Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Etsy and Artfire

My Etsy store is up and running. I’ve only got 6 things up right now, but I plan on putting more things on (I have more things made, just didn’t have time right now to put them on yet). I’m also on ArtFire- it’s entirely free for a basic account- no listing fees, no commission (Etsy has both). The only fees are a once a month fee of $12 IF I decide to upgrade. Currently I’m only able to list 12 items at a time on there (Thus the limits of the basic account), but I figured I’d sort of do a test run on both and see how it goes. So here’s all the information- Spread the word!

I’m calling my shop Loni’s Little Treasures (on both websites you can’t have any spaces, so if you go to or and search for me, just run the three words together and take out the apostrophe)

Etsy shop:

Artfire Shop (Nothing up here yet but I’m hoping to change that very soon!):

I made a new email as well specifically for my selling purposes, so add it to your address book and if anyone wants to contact me specifically for buying something or for requesting a custom item, they should use this one.:

Please let friends, family, coworkers, etc know about my shop. I need to network to get any sales, and the more word that goes out, the better. Help me make this dream come true! Or if you'd like to buy something yourself, please contact me directly through this blog or through the email above and we can work things out, or go to the Etsy or ArtFire shops to buy instantly.

And, if you have a chance, look at both shops and let me know what you think- I'll take any constructive criticism seriously.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Past Baby Quilts

I began quilting about 2 years ago. I had "learned how to quilt" in my textiles class in high school, but we only made one patch each, about 9 or 12 inches squared. So when my sister was pregnant with my nephew, Hunter, I tried my hand at a simple quilt in blues.
I used what fabrics I had laying around (I love the color blue), and I even embroidered his name on the border, although I apparently didn't take any close up pictures. For this quilt, since it was my first, I stuck with straight lines and merely quilted along the diagonals. But Katie said it was just the right size for covering up the car seat/ carrier, and even at 2 years old, it is one of the blankets that Hunter carries around with him (Although I doubt he likes it better than his Cars blanket. This Saturday, my sister and her friend are bringing over their boys (one each) and Uncle Tom is going to watch the kids while I instruct Katie and Christy on sewing. Katie wants me to help her make some Cars curtains, and she also found some cars fabric for a blanket/comforter. Christy, I believe, wants to make a purse or diaper bag, but we'll see. I haven't made any diaper bags yet, though I have made a few bags and purses in the past.Just after this quilt, when my friend from college was pregnant with a girl, I made another quilt, this time with pinks and purples. I again embroidered her name. I can't seem to find any pictures of this quilt on my computer, but if I find them or can get my friend to send me some, I will post them here. Then, it seemed everyone was having baby girls. Some friends down here in Texas, (whom I didn't know well, but we were going to be moving in with them when we moved down until finding our own place) Had a baby girl this past March. She was several months old when we came down, though I'd made the quilt a while before we moved. I unfortunately cannot find any pictures of that quilt either right now. I feel like I'm forgetting another girl quilt somewhere in there as well.

Anyways, when I mentioned making baby quilts to Mary, one of the ladies I worked with at Truebite, she got so excited about it because she had a friend from church who was pregnant and having a girl. So, I took a custom order and made this quilt:
This time, I made my own flower template and quilted flowers- a bit harder and more time consuming, but worth it in the end. (I have not, as yet, done any machine quilting except for a couple of cloth coaster sets for Etsy. All of the baby quilts I've done have been hand quilted, and all embroidery is by hand as well)
Well, Mary loved it, and I believe her friend did too. And yes, the baby's name was Destiny Hope:
My cousin Joanne was due in August, and not long after moving to Texas, we received not an invitation to the baby shower (they live in NC), but a card asking us to send a picture and advice or memories for Joanne's memory book, which I thought was a really cool idea. But still, it had been a while since I'd been able to sew (and we were living in a friend's house- I spent most of my time in our bedroom, or in the office next door where our computer was set up since the girl we were living with had a day care set up downstairs with a couple of 2-3 year olds and her own infant). Despite the lack of room and not having access to my sewing desk, I set up the sewing machine on the computer desk and went to work. This was the result, and I was most happy with it:
This was my first appliqué quilt, and actually my first use of the technique since the aforementioned high school textiles class 7 or 8 years ago. The eye and hair, and other accents were again, hand embroidered.
I was afraid it was a bit too plain, so I again quilted small flowers around (this time without a template). This picture does not do the quilt justice as I didn't have very good lighting.
My cousin loved it. In her Thank You card, she told me how she started crying when she opened it and just couldn't stop. Since then, she has bought a frame or rack of some sort especially for it, and has hung it on the wall of the nursery. She told me it's the first thing people see and comment on when visiting. I love knowing how much she enjoyed this gift. It gives me the warm fuzzies.
Upon finding a church we liked in Austin (Austin Cornerstone), we met a couple who was expecting (very soon!). And while we have yet to get together with them for a dinner or other get together as we have attempted planning a couple of times, I decided I wanted to make a quilt. I wasn't quite quick enough, but he was only about 2 weeks old when I got it to them!

