I have been away from the blogging scene. I don’t know why it happens – it’s like my writing mojo just peters out. Certainly things around here are still going strong – when there are two little kids in the mix, there’s excess energy just bouncing off the walls. (If only I could bottle some of it up for myself – now that would be a bestseller!) I just haven’t been good about sharing what’s happening and for that I am sorry!
Right now, the kids and I are on summer break. (After a long, very arduous end-of-school year that saw us sick for over a month with strep and all kinds of fun things.) We are FINALLY healthy. We just celebrated my husband’s birthday on the 4th of July (yep, he’s a firework baby!) and had lots of fun with friends and family all weekend. In truth, we are pooped. We meaning I – because like I said before, little kids have energy and then some. But time waits for no man (or woman) and this weekend also marked the beginning of my DiaperSwappers co-op!
Don’t know what a co-op is? Well essentially it’s where a group of people get together to make a large purchase from a company. Because the purchase is in “bulk”, the group receives a discount on their products. I’ve gotten a lot of really great deals on some amazing goodies through co-ops! You check check out more co-op info on my website (see the “Customs and Colorways” section).
So the DiaperSwappers co-op opened mid-end of June. It closed at the beginning of July and I received my two rolls of OBV on Wednesday the 3rd. So I am in the cutting, cutting, cutting phase. This co-op was a larger success than I thought it was going to be (the summers are usually quite a slow time in retail-land) and I can tell it’s going to keep me very busy for the next several weeks.
One of the first things I always do now (which I learned the hard way during my very first co-op) is to check the quality of my new fabric. I cut off about a half yard from each roll and give it a thorough wash and dry, and then a quick dyeing session. This will tell me if the fabric is first quality (soft, silk and everything OBV should be) or second quality (rough or pilly). A couple years ago during my very first co-op, I bought a couple rolls and immediately cut it all up and dyed it all up. A LOT of cutting and dyeing. However, once the dyeing was finished, I could see that some fabric was very pilly and thinner than normal. Turns out the manufacturer had produced some not-so-great fabric and I (and several other WAHMs that use the same source for fabric) had gotten the bad end of the deal. Of course, this meant re-cutting and re-dyeing quite a bit of product. Which was right before the holidays and was a nightmare. So now, I do a cut, wash and dye test and if all looks good, I continue on. At this moment I have a half yard of each roll washed, dried and now in a dyebath. Cross your fingers!
In other news, my daughter completed her first sewing project! It was quick and she had a little assistance from yours truly, but she did it 90% on her own and for 6 years old with virtually no previous sewing time/experience, I’d say she did a great job! She made a pillow for her little Zhu Zhu pet:
So that’s the updates for now! I hope you and yours had a wonderful 4th of July and holiday weekend. I’ll try to keep on top of the updates, especially with the co-op at-hand since I know everyone loves to hear how things are progressing. 🙂
Until next time,