Hopeful Thoughts


Craft Fair TODAY

Come see me at the Mulberry Street Cantina in Denton, TX today from 2-5.

 

The Christmas Show 2013

I’ve been busy working on my stock for this year’s Christmas Show.  We’ve had some weather in our area and we’ve had to postpone to Wed. December 11.  If you can’t make it, here’s a preview of what I will have available.

Un-paper towel rolls. These are made of soft cotton flannel in adorable prints and back with a coordinating terry cloth.  They are super absorbent and can be used nearly anywhere you would use a paper towel, but without the waste.  $45

Un-paper towel rolls.
These measure about 12in X 13in like a standard paper towel and are made of soft cotton flannel in adorable prints and backed with a coordinating terry cloth. They are super absorbent and can be used nearly anywhere you would use a paper towel, but without the waste. $45

Smaller sets of 6 un-paper towels stacked and ready for giving.  $20

Smaller sets of 6 un-paper towels stacked and ready for giving. $20

Not big on taking the time to roll your un-paper towels?  Here is the solution!  The same super soft absorbent towels simply stacked.  $40 each.

Not big on taking the time to roll your un-paper towels? Here is the solution! The same super soft absorbent towels simply stacked. $40 each.

Can't make up your mind what you're favorite print is?  These single un-paper towels can be mixed and matched to your heart's content!  $3.50 each or 6 for $20.

Can’t make up your mind what you’re favorite print is? These single un-paper towels can be mixed and matched to your heart’s content! $3.50 each or 6 for $20.

These are miniature versions of the un-paper towels.  They measure just under 7 inches and can be used for all sorts of household tasks. There are 5 in each set.  $4

These are miniature versions of the un-paper towels. They measure just under 7 inches and can be used for all sorts of household tasks. There are 5 in each set. $4

These nap mats are awesome and features removable 1 inch foam padding and pillow for easy washing.   The blanket is super soft and the whole thing rolls up and snaps for easy carrying.  $65

These nap mats are awesome and feature removable 1 inch foam padding and pillow for easy washing. The blanket is super soft and the whole thing rolls up and snaps for easy carrying. $65

Snakes!  These cute little guys can be yours for $10 each.

Snakes! These cute little guys can be yours for $10 each.

20 piece matching set, choice of shapes or flowers. $15

20 piece matching set, choice of shapes or flowers. $15

16 piece matching set, choice of lizards or shapes. $12

16 piece matching set, choice of lizards or shapes. $12

Letter or Number learning sets.  Numbers are 0-9 for $8 and the Alphabet is $20

Letter or Number learning sets. Numbers are 0-9 for $8 and the Alphabet is $20

Hat and Scarf sets for women.  Wool and Acrylic blend and super warm (I have a set just like these that I LOVE).  $25

Hat and Scarf sets for women. Wool and Acrylic blend and super warm (I have a set just like these that I LOVE). $25

Fun ruffle scarves.  Super long to wrap and wear however you like.  $14 each

Fun ruffle scarves. Super long to wrap and wear however you like. $14 each

Simple elastic hair ties in cute color varieties.  $5 per set of 4 ties.

Simple elastic hair ties in cute color varieties. $5 per set of 4 ties.

Hand stitched flannel receiving blankets.  These are truly a labor of love and priced great considering the time put in to each one.  The perfect gift for a new little one.  $18

Hand stitched flannel receiving blankets. These are truly a labor of love and priced great considering the time put in to each one. The perfect gift for a new little one. $18

Machine stitched flannel receiving blanket.  $16

Machine stitched flannel receiving blanket. $16

Handmade pocket diapers with super soft liners.  Works with your favorite insert (purchase separately).  $13

Handmade pocket diapers with super soft liners. Works with your favorite insert (purchase separately). $13

Waterproof diaper covers.  The spot and denim prints are one size with extra snaps for the rise.  ($13).  The others are all medium.  Prints are $12 and solids are $11

Waterproof diaper covers. The spot and denim prints are one size with extra snaps for the rise. ($13). The others are all medium. Prints are $12 and solids are $11

Newborn waterproof diaper covers.   $9 each

Newborn waterproof diaper covers. $9 each

These One Size fitted diapers are made with super cute flannel and absorbent terry.  All natural fibers.  Each comes with two snap in inserts for extra absorbency.  Use alone or with a water-proof cover.  $16

These One Size fitted diapers are made with super cute flannel and absorbent terry. All natural fibers. Each comes with two snap in inserts for extra absorbency. Use alone or with a water-proof cover. $16

A fitted for your newborn.  $10

A fitted for your newborn. $10

These Diaper Pail liners will  fit a 13 gallon trash bag or any standard diaper pail on the market.  $16 each

These Diaper Pail liners will fit a 13 gallon trash bag or any standard diaper pail on the market. $16 each

Water proof "wet" bags with handy snap loops and zipper closure.  $12 for the dino print, $11 for the solids.

Water proof “wet” bags with handy snap loops and zipper closure. $12 for the dino print, $11 for the solids.

Wet bag $10

Wet bag
$10

This is a one-size waterproof diaper cover that comes with snap-in absorbent liners in two sizes.  Price is $16.

