, it didn’t seem to really matter.

Be prepared to see many neat embroidered goodies on here!

Cheers!

Bre

Interview: Picking Daisies

22 Aug

Kay Porczak and Dede Bruington own a darling little shop in The Creamery in San Luis Obispo, CA full of napkins made with amazing fabric. You can purchase or rent napkins as well as browse their other adorable little handmade creations.

When we started up this blog, interviewing was one of the many ideas we had and Picking Daisies was at the top of that list. When we asked them if we could interview them they happily agreed and so we had the pleasure of doing so.

Ashley was able to sit down with these ladies in their lovely shop and talk business, fun, and alcohol. Here is what transpired…..

Ashley to Kay: When did you start to sew?

When our sister, Ann, first came up with the idea for this business, I had never, ever sewn in my life, never took it in high school, I had never owned a sewing machine or even had an interest. When Ann said, ‘I have an idea for this business, let’s make napkins..’ I bought a sewing machine. So that was about five years ago. But the funny thing is, I feel like I was born to sew!

Ashley to Dede: Do you sew?

I don’t sew. I was a home ec major at Cal Poly and I took sewing and I was terrible. 

What part do you take in the brilliance of Pcking Daisies?

I focus on display and merchandising. 

How did Picking Daisies come about/Who’s dream was it? 

Ann was the one who came up with the idea, but it wasn’t really her dream to have a store; she just wanted to sew and sell the napkins at Farmer’s Market and do an online web store.

So who’s idea was it to open a store?

Kay: We realized we needed a space to sew the napkins and were looking at a lot of industrial spaces. We were getting phone calls from people who had found us online and wanted to buy our napkins – we were seriously meeting people in parking lots with bins of napkins – and then we had to figure out if they were at Dede’s house or at Ann’s. So then we just figured it would be easier to just have a space to sew the napkins and store them, we can just meet everyone there. But this store ended up being so far from what we were thinking.

Dede: And we ended up here because in order to sell at Farmer’s Market you have to have a retail space open downtown minimum five days a week, five hours a day so we thought that’s perfect.

Kay: Since this spot in The Creamery was a lot cheaper than a lot of industrial places we were looking at, we thought well we could be open the minimum, but we certainly didn’t really embrace all that it could be.

Does Ann still contribute any?

No, but she planted the seed for this and we {Dede & Kay} let it grow. As we grew and continued to get busier, she decided to step back and let us take over.

When did the shop open?

We had our grand opening in October of 2008, but we were open in a bit of September of 2008.

Dede to Kay: And when did we start making napkins? 2007?

Kay: No, in 2006

Ashley: To get everything started?

Dede: We started, actually, at craft fairs, then by word of mouth.

Ashley to Kay: How do fabrics inspire you? 

Oh my gosh. I can’t get enough of fabrics! I guess they inspire me in a way as following every great fabric blog I can find and every fabric designer, so when I do see fabrics I immediately categorize them home decor, napkins, clothing, etc. In the next year, we want to go to one of the Quilt Marts where they launch all the new fabrics!

Do you have a favorite designer?

Dede: Anna Maria Horner. Oh and Alexander Henry makes some of the best novelty fabrics around. I really love novelty fabrics.

Kay: I think Anna Maria Horner, but not only because she makes the best fabric, but because shes so inspirational. She’s got kids, she designs fabric, sews, shes so creative, but yet so nurturing and is just amazing.

Ashley: She just has everything well balanced.

Kay: Exactly. And then theres designers like Kaffe Fassett who designs amazing fabric, but I keep hearing snippets about him that I don’t agree with.

Dede: But it is our best selling napkins.

Kay: I know, but guy needs to change his judgements. But I don’t know if I can say I have a favorite.

Dede: Top four

Kay: Top four: Anna Maria Horner, Laura Gunn, Kaffe Fassett – that’s about it. Everyone loves Amy Butler, but I wouldn’t put her in my top favorites.

Ashley to Dede: How about you? Do fabrics inspire you in any way even though you’re not one to sit behind a machine? 

I tend to go to novelty and at first we didn’t do any novelty, but then we tried christmas fabric and it was a good hit, wouldn’t you say Kay?

Kay: Mmmhmmmm!

Dede: So then we added the apples and owls {at which point Ashley’s eyes widened because she LOVES OWLS!!!}.

The conversation trailed off a bit to talking about novelty fabrics that have turkeys with football helmets on them. Dede just had to show me….. WTH?!?! 

Ashley to Dede: You have kids – do any of them place an inspiration on your passions?

Ashley: Because, you know… Henry is a photographer and does film as well so does any of what he does inspire you?

Dede: I don’t know so much about for here. I don’t know… I’d have to think about that.

Ashley: What about Annie?

Dede: I don’t know. I feel like they’ve become more inspired by me by having this business and now they love it and have opinions and they care about it.

Ashley: Annie works here when she’s back home, right?

Dede: She does, she loves it. And now all of her friends and friends in college and their families are into the napkins and the store, and our website, and the blog…. so its great to have that support. 

