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Greetings to all the new people! I have been here awhile but don’t have an post so: most of my these days is made with my sewing robot, a RPi-connected embroidery machine that I do unconventional things with, like make plushies and fabric (with a bias). I post a lot (like, a LOT) about process and mistakes, including what I’m learning as I run my new Etsy shop. I live in South Jersey, just across the Delaware from , am a mom, and I have .

1) Embroidery site sent me a half-price coupon for my birthday month.

2) Embroidery site is running a half-price sale sitewide anyway.

3) When embroidery site puts designs on sale they're $1.39, so the sale is only any good for the rare $2 designs (or if I *have* to have a design and can't wait for the sale which is almost never).


Today's task: sorting out one of the olllllld boxes of patterns.

There, I lowered it to a $50 minimum, so now three-quarters of a handful of dragons qualifies.

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So I was stumped for a theme on the July sale, and fell back on the ever-popular "10% off a minimum order" but after I made the banner I realized that implies that that's $100 worth of dragons and it's not, it's just the first group picture that came to hand ($72 worth, as it happens). 😩

I should probably just edit the text and change the sale; all y'all should already know by now I have a permanent 10% coupon code (WELCOMEBACK10). (They don't stack, sorry.)

I still need to trim some jump threads on the golds, but I am building up a nice reserve of freebies for whenever sales pick up again.

Sister's package FINALLY arrived today, so I got a speakerphone call of yelled thanks from nieces. GMIL texted to thank me for the masks; she's in a 1500-person senior apartment complex and isn't allowed to see anybody in the complex but businesses are open so she goes grocery shopping now and then. 😬

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Sister's package detoured to Omaha (which is the opposite direction from KC to Wichita) and, after checking in in Wichita has the rather vague "Your package is moving within the USPS network and is on track to be delivered to its final destination. It is currently in transit to the next facility" so *maybe* it'll get there tomorrow? Shipping is clearly an adventure right now. 😔

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(Also I hope when I'm in *my* late 80's I am still quite capable of hopping in my car and travel all over the country solo, visiting family. Preferably not during a pandemic though.)

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Sister's package was delayed, it turns out, so I figure I'll hear from her today. MIL wrote an email thanking me for her masks; they had bought washable ones for FIL because he goes in to work every day but she only had one disposable one. Hope I haven't encouraged her to go out; she has lupus and Kansas cases are on the rise. Haven't heard from late-80's GMIL; hope she has already bailed on Arizona because 📈.

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My various packages arrived today (as USPS informed me about five times each, since I forgot to uncheck the "don't tell me every dang time this package passes a scanner" box) and FIL texted me a selfie of himself in one of the deer masks. ( No word from my GMIL or sister, but my sister gets like twenty packages a day so when she gets through the backlog I'm sure she'll say something.


So now the question is: gonna be up in the neighborhood of Costco, should I go in or should I stick with Aldi? 🤔

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Update: they have the 12x24 ones, as if the 12x12 ones aren't already super-awkward to store. Oh well.

Also ordered some more vinyl in less-eccentric colors. 🤖🗡️

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Me: Ooh, JoAnn has Cricut stuff on sale half off, I need mats that are actually sticky (the mats are compatible with the Cameo, and are better than the Silhouette ones, and are exempt from coupons normally).

JoAnn: Ooh, sorry, all sold out.

Me: 😡

Opted out of Etsy advertising on the second shop too. They still advertise Etsy overall on FB, and if they come up with the right keywords where they think my shop is the one that will get them a sale they'll still advertise me, but at least I don't have to pay directly for it. 😒

Stopped short of putting "PAN FABRIC!" in the title but it's in the keywords. 😆

(I bought this fabric before there was a pan flag, or I certainly would have made a cosplay tail or three out of it. Still might, if it doesn't sell.)

Now that I have the Silhouette permanently set up, I can get around to cutting some of the little files that I've done here and there. I made this one for my sister (her kids' school mascot is a chameleon) but never heard back on whether she actually tried it out so... I did. And blogged it.

Well huh, Cranston is still around (and still employee-owned):

They make quilting fabric and are a trucking company. Sure, why not? 🤷

(The fabric side is now QT Fabric which is why I assumed they were gone.)

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Used to be I could just link to the manufacturer's image of the fabric, but I'm pretty sure that manufacturer doesn't even exist anymore, and if they do I can't imagine they still make those designs.

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Unearthed more cotton prints I had squirreled away to make something from someday; this stash was a trifecta of Carl's mom's interests: butterflies, cats, and Elvis.

The rest of the box was panels; back in the early days of Furbid (lonnnnng before Etsy) I made animal-themed duvet covers and lap quilts and whatnot, and had forgotten I still had four panels left over (there are two of the white tiger ones). May have to come up with a better way to photograph them for Etsy.

My kitchen theme is apparently "dumb jokes." The hippo is not the first; here is a boughten tea towel:

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