Friday, January 15, 2021

Trailer Signs

 We need signs! Right now we have a white box, not very inviting! Would you walk up to an unmarked white trailer and poke your head in? Me either! This a what I sent our sign maker. I am hoping to have signs before our first popup on February 6. If he doesn’t have them ready, I will have to get creative! 

I just found out there is a craft show inside Plaza 53 on February 6, same day as our first popup. You will be able to check out other vendors, which is always fun!




Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Sublimation Printing

 Almost two years ago, I purchased some used heat presses from a friend. It has been a learning process. I had no clue what I was doing, or what I needed to purchase to be able to create items. 

Well, the first thing I figured out was, I needed to buy a printer that would print sublimation ink. You don’t just run down to Walmart for one, so after quite a few phone calls and a lot of questions, I ordered a printer. I didn’t realize printers could cost that much! And the ink is not cheap either! Thankfully I have only had to purchase once since the initial purchase. 

I love making the mugs. I can use my design or customers can send me a good quality jpeg and have a personalized mug made. The used mug press that I bought, wore out, so I had to replace it. Last summer I purchased a new press that can press, shot glasses, 3 Oz mugs, 11&15 Oz mugs, 11&17 Oz latte mugs. 

I have a hat press also. But being that sublimation has to be printed on 100% polyester, I have only printed one hat. I need to look for hats in different styles, I didn’t like the style I tried. Kind of looked like an Elmer Fud hat. 

My flat press is a George Knight 16”x20”. I can press any garment that is 100% polyester, fabric, ceramic, poly ornaments or key fobs and so much more! 







Monday, January 11, 2021

Mobile Shop

 

We finally are satisfied with the displays, after screwing them to the walls and taking them down, to move a little, so we could fit more! We have 12 volt lights and heat. Signs for the trailer and flag signs for outside have been ordered. 
Our first pop ups will be in Chisholm and Mt Iron. As soon as I figure out dates I will let you know. 
We are excited to get out there and show off our new space!






Friday, January 1, 2021

It’s Been a Long Time a Comin

2020, a year I don’t want to repeat!But it has given me time to reflect on what is important to me. My Mom is 96, soon to be 97 and lives in an assisted living. I was used to dropping in for a visit every time I went to the post office or the bank. That came to a halt in March when all the restrictions for COVID-19 were put in place. For the spring and summer months we had window visits, then in the fall her children were deemed essential and we were given permission to visit in her apartment, but we had to make an appointment, have our temp taken and answer COVID questions. If we passed the test, we could go in and visit with a mask on. But only one visitor at a time. That was stopped the beginning of December when she had a doctors appointment and tested positive for COVID-19. She has been in quarantine since. Funny thing is, I ask her how she feels, and she says, I don’t feel sick. Meanwhile Christmas has come and gone. So no, I do not want to repeat 2020!

I normally do craft/vendor shows every week starting in October and go up to Christmas. Sometimes two shows in one week. Well, with COVID-19 most of those were canceled. Customers were messaging asking how they could get mittens. I started meeting in town with all the totes in the back of my Expedition, they would look until they found something they liked. No walking up to my grids and picking off the pairs they wanted. After two days in a row, standing behind the Expedition freezing my fingers, we decided it was time...

For years I have have dreamed of setting up a store in a trailer. So we purchased a twelve foot enclosed trailer. It is a work in progress, but this will be my new “store”. I am very excited! We have heat and lights, and hopefully signs next week.

So now back to what is important to me... sitting at my Mom’s table for visit, seeing knickknacks that are a part of who she is. It is my hope that I will be able to do that on her 97th birthday, February 12.   Drinking coffee with my adult kids and sharing their day, kissing and snuggling our 7 grandchildren. Meeting a friend for lunch. Going for drives with John and stopping someplace for coffee or lunch, without having to put a mask on! ... and my sewing! That has been the one constant that has kept me sane during this crazy year!

At the end of 2020, I still have much to be thankful for. My husband is my biggest fan! He has put in countless hours making my dream come true! I tend to only look at the end result, and forget the boring steps it takes to get there. He keeps me on track and builds and fixes all those boring parts! 










Thursday, April 6, 2017

As a change of pace, I have been sewing kids aprons. They are great for little helpers in the kitchen or a cute clothes cover-up, in place of a bib. They are also wonderful for pretend play. Sizes 3-8.  $18. Shipping is $3 for one and $5 for two or more.




