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 cardstock 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 cardstock, 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.

05 February, 2017

Proud Mother !

It's Super Bowl Sunday! Can you guess what I'm doing today? Not what you think, I bet. I'm SEWING! And because I just can't leave anything alone..., I've made a pincushion with a tiny framed 3 inch patchwork block. I've made the pincushion previously but always thought that it needed just a little something more. So I added little "flanges" as framing and love the way that it turned out. Check out that TEENY TINY vintage hexagon twinkle button! I didn't want the pincushion to feel like the Lone Ranger, so I made the matching Thread Catcher, too. Sometimes I feel like a proud mother, birthing these things one after the other. Just now listed in my Etsy shop, Curry Bungalow

02 January, 2017

Cloudy with a Chance of Snow

What better way to dream of Spring on a cold wintry day than to make a new Thread Catcher with these bright and cheery fabrics from the "Hello Gorgeous" line from Riley Blake?  I made this thread catcher up with my new Sweetie Pie Pincushion and it is even cuter than I imagined.  I will let you in on a secret... I don't always LOVE everything that I make.  Sometimes the color placement is not quite right and other times I just don't "feel" it.  But this one,.. THIS ONE makes me smile from ear to ear!  Just listed in my etsy shop Curry Bungalow .

04 December, 2016

Free Wrist Pincushion Tutorial

I'm celebrating!  I am just short of having 750,000 blog hits here at T. in the Burg!  That's a big 75 with FOUR ZERO's! Three quarters of a MILLION!  So as part of my big celebration, I am posting a free tutorial for my cuter-than-cute FLOWER POWER WRIST PINCUSHION.  To be honest, I had planned to post this free tutorial at 500,000 hits.  Then again at 600,000.  But life has a tendency to get in the way of my plans, big-time. Better late than never, I always say.  Probably say it way to much!

These make sweet little gifts and are a great scrap buster project.  You know what I'm talking about, don't you?  We all have those little bits if a much loved fabric that we just had to hang on to that will be perfect for this, don't you think?   It's all about the selection of fabrics.  I generally like to use a yellow for the center, because, after all, the pincushion is a flower.  But I have shared this pattern with my quilty friends who have used whichever fabrics they liked and their pincushions turned out perfectly.  Maybe it's only me that needs it to look like a flower...

Update: Since posting this tutorial, a number of readers have asked about the cute pins shown.  I purchased them from Vicki at her Etsy shop, "Decorative Sewing Pins".  She has TONS of really cute sewing related items and she's an absolute dream to work with.  Just click on the link.

Just click the link here to get your free tutorial for the  Flower Power Wrist Pincushion .

I hope that you will enjoy this free tutorial.  I'd love to see what you make from my pattern.  If you are on Instagram, add #currybungalow or #flowerpowerpincushion. Or, email a photo to currybungalow@gmail.com.  I always enjoy seeing how others interpret my patterns.

14 November, 2016

"Sweetie Pie"

I've been working on a new pincushion.  I'm calling it the "Sweetie Pie Pincushion" because it's just so sugary sweet!  These new fabrics, "Olive's Flower Market" from Lella Boutique are the cutest.  I always love just about everything designed by Vanessa Goertzen.  I even made one of my Dreamy Dresden Linen Pincushions with them.  A-dor-a-ble !  I'm making multiples of these so check them out at my Etsy shop, Curry Bungalow .

22 October, 2016

Just Stop

Sometimes you just need to stop, slow down for a moment and then... take a photo.

21 September, 2016

Rachelle and Her Sisters

Wasn't there a movie years ago called "Hannah and Her Sisters?  Well, this is a story about "Rachelle and Her Sisters".  Rachelle S., who lives in New York, is one of my very favorite and most loyal customers.  She had purchased a thread catcher for herself, then returned to my shop and purchased one for a birthday gift for a friend.

Over the course of the last few months, Rachelle has been choosing even more thread catchers from my Etsy shop, Curry Bungalow to give to her mother and her four sisters.  These lovely ladies, who are scattered all over the country, get together each year at one of their houses and make a quilt. This year they gathered in Washington. They do a gift exchange and Rachelle chose to give each of her four sisters, as well as her mother, one of my thread catchers.

Hard at work!
She was so kind to send me photos of their get together.  Doesn't it look like a fun and productive time?

Oh, look!  There's a bowl or M&M's on the table!  

I'll be honest, I'm more than a little envious. No sisters for me and my mother passed years ago.  But I absolutely LOVE seeing these beautiful ladies enjoying their quilt making, my thread catchers and EACH OTHER.  It warms my heart!  Thank you, Rachelle, for sharing your photos.  It's almost like being a part of your family sew fest!

New! - Curry Bungalow Printed Patterns!

Just added in my Etsy shop, Curry Bungalow.  All three of my thread catcher patterns IN PRINT !
I have had requests from buyers who do not have printers so in order to better serve my customer base, print patterns are now listed for my Sew Sassy Thread Catcher Pattern, Dreamy Dresden Thread Catcher Pattern and Sew In Style Thread Catcher Pattern.  The price for each is $12.00. First Class postage in the U.S. is $2.60.  Each pattern has a full color front cover with a materials and supply list on the back cover and black and white printed pages. Each pattern comes in a clear zip top bag.  Get 'em while they're hot !