Sunday, October 19, 2008

Ornaments/Package Toppers Part I

(This is the 2008 sale. Please see the new sale for 2009.)

I've started making these little ornament/package toppers. They are made from cotton prints and are filled with lavender, peppermint and polyester stuffing. They are little decorations you can hang on your tree that are kid friendly and won't break. You can also add them to a present to top off your package. And, they smell wonderful!

Normally, these little items have sold for $1.00 a piece at a craft show but as you can see, I've really cut the prices. You can save even more by ordering a mixed bag (you will get a selection of different ornaments) of 13 ornament/package toppers for only $5.00. Shipping is free on orders of $5.00 or more. Click on a photo to see a close up of the collections.

There will be more collections coming in the weeks ahead.

Snowtime $4.00 (Four Sets Available)
Four Snowmen $2.00 (Ten Sets Available)

Five Cats $2.50 (One set left)

Christmas Bears $2.00 (Four Sets Available)
Christmas Mice ($1.50 (Five Sets Available)

Six Doggies Collection $3.00
(Sold Out!)
Blue Angels Collection $4.00
(Five Sets Available)

Holiday $4.50 (Five Sets Available)
To purchase, email me @: sprocket.trials @

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Miniature Stocking Sachets

Introducing the Mini Stocking Sachet.

Anyone who has ever purchased from me knows that I've always included a little sachet in with their purchase. In the past when I used to do holiday craft shows, my little package toppers and sachets were always a big hit. The Mini Stocking Sachet is filled with lavender, peppermint and polyester stuffing. They can be hung on your tree as a decoration or a unique package topper to your gift. They come with a little tag on them like in the first photo, but I've photographed them without the tag so you can see the whole stocking. With a minimum order of $5.00, shipping and handling on the sachets is free.

Mini Velvet Stocking Sachets, $1.00 ea
Red Velvet, Green Velvet
Mini Christmas Stocking Sachets, $1.00 ea
Pink Stockings, Santas, Christmas Blue, Teddy BearsMini Santa Close-up

Mini Kitties Stocking Sachets $1.00 each
Meiow, Kitty Moon, Cartoon Cats, Hearts
Close up of the Cartoon Cats

Close-up of Mini Hearts & Mini Kitty Moon

Mini Rose Panne Stocking Sachets

Mini Betty Boop Stocking Sachets
(Only Two Left! $1.25 each)

Still to come, the package toppers/ornaments collections and discounts on throw blankets, christmas stockings and holiday napkins & placemats.

To purchase, email me @: sprocket.trials @

I accept PAYPAL @: customerservice @

Distal Biceps Tendon Rupture Update

I've been getting a lot of interest in the story of Mr. Sprocket's injury, so I thought I would update everyone on his recovery progress. On September 3rd, Mr. Sprock got his last cast off. His arm would not straighten out completely, but his doctor's told him to take it slow and that in time it would. He found that the removable arm rest cast they made for him was just too much trouble to put on and take off, so he stopped using it.

For a few weeks his arm was still quite swollen from the elbow down through his hand. He was told he was not allowed to lift any weight with the arm. This has always been hard for him since his right arm is his dominant hand. He has been trying to cook and flip a fry pan with his left arm and has gotten quite good at that. After two weeks, his arm now hangs almost completely straight.

If he tries to extend it perfectly straight, he's in pain. He is still unable to fully extend his fingers of his right hand back into a hyper extension like he can his left hand. What I mean is, put your palm down on a flat surface, like a table and lift your fingers up, keeping your palm on the table. He can barely do that with his right hand.

On September 30th, he had a follow-up visit with his doctors. We thought that by then, he would be started on physical therapy but that's not what happened. He was told that he would not be put on physical therapy until December 18th, which would be exactly six months out from his surgery. Until then, the most he is allowed to lift is five pounds. There is still a substantial risk that he could pull out the anchor that was drilled into one of the bones in his forearm if he lifts too much weight, too soon.

