Here is Project #2 of my 30 Days, 30 Gifts series. I am calling these Campy Throw Pillows. I made these specifically for my oldest nephew and his wife. They are a cute fun couple with careers and no children. . . not yet anyway. They have everything they need so it's fun to come up with creative things for them. Earlier this year my nephew purchased a VW Bus to restore and use for "camping". His wife is not so much into the outdoors, so it's kind of funny. I was also kind of jealous because my parents owned one of these when I was a kid and we actually did use it for camping. Lots of great memories there.
Anyway, I came across this idea on Pinterest . . . of course. By the way you can follow Nelson Sewing & Crafts on Pinterest if you really want to see how much my head is swimming with ideas.
Well here we are again! Just a little over 30 days until Christmas! Are you ready? Do you need some fabulous and easy gift ideas to make for family and friends? Last year I promised myself I would not wait until the last minute to get my gift making projects done. Well . . . we all know how that usually turns out and this year is no exception. The only difference is, this year I have a plan of action. Thanks to Pinterest I actually have some gift ideas for my family and friends. I also vowed that if I could not MAKE a gift for someone on my list, they simply wouldn't get a gift. (That would actually be mean but it did motivate me to become creative in my choices.)
Today's blog post is brought to you by the letter B. In my last post about Blogging Terms You Should Know we covered the terms beginning with the letter A. I tried to explain the terms in non geek speak and I hope I was successful. Today we will go over the terms beginning with B.
Blog is the abbreviated version of weblog. A blog is usually a type of website or it is one element of a website. For the most part blogs are maintained and updated by an individual or a group of people. Blogs can come in the form of a personal journal or diary of sorts. I can also be a business blog where the author writes about their business or industry. Blog post entries can be in the form of commentaries, event descriptions, photo journals, how to tutorials, recipes, and the list goes on and on.
Blogger / Blogging:
The blog is the result of the person or group writing it. The person writing the blog post is known as the blogger. And their act of writing the blog post is referred to as blogging.
Just like the earth has an atmosphere the whole community of blogs and bloggers on the global Internet is called the blogosphere. Also known as the blogging world or community.
I always wondered what a blogroll was. A blogroll, sometimes spelled blog-roll or blog roll, is a blogger's list of links to other blogs they also read or support. Ideally your blogroll include blogs that you really like and recommend and share a common interest with your readers. Back in the day you might have seen pages on websites that listed the page owner's favorite sites and resources. This is sort of like that for the blogging world.
That's it for the letter B today readers. Join me next time when the Blogging Terms You Should Know series will be brought to you by the letter C. In the meantime don't forget to subscribe to the NanSews Blog and get instant access to my FREE gift to you for taking the time.
Then I asked myself, "why not find out what the terms really mean?" Then I answered myself, "yes I will look them up on our friend Google." (Anyone, who frequently works as a one person show knows that two sided conversations in your brain or out loud are totally normal.)
Anyway here are some of the common blogging terms you've likely encountered and their definitions. I tried to put them into non geek speak so we can all understand the basics. Oh, by the way don't forget to subscribe to NanSews Blog. There is a subscription box at the left of this post . . . no your other left, the right side column over there
One of my favorite things to do is get distracted by Pinterest. Don't judge, I am willing to bet my favorite pair of scissors that you do the same thing. Two of the boards I created are Attic Sewing Room Inspiration and Organization. I like to look for creative organizing ideas for my studio, which is in our attic. Most of the time I know I would never organize like some of those beautiful studios you see on Pinterest, however, I do get inspired to use what I have available to me. I digress because today's organizing tip did not come from Pinterest. It came from inspiration of Country Living magazine, which my mother-in-law subscribes. I like to peruse the magazine when we are hanging out at her house. It was actually a tip on how to organize all the office supplies in your desk drawer. I just adapted it to my sewing supplies.
Apologies my friends for neglecting this blog for so long. Too many irons in the fire, too many squirrel moments, and too many home projects. There is "sew" little time to sew, much less to blog. I suppose it's my own fault really. A lack of ambition, not knowing how to expand this business and website without going under in the process. I froze up I suppose you could say. At any rate I am back with a plan of action to help build and grow my online business presence. The bonus is I am going teach and help you grow your online business too.
Just so you know I am still in the learning phase of this whole process so you will have to bear with me as we learn together. If you are interested in subscribing to this blog so you can automatically get the "goods" and updates of our progress please fill in your name and email below and click on the "sign up" button. Once you do that you will get a free gift from me. It's a tutorial pattern for making a quilt I call "The Irish Nine". Don't forget to continue reading the rest of this post too.
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When I started this stash busting mission my intent was to just use up the enormous amount of fabric scraps I have been schlepping around for the last hundred years (okay maybe only 15 or so) still its a lot of fabric. My second intent was to have quilt tops ready to practice on when my mom meets her goal of purchasing a long arm quilting machine later this year. We call it the "new car" because she is going to be able to get it after she pays off her car this summer. Plus they practically cost as much as new car.
