The Holiday After Groundhog Day

I think we all know what’s coming up, that holiday all about love. It seems like every year there is always some controversy and about Valentine’s Day. I’ve heard people who are single saying they feel left out and people in relationships say things like, “We should celebrate love every day!”

While I don’t disagree with celebrating love every day, I also think we should be thankful every day, but no one seems to have an issue with Thanksgiving. We should probably be doing a lot more things every day. And while I’m not against Valentine’s Day I don’t do anything huge to celebrate either. Last year David make a special breakfast before work, and in the evening I made a nicer-ish dinner. I used my pink and red fiesta-ware plates and we called it a day. Before David and I were dating my mom took pretty good care of me with care packages in college and a little gift in the morning growing up. So, my Valentine’s experiences haven’t been rough.

I’ve enjoyed looking through some of the funny Valentine’s Cards that Etsy has and I’m sure you’ll find them funny no matter which side you fall on the debate.

Funny Valentine Card - Valentine's Day Card - I Still Love You

From Roo and Bear

Discount Chocolate Day Anti Valentines Day Card with Envelope blank inside

From Buck and Libby

If you are into gifting for Valentine’s Day or you just want to treat yourself to something special, check out this wristlet from Bobbin and Co. 

Red Wristlet with Music and Swirls- Clutch/Wallet/Zipper Closure

The red swirls make a bright, pretty outside

And there is a music-note inside. And a bonus- if you give this to a music lover, they can play the music inside. Ha!

I first made a set of these wristlets for my friend Gina’s wedding (take a look at her brand new blog Mrs. Dessert Monster). I had a little leftover fabric when I was finished with her order, and was happy to put a few extra together for the shop.

Happy Friday, Happy Valentine’s Day next week, or Happy Anti-Valentine’s. What are your thoughts? Love the holiday or love? Hate it? No real opinion? Let me know in the comments.

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Thank you, Heifer Donation, and Goals

Hey Readers, what’s going on?

My blog has gotten a little dusty as of late, and it is high time that I check in again.

First things first: A big thank you to everyone who supported Bobbin and Co. over the Christmas season. Whether you purchased an item or told me something in the shop was cute, I appreciate you. I was kept busy in December packaging orders and making runs to the post office several days a week, I loved it!

In addition to a good number of sales during the season I was also doing a Heifer International promotion. 15% of the retail value of all of my November and December sales went towards Heifer International. I spent one summer in college volunteering with Heifer International, and agriculture development projects are near and dear to my heart.

I’m pleased to say, that thanks to you, the shop raised $100 to donate. We were just shy of the amount needed for a goat donation, but we were able to purchase the gift of rabbits, honeybees, and 1 share of a goat.

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Photo courtesy of Heifer International

And now we’re on to another new year. I’m not one to set a lot of resolutions per se, but I am big into setting goals and working for them. I suppose its almost the same thing, I just prefer the word goal to resolution.

I’ve got some goals and ideas for the shop and I would love to hear your input.

1. Develop at least 3 new items. Some ideas floating around my head right now are: a large weekender style bag, a new men’s item (grilling apron?), and something else that uses bright, pretty fabrics.

2. Restock my shop. I’m out of the mini-makeup bags and a few of the men’s bag colors. I want to re-up the full inventory, and add lots of different color and pattern options for my existing items.

3. Participate in a craft show. I think I’d like to do this around the 2015 holiday season, I will spend time looking through the options around here and then decide if it is feasible for me.

What are some other goals that you have for 2015? Is there anything you would like to see from Bobbin and Co. this year?

What I’m into

Linking up for the first time with Leigh Kramer’s What I’m Into series

Running: I’m training for a 5k and each week my runs get a little longer. I’m one of those people who feels like they are being tortured during the actual run, but at the end there is a huge feeling of accomplishment. Which brings me to my next point…

Dry Shampoo: Still trying to form opinions about this one. Last time I got my haircut I was told I should wash my hair less often. As someone who works out 4-5 times a week this isn’t exactly an option. She suggested a dry shampoo for workout days that weren’t quite as strenuous. I have mixed feelings.

Fabric: I’m addicted and want to buy more. I’ve told myself that I’ve already purchased everything I’ll use for items to be sold around Christmas, but when I get a positive response about items I’m planning it’s hard to not buy more to prepare.

English Muffins: Breakfast of choice for the last two weeks.

TV: Walking Dead Season 4 and the Final Season of How I Met Your Mother are finally on Netflix. Yes, I’m a season behind. No, don’t tell me what happened.

College Football: Still cheering for the Hokies, but since Texas A&M and University of Florida are also on my radar, so far at least one of my teams wins every weekend. We’ve also had a standing date to watch football with friends most Saturdays, and that has been fun to look forward to.

Knitting (a little): In college I knit a ton. Then I moved to Texas, then Florida. Knitting is not quite so appealing in warmer weather so my needles have been on a break. I’m working on a little infinity scarf that I’ll probably add to the shop when I finish. This won’t be a regular shop item, but it’s been fun to pick up the yarn again.

