Wise, wise fortune cookies

I can find inspiration in many unusual places. Case in point: fortune cookie ‘fortunes’. Those Panda Express philosophers really know what they’re talking about.

Panda Express Wisdom

 

What about you? What’s inspired you lately?

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January 24, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . All About Me, Hands Full Creations. 1 comment.

Resolutions?

I think not. I’ve never been one to list goals that I know for a fact I won’t achieve. Why set myself up for failure? But I do like the idea of reflection. Reflection on the year that’s past, and a look ahead to the year that’s beginning. I like to imagine where I will be 365 days from now. So I guess I’m naming this my list of New Year’s Reflections for 2010.

1. I’m not a fan of change. Our move from Los Angeles made this reflection apparent. I’m adjusting better now, but I like things the way I like them and when that’s interrupted, I panic.

2. Parenting gets harder as you go. Whoever says otherwise isn’t doing their job. I’m just saying.

3. 30 is the new 20. And it’s *awesome*. I’m loving my 30’s waaaaay more than I enjoyed my 20’s.

4. Chocolate really does make everything better. I learned this by eating half a pan of brownies one night.

5. It’s the little things that count. Like when my husband brings me my favorite bottle of wine home from work. He doesn’t even have to ask to know that I’ve had a hard day.

6. Life’s too short not to enjoy my food. I’m tired of worrying about calories. Not that I’m giving myself license to go crazy, but I’m going to have a plate of chicken fettuccine alfredo and eat it heartily. Guilt free.

7. The dishes can wait. This one may seem lame to some of you, but for a neat freak like me, it was a revelation.

8.  The older I get, the more I realize I don’t know anything. Funny how even just 10 years ago, I considered myself pretty wise. Soooooo not so.

9. I *adore* all things pretty. Another one that may seem lame, but I have to say, it gave me freedom to realize this. I always felt like my desire to paint my house pretty colors and decorate with awesome fabrics was a frilly,uneccessary thing. Not true. It’s very necessary and I make no excuses. So there.

10. I find inspiration in the oddest places. Paint chips, a cheesy greeting card, the thread organizer on my wall. I’ve learned not to question where the inspiration comes from, but to take advantage of it.  It all makes me happy and produces a desire to make something pretty.

 

 

Here’s to many more lessons learned in 2011. Happy New Year’s, everyone!

January 13, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . All About Me, Hands Full Creations. 7 comments.

And the winner is…

(drumroll,  please) Jenni of Jenni 20 Designs. She has the coolest shop of her own, so be sure to stop by and check it out! Congratulations, Jenni! Send me a convo and let me know which purse you’d like!

 

Thanks to all of you who did enter but didn’t win. I’m so thankful that you took the time and effort to show me  and my little shop some love. And to show my appreciation, I’m offering everyone who entered a 20% discount, good on all items in my shop. Just be sure to enter the word ‘GIVEAWAY’ in the message to seller, and I’ll be sure to refund your 20% via PayPal.

 

And since this giveaway went so well, I’ll be hosting another one next month. Third Eye Artisans has been kind enough to offer up one of her gorgeous designs, and I can’t wait to see what she chooses to donate. Check out her shop and whet your appetite for some yummy yarn goodness.

 

Thanks again, to all who participated! You guys are the best! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . All About Me, Hands Full Creations. 2 comments.

Better late than never

So, today is Friday. We’re going to ignore that, and the fact that I missed last week’s Color Thursday and  forge ahead with a new color combination. That’s what you really want anyway, right?

Aqua and Orange

I really should have saved this pair for warmer weather, but I couldn’t resist sharing. I *love* this combination. It’s one of those color pairs that makes me squeal out loud and clap my hands really, really fast. You think I’m joking, don’t you? Enjoy!

 

Sun and Sea Earrings

 

Goldfish Mug Rug

 

Tidal Tangerine Vegan Soap

 

Crocheted Neckwarmer

 

Do you feel like clapping you’re hands really, really fast yet?

 

Little Goldfish Giclee Print

 

Oh So Chic Coasters

 

Fiona Ribbon Necklace

 

The Goldie Bag

 

Ah. I do love those colors. They make me smile.

 

So, now that I’ve caught up on our color date, I’m going to give myself a bit of shameless promotion. Be sure to enter my giveaway here. Seriously, enter. You just might win. And then, you could do the selfless thing and give the purse away as a Christmas gift, or do what I would and keep it for yourself. Either way, you come out a winner.

November 19, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . All About Me, Hands Full Creations, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Like free stuff?

Good, because it’s time for my first ever giveaway! Can I get a ‘woot, woot’? And not only do you get a freebie, but you get to choose! Can things possibly get better?

Choice #1. The Melanie Bag in the Red Polka Dot print, a $38 value.  Check it out! (Click on the photo for more pics and info)

 

 

Choice #2. The Goldie Bag in the Black and White Floral Print, a $42 value.

 

Want to enter? Here’s how!

