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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Another Treasury!

Yeah! My 'Disappearing Dog' Quilt made it into a treasury! How exciting! Make sure you check it out! When you do, click on all the different items in it to see more details!

http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=24196

Thanks to UniquelyNancy from http://www.uniquelynancy.etsy.com/ for including me in your treasury!

Cedi's Birthday & Etsy Teams

I think Cedi had a wonderful birthday yesterday. She enjoyed all of her gifts, her "Dip It" meal and her cake. I think the only glitch for her was the 'nuk fairy' coming and taking away her nuk's. I ended up having to hang out with her for awhile in the middle of the night to help calm her down. Hopefully it doesn't take her too long to be okay without her nuk.

I don't know if anyone's been watching my blog (or even reading it for that matter), but in the last few days I have added links to the etsy team blogs that I've joined. Please check them out...by joining these teams I am agreeing to help get the word out for others in the teams and in exchange, they will do the same for me. I feel like this will be win win for me.
Saturday, November 29, 2008

WIST Wisconsin Street Team Trunk Show!

WIST Wisconsin Street Team Trunk Show
When: Saturday, December 13, 2008
Time: 5pm to 9pm
Where: 1358 Williamson st., Madison, Wisconsin (home of Lazy Jane’s Cafe)

Check out this link for more details!

http://wist-etsy.blogspot.com/

This will be my first time as a vendor at the show! I'm very excited...it looks like lots of fun!

My T-Shirt is On a Treasury!

Check it out! My T-shirt made a treasury... be sure to click on the link below and click on all the images to get us on the front page!

http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=34346

Thanks!

Allergies? or cold?

I either am suffering from allergies right now or I have a cold...I'm thinking allergies but I can't think what would be causing this. Regardless..it's no fun.

I was accepted onto the EtsyBaby Street team yesterday! I'm very excited. You'll have to check out there store http://shopetsybaby.com/ and blog http://etsybaby.blogspot.com/.

I hope everyone else is feeling better!
Friday, November 28, 2008

My Christmas Wish List Treasury

I LOVE Calla Lilies. I had lots of them in my wedding bouquet and I still think they are beautiful. Check out this amazing pair of earrings by 1ofmykind:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17415476

I am drooling over this gorgeous red gold lattice bracelet:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17144966

How fun are these rings by keepsakekatie?:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15679746

I think my little girl will have to have one of these once she gets a little bigger (from Spiderbite):

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vt_related_3&listing_id=17628813

If I could figure out an outfit to wear this I would buy it in a flash:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13372585

I think this ring is gorgeous and unique:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_1&listing_id=17774739

This bracelet is so beautiful:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_1&listing_id=17919467



I hope you enjoyed my picks for today! Until next time!

Kim's Crafty Apple "Treasury"

Etsy has these things called ‘treasuries’ in which people put together things with common things or that are just there favorites. They’re really nice to look through and get different gift ideas, etc, but it is a bit difficult to get one…you have to be very patient. What I’m going to do, at least until I get a little experience, is to create my own “treasury” on my blog. It will keep an ongoing list of my ‘favorite’ things and/or favorite shops on etsy. I hope you enjoy it!

Happy Black Friday!

So, how many of you checked out the amazing sales this morning? I did...unfortunately my alarm was set for pm instead of am and I didn't make it out until about 5:15...I was late. I stills snagged some great deals on gifts and as always, enjoyed watching all the people.

Capri is napping right now so I'm going to list a few new items on my etsy account. I think I'll just have some new onesies...but maybe a new fiber bracelet as well...I have to see if the pictures are any good.

I have a busy, busy day planned. I have to get my house cleaned up and make a bunch of food. Tomorrow is Cedi's birthday (can you believe she's going to be 2!) and we're having a "Dip It" party for her. She loves to dip things so I'm making lots of dippable items for everyone to enjoy. My friend Kaitra is coming later today to help me get everything ready.

I hope you all had a wonderful Turkey Day yesterday!
Thursday, November 27, 2008

New Upcycled Fabric Bangles!

I quickly posted some new upcycled fabric bangles on my etsy site! These were my original idea so make sure you check them out!

Also, make sure you have a Happy and Wonderful Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Capri Grace Lapacek

Now that you've heard a little about my oldest, Cedi, I'll tell you a little about my youngest.

From Christmas Card Possibilities

Capri Grace Lapacek, was born on February 24th, 2008...her due date. My sister-in-law called me around 1:00pm that day and wished me happy due date...I told her to shut up, she was never coming out. We called my in-laws around 4:00 to come and pick up Cedi. Capri was born at 8:16. This time I got the drugs and it was wonderful (although I didn't get them until I was 9cm...it was still great!).

Capri is my happy baby. As soon as she figured out how to smile that was all she did. You would just look at her and she would have a huge grin from ear to ear...enough to make your heart just melt. She's a little less laid back than Cedi but really nothing I can complain about it. Capri is just starting to stand on her own and I'm expecting to see her take her first step any day now.

I am really blessed with amazing children. I had always wanted boys, knew I would get girls because I deserved them, and now that I have two girls I wouldn't want it any other way.

Mercedi Rose Lapacek

I know that I will be mentioning my children throughout this blog a lot so I thought I would introduce them. I'll start with my oldest...

