Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bobbin Wraps

While looking through a Clotilde catalog, I discovered something that would be very handy for sewists.  They were called Bobbin Wraps and they were elastic bands in a variety of colors that you put on your bobbins to keep the thread from unwinding and making a mess.  A few years ago I had bought something similar only they were plastic. These, however were softer looking and came in colors! Clotilde sells these wraps 24 in a package for $2.48. Sounds like a fair enough deal for something so handy right? Maybe not.

You see, I looked a bit closer at these wraps and they looked like nothing more than baby hair bands. So, I thought that the next time I was in a store that sold those, I would look and see if maybe they would work just the same. So today, that's exactly what I did. I bought a package of 72 for $1.00, brought them home and proceeded to try them out, and guess what? They worked!  So for a lot less money, you too can "make" your own bobbin wraps!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What's In a Name?

Have you ever wondered where some sellers come up with their names? I know I do. I'm sure there's a story behind practically every name. For instance, I named my shop Lil' Bit Sassy because so many people have called me Lilbit because I'm small. The "sassy" part came because, well, I tend to be a bit sassy too. Hence, Lil' Bit Sassy.  Most people I know say that it suits me well.  I believe that if you have a unique, maybe even humorous, shop name then buyers may be more likely to purchase from you.

The reason I'm blogging about names is because I have been thinking of opening another etsy shop just for my purses, accessories, and non-baby/children items.  All I have to do is think of a name.  Since I'd like to focus mainly on purses and bag, I'd like the name to be appropriate for those items. I'd also like something on the humorous side since I like to laugh. A lot. I have received a few good suggestions such as: Hag Bags, which I really liked, but alas, there is a website called that. Although I may be able to change it a bit. Maybe, say, Old Hag's Bags. Another name suggestion was Sassy Hag Bags. Or Sassy Bags--incorporating my Sassy name. 

So, do you have any suggestions? Would LOVE to hear them!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday: Meal Planning Organizer

I thought this was a great idea: an organizer you hang in your kitchen to help you plan out the meals of the week! It holds a lined pad and pockets for recipes! It's a great idea and would be so easy to make.  These would even make great gifts for other family members, friends, and other busy moms. All you have to do is hop on over to Little Big Girl Studio's blog and check it out! Meal Planning Organizer

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Rescued Bird

It's that time of year when little fledgling birds are learning how to fly. Unfortunately, with four cats, there are bound to be fledglings who become kitty toys.  While I was cleaning Rocky's cage Friday, one such occurrence almost happened.  A fledgling goldfinch was fluttering all over the place--right around the hose.  Unfortunately, Jinx and Jezzy were nearby. I thought I was going to have a hostage situation, but fortunately enough, the little goldfinch flew into a tree in the backyard and stayed there. Close call!
Not five minutes later, here comes Itty Bitty with a baby bird in her mouth. Luckily, I retrieved it.  I'm not sure what type of bird it was, only that it was very small and couldn't quite fly yet.  I found a website that said if you found a fledgling to leave it be and the parents would come help it. Not likely in this case. So, I took it inside and put it in an extra cage I have. It also said to soak cat food in water and then mash it up and to feed the mixture to baby birds. So, this I did.
Baby bird did ok the first day but didn't eat much at all. The next day it was chirping every hour on the hour for food so I fed it every hour from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm when it decided it was roosting time. It slept all through the night. This morning, baby bird wasn't very chipper, felt a bit cold, and didn't want to eat. I deduced that it probably wasn't going to make it, but wanting to try everything in my power to give it a chance, I put it on a heating pad. But, that didn't save it. Baby Bird went to birdie heaven this morning. And while it makes me sad, I do know that I did everything in my power to save the little guy so I'm satisfied with that.
And hopefully, all the little fledglings will learn to fly soon and I won't have to rescue anymore of them. Fly birdies, fly!