March Giveaway "iKnitQuiltSew" - March Giveaway Candidate 5


15 Etsy Store Owners. Who got more comments will win a Kiwi Emery Pincushion from me. Here is the Fourth Candidate Sandi AKA I Knit Quilt Sew.
  
Bio

Thanks for giving me an outlet for my passion. Every time I would give a quilt/blanket/booties/bear, etc., the recipient would comment, "Oh, you should sell these!" After nearly forty years of hearing this, I'm finally taking that plunge!

I truly love what I do... whether it's knitting that perfect pair of booties or hand-quilting my latest creation, it's a labor of love. Though I'm creating a commercial environment for my work, I don't want to lose that passion. For this reason, you won't find hundreds of items in my store. Each and every item will be made with care and great attention to the details.

My grandmother taught me to knit and sew before color TV was invented! Most of my knitting comes from her patterns which she claimed were her mothers - which would date them in the late 1800s! This is what gives my knitting its old-fashioned, classic style.

I am a self-taught quilter, though. I learned that from a book years ago. But primarily, I'm an artist. My medium is fabric and yarn!

1.Where do you sew?

I have my own room in our home which is full of my “stuff!”  It has a comfortable chair, my quilt frame which converts to a work table, a nifty sewing cabinet, a large closet and wonderful natural light (the room faces east).  My quilt frame is right under that window!

2.How do you organize your materials? Is there any tip that you would like to share with us?
Sometimes, I don’t need much of something to add just the right accent to a quilt or a doll, so I save virtually everything!  I had a three-shelf rolling rack which over time was full to literally over-flowing with every fabric I owned in no particular order.  Of course, what I was looking for at any given moment was ALWAYS on the very bottom.

To get organized, I purchased inexpensive cardboard storage units, each with four drawers, from Wal-Mart.  If memory serves, they were about $8 each.  (They are still available in the ‘organize your closet’ section.)  Because they are cardboard, I was able to write on the face of each drawer so that I know what’s inside.  The four units fit perfectly in the end of the closet in my room.  When I need something, I just pull out the whole drawer and set it on the table!  Of course, what I want is STILL on the bottom!


3.How do you prepare to sewing/quilting?
I tend to see the world through ‘quilt’ eyes.  I’ll see a beautiful meadow, or a cool painting, a photo on a website or in a magazine and my brain responds, “Ooohhh! That would be a beautiful quilt!”

Once the mental image of the finished quilt exists, I draw a rough pencil sketch of what the quilt will look like and how it will be formatted.  My drawings are really horrible, BUT they do serve to give me a rough layout of what I am about to do.  What feature is going to be in the foreground/background?  What contours are involved? Etc.  If I am going to attempt to quilt something I’ve never done before, I work harder on the drawing.  I have learned that if I can draw it, I can quilt it!

This drawing became this quilt.



This quilt is in my shop, is entitled, “Welcome Home,” and can be seen here: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=43176606

Here is the drawing for the quilt I am working on now.




Then it’s time to decide on colors/textures and make sure I have everything I need including the back of the quilt.  I buy batting by the bolt, but I purchase some material for each project as needed.

4.Do you sew after getting the order or forehead?

All of the items for sale in my shop exist.  The pictures on each listing are of the exact/actual item the customer receives. 

5.Where/How do you keep your items after you finish them?

All finished items are stored in the same closet with my fabrics and other supplies, with larger items on top of my fabric drawers and smaller items on a small shelf I hung on the back wall of the closet.  Here’s a photo:

I wrap each item in clear cellophane and tie it closed with a complimentary colored piece of ribbon.  This protects them from airborne dust, etc., as I live in a rural area.  All of my items (with the exception of dolls and bears) are washed when I finish them for this reason.  If they’ve been completed a while (a month or more) before they are sold, I will wash them again just before they ship.

6.How do you pack your items and how do you send them?

Each item is wrapped in clear cellophane, tied with a piece of ribbon.  All of my items are tagged.  Many of my items also have a sewn-in permanent tag as required.