Monday, April 3, 2017

It's Been a Long Time

Wow, it's been 3 1/2 years since I posted! I have been posting on Facebook and forgot about the blog. I have had quite a few people tell me they don't use Facebook, so I am going to start posting more on here.
 Currently I am sewing kids aprons,  frogs, bunnies, kitties, puppies and monkeys. They are fun as aprons, but are also great for dress up. I will be posting photos later today.
If you are interested in anything you see, contact me. I can invoice through "Square" and ship to you.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Craft Shows

Here is a list of places I will be for the next few weeks.

Nov 21...I will be working at North Woods Friends of the Arts in Cook. 10-4, stop and see me, I will have all my totes of doll clothes with.

Nov 23 & 24...St Mary's Catholic Church, Cook, MN 9-5 on Sat and 9-1 on Sun

Nov 29...I will be working at North Woods Friends of the Arts Gallery in Cook. 10-4. I will have Black Friday specials all day. My doll clothes are for sale at the gallery from now through Christmas and they are open Thurs & Fri 10-4 and Sat 10-1

Dec 7...Biwabik City Hall, 11-6. I will have doll clothes, mittens and John's woodturnings. This is Biwabik's annual Christmas Festival. Horse drawn sleigh rides, kids activities and fire works after dark

More doll clothes

Red chaps, vest and cowboy hat, white with flecks of color t-shirt...$26
fringe skirt also available...$5

Christmas dress. Green satin with sheer overlay. $22. Available in red too.

warm up jacket & pants, t-shirt, tights, leotard, tutu and Tupperware water bottle... $36

Monday, November 11, 2013

Doll clothes

Felt poodle skirt, cardigan and purse $25

Doll fringe coat, hat and mittens $22. Girls mittens $9 and hat $10

Cowboy hat $10, chaps & vest $10, t-shirt $6

Bitty twins pants and Twins hoody $11 and skirt and Twins hoody $10

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Lovely Blog Award


 
 
 
Thank you Laura of http://pajarigirls.com/2013/01/07/what-is-a-blog-award/. for nominating my blog!! The part about nominating seven blogs is going to be hard!! I don't follow that many, hopefully this will help me connect with more people.
 


The rules of this award are:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you (manners, people! manners!).
  2. Add the “One Lovely Blog Award” image to your post.
  3. Share 7 things about you.
  4. Pass the award on to seven nominees.
  5. Include this set of rules (important, otherwise confusion and mass hysteria ensues).
  6. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs.

7 things about me:
  1. I grew up on a farm, the 6th child in a family of 9. I was raised by parents who grew up during the Depression, which reflected in the way they raised us. As kids we were expected to contribute to the family, be responsible and accountable for our behavior, this is what shaped me into the person I am today.
  2. I married my high school sweetheart 5 months after graduation, and we celebrated 35 years on Dec 3. We have 3 sons, and 2 daughters that have brought some wonderful and some challenging experiences to our lives,lol.They in turn have blessed us with three grandsons and two step-grandsons. Being grandparents is awesome!!
  3. I spent the first 30 years of our marriage being a stay at home Mom and doing the bookkkeeping for John's business. My life was the kids and John. When our youngest left home in 2007 I cured my empty nest depression in the sewing room. The more I sewed the better I liked it and the happier I felt.
  4. John travels for work, so I am alone a lot. Most days I like it. I get a lot of sewing done, don't have to cook most days, and I can clean house on Monday and it stays clean all week! I like a clean house but I don't like to clean!!
  5. We live on 160 acres, plant a huge garden, and mow a lawn as big as a small hay field! When the kids were home we kept making the lawn bigger...more lawn, more for them to do,haha. Now that it is my job, I want some ornamental grass that doesn't need mowed!!
  6. Our oldest daughter Cassandra and I started Rag Bag Originals in 2007. We started out making bags using old clothing, then added memory quilts from loved ones clothing. As life changes, she is now married and has a whole new life. I have stopped making the bags and gone to fleece mittens and doll clothes. I still make memory quilts as I get orders.
  7. My dream....to have a store front for Rag Bag Originals, so the girls can shop for doll clothes and have tea and scones with their dolls.