This is a one-size waterproof diaper cover that comes with snap-in absorbent liners in two sizes. Price is $16.

Small burp cloths in your choice of terry backed flannel or light weigh pre-fold diaper.  $5

Small burp cloths in your choice of terry backed flannel or light weigh pre-fold diaper. $5

Waterproof changing pads in two sizes.  $12 for the small and $15 for the large

Waterproof changing pads in two sizes. $12 for the small and $15 for the large

Wallet $15

Wallet
$15

These flannel cloths measure about 8 inches and can be used for tissues, baby wipes, glasses, or any other job that requires super soft reusability.  This set of 24 is $10.

These flannel cloths measure about 8 inches and can be used for tissues, baby wipes, glasses, or any other job that requires super soft reusability. This set of 24 is $10.

These oversized burp cloths are made with the best cotton pre-fold diapers I know of.  They are big enough to use as a changing table pad.  $8

These oversized burp cloths are made with the best cotton pre-fold diapers I know of. They are big enough to use as a changing table pad. $8

 

Back up and Running!!

After lots of sewing for the craft show back in December, I was tuckered out and had to take some time off.  Well, Hopeful Thoughts is back at the sewing machine and cranking out some cuteness for the baby booty in your life!

The web site is going to be updated over the next few weeks to reflect changes in my fabric stash as well as links to my soon to re-open Etsy shop.  It’s an exciting time as spring is here and summer is on the way.

In the meantime, here is a glimpse of one of my most recent creations.

skulls

This is a one size cover created custom. This particular cover features yokes at the front and back to allow the customer to tuck in her inserts. Just try finding a print this cute in a ready made diaper from a major manufacturer!

Site Under Construction: Current price list HERE

Hi friends!  Thanks for visiting!  We’re undergoing a few growing pains here at Hopeful Thoughts and I can’t currently access any page except the blog.  Due to rising costs of materials, I’m having to adjust my price list, but I can’t access it to make those changes.  Please be patient with me as I work out the kinks.  For now, here are a few of the updates.

One size pocket diapers with suede cloth stay dry lining:  Solids $15  Prints  $16

One size basic diaper cover:  Solids $13  Prints $14

Inserts (1 layer of ZORB between two layers hemp french terry)  Large $3.50   Small $2.50

Sized Covers in Solids”  Newborn $10,  Small $11, Medium $13, Large $14  (Add $1 for print fabric)

Other features like gussets or yokes can be added for an additional fee

Flannel Baby Wipes 7 in X 7 in a dozen for $7.50

Wet Bags 12in X 14in:  Solids $15  Prints $17   Add a handy snap strap to custom orders for $1.50 more

Diaper Pail liners with elastic band,  in solids only.  Fits up to a standard 13 gallon can  $19

Changing pads (26 in X 16 in)  flannel top, waterproof PUL backing  $15

Diaper snap conversion and elastic replacement also available.

UnPaper towels, set of 12, $45

 

*NOTE:  anything listed on my Ready to Sell page is priced as indicated. Contact me for availability.

 

 

Where did the Summer Go?

Yes, it’s still BLAZING hot here in North Texas, but there are several signs that the summer “break” is pretty much over.  I tutor math when I’m not chasing my toddler or sewing. (You can check out the details about that here!)  I thought I was going to have a few weeks off before school started…well, before PUBLIC school started.  Turns out a bunch of my kids went back to school YESTERDAY at a local private school.  Which means, I have to go back, too, so my kids don’t fall behind.  It’ll only be one day a week, but still!  Not to mention, G’s Mom’s Day Out program finished up this week, so there’s 10 extra hours with my little guy until that starts back up at the end of the month.

It’s been a roller coaster of a summer.  On the upside, we’ve been blessed with a lot of cool things this summer.  Having G in Mom’s Day Out was such a blessing.  I had a nice easy tutoring schedule…just 7 hours a week if they all were in town!  I was even able to have 5 hours to myself every Thursday for 8 weeks.  My kiddo finally weaned at the end of June, just a month before turning 2, which has lead to much better sleep for the whole family!  I also enjoyed a great two week visit with my mom!  On the down side, my dear friend Lori, the wife of our pastor, was diagnosed with stage 4 Melanoma and a very poor prognosis.  This has hung a pretty dense fog over the last 4 weeks.

Death hit me the past fall when both of my grandparent on my Dad’s side passed away within 10 days of each other.  That was hard, but I’m used to their absence.  I live 1300 miles from home, so I hardly even saw them.  It’s not strange to be away from them.  Yes, I was sad, but their passing doesn’t affect my daily life.  I’ve spent so much time with this family over the last 9 years, they have become part of my own adopted family.  This blow is hard to take.  God has perfect plans for her.  This I know.  We will be together for eternity in heaven when He calls us both home in His perfect timing.  I hope to spend the time we have left making more precious memories with her, but I rest in the hope I have in Jesus.

I’d thought I might post a few sewing projects, but I think I’ll leave you here.  God bless you, all!

 

 

Busy Bee, Sales Galore!!

I’ve been SEW busy with the sewing business over the last few weeks.  I’ve even added a few items to the ever growing list of what I can do.  Here’s what I’ve been up to lately!

