Saturday, May 30, 2009

I Made a Vendor Apron!



I needed a vendor apron and it seemed easy enough but the problem was that I can't sew. So I visualized what I wanted, wrote to my friend in England about it and she sent me a very detailed drawing on how to do it. It seemed mostly like straight line sewing just rolling my edges so I didn't have any fraying problems and I began.

So I took a long piece of fabric, the same material as I'm going to cover my tables with and sew'd all the edges after measuring it about where I wanted it to lay when I had it tied on. I bought a roll of yellow ribbon to match to use for ties. Then I cut out three squares of different colors of butterfly material with some really shiny strings in it, looks like glitter in the fabric, and put 3 little pockets on the front. So far so good LOL then I folded the apron in half and got a little wild, and sew'd zig zag stitches all down both sides and in the middle of my butterfly pockets so instead of having 3 little pockets in the front I have 3 big pockets too!

I'm always trying to find things that actually go around me. It was funny because recently I was asked "do you take a small, medium or large" and I had to tell them a 3X. So big is great but plus is where I'm at.

I was just glad I was able to use my head and make this. I usually leave these kinds of things to the pros but this time I needed to prove to myself that I can do whatever I put my mind to do. I can't wait for Geoff to come home in the morning so I can show him I did it, and I actually finished it HAHAHAHA as I'm terrible at finishing things. He knows that fact so this will be a suprise for him for sure!

This is my wish for how I want it to look on me HAHA nice tiny waist, but this bod uses the entire apron, TRUST ME.


I decided to put a ruffle on it, I've never made a ruffle for anything, I only eat ruffles LOL

It sorta turned out a little crappy, the ruffle ended up not even. But it's still cute to me. I'm thinking about added some hand stitched crystals to the pockets. But that will have to be another day as I need to make mobiles today.

Ramblings From A Nervous Heart

The vibe rock pendant business has been taking off lately! I've sold 6 at work (gave one away because I got a big tip from one of the buyers) and had a custom order on Etsy among other orders. I've been making new ones, trying to make different colors because there are so many different people. Trying to please....hmmmm sounds like a blog entry...
I am going to be doing my first craft "show" and have been wondering lately how many people will try to insult me or my team by making statements such as "oh I can make that," "you're asking what for that"?, "you're asking $20 dollars, will you take $5"?, or "I like this one, but do you have it in the color of the rainbow?" I think most people will be respectful and it's what we can hope for however I know there will be people that will be just plain rude, with their noses turned up. I know I will hear statements and see the kind of looks that people make when they step in a pile of dog crap. I just want to say to all those people that are more than likely "loaded", that come to the market this summer to take advantage of the sellers down there, (trying to get something for nothing and then taking there "prize" home to brag about later) that we are not the starving artists that you think we are. We are hard working men and women with a passion to create beautiful and practical things. We are people that love what we do and put a fair and comparable price on our beautiful handmade items. We are men and women that take a lot of pride in our knowledge of craftmanship no matter what level we are at and expect to be treated like the artisians we are. It's not always about the money though; just having someone say "I like this" can be payment enough.
I am excited to attend the Farmers' ARTisians Market this summer and can't wait to get to hang out with all my team mates and be apart of this team I belong to. One thing I will do though, is keep my eye out for those that attend, and I think God will let me know, those people that really need a break.
I expect to see someone walk past my table with diamonds on her fingers as big as bowling balls, hair and makeup expertly done, nails manicured, and designer clothes saying "I can do that" while I sit and drink my soda knowing in my mind that it won't be my things she turns her nose up at but it'll be after she goes home and tries to make it herself...remember the pile of dog crap I mentioned?

Just thought this was pretty.