In the past week, Mr. Sprocket has been working on updating the controls to our central air/heating system, which means he has been using his arm more with a lot of pronation and supination movements to wire in the new connections.

Consequently, he has been experiencing more pain than usual and has gone back to taking 800mg of motrin three times a day to manage pain and help keep the inflammation down. He has been reluctant to take any codine, since he doesn't want to depend on it and wants to be aware of when he is over doing it.

He goes back to the doctor for just a follow up visit in the beginning of November.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Gift Ideas For The Holidays

Are you searching for a unique, low cost gift idea? I've been sewing up a storm the last few weeks with more to come. Keep checking back here for photos of new, budget minded gift ideas. This week and next I'll be working on little fabric "package toppers/ornaments" Market Line items, Christmas Stockings and Cosmetic Bags.

Hot/Cold Packs

My hot/cold packs are filled with rice, flax seed, lavender flowers and peppermint leaves. The outside covering is 100% cotton. There is a wide selection of Cotton Prints to choose from. Through the end of the year, shipping on any Hot/Cold Pack item is free!

Mini Pack: $8.00
In the past, I made some little Mini Hot/Cold pack as a bonus gift for those who have purchased from me. I'm now adding them to my line for sale for the first time. The Mini Hot/Cold Pack is 4" x 12" and priced at a low $8.00!

There are a few packs in the following images that are "one or two-of-a-kind," but you can order these little packs in any fabric on my Cotton Page.

Dragons Yellow (SOLD OUT)
Geese Abstract (1 Available)
Cats Playing (SOLD OUT)

Vibrant Butterflies (3 Available)
Asian Pink Floral (2 Available)
Bones on Yellow (1 Available)
Saddles (1 Available)
Small Dogs (2 Available)
303 Dragons
315 Floral Hibiscus
301 Calligraphy
322 New Asian Dragons
302 Calligraphy Straw
321 New Asian Calrose
403 Cats Haiku Black
405 Cats Museum
406 Cats Kimono
411 Dogs Rust
412 Dogs Kerchiefs
413 Dogs Faces
434 Pasta & Vegetables
437 Lemons
435 Old Labels 1
410 Horses 458 Bathing Kitties

Half Pack: $12.00

These are limited edition packs. There are only a few available in the fabrics shown below. The Half Pack is 8" x 12" and is a total steal at $12.00, with free shipping. The Half Pack Long measures 4" x 24" and there are only six available.

301 Calligraphy (1 Available)
310 Bamboo Mountains (1 Available)
302 Calligraphy (1 Available)
321 New Asian Calrose (SOLD OUT)
322 New Asian Dragons (2 Available)
323 New Asian Geese (1 Available)
325 New Asian Gold Diagonal (1 Available)
324 New Asian Blue Diagonal (2 Available)
410 Horses Wild (2 Available) Saddles (SOLD OUT)
Half Packs Long: $12.00
310 Bamboo Mountains (2 Available) Vibrant Butterflies (1 Available)
407 Cats Kimono (1 Available)
324 New Asian Blue Diagonal (1 Available)
457 Bathing Kitties (1 Available)

Full Size Hot/Cold Packs: On Sale for $22.00

The Full Pack measures 8" x 24" and can be ordered in any fabric on my Cotton Page (except Christmas prints). Through December 31st, you can order the Full Size Pack for only $22.00 which includes free shipping (regularly $27.00 + shipping).

Super Saver Special! Selected Prints Only $19.00!!!
Full Size Hot/Cold Packs (8" x 24") in the following prints are reduced even more! Only $19.00

303 Dragons
405 Cats Museum
307 Asian Scene
411 Dogs Rust
434 Pasta & Vegetables
436 Apples Red & Yellow
437 Lemons

If you have any questions or would like to place an order, please email me at:
sprocket.trials @

Hot/Cold packs in Full and Mini size can be special ordered without the scent.

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