04 July, 2018

I am totally dating myself here with this photo (not my photo, not me...) of what my very first car looked like, purchased for me by my father in 1968 for the whopping sum of $300.00.  It was a 1960 Rambler American, the sporty 2-door model in cream puff condition.  It was graphite grey with a white top and RED WHEELS!  I don't think that those red wheels were stock since I've never seen another but they did add that certain something... maybe funk-appeal!  Honestly, this was not the car that I really wanted.  My father and I set out to find me a car shortly after I graduated High School and the first one that we looked at was a used 1964 bright red Volkswagen Bug.  It had a new paint job and was ONLY $1000.00. Easy for me to say, only, since I didn't have any money to put in on my car, but Dad thought that was too expensive.  Later that day after looking at about a gozillion used cars, we found one just like the photo.  Cash exchanged hands and I had wheels.  I was a bit embarrassed to drive it especially since lots of my friends were driving Mustangs and VW's. I know. Shame on me. 

My friends and I called it The Funk-Mobile but my Dad always called it The Puddle-Jumper.  My bestie Priscilla pronounced it to be, "so ugly that it's CUTE!".  It got me were I needed to go and served me well until I saved up enough money for a down payment on my dream VW Bug.  I sold the Funk-Mobile for $350.00 to a friend who drove it cross county a couple of times. It was a little champ!

I am not the same status conscious teen that I was back in 1968 and would SO drive this car today!    I would proudly drive this car and fly my FUNK FLAG!

02 July, 2018

Block of the Month Newbie

I belong to a very active quilters guild with lots of members who are super productive and prolific.  That's not been the case for me.  Honestly, I don't get that may quilts made.  I completely over-think quilt making. Will it fit into my home? Does the style complement the decor?  Do the colors match?  What I should really be asking myself is... do I want to make this quilt?

In the interest of working towards being more personally prolific, I have signed up for the "Sew In Love" Block of the Month through the Fat Quarter shop. I don't have a clue what I will do with this quilt but I was completely captivated when the first photos were published.  That's part of my problem.  My quilty friends just make the quilts that call to them.  I always think about where it will go or what I will do with it.  I need to get over that kind of thinking.

These fabrics!  Totally swoon-worthy!
I love just about anything designed by Edyta Sitar so this quilt will be right up my alley. I am a total Edyta groupie! I love the way that this quilt combines complex piecing with delicious colors. Adding to my excitement is that my dear friend, Janet C., has also signed of for this BOM.  She's a BOM veteran, having completed some absolutely fabulous BOM quilts.  I am so looking forward to beginning this quilt when the first installments roll out in August.  I will keep everyone posted on my progress.  STAY TUNED! 

23 June, 2018

Perfectly Posed

I've always loved gingham.  No idea why...  Maybe because my mother made lots of dresses for me from gingham when I was a child.  Maybe because I made clothing for my own two daughters using gingham. Maybe it's my "comfort fabric", sort of like those favorite things that we eat and call our comfort foods.

This sweet little pincushion is sitting perfectly posed on my 1937 Singer Featherweight, "Georgia".  I wrote about my first Featherweight here. Regular readers here at T. in the Burg know that I am an inveterate MATCHER, so this photo is right up my alley.  Is it just me, or does it look incredibly cute perched on Georgia's drop down extension.  Just listed in my Etsy shop, Curry Bungalow

23 May, 2018

Did I mention that we have a new grand baby on the way? We are SO INCREDIBLY EXCITED! We have two fine grandsons, aged 17 and 15. But we've been wishing and hoping for at least one more. This new baby is due in November and I am in a happy baby bubble, dreaming of all of the things that I want to make for him or her. I have a long list!

20 May, 2018

Ahhhh, Spring!

We are having the most spectacular spring season!  All of the Rhododendrons are blooming at the SAME TIME! The Bluebird of Happiness made a brief appearance among the roses, irises and rhododendrons.

10 May, 2018

Pinnie Love

What is it about pincushions that completely warm my heart? These new fabrics from French General made up beautifully!  The colors are not the usual French General colors.  The pinks, lavenders, blue/greens and reds are simply delicious!

