PostalThreads Balloon Balls--last day of craft shows!



Today is the last day at Simple Treasures Holiday Boutique (Legacy Events Center in Farmington, UT) and My Favorite Things Holiday Market.


Hoping to SELL OUT!!! If you cannot find the "right" color scheme, please message me through a conversation on my Etsy shop page: www.etsy.com/shop/PostalThreads and I will see what I can do and give you a time frame and show-price discount (mention one of the shows). Thank you!

http://kutv.com/news/2news-this-morning/live-with-amanda-simple-treasures-boutique


Simple Treasures Craft Show Coming November 11-14!!!

I am sewing up a storm and I can't wait for the Holiday Simple Treasures Show! I just bought more fabric to make balloon balls even though I have not finished using what I already have! Typical.


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Photo Prop Balloon Balls by PostalThreads

Sample Photo Prop Fabric Balloon Balls by PostalThreads. Reusable, washable, and travels light. Request customization for a color scheme to match any occasion or season.




Rotarty Cutter Blades--Do you need to match your blade refill brand to your rotary cutter brand?

Fiskars Rotary Cutter Blades, 45mm, 5 Per Pack
Fiskars Rotary Cutter 45mm Refill Blades--5 pack


WITH
Olfa 45mm Rotary Cutter

 I am okay with this! :)

I highly recommend not spending a ridiculous amount on refills even if they are "on sale". You definitely need to match the SIZE of rotary cutter blade to the size of your rotary cutter, (in my case, 45mm), but as far as matching the brand, so far I am okay with not matching.

Here's my story: I was gifted an Olfa brand 45mm rotary cutter, which I have put to great use. My blade was in need of replacement so I checked at one store who carries Olfa and Fiskars brands and the cost (even with the said 30% off) was still outrageous for only TWO blades--it would be about $36! I decided to visit another store and discovered they did not carry Olfa but they carried Fiskars and another brand.

I had heard that you really need to match your blade brand to your rotary cutter brand, but today I am thrilled to say I purchased the FIVE PACK Fiskar's brand blades at the second store for less than $18 total. And so far it is working great. I just realized I could get the same package online from some place--one price is listed at about $12 but then I think you have to pay shipping. Regardless, all-in-all I am pleased with my purchase today.

By the way, I can't tell you how many times today I kept thinking my "Olfa" brand rotary cutter was an "Olaf." haha!






PostalThreads Sporty Garland in primary colors and grey


What is the story behind this PostalThreads photo? Coming soon....

UPDATE: I wanted to feel some community spirit. Not many things top out feeling a part of the community like 1) viisitng the local post office or 2) County Fairs!...not just attending, but submitting entries to the fair!


We went on my birthday (my request). What my husband did not know, however, was that we would see a few things familiar to our home.  When we walked in he said, "What's our teepee doing here?!" Then we BOTH had a fun surprise when we saw a big ribbon--"Best of Division" on the teepee.  The other entries: PostalThreads sporty garland, my daughter's white baby blessing dress, and some fun origami cards received blue ribbons. HiphipHorray! A fun time was had by all. :) I will try to post a few more photos soon..

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PostalThreads: Fun Reusable Decor!

PostalThreads Black, White, Gold Reusable Decor Balloon Ball Garland for festive celebrations! I made 7 balloon balls, coordinating 3 designs from Emma & Mila's collection"Eve" including: Baubles Black, Confetti Black, & Jumbo Hoops on White



If you are not a fan of the garland, check out the Hanging Balloon Ball Bundle! Inspired during "take-down". This is a fun look as well. These PostalThreads balloon balls fill space like a group of puffy tissue paper balls, but do not bleed in the rain [for those who do not let a little rain dampen their festivities!], and they fold up flat for easy storage. Fun reusable decor!

PostalThreads on Etsy: PostalThreads Balloon Ball and Decor Balloon Ball Garland photos!