My day job is a secretary at my church. I mention this because I LOVE THIS JOB! I get exposed to God's word every single day. I also take my turn operating the PowerPoint worship slides at Sunday worship. Our pastor is going to really hit on the theme of prayer, study and mission in 2015. I am really excited about this theme because it is a pretty specific call to action.
So, anyway, the last Sunday in December it was my turn to operate the slides and the sermon was titled the Power of Right Prayer. When he was giving the congregational prayer he was making specific mentions of how our prayers can be powerful in helping support the missions we contribute to each month. One of those missions we support is a local one called Midwest Christian Services, which is a home for boys. Many of them end up in foster care, some return to their homes, and others grow up in the MCS home. The staff brings the boys to our church each Sunday and we have a couple of leading men in our church teach Sunday school to them. My husband and I like to teach them archery at some of their monthly birthday parties. They love it!
Now here is the other side of the story (I promise I will get to the point). I belong to Facebook group call Quilt Along with Pat Sloan. There are something like 36,000 members! I like it when everyone shares pictures of their projects. As you might imagine many of the members where sharing photos of quilts they gave to family and friends as Christmas gifts. Keepsakes, that those people will treasure for many and I mean many years to come. Stay with me now I am going back to church.
So here I am listening to the prayer and he mentions the boys home and bang it hits. I am going to make each and everyone of those boys in that home a keepsake quilt for Christmas this year. What an idea right? No matter where they go or end up they will have this blanket of comfort that is only theirs and no one elses. A reminder of God's love for them, their time with us at our church and a huge reminder that there are people in this world that care and love them no matter the circumstances. I was so excited I almost stopped turning the slides for the communion song we were now singing because I wanted to send my mom a text, she was visiting at my sister's house. When the sermon finally started I sent her the the text. "25 quilts....thats the goal by next Christmas"
What does this mean for me? Well it means I better get busy because 25 quilts to make in a year is whole lotta quilts.
You can follow along on the progress on my Facebook Page and join the group I created on Facebook as well, Quilts for Christmas.
Wish me luck!
Pinterest does not help me either. There are way too many ideas and fun projects and not nearly enough time. Guess this weekend will be relegated to finishing up customer projects, making a family Christmas list and start tackling one project at a time. That is, of course all while doing laundry, finishing up a cookbook I am working on, and making meals. Any volunteers for the laundry and cooking? I thought not.
I will likely raid my UFO box for some gifts to finish. In case you don't know UFO's are UnFinished Objects. I have a whole tote full and then some. Probably some good stuff in there somewhere. Otherwise I am going to keep it pretty simple this year since I am obviously running out of time. Alas, maybe next year I will get it all together. Maybe I will do a post listing the thousand and one excuses why don't get it all together in 2015.
What gifts are you making this year? Share in the comments while you take a quick break...
November marks the month for celebrating Thanksgiving. Getting together with family and friends and sharing a meal. Being thankful for the blessings we share with each other. Although I thoroughly enjoy the occasion there is something far more important that I am thankful.
November also marks the month when we honor our military veterans for their service to our country. My dad was a veteran. I say was, because in 2001 we lost him to his battle with cancer. My dad chose the army for his career and for 22 years he served this country.
Military life afforded us opportunities that most people would never see or do in their lifetime. We lived and spent time in other countries and in various states across the United States. We lived in eight different places by the time I was 15 years old, moving three times when I was in the fourth grade. To my sister and I, it never seemed like a sacrifice because we were basically born into it, being only infants when he joined. To us every move was an adventure. My dad never regretted his time in the army. He was proud to serve this country and we are honored that he chose to serve.
His sacrifice wasn't on a battlefield while serving during the Vietnam era. He was a mechanic, he fixed and maintained military equipment, everything from jeeps to tanks. His sacrifice, like many military men and women today, was made in the form of time away from family. He spent time in the field for maneuvers at 30 day stretches, temporary duty posts for six months at a time, and going to Korea for an 18 month post. We missed him terribly but I know it was much harder on him. We at least had each other, he had a telephone and paper and pen, internet was non-existent at that time. What he and we lost in time, however, was made up for in quality.
We have so many stories of our life as a military family. It's rich with love, support, trials, and some really tough times. It shaped us to be givers, to be independent, to be strong in adversity, to value our own families, to make our home where ever it landed us, and to value others who have and are bravely serving our nation.
I want to thank my dad. I thank all the military veterans of the United States of America. I want thank all the current military men and women serving our nation. I want to thank the families of past and present military men and women. Your sacrifices both of time away from your families and of your lives in the line of duty are not forgotten or unoticed by me and my house. May God bless and keep you all. Thank you.
There are many advantages and disadvantages to owning any business. It is no different in the sewing industry. However, I am slightly biased when it comes to owning a sewing business. In my humble opinion the advantages far out weigh the disadvantages. Keep in mind that these advantages come from my experience in my specific sewing area, which is alterations, repairs and mending. They may or may not apply to your specific area of interest. It also applies to conducting a sewing business in your home. I have conducted my business in both my home and in a rented space, but that is an entirely different article for another day.