Crafting Newletter

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Mar 31, 2011

MISS TANAKA GIVEAWAY

First the history of the Tanaka. Then the GiveAway Rules are below...
Good Luck!!

Legend says Miss Tanaka is a dragonfly found on mountain rainforest's of southern Brazil. It has iridescent golden wings, a bright blue tummy, and it likes to hop from plant to plant on small ponds, just as the sun is getting warm and the water lily flowers begin to open. Legend also says all the other bugs of the forest fall in love with it. To help Miss Tanaka take flight, press it down against a smooth, clean surface until the suction cup on the bottom grabs on. Wait a few seconds, and, as the suction cup releases, Miss Tanaka flies off to another place. Please make sure you stay away from Miss TanakaÕs flight path as it hops. Keep in mind Miss TanakaÕs wings are quite delicate.

Now the Prize
 (which is ready to be shipped once Winner is Picked)

MISS TANAKA (value $7.99)


WARNING: Chocking Hazard - small parts!
 NOT for Children Under 3 Years 

 Details- Giveaway ends on April 8, 2011 at 9 pm PST. Winner will be chosen by Jorge and will be videoed and placed on Blog - April 11th for the entire world to see. Winner will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn. Please make SURE you leave your email in your comments or have it on your profile. Open only to residents of the US age 18 and over.



Mandatory First Entry- Whenever you Twitter/”Like”/Link my Blog to Yours be sure to leave a comment with your email address – no more than 2 twitters a day.
As this is how you are enter into my giveaway.

Follow me on Twitter. Leave your twitter name.
I will verify and disqualify winner if they are not following.

Bonus Entries (after mandatory entry) AGAIN be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry.
Good luck.

2 entries- For Linking my Blog to Your Blog and post on your blog address along with your email in the comment (Blog Links will be checked and disqualify if not linked)

1 entry- “ Like “ Crafts Done While RVing on FaceBook. Write on the Fan Page "BUGGER"

1 entry- Twitter this contest no more then twice a day Twitter - MrsCraftyRVing.
 Leave your twitter name. ( I will verify and disqualify winner if they are not following).

1 entry- Subscribe to my feed via e-mail or RSS

1 entry- Sharing this contest link on your FaceBook


This is about FUN... Please be sure to Follow this Blog for future GiveAways..
Good Luck and Have some Fun with this...






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Mar 30, 2011

Freezer Bag vs My Yarn

Freezer Bag vs My Yarn

I needed my yarn stash today. Uggg I found it at the bottom of my bin (one of my many bins). And the best part is that, all of my yarn stash was still placed in the freezer bag. Clean, neat and not tangled in any form.

LOL so now your know the secret to my stash. You see I use my yarn stash for many reasons. These days it's all about the flowers. Poor boy heads are being so ignored by my crocheting skills. I need to change this. I need to figure out what I could make that is so boyish and slap it on a hat... Help!!


While my husband is driving the RV - I use this plastic bin (you know the one that those cheap cheese balls come in - imagine that except cleaned) to hold my yarn - which helps it stay clean and from rolling all over the place. What's great about this is that when we stop at EVERY rest stop - I place my work down and not worry about getting tangled and such. I've had way to many projects ruined to not take this avenue.

Going to the post prior to this one will show you how I manage to store all my stash is a neat, clean and almost out of the way... I do store my working project in quilted bags that my husband made me and then we hang the bag in the closet to keep it out of the way... (which I have a sneaky gift I am working on and so the closet rocks these days)...

ETSY FEATURE OF THE DAY:




963 items are for sale in this store DANG...

whimsiedots' Shop Announcement


*** THURSDAY'S UPCYCLED BED LINEN FABRIC SALE!!! 20% OFF OF ALL UPCYCLED BED LINENS AND RECLAIMED BED LINEN FABRIC. SALE IS (MARCH 31ST ONLY)-DOES NOT INCLUDE SHIPPING.

http://whimsiedots.blogspot.com/ ----------------------MY GOAL IS GOD HIMSELF, NOT JOY NOR PEACE, NOR EVEN BLESSINGS, BUT HIMSELF, MY GOD. -Oswald Chambers -------SCRAP PACK OF THE DAY....

