Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sewing Room Organization Part 10 Organizing Sewing Machine Needles

This is my new system for my sewing machine needles.

This is a lot better than the old system I had of keeping it all in the packages.


This is how it looked all put away. It didn't even fit that same basket.

After I took everything out of the package and put them in the container, this is all the packaging that was left(Yes, I did recycle it all).

All of those needles above fit in this container below. As you can see I bought it on clearance from Joann's.

And know it looks like this. I have what  type of needles on each section.

This worked great for me. I tried the pin cushion with the needle number on it and didn't like it but it might work for you.

From Ginderellas tutorial here on how to make the pin cushion above.

The one above is something like the one I tried to use.

The Domestic Diva's Disasters blog about needles here

La Sewista has a tutorial on how she did it using a pill box here

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year Sewing List 2016

Here is my list for 2016. It looks like 2015 and 2014 lists. Will see if I do it.

1. Finish Pirate Top for Costume

It just needs the elastic put into it. Finish the skirt too.

2. Make Two Summer Tops -one in skulls and one in Super Heroine fabric
this is the pattern

3. Yes, that Halloween Quilt or Duvet cover that I have been waiting for years to make. I think it is more of  dread to cut all that fabulous fabric up.

Halloween fabric on the right.

4. That beautiful Gothic Dress that I fell in love with for a few years now. I would at least buy the fabric for it.

5. Finish Two Raggedy Ann Dolls -one in Green Hair and the other in Purple(I did finish my gothic and blue haired one)

6. Finish a green, black and purple elephant like the one above in blue.

7. Finish that darn Mata Hari Costume.
At least it is on a mannequin so it can shame me each time I go in my sewing room.

8. Other things to get done are
Laptop cover for me.

Friday, December 25, 2015

My Craft Show Displays

This was the first Craft fair I ever did. I didn't have my banner finish and I this was towards the end when I already put some stuff away.

I had the drawers on the table but as I said I was already started to put stuff away. I used some extra chairs to display some stuff.

This is photos of my 2nd craft show. I had my banner finished, my earring display mannequins and an extra table for displays.

Things I learned from the school craft shows is that everyone wants stuff cheap. So I sold items that were 5.00 dollars or less. So next time I won't bring any diapers, pillow cases, cross stitch and anything basically over 5.00 dollars. The first show I did alright but the second one tanked. (It paid for my table and gas). There were too many craft shows that day and this was a smaller one which I will Not do again.
 I might do some Autumn craft shows instead of December ones because there is too much competition in December for all the craft shows. I will add another table for up front and just sell my hair accessories, earrings, duck eggs and basically just inexpensive things.

What worked for me
-Having candy for free(keep kids coming back and buying more hair accessories)
-Suitcase Display
-Different displays like the mannequin earring and my mustache sugar skull brought attention
-Extra table and lights
-Having a 100 dollars on me(50 dollars in 5's and 50 dollars in ones-had many big bills)I also took credit cards
-Little baggies that fit my small items(they were those treat bags from the dollar store)
-Having prices displayed all over with colored clothes pins
-Bringing something to drink.
-Bringing my own extension cords

What didn't work for me
-Lights being held by clips(2nd time I used safety pins-worked great)
-Having more expensive items.
-Not having an extra table in the front and using a chair
-Doing the 2nd show in December
-Not having more Xmas items(but that is why I am going to do more Autumn ones).

Merry Xmas

From Lajollamom             This is Frankfurt , Germany