Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Hello :) Don't you just *love* Christmas vacation? When else do you have time to spend hours gluing Golden Grahams on the side of a house ;)
Thought I'd share some photos of the "gingerbread" houses we made over the vacation. We decided real gingerbread is yucky so we used graham crackers, that's the reason for the quotes. We each made one, that's 10 houses total! Enough for a whole village I suppose ;)

This last one is Squirt's. Hubs made the actual house with attached garage and Squirt decorated it. We were all a little miffed at his lack of creativity. He took all of 2 minutes! Geez.

Side note: I whipped up this trial run at a coffee cuff, I think it turned out smashing :) I'm going to embroider up some words so I can make some more in true FriedOkra fashion!

And here's the one I made for Miss Rachel-Marie :) So sweet!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Vacation Mode

I put FriedOkra in Vacation Mode this morning! Kind of exciting!
I'll be back in action after Christmas :)
I hope everyone has a nice relaxing break full of lazy mornings and hot chocolate.
We'll be on the road, my little sister is graduating!
Arizona here we come :)

See you all on the flip side!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Titanic coloring book and my Estate Sale Jackpot!

Two separate but totally awesome things to share.
First I found this hilarious coloring book at our local bookstore. Right next to the George W. Bush paper dolls (which I also purchased) was this little gem:

Can't wait to color in the passengers that didn't quite make it, the ones floating in the ocean... frozen like ice cubes.

Who exactly is this coloring book geared towards? 

Secondly I went to an Estate Sale today, half price baby! I found 6 souvenir linen towels (mostly London) and 4 calendar towels, each ended up being $1.00. All the calendar towels were from the year 1982...

I also scored this squirrel nut jar for $1.50!

I sorta kinda already have one *just* like it I inherited when my grandma passed. This one is in the original box (which is amusing all on it's own), could not pass it up.

And I ALSO found this really pretty piece, tag reads 100% wool, it was a whole $2.00. I know, I splurged ;)

Friday, December 12, 2008


Here are the bags I did for Rachel-Marie, of knittydirtygirl fame. I loved working with her photos, such a treat! I love a challenge :) The rest of the photos can be seen on my shop's Flickr!

And I finished my dad's embroideries and got them all framed. Then wrapped them without taking a photo! ACK! My brain is sort of on auto-pilot this time of year. I'll snap a couple photos when he un-wraps them :) He's gonna flip, they turned out fantastic! I ended up getting long frames and having mats custom cut with two openings, one for the embroidered piece and the other for the poem. Now my brain is all a buzz with other things to embroider...

Monday, December 8, 2008

Shel Silverstein

I wish I could write a poem about how wonderful and amazing I think Shel Silverstein is. My love runs deep, I have the little bearded man tattooed on my arm. That tattoo has sparked so many funny conversations!

Anyways, this is what I'm making my dad for Christmas! He shares my affection for Mr. Silverstein and I think these will be hilarious in his office :) I'm embroidering the illustrations and then I'll print off the poem and assemble it somehow (haven't figured that part out yet!). This first one is h-u-g-e, it'll take a couple more episodes of Criminal Minds or House to finish it up.

This one is Complainin' Jack from Falling Up....

And this is Wild Strawberries from A Light in the Attic...

Oh My! I can't wait to finish up the bags I'm working on for Ms. Knittydirtygirl, they are going to be so amazing! Her little one is absolutely adorable, I've never had cuter fabric to work with!

Monday, December 1, 2008


That went by fast eh?! I always feel like November up to Christmas is like when you get the flashy star on Mari-Cart and you start to go SUPER fast, that's me right now. I am living off of 4 hours of sleep! Woo! Let the party begin!
Last night I had 3 cups of coffee (with Peppermint Mocha creamer, yummmm!) and whipped out 3 custom ordered Mini-Zips. All set to Lost in Translation followed by Once, both excellent movies to work to because of their stellar soundtracks.
Now I just cross my fingers for a bit of sun so I can take photos! Man, has it been dreary around here lately. Fall was so short this year!
I've been chained to the sewing machine lately making Christmas presents for family, something I haven't done is quite awhile. Now I remember why! Ha, just kidding... sorta.

