By LuLu

The chronicles of a compulsive crafter!

Wellness Bag July 4, 2009

Filed under: Finished Projects,Wellness — bylulu @ 10:24 am

I finished it! I’ve had most of the pieces sewn for my Mom’s birthday present, but I’ve been waiting to find the right kind of corn for the filler. Now that everything is done I’m in LOVE with it! I think it turned out great. My husband seems to agree and thinks I should get my little behind sewing up a bunch to sell on etsy and maybe locally at our farmers market.ย  With out further ado here is the wellness kit I made for my Mom!

Just your basic tote.

Just your basic tote!

Wellness BagWellness Gifts

The gifts are a heating pad, a cold pack, and a refreshing eye mask. The cold pack and the refreshing eye mask are stored in the freezer for when they are needed and refrozen when done. The heating pad is microwaved for about 2 minutes until it is warm and then used to soothe aches and pains or as a warmer! It’s great to fall asleep with and not wake up all tangled in the electric heating pad. Plus it cools off naturally so there is no risk of burning or over heating yourself if left in place too long! Some people opt to add essential oils to the packs, but my father has very bad asthma and allergies and you never know what scent people will love or hate so mine are all natural. Both the inner and outer bags are all 100% cotton pre shrunk. The outer bag is sewn like a pillow sham to allow easy removal and cleaning if necessary.

Before I give the gift I am hoping to make home made soap and maybe an all natural loofa to add to the mix. Also to go along with the all natural aspect you could add dark chocolate and red wine which are supposed to naturally promote health. Also as a gift adding hand creams or natural bath and body products would be nice. Since this was originally supposed to be mom’s Christmas gift I was going to add a lot more and have a lot more time. There was going to be all natural homemade soaps, lip balms, and body scrubbs. However I think the rest will have to wait.

I really enjoyed creating these. It was nice to just take an idea and run with it creating my own patterns as I went. I am seriously considering selling these on Etsy and locally. I haven’t decided if I want to sell them all seperatly or as a set, or both! Any ideas suggestions or pricing advice would be great! – and if course if you want to buy one thats cool too!

Until next time!

~LuLu

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Happy Father’s Day! June 21, 2009

Filed under: Finished Projects — bylulu @ 1:27 pm

Yesterday I had my Dad over for a home cooked meal and some family time. I tried to keep everything masculine in a natural sort of way. I mean Mother’s day is easy just flowers, flowers, flowers… but Father’s day needs to be far less girly. So this is what I came up with…

A manly table... beer bottle vase and all! :)

A manly table... beer bottle vase and all! ๐Ÿ™‚

We had one of our family favorites…. Homemade General Tso’s Chicken with a side of white rice…. It really is amazing! In all the hustle and bustle of the evening I forgot to take a picture of the laptop sleeve I made dad for Father’s Day. I’m going to sneak over there sometime this week and take a picture. That will give me something to post about again very soon!

Also I’ve been sewing! I’m trying to get ready for a friend’s birthday… a friend who LOVES apples ๐Ÿ™‚ So I made my favorite… Bag… a modification… a Large Modification on the buttercup bag! This bag is about 20% larger and has a strap that is attached on the inside so the seams are all hidden! Plus the inside seam of the lining is invisible!! ๐Ÿ™‚ This is by far my best bag yet!

The birthday present bag! :)

The birthday present bag! ๐Ÿ™‚

My husband is convinced that if I start sewing my little fingers offย  I could set up a table next may at one of our big arts and craft festivals, but I’m not sure yet…ย  That would mean a huge investment of my time and making several of my new products in bulk, plus the risk of paying for the booth and not selling anything! I’ll have to start thinking about it and looking into the costs associated with it! Besides then I’d have to decide what exactly I’d want to sew and sell!!!

Until next time… get crafty!

~LuLu