A recent order. Largest one I've done for a single person. She's new to cloth and this is her "starter kit". From top to bottom: 4 basic PUL covers, 14 absorbent inserts in each size (large and newborn), and three dozen flannel wipes.

I am now officially making the rolled towels for sale. I modified the pattern a bit...they are simply serged around the edges instead of turned a top-stitched. I think this makes a much nicer final product. The blue branches headed off to Florida and the swirls are in New Jersey. Whoa! National delivery!!

Cute Elephant wet bag. LOVE IT!

Projects Galore! Not a Paper Towel.

People are always asking me if I’m on Pinterest yet.  Nope!  And I plan to keep it that way.  Why?  I’m not opposed to the concept.  In fact, it’s a great idea.  The reason I stay clear is because if I see a project, I HAVE to try it, and I manage to find enough ideas through needs I see in my day-to-day life or simply stumbling upon them as I visit other sites.  Take this one, for example.  Last week I realized I was out of white caps for snaps.  I had to order more, and while I was on the site, I noticed a link to “101 uses for KamSnaps”.  I HAD to look!  And here is the link that caught my eye

Of course I HAVE to make these “un-paper towels”.  And so I did!

My finished roll of towels.

A single towel

The recipe called for two yards of flannel and two yards of terry to make 13 towels.  Flannel was on sale this week at $2.99 a yard, and I got my terry with a 50% off coupon and scored an extra 2/3 of a yard from the end of the bolt.  I spent $10.66 on terry and was able to cut 16 towel size pieces from it.  It took about 30 sets of snaps (about $1.50 worth) and I had to buy a piece of plastic canvas for $1.79, but I think I’ll get four rolls from it.  So, the project cost me around $17 (could have been double without sale prices).  Oh…and I should factor in the cost of my machine…which I BROKE in the process.  I don’t know yet how much it’s going to cost to replace the knife on my serger.  :(

Pros of this project are that it’s pretty easy to put together and the towels are really pretty and practical.

Cons are a bit more involved.  There seemed to be quite a bit of waste in pieces that aren’t really big enough to re-use.  I was able to make 8 baby wipes from the leftover flannel, but the remaining pieces are too small to make anything that I’m aware of, as were all the terry scraps.   (I’m pondering this problem, and I DO have some ideas…another reason I don’t need Pinterest!!)  Also, I felt like the finished towels are really too thick to look nice rolled up.  By the time I got the last towel snapped on, the roll was too big for it to fit all the way around.  In addition, it took about 6 hours to cut and sew it all.  (Not sure how much time the serger would have saved me since it broke on the third one!)

Overall, I like this project and I think that it is something I will make in the future, however, I’m going to try a thinner option for the terry layer.  I’m leaning towards organic hemp French terry which would cost about $15 per set of 13.  It’s more expensive, but I think the result would be well worth the extra cost.  Not sure yet if I will add it to the list of items on Hopeful Thoughts (need to seek permission from the creator), but it’s definitely in the list of gift items!

First Shipment out of State!!!

Nearly two years ago, I headed up to NC for a 10 year reunion with my college buddies from the Meredith College Class of 2000.  Hard to believe this is what I looked like back then!  (I’m on the right).

G and H meet for the first time.

Yesterday I took these cuties down to the post office to send along to little H in Florida.

A couple of adorable pockets!

Getting Serious

Take a look around the blog and you may notice some big changes!  I’ve added a product listing and a photo gallery for my cloth diaper making hobby.  It’s a small deal and I’m really only able to handle local orders of  a couple of diapers a week, but I can make pretty much any style you like!

Keep checking for more photos soon!

Honing my craft

This passed December, I was invited to join in with some friends and to put on a craft sale. I made a huge stack of adorable pocket diapers.

Out of this stack, the cars and cows on top are still in my stash. I still have fabric for the cupcakes, the white with circles, plain white, and the ooga booga monsters on the bottom.

None of them sold.

I don’t think it’s because no one liked them. I think it was because no one was thinking of buying diapers in December when Christmas gifts were the main focus.
However, only three of those diapers are currently in my stash because the rest have been doled out at baby showers. Turns out that most of my friends are wanting to take the cloth diaper route. In fact, they’ve been so impressed with the cute prints I’ve used that many of them are asking if they can commission me to make more, and in other styles besides pocket!
I set out to learn about all the types of cloth diapers out there.  My first commission was for a friend who wanted to order a few hybrid style diapers for a gift.   With so many questions about the diapers, I bought some new prints and studied up on different styles. I’m pretty sure that I can now piece together a diaper to fit most any request…anything from the basic cover, all the way to hybrids and all in ones.

I didn’t set out to make diapers as a business, but it’s fallen into my lap and I’m going to run with it and see where it leads.  I have one order filled, one ready to deliver, two others in process, and hints that at least one more might  be on the horizon!!

This is a selection of the diapers that I made for my two first orders. These happen to be hybrids.

I hope to be better in the coming weeks about updating here and posting details about the diapers I’m making and what goes into each style,  along with a list of what’s in my fabric stash and products/pricing in case you’re interested.

Thanks for reading!