For all the ladies I know, may they keep their necks nice and cozy :)

Sunday, November 9, 2008


Check out the gorgeous yarn Rachel-Marie made me:

Grape Banana Smoothie Handspun :) It's so awesome! The yellows and purples are so bright and super pretty. And how awesome is the sweet little Moleskine?!
I'm not normally a fan of purple. It is the smallest stack on my fabric shelves. I think I have a hard time finding purple prints that are semi-grownup. I don't claim to be a grownup or anything but I figure not everyone likes glitter and flowers all over their purple fabric ;) Several months ago though I found Grape Banana Smoothie in Rachel-Marie's shop, it hit me hard!

So bright and fun! Just last night I realized why I love this color combination so much, when I was a kid I had a pair of high top Converse. They were the kind you could fold down the top because the inside was a different color... mine were yellow on the outside and purple on the inside :) If I had a scanner I'd so upload that photo.

ANYWAYS. This is what I made with my original Grape Banana Smoothie from KDG...
Awesome right?!? The banana fabric is just tooo perfect :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sew-In labels

I've had lots of folks ask about my labels. They are so easy to make I thought I'd whip up this little tutorial :)
All you need is a regular printer (nothing fancy is necessary), June Tailor printable fabric sheets, a program on the computer in which to create your design, scissors, and a iron.
PS I buy my fabric sheets at Hobby Lobby and used my 40% off coupon, way cheap.

I use Paint Shop Pro, I'm not a huge fan but it's what I have. These are so easy I bet you could use Paint! Any similar program would work out just fine.
First I made up my label design. I knew I wanted it to be a fold in half and sew in kind so I figured up how big exactly I needed it to be (we're talking inches here). Resize the blank image to the size you need your label.
Now for the fun part! I measure the halfway and marked it with a line. The info you need on your label's are more or less standard.
1) Business name
2) Your name
3) Website
4) Contact info (email)
In addition to all that I include
5) Where it was made
6) DOM, Date Of Manufacture

Once you are happy with your label design it's time to make a whole sheet of them. I opened a new image and resized it to 8.5 X 11, the size of the fabric sheet. Then I copy and pasted my label into it till it was full of labels. Make sure to fill the sheet but don't cut off any of the seam allowance (ask me how I know!).

 Okay, after you have a full sheet it's time to print! I set my printer to the highest print setting (usually I have it on "quick print" to save ink) and print.

Next the directions on the package say to rinse (I skip that part) and iron to set the ink. Just a quick once over using a press cloth and you're good to go. Peel off the paper backing and start cutting out your labels!

What I love about these labels is they don't fray. Now I admit I have not done hardcore tests on them, but for my uses they are the cheapest and easiest option. And fastest, once you have "designed" your label you can print off a sheet in no time.
The total cost:
1 of the big 10 sheet packs of printer fabric sheets is $25, if you use a coupon they are $20.
That makes each sheet $2 each.
I can fit 48 of these labels onto one sheet.
Each label costs about 0.04.

Not bad! Obviously depending on size you could make them even cheaper. And the not sew-in sort are just as easy. I hope this has helped!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Halloween has always been one of my most favorite holidays. I've (almost) always made the kids costumes, lately I've been slacking ;)
In the past we've done: mermaid, robot (twice), rapunzel, dracula, clown, fish and fisherman, witch, gnome, and a cowboy. This year we're going as a 50's style carhop complete with roller skates (totally her idea), hockey player, and one undecided. Squirt is very opposed to dressing up this year, he won't keep any costume on for more than a minute! He has three choices though... skeleton, spiderman, or Buzz Lightyear. I think the idea of missing out on the candy will convince him to just wear the freaking costume :)

I'll leave you with photos of our trip to the pumpkin patch. A *very* late in the season pumpkin patch, it's very Oklahoma ;) Photo by Squirt himself.

