Cleaning Out my Studio, aka my Crafting Corner

While I’ve been a little silent on my blog, I’ve been busy stash busting and adding new items to my shop while trying to figure out how to let you all know that I have new items in my shop without flooding your inbox daily. Because yes, I have added new items daily to my shop some weeks.

June and July has also seen me going through my patterns and crafting books. I’ve been having to make the hard decision of should they stay or should they go.

Wow! I don’t know about any of you, but I just sang that last line to this song. LOL

Anywhoo! I found that I have more books about crafts and patterns hanging around here then I realize. Some of these are things that I was interested in making or thought would be cool to do, but have since moved on or found that I have no interest in pursuing them.

Many of the cross stitch patterns have ended up in my shop along with the a few crochet patterns and sewing patterns. (Psst! Just to give you a heads up, next week will be the start of my sewing pattern sale in my shop. This will be my first and last sale for sewing patterns this year. Tell everyone! Or is that suppose to be tell no one? Hmmmm….)

Now on to other craft books!

All the books below are ones that I’ll be placing in my shop later this year. Preferably with a better picture quality and before my kids steal any more of them. LOL

This is just some of the books in my collection. There are more that I’m still pulling out of the shelves.

The stack now sits beside my computer for me to start listing. If anyone is interested in any of them before I do list them in my shop let me know and I can tell you more about them. There are books about: Natural Cosmetics, Body, and Skin Care; Quilting; Soap Making; Candle Making; and Handmade Cards.

While cleaning up my studio, aka crafting corner, I have come to realize that I have more crafting supplies around here than I initially realized. Sadly, I’m not sure what I should do with some of it as they are no longer something that I want to do or finish.

Like that huge bag of yarn that I bought for my daughter’s school service project for the community in 2018 where she decided to make hats for the babies at the hospital. Well, we had a lot leftover and in 2019, she decided to make knit hats and ear warmers to sell with the proceeds going to the food bank. And then she used even more in 2020, before the schools shut down to make even more knit baby beanies for the hospital because the hot chocolate stand that she was going to do with a classmate fell through twice.

Yarn collection for baby beanies and afghans
Even with all that hat making, there is a lot of yarn left in various colors.

I’ve been leaning towards making an afghan with it since my knit hats don’t seem to be as popular as I had hoped they would be, but I have so many afghans in our home we will never be able to use them all.

Most of the hand knit hats are no longer in Stephannie Beman’s Shop, but they will be returning for one last hoorah this Fall. If you don’t like the colors or size, they can be custom made for you.

My other ideas to do with the yarn have been scarves and shawls like these (because I absolutely love scarves and shawls)….

Or these that are already in my shop.

Hand Knit Pink Wrap Shawl with Black Ribbon Closure, Lacy Infinity Shawl, Light Pink Wedding Shawl Wrap | New & READY-TO-SHIP
Woodland Ruana Shawl Wrap, Warm Reversible Wrap Cape, Light Mesh Hippie Boho Ruana Poncho | New & READY-TO-SHIP

But like with the afghan idea I have so many already that I cringe at the idea of not being able to sell them and having all those items left over. My practical side keeps telling me that I already have enough clothing without adding to the supply, but my inner creative wants to create something with all the beautiful, colorful yarn that I have laying around and share it with people.

I’m not sure what I’ll be doing yet, but I will let you know when I figure it out. Until then, I better go. I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Wishing you all the very best!

Stephannie Beman

More Bookmarks in My Shop!

As an avid reader, I love bookmarks. I’ve owned hundreds over the years. Some, I have absolutely loved. Others, I have lost or thrown away as they start to fall apart. And then there are the ones I’ve loved, but are impractical as Hell (the metal bookmark I bought and refuse to get rid of even though it keeps sliding out of the book.)

But my absolute favorite bookmark is the one that I hand stitched when I was 9 years old. It was the first cross stitch project that I had ever done and even though it makes me smile every time I see it, the terrible stitching also makes me cringe. But I still use it, because I have never had it slid out of my books.

So when I opened my shop, one of the first things I wanted to sell to other book readers were these awesome bookmarks, albeit with much better quality then that first book mark. 😀

Floral Bookmarks with Option to Personalize

In the last month, I decided to add an option to personalize my hand stitched floral bookmarks. For those who wish it, I will replace the name of the month with a person’s name.