23 March, 2018

Do you ever purchase fabric and love it so much that you can't bear to cut into it?  That's kind of what happened to me with these "Tilda" fabrics purchased months and months ago.  For those of you who may wonder... Tilda fabrics are from the Australian designer, Toni Finnanger.  Up until last year they were a bit difficult to get hold of and don't even ask me about how expensive the postage was to ship from Australia. But thankfully, Tilda fabrics are now available in the United States.  Hooray!

 I've been gazing lovingly at them, not quite sure what to make.  And since most of what I make are thread catchers, well,... that's what I made.  And I'm in love!  As I've mentioned here previously, I don't always know what a thread catcher will look like when finished.  But as this one was coming together, I just knew that it would be something special.  My lighting was not so great for photos today, suffice it to say that I live in Oregon and you know what that means.  Rain, rain and more rain.  But the rain is what makes things so green and beautiful here.  I have made my own personal peace with the rain... but sometimes photos are tough to get right.

Just so sweet!

And this pincushion!  Check out that VERY OFFICIAL Tilda fabric covered button.  It's the perfect finish to my Sweetie Pie Pincushion.

Just listed in my Etsy shop, Curry Bungalow

15 March, 2018

This particular pincushion has been a great seller at my Etsy shop, Curry Bungalow.  I kind of fell in love with these sweet "Gratitude" prints designed by Jo Morton.  It was something about the colors... and I knew that the small prints would be perfect for my Dreamy Dresden Pincushions.  This morning I received a somewhat FRANTIC message from my Curry Bungalow Facebook page, asking me to call a particular number ASAP!  So I called.  As it turned out, the caller was at that very moment at a Jo Morton Retreat in Nebraska.  She had somehow seen my pincushion online and announced that she absolutely had to have one!  She and I made arrangements for her to purchase, she thanked me profusely and I asked her to give my regards to Miss Jo, to tell her that I am a big fan!  I thought that was the last of it.  I'd made a nice little sale and that was that.  Well, since then I have received numerous calls from other ladies at the Jo Morton Retreat, all wanting that same pincushion. Apparently a number of the retreat attendees want one!  So I know what I will be doing for the next few days.  It's a good thing that I love making them but I especially enjoy that others love them, too!

31 January, 2018

Pretty Maids All In A Row

I am totally dating myself here.  I arranged these four custom order thread catchers to photograph and that old song by the Eagles came to mind, "Pretty Maids All In A Row", circa 1976 from the "Hotel California" album. This custom order request was from one of my wonderful repeat buyers, Rachelle S., who lives in NY.  You can read about her and the women in her family at a previous blog post titled, "Rachelle and Her Sisters".  Rachelle has returned to my shop time and again to purchase thread catchers for herself and various family members.  In fact, she has purchased more thread catchers from my Etsy shop, Curry Bungalow  than any other single buyer.  We have both lost count!

For this order, Rachelle asked for reds and whites/creams as preferred colors.  She enjoys French General fabrics as much as I do and these are what I made up for her. (The third one's outer bag is actually a from Blackbird designs but went with the other FG fabrics beautifully!) It was something of a challenge working with similar fabrics but still trying to make each be unique. I am very happy with the results and so was Rachelle.  And I've been singing that song in my head for days and days.  Kind of a happy little blast from the past! 

01 January, 2018

New Year, New Adventures !

I love New Years Day!  Mr. T. and I expect 2018 to be a great year for our family.  We have a big wedding in July that we are looking forward to and we both have our fingers crossed that there might, just might be a new grand-baby in the family. (No pressure whatsoever, R & K!)

I spent the morning doing as I pleased, and that was sewing, of course.  I whipped up this little beauty using my new "Flower Mill" fabrics designed by Corey Yoder, one of my very favorite Moda designers.  Her sweet prints and cheery colors are so incredibly yummy!  I love the way that this one turned out!  Just listed in my Etsy shop, Curry Bungalow .

