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How to host an online Norwex Facebook Party!

Have you heard about Norwex?  I hadn’t until recently when my cousin had a party and invited me to it, so now I am hosting one of my own!  If you’ve never heard about Norwex, their mission is to improve quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in our homes.   Norwex products make cleaning faster and more cost effective than traditional cleaning products.  So now did that spark your interest?  It should have!

My cousin Lindsay Rogers sells Norwex now and would be happy to set you up with an online party so you can learn all about the products and earn free products along the way!

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Want a breakdown of how you can save money cleaning with resuable products that won’t harm your pets, children and environment?  Check out this image!

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And yes, why spend so much on “organic” cleaning products that cost a ton more at a speciality health store when you can clean with products that are less harsh on your skin, your family and your home!

Interested in ordering?  Order Norwex Here!!

Don’t forget to ask any questions you might have!  Email her need2cleangreen@gmail.com

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New Adventures in Etsy-land!

So if your on my Facebook page, you will know that I’ve started another Etsy shop.  We have decided to call this one Great Lakes Craft.  We also have a Facebook page to follow along too!  This one my husband helps with.  He bought a machine for his business and I was like, I know I can use this and I know that we can make good money with what I want to make, so we tried it, and so far after just a few weeks, sales have been constantly coming in!

11717389_1552930794927726_3102322577126741279_oI know can offer wood monograms and engraved cutting boards(will be adding in the next day or so) in my shop!  I’ll be making more custom items later once I learn the software to design more, but these are turning out so cute and beginning to be a BIG seller for us!  I can’t wait to see what the holiday season brings for us!

11701088_1553559734864832_4277372170599294786_nWe are already super busy with kids sports (hockey, soccer, baseball, basketball) so adding in this and a full time job, CRAZY!!!  But being able to be an entrepreneur and do something at home is amazing!  I love having that creative outlet to make things and also the extra money we get while doing it!

If your interested in purchasing a wood monogram, I can do other fonts too! Just message me and ask!  Go ahead and check out my pages for more information!

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Been working on all sorts of fun stuff!

I haven’t gotten around to posting too often lately because between work, orders and kids’ sports, I haven’t had time!! But I have been making some super cute items for lots of people lately!!

I finally made my nephew a pillow for his birthday with his name. Since he just moved to his new room and loves anything with trains on it, I thought this was the perfect combination for him!  And he knew that it spelt his name too 🙂

 

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Then a friend at work’s sister is getting married, and she saw a shirt similar to this online somewhere and asked if I could reproduce something simliar.  I think they turned out amazing!! It was a lot of work, because each color has to be done seperately, but in the end, it was worth it!  I can’t wait to see the whole group in their matching shirts! I even added the bride and groom’s name on the back and their wedding date for the bride to wear!  That way the rest of the pary can still wear this shirt any other time, and it won’t have personal information on it. 

 

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Wedding Season is also here!! I had an order for a group of glasses for a wedding party for their shower.  The girls are going to LOVE these cups.  I even minicked the colors of the wedding to make it all match!  I also put their names on the back of the cups, so they wouldn’t have any mixups!

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I’ve also had a lot of other projects going on, and also, enjoying summer!! It was a LONG, HARD winter for us here in Michigan and so there will be no complaining about the heat/humidity/sunburns this year from us!!  Take it all in because we only get 3-4 good months of warm weather, the rest is colder.   We have a few camping trips scheduled this summer, also going to the lake house, and baseball games!!! What are your summer plans?? I’d love to hear them!!

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You’re NEVER gonna get it all DONE!

Sometimes social media distracts you from what you are trying to accomplish.  And sometimes life gets in the way, here is a great article from Handmadeology about how to better use your time and manager it better to get projects done throughout the day! http://www.handmadeology.com/four-tips-on-managing-your-creative-time/

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I know that as I also work full time and do my business full time that there doesn’t always leave a lot of free time, but if you want to be successful, you have to be busy and get your product out there!  But you have to set time away, say this is the time of night where it’s Etsy time, this is the time of night I check Facebook.   Facebook sucks you in and you lose an hour of productivity and then your behind on your things.  Using time management is key!

But also don’t ignore your social media! Use it to your advantage, as that’s where a majority of your customers are looking for information!

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Where It All Started- Silhouette Cameo Project

I was asked to make a unique wedding shower gift and once I looked online for some inspiration I came up with this fabulous pillow!! I just LOVE how it turned out!DSC_0198-1I used my Silhouette Cameo just like I use with a lot of my other projects.  This was a project made with freezer paper, paint and fabric.