1. Head over to my shop and let me know what you like best. (1 entry)

2. ‘Like’ my fan page on Facebook. (1 entry)

3. Follow me on Twitter. (1 entry)

4. Follow my blog. (1 entry)

5. Tweet about this giveaway. (1 entry) You can simply copy and paste this:  Enter to win a free #handmade purse by @HandsFullCreate! https://handsfullcreations.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/like-free-stuff/

6. And for all of you who already like me, heart me and follow me, you can ‘suggest’ my Facebook page to friends of yours! Just go to my page, and click the ‘suggest to friends’ tab under my profile pic. You get 3 whopping entries for that, baby!

Do not forget to leave a comment on this blog post and tell me which of the above entry forms you have chosen! Feel free to enter as many times as you like, just be sure to  leave a separate comment for each entry. Also, be sure to include your email address, or if you prefer, a Facebook, Twitter or Etsy user name where I can contact you. Giveaway starts now and ends on Sunday, November 21st, at 11:59pm PCT. A winner will be randomly selected and notified within 24 hours of the giveaway ending. Have fun and good luck!

November 16, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Hands Full Creations. 29 comments.

I can really hate Mondays…

especially when I’m fighting a cold and I just don’t feel good. Mondays are such blah days anyway. Add  some coughing, sneezing and a sore throat and they are down right deplorable. So, I’ve found a few things to cheer me up.

I am sewing, here me roar.

Cheery vintage wall hangings

Fabulous shabby chic goodness

Vintage owl wallet

Ahhh, I feel better already! How about you? That sewing lion really did the trick for me. I’m thinking I might have to buy that print before this post is done. Anyway, I’m always pleasantly surprised at how color and creativity not only cheer me up but inspire me. I love seeing how crafty people use their mad art skills that they’ve been blessed with to come up with some amazing handmade goodness. Give someone some paint, or fabric, or a camera and voila! A masterpiece. It’s quite amazing.

So, I hope these few little things cheer you up and inspire you to get your craft on.

p.s. I bought the sewing lion.

February 23, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . All About Me, Hands Full Creations. 1 comment.

I’ve been tagged!

Woohoo! I’ve never played the tag game before! I’m totally excited! Linda from Linda Loves Beads ( http://linorstorecom.blogspot.com/2008/11/tag-game-youre-it.html#links) has tagged me.

Here are the rules of tagging

1. Link to tagger and display these rules on your blog. (check)
2. Share 7 facts about yourself – some random, some WEIRD (see below)
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by including links to their blog. (see below)
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

7 Random Facts About Sarah

1.  This is my favorite item in my shop right now. I just totally dig the fabric: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=16815804

2. I have a serious addiction to candy corns. The only reason that I don’t have a constant diet of them is due to their seasonal availability. Thank God…

3. One of my all time favorite movies is Casablanca. ” Of all the gin joints in all the world, she had to walk into mine…” One of the best movie lines, ever.

4. My name means ‘princess’, and I try to use that to my advantage as much as possible.

5. I’ve had oral surgery twice, but never stitches.

6. My oldest son’s formal first name is Maximillian. Poor kid.

7. My husband and I never dated. A fact both weird and completely random.

Okay, you guys. Now you know 7 completely random and useless facts about me. Tag, guys. You’re it:

http://oneblessedmommy.wordpress.com/

http://www.extremehousewifeing.blogspot.com/

http://homedeconomics.blogspot.com/

http://papergirlproductions.blogspot.com/

http://tmlf.blogspot.com/

http://backwoodsophisticate.blogspot.com/

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November 3, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , . All About Me, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Do you follow trends?

This is something that I really struggle with as a designer. I often peruse the purse/bag competition, and come away feeling like my designs are not in line with what is trendy here and now. Is this good or bad?

My Audrey clutch...trendy or no?

My Audrey clutch...trendy or no?

 

When I first stared making bags, I was totally overwhelmed by the diffrent styles and designs that were trendy and I felt that I needed to make those particular bags to be successful. It was difficult, because after a while, I realized I was so stressed about making the ‘right’ thing that I wasn’t having fun anymore.  My favorite colors, fabrics and designs weren’t really in line with those bags that are super popular. I was making things, and yet, not feeling very creative.

Don’t get me wrong. I think that as a designer of purses, clothes, jewelry, etc…we need to have an idea of what’s hot right now, but I think we can lose our creativity when we let ourselves become ruled by the trends. What makes me different from the masses?

My Peggy Sue design, not very trendy, but totally unique!

My Peggy Sue design, not very trendy, but totally unique!

In conclusion, I think we need to find a balance of following what is popular and staying true to your own likes and passions. When we can find that balance, we are most likely to find success! Good luck to all of you as you find your own unique style!

October 8, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Hands Full Creations. 1 comment.

Oilcloth, My Latest Obsession – Part 2 (finally)

Okay, so I want to thank all of you who have been waiting patiently for me to reveal my tips on working with oilcloth. It has been a crazy week of soccer, school and mayhem here at my house, but I think I found a quiet moment to type this all out. So,without further ado, my oilcloth tips!

Tip #1 – Trace your pattern on the back of the oilcloth.

