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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Etsy Favorites: Harry Potter Style

Over the last year I’ve been listening to the Harry Potter books on audio. I’ve read all of the books multiple times, but this is my first time listening my way through the series.

To say that I love this series is an understatement.

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Throwback to the midnight release at Barnes and Noble when I got the 7th book.

Anyway, I’m currently listening to the last book in the series and I’m on a bit of a Harry Potter kick. Here are a few of my favorite Harry Potter items I’ve found on Etsy:

 

Flying Snitch Locket, Shiny Gold with Silver Wings

There are a lot of Golden Snitch jewelry options out there, but I like this locket option from Pretty Little Charms UK the best. You’ll find other items for your favorite fiction series at this shop too.

 

 

I’m loving the creative take of the Harry Potter vintage travel poster from 716 designs. Now, to convince my husband that we need to have a Harry Potter themed home.

 

 

Harry Potter Bracelet - When in Doubt Go To the Library - Hermione Bracelet - Hand Stamped Cuff Bracelet

This “When in doubt, go to the library” bracelet from Spiffing Jewelry says it all.

 

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What I love about this necklace is that at first glance it could pull off as a cute little piece that would stand on it’s own, but upon closer inspection you get the “Wingardium Leviosa” spell and a happy connection with Potter fans everywhere. Find other elegant pieces from Dreams by the Sea.

 

 

Dumbledore 'One can never have enough socks.' Harry Potter Necklace, Harry Potter Jewelry

Socks are my favorite article of clothing (even though I don’t get to wear them as much as I want living in Florida) and I couldn’t agree more with Dumbledore’s statement. Find this necklace and similar others at Beneath Glass.

Keeping all the stuff in check: Organization

Often we (I) get in this trap of thinking, if only I had one more room in my home, one more day to a weekend, one more hour in day, then all my problems would be solved. The unfortunate reality is that once we have that one more thing, we’re left wanting something else.

Would it be great if I had a whole room where I could keep my sewing machine up and  have a Pinterest worthy organizational display? Yeah, sure I would love that, but the fact is that isn’t my current reality, and the more I think about it, the more I realize that I don’t need all that space.

Want to see a picture of my Etsy shop?

 

Here it is:

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No, not every single thing I need fits in here, but most of the day to day tools and materials I use are easily stowed here, right in this chest in the living room.

Insiders view:

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Nope, the sewing machine is not out all the time, but all I have to do is walk it about 7 steps over to my desk to get to work.

My secret weapon for some of this organization is the dollar store. Selections often vary, but usually I can find storage containers for exactly what I need.

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When I get new fabrics I like to first wash them, and then press and cut them to size. My cut fabrics then hang out in these containers so when I’m ready to sew, I can get started quickly.

My favorite organizational feat so far has been this basket:

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I keep whatever current project I’m working on in here. As you can see, I’m making more of the cute bike wristlets, so I’ve got all the pins, scissors, and cut materials in there. When I’m ready to get to work I only need to pull out the sewing machine, this basket and I’m all set.

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There are a few other spots in the apartment where I keep items that are not used on a daily basis. See that green bin towards the left on the shelf? That’s where all the scrap fabric goes. I’ve also got a bolt of interfacing and a bit left of a bolt of tan fabric, those are tall and thin to store on a closet shelf, and I don’t buy too much fabric ahead of time, so that’s not a big concern for storage.

Bonus feature:

I’m guessing that most Etsy shop owners have more than one DIY interest, so aside from the shop there a few other things to keep track of.

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I have a few paper crafting/stamping supplies, and they easily fit on the bottom of my book shelf. It’s starting to get a little crowded, but for now it works.

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And finally, one of my first handmade fascinations was knitting. As any knitter who has made more than two projects knows, it’s pretty easy to accumulate excess yarn. The solution here was to buy a basket. Initially, I had lots of yarn tucked away in plastic bags and I hardly touched it. New rule: I was allowed to get a basket and whatever could fit in the basket could stay. Obviously not everyone has to follow my plan, but this helped keep potential excess in check. Extra yarn was donated.

My favorite way to limit excess is to have a set amount of space for stuff and then decide whatever doesn’t fit in that specific box or on a certain shelf is something I don’t need.

How do you stay organized? Any good tips on deciding what to keep or purge when all the stuff starts getting out of hand?

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.

Three Questions, and my first Giveaway

Note: This giveaway has now passed.

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1. What is tan, orange, and rectangular?

2. What has the perfect style for casual use, but is classy enough for a fun night out?

3. What will hold all of your essentials like phone, cards, and cash?

If you answered, the Bobbin & Co. Orange Damask Wristlet to any of these questions, you are correct!

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I absolutely love the bright, beautiful design of this wristlet, it adds a fun pop to any outfit and slips easily into a work bag or large purse. Don’t forget- the inside has pockets for your cash and cards and it’s in a cute, contrasting fabric.

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I’m very excited to give away one of my handmade Bobbin and Co. wristlets to one person who leaves a comment on this post.

To enter: Answer one (or all 3!) of the following questions in the comments:

a. What is your favorite meal to cook at home?

b. Where did you travel this summer?

c. What is your favorite color?

You have until midnight on Thursday August 14th to comment. I’ll notify the winner by email on Friday. Giveaway is limited to US residents only. Good luck!

Giveaway has now past, see you next time!

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Open for Business

Hey there friends! Bobbin and Company is now officially open for business!

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I’m pleased to introduce you to my handmade Etsy shop. Right now I’ve got 4 different wristlets in stock, these are so practical and I have loved using mine for the past several months. Each wristlet is large enough to hold all of your essentials like cards, cash, phone, and a pen.

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For me, it has been really useful to have a wristlet to stick in my work bag when I don’t want to carry around a large bag and a purse all day. When the work day is done I can just grab my wristlet and it has everything I need.

I am very excited that the shop has opened, I know there are only a few items right now but this whole process has been months in the making with lots of business learning along the way. Take a look at my shop and see if there is anything you like. Keep checking back, I’ve got many more ideas up my sleeve.

Boring, yet strangely fascinating…plus my anticipated opening day

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This week has been a productive one in terms of getting my little shop started, but it’s the boring stuff. The time spent designing new items, picking out fabrics, and endlessly watching episodes of shows while cutting a bolt of interfacing is fun, but it’s only about half of what I need to be doing.

Earlier in the week I have done a lot of the business registration stuff. Hello state of Florida, I am here! And I’ve ordered supplies, like envelopes and business cards so I can actually ship items around the country, and eventually, the WORLD. (Optional evil laugh here). All of that business-y stuff isn’t why I am starting an Etsy shop, but I’m finding learning the business side of things to be so interesting.

Everything from product photography, to promotional techniques, to keeping accurate records involves a skill of it’s own. Hats off to all small (and large!) business owners out there, you’ve got so much to keep track of. If I gain nothing else from this experience, at the very least I will have gained an appreciation of what it takes to run a business.

A lot of this business stuff has been taken care of and my goal date for opening Bobbin and Company is July 1.

That is so soon. Less than two weeks from now. There is still a lot to do, the list is daunting, but having a goal date is so motivational. No more kidding around here, this is happening.

Expect more pictures and updates soon. I can’t wait to share what I’ve got up my sleeve! For a little preview check out my instagram account @bobbinandco