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Basement Project Plan

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South WallOver the past couple of weeks, Brad and I have been putting all of our time and effort into getting this basement finished and liveable. I’ve really been neglecting my work-at-home situation to get it done, and Brad has been heading over to the new house to work every day before or after work, depending on the shift he’s on that week. Slowly but surely, it’s coming along quite nicely! It is very time consuming, and yet easier than I had expected! I’ve decided to make this brief checklist and game-plan for anyone who may be interested doing a little basement work. I hope this helps!

  • Electrical wiring
    Luckily, this step was completed before we moved in, therefore we have utility boxes along the west wall of the room. Rather than covering these up with a wall, we will be creating a floating shelf along the entire wall to encase the electrical outlets.
  • Deep cleaning
    After removing all of the debris from the room, clean every inch of the walls and floor with bleach. We also cleaned the ceiling with a toilet brush, with the intention of leaving it exposed.
  • Sealing off leaks
    This is an issue for many basements, as many conditions are required to keep a basement leak-free. This article on The Money Pit is very informative and includes a few suggestions for fixes.
  • Staining/finishing the ceiling
    There are many other options for ceilings, but we decided to tear out the insulation and leave our bare ceiling exposed for a more rustic feel. If you intend on doing this, it’s a good idea to remove any staples or nails that may have been used to attach the insulation. A flat-head screwdriver works well for this.
  • Priming & painting the walls
  • Painting the floor
    Because our room has a fireplace along one wall, we have purchased a carpet that will leave this area of the floor exposed, and have decided to paint the non-carpeted areas.
  • Laying the carpet

West Wall

To be completely honest, we are cutting some small corners here and there budget-wise. This has actually resulted in taking us more time to get everything done. Specifically, we have to stain the entire ceiling before we can lay any kind of carpeting, and it’s incredibly tedious.

We are also faced with the challenge of creatively hiding the exposed wiring and cables that run through the basement, and we have a very interesting idea planned for these as well! There happened to be a giant wood-burning stove in the middle of the floor with a chute that goes right up into the fireplace, and a week or two of firewood stacked along one wall, among other things.

Southeast Corner

At first I was worried that this room would be never be finished or fit for humankind, but now when I close my eyes I know it will be the beautiful modern yet rustic masterpiece that I’ve dreamed of. While this list certainly covers many of the basics, I have so many design ideas to put in motion! I’ve made a Pinterest board specifically for this project titled The Basement-to-Bedroom Project, so be sure to check it out to get a better idea of my design and follow along! I haven’t posted all of my ideas & inspirations just yet, and I’m sure I will continue to keep it updated with more projects that I’ve got in mind after the basement is liveable. Thanks for reading, internet!

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On Moving and Moving

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I’m excited to announce that Brad and his family and I are moving! The property is nothing short of wondrous and has been well kept, but it still needs a bit of love to make it liveable. We’ve all been putting very much time and effort into restoring this charming house into the beautiful space that we envision it once was.

The front yard, however, is not the focal point of the property. Behold the view from the living room window.

This sparkling pond is also located on the property, as well as acres and acres of land on which we can explore, hunt, or fish, if we so choose. The well on the right of the photo has a small garden sitting atop it, which protects both the garden from being eaten by small mammals, and also small children that may be thrown into the well.

Brad and I are currently working on finishing the house’s basement. This will allow me to have a studio/craft room outside of our bedroom! I can’t wait! Our ultimate goal, however, is to move the two of us into this lovely little cabin just to the right hand side of the pond.

This is going to be a much bigger job than the basement. It’s completely gutted and at this time it appears that it’s being used as a tool shed. This doesn’t stop me from picturing myself waking up and enjoying a cup of coffee on that porch and overlooking the pond every single morning for the rest of my life.

So this is what’s been keeping me busy this week. The good news is that it’s got me brainstorming a bunch of DIY posts!

