Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Luck of the Irish

Personalized Spring Camera Strap

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Pinks – Greens – Birds – Appliques and Tulle…

Pinks, Greens, Birds, and Appliques have been stuck in my head for weeks.

Maybe it is because I am longing for spring.
Looking out of my Minnesota window spring still seems a long ways away.
Slowly the snow & ice is melting. This week this Cali girl learned all about ice damns. I learned that they can cause water to pour through your roof & down through the garage light socket. I learned that they make really – really long rakes to get snow off of your roof. I also learned that these don’t help very much when the ice is ten inches thick & there is 2 feet of snow on top of the roof. Finally I learned that ice damns are really -really expensive because you have to pay 2 guys hundreds of dollars to come steam your roof for 2 hours.
Well anyways spring is almost here and the snow is melting….. I have been accumulating pinks and greens for weeks and have birds popping up everywhere I look on the internet.

My appliqué projects have been haunting me at the bottom of the piles under all that pink and green tulle/chiffon/organza.

I have gotten some of the pinks and greens out of my head -- Here are the first items in my spring line of camera strap covers.

I just love the two colors together…. 

My daughter created this beautiful vase at school with some of my colors.

Along the way I found this gorgeous new baroque minky.
When I saw it I just had to have it. Even better I found that there is a minky distributor right here down the road. So I can pick it up without even paying shipping…. I really don't like paying for shipping - lots of times I won't buy something on the internet if the shipping is too high!

Here the green minky worked wonderfully with this Amy Butler fabric that I have been holding onto.

As far as the birds and appliqué – I have some grand appliqué plans coming real soon and better yet I get to incorporate them into my daughter’s birthday party too…. It will be so fun! I can not believe that she is turning 9 in a few days… Wow she is getting so grown up! So pinks, greens appliqués & tulle will be buzzing around my sewing machine very soon & knowing me right up until it is party time.

As far as those birds they will have to wait next to some daisies that I am looking for….

Thursday, March 4, 2010

I Put my Engineering Cap On

Before kids I used to be a software engineer  -- it was actually quite rewarding.  Figuring out problems basically in virtual air - that is how I think of computer programming.  I am a puzzle person - you feel accomplishment when the puzzle is complete & it is a bummer when you are missing pieces.

So a customer wanted a lens cap holder for the camera strap - easy enough right.  Except lens caps are the same width as the straps that I make.  I have made wider straps with lens caps but personally I do not like the wider strap - it does not lie as nicely and the strap loses some of its sophistication when it gets wider. So I came up with a solution:

It is wonderful because it slips right on any camera strap cover - so if you have already invested in some straps – not realizing that you needed a lens cap pocket but realize it would have been really nice - whoa la! These will come in basic colors too! Monogrammed with initials to make them pop - I think will make them pretty fun!

It is a dual pocket so you can put your lens cap on one side & memory card/filters or other things on the other side.  Even business cards & credit cards.

I have big plans for it too - some cute spring ideas - so stay tuned!

Find it on my ETSY site: Sew Tamz Designs on Etsy

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

And The Winner is….

Jennifer was one of the hundreds of entries; even one as far away as Greece (isn’t the internet amazing)!

JJ had two entries one for hearting my Etsy Shop and one for choosing a favorite item (hearting it via Etsy).

It is so fun looking at the hearts in my shop and there is a really cool site that gives the info in an easy format. Check out CraftCult.  I think it is a must for anyone running an Etsy Shop.

Thanks so much to everyone that participated!
Your Awesome!!!
I had so much fun reading all your favorites!

I would like to welcome to all the new FaceBook Fans and Etsy Shop Hearts!

Also Thanks for all the sweetness it is very inspiring!