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I’ve been wanting to try to make our own laundry detergent for some time now.  Transition from two incomes to one income has made me think about different ways we can save money, and all this talk about laundry detergent caught my eye.

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Link to pin: here.

I did a lot of reading through various DIY deterent pins and this seemed to be the one that I was drawn to the most.

So we bought the ingredients that the blog post specified.

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It was surprisingly easy to find all of these items.  They were pretty located in one section of one aisle at our local Walmart.  Seriously.  It was that easy.  Everything was there.  We spent roughly $30ish on all the items, including the large bin to store it all in.

The hardest part about making this deterent was the grating of the Fels-Naptha soap.

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Hubby agreed to do it for me because he knows how clumsy I can be.  I would have certainly hurt myself if I had to do this.  He had all three bars of soap grated within an hour or less.

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M had to watch what was going on.  She kept saying that it looked like daddy was grating cheese.  We had to tell her that was NOT cheese.  Thankfully, she didn’t decide she needed to taste it to be sure.  She just liked watching daddy do something out of the ordinary.

After all of the soap was grated, he poured the rest of the powders into the bin.  My suggestion is to do that outside.  Hubby was super careful about not stirring up too much dust, but I think a well-ventilated area would be much better for the next time.

We’ve used it several times.  The detergent doesn’t get all sudsy, but we’ve been pretty satisfied with the results.  Our clothes smell fresh due to the Fels-Naptha soap and our garage always smells like fresh laundry.

I’ll try to blog again about it after some time has passed, but so far, I’m liking what I’m seeing.

Last week, I introduced you to my very first card set for sale.  You can see the card set by clicking here.

My goal is to reveal one new card set a week.  I’m hoping to start adding them into my Etsy store, but I’m waiting until I get about 5 card sets before I do so.

This week, I’d like to show you the “Hello” Card Set.

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Haven’t you ever found yourself in need of a card and no time to go to the store?

If you purchase my card sets, you will always have a card on hand for those “just in case” moments!  This cards are perfect because they are no specified for just one type of occasion.  With a stamped “hello” sentiment, you can use these cards for a birthday, a thank you, or just a ‘thinking of you’ moment!

I had a lot of fun making these cards because they were using one of my favorite color combinations.  Red, black and white.  I always find myself super inspired when I make cards in these colors.

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UntitledEach card set revealed costs only $20 plus $5 shipping.  Please allow 1-2 weeks AFTER receipt of payment before I ship them out since I have to make them to order.  Like all things handmade, the finished product may not be exactly the same as what is shown in the picture, but it’s definitely made with the same love and care as the ones in the photo.  That’s the beauty of handmade, right?

Please follow me on Instagram, @shopcutieq, for more shop related posts.  Follow me @cutieqcards for a glimpse of my crafty life, from cardmaking to sewing and planners!

It’s been a long time coming, but I finally did it.

I’ve been making cards for awhile and I’ve been trying and trying to sell them.  I’ve had some success with having some of my cards at the flower shop that did the flowers for my wedding.

I also want to try to see if I can sell my cards on my own.

I’ve decided to make card sets.  They are a set of 5 cards.  Each set may vary.  They cost $20 with $5 shipping.

I’ve revealed my very first card set on Instagram (@shopcutieq).  You can also purchase through that Instagram account by contacting me through the comments.

Without further ado, here is my first card set, Watercolor Card Set.

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This card set features a watercolored background.  There are two ‘cheers,’ or congratulatory greeting cards, two birthday cards, and one ‘thank you’ card.

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UntitledEach card is watercolored by me.  Each card is hand-stamped by me.  Each card is put together by me.

While only ONE card set is available for immediate sale, if asked, I can create this card set again for you to own.  Just allow me a 1-2 weeks from ordering so I can recreate this set again. With all things handmade, subsequent sets may look slightly different from what is shown in the picture.  I promise you, the quality will be the same.

I haven’t posted this on Etsy yet, but if you are interested in owning a set like this, please follow me on Instagram, @shopcutieq, and contact me there.  I do plan on posting these sets on Etsy once I create about 5 more card sets.

