Fluff Friday #5

Clearly, the most comfortable way to lounge.

Is there a more perfect place to nap?

Fluff had an emergency bath last week! Complete with a modified shower cap to protect her ears.

Got her this little security sweatshirt. She loves it. She definitely doesn’t pretend that her legs don’t work when she wears it.

Just watching Star Trek as a family.

Checking out the first printing of Fluff fabric!

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I tried to clean my sewing machine and broke it.

My primary sewing machine is a Brother DZ3000. My parents got it for me for Christmas 5 years ago and it’s been amazing to work with even though I don’t usually use any of the fancy functions. But a couple of years ago, it started making a squeak noise. And today I decided I should open it up and check it out. While in the middle of a project. Because, why not?!

The inside looks like this:

It was a real piece of work to put back together when I was done, but I got all the screws back in, set it right side up, turned it on, pressed the foot and… Error message. Also, the needle seems to have shifted.

I BROKE it!

The good news is that I have another one. Well, I have a couple of other ones but I need one that works properly / I know how to use. Enter: the Brother LB6800:

My father-in-law sent this to me right after I moved in with my husband (Thanks again, Norman!) and it’s even fancier than the fancy one I was using for basic sewing! And now I get to learn how to use it. And NOT open it up. Ever. For any reason. No matter what.

Plus, there is a quilt shop a few towns over that offers sewing machine cleaning at the end of each month, so DZ3000 will be going on a field trip!

Fluff Friday #4

She’s got her own towel to sit on for closet hiding.
“I am upset.”

Stretching or sleeping? Sleeping.

She carries her tinfoil ball around with her!

So happy to have the door open :D

Why did you put all my toys back in the box?

Throw back to our very first walk! Back when SOMEKITTY would pretend that her legs didn’t work while wearing the harness.

PAS: Thin Your Carrots

The reverse of my carrot seed packet had very clear instructions:

1) Plant them directly into the ground, not in little planters. They don’t transplant well.
2) Do not plant them in rocky soil.
3) Thin the plants out when they start to sprout.
4) Thin the plants again a couple of weeks later.

So naturally, I started them in little plastic starter pots. Most of my seed packs are several years old and I didn’t want to give garden space to something that might not sprout.

My garden is in a raised bed, but the dirt under it is hella rocky. I turned it a bit but then dumped the garden soil on top. Lots of rocks starting about 4 inches down.

I did not thin the plants. At all. Some of my starter pots only sprouted a couple of carrots but one went crazy with sprouts! Which resulted in a SERIOUS carrot clump.

If I plant carrots again, I’m going to thin them.

Fluff Friday!

Gotta check it out.

Typical brushing: “I like it! Purr purr purr purr purr!”

Followed almost immediately by: “I don’t like it! I will eat the brush!”

We went away for a family reunion last weekend and Fluff decided on some light bathroom redecorating.

VERY interested in this new toy.

Laying claim to a toner cartridge box.

Ladies’ Night Gift Bag Promotion

A few weeks ago, I was a vendor at Leominster’s Ladies’ Night Out event. It was pretty neat- they close down a street next to Monument Square and everyone sets up in the street! They put together gift bags for the first 200 ladies to arrive, and vendors were encouraged to donate something for the bags. But I’m not in a position to donate 200 bags! What could I do?

(First time EVER remembering to take a picture of an event, not just my table area).

My friend at City Hall had the solution. She suggested taking 200 business cards and giving them all some sort of sticker. One has an extra-special sticker, and the person that presents the extra-special sticker wins a prize! “Just an idea on how a small business could get in the gift bag game without breaking the bank. This isn’t the Oscars where everyone gets Beats By Dre in their gift bags.” – a wise Melissa.

(Not pictured: the SMOOTHIE booth next door!)

So that’s what I did! I drew up a couple of whales, printed them on some Avery address labels, and stuck them to the back of 200 business cards. It cost about $6 for the entire project, and the winner got to pick any two bags from my table.

(Can you spot the winning whale?)

Obviously not everyone checked their bags to see what was inside, not everyone came to see if they were a winner, and not everyone will scope out my Etsy shop at a later date.  But it definitely drove people to my table and I’ve had a few local orders since the event. So, success!

 

 

 

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Hello, I’m Kerry! Maker. Sewist. Fan of all things bright.

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