I bought some fabric from JoAnn Fabrics in a tan color, almost like a Muslin.  Then I had the regular paint at home, which I just added fabric medium to it.  I use a flat headed sponge brush to paint it and freezer paper stencil cut out from my Silhouette.     photo 1 (10)You cut the negative image out on freezer paper, and you mirror the image.  You then iron the freezer paper onto the fabric, with shiny side down, and it temporarily sticks to the fabric your ironing it onto.  This creates a stencil and you can paint it how you wish! I’ve did this quite a few times with the other pillows I have in my Etsy Shop too.   photo 2 (10)Just brush the paint on, and make sure the whole area is covered.  Don’t put too much on or it will take forever to try and it might seep through the edges of the paper and your project won’t turn out right. photo 3 (4)Tada!  After the paint dries, you peel off the paper and you have your project!!  I thought a little red in the heart would be perfect for this pillow.  The pillow is meant to represent where the couple met each other.  I know they will love it! I can’t wait to get it listed on my Etsy Shop! DSC_0200-1

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Baby Shower Gifts

With a few new babies coming from friends and family, it’s the perfect opportunity for me to use my new multi-needle embroidery machine and make those cute gifts I’d been dying to make for awhile.  With my single needle, it’s not as easy to make these so I had shyed away from making bigger named projects just because it’s so complex.  But no longer will I do that!! I LOVE my new Brother Entrepreneur PE-650e!

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I made this matching set for my old co-worker/friend who is due with a little girl around Thanksgiving.  We are throwing her a little shower today with some co-workers and it will be fun to see all my old friends!DSC_0217-1

The gown was ordered and I appliqued her name onto it.  I found this fabulous fabric at Hobby Lobby, so bright and cheerful!!  I made her a matching bib with the pattern that my aunt mailed me when I was pregnant with my son 9 years ago!  It’s a great pattern and perfect size for babies!!  And homemade is WAY better then store bought!  I also purchased the little knit hat and put her name on it too!  Perfect for hospital pictures!DSC_0221-1

Making this tag blanket was super easy.  Just use a 12″ x 12″ piece of fabric and minky backing, along with various ribbons and stitch it together.  Babies love these things!DSC_0222-1 DSC_0224-1

made her this beautiful gown out of a onsie and fabric.  I saw a few patterns on Pinterest and kinda made up my own.  I didn’t take pictures, but maybe next time.  It has elastic on the bottom just like the regular gowns.  Matching bib with minky on the back and a personalize burp cloth for Miss Sophia!DSC_0226-1 I can’t wait to see her open it today, which is why I set the blog to publish later on so she won’t see it til she opens it at the shower!!!  Congrats Matt & Amanda!

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Weekly Savings Plan- Saving for the Holiday Season

Well around last year at Christmas time, I was laid off from my job, as any other holiday, money was tight, but now it was even tighter.  Well I saw this thing on Pinterest that people kept pinning about you say so much per week and stash it away and you’ll have $1,378 by the end of the 52 weeks.

savings-plan Well I started doing it the first week of January and it’s amazing.  We don’t even realize the money is transferred out of our account each week now and we have quite a bit for savings this year.  We have more then enough for our 2 children for Christmas this year, and hopefully all the other things that come with the holidays.  I think I’ll keep doing this next year and just keep the extra in there, maybe we can use it for a vacation fund or fun money.  We just had a separate bank account and I just setup a weekly debit amount to transfer to the other account.  I had to manually go in there and do each week, but it was SO worth it.  Did you do this? Let me know how your liking it!! I also had some responses on my Facebook about this about people started in the middle of the year, so the bigger amounts weren’t coming out right before Christmas.  Or starting backwards and doing the bigger amounts now and lower ones later in the year.  Either way, still comes up to the same thing, SAVINGS!!

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Jo-Ann Fabrics Waverize It! Challenge- Floor Cushion/Pillows

I was given the opportunity to partner up with Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts again to show you Wavery Fabrics 90th anniversary with some new fabrics they came out with!  I was given a sample to make something with for part of the Waverize It! challenge.

The following review is a part of the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Waverly campaign. I received fabric from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for this project, however, this is my personal, honest opinion based on my experience.

I searched through Pinterest for ideas on what to make and came up with floor pillows!  My son’s like to play video games in the basement and since we don’t have anything for them to sit on to play, I thought this fabric was the perfect opportunity for me to use it and give them a seat to use!

I was inspired by the blog Living with Punks. She made 2 of the cutest little pillows for her children and I was excited to follow along with her easy steps to make them too!

DSC_0990-1If you’d like to make your own, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 yard Home Dec Fabric
  • 2 pkgs. 1/2 ” pre-made piping
  • Contrasting Thread
  • 16-24oz. Fiberfill, depending on how lofty you want it

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Since I didn’t have a compass to draw a straight circle (which would be easier by the way) I just took my measuring tape and fabric marker and measured out 17″ acrossed.  I marked a dot on each side of the tape and then found the center of that.  I just rotated around the center mark, marking around until I had enough dots around the fabric to connect the circle.

