Tea Farm Grand Opening – Take 2

Back again with news of Tea Farm Cottage in Summerville, SC!

If you are around the Charleston area this weekend, be sure to drop by Tea Farm on Cedar St. in Summerville on Saturday the 17th for the official Grand Opening of the store. There will be a balloon release at 1:00 pm, food and drinks, demos, and of course shopping during the rest of the afternoon!

Deborah has done a fantastic job of opening the store. She has gathered the diverse talents of over 80 sellers in her shop to offer the community a wonderful little place to find handmade treasures. Each time I have gone has been a trip to drop off products or do something business-related. I can’t wait to get some time in there for a little Christmas shopping! See you there! :)

Tea Farm Cottage Grand Opening

IMG_3371I’m excited to be embarking on a new adventure with Palmetto Handmade. I’m selling some of my products in a local retail shop called Tea Farm Cottage. Deborah, the owner, found me via Etsy and asked if I would like to rent space and be part of the store opening. I am thrilled to have the opportunity, and working with Deborah is very pleasant and fun. She has a beautiful shop with over 50 retailers already stocking the spaces with quilts, jewelry, candles, clothing, art, and all kinds of other handmade creations.

One of my friends, Cindy, is renting a corner with me, and we have had fun grabbing a piece of furniture at a consignment shop for our display, setting up our products, and running around back and forth trying to tag our items and make sure everything is lined up the way it’s supposed to be. It’s a lot of fun, and I can see why people get into small business retail with their handmade products!

IMG_3341If you are down in Lowcountry SC, be sure to drop by Tea Farm Cottage on North Cedar Street in Summerville. You’ll have a great time, but you may not get in and out too quickly! There’s lots of good stuff in there!

Giveaway Winner!

IMG_2203Leah has won a custom verse purse from the shop and a coupon for Olive Manna! Congrats, Leah! Thanks to everyone for playing and your great input about the cards. I had no idea so many would want childbirth verse purses. Must be in the water! (haha)

Please do drop by and see what purses are in stock as well as new products being added.

Palmetto Handmade Updates + First Giveaway!

IMG_2171The giveaway is now finished. Thanks for all of the hearty participation!
I’ve been busy putting some great new fabric into action in the sewing room. This weekend I added several new small purses into Palmetto Handmade at Etsy and hope to add more in the next week or so. I’ve been designing some other quilts and baby gift sets, too, and hope to put them in the shop in the next 2-3 weeks!

I used to sell these small purses as “Verse Purses,” but now I am listing them as small purses with the option to add a Verse Purse Card Pack for a few additional dollars in the store. That way people can buy the purses without the cards if they want.

Olive Manna
Natalie Jost is one of those friends I “met online” that I wish I could hang out and work with on a regular basis! I actually met her through a Christian web design community, but we share a mutual passion for so many other things. She loves Jesus and has been a good friend to me over the last couple of years. I wish we lived near each other so that we could get our families together and go crafty crazy, but it’s probably for the better because we’d certainly be dangerous if left alone with our tools and hundreds of project ideas!

I’m excited to share that Natalie has designed these fabrics for me to use for the purses! I’ve had it on my cutting table for a few weeks in hopes that I would have the chance to sew with it. Natalie is a fantastic graphic and web designer with a love for color and fresh concepts. Her business is Olive Manna, and she runs an Olive Manna Etsy Store selling items featuring her original designs. You’ll definitely need to check out her affordable and practical products!

I’ve never hosted a giveaway on my blog before now, but I’m excited to offer a free Verse Purse to one of my readers this week in conjunction with the new line of purses in my shop! Just leave a comment on this post indicating which Verse Purse card topic you would like if you win (click here for topics), and I will draw for a winner after midnight Wednesday, July 8th!

*** update: Natalie’s throwing in a 20% off coupon for Olive Manna to the winner. Yay! ***

Ruby Doll (aka “Miss Smarty”)

Ruby Doll Tutorial © 2007 One Round Robin




Waste Management

Recycling is much more exciting than regular ‘ole garbage, no? Lately I have been stumbling on so many ways to use what could be the trash but instead transforms into beautiful, fun, or decorative creations. I don’t have a problem recycling some things, but sometimes I get in a clutter rut with others and just have no clue what to do with them. Some of these ideas are just fun waiting to happen. Plus, I love tutorials with how-to photos in them! So great!

I just stand back and laugh when I open my closet. Aaagh! What size am I? To be such an organized person, a stranger would never guess it by looking in my loch-ness-ish abyss of mismatched apparel. Maternity mediums are hanging right by the petites and all seasons are slapdashed together in one gigantic mess. I blame it on the fact that I never stay in one size for more than three months – no joke! :) The dresser is the same with its lasagna-like drawers of Summer/Winter outdated chaos, but I guess that’s besides the point.

This week we are doing inventory of all of the closets, and I suspect I will have the same dilemma that I do every year: I have no clue where to put all of this clothing! Maybe I’ll post some before/after photos because that’s just fun! Maybe I should repost this and title it “Waist Management,” then! (Sorry, sometimes I get in a really corny mood and can’t stop.)

Okay, so I love Goodwill, and I even started my own “garage sale” site via Facebook that has proved to be a huge blessing to me and some other people who can use the stuff that has past through our walls. Let’s just say, though, that I want to be a little less boring and re-use some of those fibers. These are some fun-tastic ideas I have seen online; maybe some of you crafty types can put them to use as well!

Duct Tape Dress Form
Now this is a great idea! Not only can you use an old tee for fitting the form, you can actually stuff the whole thing with shredded old clothes! That’s saving like $200+!

Jeans to Apron

T-Shirt Yarn

Beautiful Fabric Scrap Wreath
It’s not really clothing, but nonetheless it’s gorgeous!

Bags and Boxes

We usually recycle our boxes and cartons, but the tutorials below are some attractive ideas for reusing them, too. And who doesn’t have that mountain of plastic bags just waiting to be reused? Awesome!

Cardboard Hipster Frames

Juice Carton Wallet

Plastic Bag Yarn

Recycled Bread Bag Tote

Fused and Re-bagged

For the Kids

I have so many photos that never seem to make it to their final destination. Sometimes I just let Lydia run around carrying them in the house because she loves photos so much. Something she and Steven have also started doing lately during “naptime” is sewing fabric scraps on heavy thread to make little animals. They like the sense of accomplishment, and I like the quiet. :) Here are some great ideas for kid-fun that I like of late.

Stickers From Books

Coloring Pages from Photos

Fabric Scrap Memory Game

Well, isn’t that fun?! Now for twenty extra hours to do all of it! Ha!

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