ONE NEW SCRAP PACK WILL BE LISTED EACH DAY. THEY ARE 1 POUND OF FABRIC SCRAPS FROM MY CUTTING TABLE. ON THE DAY THAT THEY ARE LISTED, THEY WILL BE 50% OFF. ONCE THAT DAY IS OVER, IF THEY HAVE NOT BEEN PURCHASED, THEY WILL BE FULL PRICE. IF I HAVE NOT LISTED A PACK FOR THAT DAY, SEND ME A NOTE, AND I WILL GET ONE LISTED FOR YOU.------CONVO ME FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING RATES.------TAKE A PEEK AT THESE SHOPS...

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5402266

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=13339


QUESTION OF THE DAY:
How do you handle your stash?
Share your comments...



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Mar 29, 2011

Past and Present Skills of my Life

Past and Present Skills of my Life...

Back to elementary terms and quotes kids. So I apologize if I get the name of stitches wrong and such. I am one of those who learn best by watching someone else crocheting/knitting/beading - you know stuff like that. However my art work by hand in wood burning is all me....

So two years ago I started teaching myself how to crochet. I really, really tried to learn from my mother in-law but the language barrier was too much for me. Her strong Cuban accent was just to hard for me to understand and her little fingers went way too fast. Two years later I think the sweet lady would be proud...

I have come a long, long ways from day one. LOL my squares where anything but squares. I couldn't get my ends to match to save my life. Oh I would cry (I am so not kidding) and throw my crochet hook on the floor or at my husband - today we laugh at those memories and his puck marks from the pings on poor Jorge. and the worst was when I was learning the granny square - I know I have mention this before here. And so with the reminder of my terrible crocheting fits now lets add knitting to the scene. But you know what? Knitting was so easy for me...

So why do I crochet more then I knit? It's easy - I enjoy it more and I can do so many cute little things faster - and faster means money... In the last two months I have made it a point to learn one new thing a week when it comes to the yarn world. I am so happy now because I am even starting to read patterns now without screaming because what the heck is a HDC? Ah-ha I know now Half Double Crochet.... LOL I know you crochet experts think I am a turd but these things do not come easy for me. Truly I work my hardest on my projects and pour my love into it.

Today I was watching a crocheting video and was repeating the steps in (which I got on the first try) out loud and my husband says "Wow honey you really know this stuff now - don't you?" And then follows with "I am so proud of you". Which brought up the talk, about how much I have improved over the last two years.

The one thing that any crocheter or knitter needs is support. No matter the level - really in any form of crafting, support is so needed. These things whether advanced or easy takes  lots of time to make and I'm sorry we are paid so little for the labor that goes into any project. And so I ask myself "why do I put myself through this?" EASY I love yarns.... I love advancing - and I love when people ask me for to make them a handmade item. That about pride and pride is allow in the crafting world.

I love thinking about the "Past" of my crocheting world and have had many laughs on how silly I was and often enough say "Oh yeah I've made those same mistakes" and loving in the "Future" when someone calls out for advice or for help or even better a sale because they just had to have one of my treasures...

My newest item I now know how to make is.... A way cool flower!!
I can crochet and surf the web at the same time!!
GIFTED...

My very first flower!! That is of this type...

I do custom make email me at
mr_mrs_crafty_rving@yahoo.com
for prices...

http://www.etsy.com/shop/hatmasters


http://www.etsy.com/shop/hatmasters


ETSY FEATURE OF THE DAY:
21 items for sale in this wonderful well crafted store...
$155.00

http://www.etsy.com/shop/tallulahg
tallulahg's Shop Announcement
Spring Sale! From now till April 15th all Ring Bearer pillows will be 15% off! :) Type in Spring15 at checkout under Discount code! Happy Shopping...


QUESTION OF THE DAY:
What was your project? Was it easy or hard?
Share your comments for our newbies...




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Mar 28, 2011

My Own Two Tales of Two Yarns

My Own Two Tales of Two Yarns...

Oh I am so elementary when it comes to terms and techniques of the yarn world, but I'll give it a shot.

As it is often stated "Parts of any fiber enthusiast's hobby is an appreciation of yarns." And so I have broken down and thought about what yarns I respect and yarns that I don't. And remember finance plays a big part in my experiences with yarns. Purchasing a $65 skein of yarn would send me to the welfare office in a hurry. And so budgeting plays the ultimate finale decision - shopping the clearance rack in store as well as on-line stores, plus ordering on-line only, when free shipping is offered, and by all means using coupons when I can.

