Monday, November 5, 2018

November 5, 2018 Newsletter 25% Off, Free Tutorial, and More

Good morning everyone! It's great to be back on this beautiful November day. We have some exciting updates for you today.

We're offering 25% off ALL items in our Finished Christmas Items section of our Etsy store through December 3, 2018. Prices have been slashed on most of the items already (original prices are shown in the description so you can see those savings), so another 25% off and FREE SHIPPING only sweetens the deal. We have Christmas ornament sets, placemats, table runners, dolls, wreaths, and more! Just click on the following link to get started! https://www.etsy.com/shop/MomandPopCraft?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&section_id=22567850

Don't forget! If you leave a 5-star review on Etsy, we'll send you a code to receive 25% off on ALL future purchases

FREE Pet Bed Tutorial
I posted this free tutorial to the blog yesterday. Here's the link in case you missed it: https://www.sewpractical.com/2018/11/free-pet-bed-tutorial.html

Product Review
I'm almost finished embroidering this stamped for embroidery lap quilt top from Jack Dempsey Needle Art Item 940, Pattern #493 titled Footprints. The instructions call for 3 skeins of blue embroidery floss and 3 skeins of brown embroidery floss. I got 4 skeins of each. I used 3 1/2 skeins of the brown and will likely use more than 3 skeins of blue by the time I'm finished. So I wanted you to be aware of that in case you're interested in making one of these yourself.

I have decided on a pretty blue and white plaid to use as my backing when I decide to quilt this after Christmas. You can catch a glimpse of it in the lower left corner of the quilt top in the image below.

Upcoming Projects
I have selected three Christmas candy holder projects from Felt Street to work on for the next couple of weeks. So I will have a product review for these kits in my next newsletter.


I wanted to share these sketching projects I just got at Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago. This will be a new adventure for me when I get time - and the nerve : ) - to work on them.

Around the House
I wanted to share some of the colors in our backyard before the rain pulls all of the leaves off. I love the way the colors blend so well together. That's it for this newsletter. I hope all of you have a great week! I'll be back soon with more updates. P.S. I'd love to hear how all of you are doing.

Have a nice day!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Free Pet Bed Tutorial

I made TWO of these pet beds for our cat in under two hours. So I thought I would show you how to make one - or a few! - as well in the video below. I have also included the supplies and instructions below the video for those who would like to print them out.

Supplies Needed for 1 Pet Bed

2 yards of fleece (I used 2 coordinating designs)

16 oz bag of cluster fluff fiber

sewing machine thread

hand quilting thread

Instructions to Make 1 Pet Bed

Cut (2) 24.5 inches x 24.5 inches from the fleece.

Sew right sides together*. Leave 10-inch opening on one side to turn right side out and to stuff the bed.

Turn right side out. Be sure corners are pushed out.

Use about ½ a bag of cluster fiber to LOOSELY stuff the pet bed. Stuff the corners first then evenly disburse throughout the rest of the bed.

After stuffing, whipstitch the opening closed.

The pet bed is now finished.

*Both sides of fleece are usually the same. However, if there is a noticeably 
  thicker side or a brighter side of the print, that would be considered the right side.

Have a nice day!

Monday, October 22, 2018

October 22, 2018 Newsletter - Etsy Sale Continues, Finished Paint-by-Number Project

Happy Monday morning, everyone!

I hope you're all doing well today. Fall has finally arrived in our area. The hummingbirds left just a few days after my last post, and the butterflies left a few days after the hummingbirds did. So I knew cooler weather would soon follow. The backyard is starting to get its fall color. If I get time, I'll get a picture or two to show you in my first November post. How's the weather your way?

