In my last blog I mentioned one of the new designs/ideas I was working on…bandanas for your pet. Here is my first design. I have some tweaking to do but I am pleased with the turn out and I made this on the new Topaz machine I bought the end of August! I will be able to offer these bandanas in different sizes and I hope to have a variety of designs to choose from as I get better with my embroider skills. I also have a few birthday gifts to complete over the next few weeks. I will share pics of those once they are given to the various people as I do not want to ruin the surprise 🙂
Its time to start thinking about the upcoming holiday season. I have spent the past few months taking various sewing and embroidery classes to build up my skills. As I was doing this I found that my Janome machine was limiting me on some of the sizes I could design. I found that I really wanted to be able to create larger designs. So I started researching what I could get within my budget. I really wanted to get another Janome machine but while doing my research I wasn’t able to find a machine that would do both sewing and embroidery with in my budget that would also fit in my craft area. I did come across a Husqvarna Viking Topaz 50 that would work for all my needs and would also travel to class with me if I wanted to switch up the machine I was using. Win-Win!!!
So now that I have this 2nd machine I am working on some designs I hope to have ready and available for the upcoming busy shopping season…one of the items I am working on will be featured in the next blog a pet bandana 🙂
A few years ago I expanded my online presents to include this website as well as a few other store establishments. I have continued selling in a few consignment locations and I have limited the online stores to Etsy, Sanderscrafts.com and Facebook. These locations have kept me busy over the last several months and I hope this continues as we start moving past COVID. I am looking to add some new designs for the ornament hooks as well as the Swarovski snowflakes for the 2021 holiday season. Stay tuned as these items will start showing up at my stores in the next few weeks. 🙂
Over the past year and a half I have decided to go a different direction with my jewelry and gift making store. I have enjoyed making lots of different items but I feel it is time to concentrate on specific areas that I really enjoy making. I mentioned in my previous blog that I purchased an embroidery/sewing machine last August and I have really enjoyed working on various projects both for embroidery and for sewing on the machine. I have participated in a variety of classes as well. I want to expand on the embroidery and I hope to have a line of items available in the coming weeks prior to the start of the holiday season. As part of this reorganization comes the time to re-home some of the supplies I no longer wish to continue working on or offer for sale in my store. I began about 2 months ago a large clean out project and I think it will continue for a few more months as I work to get the craft supplies organized. I never realized I have accumulated as much as I have but there is no better time than the present to get started on a reorganization. I then hope to move on to the rest of the house to clean out items there as well. As a result of this clean out I started a sale last week and I am pleased with the results of the sale to date. The sale will run through the remainder of July. I may add new items to the sale as I clean and reorganize the craft space/desk so please check back as there might be something of interest as I go.
Last summer I decided I wanted to update my sewing machine and get a newer model and I wanted it to have the ability to do embroidery too. I researched for a while the different brands, models, features, etc. I then took all the information I gathered and I went to a local sewing and vacuum store to see what they recommended. I purchased a Janome 9850 (sewing and embroidery combo). I LOVE this machine!! I enjoyed sewing before but now that I can do embroidery I am really enjoying that ability. I also decided to purchase software that would allow me to take photos and turn them into embroidered designs. I still have a lot to learn about my machine and about designing but so far I am really enjoying what I have made. Here is one of the first designs I created from a photo. This is my dear sweet Cooper and I took his picture and I put it on a tea towel that is now hung in my kitchen. I learned a lot from this project and on the projects that I have done since this one. I hope to be able to build on this skill and who knows maybe I will upgrade and get a Janome 15000 (this is a much larger machine and it can handle larger projects too).
The leaves are starting to change color in South-Central PA. . It is such a colorful time of year! I wanted to share that there are several new designs that will be available this Holiday Season. I start working on new designs in February and I continue working on them throughout the Spring and Summer months spending time tweaking them and making adjustments from suggestions that come from friends and family. Several of the ideas never make it past my initial creation as I am not happy with how they turned out or I find they will be too expensive to create going forward. I wanted to share a picture of a pair of earrings that I created that I think will be something fun for this time of year. There are several more designs coming but these seemed appropriate for the start of Fall! I hope you are as excited about them as I am!