For a single small item, I ship first class mail in a padded envelope with Delivery Confirmation.  Multiple items always go in a box.  I will ship Priority Mail at the customer’s request, and sometimes just because I want to give a customer purchasing more than one thing an ‘upgrade’ as a way of thanking them.

7.Your favorite 5 supply stores.

My absolute favorite is Jo-Ann, even though it’s a 100 mile drive for me to get to a store!  When I go, I always have a long list!  Robert’s Crafts is great for high-end yarn.  There is a store where I live called, “Granny’s Quilts,” which has high-end quilting fabrics and hand-quilting threads in any color I can imagine.  I have purchased fabric from Jo-Ann online, but it is always more of something I already own.  I sometimes purchase fabric from Wal-Mart’s yardage aisle, but not too often.



Tutorial : How to make Salt Play Dough by my Son

I have very creative son who just turn 10. We made a blog last year for him with Naruto theme. He put Naruto pictures, songs. Well, this year he is interested with Harry Potter. He made a Harry Potter Glasses with duck tape, he cut and polish a tree branch, painted it and made a wand.

The important thing is he start to organize his blog.
 www.hakpunar.blogspot.com
BE CAREFUL: He added some music and when you open it , they start to play with high volume.

Here is one of his tutorial How to make play dough with salt. It's great tutorial because anybody can make it very easily and it won't dry very long time. Enjoy!
Nil

My Decorated Strawbery Pin was Feautured at Crafty Dream

My decorated Strawberry Pin was Featured by Earrings Nation  in her lovely blog Crafty Dream .

Thank you very much!
Nil

1. Red Twill Screenprinting Halfbag by Totertot


2. Heart brooche by broochefrommaris

3. Red Ruffle Crochet Scarf by nevita

4. Strawberry Straight Pin for Decorating Pincushions with Felt Needlebook by NAKPUNAR (It's me!)
 

Please Vote for me - Entry #14 by NAKPUNAR

My Rose Emery Pincushion is in the voting right now in Etsy Crafting In Color Street Team's blog. If you like this pincushion please could you give me your vote ? Of course you can vote another candidate too :)
Entry #14 by NAKPUNAR


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March Giveaway "JujaCrafts" - March Giveaway Candidate 4

15 Etsy Store Owners. Who got more comments will win a Kiwi Emery Pincushion from me. Here is the Third Candidate Jurathe AKA Juja Crafts

Bio
All my life I was interested in various crafts. Since I was a little girl I liked to knit, to sew clothes for my dolls, make my own purses and lots of many cute little things.


After graduation I was working as sales manager in clothing company. My schedule was very tight and had no time for crafts.

When I moved out to US I’ve got more spare time and I started crafting again. First of all I’ve got interested in wool felting and started to design jewelry, flower brooches and other accessories. I was participating in craft shows and fairs, writing articles in local newspapers. Later I learned to work with polymer clay, decoupage technique and etc.

Currently I’m fully into fabric flowers. Mostly I make flower appliqués, but also I create brooches, hair accessories, jewelry and flowers for home décor.

1.Where do you sew?
Currently I have my work table in the corner of our living room. But I hope and dream that one day I’ll have my own spacious studio-office.

2.How do you organize your materials? Is there any tip that you would like to share with us?
I keep my fabrics and ready made products in separate room, which is our walk- in closet too :). Most often used fabrics are hooked on hangers and bigger pieces I keep in bolts.

3.How do you prepare to sewing/quilting?
Most of my ideas for future projects are born in fabric stores, while looking at all the colors, textures and patterns. Some of my ideas come from a nature. I love flowers and I like to experiment and to recreate them with the fabrics.

The most important part of preparation is the idea itself and choosing correct fabrics and colors.

4.Do you sew after getting the order or forehead?
I always try to keep my stock full. But things happen and sometimes I have to make flowers after a sale was made.

5.Where/How do you keep your items after you finish them?
I keep flower appliqués in plastic zip bags, which are hanged on a hook tapes attached to the doors.

6.How do you pack your items and how do you send them?
My first priority in shipping is safety. I pack flower appliqués in small plastic zip bags, each style separately, to prevent moisture and I use sturdy packages to keep my items from physical damage during the shipping.

