Saturday, December 8, 2012

Thank you for including me in treasuries!

Looking back on the treasuries I've been included in this year. Thank you to the thoughtful and creative curators of these virtual art galleries!
JennifersDolls, FischerFineArts, BeaSewn, AilorsAttic, austinleighdesigns, hotdogcrafts, fostersbeauties, TrishasTreasure, ShazzabethCreations, OriginalsbyLauren, theyellowroses, ticc, ArtSortof, jess2bead, GirlieGals, SparkleRama, whatshername, angelsandcrafts, trowelandpaintbrush, 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

My First Needle Felting Experiment

A few weeks ago, I got the idea for a new doll and after finding a pattern that suited my needs... Lucky me, it had a tutorial attached to it. The making of this doll requires needle felting, which I have never before attempted... until recently. I went to the craft store looking for fabric for a possible custom order and of course the fabric I was looking for wasn't there. Then I remembered the doll I wanted to make and got to thinking about needle felting.  I found a little kit that was within my budget and decided to teach myself how to needle felt. This kit came with 2 felting needles, a foam block, felt and fibers to practice with. The photos that follow show the progress of my needle felting experiment and experience.

The beginning, just poking around. Pink circle of fibers on white felt. Purple fibers laid across, giving a sort of sunrise or sunset/reflection look.
Added more pink and purple to fluff up the first layer and twisted pink and purple fibers together and making another circle atop or on the bottom of the first segment of the design.
The previous photos were taken with my phone and the light was poor. This photo was taken with my trusty dusty point and shoot in natural light after adding a "tail" giving a sort of comet impacting a planet look to the design. Note the raised part in the center of the original segment. I tried my hand at felting a ball and attached it to the center of the original segment.

Now that I'm getting the hang of this needle felting thing, I'm not as intimidated as I was before about working on the doll I have in mind. If you are interested in trying needle felting, get yourself a little beginner kit located in the needlework section of your local craft store. The one I got was only $5.00 at Hobby Lobby.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

One year and still going...

Last month was the bethiefliestoo One Year Celebration. It was a great celebration and even did the happy dance a few times to the tune of cha-ching $$

Thanks for making the first year a success.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Lanyards and Keychains

A very good and super sweet friend and fan of the shop was kind enough to share some metal key clips with me. They swivel and I have been having a lot of fun adding inventory ever since.
Some of these are in the shop, some are not and one has a new home.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fleurdelis Stethoscope Cover by bethiefliestoo on Etsy

Fleurdelis Stethoscope Cover by bethiefliestoo on Etsy:
This striking black and gold Fleur-de-lis fabric stethoscope cover will definitely set any stethoscope dressed in it apart from the others.
A Stethoscope Cover has two purposes. 
1: Identify one's stethoscope in a glance. 
2: Keep the tubing cleaner longer and prevent hair pulling when the stethoscope is around the neck.

Not only will this make your stethoscope memorable, but also it will add a bit of flair to your uniform. The basic design of this stethoscope cover is simple. Elastic encased in each end of a tube of washable fabric. 

Directions for dressing your stethoscope: 
Slip the bell (the part that touches the patient) into one end of the stethoscope cover and out the other end. Viola, your stethoscope is now dressed. When it is time to wash it, just reverse the process until your stethoscope is no longer clothed and throw it in the washer and dryer with your scrubs or uniform. This covers ONLY cover the straight part of the tubing. Fits all standard sized stethoscopes (approximate length is 22-24 inches). See this link for photographic instructions for use

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

It's Fashion Week!

Fans of bethiefliestoo may not be slaves to fashion, but do have their own sense of style. "Style never goes out of fashion." I think Coco Chanel said that once.

Express your sense of style and your fashion sense. Are you a doctor, nurse, or paramedic? Perhaps a veterinarian or vet tech? Maybe you just like having a stethoscope handy. Well dress up that steth!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

New Fabric Selections for Stethoscope Covers

In the doghouse

Happy Animals

The Big Cats

Gold  fleur-de-lis  on a field of black
I'm working on new stethoscope covers. These are some of the fabrics I will be working with. If you would like a stethoscope cover in a fabric that isn't shown either here or the shop. Please let me know, so I can make you a custom one.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Clock is Ticking

Every Etsy seller knows that once you list something, whether a quantity of one or more the clock starts ticking on said listings. What buyers may or may not know (those who aren't also sellers) is that sellers have 4 months from the date an item is listed until that listing is retired or expired. I don't renew items very often, but I did today. So I'm providing a list of my listings with the end date on those listings, so people who are planning Holiday Shopping know how much time they have before they can't find these anymore or can ask to have it reserved.
Start Date
End Date
May 17, 2012
Sep 17, 2012
May 18, 2012
Sep 18, 2012
Jun 4, 2012
Oct 4, 2012
Jul 9, 2012
Nov 9, 2012
Jul 10, 2012
Nov 10, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
Nov 11, 2012
Jul 19, 2012
Nov 19, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
Dec 13, 2012
Aug 15, 2012
Dec 15, 2012
Aug 17, 2012
Dec 17, 2012
Aug 18, 2012
Dec 18, 2012

 More listings coming in a few days. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tor Dog Harness Strap Covers

I had a custom order come in last night, and was I ever surprised and delighted. A teammate of mine asked if I could make covers for the straps on her dog's harness. I didn't know such covers existed. So I did some Google-ing and found out that yes they exist and very easy to make. After convo-ing back and forth for color and size choices I had a plan in place. So off I went to the fabric store the first chance I had today and found the fabric and thread I would need for this project.

I designed a template and cut it out of heavy poster board and then laid the template on the fabric and got to tracing, cutting and sewing. I think my first attempts came out quite nicely. It still may need some tweaking and more conversations with my teammate to get it just right, but here is pictorial evidence of my first attempt at my new product line *per request* of Tor Dog Harness Strap Covers.
22 inches long and 2 inches wide Chocolate brown non pill fleece Tor Dog Harness Strap Cover

22"x2"  and 12"x2" Tor Dog Harness Strap Covers shown with ruler for scale

12"x2" Tor Dog Harness Strap Cover in chocolate brown non pill fleece.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Horsing around with Stethoscope Covers

I really thought I could walk away from making stethoscope covers. But, they are the only items in my shop that sell consistently, so I'm making more of them. First one out of the stall... features horses, for all you horse lovers out there. I took a few quick photos of it last night. The photos are a bit blurry but good enough for a preview. 3 views of ONE stethoscope cover and my Limited Edition Tag photo.
As soon as I get 5 good photos of it, I'll list this stethoscope cover dedicated to the horse.

The Sewing Lesson

I had a helper in my sewing room on Friday. My roommate's niece loves hanging out with me in there when she comes over. After letting her push the pedal and learn the throttle control and reminding her to put the presser foot down. She sewed a straight seam using my sewing machine, with some supervision.

I'm looking forward to more sewing lessons with her. Listening to her sweet voice as she sings and watching her imagination flow and grow. The dress she's wearing is a bethiefliestoo Original and definitely a Original One of a Kind. She chose the fabric and the decorative elements. I wish I had gotten a picture of the front of the dress.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012