But first an important message from the top of the tops of the crocheting world.
Art of Crochet by Teresa, and in her blog she says this:

Novelty yarn should not be used anywhere near a baby or toddler in any type of crochet item. Think about the result from fibers and invisible particles building up in the air passages of a newborn baby! In fact, novelty yarn should have a warning label, "Not for use in items intended for age 13 and below". I am not saying not to use it but use it responsibly on adult items. You can visit her blog for the full article and other goodies here and tell her I said hello.. thanks!
http://crochet-mania.blogspot.com/

Which if you read the article from the crocheting queen, then you will understand why I do not like working with Chenille in which I do carry in my inventory. It breaks real easy and is just terrible for me to work with.

All the yarn and products seen in the photos in this article is from MY inventory

I did find this Chenille on the clearance rack and got a real bargain for under a $1.00 a skein back in Bishop, CA at http://www.benfranklinstores.com/. I had bought all they had left and now it sits in my bin begging to be used and shipped off somewhere where it will be loved. But that project has not popped into my head yet and so it will sit and sit until ready to be used. And I do have to say I do love the feel of chenille, I just find it hard to work with.

My other choice of yarns that I do work with often but because of the whole not wanting to go on welfare fear is Red Heart and probably one of the most highly bought yarns of all times because hey - it won't bankrupt you. I do find if I crochet for more then 3 hours straight (and I have been know to work 8+ hours crocheting or knitting because that's a form of income for me and the faster things get done the faster I can sell it on my etys stores) then my skin become rash like for all the rubbing from the yarn - I find it scratchy to work but I press on. A real saver for me is buying the 1-pound skein when they go on sale and thank goodness they do. I buy all of my 1-pound skeins ONLY from http://www.joann.com/ and when free shipping is being offered then I am so in on the deal. Lets face it with the price of gas and being almost 40 minutes from the nearest store - the savings get put back in my pocket when I only have less then a 1/4 of mile to walk to the post office - no gas needed there and the money stays in my pocket.


Yarns that I just have to have because of the feel and texture and the omg choice of colors. My choice is tie between 3 top picks. Nob Hills, Vanna's Choice and Lion Brands Jiffy




And there you go. Just elementary choices - no rhyme or reason. Just my personal taste and thoughts and theories...  And so now I'll add some pictures of my storage situation right here in my rig. People are simply amazed that...

A - wow we craft in a 24 ft motorhome (and remember we lose 3 feet just because of the front cab that we really can not use except to drive)..

B - How do we store our supplies and such? I will blog more as we get ready to head to Idaho for our summer work (Jorge is building a new bed and making some much needed progress in the RV to make our last summer living in "MrCrafty" as comfy as possible)...

So enjoy and don't forget to check out the feature of the day and the question of the day at the bottom!!
I have 6 bins full of yarns...

Did I mention I have 6 bins full of yarns?

My very first set of knitting needles that where given to
me by a camper up in SaddleBag Lake Campground back in 2009
Thank you so much Sue - I still use them "All the Time"

Love my needles - my only plastic ones I own..
Bamboo is too expensive and so I have to wait...

Bottom draw is for Evielynne ONLY
Jorge dies if enters...
the secret to our marriage is organization!!

I Love my bins and now I can get all my little craft supplies organized...
Thank you Charity
You did GREAT!!

Oh you would laugh at the amount of crafts we have
in the rig. Sometimes I am shocked!!

And now...

TODAY'S ETSY FEATURE OF THE DAY:
Knitting Bag Stand by TagSaleFinds


$35.00

200 items for sale in this shop


TagSaleFinds' Shop Announcement


Vintage collectibles for Home and Office, Luggage, Cameras and Typewriters, Fabric, Crochet and Linens, Sewing Notions and Patterns, Vintage Books and Paper Doll Books, Antique Ads and Photos, Scrabble Tiles, Cards and Game Pieces, Lots of Supplies and Fun Inspiration Packs for Your Altered Art and Collage Projects.

I am an avid shopper of all things vintage. I shop garage sales, estate sales and thrift stores weekly to find lots of treasures to share with you.

Check back often to see what's new.

I am always happy to combine items for shipping to save you money!! Supplies and fabric items, especially, will fit together nicely to save on postage.

