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Busy boys and spring!!!

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated on here! I guess I need to get started back into blogging! We’ve been a bit busy during the winter months!

Both of my son’s play hockey, so this year my oldest son, Brody, played Pee-Wee House and my youngest son, Caden, played Mite House hockey.  With both of them in sports, it’s pretty much every day we had something to do so it was very hard to get anything else accomplished all winter long!

Brody

Brody

Caden

Caden

I love to watch them play hockey though, it’s truly something they both love to do.  Some say we are crazy because of the cost, the time commitments or the busy schedule but you know what? It keeps them from spending tons of hours just sitting in front of the TV or iPad, it keeps them physically active and it makes them gain new friend’s that they wouldn’t of met at school.  Hockey brings all different towns around us together and we have met some great families because of hockey!  They truly become “family” since we see each other so often and it’s a great time for parents too.  Both kids are playing other sports this spring, Brody is playing lacrosse and Caden is doing soccer and hockey right now.  I love that they love sports and it’s great to sit around and watch NHL games and listen to them talk about stats and information about sports together.  It’s a great brotherly bonding experience.

Anyways enough with my kids and there sports!  Let’s get into the good stuff, my crafts!  I’m still working and selling things through my Etsy Shop and my Facebook page!  It was a bit slower these winter months just because I didn’t have the time to commit to making new things for everyone but I still try and keep the fresh juices going for new ideas!  Come on over and send me a message!  I also have a VIP Group too, let me know if you’d like to get added to it!

 

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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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Cups and more cups!

I have sold a LOT of cups lately, so I decided I should probably write a post about them so you can add them to Pinterest!  I have made cups for wedding parties, wine-o weekends and girls’ weekends!  They are so adorable!! I didn’t think they’d be this big of a hit but EVERYONE loves wine these days!!
DSC_004010428060_10152550768543343_7628538387351873676_nDSC_0029If you see something you like or just have to have, message me on Facebook or email me!

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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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Thank you!

So I was just eating my lunch, look at when I had hit 600 Sales on Etsy and that was July 31st. So that means I’ve had 95 sales in 15 days! WOW! No wonder I’m busy all the time! And the addition of this new machine will make it even more! THANK YOU CUSTOMERS!!!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SewWonderfullyJamie

I am also adding a new machine to my business next week.  I purchased a Brother 650e 6-Needle Embroidery Machine.  I’ve wanted this machine for about 5 years, but since I couldn’t afford it, I had a smaller embroidery machine.  Well to stay at home and be successful full time, this was the next step to add to my business.  I’m hoping that with this new machine, I can stay at home for awhile and be a full blown embroidery business.  I’m so excited about this opportunity and I feel like it was a great purchase!  pr650e__27887.1369928909.1280.1280

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WAHM vs Working Mom

I know that there are tons of discussions and posts about the benefits of a working mom, or the benefits of a stay at home mom out there.  I’d just like to take a few minutes and tell you what I feel like is going on in our household.  After moving back from Arizona last year, I finally found a job that was great.  But after 6 months I was laid off, and left without a job right before Christmas.  I had been crafting on the side for a few years now and decided, well, I’m gonna get unemployment for awhile, so why not PUSH sales to my Etsy Shop.  This started to grow and grow, and I decided that it was finally time to purchase the cutting machine that I knew would help me be successful at home too. Since I already had a Brother PE-770 Embroidery Machine, I purchased a Silhouette Cameo and never looked back again! silhouette-cameo

It has been a constant flow of sales from then on.  I finally registered as a business, have a Sales Tax ID # and buy things wholesale.  But deep down I still want to work out of the home.  I want to meet new friends, I don’t want to sit in my craft room all day and I want to find other mommies that like to do the same stuff as I do.  My youngest was pulled out of daycare when I was laid off, simply because we couldn’t afford it at the time.  But as time is wearing on, I’m thinking about sending him to 2-3 day part time preschool just for him to be able to interact with more kids and get him out of the house when I’m crafting.  He gets so bored, but I can’t really do much if I’m “working” at home too.

This is my struggle.  I went to school, got my Bachelors and I know that I’m using it with my own business, but it’s scary having your own business.  Your at the mercy of other people wanting or needing your products!  Just like last year in November, I did a craft show and I didn’t make anything.  But here on Etsy, I can sell like crazy.  I guess people want certain things at craft shows and I wasn’t what they were interested in.  But now I’m wanting to do more this year, just to get my name out there again in the local areas.

And then there is blogging.  I’d love to be a successful blogger.  I see so many mommies that blog about their daily lives, their DIY projects, they get sponsors to help them do giveaways and I am like, I can do that! I can write, post about DIY stuff and talk about my Etsy Shop too!  And then I see all these conferences that I’d love to go to.  One in particular is the Snap!Conference next year in April.  After hearing about it a couple years ago, I just want to go!  I think I’d learn so much stuff, but then again, it’s spending money on admission, plane ticket, and hotel, and what if???

For right now I guess I am content, working from home, doing things around the house to save on money, help us out in the long run, and maybe in a year when my youngest is ready for Kindergarten, things will change?  But then again, maybe not? 😉

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iPhone Charger Decals

Do you have an iPhone? How about an iPad? Almost every family I know has at least one of these items, in our case we have way too many.  And what about those chargers?  Are you always getting them mixed up, saying no this one is mine, this one is his, someone stole mine?  Well I have a solution!!  Decals for your iPhone charger so you can tell who’s is who!!!

Great for kids going off to camp in the summer, making sure they don’t get it mixed up with their friends also!!

Chevron Monogram iPhone Decal Wrap

I mustache you a question?

I have other patterns available also!  I’ve been so busy with orders, I just placed a new order for vinyl tonight! I can’t wait to get more colors.  Also I’m getting in key chains soon, they are going to be so cute and perfect for that little gift you need!

Don’t forget to check out my Etsy Page  http://www.etsy.com/shop/SewWonderfullyJamie

And “LIKE” my Facebook Page  http://www.facebook.com/SewWonderfullyJamie

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Personalized Hand Sanitizer’s

 GERMS!

Get those germs out of your office, classroom or even your own house! I made these cute hand sanitizer bottles with personalized vinyl to make them special! 

 My son is giving them to his teacher’s for Valentine’s Day.  If your interested, you can place an order on my Facebook page Sew Wonderfully Jamie

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