Festive Custom, Reusable, Fabric Balloon Ball Garland by PostalThreads

Easy to store decor; suitable for indoor/outdoor occasions; customize color schemes to match all your celebrations throughout the year.





PostalThreads shop photos are up thanks to a splendid time at the family reunion. Visit PostalThreads shop on Etsy










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PostalThreads shop story fabric balloon balls

PostalThreads now open on Etsy! Shop for balloon balls and custom reusable festive decor balloon ball garland at PostalThreads!

PostalThreads, created in July 2015, emerged out of on-going creative projects & a love for sending & receiving real mail.  Current listings feature custom fabric balloon balls & custom garland.  Since PostalThreads balloon balls ship flat they are perfect to send in the mail to friends and family near and far away.


Lisa: "One of the things I love most about constructing fabric balloon balls is the fact that the final step for balloon ball completion is left up to the recipient who blows up their fabric balloon ball for the first time, and many times more after that, ultimately reaping the giggles & fun memories made.  The reusable nature of the fabric balloon ball allows balloon ball fans to let the balloon ball come & go as they please.  Perfect for indoor/outdoor use, packing in a purse, traveling light to the lake, camping, gifting near or far; the list could go on.   I love sharing in the process of creating such festive, bright and bouncy, reusable toys and decor, providing instant backyard fun anywhere, any season!"

P is for...Play Parachute: DIY Play Parachute Patriotic Backyard Summer Fun

P is for...Play Parachute in the "Sew Up A Storm Alphabet Series" by PostalThreads

DIY Play Parachute, Patriotic Backyard Summer Fun

One of the fun games we have tried with this play parachute is to toss and catch a fabric balloon ballFind more parachute game ideas here! or here! Read on for tutorial below to make your own!
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Thanks to the inspiration from this tutorial, I decided to have a go at making a play parachute of my own.  I wanted to try a fabric version rather than shower-curtain vinyl. Unfortunately, I can't say it only cost $6, but it was $22.40 with sale prices plus a coupon from a fabric store I will not name because I try to avoid that place!  (Re-purposing second hand fabric always feels a little extra rewarding.) By the way, a parachute project re-purpose idea comes from a broken umbrella here.  Or an old umbrella + an old tent here.

The number of colors you choose and how you divide them up is up to you, the designer!  You want the fabric to be relatively lightweight, and have a tight weave.  Feel it first.

DIY Play Parachute: Patriotic Style, Backyard Summer Fun!
Fabric I used:
3 colors of 100% polyester suiting lining (59" wide); I chose the suiting lining because I was going for the widest lining fabric I could find.
  • Red: 3 1/3 yards (120 inches)
  • White: 1 2/3 yards (60 inches)
  • Navy: 1 2/3 yards (60 inches)
TOTAL Yardage: 6 2/3 yards

I kept the fabric the same way it came off the bolt (folded). Pictured below, the selvage is at the top and the fold is at the bottom.  The basic layout & cutting for each 60 inch (in length) piece looked like this:
Measure from the raw edges & cut 2 inches off "top" of each triangle you create (top right & bottom left).
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When I purchased the fabric I wasn't completely sure how many triangles I would need with the said measurements; I was aiming for 8 large triangles.  The abstract flag inspiration unfolded as I was laying out the pieces, and I ended up with only 7 sides. I was left with 2 remaining pieces to make 1 large triangle, so now for my next play parachute I will only need 5 1/3 yards of 59"wide fabric, total. (This is helpful to note if you are making multiple play parachutes).

