New Etsy Shop, More Origami Yoda

Well, I’ve gone and done it.  I’ve opened an Etsy shop and I’m starting to move most of my merchandise over there.  eBay had a free listing spell that will hold me over on eBay for a bit, but any new patterns and fabric and yarn that I have will get listed on Etsy instead.  I’ll keep my eBay store for now, but I really think I’m going to have to move the bulk of my business elsewhere.  We’ll see how that goes.

I hate those square-y photos on Etsy because I sell so many patterns, which are rectangular.  So then I have the choice of either lopping off the top and bottom of the pattern, or filling in the background with some “background-y” thing.  Too much like Pinterest, which I also hate.  Except when I love it.  But eBay does the same thing with photos, so I guess all my conflicted feelings are really about more about change than about anything else.  Don’t worry.  I’ll grow up.  I’ll get over it.

Here’s the link to my Etsy store.

And here’s another of my son’s Origami Yoda projects:

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The book comes with a pull-out photo prop background.  Love it!

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Birthday, birthday, birthday!

My youngest turned eleven today.  He had a pretty terrific day.  School lunch today was pizza.  Then they had a positive behavior reward party and he won a little statue with a duck on it.  Then we had pizza for dinner because that’s his favorite.  And (of course) birthday cake.  We made a chocolate cake and decorated it with Sly Cooper, his favorite video game.

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I rolled out some fondant and then cut it to look like the video game logo.  He requested chocolate birthday cake with icing, plus cool whip, and ice cream too.  He forgot to ask for sprinkles, so I didn’t mention it.

He got some very nice gifts.  One of them was homemade (by me) so I’ll show you that one.

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The gift is the red snuggle robe he is wearing.  I made it out of a blanket.  He is snuggling with his brother’s teddy bear on the giant beanbag chair with a couple of regular blankets, plus a quilt made by his grandmother and a tie-dye pillowcase made by his cousins.  He has always been such a cuddler!  Any time you see him, he’s buried in blankets.

It only took about a hundred tries to get a halfway decent photo.  I don’t know why, but he really loves photobombing himself.  (That’s what he calls it.)

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Oh good, I got him to pose nicely at bed time.

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Awesome!  But it looks like I need to clip a few threads.  And maybe sweep up the playroom!

Music Stand Carry Bag

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My daughter is in her school band, and they had a concert last week.  Of course, it was wonderful.  Our whole family went, and we had a great time.

My daughter’s band teacher gives the students extra credit if they bring in their music stands before the concert.  When we bought her music stand, it came in a cardboard box.  Practical, but boring.  My daughter is into all things origami and all things Japanese.  I used an upholstery fabric remnant to crank out a quick little bag for her music stand.  I put 2mm polyester satin ties along the side with the seam near the top so that she could snug it up.  I also attached some loops to the top so she could carry it easily.  It may have been more practical to put the handle along the long side so that she could carry it without the bag dragging on the ground.  But oh well, she seems to like it enough to be a little careful.  If it doesn’t work out, I can always change it.

Thanks for looking!

Science Fair Project Bag

If you have kids, you need to make one of these as soon as the science fair assignment comes home.

When your kid has worked and worked and worked on that project for a month or more, and then the night before it’s due sees that rain is in the forecast for the big day, you will be the best mom/dad/grandparent/aunt/uncle/friend/whatever EVER when you pull out this baby!  It’s big enough to protect that giant tri-fold display AND it has handles so it’s less likely to get dropped in a puddle at the bus stop.

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I threw this bag together out of a piece of somebody’s leftover nylon something-or-other fabric I picked up at the thrift store.  I made it like I make my little gift bags.  I used one of the fabric selvages for the top so I wouldn’t have to hem it.  I’m lazy that way.  I made the handles out of a leftover bit and sewed them on top.

You could get awesome by making one out of school colors.  You could add an applique of some sort, or embroider your kid’s name on it.  I didn’t make it awesome – I just made it fast, which is its own kind of awesome.

Thanks for looking!