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!

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!