PostalThreads Video

PostalThreads has been closed since before the last market I participated in, in November!!! Since about that time we got our first smartphones ever, I made an Instagram account for PostalThreads (@PostalThreads), I completed the Knitwear Design class I was taking at the local community college fashion institute & earned an A! And we enjoyed lots of family time throughout the holidays....it was our Littlest One's first Christmas!!!

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I made my first little movie ever to inspire you to send some love via snail mail this Valentines season! [But obviously I still need to work on my technical skills if you can't view it!! : / ...UPDATE: Heyy! Some of it got cut off, but I finally figured out how to post the little movie on Instagram @PostalThreads...look for the door hanging of a bouquet of roses :)]

Also, don't forget to enter the GIVEWAY over on @PostalThreads Instagram page!


Time to catch up!

I had a lot of fun participating in the Simple Treasures Boutique holiday show last week. They sure know how to put a lot under one roof! (well, two.) Thank you for the support! IMO everyone who goes has a great time. They have so much variety, that there literally is a "simple treasure" for everyone. I love their central checkout so I don't have to "man my booth". And that way I can have a booth and still take care of young kids. Of course BEING there might help to tell people about these amazing balloon balls! So they don't just say huh?? and keep walking! hahaha

These next few weeks I will be catching up on homework. I'm taking a knitwear college class! We're learning all about sewing/serging with knit fabric and basic pattern making for knit patterns. I love it. Once I am all caught up, I hope to accomplish the following blog-related goals:

  • Blog about what I learned in my knitwear class
  • Decide how much time I want to put into my Etsy shop: PostalThreads (Which btw will remain on vacation mode until I catch up with my homework!)
  • ...and maybe I should FINISH the "Sew Up a Storm" Alphabet Series!!! I was supposed to finish that before Baby #2 came in June, but I think I only got to the letter "T" or something!! "Nap time/Go, go Sew Time" seems to be getting shorter and shorter at our house, but it's all good!
One more random thing before I go:

I made French macarons again last night! And they turned out, again! 👏 Check out this post where I first blogged about my French macaron experience.

AND THE WINNER IS...

Ashley!

Thank you to all who are following PostalThreads on Instagram and who participated in PostalThreads balloon ball giveaway (Nov 4-5). If you are around, I hope you get a chance to make it to Simple Treasures Boutique this week, and look for Balloon Balls & More by PostalThreads.

PostalThreads Balloon Ball Love GIVEAWAY!

Hello! I am giving away one of my handmade balloon balls like the ones I will be selling at the upcoming Simple Treasures Boutique as well as on my Etsy shop: PostalThreads.



I have so much fun making these balloon balls, I even wrote a poem about them!

Ready! Get Set!
  Bump-Set-Spike
  Bounce...Toss...Head...Throw
  Reach..Laugh..Kick..Catch
  Gift.Juggle.Dodge.Roll
With the reusable fabric balloon ball, you are...
             ...Always ready on the GO!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Rules & Details
Prize: One PostalThreads fabric balloon ball
Duration: Friday, Nov 4- Saturday, Nov 5, 2016

How to Enter: Follow PostalThreads on Instagram and verify that you have done so in the Rafflecopter display on this post (above). Good luck! The winner will be chosen at random, by Rafflecopter.

Please note, entrants must be over 18 years of age in the United States. Instagram is not affiliated with this giveaway. The winner will be announced in a new blog post here, as well as on @PostalThread 's Instagram page, on Monday, Nov 7, 2016. The winner has until 8AM (MST) Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016 to contact me (lillekenaLisa@gmail.com) so I can mail the winner the prize!

PostalThreads balloon balls are lightweight; bouncy; easy to pack in your purse, inflate or take down, or travel with, whenever and wherever you go; fun for all ages; a perfect gift to send in the mail; and great for indoor or outdoor use, and reusable!!!

"Over-the-Top" Party Decor

Every Carousel Needs a Ferris Wheel to Go With It

Inspired by a photo of the carousel cake my mother made for me on my 2nd birthday, I recently set out to make a carousel cake for our little girl's birthday! I started off in my head like, "All I need are some animal crackers or cookies, a few paper straws (which I already have), and a doily to go on top; we'll keep it simple." But, like most creative pursuits, this one just kept going...until it reached a bit "over--the-top".  Needless to say, we had a very fun birthday celebration, not to mention all the fun in the party prepping!


I decided to create this "new line" to sell at the local craft boutique, along with the balloon balls I keep putting off sewing! Every occasion unique gold decor. I can't wait to see how it goes!!! 

More Carousel Horses:


A Few More Carousel Horse Party Details....





Easy-to-store Halloween Decor: Butternut Squash Ghosts

Butternut Squash Ghosts--1) up-cycle white tights, 2) adhesive backed black felt scraps, 3) butternut squash


3 Butternut Squash Ghosts covered with leg pieces of white tights. Black felt for eyes. Easy storage decor. Displayed next to candy corn candy dish.
Bringing back an "oldie" but a "goodie" from last Halloween. I'm telling you! I can't get enough of these  butternut squash ghosts. Talk about the easiest decor ever! These should win a prize for best use of storage space! The "Easiest to Store Decor" award goes to....Butternut Squash Ghosts!!! All those ceramic jack-o-lanterns I keep seeing are super cute, but do you really have a place to store all of that?? okay..I'll back off because I am not one to question if there is space to store things or not... But go find some old tights, or sweater sleeve and give these fall friends a try!