Friday, May 29, 2009

21 Things You Might Not Know About Mua

0. Jesus is my hero

1/2. I love my family even though I don't show it often

1. Always the optimist

2. I suck at cooking

3. I still love to sing, although I don't

4. I love every genre of music, except rap...don't make me listen to it, i'll get mad at ya

5. I'm open minded and open hearted

6. The Bible is the only book that makes me happy

7. My heart breaks for hurting people

8. I'm non-judgemental always

9. I'm honest to a fault

10. I say way too much sometimes

11. I don't have much patience but I'm learning

12. I need to lose weight but I'm too lazy to do it

13. I want a meaningful job

14. I enjoy my computer

15. I'm thankful for a good eyebrow waxing

16. If you ask me a point blank question I'll answer it honestly

17. I wish I could retire

18. I wish I had a better relationship with my oldest daughter

19. I feel bad about this, but my dogs irritate me to the point where I don't even want to come home sometimes

20. grocery shopping is really annoying

21. I have many secrets

Friday, May 22, 2009

Cherish The One You're With

How to get a husband to help...I just stopped doing everything and not worrying about what isn't getting done. Geoff now washes and dries the laundry, I fold it. He will load the dishwasher and start it, I put the dishes away. If he trims trees, I go help him pick up the branches...I take the trash out, he rolls the can to the curb and brings it back in. We just started sharing the jobs. I never have ever complained, not once about what he doesn't do and it's just been groovy.
If he made me a bouquet of wildflowers and left the mess all over, I'd honestly be astonished and love the wonderful thing he had done. He doesn't bring me flowers but he shows me he loves me by cleaning the toilet, going to work everyday and coming home to me. He shows me he loves me by eating my food too, telling me thank you and that it was good (and I can't cook that great). I know I goof around a lot and try to be funny about everything but when it comes to love and Geoff I get serious when I say I got it all with this guy. He loves to sit on the porch, hold my hand and drink coffee with me while I do all the talking. I am so blessed to have him in my life. I appreciate the little things as well as the big things he does for me and I wouldn't change a moment of the last 11 years we've been together. Something that I think of every day: I cherish this man I married everyday as there may come a time that I will be without him and I'll wish for the mess he leaves by the coffee maker.

Monday, May 18, 2009

♥♫♥♪♫♥♥♫♥♪♫♥Beginning June 14 Designs By LaShelle will be closing every Sunday to attend Fulton Street Artisians Market where I will join my Etsy West Michigan family. There will be wonderful creations by a lot of Etsy West Michigan artisians including Designs By LaShelle so if you're in the neighborhood please stop by and say hi! Specials by most ETSY West Michigan Artisians June 14th so come on down!♥♫♥♪♫♥

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Getting ready for FSAM

I'm so excited about are a couple of pictures to show you the progress...
Here is the blog on FSAM
Please visit me at my etsy shop and my other shop at

Friday, May 1, 2009


♥*♥*♥*WEEKEND SALE*♥*♥*♥♥♫♥♪♫♥FREE WEEKEND SHIPPING AND 10% OFF YOUR ORDER♥♫♥♪♫♥ Please come and visit me at my shop!

If you are looking for Mothers' Day gifts or just something different for yourself, a family member or friend, come visit Designs By LaShelle for all your gift needs. If you don't see what you are looking for I have some wonderful team mates that have great ideas for gifts!

First Fruits and Flynn Orchards have these wonderful jams and jelly's as well as applesauce, sugar scrubs, even homemade marshmallows! Chocolate covered at that!

Here is a wonderful pastel done by my friend at Secondsight another wonderful Etsian. She is an artist that features gorgeous unique one of a kind drawings, cards, magnets all hand drawn. Her shop link is below where you can purchase her art work.

Shady Side Farm is honestly one of my favorite shops on Etsy, and being an owner of several pairs of "shady sockies" I can say without hesitation that they are the absolute best socks on the market. Gorgeous color, true to size, so soft and with proper care they will last and last! Visit their shop to see more wonderful items!

And what would Mothers' Day be without a fabulous card? Pick one up at Articulations!

And I just love this picture, and I've tried her liquid soap and it's to die for! No artificial anything as I'm allergic to a lot of artificial additives and the scent was wonderful, lather fantastic and the scent was heavenly. You can find more lovelies at their shop

All of Etsy West Michigan Shops have links to each other so it's like mall shopping from the comfort of your chair!

There is one more shop I have to mention.

RCTEES have the best shirts in my opinion on Etsy. What makes a shop the best? Well you want quality but it's the artist as well and these designs are terrific and this shop is in the Etsy Gift Guide and Yesterday it made the Front Page! Way to go Toni!

Here's a link to her fantastic shop