Cards

I love making cards!

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The outside, with a spoon!
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The inside – with Hot Cocoa!
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A (perhaps not appropriate for June) card for a friend

Just give me a little bit of paper (or a lot), stamps, dye-cuts, punchers, ink, embossing stuff, and (probably) caffeine, and I will go mad in a fury of creation! It also helps if I set myself on an interesting inspiration path (or else I might not be as original as I want…).

Card making is one of those things that I have always loved to do, and always thought I could do as a business. This idea has never taken off. But, thanks to my lovely friend Leslie, I have a few serious attempts at the art of the greeting card on my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheRaisinFairy.

Right now, I’m highlighting my handsome line of Father’s Day cards.

A handyman card
A handyman card
For the maritime explorer
For the maritime explorer
Deer in a mountain setting - one of my favorites!
Deer in a mountain setting – one of my favorites!

I also have some have cards for download and printing – better for only a couple of days before Father’s Day!

A fisherman
A fisherman

Western

Cards are too much fun! I love the elegance and beauty that they can have – they are works of art! And I hope that these (and whatever others I simply have to do) give others the pleasure I have in making them.

Ribbons on Our Streets

These ribbons are tied all along the procession route
These ribbons are tied all along the procession route

This last Thursday was the funeral for Gregg “Nigel” Benner, the first police officer in the history of our young city to be killed in the line of duty. It was a terrible tragedy. Officer Benner lost his life on Memorial Day, a dreadful irony; and our city is so young that everything seemed to work together in smooth humdrum bureaucracy, and has now grown up, as our pastor said.

A flag adorns a cherry picker along the procession route
A flag adorns a cherry picker along the procession route

The community in our young, humdrum city has come together in our shock. They say we’re tight-knit. It’s funny that a city this size can be tight-knit!

Here is the memorial, that grew quickly to overflowing.
Here is the memorial, that grew quickly to overflowing.

There was a procession after the funeral, with everyone encouraged to line the streets and “Stand up for Officer Benner.” Apparently the turnout was pretty large – which it seemed to be from where I was standing!

The motorcycle cops at the head of the procession
The motorcycle cops at the head of the procession

Procession Stand The Procession

We even got to help out a little, my sister-collaborators and I! The reception for the family and the law enforcement officer in attendance (in their fine dress uniforms) was held at our church, and we volunteered to help serve. I love the background perspective, so here are a few behind-the-scenes views:

From inside the kitchen. The food on the left was generously donated by Olive Garden
From inside the kitchen. The food on the left was generously donated by Olive Garden
Hannah, in charge of coffee, near the iced tea, which received rave reviews (it was a hot day!)
Hannah, in charge of coffee, near the iced tea, which received rave reviews (it was a hot day!)
The buffet tables, prepared and waiting. We got pizza before everyone else arrived, donated by Sal-E-Boys and Dion's (two excellent local pizza chains). There was also Chick-fil-A, but that came later.
The buffet tables, prepared and waiting. We got pizza before everyone else arrived, donated by Sal-E-Boys and Dion’s (two excellent local pizza chains). There was also Chick-fil-A, but that came later.
The sanctuary, turned into a dining hall.
The sanctuary, turned into a dining hall.
The diners, served by high school football team members.
The diners, served by high school football team members.

It was wonderful to come and serve, even though I didn’t feel like I did that much. We have an excellent police force in our city. It was good to acknowledge that, and to do something in memory and honor of Officer Benner.

Garden Pockets on Etsy!

Well, I’ve got up another listing up on Etsy! They’re 7 small bags for seed packets or whatever you want to use them for. I wish I could say exactly what these could be used for, but you know bags- they’re diverse! I first discovered it could be used for holding CDs, then a book or two, then sewing accessories, so apparently the list goes on!

the fabric I got for my birthday, a gift from my lovely sister Abby, to make a purse out of it for myself. There was supposed to be enough to do another bag or two for Etsy, but that didn’t happen. So I got 7 small, stackable bags out of it instead.

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I know, 7 is an odd number. It’s as many of these cute pictures I could manage evenly, though. They are to be sold in pairs, and then there will be, for some happy person, one extra bag, sold at the same price. And I will also add some seed packets for an extra $3, if I’m selling it to someone living here in New Mexico.

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I decided to put these in the category of Home and Living, rather than bags and purses. After that, I put it into the section for gardening tools.

Here’s the last two versions of the bags. Please take a look on my Etsy shop!

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Ribbon’s in her hair

Recently Sarah made this adorable shirt with about a yard of red rayon (she and I are totally in love with this drapey, soft fabric).

You can't see much of the shirt here (apparently I didn't take any really good shots of the shirt) but you can get the general idea
You can’t see much of the shirt here, but it’s kind of a simple, baby doll style blouse

She wanted this morning to have her hair braided, and I weaved a ribbon into the strands. I took some pictures to show one of my first efforts with ribbon braiding…

Lovely sister Sarah
Lovely sister Sarah

…not exactly how I was hoping it would go, but I’m still learning the art, and my sister always looks really cute and sweet whatever hairstyle she has!

Sarah

Soon I will figure out some more ribbon hairstyles to try out, and I’d love to hear (or see) any ideas that you, my readers, can send my way!

Polka-dot Creations

I’m still getting used to making bags. I am comfortable with it and I have fun making bags, but it’s tricky trying to figure out how many bags I can get out of just one yard of fabric.

I found about two yards of canvas-type navy blue fabric, which will be the front and back and handles of  five tote style bags, while some similar pink fabric will be the sides and bottoms. However, I needed to get (not get out of our collection) some fabric to line the bags, so I got three yards of pink polka-dot fabric to make for lining. Long and short of it is, I could have gotten about two yards of it, and I have leftovers.

I love the fabric. It’s pink. It’s polka-dot. I could easily squeeze in a shirt, possibly a skirt or maybe even a vest, any of which would be cute!

Or I could be practical and make some adorable little bags for make-up, or flowers for hair or decoration, or possible doll clothes or absolutely wonderful headbands to sell on Etsy.

So I’ll let the fabric sit for the time being and think what it would best make. I invite everyone to tell me what you think I should do with this fabric!

Come on- I know there are some fabric-lovers reading this, imagining what you would do if you had this beautiful fabric. Believe me, if I could have, I would have gotten about ten yards of it and done all of the things I’m coming up with!

It's like strawberry ice cream with snowflakes on top!
It’s like strawberry ice cream with snowflakes on top!