After laying out my pieces it looked like this heptagon--7 sided polygon:
I used masking tape to keep track of "right"sides since it is often hard to distinguish on solid colors. [Clearly this is too big for the open space in our living room; the play parachute is about 10 feet across (3 1/3 yards)]
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Since the Balloon Ball Debut was such a success, I payed entirely for the used serger I bought from the classifieds with some of my earnings! Now I am having a blast putting it to great use! If you do not have an overlock machine I might suggest French seams.  This fabric will fray, if seams are not finished.  Thanks to my wonderful neighbor-who-I-ran-into-at-the-fabric-store's suggestion, I think I am still going to double-serge all the seams (serge once, fold over and serge again---do not allow knives to trim the second time) because I am anticipating a lot of "wear" and hopefully no tears (pun intended) with all the fun we'll have!
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I did not "round" the outside very much (it is hard to see that in the photo, though; I apologize), but you could if you want.  I have not decided if I am just going to straight stitch a quick double-fold hem around the middle opening and around the outside, so there is a little more of something to hold on to, or if I am going to sew on a mock bias tape binding instead. Nor have I decided whether or not I will add handles. My one thought about handles is it may compromise some of the parachute's durability, and I would rather not.

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For now we have tested it out with our neighbors.  We had so much fun!

This is definitely a BIG play parachute for 3-5 year old's, and not sooo big, but still fun, for bigger kids and adults as well!

I would love to see how yours turns out!

Find parachute game ideas here! or here!
UPDATE: The cousins came! They loved it.  We all had a great time.  We tried to toss a fabric balloon ball up in the air and catch it with the parachute! What is a fabric balloon ball? For more photos, click here or visit PostalThreads shop on Etsy


Balloon Balls: Thank you!

Most "businesses" stay in the red for the first little while when they get going.  I can't say that though about the Balloon Balls booth at Simple Treasures this week, thanks to an overwhelming turn out and support from the now Balloon Ball Fans!!!  I won't know if we're in the show leading up to the holidays until some future unknown date, but I hope so.  I would love to have another go at spreading some balloon ball love and enthusiasm.


One of my favorite comments today from a shopper & friend came via text message: "We found them. Emili couldn't stop playing with them and we are getting these two because Abbi couldn't decide which one they like best."


That's the seersucker I am talking about!!

I have not actually counted the number of balloon balls sold, but what can I say? It is kind of hard to keep track when 4 more sell an hour into clean up time (2 hours after closed-to-the-public time)! :)  I think I put out about 55 throughout the show, and came home with 7? ...All right, all right, I am letting it all go to my head a little. I apologize.  But I am excited.

We could not have done it without our Fans!  Thank you!

About this blog















Hello! Welcome to PostalThreads. Creative Home, Sewing, Going, Sharing & Crafts. I'm Lisa.
I love to sew. Now as a stay-at-home-mom, it is officially sewing season all year long, instead of only in the summer months. Formerly a middle school teacher of Family & Consumer Sciences for 5 years, I cannot say I ever truly "sewed-up-a-storm" until now. I started this blog to document the projects I have enjoyed making in these past recent years, many of which have been inspired by everyday home & family living.
Engaging in social media beyond the "Create An Account" phase is fairly new to me, just to give you a heads-up. I don't really have an explanation, but I do enjoy learning new things. Thank you for being a part of this little PostalThreads space. Here is to the good old fashioned Blogger template and imperfect photos, all for the sake of sharing and creativity and fun...and maybe somewhere down the road a little inspiration for some. Hope you will come again!
Lisa

Interests: family & faith, children, home, fashion, sewing, fabric, paper, simple origami, thrifting, creating, beauty, festivities, helping, food, PostalThreads, balloon balls, real mail, gift giving, quiet book pages, sports, running, Estonian national flower--blue cornflowers, backyard fun


Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the name of your Etsy shop?

PostalThreads, created in July 2015, emerged out of on-going creative projects & a love for sending & receiving real mail.  Current listings feature custom fabric balloon balls & custom d├ęcor balloon ball garland.

2. Why Fabric Balloon Balls?
Combining so many aspects I love into one just seemed to make sense:
  -Sewing & creating, especially things that are reusable, & the color scheme possibilities are endless.
  -Sending & receiving real mail.

