I shared this photo on Instagram the other day. It's my dining room table covered in Art/Craft show applications for the upcoming year. It's just part of the preparations that need to be made to keep my little business humming throughout the year. Decisions have to be made. These events can cost anywhere from $65.00 to $1000.00 per show, just to participate for a weekend. So the decision about which ones to apply for can't be taken lightly.
Another part of preparing for the Summer show season is making sure I create enough product.
That's one of the FUN parts for me!
I'll be updating my sidebar, on this page, as I receive acceptance to the shows that I'm applying for. If you're in Washington state, please do come back and check out my event list. I'd love to have you come by and say Hi! at one of the events.
My Hubby brought home tulips the other day. It's been such a mild winter here, that it fooled me into thinking that Spring was just around the corner. Ha! It snowed that night. Reality check - it is just the beginning of February. Oh well.
I set the tulips out in the snow and snapped a few photos. I love to practice with my camera every chance I get.
Then I went back to work in my sewing room. I don't think it's a coincidence that I pulled pretty pinks from my stash to work with.
The pink in these fabrics that I used for some new Sunglass Pouches almost perfectly match the color of those tulips.
I know we've really lucked out not having the extreme winter that most of the country has had, but I do hope we get a little bit more snow before winter ends.
For now, I'll enjoy my pink tulips and stay warm in my sewing room making more fun stuff!
Everywhere you go around here (the Pacific Northwest), you see Seahawks pride. Blue and green is worn by men, women, and kids, and we're all so excited that our NFL team made it into the Super Bowl!
I thought it would be fun to do a little give-away of something in Seahawks colors. (You don't have to be a fan to like these colors!)
Here's the details of how to enter to win the Wristlet that I will be giving away:
You'll need to go to my Facebook page here. You will get ONE entry for each COMMENT you make on the Give-away Facebook post, for a maximum of THREE entries.
Sunday evening I will print all of the comments on the Give-away Facebook post, cut them individually, and draw a winner from them. Be sure to 'Like' my XSBaggage & Co. Facebook page as that is where I will announce the winner of the Wristlet. Easy!!
I hope you all had a warm Thanksgiving. We had family in our home for Thanksgiving and I loved every minute of it!
Our house is quiet today, and we're enjoying leftovers and football.
I sent out a Newsletter to my Subscribers that included a Coupon Code to my shop. If you haven't yet Subscribed, you can do so here, and I'll send a copy of this most recent Newsletter to you. (Don't worry, I won't spam you - I hate spam too. I send out a Newsletter about 4 times a year.)
These new little Sunglasses Pouches would make a unique little gift, and with the Coupon Code, they're a great buy!
So we had this very old, very icky stool in the garage for quite some time. And one day I felt sorry for it sitting there in all it's ugliness.
I mean, it was gross!!
So I looked through my cans of paint and found a nice bright white paint that I had used to paint our dining room table and chairs. Then I gathered the tools and supplies that I would need to pretty this thing up. I chose a gray + white chevron to cover the seat, because I'm kind of chevron obsessed.
The top had to be unscrewed from the base. Again, guh-ross!!
Now, I was so excited to get this thing transformed, that I forgot to take photos of the painting process. But, it was very simple. I gave it a light sanding, wiped it down, and then painted it. I should have applied a coat of primer first, because the old, dry wood really soaked up the paint. I think I ended up with about 4 coats of paint.
Oh yeah, I was SO SO anxious to get this project done that I also forgot to photograph the seat covering process. ooops. So, let's just pretend that this is where I insert the photo of me laying the seat on top of the wrong side of the fabric, tracing out about four inches from the edge of the seat onto the fabric (I used a pen), and cutting it.
*******Insert pretend photo********
Okay, then.....I used a layer of batting underneath the chevron fabric, that was just slightly smaller than the fabric. I pulled it tight all around the seat, stapling as I went and easing in the corners, for the least amount of wrinkles. And then had my hubby screw the newly covered seat back onto the newly painted base.
The seat is securely screwed back onto the base, flipped it back over, and just look at that amazing transformation!
We have it in our entry and have been using it to sit on and take our shoes off when we come in from outside. An old, ugly, neglected stool put to new use!