Sanders’ Crafts is getting ready to celebrate Christmas in July! The promotion will run July 15, 2019 – July 22, 2019. There will be lots of giveaways and discounts offered during this time. For more information on this celebration click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/381258065716218/
There are some exciting giveaways and sales that will be taking place. Lincoln and Cooper will also be sharing some of their excitement over the pawTree products that they have been using the past few weeks!
Each day we will be featuring a different product on sale while supplies last.
July 15th – Stamped Earrings 50% OFF
July 16th – Ornament Hooks 50% OFF
July 17th – Charm & Beaded Earrings 50% OFF
July 18th – Swarovski Snowflake Ornaments 50% OFF
July 19th – Stamped Ornaments 50% OFF
July 20th – Stamped Pet ID Tags 50% OFF
July 21st – Charm & Beaded Bracelets 50% OFF
July 22nd – Stamped Necklace Pendants 50% OFF
A friend recently asked if I could stamp a design on a dime for her. She wanted to have a fun and unique memory of her 10 year wedding anniversary. I had never done this before so I went home and I got out a few coins and I started stamping on them to see how difficult it would be. I found the most challenging part to this was making sure the letters lined up on the coin as the coin would not stay put even under my tape ruler. I was able to come up with some ways to do this and was quite happy with the results.
After I stamped on some practice coins I got to thinking…is this illegal? I started doing some research on this and it turns out that you can stamp on coins and turn them into jewelry and souvenirs as long as you do not pass them off as currency. I am sure many of you have seen the penny smashing machines at tourist locations/amusement parks around the US, if not then the basic idea is that you insert a penny into a machine and you select the design you wanted engraved onto the penny and then you crank the handle and the end result is a smashed penny in an oval shape with the selected design engraved/stamped onto it. These make great inexpensive souvenirs. I have made several of these over the years and really enjoy having these. I also reached out to the folks at my local bank to get their input on this and they confirmed this as well.
Since my first coin project I have created a few other pieces that have turned out great. They are gifts so I cannot share the details at this time but watch the Facebook page for some updated pictures as I am able to share 🙂
Wow! May is here and the weather is finally getting warm. YAH!!! This is an exciting time of year for me. It is kidding season for my goat herd. So far we have one doe kid that was born 2 weeks ago. She has been named Abilene, Abby for short. She is a very spunky and energetic kid! Unfortunately she doesn’t have any playmates yet but we are hoping that will change in the next week or two as Muddi is getting close to kidding. Back to business! Now is a good time to be thinking about gifts for those Grads and Dads in our lives! I have some unique designs that I have been working on that would make great gifts for graduates in your life and for Dads too! There are key chains, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc available. I have included a picture of one of my new necklace pendants that is available for sale. Not quite sure what you are looking for? Feel free to message me and share your ideas and thoughts with me. I would be glad to help you create a special gift.
Enjoy the warmer weather and the beautiful flowers that are blooming!
On May 11th from 10am – 3pm I will be demonstrating some of my stamping designs at Land of the Little Horses! If you are looking for a fun activity to do with your kids consider stopping out to see the horses and other animals next weekend! There is even a unicorn to pet!!!
Some of you have seen this punch needle design before as I worked on it. This was the first design I created myself. It took me 9 months to complete, partly being I had to say goodbye to Nutmeg in July of last year. She passed away from a tumor and it took me a while to move on from this. She was a very special goat to me and I will cherish the time I had with her very much. I was able to finish the design in February and then took it to a local store to be framed. I wanted this particular design to be matted, framed, and behind fade resistant glass. And here is the finished product! I am very happy with how this turned out and I have already started working on my next goat themed design! Yes Nutmeg is in the next one too! I have also started working on a few designs that can be used for patterns for other to make as well. Now that Spring has arrived (well I think it has anyway) I will be busy with outdoor chores and the baby goats that will be born any day now! I hope to get some great pictures of the babies this spring to use for some future punch needle designs. I have some ideas of what I would like to make as patterns just need to get some pics of the kiddos to finish the drawings.