  -Having played a lot of sports growing up as the only girl in my family with 4 brothers.
  -Festivities [hence the line of custom decor balloon ball garlands] & good old fashioned backyard fun.
  - Finding a little niche out there to contribute & participate in the home & craft blogging world that I have been enjoying for so long.
  -Sharing things I love to make, with others.

Originally, I decided to make balloon balls to send to 11 nieces & nephews in the mail for Valentine's. But then I thought more people need to know about these & I would be delighted to make them. So I applied for a booth at a popular local craft show & was accepted. The balloon ball booth was successful so I put a little more focus into developing a shop on Etsy.  Many thanks to Amelia from the Etsy shop MarigoldRegards for the Etsy help!

One of the things I love most about constructing fabric balloon balls is the fact that the final step for balloon ball completion is left up to the recipient who blows up their fabric balloon ball for the first time, and many times more after that, ultimately reaping the giggles & fun memories made.  The reusable nature of the fabric balloon ball allows balloon ball fans to let the balloon ball come & go as they please. Perfect for indoor/outdoor use, packing in a purse, traveling light to the lake, camping, gifting near or far; the list could go on. I love sharing in the process of creating such festive, bright and bouncy, reusable toys and decor, providing instant backyard fun anywhere, any season!

3. Are you going to post only about Fabric Balloon Balls on your blog?

I am currently on a balloon ball kick.  But I would love to do more tutorial posts like the DIY Play Parachute tutorial. I would also love to create different series--like maybe an alphabet series highlighting sewing/craft projects I have completed (and enjoyed!). I would also love to use this space eventually to post special offers for PostalThreads shop and give-aways, and sponsor give-aways on other blogs as well!

4. What is the best way to contact you?
  --Conversation in PostalThreads Etsy shop or shoot me an email at lillekenalisa@gmail.com

First Time Craft Show---Balloon Balls: Ready! Get Set!...GO!

Simple Treasures is underway!



Yesterday...
I still had to sew some button holes in the "tablecloth" so we could use this strap to secure our set-up. It worked out great! [I wasn't sure which side the "ball cage" was going to be.]


 These were some of the photos posted on the Simple Treasures Website leading up to the event!
We met our neighbors--the Johnson's down from Shelley, Idaho! Raylene bought 5 balloon balls! Talk about a great kick-off for this first-craft-show-ever experience!

I have to say, it has been fun to create a "look" when designing the whole booth display.  I LOVE the fun business cards Amelia designed!  And I love paying close attention to some of the details--for example, tablecloths.  Before I pinned some corners & straighten things up a bit this is what it looked like:


Before
After


Today...

The neighbors had moved a few things around--for the better probably.  At first I thought we got kind of lost in the change-up, but can't say it's really been a problem.  After the first 3 hours 17 (well 12 actually if you don't include Raylene's 5) had been sold.  Even some gift wrap sold.  Not so sure about the cards...are people forgetting Teacher Appreciation?!  Mother's Day and Father's Day?  Simple notes to say, "Hello"?!  It's all good, I guess.

Coming Soon...

  • Yellow/gray
  • A couple more poppy/turquoise
  • And finally get to the anchor fabric, tonight or tomorrow morning.

This is fun.  One of my most favorite things, however, I feel as though I have not put it out there very well--that is the ad/poem. I wrote it. It can be found on the back of the balloon ball package:

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!



You are about to become a
Fabric Balloon Ball Fan!
Step 1: Center one latex balloon through fabric slit in top of fabric balloon ball cover.
Step 2: Inflate balloon; continue inflating until seams fill out entirely.
Step 3: Tie off balloon & tuck end under fabric.
Questions/Comments/Special Orders: lillekenalisa@gmail.com
 
My husband reminded me that "Indoors", "Outdoors", and "Decorate" would all be fitting words as well.  I can't wait to use a bunch to decorate for a summer cookout soon!....or take one camping!