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Check out my husband's paintings and sculpture in his shop:
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QUESTION OF THE DAY:
What is your favorite and dis-favorite yarn brand?
Leave your comment - sure would like to learn from my readers!!






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Mar 27, 2011

Do RV folks clip coupons?

Do RV Folks Clip Coupons?

Money is tight folks and so the answer for this girl is "YES". This time of year can be a real challenge in the pocketbook. While my husband works for our RV spot in the winter time (this winter so far is a test run and we hope to come back to this winter work location after our summer work in ID), I work on a retainer and receive my paycheck every 4 months (ugg but it's all good) and so in between I try to find ways of saving.

While Boondocking (that's camping with NO hook-ups) I really couldn't do the whole coupon thing because being in the middle of now where works against us. If we drive to town just for the Sunday paper it will cost us gas money and so the coupon savings would be a joke. We could ride our bikes for sure but doing 30-40 miles to town would just kill the legs, the lungs, and my spirits. Print coupons on-line "NO WAY" not on a 500 watt generator (don't worry we are about to get the deal of a life time on better one that is a 3500 watt).

While we are now getting hook-ups now, I am back to being a coupon freak. I have a secret to share with you. I am going to tell you about a web site that will help you save so much money (I don't belong anymore because I learned their tricks) - if you want me to share the trick go ahead and pay the RV donation fee and I will walk you through it. But the site that I learned all the tricks is found here http://www.thegrocerygame.com/ and they will give you a list of what's a good deal and such for a membership price. Worth the money but so is my experience and cheaper too!!

I love coupons and I clip them all... Well except for things I know I will not use like baby diapers and dentures cream (unless I can get it for free and then I will use the free items for future blog giveaways - hint hint one is coming up this week).

A typical Sunday is.... Jorge OMG get your butt to the store and get my paper. He is a crossword puzzle FREAK and so we both win. The Sunday paper is $2.50 and we get that back in savings just on the first page - but there are tricks and it takes work. Just like it takes work putting money in the saving account no difference except maybe a paper cut here and there...




My friend has a little purple version of this coupon holder. Sorry I had this long ago and I???? Sorry it's part of the secret...


ETSY FEATURE OF THE DAY:



$9.95

http://www.etsy.com/shop/mulch
40 items for sale in this shop

mulch's Shop Announcement

Mulch Anniversary Sale - Take 20% discount off purchase starting March 20 - March 30, 2011. Use coupon code: MULCH

The Coupon Pocket Book "Fortune Cookie" was featured in the July 2010 issue of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.

EMPLOYEE AND CUSTOMER INCENTIVE ASSORTMENT PACKAGES ARE NOW AVAILABLE. click promotional item section

The perfect gift for employees, clients, customers, family and friends.

"Putting money back into your pocket"



QUESTION OF THE DAY:
Do you use coupons for your crafting supplies?
Leave your comment and remember your comments can help others - so don't be shy!!



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Mar 26, 2011

Crafty Klara

Today's blog is about fun and laughter... I want everyone who reads this to leave me a comment expressing  their feeling about Miss Klara the ultimate singing DIVA... I personally get a front row seat any time I wish  to be entertained... This is not my pet and would like to thank Klara Mommy for putting this video together for me - I've been begging to show her off.

video

Isn't she just beautiful. And because she sang for you all today's feature will be in honor of Klara the singing DIVA...

ETSY FEATURE OF THE DAY:

$23.00


Katheyl's Shop Announcement


141 items for sale...

KATHEYL is about unique handmade whimsical and vintage jewelry, with designs that are inspired by nature and the orient. All pieces are lovingly handcrafted under a pet & smoke-free environment in Munich, Germany.

Be a fan on our Facebook page for updates and exclusive promotions - http://www.facebook.com/KatheylJewelry


QUESTION OF THE DAY:
What cool thing can your pet do?
 (peeing on a tree does not count- Geeze)
Leave your comment in the comment feed
 - trust me I love reading them...



Mar 25, 2011

Rubber Stamps found in my RV

When we are parked for long periods of time, I tend to make gifts for people who are parked near us. Boondocking folks love little goodies and I love making them. These days I am so busy working on our 4 etsy stores, I just haven't had time to do such nice deeds.