Squirt chose the *perfect* pumpkin. We've been reading (and re-reading and re-reading) this book, The Littlest Pumpkin. Poor little pumpkin doesn't get chosen by any of the visitors to the farm stand, all he wants is to be turned into a jack-o-lantern! I won't give away the ending but it's happy :)
Anyways, he went with the sole purpose to find "The Littlest Pumpkin" and fulfill it's Halloween destiny. Awfully sweet :)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Progress (?)

Remember these stacks of pouches-in-the-works? Well this is only how far I've gotten with them! Fronts and backs done, matched up with zippers and coordinated lining.

That is sad for almost 2 months! I've had a ton of custom orders and did two sets of monkeys in the middle. Oh! There are 30 bags there, 30! Why I choose to go completely overboard I don't know, can't help it :)

Next stage is buttons! Truly the hardest part because 1) I have quite alot of buttons to look through and 2) I have to convince myself that the button is better off on the cute bag than in a jar on my shelf.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

So Stoked!

My new business cards came in yesterday! They are so perfect :)

Design by bannerlover. An absolute dream to work with. I ask for a coffee cup with a smiley face, bam! there it is. Awesome!
I ordered two sets, one with a monkey and the other with a mini-zip. These suckers are thick and shiny as all get out. Double sided and rounded corners cost a wee bit more but totally worth it! OvernightPrints btw :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Waste not

I'm seriously obsessed with not wasting any of these book pages! I made up some little envelopes for buttons and business cards. I love free templates on the internet :)
I also made up some new hang tags for sock monkeys using some of the pages. Any more ideas?

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Christmas Monkeys and Grilled Cheese

These two sweethearts were a custom order, I love how they turned out! The patches on the front are super fun :) Some reason they remind me of the big white bear my sister got for Christmas one year, it had a big 1988 or something on it. Things with dates are fun :)

And I took this photo of Little Squirt's lunch yesterday. I don't usually take photos of food but it was just too pretty :)

Yes, I know, I out do myself... Grilled Cheese! How Fancy!

Friday, September 26, 2008


I received the most awesome package yesterday! I finally settled on 500, that didn't use even half of the book I sent! I need to come up with some cool project to use the rest :)

They look so pretty in a bowl :) If only I had the space to leave them like that... and if I didn't need that bowl for a salad tonight!

The close up... In their past life these were a collection of Edgar Allen Poe stories so they have all these fun big crazy words.

There is just something about the text, paper, and metal that is very very nice...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Zippers and Buttons

Made a Treasury last night... If anyone knows how I can get a bigger screenshot, ergh it's frustrating! For some reason Screengrab! only grabs the Etsy header. And thumbalizer only gets the loading page. Crazy.

Anyways, I think it's pretty :)

Monday, September 15, 2008


A custom order that turned out even better than anticipated :)

Friday, September 5, 2008

Stamping Labels

I've been wanting to do this for a long time. My little sew in labels started grating on my nerves, they catch on things and are just in general scratchy and obnoxious. This is how I am folks. Something will be totally fine and cool but over time a hatred grows till I can't stand it anymore! It's a big risk letting my crazy show ;)

ANYWAYS. I cut the stamp out all by myself (woo!). I think it turned out fantastic! Two parts acrylic paint, One part fabric medium and we're good to go. Heat set with the trusty iron.

Here's one in action! I totally love this. Totally.

Yellow with purple, the purple is dark in the photo but trust me... it's awesome :)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Oh Yeah.

This is pretty much how the magic happens. I do up a whole stinkin bunch of embroidered pieces, I can't even tell you how many are here right now... 15+. Then I pair each with a print for the back of the bag, then stand and stare at the Great Wall of Fabric and pull out pieces that would "go". Then each stack will grow even more when I sift through my scrap drawers.

The all important aerial view :) About half will be using knitted bits... those don't stack up quite as nicely as the embroidered ones.

I know what I'm doing this weekend!

Monday, August 25, 2008


I can't tell you how excited I was when these came in the mail last week! Seriously the coolest buttons ever :)
Many thanks to Maggie over at HappySilence!