I relisted a few more items this morning and have provided the direct links to those below. Here's the link to view all items in our Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MomandPopCraft? Original prices are shown below. However, every item is currently 20% off until November 1, 2018. No coupon codes. Just visit our store and the savings are already calculated. : )

$14.95 each plus FREE Shipping
70-inch long blue felt winter scarf with pockets

74-inch long blue felt winter scarf with pockets

84-inch long multi-hued loom knitted  winter scarf

$24.95 plus FREE Shipping
Cranberry and Tea Dyed Homespun Shower Curtain - reduced from $29.95

Finished Paint-by-Number
There were a few delays, but I finally finished Morning Run.

I'm currently working on some items I plan to give as gifts, so those pictures will be available after Christmas. 

Have a Happy Halloween! I'll be back in November with more listings and another sale. 

Have a nice day!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

October 2, 2018 Newsletter - More Etsy Relistings and 20% OFF Every Listing, Product Reviews, Project Updates

Hello everyone!

Can you believe it's already October? Has this year flown by as quickly for you as it has for me? Because it is a new month, I'm back with an Etsy update and the latest product reviews of recent projects.

We've relisted 10 items today and reduced the price on 7 of them! The 20% off sale has been extended through November 1, 2018. The sale price is automatically figured for you and includes every item listed in our Etsy store. AND we're offering free shipping on every item as well.

Head over to https://www.etsy.com/shop/MomandPopCraft? to see all the fall and Christmas items we have available. It's a great time to stock up on home decor for the upcoming holidays at greatly reduced prices. You can contact us through Etsy conversations if you have any questions!

I got the paint colors I requested from Plaid and got back to work on the Morning Run paint by number last week. It will definitely be finished by the end of this month! Again, these were very friendly people. I requested paint I was running out of and got them at no additional charge in just under two weeks.

I embroidered these Herrschners Fruit Jar Covers (14-4820) in about a week's time. Very quick project. There was more than enough floss to finish all four covers. Stitches used: French knot, satin, stem, and backstitches. The fabric is made from natural and red gingham homespun. I did have to sew a small section of the design circle to the red gingham section on the lemon cover. These are held on by elastic, and they fit the cute little half-pint fruit jars.

Hand embroidered jar covers - apple

Hand embroidered jar covers - cherries

Hand embroidered jar covers - lemons

Hand embroidered jar covers - strawberries

I cross stitched the top piece for this Herrschners T217 Wisteria Cross Stitch Music Box. It was a simple project (again about a week to complete), but I did run out of light yellow-green floss in the kit. I did have some floss that was a close match so I used it to finish the project. I got a video of it so you could hear the tune - Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.


Fall has moved into our backyard, but one of our little hummingbirds is hanging around for just a while longer. She was watching an Eastern Phoebe and a Mockingbird one day as they stood on top of the fence and the shepherd's hook her nectar is hanging on (the other two were watching for butterflies to eat) and she started sitting in those places as well. I got a quick photo of her sitting on the fence. She's a brave little hummer keeping watch over all of her nectar.

Thanks so much for dropping by to read our latest updates today! I'll be back by the end of the month with a quick update.

Have a nice day!

Monday, September 10, 2018

September 10, 2018 Newsletter - Items Relisted at Reduced Prices

Good morning everyone!

I've relisted the following 11 items this morning at reduced prices! Even better news, you also automatically get 20% off all listings until September 29th. No coupon required! See images beneath listing details and Etsy links. Shipping is still free on all items!

Autumn and Eve Doll Set - was $49.95. Reduced by $15 to $34.95

Set of 2 Machine Embroidered Towels - was $19.95. Reduced by $5 to $14.95

Homemade Homespun Fabric Orange, Cream, Black, Halloween and Pumpkins Rag Wreath 13 inches x 13 inches - was $24.95. Reduced by $5 to $19.95

Homemade Primitive Homespun and Muslin Fabric Black/Tea Dyed Rag Wreath 13 inches x 13 inches - was $29.95. Reduced by $10 to $19.95

Two fall autumn wreaths - was $19.95. Reduced by $5 to $14.95

Whimsical Turkey Pumpkin Table Runner for Fall Autumn Thanksgiving Decorating - was $12.95. Reduced by $3 to $9.95