18 December, 2017

Holiday Greetings !

I mailed the last of my Etsy orders this morning and am now in high gear preparing for family who will be arriving momentarily. But I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I also want to send a sincere thank you for the support and encouragement that I have received throughout the year. I feel so very fortunate to be able to do what I love and that others appreciate my products. Thanks to all of you!

24 November, 2017

I'm having a BIG SALE!  But it is not just a BLACK FRIDAY SALE.  The sale continues through CYBER MONDAY.  That's Nov. 24th through Nov. 27th! All Thread Catcher Patterns and Pattern/Supply Kit Combos are 30% off!  These make great gifts for anyone who sews, quilts or does any type of needlework.  Prices are reduced on the listings.  No coupon code necessary. 

11 November, 2017

Have I mentioned here that even though I make TONS of thread catchers, that I do not always know just how completely cute one might be before I finish it?  That's just how this one was.  I combined fabrics from Ellis and Higgs designed by Nadra Ridgeway with a few Bee Basics designed by Lori Holt.  The result was.... beyond cute!  Just the pincushion alone sends the needle completely off the CUTENESS METER!  I posted this one on Instagram and it sold within 10 minutes!  I renewed the listing and the second one also sold almost immediately!  But after those two sales, I was fresh out of those main fabrics.  So I hastily ordered more and they arrived yesterday. So, I have just relisted this item in my Etsy shop, Curry Bungalow .  At this time of year, sales are brisk in my shop.  So if you see an item that you like, you might want to grab it while you can. 

16 October, 2017

Sweet Little Delicacies

Don't these sweet little emery filled strawberries look good enough to eat?  For those of you who wonder... these are tiny little needle sharpeners. A friend gave me a scrap of her precious Robert Kaufman Radiance fabric, a luscious silk and cotton blend.  I knew instantly that the scrap would become these little vintage inspired items. I made one for my friend, one to keep on hand as a gift and one for me! 

14 October, 2017

Crushing on Farmer's Daugther

As a self admitted FABRIHOLIC... I am always looking ahead to what my very favorite fabric designers have coming out as their future fabric lines.  I have to say that Moda fabrics are my absolute favorites.  Not just because my most favorite designers are affiliated with Moda, but because Moda fabrics are of a higher quality than some of the other companies that I have purchased from.  Quality matters. 

I have been anxiously awaiting these luscious fabrics "Farmer's Daughter" fabrics from Lella Boutique, designed by Vanessa Goertzen.  She's one of my all time fave Moda designers and I love everything that she creates.   I am so in awe of this young woman who has such an amazing talent for color and design.  My products made from her various lines have been some of my most successful items in my Etsy shop. What's not to love?!?

I kind of laugh at myself sometimes.  Who get's so excited about fabric? Really! Seriously? But fabric is one of the tools of my trade. How lucky am it to have built my Bungalow Biz using materials that I totally love? And even better, others seem to enjoy them, too!

05 October, 2017

Hitting the Big Time !

My Etsy shop was recently featured on the blog for  HANDMADE HUNT, a website used by Etsy sellers to see how they are doing among the 1.8 million Etsy sellers.  The blog highlights "unique and interesting craft makers" in an interview format.  I submitted a brief narrative about my shop, Curry Bungalow and received a response asking for me to reply to a number of questions about my shop and my process.  Not being one who is all about shameless self promotion,... I thought long and hard about my responses.  The best part about writing about myself and my shop was that it reminded me how very lucky I am to be able to do what I do and that others enjoy it as well.  You can read about my shop here.  https://www.handmadehunt.com/blog  My shop was featured on October 2, 2017

17 September, 2017

If Lucy Could Talk...

If Lucy could talk, I am absolutely certain that she would have asked if she could have The Good Life Nesting Tin Set by Bonnie and Camille.  I, of course, try my hardest to anticipate her wants and needs so I made her wish happen.  She's only a little spoiled.  As you can see, SHE LOVES THEM!  She's totally Matchy-matchy, AND fully accessorized.