When I decided to do the quilt, I pulled out all my blues and realized I had a lot with stars on them, and so that is what I stuck with. I think it came out wonderfully as a theme and I loved this quilt so much I almost didn't want to give it away! (The fact that I'd put his name on it made the decision ;) This time, in addition to some stars in the darker squares, I kept to quilting simple diagonals again, but it really went with the fabrics and patchwork.
And, in addition to his name, I also embroidered around a couple of the stars in the fabric to highlight them.
Wow, looking back through all of these and thinking about baby quilts, I'm starting to wish I had one to go work on!

I'm willing to take custom orders, so feel free to respond here! :)

Well, thats all for now.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Hi and Welcome!

Hey all,

I'm really excited to be opening my Etsy shop in the next few days. I've been thinking and crafting for this for a couple of weeks, and I'm really looking forward to finally getting it up and going. I've wanted to sell my crafts for a long time now, and hopefully it'll go well.

I've been crafting for as long as I can remember. I've made more things than I could ever list out of paper and cardboard, bottle caps and pipe-cleaners, especially for one of my oldest and dearest friends, Iris- who, as far as I know, has kept everyone of them.

I was always one for drawing, though some of my childhood attempts seem embarrassing at this point. I think my best memories of drawing and creating when I was in elementary and middle school was when I made things for my grandpa. It didn't matter how things turned out, he was always so proud of me. He always believed in my artwork, and although he passed away when I was in 10th grade- before most of my better pictures were drawn- he is still one of my biggest encouragers. When he was in and out of the hospital and even temporarily in a nursing home type setting, I rarely visited him. I couldn't stand to see him hooked up to machines and not in his favorite recliner in the living room of the house he built and I do regret not visiting him then. But I was always sending him pictures. And he proudly had them hung on his wall with sticky-tack, wherever he was, and pointed them out to his nurses and visitors. To the very end, he loved my artwork, and that is one reason I create. This is one of the few pictures I have of him with me. I'm the one on his lap, though I don't know exactly what age I was at the time.

I learned how to knit and crochet while I was in high school. I "learned" to crochet in my high school textiles class, but I didn't know I was doing it incorrectly, and my teacher must not have realized it either. It was quite frustrating and after a while, I gave up. My mom then taught me to knit so I could help make dishcloths for my the penny social at my grandmother's church. I liked it, but I never got much farther than knitting and purling in straight blocks, and eventually, I wandered back to crocheting , where I found a real passion (I taught myself how to do it correctly with one of the crocheting books my mom had gotten me when I had first begun to show an interest).

Over the years, I've dabbled in all sorts of crafts- knitting and crocheting aside, I've done handmade cards and scrapbooking, embroidery, friendship bracelets out of embroidery floss and jewelry out of hemp, drawings and paintings...I've tried basket coiling, making figures out of clay (not my forte!) and even copper enameling and basket weaving while counseling at a summer camp. When my grandmother's eyesight began to get worse and she couldn't thread the needle on her sewing machine anymore, she had me thread it for her so she could finish her last project and then gave it to me, knowing it would get put to good use. And boy was she right! Over the last 2 years I've sewn 5 or 6 baby quilts, curtains, a tree skirt for our Christmas tree, pillows galore, and a gigantic double thick Steelers blanket for my husband, as well as clothing and a costume or two, and many other things.

If I have an opportunity to try a new craft, I usually will. I'm so thankful for all of my talents, and I really want to give God the glory for everything I create. He has made me who I am, and given me what I have, and I am thankful.

Thanks for visiting me here, and I do hope you'll stop by again!