Saturday projects

Ok, so I found an event that is being held in downtown Lake Worth on March 22nd that is raising money for an animal rescue group. I want to be there and I have been looking for projects that will be easy to do for humans and their furry kids. I had made snap on bandannas previously for dogs as give aways. I saw a few pictures of 2 of them and they were cute. I just needed something much easier to make that i can make with plain fabric (means less expensive item) and then I can also do them embroidered (more expensive item). I have found several tutorials on making bandannas that slide onto the collar and will try this out today for my girl Elly. I also thought about a Poo Pouch, yes I said it!!! Poo Pouch!

There are a lot of neighborhoods here in south Florida that require you to pick up the poo when you are walking your pooch. I see people carrying the little (or big) plastic bags that you pick it up with and then throw it in the trash when you get home or to a trash can or whatever. So I thought about a Poo Pouch that is made from fabric, sort of like the dice pouches I make but not as fancy. You can stash the plastic bags in there and when you pick up the poo you can just tie the plastic bag and drop it back into this pouch until you can throw it away. This way if someone sees you walking your pooch they think you are just carrying a pouch for your keys or phone or what ever. Humm maybe a potpourri poo pouch so you smell good while carrying it.

Random thoughts floating in my head.

Staying for a while

I am still trying to figure this whole blogging process out. I see things all the time that I want to make and I wish there were more hours in a day sometimes. And on these days I will sit and sew to my heart’s content but then there are days that I don’t go near my machines even though I have the time. Not sure why, I think maybe it’s because i can’t figure out WHAT to make. But I have made things that I still have years later but they were not intended for me to keep. I would make them to sell, if it didn’t I would keep it. I suppose I could give more things to people which is what I have been doing the past few years…….. Since i started making my pouch pockets, they are easy to give away I suppose because my sisters enjoy them. Or the pillows I made for my daughter Patricia, I made each one with her in mind and then I couldn’t wait to send them to her.

I talk about things as I am working on them, but I don’t share photos till the person has received what I have been making for them. Sometimes the suspense is crazy and other times it is just “BTW here are the pictures”. I have always liked to take pictures but for some reason I can’t seem to take a great picture of my work. I take pictures but to me they just sometimes don’t look good. I do need to practice this aspect I suppose if I am going to make a go of this whole blogging/store/sewing thing.

So for now I will stay on WordPress but with the free package, after I have it figured out then I can upgrade.

Some of the pillows....

Some of the pillows….

should I stay or should I go

Not sure about blogs or how they work. How often do you post something or what do you post? These would be my questions. I have only been on WordPress a few days. I am still trying to decide whether I should stay or go. I think it would combine two of my favorite hobbies into one. I love to write and I love to sew. I don’t have a fancy sewing room to show off, but I do have a lot of sewing stuff.

My sisters keep threatening to report me as a hoarder but they can’t do that because it isn’t affecting my health or my ability to live in my house. Or I should say my apartment. You see, I have a 2 bedroom place, my son has 1 bedroom and me the second one. I moved here by myself, well me and my dog Elly. So the bigger of the 2 bedrooms was the sewing room. Makes sense right? Well my son wanted to come and live with me, I was fine with that. I love my kids and if they need a place to live then they will share my roof.

So this leads me to my sewing room that was in the bigger bedroom. I had moved in in October 2010, in January 2011 my son who was 20 at the time decided he wanted to come here to live and I said yes!!!! We shuffled things around a bit and put the sleeper sofa (a small one) in the sewing room so he would have a bed. I already had a desk and dresser in the room that were being used for sewing machines and fabrics and such. he used them and settled in. But of course Mom couldn’t sew because now there was no room.But that was fine. I knew he enjoyed being here and I also enjoyed it. Elly was out of this world happy that he was here.

So a year passes by and I am starting to miss my sewing room. But a year after moving here my son ruptured his spleen and nearly bled to death. Thankfully his friend got him to the emergency room and he was rushed into surgery. He survived the ordeal and had to start his life over. He really could have died that day. So we bring him home to recuperate after a week in the hospital. We had a friend that came over while I was at work to stay with him. he made a full recovery and went back to work.

Meanwhile he is still in my sewing room and I had to figure out how to do this. Obvious solution was to get rid of my living room. So the changes began, he and I switched bedrooms, that way since I had the bigger bed, bigger desk, dresser, I got the bigger room. My desk had been set up in the living room but if I was going to do this I had to do it the right way. I don’t have a living room now. It made a great sewing room. I had done this once before at another apartment but the second bedroom was my living room.

So should I stay or should I go? Should I live or should I sew? Well I get to do both and I know my son will not be with me forever, but I think my sewing room will stay in the living room. Whenever my son has company over the girls always see what I am up to so it is turning into a great sales tactic. Maybe I will stay?

Hello World

Well they say a girl has gotta branch out and that is what I am doing. I started http://www.facebook.com/StringsfromtheHeart several years ago. I then started http://www.stringsfromtheheart.storenvy.com in order to have a store for my embroidered fabric items. And now here I am on WordPress at http://www.stringsfromtheheart.wordpress.com

I want to own Strings from the Heart!!! When you search on Google or Bing or anything I want it to be my pages that come up for Strings from the Heart!

I have been sewing for almost 50 years, yes since I was a small child and my mother had to thread my needle for me! As my children were born they wore a lot of clothes made by me. As I gained nieces they were given dresses made by me. One year I even made Barbie doll clothes for all of the little girls in the family. (Wonder how many of them still have those tiny clothes)

When I started Strings from the Heart the name came naturally, everything I make is from the heart, even if it is made for a stranger. I first started making what I call “pouch pockets”, it is a 5 x 7ish pouch that will hold your cell phone, car keys and has a pocket for a credit card, an ID and folded up cash if you want to stash that also. I make these with a shoulder strap or a wrist strap. This pouch was really popular and I was making and selling them left and right.

I then designed a smaller version of this pouch that the managers of the store that my sister works at all carry. It will hold 2 phones, their keys and the credit card, cash & ID. I put a ring on the bottom of some of those so they can conveniently carry their register keys. These are made with shoulder straps for an easy carry. My sis asked for one and the design became popular at her store, now most of the women carry them. I worked with my sis by sending a picture of the embroidery before I did it. That way if she said bird she could choose from a lot of different ones. Then she would tell me the colors to use.

I went on to making messenger bags and had a woman order one for herself that was custom made, I was either texting, talking or emailing her at all times so she had input on the design all the way from beginning to end. She then ordered 2 more made especially for her daughters in law.

I just completed a set of pillows for my daughter and her fiancee. I had bought a new embroidery machine and decided to make the custom pillows for her. She got those yesterday and says that she loves them!!!!

So if you want something special for yourself or someone else then just ask. I also enjoy making baby clothes and have made Christening gowns in the past. Now I can embroider a gown with the baby’s name and birth date to make it special for the person receiving this as a gift.

I will answer questions and if I cannot make something you ask for I will tell you. I might be able to refer you to someone that does or will make the item. I have access to over 10,000 embroidery designs and get new ones every day. So if you see something I have embroidered on a bag and you want it on a pillow, just ask. If you see it on black fabric and want it on pink, just ask. I might have to adjust thread colors for fabrics but I can do that. If you see yellow roses and want pink ones, just ask. I can use the same design and just change the thread colors.