Wednesday, March 6, 2019

March 6, 2019 Newsletter - Quick Hello

Good morning!

I wanted to drop by with a quick hello today. I hope all of you are doing well. So far, we have managed to avoid the flu and pneumonia that are going around in our area. I've been doing some deep cleaning along with my routine housework throughout each week to keep as much dust (a.k.a. germ and bacteria host) out as possible.

Because of the added cleaning, I haven't been doing much crafting. That doesn't mean that I won't suddenly drop the cleaning for a couple of days though. So keep a watch on Happy Home Creations 2019 (formerly Mom and Pop Craft) on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/HHC2019. I do a lot of thinking while I clean, so you just never know when one of those ideas will go directly to the sewing machine, embroidery machine, or Cricut. ; ) I have several classes yet to take on the Cricut and finally, have a few supplies coming thanks to my family. I understand it's quite addictive once you get the hang of using it.

I'll try to make it back by the end of the month with a new item announcement and at least one product review. Let me know if you have any happy home ideas I can make for you. Personalize it with an initial from the list of hummingbird fonts at the following link on our blog: https://www.sewpractical.com/2019/02/hummingbird-font-initial-choices-for.html.

Until we meet again, take care and stay well. Remember that a smile is sunshine for the soul. Ü

Have a nice day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

February 13, 2019 Newsletter: Mom and Pop Craft is Now HHC2019 (HAPPY HOME CREATIONS)

Good morning! When Etsy told sellers we should have a common theme in our Etsy shops, I decided to tighten my theme to home creations. One sleepless night shortly after making that decision, the name Happy Home Creations along with the smiling home logo came to mind. My husband quickly created the digital logo from my hand-drawn version. I spent the next two months creating the first five items that would jump-start Happy Home Creations. However, HHC2019 isn't just about creations for the home, it's about delivering happy thoughts every time you visit. Every few days, we'll change our top banner to help you stay focused on the positive, so you can always find a reason to be happy. : )

Here's the link to see our new bowl cozies and quilted tissue box covers under our new name: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HHC2019. More happy home creations will be added soon! So please visit often.

Enjoy this day God has created just for you. And remember that God loves us so much that he sent his only son to die on a cross for us. (John 3:16) You won't find a more devoted love than that! : )

Below are a few snapshots I took of the embroidered quilt I made to use for my white background that Etsy recommends for our pictures.

Have a nice day!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Hummingbird Font Initial Choices for Tissue Box Covers on Etsy

Etsy doesn't give me an option to show these images with the initial selection, so I have created this post to show you those images of the initial choices for our Single Monogram Hummingbird Font Quilted Square Tissue Box Covers offered on Etsy. Here's the Etsy link to see the tissue box cover:

Have a nice day!


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Happy New Year 2019!

Hello there!

With all the Christmas excitement, I was unable to make a second post in December. I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and are having a wonderfully happy New Year.

I'm excited about all the upcoming changes I'm working on for the Etsy store. Stay tuned for that! I'm busy every day preparing for the switchover. My husband took my drawing of what I wanted to use for our new logo and made it beautiful with his digital products. He bought me a Cricut Maker for Christmas, so I hope to learn to use that for all kinds of things from tags to hang on our products to making actual products with it.

I'm also making a white quilt to use as a backdrop for pictures of our new products. Yes, I could have used a sheet or a shower curtain, but I'm a crafter and wanted something pretty! So I'm making a quilt. By February 1, 2019, I hope to announce the new store and the first few of the all-new products we're going to offer.


I finished the hand-embroidered project above and gave it as a Christmas present. The recipients have three adopted animals and tons of flowers. I bought the pretty frame from Hobby Lobby.

This was made from Dimensions kit 71-06242 titled House Sampler. Plenty of floss was provided to complete the stamped embroidery project. As stated, this is a sampler so you can practice many different embroidery techniques while you're making this fun and simple project.

I made these hummingbird coasters from Craftways kit 180774. The coasters are included! These were a gift as well. There was so much floss left over that I'm going to make a matching gift to give to the recipients of these coasters next Christmas. These were so fun and easy to make!


