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!

Monday, April 2, 2018

April 2, 2018 Newsletter - Etsy Sale, New Items Coming Soon

Good morning everyone!

We hope you had a lovely Easter and an opportunity to reflect on the gift of salvation that we received through Christ's crucifixion and Resurrection.

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Etsy Sale
We're having another sale on select categories through April 22, 2018. Just click on the following link https://www.etsy.com/shop/MomandPopCraft?section_id=1 to see what's on sale. Sales prices are instant. No coupon code needed!

New Projects
Last month, I bought a few new quilt patterns and I have selected the fabrics for the next spring items I'll be making soon. I thought I'd give you a sneak peak of those today. I'm going to make some cute credit card wallets with the leftover fabric from these projects. As you'll see at the end, I'll make the cross quilt soon. I hope to work on the other two quilts at least by Christmas.

Sewing Room Set 1

Sewing Room Set 2

Kitchen Set 1

Kitchen Set 2

Kindle Holder for ME : )

These are new fat quarters I got to make the cross quilt with.
I also went through my other stash of fabric and selected a few
more pieces that I thought would go well with these.

Have a nice day!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

March 23, 2018 Newsletter - New Spring Items Added to Mom and Pop Craft

Thanks so much for dropping by today! Well, spring is finally here - according to the calendar anyway. There is actually snow on the ground at our house today. To celebrate the occasion anyway, we have added a few spring items to our Etsy store. I have provided pictures and the links to those items below.

Think Spring Annie Doll epattern and mailed paper pattern

epattern Price: US $5.00

mailed pattern Price: US $12.99

Quilted Spring Drawstring Tote, Tissue Holder and Key Ring Set 1
Price: US $39.95 

Quilted Spring Drawstring Tote, Tissue Holder and Key Ring Set 2
Price: US $39.95

Quilted Spring Pencil and Pen Holder, Mouse Pad, Tissue Box Cover and Wrist Rest Desk Set

Price: US $39.95

I've worked on the handmade items for a couple of months. I  have a few more spring sets for other rooms around your house that I hope to have finished by the end of April. Remember, shipping is free on all of our items we sell on Etsy.

Don't forget to follow this blog by email by signing up at the top, right side of the page to receive one or two (occasionally three) updates a month about Sew Practical, Mom and Pop Craft on Etsy and even E Craft Classes.

Below are links to other items in the same categories on Etsy as the items above.

You can see all of our finished totes for sale at the following link:

Here is the link to our other finished home d├ęcor:

And all of our doll patterns are at these links below:
Digital Doll Patterns

Mailed Doll Patterns

We hope you have a beautiful and blessed Easter! May God bless you.



Valentine Heart Shaped Ornaments Pattern

Make these hearts to use for Valentine's Day, Sweetest Day or all year long OR to express to someone else how much you love them any day of the year. This is a 10 page pattern that you will use over and over again. The Etsy price and link for both the epattern and the mailed paper pattern are provided below the pictures. As you can see, I had lots of fun making all kinds of different hearts with this pattern.

epattern Price: US $5.00

Mailed Paper Pattern Price: US $13.99

Have a nice day!