Following directions: My food processor bowl has a Max Liquid Fill line. I ignored this over the weekend to my detriment. Never again will I blow off suggestions from my kitchen appliances.

4 Ways to Gift the Mini-Makeup Bag

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The more of these mini-makeup pouches I make the more I am loving them.

Initially, these pouches seemed like a perfect complementary item for my larger makeup bags. They are a simple one layer that matches the inner oilcloth of their larger counterparts and they are great for organizing a few smaller items within the bigger bag.

However, the more I look at these bags, the more I realize that they really can stand on their own.

The tiny bags are perfect for gifting, here are a few of my ideas:

 

The Traveler

For your favorite lady always ready to trot around the globe, think about gifting some travel sized items in this bag. You really can get travel sized shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, a little bar of soap, and maybe even a travel toothbrush inside.

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A Quick Thank-You

When you want to show a little appreciation for someone who helped you with a special favor, fill this bag with a few small pieces of their favorite chocolate or a selection of tea and add a little note expressing your thanks.

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Teacher 

Fill the bag with post-its, funny paper clips, or some mini-highlighters as a holiday gift for your child’s favorite teacher.

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Gift Card Holder

These bags are the ideal size for a holding a gift card. Pair it with a small bottle of nail polish, a little necklace, or whatever little touch your friend might enjoy.

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What else would you put in these cute little bags?

Favorites on Etsy

Here is a little collection of a few of my favorite things I’ve found on Etsy lately.

From Bindhi and Brutus

Tiny Gold Farfelle Pasta Pendant Necklace on Delicate 14-16" Gold Filled Chain - Gift for Her, Valentine, Just Because

How could you not smile at this pasta necklace?

They also have a beautiful collection of scarves. This pink one caught my eye.

From Marolsha:

Bakers Necklace. Measuring Spoon, Silver Miniature Baking Tray Muffin Necklace. Gifts for Chef. Little Baker. Cupcake Lover. Mother Day Gift

Apparently I’m really into food necklaces right now. This baking one is too perfect.

And finally, from 716Designs:

20% Off SALE Lord of The Rings Inspired Hobbit Diet Typography Poster, Lord of the Rings Wall Art, Modern Home Decor, Wall Art

This word art outlining a hobbit’s meal plan would be an ideal kitchen decoration.

 

In the Works

I’m diligently working on new items to add to Bobbin and Co. and here are a few things I’ve been thinking:

Over the weekend I tried out a new design for a make-up/ travel bag for women. I’m thinking something like this…

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The design came out really well. The bag will come with me for a test run while I’m traveling this week to see how it holds up in use. It would still be several weeks before this item would potentially be available, I’d have to order and prep fabrics, and sew up some bags. Now is your chance, any fabric colors or designs you would like to see this bag in?

Next on the list is Christmas stockings, I found this fabric a couple weeks ago:

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The design immediately brings to mind the scene in the Charlie Brown Christmas special where Charlie Brown finds his tree among all the other flashy Christmas trees. Since the Charlie Brown Christmas special is one of my favorites to watch during the holidays, anything that brings it to mind gets an A+ in my book.

And finally, I’m thinking about a men’s travel case. A classy and simple leather toiletry/shaving/whatever-you-call-it case would be ideal.

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I’ve never worked with leather, so that’s still a ways down the road. Maybe I’ll start with some sort of canvas material? Suggestions welcome.

What else would you like to see in the shop? I’d love to hear your ideas.

A Dog, a Game, and YA Lit

Today I’m linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for her monthly Twitterature. If you are looking for some new book recommendations check out her post and click on other links, there is always a great assortment of books reviewed.

Here is what I’ve been reading over the last month-ish:

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

This was the book club pick for the month. The style was creative with lots of diagrams included, and the first person narrative from an autistic boy was intriguing, but this book really wasn’t my favorite. Maybe it’s the sad undertones, or maybe the style just wasn’t for me. Well done, but not my taste.

 

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

For E&P I listened to the audio (which was great by the way). This was one of those books that made me want to drive, just so I could listen to it. The story definitely kept my attention, my only complaint is that I didn’t completely love the ending.

 

A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Companion Cookbook (for A Game of Thrones) by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer

In the last few months the Game of Thrones bandwagon has swept me up. Of coarse, when I heard there was an associated cookbook, I had to grab it from the library. Each recipe quotes the passage of the book the meal was inspired from, and includes excerpts from real medieval recipes. The authors (who also write a Game of Thrones food blog) translated those recipes to something we can make with tools and ingredients commonly found today. My recommendation: try the Sweetcorn Fritters (pg.123)  and Modern Cheese-and-Onion Pie (pg. 145).

My reading time has been a little sparse lately with lots of summer travel and finally getting my Etsy shop open, what should I look to read next?