[Originally posted on PostalThreads in Jan 2016]
What I Did: Inspired by a photo I saw in another library book (see below), I up-cycled an old, worn out pair of white tights by cutting the leg parts into into three sections and discarding the rest--three sections, since, at the time, I had 3 butternut squash on hand! Then I used sticky-backed black felt (found at most craft stores), to cut out "ghost eye" shapes. The templates in the back of the book were helpful in coming up with some of the eye shapes. Then I stretched a piece of stocking/tights over each butternut squash, stuck the eyes on, and set out my new decor! The stocking ghosts are so easy to store when the season is through. We love butternut squash in the fall so it's a given that we'll have some around.

Idea Inspiration: One day at the local public library, I came across Matthew Mead's Monster Book of HalloweenISBN: 9781603201056  Publication Information: New York, N.Y. : Time Home Entertainment, c2009. Physical Description: 256 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Cover image for Matthew Mead's monster book of Halloween.
This book is so fun. Every page is loaded with pictures, ideas, and brief descriptions. In the very back there is an entire section of templates from miniature jack-o'-lantern faces, bats, cats, ghost garland, a moon man, to candy corn, and more!

On page 129, I came across the "Gourd Warmer". It suggests embellishing, with black yarn stitches, an orange small, child-size knit hat to create a jack-o'-lantern face, and then to pull it over a gourd--looks to me like a butternut squash.

I thought, "I don't have an orange knit hat, but I have a pair of white tights I am about to throw out!" A few moments later I had three little butternut squash ghosts!

Try it! Your guests will be sure to comment on your clever gourd ghosts!

French Macaron Craze...Very cute in photos, but can anyone actually make these?

French Macaron Craze...

French macarons...very cute in photos, but can anyone actually make these?!?? toddler girl with yellow French macarons on green & white background


I am far from an "early adopter" when it comes to the latest trends in technology (my husband & I have yet to buy smart phones), decor, and design.  But when I see something I really like, I generally find a way to do it...eventually. Well, it has been driving me crazy now for months (years?) that I see pictures of French macarons everywhere---billboards, party & decor blogs, and storefront windows, to name a few.

Hey, this is not a food blog...but lately I have been feeling like sewing projects have sprawled and it's time to reel them in and get organized before I can move forward. How does this relate to food? Well, baking and experimenting with new recipes tend to be pretty high on the list when it comes to "distractions that keep me from accomplishing more important 'to do's'".

So back to macarons, I think it really put me over the edge when I noticed on the popular blog, Sugar & Cloth (that I generally really like; a nominee for the 2016 Bloglovin' Awards in the "Best Entertaining Blog" category) has an entire section dedicated to DIY Macaron posts, but disappointingly uses store bought macarons for these "DIY" designs. After another glance, I noticed the section is actually titled "viewing macarons" (a quiet disclaimer to my initial disappointing discovery). So all I see are lots of cute & pretty macarons, styled & edited for Pinterest-perfect viewing pleasure only...good ideas, but not really what I was hoping to find.

THEN! I watched sweetco0kiepie's updated version of her YouTube video on how to make French macarons, something I had never viewed before. Come to find out, this very young sounding girl's original macaron video received 1 million views, and on its 3 year anniversary she decided to post her remake. The updated video has only been out a relatively short time and already has nearly a half a million views. I watched both versions, for curiosity sake. The updated version is definitely what I recommend. I took notes while I watched, then followed every instruction, in the exact ordered she described & demonstrated....AND they turned out on my very first French macaron attempt EVER! Hip hip hooray!

Below is the link to the video.

How To Make French Macarons - UPDATED VERSION | sweetco0kiepie


Thank you, sweetco0kiepie!
I can't wait to try new flavors and colors.

By the way, one of my favorite "informative" articles on French macarons and their rise to popularity, that I came across is from the Wall Street Journal, here. (March 2010). And one of my favorite quotes from the article was this:

"'Macarons are not meant to be mainstream,' sniffs Laetitia Brock, a native of Paris who has been blogging about French culture from Washington for the past six years."

Well, like it or not, sweetco0kiepie's YouTube video on how to make French macarons, has given me the confidence and the know-how that a main-streamer like me can join in the fun of this fancy French dessert craze.

So if cupcakes are out, and French macarons are in, what's next?? HERE is a link to a fun little article from the Houston Press called, "Cupcakes are Out: 5 Treats That Are In". By the way, it was written clear back in 2013!! haha! Like I said, I am not an early adopter...anyone else feeling like they're still "catching up" like me??!?)

a random post by PostalThreads, homemade yellow French macarons


In a nutshell: This was about my experience with French macarons; the motivation behind my first attempt; making this fancy French dessert in my own kitchen was a success thanks to sweetco0kiepie's YouTube video. Now I can feel like an active, creative, mainstream, blogging participant, in my own kitchen, in the middle of the French macaron craze. [And take my own, not-so-perfect "Pinterest-perfect" photos of French macarons, haha!] (This little girl is sure cute!)

a random post by PostalThreads, homemade yellow French macarons