This is a must when working with oilcloth. You can’t pin your pattern down to the oilcloth (I’ll cover that in a moment), and holding your pattern as you cut will just make your piece all wonky. I suggest drafting your pattern pieces (or tracing a pre-exsisting pattern) onto a lightweight cardboard, such as a cereal box. That way it won’t wrinkle or tear after a few uses.

Once you’ve made your pattern, use a ball point pen to trace your pattern on to the back of the oilcloth.

My traced pattern, on the back of the oilcloth.

My traced pattern, on the back of the oilcloth.

 Tip #2 – Never use pins on your oilcloth.

Oilcloth is just like leather, vinyl, etc… Inserting a pin will leave a permanent hole. When you want to sew two pieces of material together, I suggest using paper clips or, my personal favorite, good ol’ clothespins. These will keep your pieces together, without moving, and they won’t leave any personal marks on your oilcloth. *NOTE* There is one time when using pins is okay. If you decide to cut out your pattern using a lot of extra room, like in the photo below, you can always pin your oilcloth together on the excess material. Make sense? Probably not, so be sure to study the photo to see what I mean.

My beloved clothespins, and the one exception to the 'no pin' rule.

My beloved clothespins, and the 'no pin' exception

 Tip #3 – When sewing oilcloth, lower your presser foot tension.

Whether you’re sewing on the right side or the wrong side of the oilcloth, it’s always helpful to lower your presser foot tension. I usually set mine between1.5 and 3.

Tip #4 – You may want to use a bigger sewing machine needle.

This is not a hard and fast rule. I usually switch my universal needle for something a bit more sturdy, like the leather needle (90/14), but I’ve forgotten at times, and it really doesn’t seem to matter that much. I think it helps your stitches to be a bit more consistent, but it’s not so that you would notice. This one is really up to you. Try it both ways and see what you like.

Tip #5 – When sewing on the right side of oilcloth, use a Teflon foot.

I can’t stress this tip enough. Being a natural born tightwad, I tried to scrimp and save by not purchasing this essential foot. Don’t be penny pinching here! Buy this foot! I think I paid $25 for mine, and it was worth every single penny that I paid.  It glides on your oilcloth beautifully, while your regular machine foot will stick like crazy. Then you will end up fighting your fabric by pulling and pushing it through the machine. All that will get you is sloppy stitches, a messy project and a migraine. Trust me when I say, invest in a Teflon foot. You’ll be glad you did. *NOTE* If you are sewing on the wrong side of the oilcloth, you can use your regular machine foot, but still lower your presser foot tension.

The one, the only, TEFLON FOOT!!!

The one, the only, TEFLON FOOT!!!

The slick backside of the Teflon foot.

The slick backside of the Teflon foot.

Well, that’s about it. Thanks for letting me share what’s worked for me. Hopefully, these little pointers can be helpful to you, too! Oilcloth can be tricky, but if you use these tips and just keep practicing, you’ll be an oilcloth pro in no time!

I’ll be showing off some of my oilcloth projects in my next and final oilcloth post. I’d love to get feedback from you guys and hear what you all are making. Have fun and be creative!

September 25, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , . Hands Full Creations, Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Oilcloth, my latest obsession- Part 1

I love oilcloth. I absolutely adore it. I love the look and feel of it, and now that I’ve figured it out, I love to work with it. No need to finish seams or worry about threads unraveling. I’ll be listing the best tips for working with oilcloth in an upcomng post. Right now, I’m going to share my favorite prints and the best places to find this awesome material.

Just part of my oilcloth stash...

Just part of my oilcloth stash...

 So far, the place with the best selection of oilcloth at the best price is A.H. Mecantile Co. Here is the link: http://www.ahmercantile.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=10_21_132 I have ordered from them for quite a while and have been very impressed by their selection and their super speedy shipping. Shipping prices are a flat rate of $4.80 and usually arrive in about a week. Just check out some of their yummy prints available:

awesome retro goodness...

awesome retro goodness...

If you are looking for larger quantities of oilcloth, be sure to check out Fashion Fabrics Club.  http://www.fashionfabricsclub.com/catalog_items.aspx?TypID=142&Viewby=Types&Page=1&gclid=CKXa6fLM4JUCFQkiagod51v_YQ They sell 12 yard rolls of oilcloth. Their print selection is not quite as extensive as A.H. Mercantile, but it’s a pretty good deal, about $60 for a 12 yard roll.

these are so cute, it hurts!

these are so cute, it hurts!

Mendel’s Far Out Fabrics has the same yardage prices as A.H. Mercantile, and their 12 yard rolls are actually a bit more expensive than Fashion Fabric Club, but they have some killer wood grain oilcloth. They also sell little bundles of remnants, great for small coin purse projects! http://www.mendels.com/fabrics10.shtml

that minty polka dot is my new favorite...

that minty polka dot is my new favorite...

 So, there you have it. Those links should at least point you all in the right direction. Next post, I’ll give you some pointers in sewing with oilcloth. It can be a bit tricky, but with a few little adjustments and tools, you can work with fairly easily. Until then, have fun checking out this funky cool material!

September 16, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , . Hands Full Creations. 3 comments.

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