From Christmas Card Possibilities

Mercedi Rose Lapacek

Cedi was born on 11/29/06 (I know! She's going to be two on Saturday!) after a short four and a half hour induced labor. She was born naturally (which I don't recommend) because once she started to come there was no stopping her. She was tiny but long (6 lbs 13 oz, 20-inch) and still has the same figure. Cedi was and still is very independent. When we would try to hold her she would scream until we laid her down. We soon figured out she would rather just be on her own. My only complaint would be that I didn't get to cuddle her very much before she was 1...I think I had one day of cuddling and that's because she had a fever.

Cedi is still a very good kid. She is going through a phase of fits if she doesn't get what she wants but we're trying to either ignore it or do the time out thing. It seems to be working, but it definately is hard at times.

Cedi is talking A LOT! When I asked her what she wanted for her birthday, her response was, "BOOBIES!" I couldn't stop laughing and I still haven't figured out how to give that to her.

I'm sure you'll hear much more about her in upcoming posts...

Apple Pie Wednesday

Of course I opened my big mouth and said I would bring the apple pie to Thanksgiving tomorrow...which means I have to make an apple pie today. I am really hoping that there are still some Pillsbury crusts' at the grocery store...otherwise, I really have a lot of work to do tonight...

We had a wonderful time at the Melting Pot last night with our friends Nick and Emily. The food was amazing as usual and it's such a nice environment for really catching up. And of course, it was wonderful to have a coupon for half off our meals and drinks!

My goals for today including posting five new items on etsy, start cleaning the house (I have everyone coming over on Saturday for Cedi's birthday...she's going to be 2!), bring things to the Capri Gallery and Little Blessings to see if there intersted in selling any of it, grocery shopping, and baking an apple pie. Wow, that list got longer as I was typing it...hmmm...

I made a sale yesterday! I sold my "Hungry, Hungry Hippo Onesie" (as shown in the pict

ure)...I was quite excited!

SOLD!

Well, Capri is not really enjoying her playpen anymore down here...I should go! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tuesday!

I have my babies for most of the day today so I probably won't get much crafting done. Oh well, it's great spending time with them. It won't be long before I have them downstairs with me doing there own projects.

My husband and some friends of ours are going to the Melting Pot for dinner tonight. I'm very excited! I absolutely love fondu!
Monday, November 24, 2008

Monday Monday!

Hello everyone! Well, our craft sale this past weekend was a HUGE success. We had tons of people coming through and tons of sales to go with it. I'm very excited since I thought sales would be down from last year...with the economy and all...that was not the case! It was the second year for the sale and I plan on continuing it for years to come and making it a "must attend" sale of the season...we'll see..

Today, the girls spent the day at a sitter's so I could start getting more things posted on my etsy account and start to reorganize the basement since it was an absolute mess after the craziness of the sale. Here are a few new onesies I posted today:



I would love to hear what you think about them! Check out more of my new things at http://www.kimscraftyapple.etsy.com/!
Saturday, November 15, 2008

Quilts by Barb Retreat

I just got back home from going to the quilt retreat in the Wisconsin Dells hosted by Barb Raisbeck from http://www.quiltsbybarb.com/. It actually lasts from Friday until Sunday, but I didn't want to leave my husband alone all night with two kids under 2 so I just went up for the day. The project was a log cabin quilt, but I didn't get my stuff read in time. Instead, I made a bunch of oragami bags and an awesome appliqued wall hanging out of hand-dyed fabric! I'm really excited to start to quilt it.

I had a really good time at the retreat. It's so nice to be around so many other people that enjoy the same things as I do. It's also great to see the different fabrics and combinations of colors people choose for their quilts. Lots of times is something I would never have done, but looks absolutely incredible.

Barb has another great quilt retreat planned for next fall. For more details check out her website: http://www.quiltsbybarb.com/new2009quiltretreat.htm.
Friday, November 14, 2008

Welcome to my blog - This is my story!

Hello everyone and welcome to my new blog!

I'm creating this to document my journey as a struggling crafter/artist trying to make it with this crazy economy! We'll see how things go!

I've been making things for as long as I remember. My Grandma still tells the story of the "quilt" I made my brother for his 10th birthday (I was 5)...I sewed together the fabric from my mom's rag box - including the furry toilet seat cover! My brother...being the nice guy that he is, was really nice and told me he just loved it!

I never really stopped making things...I was always saving things and creating random things. Luckily, my parents were very supportive of me. When I was in middle school I cut out all the cool ads from teen magazines and created this crazy collage that coverd my cieling...it drove my mom nuts but she still let me do it :) I had an art teacher in middle school that told my parents at teacher conferences to buy me any supplies I asked for because I would use them...my parents listened. If it weren't for them I would never be making the things I am making today!

I went to college in 2000 for civil engineering. Unfortunately, it was difficult to mix art classes into my curriculum and still graduate in a reasonable time frame. I managed to take one drawing class and a pottery class...but that was about it.

When I met my husband's family I instantly knew that I would get along well with my mother-in-law. She was a crafter too! I found out that she used to teach crafting classes and was an amazing quilter. After I had been dating my husband for a year they let me display my jewelry in their apple store. It was a huge success and has continued to grow for the last five years.

Also, about eight months into my relationship with my husband I decided that I wanted to learn the real way to quilt. We went to my in-laws every Tuesday night for months and I would work on my first 'real' quilting project (I didn't own my own sewing machine at the time) and we would get a free, delicious dinner. I fell in love with quilting and have been making them ever since.

I can go on and on about all the different things I do, but I need to get busy working on things. I'll tell more of my stories later! I hope you enjoy my blog!

To see some examples of my stuff check out my website: http://www.kimscraftyapple.etsy.com/
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