If everything works out, I plan on releasing a card set a week.

Please consider shopping CutieQ for your greeting card needs!

Every year I tell myself that I want to sell Christmas cards.  Every year I tell myself I want to create card sets.

Every year I find myself so very behind on Christmas card production.

Not this year.

This year, I started early.

Christmas in July.

The goal is to have enough cards for the following:
1. Personal use
2. Sell via Etsy or Instagram
3. Sell at the flower shop
4. Sell to select family members that have been asking me for cards for their own use (ie. My mom).

Production isn’t going as quickly as I would like it to go.  For each card design, I make four at a time.  Some cards take longer than one night to create because I use watercolors and need them to dry.  Finding time to create the cards is difficult too.  I try to make the most of my kid’s relatively early bedtime, but I also don’t want to find myself awake at 3am cardmaking…

But I’m pushing through.  I think I’m going to make a decent amount.  I’m determined.  I will make this happen this year.

Here are some of the card designs that I have completed so far…

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I’m hoping to have enough cards by mid-November so I can get them up on Etsy and my shop Instagram account for people to start browsing.

Follow @shopcutieq on Instagram to know when the cardsets and other crafty things go on sale.  That Instagram feed is solely to showcase items for sale by CutieQ Cards n Crafts.

For more of a behind the scenes look and other crafty things I’ve been playing around with, follow me on @cutieqcards on Instagram.  You can find a lot of behind the scenes crafty things, scrapbook layouts, and planner stuff.

 

 

I’m doing it again.

I’m making a quilt.

This time, I’m making a traditional quilt, not a rag quilt.

There is  A LOT that I don’t know about making a quilt and I probably should have taken a real class at a fabric store, but I feel like I’ve watched enough Youtube videos that I just might be able to pull this off..

When I first got to Joann’s Fabric store, I was overwhelmed.  How much fabric will I buy for the quilt top?  How much batting will I need?  What about the backing fabric and the binding?!  I was going a bit crazy and overwhelmed with the entire process that I almost felt like giving up.

I left the store that day feeling very discouraged about the whole thing.  However, I still wanted to do the quilt.

So, I decided to just take things one step at a time.

I’m winging it…

I went back to the store and I bought what I needed for the quilt top only.

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Cutting the fabric is taking me a while since I can only do this at night when the kids are asleep.  I’m currently working on cutting the white fabric into the triangles, so I’m almost done.  I can’t wait to sew the white and patterned fabric triangles together to make some fun squares!

Follow this blog to follow my quilt making process…

Scrapbooking.

I wish I would have more time to do more of it.

I’m accumulating more and more pictures.  I really do need to scrapbook more to document the lives of my little girls… they aren’t getting any younger and the memories attached to those pictures are slowly going to fade if I don’t get them on a scrapbook layout soon…

I do find a rare moment to put together a layout, and this is the most recent one I’ve completed!

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This is of the first moment that K sat up without any support from me!  It was a milestone moment that definitely had to be placed on a layout!

I’m not sure where these papers came from.  I found them on the bottom of my “patterned paper” drawer stash.  I cut them up to the right size and then ran my black marker along the edge to give the edges more definition.  I also ran my marker along the edge of the entire white sheet of paper to keep it consistent with all the other papers on the layout.

The gold, round letter stickers came from the dollar rack at Target and I stamped ‘you’ with my Lawn Fawn letter stamps.

I’m not usually one to use a lot of patterned paper on my layouts but I think this looks pretty good and a nice change from the norm.

Because of our move, we had to register with a new Church.

The welcome packet came with a brochure of the various ministries that the parish has.

One ministry caught my eye.

CRAFTING MINISTRY.

Yes, a crafting ministry.

I contacted the coordinator as soon as I could.  We exchanged emails and now we will officially meet some time this week.

Exciting!  I know!

I will definitely keep you posted about what we discussed and how I can incorporate my crafting into my faith journey.


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