7.Your favorite 5 supply stores.
Fabric and beads- JoAnn, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby. Packing materials- Uline. And I always try to find something new, interesting and nice online and in local stores.

March Giveaway "JewelryKaleidoscope" - March Giveaway Candidate 3

15 Etsy Store Owners. Who got more comments will win a Kiwi Emery Pincushion from me. Here is the Third Candidate Laura AKA Jewelry Kaleidoscope.

Bio
I live in a small town in South Western MN, very peacefull here, I love the snow and the four seasons we have. I have been doing all kinds of crafts as long as I can remember, and love it.

1.Where do you sew?
I sew at home, I have a room that is just for my crafting, in it I have my sewing machine, a large table, all my crafting supplies, shipping supplies and my computer and printer.



2.How do you organize your materials? Is there any tip that you would like to share with us?
I have a large tote where I keep all my fabrics, a two drawer plastic tote with my holiday projects, a tote for my embroidery projects, a small tote for embroidery flosses, different containers for beads, thread, and varies items. It makes it alot easier to find what your looking for if everything has it's own place to be, saves time to be able to just go and get what your looking for.


3.How do you prepare to sewing/quilting?
When I am getting ready to start a new project I first have it in my head what it is I am going to do. Then if it's a blanket, I just go through my fabric and see which fabrics look good together, make sure I have the batting and enough fabric to make the back.


4.Do you sew after getting the order or forehead?
So far I only make items before getting orders.

5.Where/How do you keep your items after you finish them?
After I done with an item, I fold it up neatly and place it in a tote that is only for finished projects.

6.How do you pack your items and how do you send them?
For shipping I use flat rate boxes for blankets and bubble wrap mailers for most all other items, these I send out 1st class mail. And of course tape to make sure it will not come opened in the mail.

7.Your favorite 5 supply stores.
JoAnn Fabric ,  Goodwill Thrift Stores (for my vintage items), Micheals, Hobby Lobby
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Mindielee
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ExtraLargeIceTea
http://www.etsy.com/shop/liesl

March Giveaway "TheEnchantedSquare" - March Giveaway Candidate 2

15 Etsy Store Owners. Who got more comments will win a Kiwi Emery Pincushion from me. Here is the Second Candidate Ruth AKA The Enchanted Square.

Bio

Hello! I am a mother of 3 that has always made crafted items. I love anything that is arts and crafts and being able to develop things with my hands. Whether it is dolls, quilts bags or clothing – creating something from a blank canvas has always been a passion.

I made my first quilt with my ever so talented grandmother when I was 10 years old. It wasn't pretty, being made of simple squares and leftover fabric from her stash but it was mine and I fell in love with sewing. Through my life I have taken on a strong sense of expression through art and design.

The details in the quilts, dolls and bags you see in my shop have been carefully thought through. I have 8 years of making quilts as gifts for friends and family. I have a desire to add quality materials, vibrant fabrics and bold design to every one of my products. Even though so much time and energy is put into my products my intention is for them to be used.

The Enchanted Square as a name came out of the fact that my friends always liked my twist of things that have been done before. I like to think out of the box so to speak on all my creative endeavors.
Look for updates on my blog http://www.theenchantedsquare.blogspot.com/ , Facebook Fan Page: Facebook Fan http://www.facebook.com/EnchantedSquare , Twitter: http://twitter.com/EnchantedSquare .

Oh and I have another job/business. I am in the Design/Construction industry. Check out my business site http://www.studiorestoration.net/


1.Where do you sew?

I sew in my basement "studio apartment." My lovely mom let me move in with my 3 kids and we fixed up a great space for us in her basement. It is an inspiring place and I love the fact that I don't have to much room because it forces me to stay organized.

2.How do you organize your materials? Is there any tip that you would like to share with us?
My favorite tip is using Comic Cook Backer Boards for organizing fabric. If you take the fabric and fold it in fourths on the selvage you can roll them on the backer boards like mini-bolts that will fit perfectly on a standard bookshelf. I call it my mini-fabric store.