The bad news is that it seems I’ll be putting off shifting my blog to Blogger, as I discussed in My Break-Up with WordPress just last month. I’ve still got quite a bit of fine-tuning that I’d like to do before the blog move, which will have to wait until I get settled in after the house move.

While I’ve certainly got a lot on my plate right now, I’m definitely going to be showing off some before, during, and after shots along the way. Thanks for reading!

Aprons and Eye Candy

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Today I’ve been working on some aprons for the Christian Academy. It’s funny how I can put off making inventory for my shop for so long, but when I know someone’s relying on me I tend to work a little harder, at the very least.

This reminds me a bit of Marie Forleo’s “catch a flight” technique. If you can wake up at 4:00 AM to catch a flight because you know it’s leaving with or without you, you can wake up at 7 AM to work at home. Yeah, it works the same for me. If I can work this diligently on something for someone else, I can surely work up the gumption to do it for me, for my business. I’ve gotta remember this feeling and try to be just as motivated every day, and with future projects. Anyway, let’s get back on track here…

I’ve had quite a few snags with this project. First, I only had universal and leather needles on hand, so I opted for a leather needle, assuming the universal ones wouldn’t hold up. That was a terrible idea. Leather needles are made to cut thicker, non-woven materials, and therefore have to be able to cut as they sew. This makes my straight stitches look really wavy on the underside of the material. Now I’m using denim needles, which are suited for sewing through layers of woven fabrics without cutting and damaging them so much. Problem solved!

Then this happened:

What you’re seeing here was after a little bit of panicking and tugging and a lot of pounding my head against my sewing machine. My needle came right out and was jammed down into the throat plate. The hard part was getting it out of my fabric without making the hole bigger. This is why you need to tighten the screw fully when switching needles! I’m glad the damage wasn’t noticeable, because it certainly wouldn’t have been reparable if it had gone in just a little further. But, a disheartening mistake like this is one of the many reasons I keep this guy close by whenever I’m sewing, just when I need a little pick-me-up.

I made this pincushion forever ago, but recently acquired the eye-pins in a big bag of old buttons I got this summer! Now he’s got a customizable face!

All in all, I’m glad I made the progress that I did. It took me two days, but I finally finished the first apron today. Once I had done this, I figured the next 7 would be a breeze. I was still in the process of cutting out the rest of my pieces when I had to call it a day, but I’m excited and ready for tomorrow!

Afterwards I enjoyed an early dinner with my two favorite people, Brad and Katie. As we were heading out of Burger King, I realized I wanted a picture of Brad in his spiffy new work clothes before we got on the road. I even had the pleasure of snapping a shot of him without a goofy face on. Even Katie made a special appearance in an accidental photobomb.

I don’t know if she’s giving us a wave goodbye or trying to cover her face to avoid the picture. Either way, I’m pretty happy with this shot. My guy can be pretty darn handsome when he wants to be.

Oh! I almost forgot to mention that I’m less than 50 page-views from hitting 1000! I’m so excited! I hope you’ve enjoyed my sewing anecdotes! Thanks for reading, internet!

NEPA Arts & Crafts – August 2012

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Queen Bee Market - August 2011 by AngryJulieMonday

Queen Bee Market – August 2011 by AngryJulieMonday

Hello there, makers and shakers of Northeastern PA! We are knees deep into Summer this month – are you ready to see everything that’s going on in the arts and crafts world in the month of August? Clear your schedules, folks, ’cause you’re going to be ridiculously busy with fairs, festivals, handmade vendors, and the very best that NEPA has to offer. The summer may be winding down, but there’s still plenty of time to get your inspiration for crafting throughout the upcoming cold months.

