Crafts: Tagging It Up

28 Jul

What I thought would be a quick – maybe an hour project.. became an entire day event! I knew I needed a new black ink cartridge – I’ve needed one for months now! So this morning I ran out to the store and bought some along with printable fabric paper and a crochet needle. I had already taught myself a new crocheting trick, planned on making a quick swatch and doing some designing with the crochet needle, then taking a break and printing tags, then making a new burp cloth! That was the plan..

Once I got home and started up the printer (which hasn’t been used in MONTHS) I then realized I needed three cartridges – not one! Back to the store I went thinking that this trip is costing me more than I planned on spending and making me a little frustrated. I got home played around with printing ideas – decided to make it simple and tested a page. Loved it! Printed it on fabric paper and sewed it into a new burp cloth which is still needed to be finished!!

I haven’t made a swatch or played with my crochet needle but I’m hoping I’ll have time for that during nap time tomorrow but I’m slowly starting to realize why it’s taking me so long to get things done that I normally had no problem doing in one day. With B working so late and me being the only one here to entertain, feed, and get E ready for bed – it takes up all that extra time I had to get last minute things done. So now when she’s going for bed I’m wasting a lot of time cleaning up, getting ready for tomorrow, and running around with my head loose wondering how it’s already 9:00 and I am just now sitting down and trying to plan what I wanted to get done. Unfortunately it’s not enough time.. I’m going to have to think of a new dinner time routine. Back to the drawing board!

But before I do all that – here’s the finished picture of the tag!

Not the best quality picture but it will do for now. I’m just glad that’s something I can cross of my list .. after I finish sewing the rest of the burp cloth that is šŸ˜‰

Time to go back to running around with my head loose!

Love Always,

J

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2 Responses to “Crafts: Tagging It Up”

  1. Courtney Gist August 7, 2011 at 3:05 am #

    I was wondering how I could make those kinds of tags! Oh and I totally hear you about the whole time issue…I try to get on the computer when Z is napping (e-mail, blog, Facebook, etc) and then at night I’m too busy cleaning, picking things up, getting Z ready for bed, and once I’m done, I’m too tired to do anything other then sit on the couch! LOL! I was wondering if you had any sewing machine advice too…I’m trying to pick one out and I’m having a hard time. I don’t have a huge budget but I also don’t want to just buy a “cheap” one and then it not work. I just need something basic…Don’t plan on doing anything super fancy YET! I read the reviews of machines online but they aren’t helpful. šŸ™‚ Thanks!

  2. underestimatedmom August 7, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    I had done massive research on fabric tags until I found the perfect one šŸ˜€ Here is the website I went by: http://sewtakeahike.typepad.com/sewtakeahike/2008/08/label-tutorial.html It’s easy to read, understand, and follow. All you need is an ink-jet printer, something like Microsoft Word, and the printable fabric paper that you can find at JoAnns Fabric Store or any craft store. It’s kind of expensive so keep on the look out for your craft stores coupons and get a good deal. That’s what I did.

    As for sewing machines! I used my mom’s old sewing machine for a long time and I would say it caused 99.9% of my frustration with sewing because it was old – needed a tune up (that I didn’t know) – and was so basic that I couldn’t do much with it.

    My mother in law bought me a sewing machine for Christmas last year and I had done some heavy research on them before she bought it. Luckily she has amazing taste and got me exactly the brand an style I wanted. Brother sewing machines have the best warranty’s, customer service, and functionality. There are a million sewing machines but if you can spend a little more I’d get one that has a little bit more than just the basic so you don’t need an upgrade in a few years. Mine is a Brother XR4040 – it’s now considered an older model (after just one year – they make new ones all the time) but it has more functions than I’ve used and I’ve had it for a year! The only thing it doesn’t do is embroidery. Brother has a pretty amazing website to explain what each sewing machine is for and if it’s great for beginners and etc. It goes from the best to the most basic so you might want to start at the bottom: http://www.brother-usa.com/homesewing/ProductList.aspx?cat=sewing Once you find one you like google it for the best price and then you can decide where your comfort zone is.

    If you have any other questions PLEASE don’t hesitate to ask!!! I love helping šŸ˜€

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