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This is what my circle looked like on the pattern.  I then cut it out.  I was able to cut 2 at the same time because I had the fabric folded in half and that way they’d be measured the same.

You will need:
 2 of the 17″ circles (top and bottom)
1 piece cut at 9″x51.5″ (side) **you will have to piece this together if your fabric is 45″**
2 pieces cut at 3″ x 12″ (handle)

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Then you attached the bias tape around the circle, matching up with the edges so it forms a circle.  Make sure your lining up the raw edges, as when your sewing, you want the piping to be towards the middle.DSC_0994-1With contrasting thread, sew around the circle stitching the binding to the fabric.  Do this for both circles, making sure your sewing close enough to the edge to grab both the fabric and the binding with no spaces.  Don’t forget to sew up the long edge of the fabric once you get to that point.  Don’t want to leave a big hole on the side of your pillow!

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Next you’d make the handle, but I guess I didn’t take any in depth pictures of this.  You take the one piece of fabric, add the binding like you were on the circle, but add a piece of piping on both sides.  Sew this onto the fabric.  When this is done, put the other piece of the handle upside down on top of the piping and sew on each side matching the same stitching you just sewed on.  Fold the fabric inside out and iron down flat.  Fold the ends in to hide the raw edges and stitch the ends closed. DSC_0998-1

Adding the handle was fairly easy.  Just pick a side of the pillow and pin the handle to the middle of the side.  Remember to leave a little give room as you want to make sure there is spacing in the handle to put your hand through.  Stitch on each side of the handle and sew a cross through each side to add support and strength to the handle.DSC_0999-1Pin around the other edge of the circle to finish making the pillow.  Pin around all bout a couple inches of the circle so you can leave that open to turn the pillow the right way, and leave a spot to fill with stuffing.

DSC_1000-1 Picture with hole before flipping pillow outside in.DSC_1001-1Pillow before I added any stuffing. DSC_1002-1 I stuffed the pillow with as much stuffing as I thought it would need.  With having boys, I overstuffed it because I know it will break down fast as they are rough and tough kids! I’m sure it will be used as a weapon against each other at some point.  Fill it up with as much cushion as you’d think it will need.DSC_1003-1 Hand sew the opening shut.  I’m not very good at doing this, or hiding the thread but do the best that you can.  DSC_1004-1Tada!! Finished pillow!!!  It turned out so cute! 🙂  I just need to make another one now to match it so they both have a place to sit. DSC_1006-1Standing on it’s side. DSC_1007-1My youngest son modeling the size to show you how big it is.  He’s 4 so it’s perfect size for him! DSC_1008-1He’s even modeling that you can carry it, as he says “no mom, I want to carry it on my arm like this”

Now if you like the fabric you see, you can go onto Facebook and be entered to win the grand price of $1,000 in Wavery fabric or a $250 Jo-Ann gift card!!! Head on over to JoAnn’s Website to enter the contest!  Make something unique of your own with some of Waverly’s amazing fabrics and post it on their site for a chance to win!  You can enter the contest from Sept 1-22!  Winners will be chosen after that date.

I’ve used Waverly fabrics on purses, tote bags and pillows before.  I love that they have so many cute patterns and designs to choose from!!  And for a purse, the fabric is much sturdier then just a normal cotton fabric you might use.  If you enter the contest, don’t forget to come back here and show me what you made!

 

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UpCycled Scarves ** Your Favorite Sports Team Shirts Turned Scarf **

This is the summer of thrift shopping!!  We LOVE going to Goodwill and other thrift stores to see what we can find!  My mom is/has always been a bargain shopper, sorting through racks of clothes, we always had great things at the stores on clearance and sale!  Saving money is key since I was laid off in December, so just finding cool things at the store is a great thing!! As Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are singing in “Thrift Shop”, it quickly became a favorite song of my oldest son.  But now it’s our theme song for the summer.  We are making UpCycled/Recycled Shirts Scarves! 🙂  What a better way to give a shirt a new life!! With the help of my mom we are selling them on my Etsy Shop.   
 We can use any knit shirts to make them! If you have some old shirts from your college days, or your local high school and you’d love another way to show them off, perfect way to do so!!  You can send us your old shirts and we can turn them into a scarf!
 I can’t wait to go to a Detroit Tiger’s game and ROCK my new scarf!! Too bad it’s mid-summer and I’d be dying of heat right now! 🙂  But come fall, I’m ready!
Don’t forget to check out my Facebook and Etsy Site!

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