Ashley to Kay: Ellen, your daughter, is a very artistic girl – does her artistic abilities stem from your crafty nature? 

You know its funny because I would have never, and still don’t, consider myself as creative. I think I’m a good engineer and that’s how I used to be. Like, I love the whole engineering in sewing, but other than reigning Dede in on the novelty fabric {we all exchange laughs on that comment}, I really defer to her in picking the fabric because I completely trust her. I know what I like, but I always give her sort of ‘final call’ cause she knows whats going to work and what will sell. 

Dede: Our dad was super creative and our mom was a sewer and sewed quilts and sewed clothes when we were little so when friends come in here that have known us since we were little, they don’t peg it as something we would be, but more of a combination of our mom and dad. 

Kay: So maybe Ellen gets that from them, not from me.

Ashley: Even though you’ve made that tunic you’re wearing and shorts for Richard?

Kay: But that was with a pattern, so it’s all about the engineering of it for me, not the creative side. I like the challenge of a pattern and the instructions and seeing it all put together.

Dede: And I have such a hard time following directions. I think thats why I wasn’t a successful sewer in taking classes at Cal Poly. 

Ashley to Kay: What project is currently on your machine?

I don’t have one. Once I start something I kinda just can’t stop. So I don’t have like three projects going at a time. Well, the only exception to that is when I had sewing class I would kind of sew to a point where I got stuck and then go to class to move to the next step. But since class, I’ve only sewn two projects – that shirt and an eyelet skirt, but those were done over a weekend. I’m kinda a ‘one project at a time’ kinda person. 

Do you have any other crafts you do, or would like to try?

No there isn’t. I don’t cook, so really this is just my passion right now – to just sew. I was talking to someone one day and told them I was sewing napkins and they said ‘but it’s your day off’ and I said ‘I know’ and thats all I wanna do and I love it. I mean, there’s nothing I’d rather be doing. There’s just something so satisfying about sewing a product and then people give you money for it… I’ve never been so satisfied. 

Can you tell us a bit about yourself, maybe outside the world of sewing and business owning? 

Ashley: Well, we already know what you like to do, Kay – sew. So Dede we’ll start with you. {laughing occurs}

Dede: I used to garden. See there were a lot of things we used to do.

Kay: We kind of have this imaginary bulletin board of all the things we used to do, but it isn’t a bad thing. 

Dede: We do love hanging out at coffee shops. I don’t really have any hobbies. I like watching baseball…

Ashley: How about family stuff?

Kay: Dede and I were both stay at home moms so that really defined us for about 15 years of our lives. And really towards the end of those 15 years we were sort of joking saying ‘what the eff are we going to do? we are going to be writing poerty at Linneas.’ {the ladies start laughing about that comment as its in reference to their kids growing up}

Dede: A lot of what we did was yoga, coffee, and gym…

Kay: But this is sort of our hobby. I don’t know, I guess I just never really felt like a well defined person until now. {Dede mmhhmmm’s in agreement.}

Dede: And I think our kids have more of an interest in us now, then when we were a stay-at-home-mom. 

And then we trailed off into talking about how Kay was never really domesticated. She doesn’t cook, didn’t like to clean… it was actually quite funny how opposed to cooking she is. But she mentioned her daughter, Ellen, loves to cook now so she gets a good home cooked meal regardless. 

What’s your advice for crafties who want to open a business?

Kay: Well, I think Etsy has opened up opportunities. Like I would say we should have done this years ago, but I don’t know how successful it would have been, but Etsy..

Dede: And Kickstarter. You should really check it out.

Kay: Yes, its great! Its for people who want to start a business and they propose their idea and try to get people to fund it. But those two sites have really opened up a world of possibilities for people as opposed to twenty years ago where the idea of having a small business was you’re either 100% or not at all. Where as now, anybody can test the waters with Etsy and you may grow beyond that or you may not, but it’s a great place to start. 

Since you’ve opened, your product has grown a bit as far as adding aprons, pillows, and other little goodies…. Do you plan to expand the business in goods even more? 

Kay: Very minimally. Like last christmas we introduced lavender sachéts as something fun and they were a big hit. Now that I’ve figured out how to put our label on them we have decided to continue selling them and are already thinking, ‘what can we do for next holiday season?’ So yes and no, but I don’t want to get to the point where we can’t manage it all. 

And of course, what is your favorite alcoholic beverage to consume while sewing or crafting?

Kay: White wine. A few months ago I was really loving chardonnay, but right now I like sauvignon. In the winter, though, I would switch to red wine. I really love wine.

Dede: My favorite is pinot grigio, Santa Margarita label is really good – it’s my favorite white wine.  

Thank you ladies for giving us the opportunity to interview you and for giving us great advice for the crafties out there!

Swing by their blog, facebook, and twitter, and flickr! to see what they’re up to and visit their website to purchase some goodies! You won’t be disappointed!

Happy Crafting!

~Ashley & Breana

{Thank you to Richard Fusillo for taking & providing the photos!}

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