New Sewing Project

Happy April, Everyone! I have been kicking around a few new ideas and I finally buckled down and made something new. I will soon be an aunt for the second time and have been thinking about baby necessities. I took a look at the bibs we have been using and tried making one of my own. Pictured below is the first one I have completed.

I ran this bib through the laundry today and it held up well. I will be testing it at dinner tonight for comfort and staining. I am confident it will be a winner! Look for bibs in the shop in the near future.

My vegetable plants are starting to pop up in their cells and the weather has been warmer. The weather is damp and gloomy, but that is how spring rolls in ‘sconsin!

I hope your April is starting off with hope and BIG plans!

Have a lovely Monday!

Missie S.

Pretty File Folder Tabs

Good Morning, Everyone! Today I am tackling an important task that I have been dancing around for far too long: cleaning off my desk. Why don’t all of these papers, receipts, and even Christmas cards (yes, Christmas cards!) have a home of their own?! I don’t know, but they need one NOW. This disorganized mess is costing me time and money. I have many ideas that I need to explore and they get thwarted every time I look at my eyesore desk.

I wanted to share an easy project I took the time to do last week. While working on taxes I had some ideas of how to organize my receipts and paperwork so next year at tax time I would be even more prepared. While putting my ideas into practice I decided to pretty-up some of my file folders that I plan on looking at frequently. I always want to go nuts at Office Max and buy their trendy office supplies so I have an inspiring work space. Then, my frugal brain kicks in and says, “No, we can make it ourselves, or go without it.” So that is what I did. I made my own pretty file folders.

Materials:

  • Manila file folders – 9 ½ x 11 5/8
  • Scrapbook Papers (I used scraps I had leftover)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick

Instructions:

  1. Place scrapbook paper face down. Place the file folder face down so the tab lies on top of your scrapbook paper.
  2. Trace around the tab with a pencil.
  3. Cut out the tab from the scrapbook paper.
  4. Glue the scrapbook paper tab onto the tab of your file folder with glue stick.


I needed a file folder for each month of the year, so I made some labels to go with my new, pretty tabs. I created a table in Microsoft Word and added the months of the year (Click on this link for the table: File Labels MONTHS.) I printed the labels on printing paper, cut them out, and glued them on my tabs with the glue stick. My tabs are a bit wrinkly from all of the glue, but I still like them very much!

I liked this little project. I needed more motivation to work at bookkeeping and this has helped a lot. I am off to use my file folders!

Have a wonderful day!

Missie S. 🙂

Happy Spring 2017

Happy Spring, Everyone! Yesterday was the first day of spring and things are really starting to thaw out around here. Over the weekend I started planting some vegetable plants for my garden, including a new endeavor: BROCCOLI. Last year I planted potatoes for the first time, and they were pretty easy. I planted just two 12-inch pots and they will be my experiment for this year.

Broccoli Experiment

I have been working on a few things for the shop, but life keeps getting in the way. I hope to have a few items in my shop soon.

I hope you are thawing out and enjoying this spring!

Have a lovely day!

Missie S.

Thank You!

giggleFritz and Co. Booth - St. Ann's Holiday Gift Fair
giggleFritz and Co. Booth – St. Ann’s Holiday Gift Fair

It’s been over a week now and before I go on I need to say “Thank You” to everyone who stopped by the giggleFritz booth on November 12 at the St. Ann’s Holiday Gift Fair. This craft fair was run very well and everything went smoothly. The other vendors were friendly and had great products to choose from. Most importantly, there were many customers who came through the door and they were wonderful to speak with and sell to. This is the second time I have participated in this event and I am so happy I could be included. This is a great community! Watch for the giggleFritz booth again next year!

Holiday Gift Fair at St. Ann’s Parish 2016

Meet me at the Craft Fair!!
Meet me at the Craft Fair!!

Hello, Everyone!

I am pleased to announce giggleFritz and Co. will have a booth at St. Ann’s Holiday Gift Fair in Stoughton, WI this year! The craft fair runs from 9am – 2pm on Saturday, Nov 12, and 9am-1pm on Sunday, Nov 13. Our booth will only be participating on Saturday, Nov 12. Please, see our Events page for a map to the show. I can’t wait to see you there!

Sock Monkeys and My Buddy Timmy

My Buddy Timmy the Elf
My Buddy Timmy the Elf

Last night I was dead tired.  After a nice hot cup of cocoa, I fell asleep reading a book in our recliner. I woke up some time after 10pm and made my way to bed.  It’s not my ideal way to spend the evening, but I feel great this morning!  I am working on Sock Monkeys today, and my buddy Timmy is helping me out.  He is very supportive and encouraging with his sweet Christmas smile!

I just picked up new pairs of Red Heel Socks in different colors.  I have pink, yellow, green, light blue, and of course, traditional brown.  Now it is time to turn socks into friends! They will be in the giggleFritz Shop soon.

I am waiting on admittance to the St. Ann’s Holiday Gift Fair in Stoughton, WI Nov 12-13.  I will post an announcement if/when I am accepted. This is such an exciting time of year!

Have a beautiful Wednesday!

Missie S.

Happy Birthday, giggleFritz!! 2016

Happy Birthday Stamp (Medium)Hello, Everyone!

Today is my birthday! I am not working on ANYTHING today, just enjoying another sweet birthday.  I started off the day by sleeping in until 6:10 am (that’s a big deal!). My husband made our breakfast this morning and we took our daughter to the playground.  The weather is perfect today, a wonderful beginning of fall.  Later, we are getting burritos. They are yummy, our daughter eats them, and I don’t have to do any dishes! I LOVE MY BIRTHDAY!

Enjoy your Friday!

Missie S. 🙂

 

Welcome Fall

OrangeMum (Medium)

Good Morning, Everyone!

Welcome September, and the start of the “ber” season: SeptemBER, OctoBER, NovermBER, DecemBER!!!! This is my favorite time of the whole year and I am ready to get to work.

I didn’t go to Coffee Break Fest in Stoughton, WI on August 20th.  That day it just HAD to rain on and off all day.  Months before Coffee Break Fest I prayed that we would not have the hot, humid, awful weather we suffered through in 2015.  Two weeks before the festival the forecast said it would storm that day.  I thought the forecast had plenty of time to change, the weathermen are rarely correct.  Throughout those two weeks they were adamant it would storm.  The night before the festival the radar confirmed what they were saying was true: it was going to STORM!  I thought for a long time about going in the rain or sitting it out this year.  I pulled out of the craft fair because I knew my equipment wasn’t sufficient for storms, many of my things would be ruined.  I was so disappointed.  But, it did rain. And now, I am moving on.

So, what’s new? Last Saturday I stopped in at The Bees Knees in West Bend, a store that sells vintage and handmade products.  I inquired about renting space, but they were full. No problem. (What a beautiful store!)  I will see if anyone else has a permanent space. I am looking for one or two more craft fairs to finish off this year. I am also planning ahead for next year.

I am off to work on more books and sock monkeys. Have a wonderful first day of the “ber” season!

Missie S.