Finished Orange with Black Polka Dots Trick or Treat Bag 11 inches x 15.5 inches - was $12.95. Reduced by $4 to $8.95

Finished Black Spider Webs Trick or Treat Bag 11 inches x 15.25 inches - was $12.95. Reduced by $4 to $8.95

Finished Black with Orange Words "Boo" Trick or Treat Bag 11 inches x 15.5 inches - was $12.95. Reduced by $4 to $8.95

Finished Happy Halloween Trick or Treat Bag (You Color) 11 inches x 15.25 inches - was $12.95. Reduced by $4 to $8.95. Four of these bags are available!

Finished Halloween Cross Stitch with Pumpkin, Bat, Ghost and Cat 11.25 x 8.75 inch - was $14.95. Reduced by $5 to $9.95

Have a nice day!

Friday, September 7, 2018

September 7, 2018 Newsletter - Product Reviews, Etsy Labor Day Sale and More!

Good morning! I hope you have all been well. I wanted to drop by and give you some updates.

First of all, I wanted to remind all of you that we're having a Labor Day sale at Etsy on all the remaining items in our store. Go to https://www.etsy.com/shop/MomandPopCraft? and save 20% instantly on all remaining items through September 29, 2018. We generally don't have but a couple of updates a month. Lately, I've been updating only once a month! I plan to add only a few items a month through December and offering them at discount prices. I will announce the addition of those items HERE! So be sure to sign up on the right side of the page to receive our updates via email.

The Craftways Jesus Latch Hook Kit #133745 that I finished last month had plenty of yarn to finish the project. I accidentally unraveled several pieces with my latch hook that had to be thrown away, and there was still plenty of yarn to finish the project.

I just finished Dimensions Footprints Cross Stitch Kit 16700 titled "He Spoke". I ran out of a couple of floss colors before the project was finished. Luckily I did have close colors available from my personal stock. If the same thing happens to you, you should be able to email Dimensions and request more of the color you run out of and they will ship it to you at no additional fee. I will frame and mat this eventually. Just love the way it turned out.

I'm still working on the Plaid Paint by Number kit 21760 titled "Morning Run". I still have about 1/4 of the project to finish. I started running low on most of the paint colors I will need to complete the project. I contacted Plaid Monday. They replied Tuesday. My new paint colors will arrive in 12 to 14 days at no charge. Below are some progress pictures that I took week-by-week last month. Remember though, that I had already done about 1/3 of the project about two years ago. I had wanted to finish this last month. Now I hope to have it finished by the end of this month. 

We've had our Black Diamond crepe myrtle for about three years now. We finally have flowers!
This image is of the first flower that erupted on it. There are not four more flowers and more are ready to burst open. 

One foggy morning, I looked out the kitchen window to look at our freshly stained deck [: )] and noticed that a spider had been very busy building this beautiful web. I think it was living in the flower pot while it waited for prey to come along.

Thanks for stopping by today. I'll be back soon to announce the first of those special sales on Etsy.

Have a nice day! 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

August 7, 2018 Newsletter - Latch Hook Video Available at E-Craft Classes, Project Updates

Hi everyone! I thought I'd pop in and let you know that I have a Latch Hook Tips video/slideshow available for you to watch at the following link on our sister site, E Craft Classes: https://ecraftclasses.blogspot.com/2018/08/video-4-latch-hook-tips-from.html.

I also finished the Jesus latch hook project that is presented in the video. I'm very pleased with the way it turned out. Now I just have to figure out which method I will use to hang it and where to hang it!

Now, I'm trying to finish this paint by number project below that I started about three years ago! The first image is the point at which I started on it again last Thursday. The second image is the progress I have made on it in three days. This is the project I have chosen to finish by the end of August. I just hope I have enough days in this month to finish it! What projects are you trying to finish?

Have a nice day!