8/03 — 8/11 Wayne County Fair @ Wayne County Fairgrounds, Honesdale, PA
8/04               Artfest @ Downtown Bloomsburg, PA
8/04 — 8/05 Arts in the Park Festival @ Howard Elmer Park, Sayre, PA
8/04 — 8/05 Apple Valley Arts & Crafts Festival @ Apple Valley Village, Milford, PA
8/04 — 8/05 Festival of Wood @ Grey Towers National Historical Site, Milford, PA
8/05              Corpus Christi Car Show & Craft Fair @ Church of the Holy Redeemer, Harding, PA
8/07 – 8/12 Carbon County Fair @ Little Gap Rd, Palmerton
8/08 – 8/12 Wyoming Valley Mall Craft Show @ Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre, PA
8/11 — 8/12 Arts & Crafts Festival @ Eagles Mere Village Green, Eagles Mere, PA
8/11               Flea Market & Bake Sale @ Hawley Fire House, Hawley, PA
8/13 — 8/18 Montour-Delong Community Fair @ Fairgrounds – Rt. 254, Washingtonville, PA
8/16 — 8/18 Sunbury River Festival @ Cameron Park & Riverfront Park, Sunbury, PA
8/16 — 8/19 Pittston Tomato Festival @ Downtown Pittston, PA
8/17 — 8/19 Old Timer’s Show @ VFW Grounds, East Smithfield, PA
8/17 — 8/18 White Haven Festival @ Lehigh Park, White Haven, PA
8/18               Arts & Crafts Festival @ Chinchilla United Methodist Church, Chinchilla, PA
8/18              Hickory Fest @ Stony Fork Creek Campground, Wellsboro, PA
8/18              Last Blast of Summer @ First Presbyterian Church, Berwick, PA
8/18              Pioneer Day @ Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine, Ashland, PA
8/18 — 8/19 Spirit, Mind & Body Expo @ Clarion Hotel, Scranton, PA
8/23 — 8/25 Riverfest @long the Susquehanna River, Towanda, PA
8/24 — 8/25 Plymouth Kielbasa Festival @ Main St, Plymouth, PA
8/25              Craft Fair @ 84 Country Store, Greentown, PA
8/25              Jessup Summer Wine Festival @ 333 Hill St, Jessup, PA
8/25              Wounded Warrior Craft & Arts Fair @ Sun Valley Firehouse, Effort, PA
8/25 — 8/26 Hot & Stinky Garlic & Herb Festival @ Zanolini Nursery, Drums, PA
8/25 — 8/26 Pocono State Craft Festival @ Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, Stroudsburg, PA
8/26              Arts at Hayfield Summer Festival @ Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Lehman, PA
8/26 — 9/01 West End Fair @ West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA
8/28 — 9/03 Greene Dreher Sterling Fair @ GDS Fairgrounds, Newfoundland, PA
8/29 — 9/03 Sullivan County Fair @ Fairgrounds, Rt. 154, Forksville

On-going events:
Wed — Sun The Marketplace @ 10th St. Plaza, Bloomsburg, PA
Merchant’s Village Indoor Market @ The old Wal-Mart, Pittston, PA

Resources:
http://www.pavendors.com/events
http://www.artscraftsshowbusiness.com/shows.aspx?state=PA
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net

Am I missing something? Send me an email at Shubette.etsy(at)gmail(dot)com to let me know about an arts & crafts event in NEPA! Thanks for joining me for another month of crafts and can-do here at Shubette Handmade!

My New Year’s Resolution: A Mid-Year Review

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Hello there! At the beginning of this year, I wrote this post regarding my new year’s resolution. In it, I basically stated these two key points:

  1. Open my creative business. Status: Achieved! (Sort of) I listed my very first item in my etsy shop, therefore declaring Shubette Handmade open for business!
  2. Make and list a new item every week. Status: Abandoned/Failed. Very early on I realized that this exercise would not be a good move to make for my business. I wanted to put quality time and so much thought into my projects, and one week to design and construct a new product didn’t seem like enough.

My main idea was just to put myself out there. The more I make, the more people will see, the more my business will grow…right? Shortly after(I did say somewhere in the previously mentioned post that I’m rather fickle) I decided that I don’t want to make crap. I wanted the items that I would be making and selling to be of the utmost quality. I didn’t think I could provide that kind of quality and I let this keep me from making anything for fear that it would not be good enough.

