My First Craft Show

I have signed up for my first craft show with the Townson Town Fair which will be held from 10 AM to 4 PM on September 8th at the Parkville High School on Putty Hill Road.  I don’t know what to expect (except a lot of hard work!) but I am plunging ahead nonetheless.  I am sure I will forget something important like failing to display my business license or leaving my Square credit card reader at home.

It feels like I haven’t done anything except sew and embroidery for the past two months getting my inventory built up for the show.  I want my booth to be awesome and I have ordered some new materials from Vistaprint to help in that regard. I have made myself a bright yellow craft apron to wear in my booth with the axiom “It’s All Fun and Games Until the Bobbin Runs Out” on the bib part of it.  Anyone who sews can definitely relate to it!

I have lots of baby bibs for both boys and girls with cute sayings on them, such as “His/Her Royal Highchairness” complete with a colorful crown, or “Breakfast is on Me” complete with food splatters.  Really cute stuff.

Also this week I have been making stuffed Boa Constrictors – both Mama and Baby. These are quite splashy and shiny.  Other things I have are lots of embroidered axioms like the one above on the apron relating to many arts and crafts – embroidery, crocheting, knitting, etc. These are mounted on artists canvas with a hanger on the back.

My beautifully embroidered Christmas ornaments are enclosed in 8×10 glass frames and make wonderful gifts. These are machine embroidered  and the designs really pop on the felt background.

I am looking forward to getting this first show under my belt. If you are in the area and plan to attend the fair, I hope you will stop by my booth. I am supposed to be listed in the program and the name of my shop is ‘the CottonPatch Kid LLC’ .  Look forward to meeting you.

Take care, be well, and live in peace.

Mona Scott

PS: I don’t have all the items mentioned above in my Etsy shop yet but some of them are there if you wish to have a peek. Go to http://www.etsy.com/shop/thecottonpatchkidllc

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Tell Me, Can Our Brains Explode From Too Much Information?

The reason I ask is that I have spent an inordinate amount of time reading every book I can get my hands on about starting an on-line craft business.  This is not a new thing.  I have been doing this for a year or more and cannot seem to make the jump from just reading about it to actually doing it.  I have beaten myself up about it so many times.  I have hashed it over in my head until it spins. For the life of me I cannot understand why I don’t just do it.  I have everything I need to do so.  I have a regular sewing machine, I have a beautiful Bernina Embroidery machine, and I have just ordered a Serger.  In addition to all this equipment, I have tons (and I mean tons!) of fabric.  I have patterns, a hundred books on fabric crafts and quilting, and a lot of creative ideas.  I just can’t seem to move forward.

Have any of you ever been in this situation?  Will you share your start-up stories with me to see what I can glean from your experiences?  It would be so much appreciated.  I really want to use my “stuff” and create all these amazing things I have in  my head!  Thanks ever so much.  Mona

Favorite Things

Quilts are some of my favorite things.  I am going to a quilt show called “Birds of a Feather” in Columbia, MD tomorrow (if it isn’t still storming!) where there are 300 quilts on display.  If anyone else is going from this area maybe we could meet up there.

This is a picture of a wall-hanging size quilt I bought last year from the Folk Art Center in Asheville, NC.  It is called “Four Cards Around” and was designed and made by Diana R. Ramsay of Asheville in 2009.  The block pattern is called “Card Trick” and the fabric is by Jane Sassaman.

I love the bold colors and how they “pop” with that black background.  It is very well made and brings me great joy every day.

Quilt measures roughly 32 inches square.

Quilt measures roughly 32 inches square.

I love how the blocks seem to be floating and yet pop off the background.

I love how the blocks seem to be floating and yet pop off the background.

Good Morning World

the Cotton Patch Kid

the CottonPatch Kid LLC

My name is Mona Scott and I live in Parkville, MD.

I have a lot of interests especially sewing, quilting, and embroidery.  I also love the outdoors, nature photography, birds, hiking, gardening, my cat.  On a quieter note, I am a voracious reader, a journal keeper, a dream recorder and a Genealogy researcher.  I love to cook, play Cribbage, make baskets, and stare at the stars.

I grew up on a large farm in a west Tennessee community called Frog Jump. (really!)  I lived on the farm until I was 18 years old and graduated from high school.  Farm life was hard and we were very poor but we always had food on the table and clean clothes to wear.  They were rarely new clothes, but they were clean nonetheless.  I was the youngest of five children with two older brothers and two older sisters.  Most of my clothes were hand-me-downs from them.  My Mother had an old Singer peddle sewing machine on which she made most of our clothes.  I remember being very small and sitting on the floor while she sewed.  She would give me the remnants from whatever she was making at the time and I would use them to make clothes for my doll.

I started sewing for myself at an early age and I have had a love of fabric ever since .  Having recently purchased a new Bernina 750 QE sewing machine (they call it a sewing computer!) I am ready to venture into the world of on-line commerce.  I have opened up an Etsy shop at etsy.com called The CottonPatch Kid, LLC.  I am in the process of making items for my shop and hope you will check it out.

Thanks for stopping by today and visiting my blog.

And….Sew Far, Sew Good!