And while we are on the subject,... Who's got "The Good Life"?  I have it and not just in a fiberlicious kind of way.  The name for this beautiful line of fabrics from Bonnie and Camille struck a chord with me.  Although I am thankful on a daily basis for my family, my health, my friends and all that is good in my life, I have never wrapped those terms all up in a bundle and called them my own good life.  But now will.  I am so very grateful.  I've have it!  I have THE GOOD LIFE!

02 September, 2017

Pretty In Pink

I am going to totally out myself here and proclaim to the world... that I LOVE PINK!!! I used to sort of apologize for loving the color pink, but these days I totally own it!  Most people either love it or hate it and I am on the LOVING IT side of things.  

I just scored some great out of print Lakehouse Dry Goods fabrics, mostly designed by Holly Holderman and I am in a delicious pink bubble.  Hmmmm, what to make next?...

So, raise your hand if you love pink! Just listed at Curry Bungalow on Etsy.

13 August, 2017

More Tilda Fabrics!

Busy, busy! I've not had a chance to dive into these luscious "Harvest" fabrics by Tilda.  So far I am just gazing lovingly at them, dreaming of what they will become.  The other question on my mind is "Can you have too much fabric?"  I am not ready to answer YES just yet...

06 July, 2017

Across the Pond

 I have a number of repeat buyers at my Etsy shop, Curry Bungalow, and I very much appreciate each and every one of them. You know who you are! I was recently contacted by one of them who resides across the pond in the United Kingdom. This buyer has purchased eight, count 'em, EIGHT Thread Catchers as well as one of my pincushions. 

You know that a buyer loves your work when she's willing to pay $21.38 in shipping as well as whatever customs and/or duty fees are charged. She recently requested a Thread Catcher made from these delightful Lori Holt fabrics. I made one for her and one to post in my Etsy shop. It's pretty cute... if I do say so myself!

24 June, 2017

Scrappy Strips Pincushion

What? More pincushions? Sorry, but I can't help it. I'm just crazy about pincushions. AND crazy about making them. This one is killing me with cuteness! It's made from some of the sweetest Lori Holt fabrics. My sweet litte red Singer Featherweight, Lucy, loves to get in the my photo shoots. Just listed in my Etsy shop, Curry Bungalow

17 June, 2017

Tilda Groupie

I am a discerning buyer of fabric.  I almost always know what I am going to do with it before purchasing... except for this recent buy that arrived yesterday.  This is "Circus" by Tilda.  Fabric aficionados know that Tilda fabric is difficult to come by here in the U.S.  But I found this at one of my fave online stores, The Intrepid Thread.  Julie will be offering more as time goes by and we Tilda groupies are pretty happy about that!  And those buttons!  Aren't they just the cutest?  Hmmmm, .... what to make? 

16 June, 2017

Sitting Pretty!

I recently made a similar pincushion as a gift for a friend.  She loved it, and so did I!  There is just something about these sweet and understated colors that totally gets to me.  And that pewter colored vintage mirror back button finishes it off perfectly.  Just listed in my Etsy shop, Curry Bungalow

15 June, 2017

Playing Around

I've been playing around with pincushion variations and just finished this new one with flying geese. Many times when I make something new I am not entirely happy with it, I need a bit of time for it to grow on me.  But I LIKE THIS ONE!  I'm thinking that my next one will be made using batik fabrics. Just listed in my Etsy shop, Curry Bungalow

28 April, 2017

Sugar Pie meets Sweetie Pie!

Who loves pie!  Ummm... that would be me, especially when it involves luscious "Sugar Pie" fabrics designed by Vanessa Goertzen for Moda's Lella Boutique and my own Thread Catcher with Detachable SWEETIE PIE Pincushion.  They're some kind match made in heaven, or a pie shop...

That little pincushion looks good enough to eat!

Honestly, I have had these fabrics for a full month but have been so crazy busy that I could only gaze lovingly at them.  No time to sew, which just about killed me! But my big personal commitment has concluded and I am happily back in the saddle making thread catchers for my Etsy shop Curry Bungalow.  I knew that I wanted to begin with my new "Sugar Pie" fabrics.

