Sunday, July 23, 2017

New Etsy Shop: The Hive Destash

I've opened a new Etsy shop! I posted a few fabric listings on The Morose Bee as a destash sale and it went well enough that I decided to open a shop dedicated to selling fabric and notions. I have a ridiculous amount of supplies so I'm excited to have this new shop! As a seller, I have often purchased my supplies from other Etsy sellers and I'm thrilled to be branching out into this new avenue for other sellers. I'll still have The Morose Bee where I sell items I hand make, but The Hive will be specifically for supplies. Check it out HERE.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

ABC Quilt

I don't have a ton  to say about this one. It's a quilt I made just for fun with an ABC panel I picked up at a craft show. I just wanted to share the process!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A New Swap!

So exited to announced that we have a new website, swap, and merchandise for Bee Creative Swaps! 

About the latest swap: We're switching it up for our final swap of 2017 as Bee Creative Swaps brings you the Animation Celebration Swap! Love Bob's Burgers? Can't stop singing along to Moana? Whatever type of animation floats your boat, this swap is for you!
This swap is open to all types of makers/crafters and is not limited to one specific material. Partners will be matched based on similar types of cartoons that you both enjoy.

This swap and merchandise pre orders close on July 31st. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Things I've Made: Bumblebee Quilt

Hey look something non-Frida related! I made a quilt for a friend a few weeks ago who was doing a whole bumblebee theme for her shower and nursery. It was a fun quilt to make and nice break to make during all the Frida-suff. She had her baby a few days ago and it's all so exciting!!

I decided to start using scraps of quilt batting and sew them together to make the batting for smaller quilts. It worked really well and I ended up doing it again for another quilt I've made.

I've never really done a design for the actual quilting part so I tried to sort of wing it for the idea I had. I kept the piecing simple because I knew I wanted to do something for intricate for the quilting. I have no knowledge of how "professional" quilting is done, but this worked really well. It just took FOREVER.

I didn't take any good pictures for scale, but the quilt came out slightly larger than a "baby" size quilt, but not quite big enough to be considered a "crib" size quilt. I think it will be a perfect size quilt for floor play. The little nugget was born just a few days ago so I hope they find it useful. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Viva La Frida Swap: What I Sent Pt 3 & What I Received

Here it is! The last post of the Viva La Frida Swap 2017! The last thing I sent was to Lizette and I didn't "make" anything, but still wanted to share all the Frida related goodies! I swear I collect them non stop! My favorite part was the Christmas themed Dia de los Muertos fabric I found at a little shop on my trip to Portland earlier this year. As for what I got....

My partner was in Germany which meant along with my handmade Frida items, she sent all kinds of fun things from Germany!

This bag might be my favorite thing she sent even though it's the "main feature." I've been thinking about switching bags and I think I'll be carrying this one around a lot soon!

The main item was a Frida mini quilt! It's about the size of a baby quilt and would make an awesome wall hanging. I just haven't decided where to put it yet. We're still unpacking a bit so it will sadly be tucked away until I find it's home.

In total I received: a mini quilt, a bag, candy, Frida magnets, a Hamburg pin, a Hamburg mug (broken during shipping, not pictured), a note book, a keychain, and a shadowbox!!! So many amazing items! I'm so happy with everything and had THE BEST time with this swap. I'm already excited for next year.

The next Bee Creative Swap sign up will be July 15th so check us out on Facebook or Instagram @beecreativeswaps to stay in the loop!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Viva La Frida Swap: What I Sent Part 2

For the Viva La Frida Swap, I had one partner and then ended up being a swap angel for someone else. Because I didn't take as many photos of this as my previous swaps, but you can see my whole post about the mugs I made here. 

My second partner was a mom of 3 so I wanted to send her some practical items for running around with her kiddos. I decided to make her a tote and send her travel mug I had made. My little extras for her were a pair of Frida Socks and a cactus ornament, but I also threw 2 books for her kids. One book is one of my favorite kids books about Frida Kahlo and one was a little book about San Francisco to include a little something about where I live.

I had a chunk of extra Frida fabric from previous items I've made so I threw in a decent cut of that for her own making in the future. Bonus: it made good padding to ship the mug!

I tried to send something completely different than what I sent my first partner and it was really fun getting new inspiration for Frida items for someone else! 

Don't forget to check out @beecreativeswaps on Instagram or check out the Bee Creative Swaps Facebook page here to join the next swap!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Viva La Frida Swap: What I Sent Part 1

Hi friends! It's been a while! Now that we're (mostly) settled into our new apartment in San Francisco, I've been making things like crazy. I haven't been able to share any of it because I was waiting for everyone to receive their items, but now the time has come! First up is what I made for the Viva La Frida Swap for Bee Creative Swaps. Our Frida swap is easily our favorite project and something we plan to keep doing each year. This year I sent 3 different packages and received 1 amazing package so I'll be sharing each one over the next week or so. So here's what I made for my first partner...

I used printable photo fabric for a project a few years ago so I got the idea to do something with it again. I ordered it before I got my partner's info because I knew I wanted to *something* with it, but I wasn't sure what. You can buy it here on Amazon.

The photos seem a little delicate so I wouldn't recommend it for an every day quilt or clothing. Ultimately I decided to make a pillow because I really like sending things that are practical. I think this photo fabric would be awesome for mini quilts or wall hangings, but I sent a wall hanging to my partner last year and wanted to do something different. 

My partner said her favorite colors were red and turquoise so I sort of played off of that based on the fabrics that I had available. I also found some BEAUTIFUL Frida inspired fabric on my trip to Portland last month and knew I needed to incorporate that as well. 

The fabric was so pretty and I was worried about slicing it up so I ended up using it as the back of the pillow to allow as much of the fabric to show as possible.

I'm still struggling with how to take pictures for the best lighting in my apartment, but I feel like I managed to get myself to take a decent amount of photos to document the process of making this pillow. I changed my mind on the composition of colors a few times and kinda wish I had another Frida photo in the center square of the pillow, but ultimately I love this pillow!!! It was almost too difficult to let it go and put it in the mail!

The pillow was my main swap item, but I also made a simple dress for my partner's daughter as sort of a secondary item. I debated putting pockets or trim or something else to jazz it up, but this fabric is so great I didn't think it needed it.

And of course I threw in some extras. The Frida inspired ones were a cactus ornament from Meri Meri and some Frida Kahlo papel picado I found at a local store here in San Francisco. My partner also had some Star Wars themed stuff on her Instagram so I sent her a few Star Wars and Marvel themed things just for fun.

The papel picado is incredible, I just struggled to get good photos of it. There were about 8 panels total (I think?) and it was a rainbow of Frida quotes and scenes from her artwork. I might have to go back and get some for myself!

This swap was so much fun! I enjoyed making everything and I will probably find something else to utilize the photo fabric for again. More posts on what I made for my other partners soon to come.

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