So here are my Resolution Amendments:

  1. Sew every day. If I want to sell items that I sew, I need to keep my skills sharp. I should be doing some sort of sewing-related activity every day. I certainly have enough projects piled up to work on at least one thing for an hour a day, even if I’m just doing something trivial like pre-washing and ironing my fabric.
  2. Sew better. This goal is inherent to the primer. If I’m putting in the hours and the effort I will get better at what I’m doing.

Looking back, I’m starting to feel like all of my blog posts are about doing it better and making it happen, but none are about me doing and making. I’m realizing that my blog is not as big of a priority to making my business happen as making things and improving my skills before I start my business is. This business is my goal, and I’m not going to mess this up.

NEPA Arts & Crafts – June 2012

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Welcome back, fellow Northeastern Pennsylvanians! Once again I’m here to show you another exciting month in arts and crafts! Remember that I not only have craft fairs listed here, but any local events that include arts & crafts vendors, as well as flea markets! If you have an event that you’d like to see on this list, feel free to send me an email at Shubette.etsy(at)gmail(dot)com! I hope you find the event that’s right for you, and stop in again at the end of June for a list of July’s events!

6/02               Community Day & Flea Market @ Danville Airport, Danville, PA
6/02               Flea Market @ St. Laurence Church, Old Forge, PA
6/02               Craft Sale & Flea Market @ Trinity Episcopal Church, West Pittston, PA
6/02               Wine Festival @ Sno Cove, Scranton, PA
6/02               Midtown Festival @ Main St., New Milford, PA
6/02 — 6/03 Arts on Fire @ Anthracite Museum, Scranton, PA
6/02 — 6/03 Flea Market & Craft Show @ Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Brodheadsville, PA
6/09               Arts & Crafts Fair @ Bingham Park, Hawley, PA
6/09 — 6/10 Craft Fair @ The Fun Station, Gouldsboro, PA
6/09 — 6/16 PA State Laurel Festival @ Wellsboro, PA
6/16               Roots & Rhythm Music Festival @ Central Park & Main St., Honesdale, PA
6/16               Barn Quilt Festival @ 20 Main St., Wyalusing, PA
6/19 — 6/24 Northeast Fair @ Suscon Rd. (just off Rt. 315), Pittston, PA
6/20 — 6/24 Forty Fort 125th Anniversary Celebration (near) Forty Fort Airport, Forty Fort, PA
6/23               Founder’s Day @ Main St., Tunkhannock, PA
6/23 — 6/24 CMVB Family Fun Festival @ Berwick Test Track Park, Berwick, PA
6/23 — 6/24 Liberty Blockhouse Festival @ Liberty Park, Liberty, PA
6/25 —           Central PA Wine & Arts Festival @ Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, Bloomsburg, PA
6/30              Flea Market @ 84 Country Store, Greentown, PA

On-going events:
Wed — Sun The Marketplace @ 10th St. Plaza, Bloomsburg, PA
Merchant’s Village Indoor Market @ The old Wal-Mart, Pittston, PA

Resources:
http://www.pavendors.com/events
http://www.artscraftsshowbusiness.com/shows.aspx?state=PA
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net

Thanks for coming, Northeastern PA!

A Card for Mom

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I know I already posted my Mother’s Day card for this year, but this card is for my MIL! I was pretty excited to work with this week’s color story over at The Play Date Cafe!

 

After I cut out all of my letters by hand, I felt like this card was going to be a little plain, so I figured I’d replace the O with a little button. This still left the card seeming a little bit naked, so I was able to create a great looking flower out of white duct tape! Since I don’t have any scalloped scissors and I love the crap out of scalloped edges, I decided to stitch my own by hand, too! The greatest challenge of making this card was probably sewing on the button in a way to get the duct tape petals pinned down just right. I really love the simplicity of this card.