About PostalThreads blog

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About PostalThreads

Welcome to PostalThreads! A place where you will find what I love to sew & create--some of which is gift-able in the mail for friends and family! This is also the official blog of the Etsy shop, PostalThreads, currently featuring fabric balloon balls for stringing into custom garland, gifting, photo props or simple homemade indoor/outdoor on-the-go family fun.

Watch for "Sew Up A Storm" Alphabet Series updates, PostalThreads shop highlights, and hopefully some sewing tutorials!

So how did PostalThreads come about?  Read on...

I learned from a neighbor friend about a local craft show that had been going on in the area for over ten years, that I had never known existed. The thought of participating some day sounded exciting, so I applied, and they found a spot for my then non-existent "balloon ball booth" for the very next upcoming show.

Prior to this, I had so much fun sewing and mailing balloon balls (using USAV's pattern) for nieces & nephews one Valentine's that I thought, "I sewed 7; I think I could sew more without getting tired of this fun, bouncy, fabric creation!" So I...

  • Designed my own balloon ball pattern, based on a basic 6 piece sphere pattern, sizing it to optimize the number of balloon balls I could cut out per yard of fabric. I liked the clean, beach ball look element the hexagon shaped top & bottom pieces added, and I opted for a fabric slit rather than an exposed button hole, because I like the look better and I liked the idea of not exposing the balloon, and I really liked the idea of not sewing so many buttonholes!
  • Designed a basic 2'x6' booth display,
  • Then I cut & cut, and sewed & sewed, and made over 40 balloon balls,
  • Wrote a little poem about this clever reusable toy,
  • Packaged them up, and...

...sold nearly all of them!

I was admitted back to a later show--this time the big holiday show held in November. I had received the recommendation to plan on selling double the amount of inventory of what sold at the previous show.

I was also invited to highlight the balloon ball booth in a local television morning show clip promoting the craft show. That was fun and certainly promoted sales; I sold over 100!

This blog as well as the Etsy shop basically came about so I could have a space to direct craft show goers. You don't really know what all goes in to preparing for a craft show until you just do it. I think they are really fun, but I am also interested to see what a blog about sewing projects and and Etsy shop called PostalThreads is like too. Needless to say, it is a work in progress.

That's a little about PostalThreads.

Here is a little about me:

I'm Lisa. Now as a stay-at-home-mom, it is officially sewing season all year long, instead of only in an evening here-or-there or 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 was admitted into a local craft show, and one thing led to another. I started this blog with the thought in mind to document the projects I have enjoyed making in these past recent years, many of which have been inspired by everyday home & family living, and I needed an online space to send craft-show goers.

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 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. [---This tutorial is currently still on the former lillekenalisa.blogspot.com blog, but I will move it over here to PostalThreads eventually!..just haven't gotten to it yet.]  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


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