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make an art quilt (read all 3 entries…)
Craftster.org mini art quilt swap

I’ve been putting this off for over a year, but now I don’t have a choice because I signed up for a mini art quilt swap on Craftster.org! Will post progress as I make it.



get published (read all 2 entries…)
I did it AGAIN!

Wednesday afternoon, Brian came home with an envelope from Scott Publications. In it was a complimentary issue of Volume 12 of Just Cards! magazine. I wasn’t sure why they sent it becasue I hadn’t submitted anything for that issue. Turns out, they’d held over three cards from the previous issue. So, out of eight cards that I submitted, six were chosen for publication! Not bad!

The first three cards in the photos are ones that have been published!



get published (read all 2 entries…)
I DID IT!

Scott Publications published three of my cards in volume 11 of Just Cards! magazine.



sell on etsy
I did it! My Etsy Store is open!

I opened my Etsy Store! Check it out at www.thelaserbeam.etsy.com! I’ve listed some MYO cards (Make Your Own). I sell all the parts and pieces to make the cards, the recipient just has to provide their own glue to assemble the cards.

I’m selling sets of 2 for $5 and sets of 8 for $20 (I don’t have any 8s listed yet, though). That’s only $2.50/card, and they’re really neat-o cards (at least I think) with lots of ribbon, buttons, laser-cuts, glitter, etc.

I’m also going to try to sell my Card Party concept. It’s a home-based party for 5 people. It’s $100 for 50 cards (that’s only $2/card—very well worth it); 10 cards each for 5 people. Again, the glue IS NOT included. My suggestion is to invite four friends over, and have THEM bring their own glue with them. Anyway, I’ll also suggest drinks and light snacks for 30 minutes beforehand, and then 1-1/2 – 2 hours of cardmaking afterwards. None of the cards are hard to make, it just depends on people’s skill levels since some people haven’t used a glue stick since kidegarten.

Anyway, the photo shows two of the baby cards that I’ve listed. Cute, huh?



Have a card party (read all 5 entries…)
The card party was FUN!

I had a card party over the weekend. It was GREAT! I chose the cards (2 wedding, 2 baby, 2 thank you, 2 birthday, 1 get well and 1 blank), and everybody sat around the table and made them together. It was soooo much fun!

Out of all of the cards we made, the Hello Baby card is my favorite.

Sharing the supplies wasn’t too bad, but I only had 4 people. I think I can do up to 6 people, but any more than that will be too hard to do because of sharing.

I have two more sets of card parties already assembled, and one more in the works. One set uses alot of patterened paper, one set uses the Cuttlebug embosser and the third set uses alot of clipart images. I need to get the clipart set printed out and put together.

Oh, yeah, and I charged $20 a piece. That’s only $2/card, and the people didn’t seem to mind at all.



make more handmade cards
Making cards like a maniac!

Since quitting my job, I’ve been making cards like crazy! I want to sell on etsy, and I need to get some “stock” built up so I’ll have something to sell!

The photo is of a handmade paper one. The flowers are laser-cut and they have rhinestone centers. It’s a very pretty card, I think.



get a job (read all 14 entries…)
I got a job but...

I got a job, but it didn’t work out. It was only supposed to be for 15 hours/week, but they kept giving me more to do and expecting me to stay later. Plus, they assigned me a password for my e-mail, and then they were logging on as me and sending people e-mails. That is WRONG, and it makes me mad.

There has to be a better job out there for me. I just have to find it.



Make a quilt (read all 17 entries…)
Marquee Quilt top is finished!

I finished the marquee quilt top on Sunday while hubby was camped out infront of the ProBowl. I still have to choose backing fabric, have it quilted and sew on the binding before it will be completely finished, but I can sigh a big breath that the hard part is over (I’m already itching to start another quilt…!).



get a job (read all 14 entries…)
I DID IT!

I got a job! I am still in shock over the whole thing. This was another bizarre interveiw. It’s like they’d already made up their minds to hire me before I even walked through the door. They didn’t ask me any questions or ask for references or anything. Very, very weird!

I start Monday at 9:00. It’s 15 hours/week—exactly what I wanted, and it’s doing bookkeeping (also exactly what I wanted to do). I wish it was more money, but hey! I’ll take what they’re paying. Now I just hope I can do a good job, and remember everything since the last time I worked almost 2 years ago!



Make a quilt (read all 17 entries…)
I started another quilt!

This time I’m making the Marquee quilt from “The Modern Quilt Workshop” book. I still have yards and yards of green strips to sew together, but yesterday I took a breather from that and made a sample block. It turned out nicely! I like the dark red and green together.



