14 July 2008

Today's Tip - How to Not Publicize Your Business

I may never learn...........

Saturday, I made an appointment to take my car to the shop to find out why the "check engine" light kept coming on. I normally sit there at least two hours, so I decided to do something smart: take some of my small crochet projects with me to work on. The idea was someone would ask me what I was making, and I could explain it to them, talk about Redux Designs, give them my business card and encourage them to check out my Etsy shop. I had several small projects to work on, some to crochet and some to sew together, so I put them in small bags, ready to go.

You may see where this is going. In getting everything together this morning, I completely forgot to pack them in my backpack. Even worse - I didn't realize I had forgotten them until I got home and saw them neatly stacked on my desk!!!

Really, I may never learn. If someone complements me on something I am wearing that I made, I have no trouble thanking them and saying that I made it. But for some reason, I have trouble taking the next step and telling them it is for sale, and giving them my card. If I am ever going to get Redux Designs going, I have to do better.

So, I begin again tomorrow - looking for opportunities to talk about Redux Designs!

12 July 2008

Sewing for the Home

I pulled out the sewing machine the other day, and finally finished a project I began several months ago. But it wasn't something new to wear - well, not for me to wear! I made new covers for the pillows on my sofa!

Earlier this year, I began cutting pictures from magazines that represented how I wanted my home to look. I found I was drawn to similar images and colors over and over again. For the living room, it was a white/cream colored sofa with accent colors of light green, tans and browns. Well, my sofa is tan colored, but the throw pillows were dark blue. And I had no extra money to buy new ones.

Then I remembered the upholstery samples I had tucked away. Yes, the same ones I used to make this and this. I had plenty of them and found that the colors I was drawn to were readily available in the samples. I pulled out several of them, and picked the ones I wanted to use.

I played around with the design I wanted, but in the end decided to sew four of the pieces together, then trim the edges to the size I needed. I even decided on the layout I wanted and pinned them together.

Then they sat for several weeks. And sat. And waited for me to pulled out the sewing machine and finish them. With my son away last weekend, I decided to get them finished.

I sewed the four pieces of each side together, trying to get them to line up in the middle. It didn't always go as planned, but ripping out a few seams didn't take too long. Then I removed the blue covers, and placed the pillow form on the wrong side of one of the pieces. I'd put another piece on top, wrong side down, then pin around to see where the side seams went. A quick sew-up, then another fitting, this time right side out. If it fit well, I'd take the cover, turn it inside-out, trim the excess from the seams, and replace the pillow form.

To finish the opening, I sewed in some hook and loop fastener.

I am so happy with the new look on my sofa! I was able to use something I already had around (that would have been thrown away if it hadn't been given to me), it didn't cost me anything, and I got a look I am very happy with.

10 July 2008

Ice Blended Coffee

Yesterday morning I sat on my back patio to do some work. I had my patio umbrella up, so I was in the shade, but it was in the mid-80s with 75% humidity. And I was drinking my morning coffee. Yes, as hot as I was, I was drinking hot coffee. When I went inside for another cup, I decided to put it in a glass over ice and drink it cold.

Then I thought again - why not put that in the blender and make an iced coffee? So I did.

Oh my!!!!! That was just what I needed!! It was so good, I didn't drink any of my coffee hot this morning - I let it cool awhile, then blended it with ice and flavored creamer.


Not only did I use the coffee yesterday morning rather than throwing it out, I also saved several dollars over purchasing a similar item. Always a good thing in my world!