Saturday, October 24, 2015

Aunt Elsie's Trinkets and Treasures

Aunt Elsie's Trinkets and Treasures in Gardner Village  has taken me on as a vendor!!!  And I'm pleased and excited!  I've made tons of Jewelry to go down there and delivered it last Wednesday.  Here are some pictures.

And while I've been making jewelry I've also been making Table Runners and table toppers and placemats and all kinds of pillows for the Quilted Bear.  It's been a busy time. So much to do!

This Grinch Pillow is fun! and the table runners below have been selling well.

This is a Table Runner that I did for the Quilted bear as a custom order.  ------>


Thanks for tuning in for another episode as I gear up for Christmas.  Here are some of my photos I've been taking:

God is good. I see  His tender mercies.  

Thursday, April 16, 2015

 April's Appraisal

 Hey everyone! I'm reporting in and telling you that life gets really busy and crazy sometimes but I'm still here!  There's so much going on! Of course none of you have busy lives I'm sure.  You know, the kind that leave you playing with your lips while burbling sounds come out?  LOL   Okay then,  don't mind my occasional blank stare and totally vapid social skills... I'm "absent" most of the time!  You ever feel that way?  Well, I'm always off on a (creative) absent minded cruise and lately it's done me a little good!  

Here's my SEW-Brina sign for the Quilted BEAR...  That frame when I purchased it was 40% off at JoAnn .  Trouble was... it was perfectly BLACK  and I didn't WANT a black frame... I wanted an old timey Chalk painted White Frame!  You guessed it... my first attempt at Chalk painting was about to begin!  I promise I'll take photos of my journey through Chalk paint next time... but I was pretty nervous after my first attempt to make it  Bright Pink (yes originally that's the way I was going) turned out all wrong...  and ruined a frame.  (Don't worry, I'll resurrect that frame in a later project)
So I didn't take pictures of my first attempt at Chalk Painting. NEEDLESS to say... It was WONDERFUL!!!  I loved it! And though I used a cheap brand I got through JoAnn fabric and crafts store I still  got excellent results...  I adore my frame...  but I need to mat my finished project.  It's still cute though. Right?

Now that has me wondering what the Annie Sloan Chalk paint is like... this one was great... and everyone raves about Annie Sloan.  So, I've GOT to try it!  Stay tuned for further escapades with Chalk Paint! :D 

Here is the Booth... With a few things I've added... The Book of Mormon covers aren't selling very well... which kinda bums me out. But I've had a lot of inquiries about the Quad Covers.  I'm happy for that!
I think you may like some of the new things I've added.... They are   NEXT------>

These are Knife handle necklaces... they are way fun and something new I've tried...  I love trying new things and can't seem to settle down to just one thing to craft... I've got to try something new and be learning new techniques.  That's what makes it all so much fun!  Do you do that too?  

These are the new leather cuffs I've hand crafted.  They are really amazing.  I had to learn to rivet with 14 gauge copper and silver wire... it was a challenge and I loved learning it.  I deal in spoons and make necklaces and earrings already but this is by far one of my most favorite things! Those spoon handles are riveted on there tight and the cuffs are 8 inches and size down to 7 with the snaps...
I did some experimenting and I have really enjoyed playing with the leather.  These will be in my shop for quite some time...

This Camouflage Quad was really fun to make... as you can see - it has several different fabrics to go with it and coordinating fabrics are so great to play with.  It turned out really cute!

This is a new fabric I designed.  I love the way it turned out on cotton! It looks great on canvas also.  I imagine it would look pretty in just about any color.  I'm excited about this fabric!  I've already completed a couple of orders in this but was in such a hurry I forgot to take pictures!  I'll take pics of the next order and show you!

Well that's about it for me on a cold - it's been SNOWING! - Thursday afternoon.  Hope you all enjoy and go to my ETSY store for products that you like or contact me if you don't see it there.  I have a bunch of stuff at Quilted Bear that I don't have on ETSY.  Take care and talk to you next time on SEW-BRINA!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

She seeks wool and flax and works willingly

 with her hands. ~Proverbs 31:13

Easter is almost HERE!!!! Wow! it's been a long time since I updated my blog! And
so many things have been happening.  I've opened a booth at the Quilted Bear at the 
Newgate Mall in Ogden which is doing well and is pictured below.  I'm actually think-
ing of opening a second booth.  I'm doing well on the Etsy market still which is awe-
some and have new things in stock every week.  I've opened up the Jewelry side of 
things and, oh yes, AND I've been sewing and sewing! 

Like this little Chick? He will
be an Easter Bag.  Cute huh?

 Easter bags from scraps and leftovers are a wonderful project for you if you are a sewist... if you are a buyer, then try to remember that these little things are still costly to our sewists to make, in time, fabric and the little extras we put into them to make them just that little bit more special.  Enjoy your sewing time and be sure to save those scraps sewists!  Look at how small these little scraps were. And they turned out some cute Bunnies.  Put a little grass in this little bag and the hunt is on!

Enchanting Embroidery online has some really beautiful things and I got this great design from that shop. I love how the eyes stand out in this embroidery... what's more, I got to learn a new stitch to frame each piece of the design on the pillow.  The pillow also has a long zipper in it's bottom and is stuffed with a super soft insert. It's for sale and really wonderful.  Definitely a great Easter Pillow!

These are packages of Jewelry items getting prepared for the store... The packing was done by yours truly and Wayne who helped me with inventory.  We have them all numbered and tracked with security devices.   I've got some pretty pieces here!

This Necklace and earrings are made entirely from the bowl of a spoon.

These earrings are made from spoon handles. Aren't they gorgeous?

They have necklaces to match! The chain is Italian silver as are the findings.

Here is the  BOOTH at the Quilted Bear....Wow! It's like a dream!  

There is Lady Victoria showing off her doilies... and my Book of Mormons and Pillows. While up higher are the necklaces and earrings showing to what I hope is "advantage".  One little bunny table runner there... and some Easter bags...

A cute puppy pillow...sewn for my cousin. This pattern was found on Enchanting Embroideries also.

Book of Mormon Fabric with white handles.  Lots of requests for this fabric so I developed another fabric similar to it.

This is the template for the new fabric... I'll post a picture of the fabric when it comes in on the 24th.
It's pretty fun.

A new personalized Quad.

Well, That's about it for this month, I've shared a new Embroidery shop and my own new "shop" and things I've been interested in and working on.  I'm so excited about the new fabric I've designed... OH>>> here is a picture of that!!!  OH yeah, already showed you that.... Well... I'm excited about it... what can I say?  Can't wait to show you the FABRIC when it comes into the shop!  

About the shop... Many of you might be curious about the shop and what it looks like... WELL. It's a mess right now...  But... well,  WHEN I have it under control.. pictures will make their way onto the blog. (I hope)  Thanks for your support and I hope you found something that helped you in your quest for sewing enrichment or for something fun and original to purchase at the Quilted Bear or on Etsy at: Sew-Brina