Learn to use a serger. (read all 2 entries…)
I did it!

I actually figured out how to thread the serger for a double chain stitch! It’s only two threads, but it’s the brown “path” that has to be threaded, and that’s tough for me to do (#1 because I can’t tell brown from green and #2 because threading the brown path is a weird ass labarinth of hidden switches and pullies you can’t see).

I’ll have to play around with it some more, but I am definitely on the way to figuring out how to use this silly little machine rather than let it sit around and gather any more dust.

I used it over the weekend to sew a sample block for my next quilt. I don’t think serging is the norm for quilting, but who cares; if it fits my purpose, I’m going to use it! The picture attached is of the serged seams. They’re not 1/4” seams, but for the strips I’m sewing, seam allowance isn’t an issue. And besides, they are CLOSE to being 1/4” seams. I’ll bet I can figure out where on the foot the fabric has to be to make a 1/4” seam if necessary.



Make a quilt (read all 17 entries…)
The quilt top is finished

I got the quilt top finished yesterday. It looks almost just like the EQ6 drawing so I’m pleased. The backing fabric should arrive soon, and then I’ll be able to take it to the quilter’s for quilting.



Learn EQ6 (read all 5 entries…)
First quilt top using EQ6 is finished

Hubby’s quilt top is finished. It looks pretty much like the EQ6 drawing so I’m pleased. I can’t finish it, though, until the backing fabric arrives.



make an art quilt (read all 3 entries…)
Craftster Quilt-a-long

I posted a call for a 2008 art quilt quilt-a-long on Craftster. Maybe if more people will jump on board, I’ll be inspired to actually make an art quilt!

Here’s the link (in case any 43Thingsters would like to make an Art Quilt, too):
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=213091.0

And here’s the post:
Anybody interested in making an art quilt?

I’m NOT artistic, but our walls are bare, and I’d like to make something cool to hang on them. I have several books for inspiration including The Quilted Garden by Jane Sassman’s and Art Quilt Workbook.

This will be a loosely structured quilt-a-long; just get creative and make something awesome. Post your progress as the year progresses.

The only rule will be size. The smallest should be no smaller than 12” x 12”; you can go as large as you want, though.

I’m not starting until January (2008), but feel free to jump on board and start anytime.



make an art quilt (read all 3 entries…)
Art Quilts are different...

Art quilts are different than patchwork quilts so I made this a new “thing” to do.

I pulled out my Jane Sassman’s The Quilted Garden and Art Quilt Workbook to inspire me toward this goal.

Since I feel creatively-challenged much of the time, I have no idea how long it’s going to take me to complete this goal.



send my friends cards (read all 4 entries…)
Maria's Card

I made this card as a PaperCrafts magazine submission. It wasn’t chosen, but I’m happy to send it to Maria instead. The format is a “recipe” for the Joy of Cardmaking in their June/July issue. Probably, mine was too basic. It’s hard to tell in the photo, but it’s got hand-sewn seed beads and a rhinestone on it.



send my friends cards (read all 4 entries…)
Do Christmas Cards count?

I finished my Christmas cards already, and I think they should half way count towards this goal!



Make a quilt (read all 17 entries…)
Started Sewing!

Yesterday, I started sewing on the quilt blocks. I have 16 of one color finished and 6 of the other color. They’re easy to chain piece so I’m moving along quickly on these. I hope to get 20 of each color done by this afternoon.



Make my Christmas cards. (read all 3 entries…)
The Christmas cards are finished!

The cards are in a matchbook style with the fold along the top and then a about 1/2” folded up on the bottom, inside piece. I stapled a picture of the two of us with “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year From…” printed on the bottom of the photo on the inside of the card. They look awesome.

The envelopes are stuffed, addressed and stamped. I ran the envelopes through the printer. I used to think that was cheating, but who cares?

I’m waiting until December to mail them. This is the VERY FIRST TIME I’ve ever been this early in finishing my cards! There are 36 of them (if I didn’t forget anybody).



Make a quilt (read all 17 entries…)
New Fabrics

I made test blocks with the fabrics I bought, and I didn’t like how they looked. So… I had to go fabric shopping again, but this time I think I’ve got it right. I made the test blocks yesterday, and I think they look great. I want to make one more set of blocks with the colors flipped and see how they look that way. Then I can start cutting up the fabric.

Maybe I can get all the fabric cut tomorrow, and I’ll be ready to sew by the weekend.



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