There are still more floral bookmarks, I’m adding to my shop as I have time to make them and photography them. I hope you enjoy and I’m wishing you all the very best!

Stephannie Beman

2 New Items in My Shop

I have added two new items in my Etsy shop, although one was actually added before the Spring Break, but with everything going on in the world and the school closures, it took me a bit before I was able to write this post.

The first is a great item for writers…

At the request of a writing friend who wanted a physical tracker for her word count goals but couldn’t find one that met her needs, I created the Printable Word Count Tracker and Graph for Writers to help her out. Both these trackers are useful in tracking word count numbers and goals for each book project. There is a Word Count page and a Word Count graph page for a 30-day month and a 31-day month.

Buy the Printable Word Count Tracker & Graph for Writers for $2.00 at Etsy

The second item is a beautiful vintage placemat-napkin set from Guatemala…

Purchased over 25 years ago by my Uncle during his trip to Guatemala, this vintage napkin and placemat set is created on what looks to be woven cotton cloth. The brilliant white placemat and napkin has a phoenix bird hand embroidered onto them with cotton thread in pink and light teal. The striking border is also stitched in pink and teal. Each set includes a placemat and a napkin. There are 6 total sets.

All the placemat and napkin sets are in excellent condition. There are no pulled embroidery threads. There are no rips or stains. Honestly, they have never been used.

Buy a Vintage Guatemalan Embroidered Phoenix Bird Placemat-Napkin Set for $16.00 at Etsy

Wishing you all the very best at this time,

Stephannie Beman

For those looking for custom ordered items, please visit my custom order page and let me know what you are looking for.

Working on this Beauty

A few months back I started putting together this afghan from hexagon pieces I’ve been creating over the last few years from scrap yarn. I absolutely love the warmth of crochet and knit blankets. They beat my feather down comforter every time. 😁

As of tonight, I’m four rows from finishing this beautiful, colorful afghan.

Sorry about the darkness of the picture. I usually take pictures earlier in the day. 😁

I’m kinda sad that work on this is coming to an end. Not only has it been a challenge to create, but it’s different than anything I’ve worked on in the past.

There are so many memories attached to these blankets. Memories of my mother and grandma teaching me to crochet. Memories of the white haired women sitting outside an old fort, happy to share their knoweledge of crocheting with a 11-year-old me. Memories of smaller projects that lead to creating this afghan.

Part of me is glad to have another project removed from my projects list. To be able to add this blanket to my Etsy shop because as much as I wish I could keep it, I have more than I need at home.

I hope this blanket will find a home with someone who will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Where Did All the Pages Go

Some of you might notice, others might have missed it, and there are probably other who don’t care, but as of Wednesday evening, most of the pages on this website disappeared.

I’ve started the somewhat slow process this week of updating every page on this website because so much has changed and some of the pages haven’t changed with the times. Since I kept loosing track of what I edited and what I didn’t, I decided that it was best to unpublish everything and update and republish each page individually

There is probably a better way to do it, but this way works the best for me.

What some of you might notice later is that some of those pages were combined while other pages will not be returning. I’m not just streamlining my behind-the-scene process, I’m minimizing this website to make it easier to find things and easier for me to maintain. Kinda a win-win all around

So here is a list of changes that you will notice or be noticing soon:

#1 The Book Section

This section was removed because it was in need of an update and it will be the first section that I bring back. I’m starting by removing anything that isn’t physically out on the market. Then I’ll be removing all the pages no one ever visits. After that I’ll add some pages that I think will be more useful for readers. Anything that will be coming out in the future will only be added when I’m ready to publish it and have a publishing date for them.

#2 The Handmade & Vintage Shop

For a while I was tempted to remove this section completely from my website and just focus on putting stuff on my Etsy shop since it is far easier to do so and I didn’t have the time to add items to both shops. Only I’m learning really quick that I’m not a fan of some of the changes that Etsy is making and would rather create a shop here.

However, the way I went about the shop here was kind of messy. I kept adding more and more stuff at Etsy, and even tweaking and expanding the collections over there. I waited to add things to my web shop until I had more time. But that never happened. Now nothing lines up between my web shop and Etsy, which my brain doesn’t like.