Have you ever heard of pom-pom yarn? My husband dragged me to Hobby Lobby (no use of force was actually necessary) just before Christmas and when I saw this, I had to buy some. The instructions to make the little pom-pom rug are on the inside of the wrapper. I hope to work on that this month too! I may have to look for some more patterns for this awesome yarn.

Last but not least, I had to show you pictures of the snow we got the second week of December. I got the measurement in the first photo when we first got up that morning. It continued to snow throughout the morning, and we had a total of about 10 inches of snow before it started melting later that afternoon. It looks like there's a cake sitting on top of the birdbath in the last photo. Even though we had temps in the 50s and 60s shortly afterward, it still took about two weeks for all the snow to melt.

Have a nice day!

Monday, December 3, 2018

December 3, 2018 Newsletter

Good morning!

I hope all of you had a lovely Thanksgiving. We did. My family and I stopped our regular bible studies and had a week of thankful bible studies and named several things we were thankful for during that week. It was a great reminder for each of us to say all those out loud during our bible reading each night.

In spite of all my transcribing work in November, I was still able to finish a few projects. They actually happened to be Christmas gifts, so I may actually publish a third newsletter after Christmas to show those to you.

During our Souls Not Sales event through December 31, 2018, you can read my book free at the following Women Making Time for God blog link instead of purchasing it from Amazon: https://womenmakingtimeforgod.blogspot.com/2018/03/souls-not-sales-women-making-time-for.html.

Keeping with the Christmas season, I have added more items and started another Etsy sale. The sale will run from December 3, 2018 to January 2, 2019. Here is the link to all the items on sale: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MomandPopCraft/items?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&section_id=1. Shipping is still free! Many of the items on sale will be great for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, or birthday gifts. The rest of the sale items are Christmas decor.

This will likely be the last sale I will run for a while and will definitely be the last time you will see any of these items listed in our Etsy store. I plan to rebrand and rename our store in 2019. If you have any questions, feel free to send me an Etsy message. I reply within about 24 hours of receiving those.

As always, thanks for dropping by and reading our post.

Have a nice day!

Monday, November 19, 2018

November 19, 2018 Thanksgiving Newsletter

Hi everyone! Thanks for dropping by today. Before we get started, I want to take a moment to tell everyone to have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving. We hope you can find something to be thankful for every day and not just on one day of the year.

Don't forget our 25% off sale going on at https://www.etsy.com/shop/MomandPopCraft?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&section_id=22567850. These items will not be relisted once they expire, so get them while they're available. : )

Product Review
Below is a picture of a couple of Christmas projects I finished recently and a review for each if you would like to try to make these.

These are both Felt Street felt kits. The kits include the plastic jars as well as all the other supplies needed to complete the projects. You do need to have your own sewing needle and a glue gun for some parts of these projects. These are labeled as candy holders, but I think they would be cute to hold bath beads, craft pom poms, or any other small objects. These were lots of fun to make.

Felt Street is a division of Herrschners. Snowy Treats snowman is item # 508932. Santa is item #508902.

I bought a third one called Ho Ho Ho (a different Santa) when I bought these two. The pieces to make the hat were missing from that kit. I contacted Herrshners via their online form, supplied the order number when prompted, and the customer representative that was emailing me told me that order number is not showing up for her. I ordered these three years ago, but the order number is still in my account so I'm not sure why it was not showing up on her end. She also wanted to send me a PDF of "the pattern" so I'm not certain she read my original email. I reminded her I wasn't contacting her for a pattern. But my point is, if you buy any of these kits be sure you check the contents right away. If any pieces are missing, I recommend you call them instead of emailing them. I finally gave up on the email representative and may call Herrshners when I'm having a good day. : )

As you are aware, I contact companies all the time when I'm missing pieces or run out of the kit supplies before I'm finished. This is the first time I have ever been denied replacement or additional supplies needed to complete a project. I really don't believe this is Herrshner's policy. That's why I want to call them before I give up entirely on the third kit.

Again, happy Thanksgiving. I'll be back in December with more listings and sales offers.

Have a nice day!

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!