I made two up in different colorways.  LOVE THEM BOTH!!!  Wouldn't these make great Mother's Day gifts for your favorite seamstress, quilter or anyone who does needlework?  Just posted for sale here. Get 'em while they're hot!

10 April, 2017

Tutorial - My Bungalow Biz Branding

This tutorial is a compliment to a previous tutorial about how to make your own iron on fabric labels. That tutorial can be found here. In my continuing effort to have cohesive branding for my Etsy shop, Curry Bungalow, I have begun wrapping my physical items in tissue for shipping. Taking it a step further, I've been making that wrapping look prettier by tying it with a ribbon and adding a branding sticker.  A buyer recently reviewed her Etsy purchase by saying that the item was beautifully wrapped and "I felt as if I was opening a lovely gift, even though I had BOUGHT IT MYSELF!" 

With "sticker"  YAY!!!

Sans "Sticker" BOO!!!
By the way, I use Hug Snug Rayon Seam Binding for my ribbon wrap.  It comes in a gozillion colors and is priced at about $10.00 for a 100 yard roll.  Such a deal!

That little sticker above the ribbon is a simple touch that adds much in the way of attractive packaging.  I print these "stickers" myself on photo paper then punch them out with my sweet little 2 1/2" scalloped circle punch.  Love that scalloped edge!  How to attach said sticker, you might ask?  I initially used double sided tape that I had on hand (purchased on the cheap at a yard sale...) on the back of the printed photo paper, three strips of tape along the three columns of images.  I would then punch out the stickers with the tape attached to the back, then just peel and stick.  But I ran out of that tape and being a cheapskate frugal type, I have now began attaching the sticker with a glue stick.  not quite as high tech as that double sided tape but definitely less expensive than purchasing those sheets of printable sticker paper.  It's all about the bottom line here when finding inexpensive ways to brand your products.  Every penny that I don't spend on those pricey labels is part of my profit. 

So let's make some stickers!  I placed my sticker image into a Word document, leaving enough space between each image for punching them out with the scalloped punch.  I print multiple pages at a time, punch them all out and keep them in a little box at my VERY OFFICIAL packing and shipping station, otherwise known as the teeny tiny counter area in the laundry room.

I love the way that they look, all mixed up like this.
I box up my item and add more tissue to make it secure for shipping...

Then I add another sheet of tissue, the purchase packing slip, a business card and a care card.  I tape the box closed, add the shipping label to my buyer and off it goes looking pretty!

My tips for inexpensive branding won't make you a millionaire, but every little bit saved is a little bit that you did not have to spend on your branding.  Mission Accomplished!

09 April, 2017

Nose to the Needle

I know, I know! I've been basically missing in action for a couple of months. Have I mentioned that I am the Co-Chair for the largest quilt show in southern Oregon? And that our show is just over a week away from opening? Needless to say, I've been burning the candle at both ends. Along with quilt show duties I've been working hard at making thread catchers in my "spare time" to list in my shop for those looking for pretty and practical Mother's Day Gifts. I have some new fabrics as well as popular favorites. I will be sewing less and less in the upcoming days so if you see one that you like, you will want to snag it while you can! All are available at my Etsy shop, Curry Bungalow and all include three flower pins to jazz up your pincushion just a bit.

08 February, 2017

"Pinky Irene"

Had to share! I had an order for a thread catcher from one of my wonderful repeat buyers, Cindy P. who lives in Missouri. She messaged me a photo of her super sweet pink Singer Featherweight along with her new matching thread catcher. I'm in LOVE! Cindy named her Featherweight, "Pinky Irene". The Pinky part is self explanatory... but she chose "Irene" after her grandmother. She wrote, "Pinky Irene" is her name! Irene after my grandma, who sewed for me all my life, taught me how to sew and how to quilt." Doesn't that just warm your heart? And her photo raised the question. Do I maybe need a pink Featherweight? I just might... and a pink iron, too!  Thanks, Cindy for brightening our day.