With the holidays fast approaching, which limits my extra cash, and since it would cost more to create the shop I would feel comfortable ordering from than I’m willing to part with at this time, it’s going to have to wait until the new year to upgrade my website into a shop, until then though, I will be adding all 30+ items here, plus adding the others before I add them on Etsy.

So those who are more comfortable ordering printables, handmade goods, vintage items, or even custom order a gift directly from me rather than Etsy can contact me with their order.

#3 The Design Service Section

This section will probably be the last one I work on, because I have some research to do first. I have been wanting to offer more services to authors than just the book cover design lately. These services are for authors who need some help with the writing and even the publishing process. Much like an author’s assistant or writing coach.

I do know that I will be downsizing the page and making it look more like a shop page to help authors navigate it easier.

#4 The Blog

I’ll be doing something different with this blog, or maybe I should say that I’m returning to an early time with it. I’m tired of trying to stick to scheduled posts that apparently my brain doesn’t like to do and finds ways to sabotage after a short sprint. There is one last scheduled post about what I read left before I start something else.

So, how long are these changes going to take?

I’m not really sure. This week will be very busy for me with editing, writing, and sewing.

The basic pages that were the easiest to update and add back are already up. The Book section is my next priority and I don’t see it taking more than a week to finish. The Handmade & Vintage Shop will need the most updating and I will have to add more pages for the products. The Design/Author Service page will take the longest time to go through and I don’t expect it to be done until sometime around the first of the year.

The plan is to see how far I can get in updating my website this week as my work schedule is sporadic and I probably won’t get much writing done. Starting next week, I plan to work on a page or two each day until I’m done.

Wishing you all the very Best this November,

Stephannie Beman

NEW! Vintage Garfield Bookmark

As a lover of books and book related bling, I’m really excited to add some vintage bookmarks to my etsy shop. First up is the Vintage Garfield Bookmark. Garfield was one of my favorite cartoon characters growing up.

You can purchase this collectible item for $7.95 (shipping included in the price) from me by commenting below or emailing me.

I hope you are all having an awesome summer!

Stephannie Beman

New! 2 Table Placemats

I absolutely love these placemats!

I made my first set of 4 a few years ago to try them out thinking that everyone was right and that I wouldn’t like them. I have since ignored the naysayers and made 10 more for when we have company for a meal with plans for holiday colors. I prefer them to the stiff cloth ones that I was gifted one year or the plastic ones I bought to protect my table when the girls were little. Neither of them absorbed spills and the plastic ones had a tendency to stick to wooden tables and leave paint behind.

Since I loved these so much, I decided to start offering them to others, both as a pattern for crocheters who want to make their own placemats and as a finished product for those who don’t crochet but would love to have in their home, or give as a gift to someone they love.

Not only are these a lovely, organic addition to any table in your home, these placemats have the added benefit of being absorbent and being made in a wide range of colors, they are also perfect for protecting your surfaces. I don’t just use these as dinner placemats at my table, they have started to find their way onto surfaces around my house.

Initially I was going to make these seasonal placemats, but after making a trip to my local Jo-Ann’s (about the only craft store within a 2 hour radius of my home ) and realizing that their choices for cotton yarn was limited to about 6 colors, I hopped onto one of my favorite online stores to check out their color choices. I was confront by dozens of brands, in dozens of colors. Then there was the choice of 100% cotton yarn or a cotton-polyester blend. So I made 2 listing for Table Placemats with a selection of yarn colors you can choose from:

Cotton-Polyester Table Placemats {Made to Order} for $32.95 each

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100% Cotton Table Placemats {Made to Order} for $35.95 each

Why the difference in price? Well, due to having to order the yarn online which just happens to have a different price then the store I use to buy it from before they shut down, I had to change my initial  price for the placemats. But I also felt weird charging more for placemats that cost me less to make. Since 100% cotton, which is my favorite choice and which I mostly use to crochet with, costs more than the cotton blended with Polyester, I decided that I couldn’t offer one type. Besides the color choices for each type of yarn are so different and fun that it just made sense to have two different listings.

Order 1 Table Placemat or Several

Fill out the order form below and I will send you a invoice for the cost of the Placemat(s) with cost of shipping to your area.

Wishing you all the best!

Stephannie Beman