3.How do you prepare to sewing/quilting?
I glean from so many areas and I probably over research what I want to do. I then pattern what I want to make with pattern material. I then start pulling fabrics, leather, trim and hardware that work together. I tend to make multiples in different colors so I have at least 3-6 varieties laid out and ready to be assembled. I cut all the pieces out and then sit and sew my tail off.

4.Do you sew after getting the order or forehead?
I sew as much before. I love custom orders and always become inspired through them.

5.Where/How do you keep your items after you finish them?
I have wonderful built in cabinets in my room and am able to keep them safely tucked away in them.


6.How do you pack your items and how do you send them?
I love using the postal service because of the pricing an convenience. Most of my items ships priority mail and I use the boxes the postal service provides. I always wrap my items in tissue paper and provide a copy of the order.

7.Your favorite 5 supply stores.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/tantalizingstitches
http://www.etsy.com/shop/RetroNaNa
http://www.etsy.com/shop/customcouturelabelco
http://www.etsy.com/shop/pomadour24
http://www.etsy.com/shop/northcountryquilts

March Giveaway "WhatItSeams" - March Giveaway Candidate 1


15 Etsy Store Owners. Who got more comments will win a Kiwi Emery Pincushion from me. Here is the First Candidate Joanie AKA What It Seams.

Bio

After starting my sewing career in 4H Club, well, let's just say MANY years ago, I thought it was high time to put my craft out there.
I was bit by the creative bug at a very early age and it still continues to this day. I honestly feel that each and everyday I need to be creative and so this definitely fills a large niche for me.
I absolutely love the process of finding that one unique fabric and then literally bringing it to life whether it be an apron, tote bag or quilt.
Now you are probably asking yourself, why should I buy from What It Seams? I hope this answers that question for you.
Over the years I have made just about everything you can provided it could be made using a sewing machine from prom dresses, to decorative pillows, drapes, oven mitts, duvets, pillow shams, dust ruffles, tablecloths,and various items of clothing. I even made a suit for my husband once and although it looked great, that is one venue I am not venturing into again. Quilting was a discovery that I made over 20 years ago and I continue to expand in that area.

 1.Where do you sew?
I have a studio/sewing room in my home which has my sewing machine, iron with ironing board, sewing light, worktable and my computer.

2.How do you organize your materials? Is there any tip that you would like to share with us?
There is a walk in closet that is lined with shelves and I also added a bookcase to store all of my supplies and keep me somewhat organized.


3.How do you prepare to sewing/quilting?
 First off, I decide on my project, then I choose a fabric and make sure I have all of my supplies, sometimes that involves a trip to the store. Quilts involve a tremendous amount of rotary cutting, sewing of the fabrics and then followed by steam pressing. After the top is completed, I need to layer the top, add quilt batting and a backing and any marking for the hand quilting. I then put the quilt top in my quilting frames, that were made by my ever helpful and supportive husband and start quilting. After all of the quilting is completed, I then add a binding to the quilt.



4.Do you sew after getting the order or forehead?
For now, I make my item and then list it.

5.Where/How do you keep your items after you finish them?
My aprons are pressed and then hung in my closet, that way they are ready to pack quickly when I receive an order. My quilts are folded and stored with tissue paper and stored in boxes to keep them dust free.

6.How do you pack your items and how do you send them?
Of the items I have sold so far, I have chosen to roll them in colorful tissue paper which prevents wrinkling and then I add a sticker with my shop's name on it and other appropriate stickers. I have been adding a small child's gift with their aprons.


7.Your favorite 5 supply stores.
I worked in Interior Design for many years and some of my fabrics come from there. I also have a daughter that lives in Virginia and I bought many of my supplies from an old schoolhouse called House of Fabrics. Locally we have a Hobby Lobby, and a JoAnn's.

March Giveaway : Kiwi Emery Pincushion

This month I want to try something new! This way I can help to your store seen and little get fun all together.

What we gonna do this so easy. I need 15 store owner who sew, quilt, needlecraft. I'll publish each of them interview with their all links. End of the month who's interview has more comment she will won one of my Beautiful Emery Pincushion.

You can leave comment here is to be participate or send me convo www.nakpunar.etsy.com

Good Luck All!