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!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

July 24, 2018 Newsletter - Not Enough Time in a Day - or a Month

How have you all been? Are you enjoying your summer? I'd love to hear from you if you would like to leave a comment.

I had no idea an entire two months had actually passed since my last post (or newsletter as we're calling them now)! So I thought I would go ahead and give you a few updates while I'm here.

It has been a busy summer work-wise, but I have enjoyed it. I have two or three new clients that I transcribe and proofread for on Upwork. They don't keep me busy every day, but I'm glad they have hired me. They're really nice ladies, and they give me something different and interesting to look forward to.

My husband, son, and I have been working outside when the weather allows. So far, we have cleaned the siding in the front and back of the house, cleaned our 30' x 8' deck and stained it in between rain. I'm so glad that is over with. It has rained so much and slowed us down. We also cleaned the deck furniture when all that was finished. The very next night (last Friday), we had a very windy storm move through, so we were outside again picking up limbs, sticks, and bunches of leaves the following day.

We have also touched up some areas on our ceiling inside the house. I can tell you, the house looks so much better now but I'm going to give my poor hand a break from the paintbrush for a while. The mowing is getting done in between rain as well. I can't use the weather as an excuse to not do the housework and laundry, so they get done on their weekly schedule. : (

We still have frequent doctor's visits (I'm including the cat's vet's visit in June!). The rest are dental, oral surgeon, and orthodontist visits so we can keep our smiles pretty. My husband had his final visit with the surgeon who removed his cancer as well. So far, September is the first month without a doctor's visit this year. Will my orthodontist change that when I see her next month? Probably.

That's why I didn't realize so much time had passed and why so much crafting isn't getting done. Within the next month, I do hope to have a quick YouTube video about latch hooking for ecraftclasses.com within a couple of weeks. I'll post that here when that's ready to view.

I am thinking about rebranding my Etsy store. So stay tuned for that update. If I follow through, it will mean a name change. New items will have to be made before I change the name so it may be a while before an announcement about that.

I must admit that I'm also pleased with how well my online bible/business courses are going as well. I just earned another certificate and started a new class. Christian Leaders Institute recommends not taking more than three classes at a time, because each one has to be finished within 180 days. Due to my busy schedule, I take only one class at a time. I enjoy all the new information I'm learning and brushing up on stuff I already know.

I did finally finish a project in some spare time - the jar and flowers cross stitch that I started about three years ago.

I picked up a few items that were on sale at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago. I used the weekly 40% off coupon for the cat and watering can cross stitch. The color pencils and coloring canvas were reduced drastically, so I got those as well. 

As you can see, it's never a dull moment. I'm going to spend some time doing some extra stuff that I ignored while we were sprucing up other areas around the house like cleaning out the fridge, cleaning the oven, dusting the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors, and preparing for a garage sale that will hopefully take place before the end of August. 

I will definitely be back before long to show you my finished latch hook project and to provide a link to a (hopefully) helpful latch hook video that will be less than 15 minutes long. I'll talk to you all then.

Have a nice day!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018 Newsletter - Upcoming Etsy Sale

Hello! I hope all of you are doing well. I was checking Etsy this morning for any overnight sells and had a message from Etsy stating that they would be celebrating their 13th birthday in June. They  have asked all sellers to help them celebrate by offering 10% off their products. I have agreed to have the celebration sale from June 18, 2018 to June 22, 2018 as they requested.

During that week, simply visit Mom and Pop Craft at the following link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MomandPopCraft?. There are no coupon codes. Just shop and you'll automatically receive everything at the 10% savings! The savings will be clearly marked on each item. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me through an Etsy conversation. I check my messages at least once every day.

Thank you very much.

Have a nice day!

Monday, April 30, 2018

April 30, 2018 Newsletter

Good morning everyone,

We hope you had a wonderful month! It's hard to believe April is already gone. It seems like it was only last week when I was here posting the April 2 newsletter.

Don't forget that we no longer charge shipping fees for our Etsy items. That's our way of saving you money right off the bat when you buy from us. I've decided not to renew some of my Etsy items for a while. I'll only renew when the items are "in season". So if there are any items you would like to buy, you might want to get them now because it may be a while before I relist them. I'm happy to negotiate a lower price if you think any of the prices are too high or if you would really like to have any of our items and you're struggling a bit with finances right now. I think we can help you get those Mother's Day gifts and some early Christmas shopping done. Tell your friends. And don't forget to sign up at the top right side of this page to receive these blog posts directly to your email inbox so you won't miss any updates.

I finished the Tulip and Butterfly Bookmark artiste mini cross stitch kit 1215912 by Zweigart. I haven't actually created the bookmark yet but the cross stitching is finished. I have to say, it was easy to work on because the project was all full cross stitches. I was disappointed that I had to finish the project with my own floss. Thankfully, I have tons of floss and was able to closely match the floss colors I ran out of. So if you get this project to work on, be sure to pick up additional Rose (220), Light Pale Yellow (1410), Very Light Pale Geranium (205), Forest Green (1016), and Light Rose (218). The blue on the top butterfly is supposed to be Sky Blue (803), but I think my kit came with a turquoise shade instead. The other six colors not listed here seemed to be correct, and there was plenty left over after the project was finished.

I also finished the little Patchwork Butterfly cross stitch kit 998-5032 from Janlynn. Although it was a small project, it was a little difficult because of all the 1/4 stitches involved. There was plenty of floss to complete the project however, and all the colors were correct.

Since my Upwork work has slowed down quite a bit since Christmas, I've decided to find more work elsewhere. So I have signed up at TranscribeMe.com and trying to learn all their rules. I'm getting ready to take another test for them today. If you should ever need to hire a transcriptionist, Etsy updater or lister, data entry or blog writing for your craft business, sign up as a client on Upwork at this link, https://www.upwork.com/signup/create-account/client_contact_freelancer?ciphertext=~011eb2912da5483620&BYOC and I'll be very happy to help you. Here's my profile link if you would like to see my job scores, previous work, and education:

Since we last met, spring finally arrived and we got to mow the yard this past Friday, which also happened to be our younger son's 21st birthday. Mowing takes up a big chunk of life in the spring and summer, but it is great to get to be outside more often even if it is just to mow. My husband and I celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary this past Saturday as well. Hubby also had a follow-up CT scan for his cancer that was discovered this past December. We'll get those results tomorrow when we visit his oncologist. All should be well. They just want to be sure they did get all of it during his surgery.

I've also earned two more certificates in my bible study courses that I started taking last October. I've been self-studying for many years, but at Christian Leaders Institute, they give you a great FREE education just for continuing to pass your classes. If I ever get time to write my books, I want to pay forward part of the money earned to CLI for the knowledge they have provided to me so others can get a free education as well.

Needless to say, I haven't had time to work on any of those spring/summer sewing projects this month. Maybe I'll have one or two ready to list on Etsy in May.

Until our next newsletter, stay healthy and safe, and enjoy this beautiful warm weather.

Have a nice day!