Well, this morning we went to write a friend a thank-you note for sending Jorge a ton of beads and to come find out - we are out of thank-you cards. That's it! I've had it... And so I went to pull out my rubber stamps only I have Christmas cheap cheap rubber stamps.



So I emailed my friend Sue who truly is my hero. She is a Stampin’ Up! independent demonstrator and she is sending me a catalog along with some goodies. I can't wait. I had some questions about MAYBE starting up as my own seller - just so I can get the discount and she is so sweet sending me that info as well. I am to tell the world her recruiting password is: inspirecreateshare if and when you are ready to sign up to start selling go to her web site: http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/suzieloves2stamp/#
Sign up for new demonstrators

Shop for Stamping Products


 My question for her is about making stationary cards and the rule of thumb on making them. She kind of laughed at me chanting "Are you crazy asking me - it's I who should be asking you, your the full time crafter"... OK I get the point! She may be onto something here... So Sue thank you for taking the time to help me with my order and answering my question. Not only my friend but someone I go to often for support. See Sue has MS (multiple sclerosis) which also took the life of one of my loving family member "Pea" almost 2 years ago June 1st. OK I don't want to talk about that any more - I miss my brother so much. But Sue understands me better then most of my friends do because she battles this terrible awful - I hate MS thing.

So take a moment and check out her web store and try to guess what I am buying.... ummmm I wonder who will guess right? I'm not giving hints because this is just too much fun.
Sue I love you and thank you for letting me brag about you...

 
 
Today my friend Lovely Women came by our rig to give me a present (I don't cry in front of people and had to wait till she left - super private - I know dumb) and I was so taking aback by the meaning. I have to share with you all what I got. Just for being me!! I like me today...

WICKEDLYMOD.COM

THANK YOU LW... FUNNY GIRL SAYS TO ME
 "THIS IS SO YOU WON'T FORGET ME THIS SUMMER"
AS IF
AND SO IN HONOR OF MY FRIENDS WONDERFUL GIFT AND ONLY SHE WILL UNDERSTAND...
TODAY'S ETSY FEATURE IS...


$3.25
33 items for sale at

Welcome to my shop! I'm so ecstatic you dropped in to take a look. I love stamping, scrapbooking, and making paper crafts. I'm excited to share my handmade cards with you here! I do hope you enjoy them as much as I loved making them!

Thanks again for stopping by and enjoy shopping!


QUESTION OF THE DAY:
What is the best present you either made or bought for a FRIEND?
Leave your comments - I so love to read them!!



Mar 24, 2011

Building an Inventory of Finished Products

Oh boy!! Today was a major in the rig day. Easter inventory has begun - of sorts lol... We are in hope of bringing in more business into any of our 4 etsy stores. MrCraftyRVing which has all of Jorge's beading work.  MrsCraftyRVing is quickly becoming gear for kids, kitchens and such. HatMasters is total crochet/knitted hats and boy the number of hats has grown, grown, grown a must check out. And last but not least and with still plenty of time to work on items is our Christmas101 with a handful of stuff still worth the look.


Today the fingers either crochet, cut, sew, seamed or taking pictures was so done all day... I am tired and my fingers really do hurt lol... But we agreed we need to be back at it tomorrow. So the following pictures are of project done today....






And there you have it the bulk of the type of stuff that was done today - there's more but you have to go to our stores to see for yourself. If you have an etsy account drop me a note - it's always nice to network with other etsy store owner or even better shoppers....


ETSY FEATURE OF THE DAY:







$16.00
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Munzies

13 items for sale
About



Welcome to Munzies! What makes my creations different? I love to make children smile. If their eye’s don’t light up and their imagination kick into gear then I missed the mark. That’s why I make my tents easy to use – take apart, put back together again. That’s why I make them safe and sturdy using quality fabrics and components that are safe for your children. And that’s why I include the little extras to help them weave their stories and get into the wonderful world of make believe.


I love custom orders -- more often than not, I include unasked for goodies - I am a sucker for your wonderful children/grandchildren stories – I do this because I love it. Don’t get me wrong – I need to support my huge fabric and gadget habit – but I do work with my customers to provide them the best quality money can buy. Not only that, but I stand by my work – if you’re not happy, then I’m not happy


QUESTION OF THE DAY:
What do you keep for INVENTORY for your crafting?
Share your comment - it's helps newbie crafters sharing your experiences